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The importance of bilingualism on the campaign trail

Saturday, October 19th 2019, 23:00
related countries: Spain Spain, United States United States

How does speaking French or Spanish affect a candidate's chances in North American politics?
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North Macedonia calls snap election after EU talks setback

Saturday, October 19th 2019, 12:37
related places: Eu

France led opposition to opening membership talks with North Macedonia in what many called a mistake.
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EU blocks Albania and North Macedonia membership bids

Friday, October 18th 2019, 15:35
related countries: Albania Albania

France led a handful of states to block Albania and North Macedonia moving closer to membership.
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Why a brainless yellow 'blob' that can learn is mystifying scientists

Thursday, October 17th 2019, 15:50
related places: Paris

A yellow organism, which looks like fungus but acts like an animal, has gone on display at a Paris zoo.
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Macron warning on stigmatising Muslims amid France veil row

Thursday, October 17th 2019, 14:17

Protests erupt in France as a Muslim mother accuses a far-right politician of "racial violence".
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Dior apologises for using China map without Taiwan

Thursday, October 17th 2019, 7:14
related countries: China China, Taiwan Taiwan

The French luxury brand was criticised for using a map that didn't show the island claimed by China.
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French firefighters hit Paris streets in major protest

Tuesday, October 15th 2019, 19:43
related places: Paris

At least 5,000 firefighters from across France demanded better pay, pensions and working conditions.
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Notre-Dame plot: Five women jailed over foiled car bomb attack

Tuesday, October 15th 2019, 10:18

The 2016 incident is the first to involve a group of women trying to stage an Islamist attack in France.
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Paris police killings: Five arrested over knife attack

Monday, October 14th 2019, 9:24
related places: Paris

They are said to have links to the man who killed four colleagues at the Paris police HQ on 3 October.
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Coco Gauff wins first WTA title beating Jelena Ostapenko in Linz Open final

Sunday, October 13th 2019, 14:47

Coco Gauff wins her first WTA title by beating former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2 in the Linz Open final.
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Paris killings: Terror at heart of police HQ jolts France

Friday, October 11th 2019, 23:26
related places: Paris

The murder of four people is being seen as the worst assault in France since the Paris attacks of 2015.
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Turning Paris's underground car parks into mushrooms farms

Friday, October 11th 2019, 21:39
related places: Paris

Paris is renovating many of its underground car parks and some are now growing mushrooms.
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French murder suspect arrested at Glasgow Airport

Friday, October 11th 2019, 21:05
related places: Nantes

Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes is suspected of killing his wife and four children in Nantes in 2011.
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Renault ousts chief executive Thierry Bolloré in 'coup'

Friday, October 11th 2019, 12:05

Thierry Bolloré is abruptly dismissed by the French carmaker after only nine months in the role.
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Luc Besson: French film director denies rape allegation

Tuesday, October 8th 2019, 13:10
related places: Leon

The French director of Leon and The Fifth Element is accused of rape over a two-year period.
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Jeff Koons' Paris Bataclan sculpture mocked as 'pornographic'

Monday, October 7th 2019, 23:54

The large artwork is criticised for looking like marshmallows or parts of human anatomy.
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France IVF bill: Protests gather thousands in Paris

Sunday, October 6th 2019, 21:17
related places: Paris

The bill would give single women and lesbian couples access to fertility treatment.
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Paris police killings: Attacker showed signs of 'radicalisation'

Sunday, October 6th 2019, 6:35

Prosecutors say Thursday's knife attacker approved of the terrorist attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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Notre-Dame: How an underwater forest in Ghana could help rebuild a Paris icon

Saturday, October 5th 2019, 23:11
related countries: Ghana Ghana
related places: Paris

Wood submerged in Ghana's Lake Volta is a "genius solution" to rebuilding the French cathedral, some say but others disagree.
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Paris police killings: Investigation handed to anti-terror prosecutor

Friday, October 4th 2019, 17:27

A motive for the killing of four police employees by a colleague on Thursday remains unclear.
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Paris police attacker had suffered 'psychotic fit', says wife

Friday, October 4th 2019, 13:34

His wife reportedly told police he was incoherent the night before he killed four people with a kitchen knife.
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Mind-controlled exoskeleton allows paralysed man to walk

Friday, October 4th 2019, 9:23

A mind-controlled exoskeleton has allowed a paralysed 30-year-old man to walk in French lab.
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Paris police attack: Four killed by knife-wielding employee

Thursday, October 3rd 2019, 19:15
related places: Paris

A knife-wielding employee targeted colleagues at central police headquarters in the French capital.
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French police hold ‘anger march’ over suicides and working conditions

