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Britain, France and Germany agree on support for Iran nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany agree on support for Iran nuclear dealBritain, France and Germany have agreed that the nuclear deal that U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap remains the best way of stopping Tehran getting nuclear weapons, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said on Sunday. May had phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel where they agreed the deal may need to be broadened to cover areas such as ballistic missiles, what happens when the deal expires, and what they consider Iran’s destabilizing regional activity, a statement said. “They committed to continue working closely together and with the U.S. on how to tackle the range of challenges that Iran poses – including those issues that a new deal might cover,” the statement said.



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Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner

Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinnerWASHINGTON (AP) — Now it's President Donald Trump's turn to pull off the ultimate charm offensive.



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France urges immediate access for Syria chemical inspectors

France urges immediate access for Syria chemical inspectorsFrance urged the Syrian regime and its ally Moscow on Friday to grant weapons inspectors immediate access to the site of an alleged chemical attack, accusing them of “obstruction” aimed at eroding the quality of the evidence. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who arrived in Damascus last Saturday, needed “full, immediate and unhindered access” to the site in the town of Douma.



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Russian presence in Syria a concern as US, UK, France attack

Russian presence in Syria a concern as US, UK, France attackKeir Simmons, NBC News foreign correspondent, reports live from Moscow on the Russian concerns in Syria and considerations made of the Russian presence by the joint strike by U.S., Britain, and France.



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As prince visits, Saudi Aramco to sign $10 billion of deals in France

As prince visits, Saudi Aramco to sign $  10 billion of deals in FranceSaudi Aramco will sign eight deals worth $ 10 billion with French firms on Tuesday, the chief executive of the state-run oil giant said on Monday – the main contracts expected to be sealed during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to France. The powerful young prince who is behind modernizing reforms in Saudi Arabia is on a three-day trip at a time when relations between the two countries have become more complicated, including over how to address Iran’s role in the region. Aramco and French oil major Total plan to sign an agreement to expand their joint venture refinery in Saudi Arabia, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on April 5.



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As prince visits, Saudi Aramco to sign $10 billion of deals in France

As prince visits, Saudi Aramco to sign $  10 billion of deals in FranceSaudi Aramco will sign eight deals worth $ 10 billion with French firms on Tuesday, the chief executive of the state-run oil giant said on Monday – the main contracts expected to be sealed during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to France. The powerful young prince who is behind modernising reforms in Saudi Arabia is on a three-day trip at a time when relations between the two countries have become more complicated, including over how to address Iran’s role in the region. Aramco and French oil major Total plan to sign an agreement to expand their joint venture refinery in Saudi Arabia, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on April 5.



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Turkey's Erdogan says France is abetting terrorists

Turkey's Erdogan says France is abetting terroristsTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused France of abetting terrorists by “hosting them” at the Elysee Palace, amid a diplomatic row between the NATO allies over Paris’s support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Relations between Ankara and Paris have been tense in recent weeks, with France one of the most vocal critics of Turkey’s two-month-old military operation in northern Syria against the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.



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Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman to meet Emmanuel Macron in France

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman to meet Emmanuel Macron in FranceSaudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to arrive in France on Sunday, where his host President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure to halt lucrative weapons sales to the oil-rich kingdom because of its bombing campaign in Yemen. The two-day official visit comes after the prince’s weeks-long tour of the United States, Britain and Egypt, where the prince has courted business leaders and signed a host of multimillion dollar deals. The prince's agenda for the visit to France has not been made public – apart from his dinner with Mr Macron on Tuesday – and there was speculation as to whether he would stay in a chateau he owns that has been dubbed the “world’s most expensive home.” The property contains 10 bedroom suites, a grand reception room with a 52ft-high frescoed dome ceiling, a library, a wine cellar with space for 3,000 bottles, and a “meditation room” under the moat circled by an aquarium with huge sturgeon inside. The buyer was not identified at the time, but the New York Times  reported last December that the purchaser was the Crown Prince Mohammed – known colloquially as MBS.  The report was seen as an embarrassment for the 32-year-old prince who is preaching fiscal austerity at home while leading a major crackdown on corruption by the kingdom’s elite. Crown Prince Mohammed is considered the de facto Saudi leader and has recently led a modernising drive in the strictly religious kingdom, which includes allowing cinemas to open and women to drive, The French president treads a delicate line as he hosts the Saudi king-in-waiting during the visit that is expected to focus on cultural ties and investments, as well as the long-running war in Yemen, which has killed 10,000 people and left the country on the brink of famine. Mr Macron faces fierce criticism over the export of arms to the kingdom, which has been bombing Yemen since 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition intervened to fight Houthi rebels backed by Iran, the Saudis’ arch-enemy. "Emmanuel Macron should put Yemen at the centre of his discussions with Mohammed bin Salman as he hosts him in France," said a statement issued this week by ten international rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. They called for "the end of bombing targeting civilians and respect for international humanitarian law" as well as the "unconditional and permanent lifting on restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian aid and commercial goods to Yemen". A YouGov opinion poll last month showed that three out of four French believe it was "unacceptable" to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia because of the kingdom’s actions in Yemen.



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Turkey or Kurdish YPG militia? Pick a side, Turkish minister tells France

Turkey or Kurdish YPG militia? Pick a side, Turkish minister tells FranceBy John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – Turkey warned France on Thursday that it needed to choose who it wanted as an ally to fight Islamic State in Syria, and urged it to do what is necessary to ensure Kurdish militias leave the northern Manbij region. Relations between Ankara and Paris have been tense in recent weeks, with France increasingly criticizing the two-month-old Turkish military operation against the Kurdish YPG in northern Syria, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization That came to a head on March 30 after President Emmanuel Macron met a Syrian delegation including the YPG and its political arm, the PYD, and gave assurances of French support to help them stabilize northern Syria against Islamic State.



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Anti-Semitic slaying of 85-year-old prompts outcry in France

Anti-Semitic slaying of 85-year-old prompts outcry in FrancePARIS (AP) — Like many who survived Nazi horrors, Mireille Knoll embraced life, eating out and going to the theater despite limited means. Even as age and Parkinson's disease took their toll, she delighted in receiving guests — until one of them allegedly stabbed the 85-year-old to death because she was Jewish.



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