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Pompidou Center: 40th birthday celebrations

Monday, February 6th 2017, 23:51

As Paris' Pompidou Centre celebrates its 40th birthday, BBC arts editor Will Gompertz speaks to two of the original architects, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano.
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France election: Fillon apologises over family payments

Monday, February 6th 2017, 17:28

The French candidate insists the payments were legal but says voters no longer accept the practice.
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Fake news: Facebook and Google team up with French media

Monday, February 6th 2017, 14:23

Eight media organisations sign up to a new service aimed at preventing the spread of misinformation.
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Lost Bob Marley tapes restored after 40 years in London basement

Monday, February 6th 2017, 10:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Paris

The tapes, once damaged by water, contain recordings of concerts in London and Paris in the 1970s.
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Louvre attack: Friend defends 'respectful' suspect

Sunday, February 5th 2017, 17:22
related countries: Egypt Egypt
related places: Paris

Social media updates by the Egyptian suspected of launching a machete attack at a Paris museum suggested nothing untoward, says his friend.
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France election: Centrist rising star Macron urges unity

Saturday, February 4th 2017, 22:31

In one of the most open presidential races in years, Emmanuel Macron vows to unite the nation.
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Louvre attack: My son is no terrorist, says suspect's father

Saturday, February 4th 2017, 20:24

Reda al-Hamamy says his son, who was shot attacking soldiers in Paris, is a "poor young man".
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Louvre attack: Tourists in Paris 'not worried'

Saturday, February 4th 2017, 13:36
related places: Paris

Tourists say heightened security has reassured them after Friday's attack.
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Louvre attack: French soldier shoots machete-wielding man

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 17:57
related places: Paris

The machete-wielding man shouted "Allahu Akbar" and attacked soldiers at the entrance, police say.
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Louvre attacker shooting: 'We saw death coming for us'

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 13:11

People describe the moment they heard gunshots as a French soldier guarding the Louvre fired a man who tried to attack a security patrol with a machete..
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French security forces gather at Louvre after attack

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 12:07

See the scene outside the Louvre as a police spokeswoman gives further detail on what happened.
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France elections: Fillon setback as wife video resurfaces

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 11:53

An old interview with Francois Fillon's wife deals another blow to the French presidential hopeful.
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Fillon: 'Investigation's aim is to destroy me'

Thursday, February 2nd 2017, 21:00

The French presidential candidate denies claims he used public money to pay his wife for "fake jobs".
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France's Fillon under pressure to end presidential bid

Wednesday, February 1st 2017, 16:27

France's scandal-hit centre-right presidential candidate denounces a "left-wing coup".
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Paris compost urinals open near Gare de Lyon station

Wednesday, February 1st 2017, 15:57
related places: Lyon

The hope is that the urinals will help to discourage men from urinating elsewhere in public.
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Marine Le Pen: Deadline passes for National Front leader to repay EU funds

Wednesday, February 1st 2017, 8:58
related places: Eu, Paris

A deadline passes for the French far-right leader to hand back thousands of euros.
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Fillon pay row: New claim over wife's 'fake jobs'

Tuesday, January 31st 2017, 19:11

France's centre-right candidate says fresh press allegations are slander aimed at ending his campaign.
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Francois Fillon and wife questioned over payment row

Monday, January 30th 2017, 21:34

The front-runner in France's presidential elections and his wife deny any wrongdoing.
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'Spiderman burglar' goes on trial over Paris art theft

Monday, January 30th 2017, 16:23
related places: Paris

Vjeran Tomic is accused of stealing paintings, including works by Picasso and Matisse, worth €100m.
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Brussels suspect Abrini formally investigated over Paris attacks

Monday, January 30th 2017, 13:24
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Airport bombing suspect Mohamed Abrini appears in French court over 2015 Paris attacks.
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Benoit Hamon to be Socialist candidate in French election

Sunday, January 29th 2017, 20:55

Benoit Hamon beats Manuel Valls to represent the Socialist Party in April's presidential election.
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Francois Fillon: I will drop out of France president race if investigated

Friday, January 27th 2017, 14:04

Only a judicial probe would make me drop out, says France presidential contender hit by media storm.
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Free soda: France bans unlimited sugary drink refills

