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IMF's Christine Lagarde 'under investigation'

IMF's Christine Lagarde 'under investigation'

International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged. She has been questioned several times about her role in a 400m euro (£318m; $527m) compensation payout to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008. Lagarde, 58, was finance minister...

French PM presents govt resignation

French PM presents govt resignation

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls presented the resignation of his government to the president on Monday, Francois Hollande's office said in a statement. The statement said a new government would be formed on Tuesday in line with the "direction he (the president) has defined for our country." The move comes a day after leftist Economy...

No survivors in Air Algerie crash

No survivors in Air Algerie crash

France yesterday announced there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali, saying bad weather was the likely cause of the disaster. "Sadly, there are no survivors," President Francois Hollande said on television, a day after flight AH017, carrying 51 French nationals, went down shortly...

WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL: GER VS FRA

Hummels breaks French hearts

Hummels breaks French hearts

A first half header from Mats Hummels fired Germany into the semi-finals of the World Cup with a narrow 1-0 win over France. The Borussia Dortmund defender missed the last-16 victory over Algeria as a result of flu-like symptoms, with the bug having also affected a number of the squad in the build-up to...

Algerians win hearts

Algerians win hearts

Algeria's battling display against Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup on Monday will not only have won them many new admirers but also marks them out as one of the favourites for next year's African Nations Cup. Africa's last team standing after Nigeria's defeat by France earlier in the day, Algeria...

Loew demands improvement

Joachim Loew insists Germany must improve for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against France after a below-par performance in their 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria in the last 16. Late goals by Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil sealed victory in con Monday to put three-time winners Germany into the last eight. Didier Deschamps' France lie in wait at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium, but Loew says his side must remedy their poor finishing and defensive errors against Algeria. "We must be better for...

'Giroud should have seen red'

John Obi Mikel said Olivier Giroud should have seen red for elbowing him during Nigeria's 2-0 defeat to France in their second round World Cup clash. The Chelsea midfielder claimed referee Mark Geiger saw Giroud strike him in a tangle around the half hour mark, but opted against showing the Arsenal man a card before France battled to victory with two late goals to secure a place in the quarterfinals. The 27-year-old criticised the referee for his failure to act on...

Late bursts see France through

Late bursts see France through

Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama went from hero to zero as his error helped France to a 2-0 FIFA World Cup last-16 triumph. Enyeama, who plies his trade with Lille in the French top flight, made sensational saves from Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba, but the latter capitalised to book a quarter-final place when the...

Court upholds French full veil ban

Court upholds French full veil ban

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ban by France on wearing the Muslim full-face veil - the niqab. A case was brought by a 24-year-old French woman, who argued that the ban on wearing the veil in public violated her freedom of religion and expression. French law says nobody can wear in...

Brazuca-fest 22

Germany, France to win; not without sweats

Germany, France to win; not without sweats

Germany and France, the two strong World Cup aspirants from Europe, will appear in two different matches to book their quarterfinals berths. Both the giants looked in great touch, with their strikers notching goals freely. France will face Nigeria while Germany take on Algeria. France cruised through Group E by outscoring opponents 8-2 and...

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