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VIDEO: The other Jungle: Dunkirk migrant camp

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016, 15:31

The BBC's Anna Holligan reports from the Dunkirk migrant camp in France and a new site a mile away set up by charity MSF.
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Prosecutors widen corruption probe

Tuesday, March 1st 2016, 22:01

French prosecutors widen their investigation into corruption in athletics to include bidding and voting for Olympic hosting rights.
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Calais 'Jungle' demolition resumes

Tuesday, March 1st 2016, 17:39
related places: Calais

Demolition teams return to the French port of Calais to dismantle more makeshift shelters in the "Jungle" migrant camp.
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Clashes as France clears Calais 'Jungle'

Monday, February 29th 2016, 23:36
related places: Calais

French police fire tear gas at rock-throwing protesters as demolition teams dismantle huts in part of the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle.
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French cleaners scrub off street art

Sunday, February 28th 2016, 15:29
related places: Reims

Citizens of Reims in northern France lose a brand new artwork commissioned for the town, after the anti-graffiti brigade scrubbed it off.
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VIDEO: Calais camp 'is our second home'

Friday, February 26th 2016, 8:41
related places: Calais

A French judge has upheld a government plan to clear part of a makeshift migrant camp near Calais in northern France.
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France's ruling Socialists stung by internal attack

Friday, February 26th 2016, 1:52

Rifts among France's ruling Socialists laid bare
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Calais 'Jungle' eviction gets go-ahead

Thursday, February 25th 2016, 18:02
related places: Calais, Lille

The French government's plan to clear part of the Calais migrant camp known as the "Jungle" is approved by a court in Lille.
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France's oldest 'Muslim burials' found

Thursday, February 25th 2016, 13:44

Researchers have identified what may be the earliest Muslim burials in France.
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France seeks €1.6bn in unpaid Google tax

Wednesday, February 24th 2016, 23:37
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French authorities are demanding that Google pays €1.6bn in back taxes, substantially more than the sum received by UK tax authorities.
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VIDEO: A look around the Calais 'Jungle'

Wednesday, February 24th 2016, 13:04
related places: Calais

Part of the Calais refugee camp known as the 'Jungle' could face closure depending on the decision of a French court.
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Belgium imposes checks on French border

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, 17:23
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Calais

Belgium announces new controls on its border with France as authorities in Calais plan mass evictions at the 'Jungle' migrant camp.
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How it helps, in France, to have a bit of 'piston'

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, 1:07

How I got my daughter a visa thanks to a bit of 'piston'
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VIDEO: Deadline looms for Calais Jungle

Monday, February 22nd 2016, 7:36
related places: Calais

French authorities confirm that the southern section of the migrant camp in Calais known as the Jungle will start being cleared this week.
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VIDEO: Battle of Verdun centenary marked

Sunday, February 21st 2016, 15:53
related places: Verdun

France commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Verdun - one of the most savagely fought and highest casualty battles of World War One.
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French furore over spelling continues

Saturday, February 20th 2016, 1:48

The fallout from one man's French language reforms
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Eviction order for Calais migrants

Saturday, February 20th 2016, 1:09
related places: Calais

Hundreds of migrants living in part of a camp in the French port of Calais known as the Jungle are ordered to leave by Tuesday or face eviction.
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France's FN raided in EU fraud probe

Wednesday, February 17th 2016, 13:01
related places: Eu

The headquarters of the French far-right Front National (FN) party have been raided as part of an EU fraud probe into staff salaries, reports say.
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Sarkozy under formal investigation

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 20:45

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is placed under formal investigation over campaign funding, prosecutors say.
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Eagles of Death Metal on Paris stage

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 20:38
related places: Paris

Eagles of Death Metal appear on stage in Paris, months after the deadly jihadist attacks during their concert at the Bataclan in the French capital.
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Syria hospital attacks 'war crimes'

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 9:08
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey

France and Turkey say air strikes on hospitals in northern Syria constitute war crimes, as the UN reports that up to 50 people have been killed.
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VIDEO: Bataclan band singer: 'I see nightmares'

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 9:08
related places: Paris

The singer of the Eagles of Death Metal has given an emotional interview to a French TV channel ahead of the band's concert in Paris on Tuesday night.
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Mystery over Paris siege balloon letter

