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Germans 'helped US spy on France'

Thursday, April 30th 2015, 9:50
related countries: United States United States

Germany's national intelligence agency, the BND, spied on top French officials and the European Commission on behalf of US intelligence, reports say.
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McDonald's China supplier fined

Thursday, April 30th 2015, 7:19
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing

Beijing officials give the city's biggest ever pollution fine to a company that supplies French fries to McDonald's in China, say state media.
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Thursday's gossip column

Thursday, April 30th 2015, 6:25

Paris St-Germain to pay £45m for Angel Di Maria, Marseille consider Patrick Vieira, plus more.
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Charlie artist ends Muhammad cartoons

Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 18:42
related places: Paris

Charlie Hebdo artist "Luz", who designed the satirical magazine's front page after the Paris attacks, says he will no longer draw the Prophet Muhammad.
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France investigates CAR abuse claim

Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 18:18
related countries: Central African Republic Central African Republic
related places: Paris

A Paris prosecutor confirms an investigation is under way into claims French soldiers in the Central African Republic sexually abused children.
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Ruling on French gay blood donor ban

Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 17:27
related places: Eu

A ban on gay men giving blood in France may be justified but only if there are no alternatives, the EU's top court says.
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France outcry over school skirt ban

Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 12:11

France faces a fresh backlash against its ban on religious signs in schools after a 15-year-old Muslim girl is sent home for wearing a long black skirt.
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France increases defence spending

Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 10:16

French President Francois Hollande says defence spending will rise by nearly 4bn euros to tackle extremist threats "at home and overseas".
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French boss forced out over taxi bill

Wednesday, April 29th 2015, 9:52

Agnes Saal resigns as head of France's National Audiovisual Institute after spending some €40,000 in taxi journeys in 10 months.
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VIDEO: Calls for Indonesia not to execute

Tuesday, April 28th 2015, 5:06
related countries: Australia Australia, Indonesia Indonesia

France and Australia have condemned the death penalty as executions for three of their nationals looms in Indonesia.
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Authors boycott PEN gala over award

Monday, April 27th 2015, 16:25
related countries: United States United States
related places: Six

Six writers, including Michael Ondaatje and Peter Carey, boycott a major US literary event over plans to give French magazine Charlie Hebdo a freedom of speech award.
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China overtakes France in vineyards

Monday, April 27th 2015, 13:25
related countries: China China, Spain Spain

China has become the second-largest wine-growing area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place, figures show.
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Hollande racism warning at WW2 camp

Sunday, April 26th 2015, 20:51

France's president warns that anti-Semitism and racism "are still here" on a commemorative visit to the site of France's only Nazi concentration camp.
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VIDEO: Replica recreates prehistoric cave

Friday, April 24th 2015, 5:32

BBC Newsnight gets rare access to one of the most important cave art sites in the world - and visits its vast replica, which is about to open in France.
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France 'foils five terror attacks'

Thursday, April 23rd 2015, 11:21

French police have foiled five recent terror plots, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says, amid tightened security in the wake of deadly attacks in January.
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VIDEO: The migrants who make it to Calais

Thursday, April 23rd 2015, 5:18
related countries: Sudan Sudan
related places: Calais

Paris Correspondent, Lucy Williamson has been to hear Mohammed's story, a 35 year old from Sudan.
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Man 'planned France church attacks'

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015, 15:32
related places: Paris

A man suspected of planning an imminent armed attack on "one or two churches" has been arrested in Paris, the French interior minister says.
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VIDEO: Vintage cars race through France

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015, 13:18

The oldest motor race in France is underway with at least 200 vintage cars taking part.
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French swimmer sparks fury with cocaine claims

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015, 9:29

French champion upsets sport's authorities with drug claims
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Climate change: Paris 'last chance'

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015, 1:20
related places: Paris

Climate scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris.
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Barcelona 2-0 Paris St-Germain (agg 5-1)

Tuesday, April 21st 2015, 20:49

Neymar's two goals see Barcelona coast past Paris St-Germain and into a third successive Champions League semi-final.
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VIDEO: Fanfare as replica frigate sails to US

Sunday, April 19th 2015, 7:38
related countries: United States United States

A replica of an 18th century French warship has set sail from France for the United States.
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UK monitoring French nuclear issue

