PARIS: Frenchman Francois Gabart smashed the world record for the fastest non-stop solo navigation of the globe on Sunday, completing the mammoth feat in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. The 34-year-old sailor crossed a virtual finish line drawn between the island of Ushant off France's northwest tip and Lizard Point in southwest England at 0145 GMT, comfortably beating the previous record set by compatriot Thomas Coville last year by six days and 10 hours. The race time was announced by an observer from…
ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities have arrested a Frenchman suspected of helping plan a New Year’s Day shooting in an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. The man, a 22-year-old French citizen of Turkish descent, was caught in Istanbul, Anadolu said. A police official said he had been detained weeks ago and formally charged last week. His detention had not previously been made public. Islamic State claimed the nightclub attack and said it was revenge for Turkish…
PARIS: A Frenchman who inherited a big house from a dead relative got more than he bargained for when he discovered a glittering treasure trove of gold coins and bars worth millions stashed around the place. The treasure is worth an estimated ?3.5m ($3.7m; £3m). Squirrelled away in hiding places throughout the house, he came across thousands of gold coins and bars weighing 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) in total. AFP adds: "There were 5,000 gold pieces, two bars of 12 kilos and 37 ingots of 1 kilo," Nicolas Fierfort,…
SYDNEY: A young British woman was killed and a British man critically hurt after a Frenchman allegedly stabbed three people at an Australian backpacker's hostel, police said Wednesday.
TORONTO: Novak Djokovic maintained his unbeaten record against Frenchman Gael Monfils with a 6-3 6-2 win in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Saturday, while Japan's Kei Nishikori also reached the final after beating Swiss second seed Stan Wawrinka.
JAKARTA: A Frenchman caught trespassing on a military base in Indonesia has confessed he was playing the wildly popular smartphone game Pokemon Go when he accidentally strayed off course, police said.
BORDEAUX: French police have arrested a man who called in a false bomb alert to an airport to delay his girlfriend's flight because she was in danger of missing it, prosecutors said Sunday.
WARSAW: A Frenchman tried to smuggle his Russian wife into the European Union by hiding her in a massive suitcase, without realising there had been no need for the would-be James Bond scheme.