September 17, 2019

French team ignored coach at Rugby World Cup

Imanol Harinordoquy says the French team ignored coach Marc Lievremont at the Rugby World Cup because he was "lost". The World Cup runners-up came in for criticism after some poor performances in the pool stages, losing to Tonga and New Zealand before reaching the final. Lievremont called some … [Read more...]

Video shows Rougerie eye-gouge attack on Richie McCaw

Footage of French centre Aurelien Rougerie apparently gouging All Blacks captain Richie McCaw's eye has been released after the All Blacks captain played down the incident. McCaw said yesterday that he got "a poke in the eye" in the World Cup final but is not sure if it was deliberate … [Read more...]

Eye gouge claim against French team in Rugby World Cup Final

The French rugby captain's role in an alleged eye-gouging incident against All Blacks counterpart Richie McCaw during Sunday's final has been questioned by commentator Keith Quinn. Quinn told Radio New Zealand there was an attempt to gouge the All Blacks captain's eye during a ruck towards the … [Read more...]

Cameron fends of backbench revolt over EU pullout

UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has had a rather verbally violent week. Having just returned from an EU summit where he had a massive row with the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, Cameron is now facing a backbench revolt from Conservatives who want a referendum on pulling out of the European … [Read more...]

All Blacks name team for World Cup Final

The All Blacks, who have made no changes to the starting team to contest the Rugby World Cup Final against France on Sunday. The side to be captained by Richie McCaw features just one change on the reserve bench from the team who beat Australia 20-6 in the semifinals, with Adam Thomson recovered … [Read more...]

ETA says armed campaign for Basque independence is over

The Basque separatist group ETA says it has called a "definitive cessation" to its campaign of bombings and shootings that have terrorised Spain for more than 40 years. In a statement ETA called on the Spanish and French governments to respond with "a process of direct dialogue". The … [Read more...]

Colonel Gaddafi killed in Sirte fighting

Libya's former leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after his convoy tried to fight its way out of his birth city of Sirte. The circumstances of his death are not yet clear. Fighters loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC) said they found him hiding in a hole, and shot him … [Read more...]

French woman hostage in Somalia dies

Marie Dedieu, a French woman kidnapped from Kenya by Somali gunmen earlier this month has died, according to French officials. Diplomats said they were told of Marie Dedieu's death by contacts through whom they had been negotiating her release. The exact date and circumstances of her death are … [Read more...]

French prosecutors drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn case

A French inquiry into attempted rape claims by Tristane Banon against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dropped. The prosecutor's office said the evidence suggested sexual assault - a less serious offence than attempted rape, with a shorter statute of limitations. Writer Tristane … [Read more...]

Explosion at French nuclear site kills one, injures four

One person has been killed and four injured, one seriously, in a blast at the Marcoule nuclear site in southern France. Officials have been quick to point out that there was no risk of a radioactive leak after the blast, which was caused by a fire near a furnace in the Centraco radioactive waste … [Read more...]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn charges dropped

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dropped, with prosecutors claiming hotel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo could not be trusted to tell the truth. "Our inability to believe the complainant beyond a reasonable doubt means, in good faith, that we could not ask a jury to … [Read more...]

EU leaders agree second Greece bailout package

European leaders have reached agreement on a second bailout package for Greece. They have also expanded their rescue funds to help shore up any other debt crises in the eurozone. European Union president Herman Van Rompuy said the rescue deal would be financed by both the EU and the International … [Read more...]

Tristane Banon files charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Lawyers acting for French writer and journalist Tristane Banon have said they are filing charges of sexaul asault against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Banon, 31, claims Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an 'interview' in 2002. She made the claims on a … [Read more...]

High speed rail protesters in Italy injure 30 police in clashes

Clashes between police and protesters over the construction of a high-speed rail link with France through the Italian Alps have left 30 police injured. The protesters think that, despite safeguards built into the 15 billion euro project, an area of outstanding natural beauty is going to be … [Read more...]

European E.coli outbreak linked to Egypt

The deadly E. coli outbreaks in Germany and France may have come from seeds sourced in Egypt, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. A report said there was still "much uncertainty", but fenugreek seeds imported in 2009 and 2010 "had been implicated in both … [Read more...]