Latest Jean-Yves Le Drian News

The Latest: Saudi minister: 50% of crude reduction restored

Sep. 17, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 10 p.m. Saudi Arabia's energy minister says 50% of the production cut by the attack on its oil processing plant has been restored. Prince...

French foreign minister arrives in Sudan to meet new leaders

Sep. 16, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — France's foreign minister on Monday said his country would support Sudan's new leaders in their efforts to achieve peace with rebel groups, and work to end the African country's international pariah status. Jean-Yves Le Drian landed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, weeks after the formation...

Trapped in Syria, French families file suit against envoy

Sep. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French wives and children of Islamic State fighters have filed a legal complaint against France's foreign minister, saying he was "sacrificing children" in the face of public opinion. France, which was Europe's leading source of Islamic State recruits, has been slow to repatriate any French...

French foreign minister wants to rebuild ties with Russia

Sep. 9, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — France's top diplomat says a major prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine should act as a catalyst for improved ties between his country and Moscow. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters Monday after his talks with the Russian foreign minister in Moscow that the "time has come...

UN atomic official in Iran as it runs advanced centrifuges

Sep. 8, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran defended Sunday its decision to use advanced centrifuges prohibited by its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as a visiting top official of the United Nations atomic watchdog urged Tehran to offer "time and active cooperation" with his inspectors. The visit and careful...

The Latest: France says open to talks with Iran to save deal

Sep. 8, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 3:30 p.m. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said that dialogue with Iran remains open despite the country's decision to further back away from its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal. Speaking on Europe 1...

Iran ratchets up pressure ahead of weekend nuclear deadline

Sep. 4, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian officials ratcheted up pressure Wednesday ahead of a weekend nuclear deadline for European nations to come up with a solution for Iran to sell its oil abroad in the aftermath of escalated U.S. sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani reiterated a threat that Tehran would take...

High-stakes gamble: Iranian envoy gets surprise G-7 invite

Aug. 25, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — A top Iranian official paid an unannounced visit Sunday to the G-7 summit and headed straight toward the heart of the city where leaders of the world's major democracies have been debating how to handle the country's nuclear ambitions. France's surprise invitation of Iranian Foreign...

The Latest: France presses for Hong Kong talks to end crisis

Aug. 14, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong pro-democracy protests (all times local): 3 a.m. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called on all sides, especially authorities in Hong Kong, to restart talks to end violence and bring a "peaceful outcome" to the crisis surrounding pro-democracy...

Malaysia conducts autopsy to find cause of death of UK teen

Aug. 14, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian doctors conducted a lengthy autopsy Wednesday to determine the cause of death of a 15-year-old London teen whose naked body was found nine days after she mysteriously disappeared from a nature resort. Nora Anne Quoirin's body was discovered Tuesday beside a small stream...