Saturday, April 18th 2015, 15:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain's nuclear safety regulator says it expects lessons to be learned from problems with a French reactor that is very similar to one planned in the UK.
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VIDEO: Replica French warship to sail Atlantic

Saturday, April 18th 2015, 11:46

An exact replica of an 18th Century French frigate has set sail on its maiden voyage - recreating a transatlantic journey to America.
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Replica ship recalls French-US history

Saturday, April 18th 2015, 3:27
related countries: United States United States

Replica of 18th Century French frigate heads for US
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Men fined for burning marsupial

Friday, April 17th 2015, 11:04
related countries: Australia Australia

Two French tourists who filmed themselves burning an endangered quokka in Australia are given a fine for animal cruelty.
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Man admits killing Calais schoolgirl

Thursday, April 16th 2015, 21:54
related places: Calais

A 38-year-old Polish man admits to kidnapping and killing a nine-year-old girl in the French town of Calais.
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Paris tunnel thieves grab jewels

Thursday, April 16th 2015, 19:23

French police are looking for three thieves who stole a handbag containing €5m worth of jewels after breaking into an art collector's car in traffic.
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Posthumous book by French satirist

Thursday, April 16th 2015, 2:18

A book by Charb, the editor of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo who was killed by Muslim militants in January, is being published posthumously.
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I had to nutmeg Luiz, says Suarez

Wednesday, April 15th 2015, 23:11

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he had no option but to nutmeg David Luiz twice during his side's superb 3-1 win against Paris St-Germain.
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Paris St-Germain 1-3 Barcelona

Wednesday, April 15th 2015, 20:53

Barcelona will take a two-goal lead to the Nou Camp after a first-leg win at Paris St-Germain in the Champions League.
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France stands by gay Vatican envoy

Wednesday, April 15th 2015, 15:27

France says it will not back down over its nomination of an openly gay ambassador to the Vatican, despite no confirmation after three months.
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Nokia agrees deal with Alcatel-Lucent

Wednesday, April 15th 2015, 8:06

Nokia says it has agreed a deal to buy smaller French rival Alcatel-Lucent in a €15.6bn takeover deal.
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France backs Nokia deal with Alcatel

Tuesday, April 14th 2015, 17:42

Nokia is in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent in a deal that could create a European telecoms equipment group worth some €40bn.
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'Prosecute near-miss cyclists' call

Monday, April 13th 2015, 16:10
related places: Paris

A French rail company wants Paris-Roubaix cyclists who raced over a level crossing as a train approached to be prosecuted.
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France's Le Pen 'pulls out of poll'

Monday, April 13th 2015, 10:48

The founder of French National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, says he is pulling out of regional elections amid a row with his daughter.
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Paris closer to 2024 Olympics bid

Monday, April 13th 2015, 10:45

The French capital's city council votes in favour of bidding for the 2024 Olympics following a feasibility study.
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VIDEO: 'Spiderman' climbs Dubai tower

Monday, April 13th 2015, 8:28

Alain Robert, the man known as the French "Spiderman", has successfully climbed the highest twisted tower in the world.
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Tribute to Alps skiing death boy

Sunday, April 12th 2015, 22:54

The family of a seven-year-old boy who fell to his death on a skiing holiday in the French Alps describe him as a "daring, outgoing, determined little boy".
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Wiggins fails in Paris-Roubaix bid

Sunday, April 12th 2015, 16:06
related places: Paris

Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins finishes 18th in his final Team Sky race as Germany's John Degenkolb wins the cobbled classic.
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Surfer, 13, killed in shark attack

Sunday, April 12th 2015, 14:44
related countries: India India, Reunion Reunion

A 13-year-old surfer is killed by a shark off the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion.
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VIDEO: Alps instructor: 'It is easy to fall'

Saturday, April 11th 2015, 17:23
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Yann Westercamp, a ski instructor in the French ski resort Flaine, explains how a British child may have died in a skiing accident.
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British child dies in skiing accident

Saturday, April 11th 2015, 16:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British child has died in a skiing accident in the French Alps, the Foreign Office confirms, with reports saying it was a seven-year-old boy.
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VIDEO: Battle for Joan of Arc's legacy

