France

Thousands gather to celebrate return of France's World Cup team

Thousands have gathered in Paris to congratulate France's national football team as they began their bus parade towards Champs-Elysees as it is revealed the team will be given the Legion of Honour by the state - after they won a second World Cup. 

The victorious footballers landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport earlier today and are now making their way down streets of the capital in a bus towards the triumphant parade. 

France beat Belgium to qualify for World Cup final

France advanced to the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium on Tuesday.

Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal with a header in the 51st minute.

France, the 1998 champion and 2006 runner-up, will play either Croatia or England in Sunday's final in Moscow.

There was less at stake the last time the teams last went head-to-head at the World Cup, a 4-2 victory for France in the third-place match in 1986.

France through to World Cup knockout stage with Mbappe strike

France are through to the knockout stage of the World Cup with a second win in as many matches, beating Peru 1-nil.

19-year-old Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he earned Les Bleus the win in their second Group C game, sending the South Americans out of the tournament on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Mbappe tapped in after Olivier Giroud's shot looped over goalkeeper Pedro Gallese when it took a deflection off a defender in the 34th minute of a high-intensity match.

Priest killed in France by attackers claiming connection to ISIS

A priest has been killed in an attack by two armed men on his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France.

The attackers entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage.

Police later surrounded the church and French TV said shots were fired. Both hostage-takers are now dead.

The Amaq news agency, linked to so-called Islamic State, said "two IS soldiers" had carried out the attack.

President Francois Hollande said the men had claimed to be from IS.

Opposition Leader challenges PM on treatment of TT national in France

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is challenging the Prime Minister over what she sees as the poor treatment of a T&T national in France.

The former Prime Minister issued a statement questioning why Dr Kris Rampersad was prevented from participating in an international conference and why she was not checked upon, following the terrorist attacks.

The following is the Opposition Leader's full statement: