World International Affairs Russian and France have vowed to further their coordination in delivering humanitarian aid to Syria, an arena in which Moscow has been eager to seek Washington's help as well. Russia has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his seven-year civil war against rebels and jihadis, while France had backed efforts to depose him. With the Syrian military having reclaimed most of the country, French President Emmanuel Macron has joined many Western leaders in abandoning efforts to overthrow the leader and instead focus on helping rehabilitate the conflict-ravaged nation, where the U.S. still refuses to cooperate directly with Russia or its Syrian ally. In a phone call Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart "exchanged views on the ongoing developments in Syria, and praised the operation carried out by Russia and France in July to deliver and distribute humanitarian aid … [Read more...] about France Has Answered Russia’s Call for Help in Syria, Will the U.S.?
Summer storms have hit much of France with large parts of the north east, south east and central areas of the country placed on alert. There hasn't been much respite for the French in terms of the weather, with the intense heat quickly followed by thunderstorms. In total, 30 departments in France are currently on orange alert -- the second highest warning -- for storms by France's national weather agency Meteo France. The departments concerned are Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Côte-d'Or, Doubs, Jura, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Var, Vosges and Territoire-de-Belfort, Allier, Ardèche, Bouches-du-Rhône, Cantal, Corrèze, Creuse, Dordogne, Drôme, Gard, Haute-Loire, Lot-et-Garonne, Puy-de-Dôme, Vaucluse and Haute-Vienne. Map: Meteo France People in these areas are advised to remain vigilant due to the risk of … [Read more...] about Weather alerts extended in France as storms sweep in
News / World by Press Association 10/08/2018, 6:44 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich has been arrested after allegedly attacking an escort at a Frankfurt hotel. Frankfurt police spokeswoman Carina Lerch said: “It seems Mr Ullrich and an escort woman had a dispute and that he attacked her. She alerted the hotel staff and they called police.” Ms Lerch said the retired German cyclist was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The 31-year-old woman needed medical treatment. Ms Lerch said no further details could be given on her condition while police were investigating. Later, a police statement said Ullrich had resisted arrest. “As part of the police interrogation, the woman provided extensive information on the attacks of the accused. “The accused so far makes use of his right to refuse to testify,” the statement said. “Currently, the … [Read more...] about Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich arrested over alleged attack
TOUR-de-France winner Jan Ullrich has been arrested for allegedly "choking" a prostitute at a hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. A police spokesman said: “He is in police custody" while adding that the cyclist, 44, "was under the influence of alcohol and drugs" when he was detained. Ullrich won the Tour-de-France in 1997, becoming the only German to do so, but quit the sport in 2013 after admitting doping. Prosecutors say the alleged attack happened at the luxury hotel Villa Kennedy and that the 44-year-old "choked" the escort" until her "eyes turned black", reports Bild. Ullrich was in Frankfurt while receiving treatment for alcohol and drug abuse after he was arrested last Friday for allegedly "invading" his neighbour's house in Spain, local media reports. Last week, it emerged that the cyclist allegedly stormed into the home of fellow German Til Schweiger in Palma, Majorca, hurling threats. Local reports said they the pair had a blazing row and a "brawl" before the cyclist's arrest. … [Read more...] about Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich arrested for ‘attacking a prostitute’ in a luxury hotel
Two Germans who brought a group of teenagers to a campsite in southern France, where an elderly man was swept away by floods, were held for questioning Friday after it emerged that the site was off-limits for camping. The public prosecutor for the region confirmed to AFP that the president and vice-president of the association that brought the children from Leverkusen to the village of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas were being held on suspicion of causing unintentional injury and endangering the lives of others. Prosecutor Eric Maurel said the two were also under investigation for "running an unauthorised campsite". On Thursday, 119 children were evacuated from the site, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Avignon in the Gard region, after the Ardeche river burst its banks, swamping the campground in a fast-flowing, muddy torrent. READ ALSO: Photo: AFP A fellow camper told France's BFMTV channel that as the river … [Read more...] about Two Germans held in France over flooded youth campground