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019, 17:08

Thousands of police officers rally in the French capital over issues including a rise in suicides.
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Rouen chemical factory fire 'leaves our children in danger'

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019, 11:27
related places: Rouen

Residents of the French city of Rouen demand answers as children complain of sore eyes and throats.
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Gigi Hadid marches gatecrasher off the Chanel catwalk

Tuesday, October 1st 2019, 17:08
related places: Paris

A French comedian is ushered off stage during the Chanel fashion show in Paris by Gigi Hadid.
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Karachi submarine case: Balladur faces trial in France

Tuesday, October 1st 2019, 16:20

Ex-PM Edouard Balladur and ex-Defence Minister François Léotard allegedly misused arms deal cash.
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Big queues of mourners in Paris for Jacques Chirac

Monday, September 30th 2019, 16:15
related places: Paris

Former US President Bill Clinton and Russia's Vladimir Putin join mourners at service for former leader.
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Parisians fight climate change with a surprising weapon

Friday, September 27th 2019, 20:53
related places: Paris

An initiative in Paris is trying to persuade restaurants to turn food waste into compost.
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Chirac's death: French head to palace to remember leader

Friday, September 27th 2019, 13:44

As mourners pay their final respects, France plans a public ceremony and a day of mourning.
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Jacques Chirac: Former French president dies aged 86

Thursday, September 26th 2019, 20:26

The committed Europhile whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals dies aged 86.
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Jacques Chirac: Key moments in his life

Thursday, September 26th 2019, 18:17

The highs and lows of the career of former French president Jacques Chirac, who has died aged 86.
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French factory fire could pollute Seine river, officials warn

Thursday, September 26th 2019, 12:12
related places: Rouen

Officials say a chemical factory fire in the French city of Rouen could pollute the Seine river
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Take a hard look at 'sexist toys' - Dutch education minister

Thursday, September 26th 2019, 10:50
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Dutch toymakers are told to think carefully, after France's toy industry agrees to end stereotypes.
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The political chameleon who charmed France

Thursday, September 26th 2019, 10:41

Hugh Schofield looks back at the life of a French prime minister and president who played the political game to perfection.
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Recaptured wandering black panther stolen from French zoo

Tuesday, September 24th 2019, 20:27

The young feline was caught last week after being seen prowling the roofs of a northern French town.
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Iran rejects fresh accusations over Saudi oil attack

Tuesday, September 24th 2019, 13:26
related countries: Iran Iran, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

The leaders of France, Germany and the UK backed US claims that Iran attacked oil installations.
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Jeffrey Epstein case: Financier's Paris flat searched by police

Tuesday, September 24th 2019, 12:09
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris, August

The financier was facing sex charges in the US when he killed himself in August.
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French chef Marc Veyrat sues Michelin guide over star rating

Tuesday, September 24th 2019, 11:54

Celebrity chef demands answers after losing three star status due to "cheddar in our soufflé".
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Cimabue: Long-lost €6m artwork found in elderly woman's kitchen

Tuesday, September 24th 2019, 9:21
related places: Paris

A painting hanging above a hotplate in a home near Paris is a long-lost masterpiece, experts say.
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Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case

Tuesday, September 24th 2019, 9:18

A privacy regulator had sought to force firm to delist links across the world and not just Europe.
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Notre-Dame plot: Five women in court over foiled car bomb attack

Monday, September 23rd 2019, 13:33

The French women, all converts to Islam, face terrorism charges over the incident in September 2016.
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Mediator: French weight-loss drug trial over ‘up to 2,000’ deaths begins

Monday, September 23rd 2019, 12:01

Experts believe the drug could have killed between 500 and 2,000 people before it was banned.
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Paris climate march halted amid clashes between activists and police

Saturday, September 21st 2019, 18:46
related places: Paris

Authorities feared the family-friendly demonstration would be infiltrated by separate protesters.
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Belgian F-16 crash pilot ejects on to power line

Thursday, September 19th 2019, 13:55
related countries: Belgium Belgium

The Belgian jet's pilot is safe and well after being rescued from the line in north-western France.
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Black panther found prowling roofs in French town

Thursday, September 19th 2019, 12:48

The powerful feline spent an hour walking along a second-floor ledge before it was tranquilised.
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Europe migrant crisis: Calls to redistribute migrants as arrivals rise

Thursday, September 19th 2019, 12:09
related countries: Italy Italy

France and Italy want a fairer European system in place to "show solidarity" as numbers increase.
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French Dunkirk camp cleared as migrants try to reach UK

Tuesday, September 17th 2019, 13:18
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Dunkirk

Police try to move some 1,000 people from a gym and tent camp near Dunkirk.
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Boy poisoned by E. coli-infected beef in 2011 dies in France

