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Mali: a serving of ‘Freedom Fries’

French intervention in Mali is motivated by economic rather than democratic concerns In 2003, the Bush administration justified the invasion of Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein had ties with Al-Qaeda and possessed weapons of mass destruction. Bush named the invasion ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’, claiming that he wanted democracy for Iraq. The French administration …

Mustafa Salama

A file picture taken on September 21, 2010 shows a French soldier (C) patroling with Afghan soldiers in Kapisa province in Afghanistan. (AFP PHOTO)

France ends combat mission in Afghanistan

Nijrab Base, Afghanistan(AFP) – France ended its combat mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday, withdrawing troops from a strategic province northeast of Kabul as part of a quickened departure from the war-torn country. Paris says all French combat soldiers will leave the country next month, two years before allied nations contributing to the 100,000-strong International Security …

Liliana Mihaila

France heads back into recession

Paris (AFP) — France is headed back into recession for the second time in three years, its central bank warned Wednesday in a setback for the recovery prospects of the stricken eurozone. In a downbeat survey of the outlook for Europe’s second biggest economy, the Bank of France predicted a 0.1 percent contraction in gross …

Daily News Egypt

Germany, France vow to do ‘protect eurozone’

Berlin (AFP) — The leaders of Germany and France threw their political support Friday behind ECB chief Mario Draghi’s vow to do “everything” to protect the eurozone, after another brutal week of market turmoil. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said in a joint statement released in Berlin and Paris after a …

Daily News Egypt

Will the tragedy in Toulouse unite France?

By Rabbi François Garai GENEVA, Switzerland: The assassination of French Muslim and Christian military personnel and French Jewish civilians two weeks ago in Toulouse and Montauban has rocked France. Yet beyond the fears that this act has stirred among both French Jews and their Muslim compatriots, the desire for co-existence prevails. Many of us European …

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