Friday, January 27th 2017, 10:20
related places: Eu

The number of overweight or obese people in France is below the EU average but is on the rise.
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All fired up

Thursday, January 26th 2017, 12:37

Emmanuel Macron wins supporters to his liberal push for the French presidency.
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Francois Fillon's wife facing payment investigation

Wednesday, January 25th 2017, 18:53

A newspaper accuses the French presidential candidate's wife of improperly receiving public funds.
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Paris Jackson: 'My father was murdered'

Wednesday, January 25th 2017, 8:54
related places: Paris

Michael Jackson's only daughter, Paris, says she believes her father was murdered.
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French President Hollande visits Colombia rebels

Wednesday, January 25th 2017, 1:33
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Francois Hollande goes to isolated rural camp with the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos.
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Rebel with a cause

Tuesday, January 24th 2017, 0:45

What does the rise of left-wing presidential hopeful Benoit Hamon say about France's Socialists?
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Marine Le Pen hails patriotism as the policy of the future

Saturday, January 21st 2017, 14:25

The French politician tells fellow far-right leaders 2017 will see a nationalist rebirth across Europe.
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Battle of the left

Saturday, January 21st 2017, 0:30

France picks its Socialist presidential nominee in a fight for the party's direction, even its survival.
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Roman Polanski picked for French film panel, sparking outrage

Saturday, January 21st 2017, 0:22

Director Roman Polanski picked as head judge for France's film awards despite long-standing rape case.
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Why the French presidential election matters

Saturday, January 21st 2017, 0:00

Why the French presidential election matters
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PIP breast implants: French court tells TUV to pay damages

Friday, January 20th 2017, 15:25
related countries: Germany Germany

German safety body TUV is told to pay hefty compensation over the PIP breast implant scandal.
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French Polynesia signs first 'floating city' deal

Tuesday, January 17th 2017, 11:01
related countries: French Polynesia French Polynesia

French Polynesia signs a deal that could pave the way for the world's first floating city.
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Trump attack on Merkel rebuffed by French president

Monday, January 16th 2017, 20:36
related countries: Germany Germany, United States United States
related places: Merkel

Francois Hollande brushes off the US president-elect's attack on Germany's liberal migrant policy.
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Russian artist Pavlensky 'to seek French asylum' amid sex claim

Monday, January 16th 2017, 16:42
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Shock artist Petr Pavlensky leaves Moscow after being told he is being accused of a sex crime.
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Ray-Ban maker Luxottica agrees €46bn merger with Essilor

Monday, January 16th 2017, 6:48

Luxottica, the world's biggest glasses maker, agrees a merger with French lens maker Esillor.
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Israel-Palestinian conflict: Summit warns against unilateral actions

Sunday, January 15th 2017, 21:28
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Paris

Delegates at the Paris conference also reiterated their commitment to the two-state solution.
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Icy weather in Europe causes more hardship and chaos

Friday, January 13th 2017, 22:39
related countries: Germany Germany

The freezing conditions show little sign of abating as temperatures plummet across the continent.
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Kardashian West robbery: Six more suspects under investigation

Friday, January 13th 2017, 18:59

Six more suspects face charges in France over the Kim Kardashian West robbery last year.
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Kardashian West robbery: First suspects under formal investigation

Thursday, January 12th 2017, 20:57

French police place four suspects under formal investigation over the Kim Kardashian West robbery.
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France's Marine Le Pen seen in Trump Tower

Thursday, January 12th 2017, 20:25

Trump team says it is not meeting the French far-right presidential candidate.
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Guy Wildenstein: Leading art dealer cleared of tax fraud

Thursday, January 12th 2017, 10:32

Guy Wildenstein had been accused of trying to hide millions of euros in assets.
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In pictures

Thursday, January 12th 2017, 1:40
related places: Saint-Sorlin

Photographer John Vink captures the work behind the scenes keeping the ski slopes open at Saint Sorlin d'Arves in France.
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Shunning the mainstream

Thursday, January 12th 2017, 0:25

Marine Le Pen is appealing to the French mainstream, but what policies define her as far right?
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Kardashian West chauffeur freed in €9m Paris robbery inquiry

