Police search for $2.16 million worth of gold blocks after arrests

PARIS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Police said they have arrested six men who allegedly stole blocks of gold worth $2.16 million from an Air France plane in Paris.

Record cocaine bust on Air France plane raises complicity questions

NANTERRE, France, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A record seizure of 1.3 tons of pure cocaine aboard an Air France airliner raises questions about possible complicity of French airport workers, police say.

DCNS completes intermediate refit of carrier

TOULON, France, July 25 (UPI) -- An intermediate refit of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has been completed by shipbuilder DCNS.

Paris airport workers charged with theft

PARIS, July 21 (UPI) -- Police said they charged 17 baggage handlers at the Charles De Gaulle airport near Paris with stealing more than $230,000 worth of valuables from suitcases.
France's crisis looms

France's crisis looms

PARIS, June 24 (UPI) -- It is starting to look as though France might be the country to watch this fall as the next phase of the European crisis unfolds.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

French air traffic controllers strike to end on Thursday

PARIS, June 12 (UPI) -- A strike by French air traffic controllers that resulted in thousands of flight cancellations is set to end Thursday, officials said.

French railway workers prepare to strike Thursday -- for a day

PARIS, June 12 (UPI) -- Railway workers are set to go on a one-day strike in France Thursday, halting some high-speed trains, union officials said.

French company launches world's biggest container ship

MARSEILLE, France, June 4 (UPI) -- A French shipping company launched the world's biggest container ship Tuesday in a ceremony attended by President Francois Hollande.

Deceased Cameroonian stowaway buried in France

MAUREGARD, France, May 4 (UPI) -- A French village buried a Cameroonian man who was found dead in the landing gear of an airplane that landed at a local airport, officials said.

Commentary: Global gridlock -- and lockjaw

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- A former national security adviser says the United States faces its biggest threat since the fear of nuclear war with the Soviet Union: Cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare.

Snow and ice storm hit France hard

PARIS, March 15 (UPI) -- A late-winter European storm that hit France with snow and ice this week could deal a $914 million economic blow to the country, officials estimated.

Blizzard hits England, France and Belgium

LONDON, March 13 (UPI) -- Hundreds of drivers got stuck in southeastern England as a blizzard fouled roads Tuesday on both sides of the English Channel, police said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.
By United Press International

Mountain climber Maurice Herzog dead at 93

PARIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Mountaineer Maurice Herzog, who made the first recorded climb to the 8,000-meter (26,246-foot) level, has died at age 93, the French government said.

Snowstorm hits France, flights delayed

PARIS, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A snowstorm in France delayed airport operations Friday, with Paris' Charles De Gaulle airport running behind schedule, officials said.
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Charles de Gaulle
PAP64111701 - 17 NOVEMBER 1964 - PARIS, FRANCE: France's President Charles de Gaulle greets Jordan's King Hussein at the Elysee Palace, November 17, 1964 with Princess Mouna (right) and Mrs. De Gaulle. Hussein was 30-years-old. iw/jd/file UPI

Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (English: /ˈtʃɑrlz/ or /ˈʃɑrl dəˈɡɔːl/; French:  ( listen); 1890–1970) was a French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first President from 1959 to 1969.

A veteran of World War I, in the 1920s and 1930s de Gaulle came to the fore as a proponent of mobile armoured divisions, which he considered would become central in modern warfare. During World War II, he reached the temporary rank of Brigadier General, leading one of the few successful armoured counter-attacks during the 1940 Battle of France, and then briefly served in the French government as France was falling.

He escaped to Britain and gave a famous radio address, broadcast by the BBC on 18 June 1940, exhorting the French people to resist Nazi Germany and organised the Free French Forces with exiled French officers in Britain. As the war progressed de Gaulle gradually gained control of all French colonies except Indochina most of which had at first been controlled by the pro-German Vichy regime. Despite earning a reputation for being a difficult man to do business with, by the time of the Allied invasion of France in 1944 he was heading what amounted to a French government in exile, but although he insisted that France be treated as a great independent power by the other Allies, the Americans in particular remained deeply suspicious of his motives. De Gaulle became prime minister in the French Provisional Government, resigning in 1946 due to political conflicts.

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