Monday, September 16th 2019, 12:10

The 10-year-old was paralysed by contaminated supermarket beef in northern France.
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How Paris got a taste for second-hand style from Africa

Friday, September 13th 2019, 23:09
related countries: Togo Togo
related places: Paris

Clothes dealer Amah Ayivi finds vintage gems in Togo and sells them on to fashion lovers in Paris.
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Daniel Buren painting damaged in Pompidou Centre attack

Friday, September 13th 2019, 14:50

A man with a knife badly damages a work by French contemporary conceptual artist Daniel Buren.
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Macron pension reform: Paris paralysed by massive strike

Friday, September 13th 2019, 9:04
related places: Paris

Most metro lines are not running amid union resistance to President Macron's reform plans.
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Google to pay €1bn to end French tax probe

Thursday, September 12th 2019, 16:04
related countries: Christmas Island Christmas Island

The settlement ends a four-year investigation into Google's tax affairs.
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Saudi princess sentenced for plumber kidnapping in Paris

Thursday, September 12th 2019, 15:28
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
related places: Paris

The sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a 10-month suspended sentence.
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Macron ally Ferrand investigated over financial misconduct

Thursday, September 12th 2019, 9:17
related places: Ferrand

Richard Ferrand, a member of the French president's 2017 campaign team, faces corruption allegations.
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French company liable after employee dies during sex on business trip

Wednesday, September 11th 2019, 13:16

The French firm must pay compensation after the man had a heart attack during sex with a stranger.
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Summer heat killed nearly 1,500 in France, officials say

Monday, September 9th 2019, 8:02

France's health ministry says preventative measures helped to curb damage from the heat.
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Femicide: The murders giving Europe a wake-up call

Friday, September 6th 2019, 23:20

France has announced measures to tackle violence, but how does it compare with the rest of Europe?
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Air France crash: Manslaughter charges dropped over 2009 disaster

Thursday, September 5th 2019, 15:24

French judges say there are not enough grounds to prosecute Air France and Airbus over the 2009 crash.
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French rooster Maurice wins battle over noise with neighbours

Thursday, September 5th 2019, 11:26

The cockerel ruffled the feathers of some of his neighbours on the French island of Oléron.
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How a Hitler bust was found under French Senate

Thursday, September 5th 2019, 11:12

For 75 years the French Senate has kept an embarrassing World War Two secret.
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Yemen: Western powers may be held responsible for war crimes - UN

Wednesday, September 4th 2019, 4:48
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

The US, UK and France provide arms and logistical support to a Saudi-led coalition fighting there.
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Banksy artwork stolen from central Paris

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019, 12:22
related places: Paris

The mural, located outside the Pompidou Centre, had been targeted by thieves before.
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Mont Blanc: Outcry as ex-marine dumps rowing machine near peak

Tuesday, September 3rd 2019, 11:53

A French mayor complains a helicopter will be needed to remove the machine.
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Schools in France to display flags in classrooms

Monday, September 2nd 2019, 14:41
related places: Eu

French and EU flags are now required in every classroom in the country in new laws from 1 September.
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French air traffic control 'outage' hits UK flights

Sunday, September 1st 2019, 17:57
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Airlines warn of delays and some cancellations due to problems affecting French airspace.
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Air Canada fined for not using French language

Friday, August 30th 2019, 23:12
related countries: Canada Canada

A French-speaking couple say the airline violated their "linguistic rights" under Canadian law.
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Napoleon Bonaparte: St Helena seeks impersonator for bicentenary

Friday, August 30th 2019, 16:28

Tourism officials are looking for a "well presented" male to play the role of the French emperor.
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Mystery of Napoleon's favourite general may be solved in Russian discovery

Thursday, August 29th 2019, 16:09
related countries: Russia Russia

DNA results on remains found under a dance floor in Russia could end the mystery of a French general.
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Thieves target bronze bells from French churches

Wednesday, August 28th 2019, 16:09

Some of the bells pre-date the French Revolution and are considered precious.
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Amazon fires: South American countries to meet to discuss response

Wednesday, August 28th 2019, 14:59
related countries: Brazil Brazil

Brazil's President Bolsonaro also reveals he has accepted help from Chile, after rejecting a G7 offer.
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Amazon fires: Forest loss challenges Paris climate ambition

Wednesday, August 28th 2019, 11:47
related places: Forest, Paris

Fossil fuel burning is the big issue but continued forest cover loss will make climate targets harder to achieve, say scientists.
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French 'cybercops' dismantle pirate computer network

Wednesday, August 28th 2019, 10:24

A team of French police destroys a virus that infected 850,000 computers, officials say.
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French man spent five days with head trapped in ladder

