France
  • French gov't will be represented at investiture of president-elect Felix Tshesekedi
    22 january 2019 17:58:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French government says it will be fully represented at the inauguration of Félix Tshisekedi, the winner of the presidential election of December 30 in DR Congo.Full text...
  • EU, AU FMs meet in Brussels on Tuesday
    21 january 2019 18:57:48
    Paris, France (PANA) - The foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) will meet on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium, as part of a joint meeting to reaffirm the partnerships between the two groups, PANA learned from an official source on Monday. Full text...
  • French media highlight acquittal of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé by the ICC
    20 january 2019 19:13:54
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French media this week highlighted the acquittal of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and former leader of the "Young Patriots" movement of the country, Charles Blé Goudé, by the International Criminal Court.Full text...
  • Unesco, French RSF call for adequate inquiry into murder of Ahmed Hussein Suale
    19 january 2019 19:29:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Unesco Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), have condemned the murder of investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein Suale, and called on the Ghanaian authorities to conduct an investigation to bring the perpetrators of the act to justice. Full text...
  • Malian film maker laments Africa's leaders' dislike for African Cinema
    19 january 2019 14:45:45
    Paris, France (PANA) - Malian film maker, Souleymane Cissé, has slammed African leaders' dislike for Cinema, saying they regard the art as an "enemy to be killed", when it is indeed a yardstick for economic development. Full text...
  • Algeria to sponsor Miriam Makeba Prize at Fespaco 2019
    17 january 2019 19:20:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - A Miriam Makeba Prize, sponsored by Algeria, will be awarded for the first time at the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisual Festival (Fespaco), scheduled to hold from 23 February to 2 March, 2019, in Ouagadougou, announced the festival's general delegation. Full text...
  • Burkinabe gov't solicits economic model for African cinema at FESPACO 2019
    17 january 2019 18:55:08
    Paris, France (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Minister of Culture, Abdoum Karim Sango, has called on African film professionals and their partners to evolve an economic model for the African cinema during the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisuel (FESPACO), scheduled for 23 February to 2 March in Ouagadougou.Full text...
  • Fespaco selects films for screening at Ouagadougou festival
    16 january 2019 19:58:22
    Paris, France (PANA) - The management of the Pan-African Film, Television and Audiovisual Festival (Fespaco), on Wednesday announced the official selection of the full-length films that will compete during the 26th edition of the festival, to be held from 23 February to 2 March in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital.Full text...
  • Libyan prosecutor's arrest warrants raise outcry in Chadian rebellion
    12 january 2019 16:24:26
    Paris, France (PANA) - A series of arrest warrants issued by the Prosecutor General in Libya against several individuals, including members of the Chadian political-military opposition based in the south of the country, accused of abuses on Libyan territory, have been strongly rejected by Chadian rebel leaders.Full text...
  • Congolese author denounces Lari people genocide in Congo
    11 january 2019 18:10:17
    Paris, France (PANA) - Successive regimes in the Republic of Congo have been carrying out a deliberate policy targeting the minority Lari ethnic community in order to "isolate them and exterminate them, particularly in the Pool region, a Congolese writer and former priest, Nsaku Kimbembe, has charged in an interview with PANA in Paris, France.Full text...
  • France congratulates new Malagasy President
    09 january 2019 17:36:42
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French government through its Foreign Ministry "warmly" congratulated Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina on his election after the proclamation on Tuesday of the final results of the presidential election by the High Constitutional Court, and wished him all the best while assuring him of its support to help him in his new tasks.Full text...
  • France condemns attempted coup in Gabon
    07 january 2019 16:02:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - France has condemned the coup attempt by a group of Gabonese soldiers on Monday in response to the health situation of President Ali Bongo Ondimba who is recovering in Morocco, said a statement issued the French Foreign ministry. Full text...
  • French Dev't Agency gives Nigeria US$300m for power transmission projects
    06 january 2019 20:10:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The French Development Agency (AFD )is currently supporting power transmission projects in Nigeria with about US$300 million, the energy sector Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said on Sunday. Full text...
  • France deplores Somali government decision to expel UN representative
    05 january 2019 16:34:29
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French government has deplored the decision of the Somali government to expel the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Somalia, also chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Fink Haysom, Full text...
  • UNESCO chief calls for safety of media workers in Somalia
    04 january 2019 19:23:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has condemned the car bomb attack in the Somali capital that killed high profile television journalist Awil Dahir Salad, his driver, Abdiqadir Hassan Yusuf, and two bodyguards, Mohamed Dubad Gajaow and Ibrahim Mohayadin Ahmed, alongside more than 10 other people. Full text...
  • France criticises media censorship by authorities in DR Congo
    03 january 2019 18:08:00
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Radio France International (RFI) have criticised the censorship imposed on the media by the authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the suspension of Internet access, the withdrawal of accreditation of an RFI correspondent and the cut-off of the main radio transmitters while the counting of the vote continues after the legislative and presidential elections of 30 December. Full text...
