Francois Hollande
  • Nations mark 50 years of an accord that enshrined their post-war reconciliation with a joint Cabinet meeting and a joint session of the countries' parliaments.

    French President Francois Hollande, left, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
    LAST UPDATE : Jan 22, 2013, 6:17 AM EST
  • Syrians gather next to the scene of an explosion in Aleppo on January 18, 2013. A Belgian-born French journalist, Yves Debay, di

    French president offers condolences after Yves Debay killed by a rebel sniper. 



    LAST UPDATE : Jan 18, 2013, 2:07 PM EST
  • A picture shows a Dassault Rafale jet fighter on December 12, 2011 at Air Force Base 113 in Saint-Dizier western France.

    France's president opened talks in hopes of pushing ahead efforts to sell up to 60 Rafale fighter jets to strengthen ties in Gulf energy and defense industries.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 15, 2013, 7:39 AM EST
  • PARIS (AP) — France, breaking its own rules with a surprise military intervention in Mali, appears to be halting the lightning advance of radical Islamists seen as a threat to Europe.

    But the operation raises the specter of an African quagmire in a new theater of the West's war on terror just as France and other U.S. allies emerge from the old one in Afghanistan. And it undermines President Francois Hollande's promise to end the cozy, paternalistic ties France has long sustained with its former African colonies.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 14, 2013, 3:01 AM EST
  • A French fighter pilot gets ready to take off with a Mirage 2000 D, at Kossei camp in N'Djamena, Chad, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

    French fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali's north, pounding the airport as well as training camps, warehouses and buildings used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamists controlling the area.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 13, 2013, 11:48 PM EST
  • In this Nov. 24, 2012 photo, soldiers from a Malian army run during a training exercise in the Barbe military zone, in Mopti, Ma

    The al-Qaida-linked militants, who have carved out their own territory a northern desert region, recently pressed closer to a major base of the Malian army.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 12, 2013, 10:04 AM EST