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French President meets Alwaleed in Paris

French President François Hollande and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) of Saudi Arabia, recently discussed bilateral investment issues at a meeting in Paris. The two leaders met at the F

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French envoy to Bahrain vows end to visa delays

Outgoing French Ambassador to Bahrain Christian Testot has apologised to Bahraini tourists who have been frustrated in their efforts to get a visa to France. The envoy said that the embassy was doing everything in its power to mak

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France to supply arms to Kurds ‘in hours’

France will supply arms "in the coming hours" in response to a request for Iraq's Kurdish leadership, President Francois Hollande's office said on Wednesday. "To meet the urgent needs voiced by the Kurdish r

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France remains tourism world champion

France kept its title as the world's top tourist destination in 2013, drawing nearly 85 million visitors despite a lacklustre economic situation as Chinese interest intensified and North Americans surged back to the country. With it

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France to earmark $13bn to promote renewables

France will mobilise about 10 billion euros ($13.41 billion) for a package of tax breaks, low-cost loans and bonuses to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country's oil and gas bill, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said.

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France wins $1.35bn navy deal in Egypt

France has secured its first major military contract in Egypt in about 20 years with a 1 billion euros ($1.35 billion) deal to sell four naval frigates, a French diplomatic source said on Saturday. Paris and Cairo have enjoyed clo

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Russia, other powers 'have differences over Iran talks'

France's foreign minister said on Tuesday "differences in approach" between Russia and some of the other five world powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear programme had appeared in the past few days. Speaking

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EIAST receives top delegation from France

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) recently received a visit of high-level delegation from Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French government space agency. The visit followed up

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French conglomerates win $2.7bn Qatar tram deal

French conglomerates Alstom and Vinci have signed a 2 billion euro ($2.72 billion) deal with Qatar to build a tram system in the future Lusail City, while the two countries also discussed a possible defence contract. The deal, whi

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France picks GE for Alstom venture

France has chosen General Electric to form an alliance with Alstom - rejecting an offer from Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - but said the deal still needed some work and added it would buy a 20 per cent stake in the hotly-contested com

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