French PM announces ‘public consultation’ on pensions reform | AFP

France’s Prime Minister announces that the government will ‘consult citizens directly’ on the pensions reform starting ‘the end of September’. SOUNDBITE

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Videographic on pesticides. Paris and four other French cities on Thursday banned the use of pesticides within their boundaries, as an anti-chemicals movement that began in the countryside gains momentum.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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France’s Macron meets Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé at the Elysée Palace in Paris, as 4,500 French troops continue to be stationed in the African country as part of French military operation Barkhane. IMAGES

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Schumacher in Paris for cell therapy – report | AFP

The stricken seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is in Paris’ Georges-Pompidou hospital for cell therapy surgery, according to French daily Le Parisien. The Paris hospitals department, contacted by AFP, refused to confirm or deny the news citing medical privacy laws. IMAGES

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French health minister meets emergency room staff | AFP

French health minister Agnès Buzyn meets with hospital chiefs and staff, as well as unions and other organisations, to address discontent among emergency room professionals who have protested for six months, and to present a “dedicated budget” to sort out the crisis in the long term. IMAGES

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Aigle Azur: Staff await takeover bids outside French airline HQ | AFP

The employees of cash-trapped French airline Aigle Azur meet in front of the company’s headquarters, waiting for a works council at which takeover bids will be presented. 13,000 passengers are still stranded around the world since flights stopped on Friday evening. IMAGES

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French foreign, defence ministers meet Russian counterparts in Moscow | AFP

French Defence Minister Florence Parly and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian meet their Russian counterparts in Moscow. France and Russia have not held a ‘2+2’ format meeting, dedicated to security issues, since the Ukraine crisis of 2014. Macron met with Putin in France last month and has called for a renewed push to resolve the five-year conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Macron announced the summit — which would involve the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine — after his meeting with Putin but no date has been set. IMAGES

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The art of filmmaking | AFP Animé

Videographic on the art of filmmaking. Woody Allen’s new romantic comedy “A Rainy Day in New York” will open the American Film Festival in the French resort of Deauville on Friday, giving the film, whose release was cancelled in the US, a major European stage.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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