  • France congratulates new OIF Secretary General for taking office
    03 january 2019 16:14:46
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French government has congratulated the new Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF), Louise Mushikiwabo, who took office on Thursday, while expressing conviction that she would make all arrangements to give the organisation a new impulse. Full text...
  • Total begins oil production from Nigeria’s Egina field
    03 january 2019 14:32:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - Total has started production from its Egina oilfield lying 150km off the Nigerian coast with a vessel equipped to produce up to 200,000 B/D and hold up to 2.3 million bbl of oil.Full text...
  • France calls for Malian govt response to violence in central Mopti region
    02 january 2019 15:19:54
    Paris, France (PANA) – Expressing its concern, the French Government on Wednesday called on Malian authorities "to take a strong reaction" to the resurgence of acts of violence that cost the lives of dozens of civilians on Tuesday morning in a Peul village in the centre of the country. Full text...
  • ROUNDUP: France condemns IS attack on Libyan foreign ministry
    26 december 2018 14:18:03
    Paris, France (PANA) – France has joined the chorus of countries and organisations "strongly" condemning the attack carried out on Tuesday against the Libyan foreign affairs ministry in Tripoli and reaffirmed that it is available to help Libya restore stability. Full text...
  • Sonangol and Total launch network of service stations in Angola
    22 december 2018 18:02:51
    Paris, France (PANA) - Total and Angolan state-owned Sonangol oil company have signed an agreement to create a joint venture for developing, distribution and marketing petroleum products in Angola.Full text...
  • French President Macron expected Saturday in Chad
    21 december 2018 17:12:02
    Paris, France (PANA) – French President Emmanuel Macron will make a 48-hour visit to N'Djamena on Saturday where he will hold a Christmas party with French soldiers stationed in Chad and meet Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno.Full text...
  • Niger to set up 20 MW solar plant for power supply in Niamey
    21 december 2018 14:33:32
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's Council of Ministers on Friday approved a credit agreement worth 23.5 million Euros with the French Development Agency (AFD) for funding a 20 MW solar PV plant to be built on Gorou Banda plateau in Niamey. Full text...
  • France to support Congolese Foundation for Medical Research
    19 december 2018 11:11:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Ambassador of France in Brazzaville, Bertrand Cochery, says his country will consolidate its cooperation with Congo in the areas of medical research, higher education, development and environment.Full text...
  • France, Burkina Faso stress cooperation in fighting against terrorism
    18 december 2018 16:19:32
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and French President Emmanuel Macron have welcomed the signing of several cooperation deals between the two countries, including the strengthening of the fight against terrorism, according to an official statement released in Ouagadougou on Tuesday.Full text...
  • France calls for amicable solution of Togo's political crisis
    14 december 2018 17:11:06
    Paris, France (PANA) – The spokesperson for the French foreign Ministry, Ms Agnès von der Mühll, on Friday expressed concern about the political crisis in Togo and called for a consensual solution by the government and opposition. She also condemned the latest political violence that claimed four lives, according to official figures. Full text...
  • Human rights groups want CAR government to take legal action against ex-Seleka rebels
    13 december 2018 19:45:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – The international Federation of Human rights (IFHR) and its partner organisation in Central African Republic, the CAR league of human rights (OCDH), on Thursday called on the CAR authorities to take legal proceedings against the leaders of the ex-Seleka, after the arrests of Alfred Rombhot Yekatom and Patrice Edouard Ngaïssona, two senior CAR anti-Balaka ex-war leaders. Full text...
  • France nabs Anti-Balaka senior official for trial at ICC over war crimes in CAR
    13 december 2018 16:58:51
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – A senior leader of the Anti-Balaka, a predominantly Christian counter-movement in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona was arrested on Wednesday by the authorities in France pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court. Full text...
  • No French observation mission for parliamentary poll in Togo
    13 december 2018 16:24:34
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - France does not intend to organize any observation mission for Togo's parliamentary election set for 20 December, according to a statement issued by the French embassy in Lomé on Thursday. Full text...
  • French aid agency sets US$ 5.8m aside to support start-ups in North Africa
    10 december 2018 18:39:09
    Paris, France (PANA) - Proparco, a subsidiary of the French Development Agency (AFD) dedicated to the private sector, signed on Sunday in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, a $ 5.8 million investment fund in the first closing of the Sawari Ventures North Africa Fund I to invest in 25 growing start-ups in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Full text...
  • Human Rights organisations, partners want EU to maintain sanctions against 16 Congolese officials
    08 december 2018 14:57:06
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Congolese partner organisations have called on the European Union (EU) to maintain the individual sanctions against 16 high-ranking Congolese officials, believing that weeks before the 23 December polls, the brutal repression of dissenting voices is still continuing. Full text...
  • France to participate in beatification of Catholics killed in Algeria
    07 december 2018 20:11:55
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, will on Saturday participate in a ceremony in Oran to beatify 19 Catholic leaders killed in Algeria. Full text...
