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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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France: news

'Mature' England please Lancaster

Sunday, February 10th 2013, 18:44
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Lancaster

Coach Stuart Lancaster praises England's maturity after their win in Ireland and predicts a massive game against France.
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French stores pull frozen beef meals

Sunday, February 10th 2013, 16:59

Six French stores pull beef products over fears they may contain horsemeat, as France investigates if the food firms knowingly misled consumers.
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Horsemeat scandal leads to Romania

Sunday, February 10th 2013, 15:57
related countries: Romania Romania, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Romanian government is investigating whether horsemeat discovered in beef products in Britain and France came from an abattoir in Romania.
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Twins' DNA dilemma for French police

Sunday, February 10th 2013, 12:12
related places: Marseille

Police investigating a series of sexual assaults in the French city of Marseille have arrested identical twins, but do not know which one to charge.
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France investigates terror suspects

Saturday, February 9th 2013, 22:34
related countries: Mali Mali

France opens criminal proceedings against four men suspected of links with African militants, amid fears of attacks in the wake of the Mali conflict.
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France 6-16 Wales

Saturday, February 9th 2013, 19:48
related countries: Italy Italy, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

Wales end a run of eight straight defeats as George North's spectacular finish helps them beat France in the Six Nations.
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John Kerry refuses to speak French

Saturday, February 9th 2013, 1:42
related countries: United States United States

John Kerry prompts a Gallic shrug by refusing to answer a question in French at his first news conference as US secretary of state.
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Mali rebels 'got French ransom cash'

Friday, February 8th 2013, 22:48
related countries: Mali Mali, United States United States

A former US ambassador to Mali says France paid ransom money to free hostages and the funds ended up bolstering Islamist groups it is now fighting.
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Peugeot in 4bn-euro asset writedown

Friday, February 8th 2013, 11:59

French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen writes down the value of its assets by 4.1bn euros to reflect the worsening state of Europe's car market.
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French economy 'to avoid recession'

Friday, February 8th 2013, 11:47

The French economy will avoid recession this year, according to the country's central bank.
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Iconic painting vandalised in France

Friday, February 8th 2013, 10:27
related places: Lens

French police detain a woman who defaced an iconic Delacroix painting, Liberty Leading The People, at a regional branch of the Louvre Museum.
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VIDEO: French destroy Mali ammunition

Friday, February 8th 2013, 9:54
related countries: Mali Mali

The French army has released video footage of their operations in Mali where they have been destroying ammunition and searching for extremists.
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I am not a pass master - Davies

Friday, February 8th 2013, 7:30

Wales centre Jonathan Davies reveals he is working hard to improve his passing skills before facing France on Saturday.
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Tipuric in for injured Warburton

Thursday, February 7th 2013, 13:18
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Warburton

Injured Sam Warburton is out of the Wales team to face France in the Six Nations on Saturday while Ryan Jones returns as captain.
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VIDEO: Paris hosts vintage cars auction

Thursday, February 7th 2013, 8:03
related places: Paris

A collection of vintage cars and motorbikes including a 1960's Aston Martin and a Grand Prix Bugatti is up for auction at the Grand Palais in Paris.
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French MP played Scrabble in debate

Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 22:46

A French MP sparks a debate about the use of electronic devices in parliament in France after being photographed playing online Scrabble on his tablet.
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France seeks quick UN Mali handover

Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 19:30
related countries: Mali Mali

The UN should begin planning for African-led forces in Mali to become a full peacekeeping mission, France tells the Security Council, as clashes continue.
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France action in Mali is 'real war'

Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 12:31
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Gao

French forces are involved in a "real war" with "terrorists" around the Malian town of Gao, the defence minister says.
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Tanker seized off Ivory Coast freed

Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 10:43

A French-owned tanker seized by pirates off Ivory Coast on Sunday is freed and two crewmen are receiving medical treatment , the vessel's owner says.
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French 'kill hundreds' in Mali

Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 8:19
related countries: Mali Mali

France says hundreds of Islamist militants have been killed since its offensive began in northern Mali, and suggests troops may start pulling out in March.
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VIDEO: Forces take last Mali rebel town

Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 23:23
related countries: Chad Chad, Mali Mali
related places: Kidal

Soldiers from France and Chad have entered the town of Kidal in northern Mali, the last major town held by Islamist militants.
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Terror suspects seized in France

Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 16:26
related places: Paris

French anti-terror police arrest four suspects in the Paris region in a crackdown on Islamist militant networks operating in west Africa.
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Chad army 'in rebel Mali town'

Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 16:26
related countries: Chad Chad, Mali Mali
related places: Kidal

Some 1,800 soldiers from Chad have entered Kidal, the last major town in northern Mali under rebel control, the French military says.
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'No a la carte Europe' - Hollande

Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 12:58

French President Francois Hollande tells the European Parliament there can be no "a la carte" attitude to the EU in an apparent swipe at the UK.
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Paris women permitted trousers

