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France agrees to send more troops to West Africa to fight terrorism

France agrees to send more troops to West Africa to fight terrorism

World
Jan. 14 (UPI) -- French President Emmanuel Macron agreed during a summit with leaders of West and Central African nations to send hundreds of more troops to reinforce the region's fight against Islamic terrorism. During a summit meeting Monday in the southwestern French city of Pau, Macron and the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger reaffirmed their commitment to fighting extremism in the Sahel, a semi-arid belt stretching 2,400 miles across the breadth of the continent, they said in a joint statement. Macron also said he agreed to send 220 additional combat troops to reinforce Operation Barkhane, France's largest overseas mission to counter terrorism in the region, which has seen an uptick in violence in recent years. On Thursday, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the U...
Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

Tourists face travel chaos as national strike begins across France

World
Travellers heading to and from France face five days of chaos due to a general strike across the country over pension reform.Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the biggest wave of industrial action the country has faced for decades - which begins on Thursday. There are no tickets available on Eurostar trains until Tuesday, with the company saying it has cancelled almost 100 services between now and then. Image: Flights, trains and buses will all be hit by the national strike Image: Many airlines have cancelled flights to and from France Airlines including Easyjet, British Airways and Ryanair have opted to cancel many of their flights to and from France, while Air Fran...
Construction starts on first digital frigate for France

Construction starts on first digital frigate for France

Business
Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A steel-cutting ceremony marked the start of construction for France's new frigate at Naval Group's Lorient, France, shipyard. The shipyard ceremony Thursday was led by French Defense Minister Florence Parly, and guests included Adm. Nicolaos Tsunis of the Greek Navy, the company said in a press release. Envoys of Poland and New Zealand also attended the event, an indication that their countries may be future customers. The first-in-class 393-foot vessel is known internally as an Admiral Ronarc'h-class FDI, or defense and intervention, frigate, and will be exported to customers under the name Belharra. The Greek navy ordered two ships last week. The diesel-powered ship can sail 5,000 nautical miles without refueling and can stay at sea for up to 45 days. Its weapons incl...
France 23-21 Argentina: Camille Lopez drop-goal denies Pumas in Tokyo thriller

France 23-21 Argentina: Camille Lopez drop-goal denies Pumas in Tokyo thriller

Sports
2019 Rugby World Cup: France v ArgentinaFrance: (20) 23Tries: Fickou, Dupont Pens: Ntamack (2) Cons: Ntamack (2) DG: LopezArgentina: (3) 21Tries: Petti, Montoya Pens: Sanchez, Urdapilleta (2) Cons: SanchezFrance held off a second-half comeback by Argentina to win a gripping World Cup match in Tokyo.The Pumas overturned a 20-3 half-time deficit to take a 21-20 lead until Camille Lopez's drop-goal put France ahead again in the Pool C encounter.Tries from Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont gave France the advantage. Guido Petti and Julian Montoya crossed for the Pumas and Benjamin Urdapilleta's penalty put them ahead before replacement Lopez struck.The Pumas, who had lost their previous nine interna...
Google to pay France almost €1bn to settle fraud inquiry

Google to pay France almost €1bn to settle fraud inquiry

Technology
By Wale Azeez, business reporter Google has agreed to pay nearly €1bn in fines and taxes to France as settlement in a fraud inquiry that began four years ago.The tech giant said it will pay a €500m (£446.6m) fine, plus €465m (£415m) in taxes, in a deal that may set a legal precedent for other global technology companies operating within the country. French investigators had been seeking to establish whether the tech giant failed to pay tax due to the state by not declaring parts of its business activities within the country.Google's European headquarters are based in Dublin.Google, part of Alphabet Inc, pays little tax in most European countries because the company reports almost all of its sales in Ireland.