French foreign minister visits Iraq

NASIRIYA, Iraq, May 31 (UPI) -- French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner met with Iraqi government officials Saturday in an effort to help with the rebuilding of Iraq, officials said.

France has reached out to Hamas

PARIS, May 19 (UPI) -- French officials confirmed Monday that they have been in contact with the Hamas movement for the past several months.

Analysis: EU and Central Asian gas

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- The European Union, gazing hungrily at Central Asia's vast oil and natural gas deposits, has long sought to weaken Russia's grip over Caspian exports. Now the EU has succeeded in getting its nose under the Turkmen tent, and in Moscow Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller must be drowning his sorrows, as Russia provides about 40 percent of the EU's natural gas imports.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent
France's food fight

France's food fight

LONDON, April 16 (UPI) -- France has fought a stubborn and increasingly desperate rearguard action for the past 30 years to protect its farmers against the competition of world markets through the mechanism of Europe's Common Agricultural Policy. But the answer to food shortages is fewer tariffs and more competition for farmers everywhere to sell wherever they can.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Negotiator says talks with pirates slow

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 7 (UPI) -- The French government said negotiations with pirates who seized a French luxury yacht en route to Malta may take a while.

Olympics spotlight troubles in host China

BEIJING, March 20 (UPI) -- The upcoming 2008 Summer Olympic Games, less than five months away, are spotlighting problems in host country China, reports say.

Ill woman who sought death, dies

PLOMBIèRES-LES-DIJON, France, March 20 (UPI) -- A French woman who sought death over life with a rare cancer that left her disfigured, blind and in severe pain was found dead Wednesday, authorities said.

France moving on Canadian Afghan help

BRUSSELS, March 7 (UPI) -- France's foreign minister indicated his country is responding to Canada's appeal for 1,000 troops in the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
Bhutto death probe may get outside help

Bhutto death probe may get outside help

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The Pakistani government, after earlier rejecting outside help, may accept an international investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

France favors cooperation with India

NEW DELHI, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- France's foreign minister said his country favors civil nuclear cooperation with India, which is undertaking safeguards talks with the U.N. nuclear agency.

Next Iran sanctions clash

MOSCOW, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The latest report from Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Iran's nuclear program may finally destroy consensus amongst the Iranian Six -- the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany -- and lead to unilateral sanctions against Iran.
PYOTR GONCHAROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

PA balks ahead of Annapolis peace talks

JERUSALEM, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority withdrew its support Sunday for joint Israeli-Palestinian documents to be presented at upcoming peace talks in the United States.

U.N. chief in Lebanon ahead of elections

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged Lebanese leaders to reach agreement to ensure next week's presidential elections meet widespread acceptance.

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Officials sing praises of immigration

BERLIN, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The foreign ministers of France and Germany have joined to record a song celebrating their efforts toward the integration of immigrants.

Lebanese presidential election delayed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Lebanon has pushed back its presidential election by nine days, from Monday to Nov. 21, marking the third time the parliamentary balloting has been postponed.

Iran says sanctions won't halt nuke drive

TEHRAN, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Iran’s foreign minister Monday dismissed threats of international sanctions, saying they wouldn't deter Tehran's development of nuclear energy.

Report: EU weighs Iran sanction options

BRUSSELS, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers of the European Union in Brussels have begun examining the option of imposing harsher sanctions against Iran and its nuclear program.

Commentary: Topic A on the Net

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- About 1,700 German companies are active in Iran ($7 billion in trade), where most companies are equipped with German technology. Under U.S. pressure, Germany’s three main commercial banks have closed their Tehran offices and Chancellor Angela Merkel, from the U.N. rostrum, urged a hard line against Iran’s nuclear program. But this finds little favorable echo in the Bundestag. Thus, EU sanctions would most likely be watered down to where neither Iran nor Germany would feel much pain.

France calls for EU sanctions on Iran

PARIS, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- France has petitioned fellow EU members to impose further sanctions against Iran for its uranium enrichment program.

X-Hour on Iran's nukes

MOSCOW, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The Iranian Six has confirmed its commitment to talks with Tehran with a view to removing the concern of the world community with its nuclear program.
PYOTR GONCHAROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Analysis: EU to support Iran sanctions?

BERLIN, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The United States and France are pushing for EU sanctions against Iran if those fail to be agreed upon at the United Nations, but it remains unclear how many other powers in Europe would support such a plan.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

Analysis: New sanctions may bust Iran LNG

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Potential European and U.N. sanctions, and an Iranian energy policy unfavorable to foreign investment, may spell disaster as Tehran struggles to develop its liquefied natural gas potential in the massive South Pars fields.
DEREK SANDS, UPI Energy Correspondent

UPI Energy Watch

TNK-BP eyes Venezuelan market; Nord Stream aims to build pipeline on deadline; French, Iranian firms in LNG talks

Analysis: Berlin and Paris move apart

BERLIN, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- France and Germany -- for years this meant one of the strongest alliances in Europe. Yet the skies between Berlin and Paris have become clouded ever since President Nicholas Sarkozy took over.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent
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