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VIDEO: Protests in Belgium over labour reforms

Tuesday, May 31st 2016, 13:42
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Thousands of public sector workers in Belgium are taking part in a 24-hour national strike against labour reforms, as protests in France over reforms there continue.
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Marcel Proust precious items on sale

Tuesday, May 31st 2016, 12:49
related places: Paris

Intimate letters and family photographs that belonged to the celebrated French writer Marcel Proust are being sold at auction in Paris.
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Ivory Coast's Aurier arrested in Paris

Monday, May 30th 2016, 9:10
related places: Paris

Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier is arrested and placed in police custody on Monday after being involved in an incident in Paris.
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Leaders mark Verdun with EU unity plea

Sunday, May 29th 2016, 16:36
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Verdun

The leaders of France and Germany mark the 100th anniversary of the WW1 battle of Verdun in northern France with a call for European unity.
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VIDEO: Europe hit by lightning strikes

Sunday, May 29th 2016, 6:03
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Paris

Lightning strikes have caused serious injuries to several people, at a park in Paris, and a football match in Germany.
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VIDEO: Remembering Verdun 100 years on

Saturday, May 28th 2016, 23:05
related places: Verdun

France is commemorating the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Verdun, World War One's longest battle.
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Europe hit by lightning strikes

Saturday, May 28th 2016, 21:56
related places: Paris

Lightning strikes in France, Germany and Poland cause death and serious injuries, with the victims including children at a birthday party in a Paris park.
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Verdun: France's sacred symbol of healing

Saturday, May 28th 2016, 0:03

France's sacred symbol of healing
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Trump would 'cancel' Paris climate deal

Friday, May 27th 2016, 16:37
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris, Republican

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he would withdraw the US from the Paris climate deal that limits carbon emissions in nearly 200 countries.
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Hollande 'won't back down' over protests

Friday, May 27th 2016, 13:38

France's President Hollande refuses to dilute labour market reforms as trade unions threaten to escalate their protests.
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France boss to sue Cantona over race row

Friday, May 27th 2016, 12:00

Lawyers for French national manager say he will sue Eric Cantona for suggesting his Euro 2016 squad selection was racially motivated.
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Wave of industrial unrest across France

Thursday, May 26th 2016, 21:15

Strike action over labour law reforms grips France, disrupting oil refineries, nuclear power stations and transport hubs, as police battle protesters.
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Do French workers really have it easy?

Thursday, May 26th 2016, 17:41

So why then is the French workforce so restive?
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VIDEO: Did Neanderthals create stone rings?

Thursday, May 26th 2016, 10:53

Stone rings thought to be created by Neanderthals have been found in France
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Stakes rise in French labour protests

Wednesday, May 25th 2016, 12:27

Angry petrol queues in France as social conflict ramps up
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Strike hits all French oil refineries

Tuesday, May 24th 2016, 15:02

A strike over new labour laws spreads to all of France's eight oil refineries, the CGT union says, in an escalating dispute with the government.
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Google's Paris HQ raided in tax probe

Tuesday, May 24th 2016, 13:53
related places: Paris

French finance officials raid the Paris offices of US internet giant Google as part of a €1.6bn tax fraud investigation.
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Special forces to guard Tour de France

Tuesday, May 24th 2016, 12:05

About 23,000 police will provide security for this year's Tour de France cycle race, with the country still facing threats from extremists.
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French petrol supplies hit by strikes

Monday, May 23rd 2016, 12:57

Hundreds of French petrol stations run dry and the unions say five oil refineries are being blockaded as protesters fight government labour reforms.
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Oil strikes close French petrol stations

Sunday, May 22nd 2016, 18:24

Hundreds of French petrol stations run out of fuel after workers blockade oil refineries in protest over controversial labour reforms.
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Festivals pull EODM over Bataclan claim

Friday, May 20th 2016, 15:28

Eagles of Death Metal are dropped from two French music festivals, after their singer reiterated his suggestion that security at the Bataclan was complicit in the 2015 terror attacks.
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Abdeslam stays silent in Paris court

