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Turkey-Libya deal is “bogus” says France’s ambassador to Athens

French Ambassador to Athens, Patrick Maisonnave, described the Turkey-Libya deal as “bogus” on Monday and underlined the interest of his country to boost defense ties with Greece. Referring to Turkey’s provocations in the region, which he described as “activism,” he said, “we shall see how we respond to this behavior.” …

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Greek Navy deploys frigate to escort French aircraft carrier

The Greek Navy will deploy a frigate to escort French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on a part of its mission in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. President Emmanuel Macron said last week that the Charles de Gaulle will be escorted by forces from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Greece. …

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French frigate heading for Block 7 in Cyprus EEZ, Greek MoD says

Greek Defense Minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, said that a French frigate would arrive shortly in block 7 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) where French energy giant Total holds a concession with Italy’s Eni. Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said on Thursday his company would not drill off Cyprus if it meant …

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France to lend Parthenon metope to Greece for 2021 celebrations

French President Emmanuel Macro has accepted the proposal by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to lend a metope from the Parthenon currently at the Louvre Museum to Greece. The metope that is displayed at the Louvre Museum will be exhibited at the Acropolis Museum in Athens during the 2021 celebrations …

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President Macron welcomes Prime Minister Mitsotakis in Paris

“I know you became prime minister only a few weeks ago, but that the relationship of our countries is very important to you,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in statements welcoming Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday. “When Greece was in crisis, France’s …

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Mitsotakis: Business tax down to 24% for 2019 incomes, at 20% as of 2021

One day before visiting Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke to French daily Figaro and invited investors to Greece. A thorough bill for taxation reduction for businesses will be presented in September, Mitsotakis told Figaro said adding that “income tax for businesses will …

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European Rights Court slams Greece, France for treatment of migrant children

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has punished Greece and France for their treatment of migrant children in two unrelated cases. The Court ordered Greece to pay 4,000 euros ($4,550) to nine teenagers — six Syrians, two Iraqis, and a Moroccan — who arrived in the country in early …

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Thrilled French tourists celebrate Mundial victory on Sifnos (video)

Just seconds after the referee signaled the end of  World Cup Final on Sunday, thrilled French tourists jumped into the sea at Kamares port of the island of Sifnos. 4:2 against Croatia and the Golden Trophy of Mundial were reasons enough to set the French tourists in excitement. And not …

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France seeks extradition of Russian bitcoin suspect Vinnik

France has joined the US and Russia in seeking the extradition of a Russian held in Greece for allegedly laundering $4 billion using the bitcoin digital currency, a court source said Wednesday. The French warrant says Alexander Vinnik, who headed bitcoin exchange BTC-e, had defrauded over 100 people in six …

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Greece leases 2 FREMM frigates from France, at least two more to follow

Greece is to acquire two frigates of multi-mission type FREMM from France among tension with neighbor Turkey. The plan is revealed just a few days after French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his support to Greece against threats in the East Mediterranean Sea. According to Greek media, the frigates will be …

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US, UK and France launch strikes in Syria before Chemical Weapons investigation

Bombing has begun. US, UK, France launched missile strikes on Syria short before 4:00 o’ clock  Saturday. The strikes lasted for about one hour, more than 100 missiles were fired. The Strikes were reportedly launched while US President Donal Trump was still addressing the nation. Strikes rocked Damascus with explosions …

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Tsipras tells Macron “Greek Armed Forces will not be involved in Syria operation”

Developments in Syria were among others, the subject of discussion between the leaders of Greece and France. In a telephone conversation with the French President on Friday,  Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Emmanuel Macron that Greek Armed Forces will not participate in a possible military operation in Syria, state broadcaster …

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EU, ESM, France press ahead on debt relief for Greece, but will Germany accept?

France and the European Union are pressing ahead with plans to implement debt relief for Greece. German economic newspaper Handelsblatt has obtained a working paper written by the European Stability Mechanism, which calls for extending Greece’s loans for a period of seven years and deferring €13 billion in interest payments …

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Greece prepares for Macron’s visit with security measures and hope for good deals

More than 2,000 policemen in uniform and hundreds in civilian clothes will be deployed in downtown Athens on Thursday and Friday, when French President Emmanuel Macron will pay his first official visit to Greece. The sound of police helicopters will accompany every step the French president will take – whether …

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