Monday, February 4th 2013, 21:49
related places: Paris

The French government overturns a 200-year-old ban on women wearing trousers in the capital, Paris, dating from November 1800.
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French jets target Mali rebel bases

Monday, February 4th 2013, 15:04
related countries: Mali Mali

French jets bomb rebel bases and depots in northern Mali in an effort to cut supply lines, as the US vice-president calls for an African-led force there.
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French jets bomb northern Mali

Monday, February 4th 2013, 9:05
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Kidal

French warplanes carry out air strikes in Mali's far north as they try to secure the final rebel stronghold of Kidal after a three-week offensive.
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France guards Niger uranium mine

Monday, February 4th 2013, 2:07
related countries: Niger Niger

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou confirms that French special forces are protecting one of the country's biggest uranium mines.
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VIDEO: Ethnic tensions threaten Mali

Sunday, February 3rd 2013, 23:05
related countries: Mali Mali

Fears are growing that ethnic rivalry could destabilise parts of Mali, in the wake of a three-week campaign by French troops to drive out Islamist militants.
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Italy deserved win, says Parisse

Sunday, February 3rd 2013, 19:37

Italy captain Sergio Parisse says his side deserved their stunning 23-18 victory over France in their Six Nations opener.
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Italy 23-18 France

Sunday, February 3rd 2013, 17:59
related countries: Italy Italy

Italy blow the Six Nations wide open as they win at home to neighbours France for the second time in a row.
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Etch A Sketch inventor dies at 86

Sunday, February 3rd 2013, 8:10

The inventor of the classic toy Etch A Sketch, former electrical technician Andre Cassagnes, dies in France at the age of 86.
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France vows to help rebuild Mali

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 19:24
related countries: Mali Mali

French President Francois Hollande promises to help rebuild Mali, after launching an offensive against Islamists who seized the north of the country.
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VIDEO: Mali welcomes French president

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 19:23
related countries: Mali Mali

France's president has said it would be wrong to assume the conflict in Mali is over, three weeks after launching an offensive to oust Islamist rebels.
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Timbuktu hails French president

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 18:00
related countries: Mali Mali

France's President Francois Hollande says it would be wrong to assume the conflict in Mali is over after being given a rapturous welcome in Timbuktu.
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VIDEO: New Notre Dame bells blessed

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 15:24

Eight of Notre Dame Cathedral's nine new bells have been blessed by French Cardinal Andre Armand Vingt-Trois.
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French MPs endorse gay marriage

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 14:32

The French National Assembly approves a crucial article of a bill on legalising same-sex marriage after months of public protests and counter-protests.
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UN alarm at Mali army abuse claim

Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 10:51
related countries: Mali Mali

The UN anti-genocide envoy expresses alarm over reports of reprisal attacks by Malian troops, as France's Francois Hollande visits Mali.
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Google settles French news dispute

Friday, February 1st 2013, 19:36

Google agrees to set up a fund to help French media to solve a row with news sites that demanded payment for the search giant to display their links.
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France's Hollande to visit Mali

Friday, February 1st 2013, 11:24
related countries: Mali Mali

France's President Francois Hollande is to visit Mali, where three weeks of targeted French air strikes have forced Islamist militants to retreat.
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Credit Agricole hit by writedown

Friday, February 1st 2013, 8:06

France's Credit Agricole is to write down the value of its assets by 2.68bn euros to reflect the weak eurozone economy and new tighter regulations.
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VIDEO: Bonjour Becks: Paris ready to greet David

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 23:11

David Beckham has announced that he has signed with French team Paris St-Germain and that he will give his salary to a local children's charity.
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Beckham to play for free at PSG

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 18:06

David Beckham signs for Paris St-Germain on a five-month deal and says he will donate his salary to charity.
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Beckham set to complete PSG move

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 11:10
related places: Paris

Former England captain David Beckham arrives in Paris to complete the formalities of a deadline day move to Paris St Germain.
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French forces take key Mali town

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 8:57
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Kidal

French forces secure the Malian town of Kidal, paving the way for the next phase in ousting Islamist militants from the vast north of the country.
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In pictures: Why Malians now love France

Thursday, January 31st 2013, 2:29

Malians welcome French moves to oust Islamist militants
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Armstrong claims he is 'fall guy'

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 20:17

Lance Armstrong claims that his life ban from sport makes him a 'fall guy' for a century of cheating in the Tour de France.
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Storm hits French troops in Mali

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 18:29
related countries: Mali Mali

France says a sandstorm is preventing its troops from entering the last major town in northern Mali in their offensive against Islamist militants.
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German inquiry into SS massacre

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 15:50
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Glane, Oradour

German investigators open a new inquiry into the wartime massacre of 642 people by SS troops in the central French village of Oradour-sur-Glane.
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French 'enter Mali rebel town'

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 12:56
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Kidal

