Ex-French PM faces probe into COVID-19 response

Paris, July 4 (IANS) A French court has launched an inquiry into the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, focusing mainly on three senior figures, including former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, following complaints from unions and doctors.


World Athletics freeze two Russia panels over unpaid fine

Paris, July 3 (IANS) World Athletics has announced that it will stand down both the Doping Review Board (DRB) and the Russian Taskforce as it has not received the payments due from the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF), nor any information on when the money may be paid, despite reminders and correspondence with the federation, the deadline of which was July 1.

Greens score gains in 2nd round of French local polls

Paris, June 29 (IANS) France's Green party and its left-wing allies have made significant gains in the second and final round of municipal elections, while President Emmanuel Macron's centrist The Republic on the Move (LERM) failed to gain a strong foothold.

Voting on for French local elections

Paris, June 28 (IANS) Polling stations across more than 4,600 French towns opened on Sunday for the second round of the local elections, which were delayed three months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.