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Hollande Meets Aoun, Jumblat

President Michel Aoun received on Thursday the former French President Francois Hollande who plans to make a series of meetings with Lebanese officials to discuss the economic aid for Lebanon agreed at the CEDRE support conference last year.

Hollande had arrived Wednesday in Beirut and met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri who threw a banquet in his honor.

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France Tries to Set Trend with Internet Tax Bill

France will introduce a bill Wednesday to tax internet and technology giants on their digital sales, and thus curb efforts to pay global levies in countries with lower tax rates.

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Iran, France to Swap Ambassadors after Strained Ties

Iran and France are set to exchange ambassadors, officials said on Wednesday, after months of tensions including over an alleged Iranian plot to bomb an opposition rally near Paris.  

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Iran Daily Calls for Expulsion of French Diplomats

An ultraconservative Iranian newspaper called Tuesday for the expulsion of French diplomats from the country, accusing France of expelling an Iranian diplomat on the basis of a "ludicrous accusation".

The Kayhan daily demanded that the Iranian foreign ministry reciprocate "the insolent and vile behaviour of France in accusing and expelling our diplomat from its soil."

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French Police Hit with Poo Bombs at 'Yellow Vest' Protests

French police are facing a new form of weapon during "yellow vest" protests -- bags of fecal matter thrown bomb-like by demonstrators.

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French President Calls for Reconciliation with Italy

French President Emmanuel Macron has launched a call for reconciliation with Italy following a diplomatic spat between the neighbours that saw Paris briefly recall its ambassador.

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Vietnamese Carriers Sign $21 bn in Aviation Deals with U.S. Firms

Vietnamese carriers signed aviation deals with US firms worth $21 billion on Wednesday as President Donald Trump met with top business leaders in Hanoi ahead of his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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Iraq to Prosecute 13 French IS Fighters Seized in Syria

Iraqi courts will prosecute 13 French citizens captured while fighting for the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, Iraq's President Barham Saleh said Monday.

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French Senate Demands Probe into Macron Aides over Bodyguard Scandal

A French senate commission on Wednesday demanded an investigation into three close aides of President Emmanuel Macron after finding "major flaws" in the government's handling of a scandal involving an ex-bodyguard. 

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France Rallies to Denounce Anti-Semitic Insults at Protests

Mass rallies are planned in Paris and other French cities Tuesday to denounce a flare-up of anti-Semitic acts which culminated in a violent tirade against a prominent writer during "yellow vest" anti-government protests last weekend.

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