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 7:51
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Paris

Australia's National Archive tries to establish how a letter flown out of Paris by balloon during an 1870 siege ended up in its collection.
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VIDEO: Turkey bombs Kurdish positions in Syria

Sunday, February 14th 2016, 20:03
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

Turkey has bombarded Kurdish positions in northern Syria for a second day, despite calls from France and the United States to end the shelling.
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The world's best bakers - and they aren't French

Sunday, February 14th 2016, 1:10

The chefs who baked the world's best loaf of bread
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Russia faces pressure over Syria deaths

Saturday, February 13th 2016, 18:04
related countries: Russia Russia, Syria Syria
related places: Moscow

Pressure increases on Russia over civilian deaths in air strikes in Syria, with France and the United States urging greater caution.
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Facebook loses in French nudity case

Friday, February 12th 2016, 12:31
related places: Paris

The Paris appeal court rules that Facebook can be sued under French - not Californian - law, in what is seen as a test case.
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Ayrault is new French foreign minister

Thursday, February 11th 2016, 16:21

French President Francois Hollande names former PM Jean-Marc Ayrault as his new foreign minister, replacing Laurent Fabius.
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Six children killed in France bus crash

Thursday, February 11th 2016, 15:38
related places: Rochefort

Six teenagers die after parts of a lorry crash into their school bus in Rochefort, western France.
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Leftist French MEP to run for president

Thursday, February 11th 2016, 7:29

The French left-wing politician Jean-Luc Melenchon announces he will stand for president in spring 2017.
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Has US court holed Paris climate deal?

Wednesday, February 10th 2016, 18:16
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

Has US court holed Paris climate deal?
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French MPs back constitutional changes

Wednesday, February 10th 2016, 17:11
related places: Paris

French MPs vote overwhelmingly to enshrine state-of-emergency provisions in the constitution, following November's attacks in Paris.
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French Foreign Minister Fabius to quit

Wednesday, February 10th 2016, 12:49

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, seen as the architect of the country's interventions against militants, says he is standing down.
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French MPs back removing citizenship

Wednesday, February 10th 2016, 9:50
related places: Paris

French MPs narrowly approve the first stage of a plan to enable those convicted of terrorism offences to lose their nationality.
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Two children killed in France crash

Wednesday, February 10th 2016, 9:29
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland
related places: Doubs

Two 15-year-olds are killed when a school bus crashes in snowy conditions in the French department of Doubs, near the Swiss border.
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French general's court hearing delayed

Monday, February 8th 2016, 16:43
related places: Calais

The court hearing of a retired French Foreign Legion commander, arrested at a banned anti-Islam rally in Calais, is delayed because of his poor health.
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French ex-minister in tax fraud trial

Monday, February 8th 2016, 10:05

Former French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac, who was appointed to clamp down on tax evasion, is to go on trial charged with tax fraud.
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Carrier triples French firepower in IS fight

Sunday, February 7th 2016, 23:42

The French carrier bringing the fight to Islamic State
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VIDEO: Behind the scenes of an air strike

Sunday, February 7th 2016, 23:38

Behind the scenes of an air strike, aboard the French aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, in the Gulf.
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Foreign Legion ex-chief held in Calais

Sunday, February 7th 2016, 0:18
related places: Calais

A former head of the French Foreign Legion is arrested with about 20 other protesters at a banned anti-Islam rally in the port of Calais.
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VIDEO: Anti-migration protest in Calais

Saturday, February 6th 2016, 23:36
related places: Calais

Some members of the right-wing group Pegida in the French port of Calais protest against the presence of refugees there.
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Channel rescue for migrants in dinghy

Saturday, February 6th 2016, 15:34

French coastguards rescue four migrants who were found trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable dinghy.
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Attacks on Calais migrants investigated

Saturday, February 6th 2016, 1:38
related places: Calais

French prosecutors are investigating at least six attacks on migrants at the makeshift Calais camp called the Jungle, the BBC understands.
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VIDEO: Migrant attacks investigated in France