Wednesday, January 11th 2017, 11:33
related places: Paris

Three people are released by police investigating a jewellery robbery targeting Kim Kardashian West.
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Kim Kardashian West: French arrests over Paris robbery

Monday, January 9th 2017, 12:03
related places: Paris

Seventeen people are held after an armed gang robbed Kim Kardashian West in Paris in October.
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France thwarts 24,000 cyber-attacks against defence targets

Sunday, January 8th 2017, 12:03

France warns hackers are attacking its defence systems and this year's election could be a target.
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Fewer foreigners visit Paris art galleries

Friday, January 6th 2017, 13:38
related places: Paris

Paris's main art galleries saw a decline in visits by foreign tourists in 2016 after attacks in France.
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Former Kosovo PM Haradinaj arrested on war crimes warrant

Wednesday, January 4th 2017, 22:08

French police arrest a former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, over alleged war crimes.
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Cycling into the record books at 105

Wednesday, January 4th 2017, 22:07

French cyclist Robert Marchand has clocked up 105 years and now a new record for the furthest distance cycled in one hour.
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'No charges' for French troops over CAR child sex allegations

Wednesday, January 4th 2017, 18:41

Investigators rule that French troops accused of child sex abuse in the CAR should not face charges.
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FN leader Le Pen calls for France to leave euro but stay linked

Wednesday, January 4th 2017, 17:49

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen says France should leave the euro but work to soften the economic impact.
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French cyclist Robert Marchand sets new record aged 105

Wednesday, January 4th 2017, 17:40

Robert Marchand sets a new hour record at the national velodrome but regrets not going faster.
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French baby death linked to vitamin dose

Wednesday, January 4th 2017, 13:07

France acts to suspend the sale of a vitamin D supplement after the death of a newborn baby.
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Olympic skiing champion Jean Vuarnet dies aged 83

Monday, January 2nd 2017, 21:41

The former French Olympic skiing champion and entrepreneur Jean Vuarnet has died at the age of 83.
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Equatorial Guinea's VP Obiang on trial in France

Monday, January 2nd 2017, 18:31

Equatorial Guinea's flamboyant vice-president goes on trial in France on charges of corruption.
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Francois Hollande: Fighting IS in Iraq prevents terrorism in France

Monday, January 2nd 2017, 7:39
related countries: Iraq Iraq

President Hollande tells French soldiers in Iraq their work against IS helps prevent terrorism at home.
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Art of peace

Sunday, January 1st 2017, 2:43
related places: Paris

War gets plenty of artistic representation - but what about the art of peace? An exhibition at the Petit Palais in Paris explores the imagery of peace-making over the centuries. For history-lovers, it is a rare chance to see the originals of scores o
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French workers get 'right to disconnect' from emails out of hours

Saturday, December 31st 2016, 15:51

As of 1 January, French firms must tell workers how much time they can expect away from work emails.
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Mali sends back migrants deported by France

Friday, December 30th 2016, 18:34

Mali sends back two people deported from France on the same planes they came on.
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Which European city is this?

Thursday, December 29th 2016, 21:52
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Here, Madrid, Paris

Here's how Paris and Madrid have responded.
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French woman who killed husband freed after Hollande pardon

Wednesday, December 28th 2016, 19:02

French woman Jacqueline Sauvage, who murdered her husband, is freed after a presidential pardon.
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National Front mayor creates 'Rue du Brexit' in French town

Tuesday, December 27th 2016, 15:21
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu, Rue

A far-right French mayor has named a street in tribute to Britain's decision to leave the EU.
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Michele Morgan: French actress and glamour icon dies at 96

Wednesday, December 21st 2016, 9:18
related places: Cannes

Michele Morgan, the star who won the Cannes film festival's first best actress award, dies aged 96.
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Processed meat 'could be bad for asthma'

Wednesday, December 21st 2016, 1:28

Eating lots of ham and sausage might make asthma symptoms worse, according to French researchers.
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Christine Lagarde: IMF chief convicted over payout

Tuesday, December 20th 2016, 0:59

A French court finds IMF chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence but does not penalise her.
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French and Spanish police arrest five over 'Basque Eta arms cache'

