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Macron takes office as French president

PARIS: Emmanuel Macron becomes France's youngest ever president on Sunday, taking over from Socialist Francois Hollande in a solemn ceremony. Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, arrived at the Elysee Palace in central Paris in a motorcade…

France marks one year since Paris attacks

PARIS: France on Sunday marked the first anniversary of the Paris attacks with sombre ceremonies and painful memories for the relatives of the 130 people killed. President Francois Hollande unveiled plaques at sites across the city that…

France can provide safe Games in 2024, says Hollande

PARIS: Should Paris be selected to host the 2024 Olympics, France is well equipped to stage a safe Games because of the security measures that are in place after the recent terror attacks, president Francois Hollande said on Sunday. Los…

World leaders mourn the death of Shimon Peres

JÉRUSALEM: Nobel laureate and former Israeli president Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday aged 93, left an indelible mark on world affairs. Here is a selection of the tributes paid to one of Israel's best-loved elder statesmen.