Saturday, February 6th 2016, 0:11
related places: Calais

The BBC has been told French prosecutors are investigating at least half a dozen attacks on migrants who live in the refugee camp known as the Jungle, in Calais.
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Rare Ferrari sells for 32m euros

Friday, February 5th 2016, 22:06
related places: Paris

A Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti racing car, built in 1957, has sold at auction in Paris for 32m euros.
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Uproar over changes in French spelling

Friday, February 5th 2016, 9:59

Controversy has emerged in France over new spellings for more than 2,000 French words.
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Millepied quits Paris Opera Ballet

Thursday, February 4th 2016, 16:05

Choreographer Benjamin Millepied confirms he is stepping down as director of Paris Opera Ballet for "personal reasons".
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'I exposed Paris attacker' says witness

Thursday, February 4th 2016, 12:44
related places: Paris

A woman reveals how she told police where to find one of the lead Paris attackers Abdelhamid Abaaoud, shortly before he died in a raid.
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Paris police clear Roma from rail line camp

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016, 14:49
related places: Paris

Police clear hundreds of Roma people from a slum-like camp built on a disused rail line in northern Paris.
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France school smoking 'cuts terror risk'

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016, 14:31

Some French schools are allowing students to smoke on their grounds to prevent them becoming terror targets on the street, a union says.
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Calais camp mosque and church razed

Monday, February 1st 2016, 18:03
related places: Calais

French authorities demolish a makeshift church and mosque to create a security zone at the Calais camp home to thousands of migrants.
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French president to free abused killer

Monday, February 1st 2016, 9:29

The French president cuts the jail sentence of a woman who shot dead her abusive husband, after her case became a cause celebre.
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VIDEO: Final attempt to tow stranded cargo ship

Monday, February 1st 2016, 9:20

A cargo ship which has been drifting for several days off the French coast could hit the shores if a final attempt to salvage it fails, a maritime official says.
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Stricken ship heading for French coast

Monday, February 1st 2016, 7:42

A stricken cargo ship is heading towards the French coast, maritime authorities say, but there are hopes it can be towed to safety before it runs aground.
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Paris armed man's girlfriend arrested

Friday, January 29th 2016, 8:49

French police arrest the girlfriend of a man who was arrested with two guns at a Disneyland Paris hotel on Thursday, local media report.
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Disneyland suspect 'feared for safety'

Thursday, January 28th 2016, 23:12

A man arrested carrying two guns at a hotel near Disneyland Paris tells French police he was armed because he feared for his safety.
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Armed man arrested at Disneyland Paris

Thursday, January 28th 2016, 21:44

A man has been arrested with two firearms at the entrance to a hotel at Disneyland Paris, French police say.
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Rouhani hails Iran-France 'new chapter'

Thursday, January 28th 2016, 17:49
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani hails "a new chapter" in French-Iranian relations during his visit to Paris, as he secures major business deals.
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VIDEO: Are ultra thin models still on catwalk?

Thursday, January 28th 2016, 7:55

As Paris hosts Haute Couture Week, the BBC's Ben Moore examines whether there is any sign of an end to ultra thin models on the catwalk.
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French minister resigns amid terror row

Wednesday, January 27th 2016, 18:41

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira steps down in protest at her own government's plan to strip people convicted of terrorism of their citizenship.
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Uber told 'to compensate' Paris rival

Wednesday, January 27th 2016, 13:16
related places: Paris

App-based taxi service Uber is ordered by a French court to compensate a rival taxi group for infringing customer collection rules, reports say.
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Rouhani due in France for trade talks

Wednesday, January 27th 2016, 5:57
related countries: Iran Iran, Italy Italy

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will arrive in France on Wednesday for the second leg of his state visit to Europe, after three days in Italy.
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Deadly rock slide at French nuclear site

Wednesday, January 27th 2016, 2:51

A rock slide kills one person and injures another at a site for nuclear waste in north-eastern France, emergency officials say.
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Anti-Uber taxi drivers block Paris road

Tuesday, January 26th 2016, 14:37
related places: Paris

Taxi drivers block a major road in the west of Paris, in protest against competition from app-based taxi services.
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Was Salim Benghalem the plotter behind Paris attacks?

