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We have started to collect the most important news related to France in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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French soldier killed by Mali bomb

Monday, April 29th 2013, 20:57
related countries: Mali Mali

A French soldier with the force that intervened in Mali has been killed by a roadside bomb in the far north of the country, French officials say.
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Wiggins wants Tour and Giro double

Monday, April 29th 2013, 13:41

Sir Bradley Wiggins believes winning the Giro d'Italia could be tougher than his historic 2012 Tour de France win.
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Beckham sent off after six minutes

Monday, April 29th 2013, 7:16

David Beckham was sent off just six minutes after coming on as a sub in Paris St-Germain's 1-0 win at Evian.
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A French love affair... with graphology

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 23:07

Why do the French put so much faith in graphology?
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French building collapse kills three

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 18:46
related places: Reims

At least three people are killed as an explosion partly destroys a four-storey residential building in the French city of Reims, officials say.
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Saracens 12-24 Toulon

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 15:54
related places: Clermont, Toulon

Jonny Wilkinson kicks all 24 points to guide Toulon past Saracens and set up an all-French Heineken Cup final with Clermont.
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Algeria's Bouteflika has mini-stroke

Sunday, April 28th 2013, 13:50
related countries: Algeria Algeria
related places: Paris

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is flown to hospital in Paris after suffering a mini-stroke but is "progressing well", doctors say.
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Boko Haram 'was paid hostage ransom'

Friday, April 26th 2013, 23:26
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Boko Haram militants were paid more than $3m (£2m) before freeing seven French hostages, a confidential Nigerian government report says.
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The struggle to get France working again

Friday, April 26th 2013, 8:43

Hollande's struggle to get France working again
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Eta 'top commander' jailed in France

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 21:54

A suspected military leader of the Basque separatist group Eta is sentenced to life in jail for the 2007 murder of two policemen in France.
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French unemployment at new high

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 18:50

The unemployment rate in France rose again last month for the 23rd time in a row, reaching a fresh high with 3.2 million people seeking work, official data shows.
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UN approves peace force for Mali

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 17:48
related countries: Mali Mali

The UN Security Council unanimously approves a resolution to create a UN peacekeeping force for Mali to take over from withdrawing French troops.
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VIDEO: On the ground training Mali's army

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 6:57
related countries: Mali Mali

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a peacekeeping force in Mali.
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Two investigated over Kate images

Thursday, April 25th 2013, 0:56

Two people are under formal investigation in France over the publication of pictures of a sunbathing Duchess of Cambridge taken last autumn.
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VIDEO: French embassy in Libya bombed

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 20:42
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

A car bomb has exploded outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, wounding two French guards and several residents.
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France approves gay marriage law

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 19:47

The French parliament approves a bill legalising same-sex marriage and adoption, after a divisive public debate.
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French embassy in Tripoli bombed

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 14:38
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

An explosion outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, wounds two French guards and several residents and causes major damage.
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WWI soldiers finally laid to rest

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 12:21

Ninety-six years after they were killed in action, the remains of Lt John Pritchard and Pte Christopher Elphick have been laid to rest at a military cemetery near where they fell, in northern France.
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Culture fears over EU-US trade deal

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 11:43
related countries: United States United States
related places: Eu

The EU Commission tries to reassure France that European cinema and other arts will not be undermined by an EU free trade deal with the US.
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VIDEO: France condemns Libya embassy attack

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 10:06
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

The French foreign minister has strongly condemned an apparent car bomb explosion outside the country's embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
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Dawn French marries for second time

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 10:20

Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French marries her partner Mark Bignell at a hotel in Cornwall.
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VIDEO: Rival same-sex marriage marches in Paris

Monday, April 22nd 2013, 5:17
related places: Paris

The openly gay mayor of Paris headed a rival march through the capital in favour of same-sex marriage.
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Final gay marriage protest in Paris

Sunday, April 21st 2013, 22:00
related places: Paris

At least 45,000 people attend the last big rally against same-sex marriage and adoption in Paris before the bill is expected to become law.
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Daft Punk break Spotify record

Sunday, April 21st 2013, 11:18

French duo Daft Punk's first new single in eight years breaks Spotify's streaming world record
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Sarkozy investigated over Libya funds

Friday, April 19th 2013, 14:43
related countries: Libya Libya

French prosecutors are investigating allegations that Libya gave ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy funding for his 2007 election campaign.
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French Cameroon hostages freed

Friday, April 19th 2013, 11:30
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

Seven members of a French family, including four children, abducted in northern Cameroon by suspected Nigerian Islamists are freed unharmed.
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Ferguson plays down Rooney move

Friday, April 19th 2013, 10:27

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson cools transfer talk linking Wayne Rooney with a move to Paris St-Germain.
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Alps crash driver's bravery praised

