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Franois Gabart: French sailor slashes around the world solo record

A French sailor has set a new world record for the fastest solo round-the-world navigation, beating the previous time by more than six days. Franois Gabart finished his circuit of the globe early on Sunday, in a time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. He completed the journey non-stop,

BBC - 2017-12-17 13:22:21

Macron predicts war in Syria against Islamic State group will be won in February

Screen shot of French President Emmanuel Macron being interviewed on France2 TV channel on December 17, 2017. French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday predicted the Islamic State group would be crushed in Syria by February, pushing for the Syrian government and opposition to come together for fr

FRANCE 24 - 2017-12-17 20:57:11

Polls open in uncertain Chile vote

About 14 million people are eligible to cast ballots at more than 43,000 polling stations which opened at 8:00 am local time (1100 GMT). Pinera is a conservative billionaire who previously held the nation's highest office from 2010-2014. He is trying to return as the successor to center-left incumbe

24MATINS.UK - 2017-12-17 10:42:05

France Hopes to Get More Wind Energy from Its Coasts

France recently launched its first floating wind turbine. The new turbine is called Floatgen. It is near the country's western coast. Makers of the turbine say it is able to provide electricity for as many as 5,000 homes. It also is France's first attempt at offshore wind energy: electricity produce

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2017-12-17 21:57:14

Frenchman Gabart slashes six days from solo round-the-world sailing record

French sailor Franois Gabart slashed six days and 10 hours off of sailing's around-the-world record on Sunday, recording what many pundits thought was an impossible time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. Huge crowds of well-wishers were on hand to welcome the sailor to the port of Bre

FRANCE 24 - 2017-12-17 06:05:25

Billionaire former president Pinera wins Chile election

Guillermo Salgado Sanchez / AFP | Chile presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel wave during the presidential run-off election in Santiago, Chile on December 17, 2017. Billionaire former President Sebastian Pinera easily won Chile's presidential runoff election Sunday, mo

FRANCE 24 - 2017-12-17 23:31:25

The French apprentices thriving on medieval roots

Can an institution set up in the early Middle Ages have any relevance to the great employment questions of today? Ask anyone who works for France's Compagnons du Devoir (Companions of Duty), and you will get a resounding "Yes!" Their roots may be medieval, but today the Compagnons continue to offer

BBC - 2017-12-17 00:17:31

French Sailor Breaks Solo Around-the-World Record

(BREST, France) - French sailor Francois Gabart broke the record Sunday for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours. That is more than six days faster than the last record, set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville last year. The organizers, tracking his

TIME - 2017-12-17 16:45:22

Geert Wilders calls for Trump-style Muslim travel ban in Europe

European countries should adopt Donald Trump-style travel bans to counter a wave of Islamisation supposedly sweeping the continent, the Dutch anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders has said. Wilders, the leader of the Netherlands' Freedom party (PVV), made his comments at a gathering of far-right l

THE GUARDIAN - 2017-12-17 16:40:15

Macron: Talk to Assad Now, He Will Answer for Crimes Later

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron says he thinks the Islamic State group will be defeated in Syria by mid-February and that Syrian President Bashar Assad can't be ignored - but must one day answer for his crimes. Macron noted in a television interview that aired on Sunday that Iraqi authoriti

NEW YORK TIMES - 2017-12-17 20:36:30

Elliot Daly scores two tries in Wasps’ revenge mission against La Rochelle

Historically the fourth round of the Champions Cup tests a team's mental fortitude and character as much as their rugby abilities, which was the case for Wasps as they looked to exorcise the demons inflicted on them by La Rochelle seven days earlier. Officially the knockout stages do not begin until

THE GUARDIAN - 2017-12-17 15:31:05

France to consider long-term ADP concession before sale: report

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government is considering awarding a long-term concession to Paris airport operator ADP (ADP.PA) because of land ownership issues, prior to a possible sale of a controlling stake, business daily Les Echos said. ADP has been tipped to be among the state assets to be sold

REUTERS - 2017-12-17 22:24:08

Sailing: Frenchman Gabart sets new round-the-world record

December 17, 2017 / 12:16 PM / Updated 2 hours ago PARIS (Reuters) - Frenchman Francois Gabart set a world record for sailing around the world alone on Sunday, completing his journey in 42 days and 16 hours. The time beat the previous record set last year by his compatriot Thomas Coville by more th

REUTERS - 2017-12-17 12:14:11

Clinical Lyon beat Marseille to cement third place

PARIS (Reuters) - Olympique Lyonnais cemented third place in Ligue 1 with a 2-0 home win against Olympique de Marseille on Sunday. Nabil Fekir and Mariano Diaz struck each side of the interval to put OL on 38 points from 18 games, three points ahead of fourth-placed Marseille. Monaco are second, a

REUTERS - 2017-12-17 23:21:53

Ground force: Half of France's military planes 'unfit to fly'

French warplanes and helicopters may be battling jihadists in the deserts of Africa and the Middle East, but the French Air Force on the whole is in a disastrous state, with 56 per cent of all its aircraft unfit to fly at any given moment, according to a senior minister. "If I compare the current si

TELEGRAPH - 2017-12-16 23:02:00

Two Danish journalists wounded in Gabon knife attack

Marco Longari, AFP | Archive photo of a Gabonese police officer patrolling a street in Libreville in September 2016. Two Danish nationals were wounded Saturday in a knife attack in Gabon's capital apparently committed in retribution for "US attacks against Muslims", a minister said. The two men,

FRANCE 24

Far-Right European leaders gather in Prague amid tight security, Left-wing groups announce several protests

Prague: Europe's far-right leaders including Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders will gather for a controversial conference in Prague on Saturday held under tight security amid protests planned to counter groups spreading xenophobia. Allied within the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a European Parl

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Candidates vie to succeed Zuma as head of South Africa's ruling ANC

Mujahid Safodien, AFP | Delegates attend the 54th ANC National Conference at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg on December 16, 2017. Thousands of delegates from South Africa's ANC party gathered Saturday for a five-day meeting to elect their new leader in a divisive race seen as a pivotal mome

FRANCE 24

FRANCE 24 journalist wins UN Correspondents award for 'Timbuktu Revisited'

FRANCE 24 screen grab | Franois Rihouay receives the Ricardo Ortega award in New York City on December 15. Rihouay looked at how the northern Mali city of Timbuktu, known as the "gateway to the Sahara", is recovering after nine months of occupation by both Tuareg rebel groups and Islamist militant

FRANCE 24

Woolly mammoth skeleton sold for 548,000 euros in France

An ancient skeleton of a woolly mammoth has sold for 548,000 (483,000; $640,000) at auction in the French city of Lyon. The skeleton, which exceeded its estimated value, is thought to be the largest of its kind in private hands. It is a rare example because 80% of the skeleton is original bone. The

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