France sees record new coronavirus infections

France reported a new record for daily coronavirus infections on Thursday a day after the government announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants in major cities which have provoked an outcry from local politicians and business owners. …

Gerard Depardieu becomes Orthodox

The famous French actor, a citizen of Russia, Gerard Depardieu converted to Orthodoxy, the baptism ceremony took place in the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in the historic part of Paris, the church informs. "The baptism …

This day in history, August 16 

- The battle of Smolensk between the Russian army and French troops was the first major battle of the 1812 Patriotic War. In the course of a three-day battle in the Smolensk region, Russian troops, repelling attacks by superior enemy forces, did …

World pledges €250 million to Lebanon

World leaders pledged more than €250 million for disaster-struck Lebanon, conference host France said, with the emergency aid to be delivered "directly" to a population reeling from the deadly port blast in Beirut. …

Hostage taker surrenders outside French bank

A gunman who took six people hostage in a bank in France on Thursday surrendered to elite police after a six-hour operation to free his captives. The hostage-taker, a 34-year-old with a history of mental illness, emerged slowly from the …

Europe braces for second COVID-19 wave

Europe is bracing for a second wave of coronavirus as continuing outbreaks raise the prospect of reimposed restrictions at a time when millions of people are travelling across the continent for their summer holidays, The Guardian writes. …