CATCH up with some of the recent news stories from France.
France to cut 24,000 defence posts by 2019
France is to cut 24,000 defence posts by 2019 in a move the government says will preserve the country's military clout but detractors say risks reducing its defence apparatus to "the nuclear bomb plus gendarmes".
Northern Mali still unstable despite French intervention
Inhabitants of Timbuktu live in fear of attacks by bandits and suicide bombers.
Sixth French soldier killed in Mali, Elysée Palace says
A French soldier has died in combat in northern Mali, the presidency announced on Monday. He is the sixth soldier to have been killed since France launched military operations in January.
French President announces 10 pro-business measures to redefine French business as we know it
Yesterday, at the closing of the Assises de L’entrepreneuriat, François Hollande gave a closing speech that wrapped up a series of 9 talks (“Les Assises”) which discussed entrepreneurship in France – its problems, its potential, etc. During the closing words, Hollande gave a look into the future for the entrepreneurs, the “pigeons” who attended the event – a look at a France that is pro-business, pro-startup, and professional.
International Cycling Union to cooperate fully with French anti-doping body at Tour de France
The International Cycling Union has agreed to fully cooperate with the French anti-doping body at this year's Tour de France.