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‘No second planet’: France urges Australia to greater climate action

‘No second planet’: France urges Australia to greater climate action

France’s ambassador has urged Australia to increase its commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the Glasgow climate summit next month.

  • by Mike Foley

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Maison d’être: the Aussie MP who swapped politics for a grand French château

Maison d’être: the Aussie MP who swapped politics for a grand French château

Quitting Victorian politics at 40, Tim Holding wanted a new career. Renovating an 18th-century mansion wasn’t in the plan – now it’s his mission.

  • by Melissa Fyfe
France aims to lead in green energy, small nuclear reactors with $47b plan

France aims to lead in green energy, small nuclear reactors with $47b plan

France wants to be a leader in green hydrogen by 2030 and build new, smaller nuclear reactors as part of a road map aimed at decarbonising the country’s industry, President Emmanuel Macron said.

  • by Leigh Thomas
Thankfully, the brave new post-vaccination world actually feels much like the old

Thankfully, the brave new post-vaccination world actually feels much like the old

Take it from someone who has been enjoying freedoms for months now: life snaps back quite rapidly.

  • by Bevan Shields
‘Make agriculture sexy’: France wants to lure the young and tech-savvy to its farms

‘Make agriculture sexy’: France wants to lure the young and tech-savvy to its farms

France is Europe’s main breadbasket but half of its farmers are over 50 and set to retire in the coming decade, leaving nearly 160,000 farms up for grabs.

  • by Liz Alderman
‘Playing with fire’: EU in crisis after Polish court challenges Brussels’ authority

‘Playing with fire’: EU in crisis after Polish court challenges Brussels’ authority

Though Warsaw and Brussels have been at loggerheads since Poland’s Law and Justice came to power in 2015, they are now on a full collision course.  

  • by Sabine Siebold and Alicja Ptak
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French ambassador says Australian government was ‘childish’ over submarine deal

French ambassador says Australian government was ‘childish’ over submarine deal

France’s ambassador to Australia says he is questioning what is true and real in the relationship after the decision to axe a $90 billion submarine deal.

  • by Anthony Galloway
French ambassador returning to Australia to ‘redefine terms of relationship’

French ambassador returning to Australia to ‘redefine terms of relationship’

“I think that’s a good thing,” says Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

  • by Bevan Shields
French clergy sexually abused more than 200,000 children since 1950, report finds

French clergy sexually abused more than 200,000 children since 1950, report finds

The Catholic Church had shown “deep, total and even cruel indifference for years,” protecting itself rather than the victims of what was systemic abuse in France, the report found.

  • by Tangi Salaün and Ingrid Melander
French Catholic Church braces for sex abuse report ‘bombshell’

French Catholic Church braces for sex abuse report ‘bombshell’

A lone actor telling the story of being raped as a child by a priest was made all the more extraordinary and heart-rending because it was true.

  • by Henry Samuel
Marie Antoinette’s secret love letters deciphered by revolutionary technology

Marie Antoinette’s secret love letters deciphered by revolutionary technology

Blotted out words from hundreds-year old letters have been revealed by scientists with groundbreaking new X-ray imaging.

  • by Jamie Johnson