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  • French President Francois Hollande (C) with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugam (L) and Wang Gungwu (R), chairman of the ISEAS Board of Trustees in Singapore on March 27, 2017

    French President Francois Hollande defended the importance of multilateralism as he warned against protectionism during a state visit to Singapore.

  • SINGAPORE— French President Francois Hollande said Monday that European countries can fight protectionism in trade and other forms by standing united and reaching out to Asia. Speaking at a lecture in Singapore, where he is on a two-day state visit, Hollande singled out the government of President Donald Trump. In March, the world's top economic powers dropped...

  • SINGAPORE— French President Francois Hollande, on an official visit to Singapore, expressed a desire Sunday to strengthen France's partnership with the Southeast Asian city-state. "France considers Singapore not only for an economic partner, but also as a friendly country," Hollande said at a state banquet, where he gave a toast in French. Singapore's president,...

  • PARIS— French voters just won't tolerate corruption in politics anymore— that appears to be the message from the swift downfall of the country's powerful security minister. Five years ago, Hollande campaigned on the promise to make the French Republic "exemplary." The case comes as France's electoral campaign is being affected by a string of corruption...

  • ROME— Posing with Pope Francis in front of Michelangelo masterpiece "The Last Judgment" at the Vatican, European Union leaders started their weekend pilgrimage to Rome with the hope that a visit to the cradle of their project of unity can somehow rekindle the vigor of youth. More and more, it looks like that future will have less unanimity and more decisions where...

  • With a month to go until the French election, around four in 10 voters are hesitant about who to vote for, a poll said on Friday.

  • LANGKAWI, Malaysia, March 22- France's Rafale fighter jet is emerging as the frontrunner as Malaysia looks to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft, a source in the Southeast Asian nation's defence ministry said on Wednesday, despite narrowing its defence spending this year. French President Francois Hollande was expected to make a pitch for the Rafale,...

  • LANGKAWI, Malaysia, March 22- France's Rafale fighter jet is emerging as the frontrunner as Malaysia looks to replace its aging fleet of combat aircraft, a source in the Southeast Asian nation's defense ministry said on Wednesday, despite narrowing its defense spending this year. French President Francois Hollande was expected to make a pitch for the Rafale,...

  • Centrist Emmanuel Macron's bid for power in France gathered pace on Tuesday when he won support from a junior minister in the Socialist government.

  • France's national financial prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation Tuesday after TMC television reported Monday night that Le Roux employed his daughters as parliamentary assistants for a total salary amount of 55,000 euros over 24 short contracts. Le Roux's daughters, now 23 and 20, allegedly started working as parliamentary aides...

  • BERLIN, March 21- France must accelerate reforms and changes to tackle growing social and economic problems that are fuelling nationalism, populism and the rise of Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, a top German official said on Tuesday. Macron, a former investment banker, vowed during a visit to Berlin last week to reform the French economy if...

  • *Far-right candidate Le Pen, centrist Macron in the lead. "You are failing by twisting the truth," Macron told Le Pen when she talked about a rise of radical Islam in France and said he was in favour of the burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women that stirred much controversy in France last summer. Later in the debate, National Front leader Le Pen mocked...

  • PARIS, March 20- France and Japan support a "free and open maritime order" in the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after talks with French President Francois Hollande on Monday. The message seemed aimed at China, which claims almost all the South China Sea and which has fueled concern in Japan and the West with its growing military...

  • PARIS— The Latest on incident at Orly Airport in Paris where a man was shot to death after attempting to seize a soldier's weapon:. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says the man who attacked a soldier at Orly Airport had 9 mm revolver that shoots birdshot and used it to take the soldier hostage. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says French soldiers fired three...

  • ORLY, France— Yelling that he wanted to kill and die for Allah, a suspected Islamic extremist attacked a French soldier Saturday morning at Paris' Orly Airport and wrested away her assault rifle, a French prosecutor said. The attack further rattled France, which remains under a state of emergency after attacks over the past two years that have killed 235 people.

  • *France and Germany still to face test of rising populism. AMSTERDAM, March 16- EU leaders lined up on Thursday to congratulate Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on beating far-rightist Geert Wilders in the first of a series of European elections this year in which populist insurgent parties are hoping to rock the establishment. Rutte, whose win helped boost the...

  • PARIS— French prosecutors are investigating a possible Greek link after a letter exploded Thursday at the Paris' office of the International Monetary Fund, lightly injuring one person. The Paris prosecutor's office said Thursday night investigators found "residues of Greek stamps" on the letter bomb at the IMF's office in the French capital.

  • AMSTERDAM, March 16- Dutch centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte fought off the challenge of anti-Islam and anti-EU rival Geert Wilders to score an election victory that was hailed across Europe on Thursday by governments facing a rising wave of nationalism. He declared it an "evening in which the Netherlands, after Brexit, after the American elections, said'...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday claimed a dominating parliamentary election victory over anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, who failed the year's first litmus test for populism in Europe. Following Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, " the Netherlands said,' Whoa!

  • LONDON, March 10- Legislation giving Prime Minister Theresa May the power to begin the formal process of Britain's exit from the European Union is expected to complete its passage through parliament next week. Article 50 legislation returns to parliament's lower house, the House of Commons, for lawmakers to debate conditions attached to it by members of the...