Monday, August 26th 2019, 14:47

The man's shocked sister found him - he had slipped at home in eastern France during a DIY job.
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Amazon fires: G7 to release funds for fire-fighting planes

Monday, August 26th 2019, 14:25

They agreed to pay for fire-fighting planes, but Brazil says the plan treats it like a colony.
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G7 summit: Iranian foreign minister attends unexpected talks

Sunday, August 25th 2019, 23:10
related countries: Iran Iran
related places: Biarritz

Iran's foreign minister makes a "surprise" visit to Biarritz to meet the French president.
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Algeria culture minister quits after concert stampede

Sunday, August 25th 2019, 9:49
related countries: Algeria Algeria
related places: Algiers

Five young fans of popular French-based rapper Soolking were killed in a stadium in Algiers.
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What is the G7 summit and what does it do?

Friday, August 23rd 2019, 23:26
related places: This

This weekend's meeting in France brings together the heads of the world's leading economies.
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Jeffrey Epstein case: France launches rape inquiry

Friday, August 23rd 2019, 17:35
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

The financier, who was facing sex charges in the US when he killed himself, had a home in Paris.
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Amazon fires: Brazil threatened over EU trade deal

Friday, August 23rd 2019, 16:19
related countries: Brazil Brazil, Germany Germany, Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

Mr Macron says Brazil's leader lied to him as UK and German leaders voice concerns over the fires.
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Amazon fires: Merkel and Macron urge G7 to debate 'emergency'

Friday, August 23rd 2019, 10:56
related places: Our

The French and German leaders want the issue debated at the G7 summit, but Brazil’s leader is angry.
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Booba attack: Gang targets French rapper video team

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 10:52

Shots were fired and three people were hurt as a video was being filmed, but Booba had already left.
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G7 summit: Inside the climate activist training camp

Tuesday, August 20th 2019, 23:01

Campaign groups in France are teaching people how to protest effectively, ahead of the G7 summit.
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Simon Gautier: French hiker's body found in Italian ravine

Monday, August 19th 2019, 15:39
related countries: Italy Italy

Simon Gautier, 27, made a plea for help 10 days ago, saying he had broken his legs in a cliff fall.
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Sardinian sand theft: French tourists face jail term

Monday, August 19th 2019, 11:57

They say they wanted the sand as a "souvenir" and did not realise they were committing an offence.
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Hong Kong protests: Rival demonstrations spread across globe

Sunday, August 18th 2019, 15:05
related countries: Australia Australia, China China, Hong Kong Hong Kong, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States
related places: Beijing, Rival

Supporters of Beijing and Hong Kong have held rallies in the UK, France, US, Canada and Australia.
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Paris waiter 'shot dead over slow sandwich service'

Sunday, August 18th 2019, 0:25

A customer opened fire reportedly because his sandwich was not prepared quickly enough.
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French 'Spiderman' scales Hong Kong skyscraper with banner urging peace

Friday, August 16th 2019, 10:47
related countries: China China, Hong Kong Hong Kong

The French daredevil unfurled a banner showing China and Hong Kong shaking hands.
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Twin festival in northwest France reaches 25th year

Friday, August 16th 2019, 0:14
related places: Pleucadeuc

The town of Pleucadeuc in northwest France holds an annual festival for twins, now in its 25th year.
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Three French children die after wave hits boat in Channel

Tuesday, August 13th 2019, 16:15

A family's motorboat trip turns tragic when a big wave tips them over near a Normandy beach.
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French politician Eric Woerth hits back at fake mountain photo jokes

Tuesday, August 13th 2019, 15:07

Eric Woerth hits back after an "avalanche" of Twitter claims that he doctored a climbing image.
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DJ Arafat: Top Ivory Coast singer dies in road accident

Monday, August 12th 2019, 16:21

DJ Arafat was known as the "king" of coupé-décalé dance music, popular in French-speaking Africa.
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Rare white lion cubs unveiled by French charity

Monday, August 12th 2019, 16:09

Two rare white lion cubs have been unveiled by a conservation charity in north-western France.
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Campaign #FillTheBottle aims to tidy up cigarette butts

Thursday, August 8th 2019, 8:55

French social media campaign #FillTheBottle is highlighting the environmental impact of cigarettes.
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Tour de France champion Egan Bernal given hero's welcome in Colombia

Wednesday, August 7th 2019, 20:50
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Egan Bernal is the first Colombian to have won cycling's most prestigious race.
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Jean-Mathieu Michel: French mayor run over after row over illegal tipping

Wednesday, August 7th 2019, 14:54

The mayor reportedly intervened when he saw illegal dumping and a man is under formal investigation.
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