  • Medical charity forced to end operations of search and rescue vessel in Mediterranean
    07 december 2018 03:50:38
    Marseille, France (PANA) – Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and its partner SOS Mediterranee, have been forced to terminate operations by the search and rescue vessel, Aquarius, in the Mediterranean, despite refugees, migrants and asylum seekers continuing to die in the deadliest migration route, MSF said in a statement on Thursday night. Full text...
  • Media watchdog condemns assassination attempt on chairman Somalia journalists
    06 december 2018 12:04:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - Media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the attempted assassination of Ismail Sheikh Khalifa, the president of the network of journalists and human rights in Somalia (HRJ), and called on the authorities to immediately "open serious and independent investigation" to identify the perpetrators. Full text...
  • Croatia's Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d'Or
    04 december 2018 04:52:34
    Paris, France (PANA) - Luka Modric, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder, on Monday night won the 2018 Ballon d'Or at a ceremony in Paris. Full text...
  • UEMOA countries pledge to conserve their audiovisual heritage
    03 december 2018 18:26:02
    Paris, France (PANA) - Eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) have committed to the preservation of their audiovisual heritage by signing a directive establishing an audiovisual legal deposit, official sources told PANA. Full text...
  • Burkina Faso ready to receive its cultural property from France
    29 november 2018 19:19:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso is ready to take back 1,088 cultural objects from France, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement on Thursday in Ouagadougou.Full text...
  • RSF protests insults and threats to newsmen by SA opposition figure
    29 november 2018 19:02:52
    Paris, France (PANA) - Reporters sans frontières (RSF) has strongly condemned the incitement of hate against journalists in recent weeks by Julius Malema, a prominent opposition leader in South Africa, who it claims is multiplying insults and threats to journalists and the media. Full text...
  • Cape Town to host next International Jazz Day
    28 november 2018 17:57:41
    Paris, France (PANA) - The next edition of the 2020 International Jazz Day will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, for its first celebration in an African city, UNESCO said.Full text...
  • Mali confirms death of Malian jihadist Amadou Kouffa
    25 november 2018 15:57:59
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of a radical preacher, Amadou Kouffa, during a joint operation on Friday night by the Mali Armed Forces (FAMAs) and the French-led Operation Barkhane on the base of the jihadist, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.Full text...
  • Council of Europe awards Kenya Federation of Women Lawyers
    22 november 2018 19:40:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Council of Europe awarded on Wednesday awarded the Democratic Innovation Award to the Federation of Women Lawyers of Kenya (FIDA-Kenya) which provides free legal aid services to women and children in the East African country. Full text...
  • Refugee, migrant children face hardships accessing education – UN report
    21 november 2018 04:42:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - Migrant and refugee children face incredible hardships attending schools and accessing education, a new United Nations report released on Tuesday has revealed, highlighting also structural weaknesses in national systems that can sometimes exclude children on the move. Full text...
  • France hails UN sanctions against Libyan Salah Badi
    20 november 2018 15:51:14
    Paris, France (PANA) - France has welcomed the United Nations Security Council sanctions, imposed on Friday, on Libyan national, Salah Badi, believing that he played a leading role in the recent clashes in Tripoli in which many civilians have died. Full text...
  • President Macron attends launch of high-speed train in Morocco
    14 november 2018 16:59:07
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Thursday, together with Moroccan King Mohammed VI, attend the official launch of a high-speed 200km railway linking Tangiers and Casablanca via Rabat, it was confirmed here on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Marginalised voices must be ‘included and amplified’ in digital technology space: UN Chief
    13 november 2018 03:49:36
    Paris, France (PANA) - New thinking is needed to better address deep gender gaps in access to digital technologies, seek out networks of the increasingly active elderly population, and support young people facing a rapidly transforming labour market, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said. Full text...
  • UN Chief urges nations to work together
    12 november 2018 00:23:38
    Paris France (PANA) - From conflict and economic downturn to disease and climate change, global problems require “more than ever” a strengthening of international cooperation, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told world leaders at the Paris Peace Forum on Sunday, commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War. Full text...
  • Burkinabè President to participate in Armistice centenary celebration
    10 november 2018 11:52:06
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, will participate, along with the French President Emmanuel Macron, in the commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice on Sunday, according to an official statement in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou. Full text...
  • Nigerian President Buhari leaves for Paris Peace Forum
    09 november 2018 18:52:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja on Friday for Paris, France, to participate in the first edition of the three-day Paris Peace Forum which kicks off on Sunday. Full text...
  • Mauritanian president to attend the centenary of the 1918 armistice in Paris
    09 november 2018 15:00:12
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed ould Abdel Aziz, is expected in Paris, France, on Friday to take part in both the celebration of the centenary of the 1918 armistice and a peace forum, PANA learned from official sources. Full text...
  • Paris Peace Forum opens on Sunday
    06 november 2018 11:46:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Paris Peace Forum opens on Sunday in the French capital with thousands of participants including several African heads of State and government, representatives of international organisations and the civil society expected to attend. Full text...

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