defense & security
Paris Police Are Shopping for High-Performance Drones to Spy on Crowds
In a bid to enhance security ahead of the city hosting a pair of major sporting events this summer, police in Paris are looking for a near-silent drone that can be used for surveillance operations at night.
defense & security
France Sells Submarines to Australia in One of the Biggest Defense Contracts in the World
The 12 advanced vessels, touted as the best of their kind in the world, cost $40 billion and are meant to keep up with regional powers like China.
China Gets French Wine in Exchange for Chemicals on First Run by 'New Silk Road' Train
According to one Chinese rail official, the new land route will form part of "an economic belt, along with the maritime route linking China to Europe."
French Special Forces Stage Mock Terror Attack So They Can Learn to Get Along
France's interior minister has told representatives from the country's three elite police units to bury the hatchet to better tackle the threat of terror attacks.
French Addiction Experts Urge Government to Make Overdose Antidote Widely Accessible
The French Federation for the Study of Addiction has unveiled recommendations to help reduce risks associated with regular substance use, including allowing more people to administer the anti-opioid drug naloxone.
French Government Dismisses Official's Call for Pot Decriminalization Debate
The remarks come just a week before the UN General Assembly is due to hold a special session on global drug policy, where international leaders are expected to discuss decriminalization.
The French Government Is Telling Citizens That Spanking Kids Is Bad
Unlike in 50 other countries, physically punishing children is legal in France —but people are being advised that it's a bad idea anyway.
There's a French Far-Right Party in the Panama Papers Leak
The populist Front National has threatened to sue the press for libel after the leak revealed that people close to it had stashed money away in offshore tax havens.
Why One French Town 'Hired a Druid Healer'
While the news that a town in Brittany had appointed a druid healer grabbed lots of headlines, it was actually a hoax, aimed at drawing attention to the very real shortage of physicians in rural France.
Mass Murderer Anders Breivik Gives Nazi Salute as He Appeals Solitary Confinement
The far-right terrorist, who was sentenced to 21 years in solitary confinement for killing 77 people in Norway in 2011, is arguing that his incarceration amounts to "torture."
An Unprecedented Number of Young People in France Want to Become Cops
The number of applicants to become police officers in France has risen by 42 percent since the terror attacks in Paris in 2015 — but unemployment plays a part, too.
'Butcher' Dentist Faces Trial for Mutilating More Than 100 Patients in France
Former patients have complained of excruciating and unnecessary dental work, the use of improper equipment and heavy anesthetics, and exploitative billing practices.