Tuesday, January 26th 2016, 0:48
related places: Paris

French Islamist named as man behind Paris attacks
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India, France sign Rafale jet agreement

Monday, January 25th 2016, 10:03
related countries: India India

India signs a deal with France to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces.
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IS 'posts Paris attackers video online'

Monday, January 25th 2016, 7:18
related places: Paris

So-called Islamic State releases video apparently showing nine of the suspected Paris gunmen before they carried out the 13 November attack.
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VIDEO: Uncertain future for Calais migrants

Saturday, January 23rd 2016, 20:36
related places: Calais

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has visited a migrant camp in northern France and called for a pan-European approach to the ongoing crisis.
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VIDEO: What treasures lie in Paris canal?

Saturday, January 23rd 2016, 0:42
related places: Paris

The Canal Saint Martin is a picturesque Paris landmark that many who have visited the city will know well, but every 15 years the canal needs to be emptied and cleaned. Hugh Schofield reports.
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Belgium charges 11th suspect over Paris

Friday, January 22nd 2016, 15:55
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Prosecutors in Belgium charge an 11th person with terrorist offences, in connection with the Paris attacks which killed 130 people.
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Migration 'putting EU at grave risk'

Friday, January 22nd 2016, 11:20

French PM Manuel Valls tells the BBC that the huge number of migrants reaching Europe puts the European Union at grave risk.
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Statue's head returns after 130 years

Thursday, January 21st 2016, 22:59
related countries: Cambodia Cambodia

A French museum returns the head of a 7th Century Hindu statue to Cambodia 130 years after it was taken from a temple.
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Paris raid woman 'died of asphyxiation'

Thursday, January 21st 2016, 16:57
related places: Paris

Prosecutors say a woman who died in a police raid after the Paris attacks died of asphyxiation, although her family argue she was murdered.
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Is France's unloved AZERTY keyboard heading for scrapheap?

Thursday, January 21st 2016, 0:52

Is it all over for France's unloved AZERTY keyboard?
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IS says two Paris attackers were Iraqi

Wednesday, January 20th 2016, 12:35
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Paris

Two of the nine Paris attackers were Iraqi, the so-called Islamic State has claimed.
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Three Burkina Faso attackers 'at large'

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 16:26
related countries: Burkina Faso Burkina Faso

Three people involved in last week's Islamist attack on a hotel in Burkina Faso are still at large, the French prime minister says.
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Photographer dies after Burkina attack

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 13:56
related countries: Burkina Faso Burkina Faso, Morocco Morocco

French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui dies from injuries sustained in the Burkina Faso hotel attack, says her employer Amnesty International.
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Fire controlled at Paris Ritz hotel

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 12:43

Dozens of firefighters battle a blaze on the top floor of the famous Paris Ritz hotel.
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Paris victim's mother 'to sue Belgium'

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 11:02
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

The mother of a French lawyer murdered at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris accuses Belgium of negligence and vows to take her case to court.
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Renault recalls cars over emissions

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 8:51
related places: Renault

French carmaker Renault is recalling 15,000 new vehicles to make changes to their engines after tests showed they had exceeded emission levels.
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France minister to visit avalanche site

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 2:58

The French defence minister is to visit the site of an avalanche in the French Alps that killed five French Foreign Legionnaires.
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Artist freed after exhibitionism at Paris museum

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 1:50
related places: Paris

Artist makes an impression at Paris museum
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Paris attack linked in Morocco arrest

Monday, January 18th 2016, 20:20
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Morocco Morocco
related places: Paris

Morocco says it has arrested a Belgian national linked to the men who carried out the Paris attacks, in which 130 people died.
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France soldiers die in Alps avalanche

Monday, January 18th 2016, 18:19

Five French Foreign Legionnaires are killed and six injured in an avalanche while on a training exercise in the Alps, days after a similar disaster nearby.
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France in 'state of economic emergency'

Monday, January 18th 2016, 15:31

President Francois Hollande sets out €2bn (£1.5bn) job creation plan in a bid to lift France out of what he calls a state of economic emergency.
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French brain-dead drugs trial man dies

Sunday, January 17th 2016, 15:29

A man left brain-dead after an experimental drug trial in France has died, French media report.
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