Thursday, April 18th 2013, 4:06
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The actions of a British man who died when the coach he was driving crashed in the French Alps helped to save the lives of others, officials say.
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France breast implants trial begins

Wednesday, April 17th 2013, 19:15
related places: Marseille

Hundreds of angry women attend the opening of the trial in France of five executives of PIP, which supplied thousands of faulty breast implants.
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VIDEO: PIP breast implant bosses in court

Wednesday, April 17th 2013, 8:48

Five executives, from a company that was once one of the world's leading makers of breast implants, are due to face trial in France accused of aggravated fraud
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Britons in fatal Alps coach crash

Tuesday, April 16th 2013, 20:18

A driver has been killed and several passengers are seriously injured after a coach carrying Britons crashed in the French Alps.
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VIDEO: French ministers reveal wealth

Tuesday, April 16th 2013, 8:17

French government ministers have revealed details of their personal wealth as part of efforts by Francois Hollande to regain public trust.
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French ministers reveal wealth

Monday, April 15th 2013, 17:05

French government ministers reveal details of their personal wealth as part of efforts by President Hollande to regain public trust.
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Rugby star wins new title as doctor

Monday, April 15th 2013, 14:49
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

After a season helping Wales win the Six Nations and securing a new club in France, Jamie Roberts achieves his other career goal and qualifies as a doctor.
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VIDEO: French ministers to declare assets

Monday, April 15th 2013, 7:26

French government ministers are due to reveal details of their personal wealth as part of efforts by Francois Hollande to regain public trust.
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VIDEO: Witness on France prison escape

Saturday, April 13th 2013, 15:52

French police are hunting a notorious convicted armed robber, who staged a dramatic escape from prison.
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French robber stages dramatic escape

Saturday, April 13th 2013, 12:58

A notorious convicted armed robber is being hunted by police in northern France after staging a dramatic escape from prison.
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VIDEO: French senate votes for gay marriage

Saturday, April 13th 2013, 3:29

France's upper house of parliament has voted to legalise gay marriage.
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Sacred tribal masks sold in Paris

Friday, April 12th 2013, 16:57
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

Masks from a native American tribe fetch record prices at a Paris auction, after a legal challenge to stop the sale fails.
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French senate votes for gay marriage

Friday, April 12th 2013, 12:38

France's upper house of parliament votes to legalise gay marriage, meaning the bill will become law after a final vote in the lower house, due in May.
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VIDEO: Paris judge to rule on masks auction

Friday, April 12th 2013, 8:36
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

A native American tribe and its supporters, including actor Robert Redford, hope a Paris judge will stop an auction of sacred masks, which they say would be a "sacrilege".
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Scandal claims France's top rabbi

Thursday, April 11th 2013, 14:25

France's top rabbi, Gilles Bernheim, resigns after admitting plagiarising several authors and faking an academic status on his CV.
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Paris protest over 'homophobia'

Thursday, April 11th 2013, 10:57
related places: Paris

About 5,000 people hold a demonstration in Paris linking critics of the gay marriage bill currently going through parliament to homophobia.
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Barcelona 1-1 Paris St-Germain (agg 3-3)

Wednesday, April 10th 2013, 21:17

Lionel Messi comes off the bench to kick-start a Barcelona fightback as they reach the Champions League last four on away goals.
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Louvre shuts in pickpockets row

Wednesday, April 10th 2013, 15:18
related places: Paris

One of the world's most visited museums, the Louvre in Paris, has been closed for the day as staff protest over intimidation by pickpockets.
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Hollande: Eradicate tax havens

Wednesday, April 10th 2013, 11:38

France's President Hollande calls for "eradication" of the world's tax havens, as he tries to repair damage caused by a tax scandal.
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Mali 'to replace eaten French camel'

Wednesday, April 10th 2013, 9:42
related countries: Mali Mali

An official says Mali is to send the French president a replacement camel after the first, given to him as a gift, was eaten.
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France begins Mali troops withdrawal

Tuesday, April 9th 2013, 16:07
related countries: Mali Mali

France begins to withdraw troops from Mali where they have battling Islamist militants, the French defence ministry says.
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French ministers to declare assets

Tuesday, April 9th 2013, 9:02

The French government says ministers must declare their assets by 15 April, in a new transparency drive sparked by a scandal over tax evasion.
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France launches big Mali offensive

Monday, April 8th 2013, 13:39
related countries: Mali Mali

French forces launch one of their biggest offensives against militants in northern Mali before the start of their troop withdrawal later this month.
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Timbuktu fears French troops withdrawal from Mali

Monday, April 8th 2013, 10:05
related countries: Mali Mali

Malians fear Islamist attacks when French withdraw
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VIDEO: Malian fears over French withdrawal