French forces say they have entered Kidal in northern Mali, the last major town they have yet to secure in their drive against Islamist militants.
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France returns Nigeria artefacts

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 20:03
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

France returns to Nigeria five 3,000-year-old terracotta sculptures smuggled out of the country in 2010.
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French MPs debate gay marriage

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 17:43

The French National Assembly begins a marathon debate on legalising same-sex marriage and adoption after months of public protests and counter-protests.
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Mali donor meeting raises $455m

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 16:02
related countries: Mali Mali

Global donors pledge $455m towards an operation against Islamist militants in Mali, half of what African leaders had requested.
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France denies state 'bankruptcy'

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 11:21

France's politicians defend the state of its economy after Labour Minister Michel Sapin described the state as "totally bankrupt".
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Peugeot job cuts halted by court

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 11:13

A court in France suspends a restructuring plan by Peugeot Citroen involving 8,000 job cuts, saying the carmaker did not consult workers properly.
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Troops secure hold on Timbuktu

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 10:06
related countries: Mali Mali

French and Malian troops consolidate positions in Timbuktu as an international conference seeks to fund the $950m operation against Islamist militants.
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France's gay marriage fight

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 2:08

France's impassioned battle over gay unions
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French-led troops enter Timbuktu

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 1:39
related countries: Mali Mali

French-led troops in Mali have entered the historic city of Timbuktu, after capturing the airport from militant Islamists, a French army officer says.
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VIDEO: Military 'take Timbuktu airport'

Monday, January 28th 2013, 18:40
related countries: Mali Mali

French-led forces in Mali have seized the airport in Timbuktu without firing a single shot, as they move to capture the historic city from militant Islamists, officials say.
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French-led troops target Timbuktu

Sunday, January 27th 2013, 13:41
related countries: Mali Mali

French and Malian forces move on Timbuktu after recapturing other northern towns from rebels, as African states discuss sending more troops.
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French force in Mali 'takes Gao'

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 20:45
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Gao

French-led troops in Mali have taken control of the northern Islamist stronghold of Gao, the French defence ministry says.
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Mali troops 'take northern town'

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 7:38
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Gao, Hombori

Malian and French troops retake the town of Hombori, officials say, as they continue their push northwards towards the Islamist stronghold of Gao.
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Midfielder Sissoko joins Magpies

Friday, January 25th 2013, 19:10
related places: Toulouse

Newcastle United add to their French contingent with the signing of Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
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Twitter ordered to hand over data

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 17:19

A French court orders Twitter to hand over details of users who spread anti-Semitic messages, months after offensive tweets were removed.
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Top dance job for Black Swan man

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 15:30

Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer who helped transform Natalie Portman into an obsessed ballerina for 2010 film Black Swan, is named the new director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
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Mali's army accused of abuses

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 0:07
related countries: Mali Mali

Malian troops have carried out "summary executions" as they fight to recapture the Islamist-controlled north, a France-based rights group says.
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EU leaders warn Cameron over poll

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 18:41
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cameron, Eu

Germany and France warn that Britain cannot pick and choose the terms of its EU membership after Prime Minister David Cameron announces a referendum.
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French 'red carpet' for UK firms

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 14:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

France says it will welcome any firms that leave the UK if it decides to exit the EU, as British business leaders react to plans for an in/out referendum.
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France in the firing line of 'new jihad'

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 7:02

Top French judge fears 'new jihad' from North Africa
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VIDEO: 'Le pong' gas smell crosses Channel

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 6:53
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Rouen

A chemical plant on the outskirts of Rouen is leaking a foul-smelling gas which has spread over hundreds of square miles - across France and into south-east England.
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Bid to stop French foul gas leak

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 22:32
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

Staff at a chemical factory in north-western France are working to stop a gas leak that has spread a foul smell from Paris to south-eastern England.
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US start French airlifts to Mali

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 19:49
related countries: Mali Mali, United States United States

The US military begins airlifting French soldiers and equipment to Mali to support their operation against Islamist militants.
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VIDEO: France and Germany mark treaty

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 19:42
related countries: Germany Germany

France and Germany have marked the 50th anniversary of a treaty that helped to reconcile the two former foes.
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France and Germany mark treaty

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 17:39
related countries: Germany Germany

France and Germany mark the 50th anniversary of a treaty that helped to reconcile the two former foes and form the core of the European Union.
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VIDEO: Cruise ship rescues adrift sailor

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 16:01
related countries: Southern Ocean Southern Ocean

A French yachtsman has been rescued from the Southern Ocean after spending three days in a life raft. Alain Delord was forced to abandon his yacht after it was damaged in a storm. Emma Owen reports.
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Foul smell complaints after leak

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 13:46

Residents across Kent and Sussex are complaining of a foul smell after a massive gas leak in France.
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European transactions tax agreed

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 13:28
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Eu

EU finance ministers give the green light for 11 eurozone members, including France and Germany, to prepare a new tax on financial transactions.
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