Saturday, April 11th 2015, 7:33
related places: Arc

As new museum celebrating the life and legacy of Joan of Arc opens in France, the country's political parties battle to claim her legacy.
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Vatican silent over French gay envoy

Friday, April 10th 2015, 17:27

The Vatican refuses to comment on media reports that it has not accepted France's proposed ambassador to the city state because he is gay.
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France TV5Monde passwords seen on TV

Friday, April 10th 2015, 14:44

Staff at TV5Monde are filmed with passwords visible in the newsroom a day after the French TV network suffered a huge cyber-attack.
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France replicates cave art marvel

Friday, April 10th 2015, 14:06

France opens a giant replica cave adorned with copies of prehistoric animal drawings some 32,000 years old, found at a nearby site.
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Extra flights tackle strike backlog

Friday, April 10th 2015, 10:26

Easyjet will run "rescue" flights and may put bigger planes on busy routes to deal with the after-effects of two-day strike action by French air traffic controllers.
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Latin America boosts Carrefour sales

Friday, April 10th 2015, 8:27

French retail giant Carrefour reports a 3.2% rise in underlying sales in the first quarter, helped by growth in Europe and Latin America.
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Jet deal on Modi's France agenda

Friday, April 10th 2015, 6:44
related countries: India India

India's PM Narendra Modi may try to reach a breakthrough on a defence deal during his ongoing visit to France, media reports say.
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Easyjet cancels nearly 600 flights

Thursday, April 9th 2015, 18:18

Easyjet cancels hundreds of flights as a strike by French air traffic controllers continues.
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VIDEO: A farewell to France's war broadcaster

Thursday, April 9th 2015, 16:43
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Paris

Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac, who played a key role in General de Gaulle's entourage in wartime London, has died in Paris at the age of 98.
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A farewell to France's war broadcaster

Thursday, April 9th 2015, 13:57

Remembering the man who prepared France for D-Day
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France's Le Pen family feud deepens

Thursday, April 9th 2015, 13:44

The family feud at the heart of France's National Front deepens, with Jean-Marie Le Pen saying his daughter "may want me dead".
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HSBC faces French criminal tax probe

Thursday, April 9th 2015, 13:36
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

HSBC says it has been placed under formal criminal investigation by French magistrates over alleged past tax-related offences at its Swiss private bank.
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'New' Cezanne sketches to go on show

Thursday, April 9th 2015, 10:23

Two newly discovered sketches by the French artist Paul Cezanne are to go on display in Philadelphia.
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French air traffic strike begins

Wednesday, April 8th 2015, 14:10

Air traffic controllers in France have walked out on strike, with almost half of all flights going to and from France cancelled.
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Le Pen opposes father's candidacy

Wednesday, April 8th 2015, 12:23

The head of France's far-right Front National Marine Le Pen moves to stop her father Jean-Marie from standing in polls later this year.
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France opens Rwanda genocide archive

Tuesday, April 7th 2015, 21:20
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

France declassifies documents related to the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed at least 800,000 lives, the French president's office says.
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Accused French senator found dead

Tuesday, April 7th 2015, 14:36
related countries: China China
related places: Loire

A French Socialist senator is found dead on the day he was due to stand trial for corruption over Chinese wedding tours.
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Dutch hostage freed in Mali

Monday, April 6th 2015, 14:02
related countries: Mali Mali, Netherlands Netherlands

Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke who was kidnapped in Mali in 2011, has been freed by French special forces.
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Germanwings crash body search ends

Saturday, April 4th 2015, 20:52

French authorities end the search for bodies at the site where a Germanwings plane crashed, killing all 150 people on board.
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Sturgeon hits out at 'dirty tricks'

Saturday, April 4th 2015, 16:34

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon accuses Whitehall of "dirty tricks" over an account of her meeting with the French ambassador - with a leak inquiry ordered into how the memo became public.
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French MPs back ban on skinny models

Friday, April 3rd 2015, 13:50

French MPs approve a law to ban the use of fashion models deemed to be excessively thin by requiring them to have a BMI above a certain level.
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Paris survivors' TV claims probed

Friday, April 3rd 2015, 10:28
related places: Paris

French police examine claims that broadcast media endangered the lives of hostages being held at a Jewish store during January's Paris attacks.
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Alps co-pilot 'researched suicide'