Saturday, December 17th 2016, 16:23
related countries: Spain Spain

Police arrest five people after finding a suspected arms cache of the Basque group Eta in a French town.
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Paris fire: Migrant dies in 'suspicious' Boulogne-Billancourt blaze

Friday, December 16th 2016, 12:41
related places: Boulogne, Paris

A fire at a migrant centre in Paris in which one man died may have been started deliberately.
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Chinese imperial seal sold for record $22m at auction

Thursday, December 15th 2016, 2:42
related countries: China China
related places: Paris, Qianlong

An imperial seal owned by China's emperor Qianlong sells for a record €21m (£18m, $22m) in Paris.
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Aleppo battle: Eiffel tower lights in Paris turned off

Wednesday, December 14th 2016, 20:20
related places: Paris

The lights of the Eiffel Tower are turned off as a gesture of support for the people in Aleppo.
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Paris attacks planners 'killed in Syria'

Tuesday, December 13th 2016, 15:47
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

Two men who planned the November 2015 Paris attacks are killed in an air strike in Syria, the US says.
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France robbery: Thieves steal 70kg of gold on motorway

Monday, December 12th 2016, 15:29

Armed thieves are on the run in France after stealing 70kg of gold in a motorway heist.
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IMF chief Christine Lagarde in negligence trial in France

Monday, December 12th 2016, 13:24

IMF chief Christine Lagarde goes on trial in France for negligence in a long-running cronyism case.
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Christmas tree camera catches nanny 'abuse'

Monday, December 12th 2016, 11:52

A camera under a Christmas tree allegedly shows a nanny in France abusing a child in her care.
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Paris attacks: State of emergency 'to protect elections'

Saturday, December 10th 2016, 11:54

France's state of emergency must be extended to protect elections next year, PM Cazeneuve says.
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Paris attacks: Two jailed in Grasse for fake claim

Friday, December 9th 2016, 10:41
related places: Grasse

France jails a couple who defrauded a fund for survivors of the 2015 Paris attacks.
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Cameroon protests: 'People have been gassed, shot and flogged'

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 18:07
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon
related places: Bamenda

A resident in Bamenda describes ongoing clashes after weeks of protests against the use of French in courts and schools in English-speaking parts of Cameroon.
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Marine Le Pen: No free school for illegal migrants in France

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 14:01

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen calls for an end to free education for illegal immigrants.
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France tax case: Jerome Cahuzac, ex-budget minister, jailed for fraud

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 12:21

French ex-minister Jerome Cahuzac, appointed to clamp down on tax evasion, is jailed for tax fraud.
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Paris starts 'alternate day' car scheme

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 11:10
related places: Paris

Paris is suffering from the worst smog for a decade. To reduce pollution, motorists can only use their cars on alternate days this week.
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Paris closes parks in major anti-rat campaign

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 11:09
related places: Paris

Paris city hall temporarily closes the French capital's parks in a drive to cut the rat numbers.
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Brexit: French financial regulator wooing London banks

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 0:05
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Paris

Banks are in advanced stages of planning to shift some operations from London to Paris, says France's leading financial regulator.
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Numbers game

Wednesday, December 7th 2016, 13:18
related places: Paris

For a second day, Paris is cutting car numbers according to odd or even licence plates. Do such schemes work?
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French Interior Minister Cazeneuve replaces Valls as PM

Tuesday, December 6th 2016, 12:33

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve becomes PM, replacing presidential candidate Manuel Valls.
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France election: PM Manuel Valls to run for president

Monday, December 5th 2016, 22:03

French Socialist PM Manuel Valls announces he is standing in next year's presidential election.
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Australian charged with murder over death of French tourist

Sunday, December 4th 2016, 2:48
related countries: Aruba Aruba

An Australian man is charged with murder over the death of a French tourist in the outback.
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French town told park's Virgin Mary statue must go

Sunday, December 4th 2016, 0:41

A French town is told to remove its park's Virgin Mary statue as it breaks national secularism rules.
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Could a railway force Chanel No 5 out of its historic home?

Friday, December 2nd 2016, 5:57

Chanel says it will leave a historic French perfume site if plans for a high-speed train line go ahead.
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France presidency: Francois Hollande decides not to run again

Thursday, December 1st 2016, 23:30

In a surprise move Francois Hollande says he will not stand for a second term as French president.
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