Monday, April 8th 2013, 8:27
related countries: Mali Mali

Mali is now in a state of transition as French troops prepare to leave Mali following their military campaign against Islamist insurgents.
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PSG did not force Beckham start

Friday, April 5th 2013, 22:19

Paris St-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti denies he was forced by the club's owners to play David Beckham against Barcelona.
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France calls for Mali reconciliation

Friday, April 5th 2013, 18:39
related countries: Mali Mali

France's foreign minister urges Mali's government to begin a process of reconciliation, assuring the war-torn country of continued military support.
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Air France fined for discrimination

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 20:29
related countries: Israel Israel

A French court fines Air France 13,000 euros for removing a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight to Israel because she was not Jewish.
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France's Hollande fights tax scandal

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 18:14
related countries: Cayman Islands Cayman Islands

A financial scandal threatens France's President Hollande, after it emerged that his former party treasurer invested in the Cayman Islands tax haven.
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Barton still in Marseille plans

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 11:59
related places: Marseille

Joey Barton is still a key member of Marseille's side despite his abuse of Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Silva, says coach Elie Baup.
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Louvre appoints Martinez as director

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 9:38

Jean-Luc Martinez is been appointed as the new director of the Louvre after being interviewed for the job by French President Francois Holland
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German economy 'near stagnation'

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 9:28
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany's economy slowed to "near stagnation" last month, while France's recorded its biggest contraction for four years, a survey says.
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PSG to take action on Barton tweets

Wednesday, April 3rd 2013, 22:08

Paris St-Germain say they will take action against Joey Barton over Twitter comments he made about Thiago Silva.
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PSG 2-2 Barcelona

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 21:34

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores as Paris St-Germain draw with his former side Barcelona in an absorbing Champions League tie.
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Ex-French minister in fraud probe

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 16:33

Former French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac is placed under investigation over alleged tax fraud and asks for forgiveness from his colleagues.
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France and Germany snub UK EU review

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 12:44
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

France and Germany decide not to contribute to a British government review of the impact of EU powers on the UK.
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Islamic headscarf debate rekindled in France

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 12:38

Court ruling tests power of French secularism
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French TV doctor kills himself

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 11:24
related countries: Cambodia Cambodia

A French doctor who worked on adventure reality TV show Koh Lanta kills himself in Cambodia a week after one of the contestants died.
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Mali army sweeps Timbuktu for rebels

Monday, April 1st 2013, 15:51
related countries: Mali Mali

French and Malian troops search the northern city of Timbuktu for Islamist rebels thought to be hiding in houses after fierce fighting.
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France house fire kills children

Sunday, March 31st 2013, 14:36
related places: Saint-Quentin

A house fire in Saint-Quentin in northern France kills five children between the ages of two and 10, local officials say.
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VIDEO: Elephant skeleton loses tusk in theft

Sunday, March 31st 2013, 3:16
related places: Paris

Police in France have arrested a man for allegedly breaking into the Museum of Natural History in Paris, and cutting a tusk off the skeleton of an elephant that once belonged to a French king.
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Eiffel Tower evacuated over 'threat'

Saturday, March 30th 2013, 21:08
related places: Paris

An estimated 1,400 people are ordered to leave the Eiffel Tower in Paris after an anonymous phone-call threatens an attack, French officials say.
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French criticise 'DIY' Hollande

Friday, March 29th 2013, 12:08

President Francois Hollande is labelled a "do-it-yourself man" by critics after he spoke of having "all the tools on the table" to fix France's stagnant economy.
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France sets Mali troop timetable

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 23:30
related countries: Mali Mali

France aims to reduce the number of its troops fighting Islamist militants in Mali to 1,000 by the end of the year, President Francois Hollande says.
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Louvre is most visited venue of 2012

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 13:05
related places: Paris

The Louvre in Paris tops the list of the most visited art museums of 2012, according to the Art Newspaper.
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Sarkozy judge receives death threat

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 10:44

The lead examining magistrate in a corruption case against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy gets a death threat in the post.
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Lendl wants Murray rankings rise

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 9:29

Andy Murray's hopes of winning the French Open will improve if he can become world number two, says coach Ivan Lendl.
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Ferry passengers face disruption

Wednesday, March 27th 2013, 16:35

Cross-Channel ferry passengers face major travel disruption over Easter due to a strike by French port control officers.
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French soldier held in Merah case

Wednesday, March 27th 2013, 11:18
related places: Toulouse

A French soldier is arrested in connection with the shootings by Islamist militant gunman Mohamed Merah in Toulouse a year ago.
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VIDEO: Hollande battles for French support

Wednesday, March 27th 2013, 6:33

French President Francois Hollande has been touring the country, trying to reassure the public that he can manage the ailing economy.
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