First Pondicherry International Film Festival

The festival organized by Pickurflick and Puducherry Tourism Department, which will begin on September 26, will be hosted at Puducherry. The inaugural edition of the festival will focus on the cinema, art, and culture of France, which is the partner country for the five-day long event. The mega festival will also promote Puducherry as a tourist destination.

Chopra wins Gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet

Neeraj Chopra, India’s javelin star, struck Gold in the Meeting International de Sotteville-les-Rouen in France. Chopra’s throw of 85.17m was enough to clinch the top spot on the podium. The winning distance from Chopra was, however, less than the 86.47m he achieved for gold at Gold Coast CWG. Neeraj is a part of India’s squad for the Asian Games 2018.

France brings FIFA world cup

France lifted the FIFA World Cup 2018 for the second time by defeating Croatia with a 4-2 victory. Didier Deschamps, the captain of the 1998 French side, became the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. Belgium won the 2nd runners-up position defeating England.

Golden Globe Race 2018

Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy will be participating in the prestigious Golden Globe Race that commences from Les Sables d’Olonne harbour in France on 1st July. The uniqueness of the race is that use of GPS, satellite communication, navigational aids, etc is forbidden. Cdr Tomy will be sailing in sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ has been built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Ltd at Goa.

CAG to audit Rafale procurement after payment

CAG will audit the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France only after the “deal is fully executed and the payments are completed”. The ?59,000 cr deal became contoversial after the Congress claimed that the current deal is more expensive than the one struck during the UPA government. The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft.

US vetoes Arab-backed UN draft resolution

The United States vetoed an Arab-backed UN draft resolution calling for measures to protect the Palestinians. Ten countries including China, France and Russia voted in favor of the draft put forward by Kuwait on behalf of Arab countries at the Security Council. Four countries Britain, Ethiopia, the Netherlands and Poland abstained.

France approved controversial immigration bill

French National Assembly has passed a new immigration law that tightens the rules around asylum.Bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles time for which illegal migrants can be detained & 1 year prison sentence for entering France illegally. France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.

Syria returned prestigious Legion d’honneur

Syria has returned to France the prestigious Legion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad.President Assad was decorated with the highest class of the award, the Grand Croix, in 2001 after he took power following the death of his father. France recently joined the US and Britain in bombing Syrian targets over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

World’s first long-distance electric bus line

13 : The world’s first long-distance electric bus line was inaugurated in Paris on 12th April.The bus will cover the 160 kilometres between Paris and Amiens in northern France in just over 2 hours. The bus can travel as far as 250 kilometres on one 5-hour battery charge. It emits no pollutants at all and creates less noise than conventional buses.

World Sparrow Day observed on 20th March

World Sparrow Day was observed on 20th March to create awareness about the protection of sparrows. The theme for this year‘s day was ? I Love Sparrows?. The first World Sparrow Day was observed in 2010 across the globe. It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France).

Evidence of particle predicted in 1970s found

A team of over 100 physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in France claimed to have found a potential evidence of the existence of a subatomic quasiparticle called ‘Odderon’.It’s existence was first predicted in the 1970s.The finding, which was brought about during the analysis of proton collisions, may help refine the current Standard Model of particle physics.

Francois Gabart breaks World Record

Frenchman Francois Gabart smashed the world record for the fastest non-stop solo navigation of the globe.He completed the mammoth feat in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. The 34-year-old sailor crossed a virtual finish line drawn between the island of Ushant off France’s northwest tip and Lizard Point in southwest England at 0145 GMT.

Australia joins ISA

Australia has joined the International Solar Alliance, to support the commitment to clean energy cooperation & help meet the Paris Agreement emission targets. Led by India & France, ISA will deepen cooperation on solar research, reduce technology costs & harmonise international standards. Australia’s expertise in solar technologies & research will be shared globally with formal creation of ISA

King of rock Johnny Hallyday dies

France’s best-known rock star Johnny Hallyday has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer.Known simply as Johnny at home & “the French Elvis” abroad, Hallyday was a singer, actor & consummate showman who sparked scenes of mass hysteria in his heyday. Hallyday broke from France’s classic chanson tradition in the late 1950s, selling more than 100 million albums & headlining 50 major tours

France claims its 10th Davis Cup

France won its 10th Davis Cup title when France’s Lucas Pouille beat Belgium’s Steve Darcis by 6-3 6-1 6-0 to give France a 3-2 victory in the final against Belgium.This is France’s first title since they beat Australia in 2001 before three defeats in the final in 2002, 2010 and 2014.Belgium has yet to win the title, having now lost three finals after defeats in 1904 and 2015.

India again member of UNESCO’s Board

India has been re-elected as the member of the UNESCO’s executive board, its top decision-making body. The election was held at the 39th session of the General Conference of the UNESCO in Paris, France. In the General Conference, each country has one vote, irrespective of its size or the extent of its contribution to the budget.

India, France held talks on defence

Ms. Florence Parly, the French Minister for the Armed Forces, was on an official visit to India from 26th – 28th October, 2017. India and France agreed to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation. They talked about initiatives to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation between India and France.It is to be noted that France is India’s major supplier of defence equipments.

Cinema legend Danielle Darrieux dies

French actress and singer Danielle Darrieux has died aged 100 in her home in Bois-le-Roi, France. Fondly referred to as the “grande dame” of French cinema, Darrieux had about a 140 films to her name in a career over eight decades. Darrieux started in comedy with a film role on Le Bal at just 14. She went on take more dramatic roles in films such as Mayerling by Anatole Litvak in 1936.

First High Horse Power Locomotive

India’s dream for high horse power locomotive moved closer to reality with arrival of 1st bodyshell of 12000 HP loco from Alstom France at Kolkata port. This first-of-its-kind high-power electric locomotive will be used to haul freight trains at twice the existing speed by next year. This is first major FDI project in the rail sector. The locomotive will run at a speed up to 120 km/h.

France appoints envoy to mediate

France has picked former ambassador Bertrand Besancenot to Saudi Arabia as a special envoy to try & help mediation efforts in Qatar crisis. France, which has close ties with Egypt & UAE while also being a major arms supplier to Qatar has called for calm in the dispute. A dispute erupted in June when Arab countries cut diplomatic, trade & travel ties over Qatar’s terrorist & extremist groups.

France to ban oil and gas production

France’s govt is unveiling a law to ban all production & exploration of oil & natural gas by 2040 on its mainland & overseas territories. Ban is part of a larger plan to wean country’s economy from fossil fuels, to encourage clean energy & fulfill France’s commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement. France’s oil & gas production represents just 1% of national consumption the rest is imported

Bjorn to Captain Europe’s Ryder Cup Team

Thomas Bjorn has been announced as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for the next contest in France in 2018. Bjorn has been handed the task of regaining the trophy following this year’s heavy defeat at Hazeltine National under Darren Clarke. The Dane’s three appearances as a player all resulted in victories. He has also been an assistant captain four times, including vice-captain to Clarke.

French Grand Prix Returns for 2018

The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2018 after an absence of 10 years. The race will be held in the south of France at the Circuit Paul Ricard also known as Le Castellet which last staged the event in 1990. The French Grand Prix was last held at Magny-Cours in central France in 2008. France hosted the first grand prix in 1906.