France's presidential office has announced it will supply arms "in the coming hours" in response to a request from the Iraqi Kurdish community.
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Nearly 52 kilos of cocaine has disappeared from police headquarters in Paris, according to reports in the French press.
Le Parisien reports that the drugs - worth an estimated £2 million - were last seen on 23 July but were reported missing on Thursday, prompting an immediate inquiry.
The cocaine had reportedly been seized during a number of raids in July, and was said by France24 to have been kept in a room with an armoured door within the headquarters in the heart of Paris.
Air France has decided to avoid eastern Ukraine air space after a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed in the area, according to Reuters.
The French airline's move comes after Lufthansa similarly stopped flying over the region with immediate effect.
The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has addressed a rally in Paris. She told her voters to make their own choice in the May 6th presidential election runoff. The two leading candidates - Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande - have been competing for the votes of her supporters.
Nicolas Sarkozy has held his final campaign rally ahead of France's presidential elections.
The country goes to the polls on Sunday in the first round of voting.
The president received strong support from the crowd in Nice, as he battles to stay in his job.
French police are investigating why the mother of pupil stabbed a teacher in front of her class.
Dozens of offices attended the Edouard Herriot school in Albi, where the 34-year-old teacher was leading a class of five and six-year-olds in the school.
The mother of a pupil has stabbed a teacher to death in front of her class in France.
The 34-year-old teacher was leading a class of five and six-year-olds in the school in Albi, southern France when the mother attacked on Friday morning.
French president Francois Hollande described the killing at the Edouard Herriot pre-school as an "abominable drama".
Mr Hollande has sent the education minister to the region in response to the incident.
As former French president Nicholas Sarcozy is released from detention by French authorities, he denies any wrongdoing and says the country's justice system has been 'politicised', reports Europe Editor James Mates
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing and says he has not "betrayed" his country after being put under formal investigation for corruption.
Mr Sarkozy told Europe 1 radio the country's legal system was "being used for political means".
"The situation is sufficiently serious to tell the French people where we stand on the political exploitation of part of the legal system today," he said.
He added: "I say to all those who are listening or watching that I have never betrayed them and have never committed an act against the Republic's principles and the rule of law."