Thursday, April 2nd 2015, 17:21
related places: Marseille

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane into the Alps had researched suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors, prosecutors say.
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Three dead in French Alps avalanche

Wednesday, April 1st 2015, 20:07

Three tourists, two Austrians and an Italian, are killed in an avalanche at a national park in the French Alps.
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Alps crash video 'must be handed in'

Wednesday, April 1st 2015, 10:43

A lead investigator into the Germanwings crash calls for anyone with footage of the disaster to hand it over to the authorities.
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Alps victims identified 'this week'

Tuesday, March 31st 2015, 15:44

All 150 victims of the Germanwings crash will be identified by the end of the week, the French President Francois Hollande says.
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VIDEO: Ultra-thin models could face jail

Tuesday, March 31st 2015, 12:46

Models with a BMI of less than 18 could be fined or sent to prison, under legislation being considered by France.
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France scraps payment for sex fines

Tuesday, March 31st 2015, 11:09

France's Senate rejects a planned 2013 law penalising people who pay for sex and decides to maintain the offence of soliciting.
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Alps co-pilot 'had suicide treatment'

Monday, March 30th 2015, 20:37

Co-pilot of crashed Germanwings jet, Andreas Lubitz, had treatment for suicidal tendencies before he gained his licence, investigators say.
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French elections see swing to right

Monday, March 30th 2015, 11:21

Local elections give a big boost to France's conservative UMP, led by ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy, and inflict a bruising blow to the ruling Socialists.
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Kingfisher fails to nail French deal

Monday, March 30th 2015, 8:21

The owner of B&Q, Kingfisher, has abandoned its planned purchase of French DIY chain Mr Bricolage.
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VIDEO: French polls suggest Conservative win

Monday, March 30th 2015, 6:33

Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party look set for victory in France's local elections, exit polls suggest.
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DNA of 78 Germanwings victims found

Sunday, March 29th 2015, 21:05

Five days after the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 in the French Alps, investigators say they have isolated DNA of 78 people on board.
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'Conservative surge' in French polls

Sunday, March 29th 2015, 20:48

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP and its allies make major gains in the final round of local elections, exit polls suggest.
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VIDEO: Tunisians march against terrorism

Sunday, March 29th 2015, 10:51

French President Francois Hollande and other foreign dignitaries are expected to join thousands of Tunisians marching in protest against terrorism.
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Alps co-pilot 'predicted notoriety'

Saturday, March 28th 2015, 19:35

The co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus which crashed in the French Alps predicted "one day everyone will know my name", his ex-girlfriend says.
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Alps air crash co-pilot knew region

Saturday, March 28th 2015, 3:03

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner into the French Alps knew the region from gliding holidays, people who knew him say.
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VIDEO: What happened on Alps crash plane?

Friday, March 27th 2015, 19:36

What happened on board Germanwings flight 4U 9525 before it crashed into the French Alps, killing everyone on board
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Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane'

Friday, March 27th 2015, 1:44

The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight, named as Andreas Lubitz, intentionally started the plane's descent before it crashed into the French Alps, officials say.
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France 1-3 Brazil

Thursday, March 26th 2015, 22:13
related places: Paris

Brazil record their seventh win since their 2014 World Cup humiliation as they come from behind to beat France in Paris.
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Crash pilot 'locked out of cockpit'

Thursday, March 26th 2015, 11:36

One of the two pilots of the plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday was locked out of the cockpit, according to reports.
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France cuts budget deficit target

Thursday, March 26th 2015, 10:59

France cuts its budget deficit target for this year and signals that the economic recovery is gathering pace.
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Wada boss laments Armstrong 'ambush'

Thursday, March 26th 2015, 8:11

Lance Armstrong should avoid "ambushing" the Tour de France by taking part in a charity ride, says a Wada chief.
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Crash jet black box has 'usable data'

Wednesday, March 25th 2015, 23:57

French investigators say the cockpit voice recorder of Germanwings 4U 9525 has usable data, but it has so far yielded no clues to the crash.
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Leaders visit Alps plane crash site

Wednesday, March 25th 2015, 15:46

The German, French and Spanish leaders visit the site in the French Alps where a Germanwings plane crashed, killing all 150 people on board.
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