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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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Englishisms in France: Readers' franglais favourites

Friday, May 24th 2013, 0:08

The English phrases readers love to hear spoken by the French
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French court questions IMF chief

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 19:45
related places: Paris

IMF chief Christine Lagarde is grilled by judges in Paris over a big payout to a tycoon when she was French finance minister.
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French ex-leader reveals panda story

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 16:49
related places: Estaing

Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing reveals he was once jumped on by a panda when he dared himself to enter its cage.
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French singer Georges Moustaki dies

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 10:52

Georges Moustaki, the French singer and composer who wrote Edith Piaf's 1958 hit song, Milord, dies aged 79.
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French composer Dutilleux dies at 97

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 14:11
related places: Paris

Henri Dutilleux, one of France's leading 20th Century composers, has died in Paris at the age of 97, his family announce.
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Dominique Venner's shock 'gesture'

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 14:08

France reacts to far-right author's suicide
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Notre-Dame suicide a 'political act'

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 11:05
related places: Notre-Dame, Paris

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says a suicide in Notre-Dame Cathedral was "political", in a remark condemned by the ruling party.
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Is the English language conquering France?

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 9:30

Is the English language conquering France?
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Suicide inside Notre-Dame de Paris

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 1:40
related places: Notre-Dame, Paris

A far-right historian shoots himself dead inside the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in the French capital in front of some 1,500 people.
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Algeria's Bouteflika 'improving'

Tuesday, May 21st 2013, 12:11
related countries: Algeria Algeria
related places: Paris

Algeria's prime minister denies rumours that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seriously ill, saying he is "improving every day" in Paris after suffering a mini-stroke in April.
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'No proof' Israel shot Gaza child

Monday, May 20th 2013, 13:42
related countries: Israel Israel

An Israeli government investigation concludes a French news report in 2000, which blamed Israeli troops for shooting dead a Palestinian child, was baseless.
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Briton held over children's deaths

Monday, May 20th 2013, 2:34
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British man has been arrested in France in connection with the deaths of his two children, media reports say.
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PSG boss Ancelotti asks to leave

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 20:53
related countries: Spain Spain

Real Madrid target Carlo Ancelotti asks to leave Paris St-Germain but is told by the club's president "it is not possible".
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Disgraced French minister bows out

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 14:44
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

A French government minister who quit over revelations of his undeclared Swiss bank account says he will not stand again for election.
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Pedrosa claims French GP victory

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 13:00
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Dani Pedrosa wins French Grand Prix as Britain's Cal Crutchlow finishes second for his best-ever MotoGP result.
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VIDEO: David Beckham's emotional farewell

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 2:42

Emotional David Beckham plays last home match at Paris Saint-Germain.
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VIDEO: France gay marriage signed into law

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 1:46

France's president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage.
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Marquez takes Le Mans MotoGP pole

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 13:43
related places: Le Mans

Marc Marquez clinches pole position after topping the qualifying session for Sunday's French MotoGP at Le Mans.
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Hollande signs gay marriage bill

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 8:24

President Francois Hollande signs into law a controversial bill making France the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage.
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Sharapova pulls out of Italian Open

Friday, May 17th 2013, 12:27
related countries: Italy Italy

Maria Sharapova's preparations for the French Open suffer a setback after she withdraws from the Italian Open because of illness.
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Wiggins forced to quit Giro d'Italia

Friday, May 17th 2013, 7:19

Tour de France and Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins withdraws from the Giro d'Italia because of illness.
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Man kills himself in Paris school

Thursday, May 16th 2013, 16:32
related places: Paris

A man in his 50s has shot himself in front of a dozen children at a primary school close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, French officials say.
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Hollande: Europe's identity at risk

Thursday, May 16th 2013, 16:03

France's President Hollande says recession is "threatening the very identity of Europe", speaking at a televised news conference.
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VIDEO: Francois Hollande's tough first year

Wednesday, May 15th 2013, 21:48

Exactly one year after Francois Hollande took office as French President, the country has entered its second recession in four years.
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French farms feeling the pinch

Wednesday, May 15th 2013, 16:53

French agriculture starts to feel pinch from deteriorating economy
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French economy returns to recession

Wednesday, May 15th 2013, 15:45

France has entered its second recession in four years after the economy shrank by 0.2% in the first quarter of the year, official figures show.
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VIDEO: Clashes mar PSG celebrations

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 14:32
related places: Paris

Clashes between football fans and riot police in Paris have left 30 people injured following unrest among Paris St-Germain supporters.
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Violence mars PSG title celebrations

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 10:28

Celebrations marking Paris Saint-Germain's first French football league title in 19 years are marred by clashes between fans and hundreds of police.
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France mulls tax on internet devices

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 9:30

The French government considers introducing a "culture tax" on the sale of smartphones and tablets to help fund French film, music and images.
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PSG want Beckham even if he retires

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 9:17

Paris St-Germain want David Beckham to continue at the club next season, even if he decides to retire from playing.
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French cinema seduces the Brits

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 7:24
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

How British audiences are falling for French films
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France and Germany: A tale of two countries

Tuesday, May 14th 2013, 0:44
related countries: Germany Germany

France and Germany now see the world through different lenses
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PSG block Real move for Ancelotti

Monday, May 13th 2013, 16:40
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Real

Paris St-Germain block Real Madrid's move for Carlo Ancelotti as speculation increases about Jose Mourinho's future.
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Carlos the Jackal in sentence appeal

Monday, May 13th 2013, 11:27
related places: Paris

Self-styled revolutionary "Carlos the Jackal" returns to court in Paris to appeal against his life sentence for deadly attacks in France in the 1980s.
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Beckham's PSG clinch French title

Sunday, May 12th 2013, 22:44
related countries: Spain Spain

Paris St-Germain win the title in France, while over in Spain the discontent rumbles on at Real Madrid.
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VIDEO: WWll veteran reunited with dog tag

Friday, May 10th 2013, 3:45
related countries: United States United States

An American World War ll veteran who lost his military dog tag in France nearly 70 years ago has finally been reunited with it.
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Bertolucci to head Venice festival

Thursday, May 9th 2013, 15:26
related places: Paris

Last Tango in Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci is to lead the jury for the 70th Venice Film Festival, organisers announce.
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Societe Generale mulls job cuts

Tuesday, May 7th 2013, 10:25

France's second biggest bank, Societe Generale is considering cutting 550 jobs to weather the ongoing economic crisis in Europe.
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VIDEO: Voters on French president's first year

Monday, May 6th 2013, 16:44

It is exactly a year since Francois Hollande was elected as France's first socialist president in 17 years - and voters are split over the impact he has had.
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Froome gets Tour nod over Wiggins

Monday, May 6th 2013, 12:51
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Team Sky confirm Chris Froome not Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead the British outfit's challenge at the Tour de France.
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French left rallies against Hollande

Sunday, May 5th 2013, 21:29
related places: Paris

Tens of thousands rally in Paris to show dissatisfaction with French President Francois Hollande, as he marks his first year in office.
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Keira Knightley weds in France

Sunday, May 5th 2013, 12:31

Actress Keira Knightley has married Klaxons star James Righton at an intimate ceremony in the south of France, the local mayor confirms.
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Europe's Vega rocket launch delayed

Saturday, May 4th 2013, 5:08
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana
related places: Kourou

The second outing of Europe's new small satellite launcher, Vega, is postponed because of unacceptable windy conditions in French Guiana.
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Japan signs Turkey nuclear deal

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 20:23
related countries: Japan Japan, Turkey Turkey

The Turkish government has signed a $22bn (£14bn) deal with a Japanese-French consortium to build a new nuclear power station.
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France to enter recession, EU says

Friday, May 3rd 2013, 11:02
related places: Eu

The eurozone economy will shrink more than expected this year, with France sliding into recession, a European Commission report says.
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French caves searched for fugitive

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 10:26

Investigators in France search caves in the southern Var region for a man suspected of shooting dead his wife and four children in 2011.
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Wiggins-Froome rivalry 'can be good'

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 16:03

Sir Bradley Wiggins's Tour de France rivalry with Chris Froome can be good for cycling, says team-mate Geraint Thomas.
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French presidential wines to be sold

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 11:49
related places: Paris

Wines from the French presidential cellar at the Elysee Palace are going under the hammer in Paris at the end of May, auctioneers Drouot say.
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French Islamist captured in Mali

Wednesday, May 1st 2013, 10:39
related countries: Mali Mali

A French Islamic convert who threatened France and other Western states is captured in Mali, allegedly after fighting on the militants' side.
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Shell secures huge UAE gas deal

Tuesday, April 30th 2013, 18:15
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands, United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

Royal Dutch Shell beats France's Total to a multi-billion-pound deal to develop a gas field with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
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I will lead Team Sky, says Froome

Monday, April 29th 2013, 22:59

Chris Froome insists he will lead Team Sky's Tour de France charge this summer despite team-mate Bradley Wiggins claiming he wants to defend his title.
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UK vehicle sought in Alps shooting

Monday, April 29th 2013, 21:20
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

An appeal to help trace a right-hand drive 4x4, probably British, seen close to where four people were murdered in the French Alps is issued.
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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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