Friday, May 20th 2016, 14:11
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam exercises his right to silence as he appears in a French court for his first questioning by investigating judges.
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Crash jet made 'sharp turns and plunged'

Thursday, May 19th 2016, 16:10
related countries: Egypt Egypt
related places: Cairo, Paris

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo made two sharp turns before plunging into the Mediterranean Sea, Greece's defence minister says.
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Spy service sets school challenge

Thursday, May 19th 2016, 13:54

For the first time France's foreign spy service, the DGSE, sponsors a code-breaking competition in schools.
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EgyptAir flight crashed - Hollande

Thursday, May 19th 2016, 11:15
related countries: Egypt Egypt
related places: Cairo, Paris

French President Francois Hollande confirms a Paris-Cairo EgyptAir flight that went missing over the Mediterranean, with 66 people on board, did crash.
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VIDEO: Clashes at anti-violence rally

Wednesday, May 18th 2016, 19:01
related places: Paris

A police car has been torched in central Paris as officers demonstrated against the mob violence directed at them during anti-labour reform protests.
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Brussels suspect 'left last testament'

Wednesday, May 18th 2016, 10:27
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

A "last testament" by Mohamed Abrini, a suspect in the Paris and Brussels attacks, contradicts claims he would "never hurt a fly", reports say.
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French women say 'Non' to everyday sexism

Tuesday, May 17th 2016, 23:42

French women say 'Non' to everyday sexism
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Kristen Stewart talks film, fame and France

Tuesday, May 17th 2016, 14:05

Twilight star Kristen Stewart on film, fame and France
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Paris attacks suspect 'posted IS flag'

Tuesday, May 17th 2016, 12:24
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam posted an Islamic State flag on Facebook ahead of the attack, a Belgian report claims, but authorities did nothing.
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Web giants face action over hate speech

Monday, May 16th 2016, 11:48

Three organisations in France say they are planning legal action against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for failing to remove hate speech.
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French female ministers decry harassment

Sunday, May 15th 2016, 15:43

Seventeen women who have served as ministers in France issue a strongly worded declaration saying they will no longer be silent about sexual harassment in politics.
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Last surviving Casablanca actress dies

Sunday, May 15th 2016, 7:29

French actress Madeleine Lebeau, the last surviving cast member of the classic 1942 film Casablanca, dies at the age of 92.
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French Periscope death stirs social media safety fears

Thursday, May 12th 2016, 23:01

Live-streaming death stirs French social media fears
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French PM survives no-confidence vote

Thursday, May 12th 2016, 17:17

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls survives vote of no confidence put forward by the opposition in protest over controversial labour reforms.
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French open new Tokyo Olympics probe

Thursday, May 12th 2016, 13:25
related countries: Japan Japan
related places: Tokyo

French prosecutors investigate an alleged $2m payment to an ex-athletics official's son and whether it is linked to Tokyo's 2020 Olympics bid.
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VIDEO: Protests over French labour reforms

Thursday, May 12th 2016, 2:33

The French government is facing a vote of no confidence in parliament after it forced through a controversial bill designed to reform Labour laws.
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Woman 'filmed suicide on Periscope'

Wednesday, May 11th 2016, 16:21

An investigation opens into the death of a 19-year-old woman in France who reportedly live-streamed her own suicide.
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French minister denies sex harassment

Wednesday, May 11th 2016, 10:54

France's finance minister apologises for acting "inappropriately" towards a journalist but denies harassment, amid a political row over sexism.
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Anger as France imposes labour reforms

Wednesday, May 11th 2016, 7:14

Protests break out in several French cities as the government uses special powers to force through controversial labour reforms.
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France to impose labour reforms

Tuesday, May 10th 2016, 19:59

The French government invokes a rarely used clause in the constitution to force through controversial labour reforms, circumventing parliament.
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France sex harassment 'impunity' attacked

Tuesday, May 10th 2016, 15:13

French female politicians speak out about sexual harassment
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French inquiry into 'sex pest' MP

Tuesday, May 10th 2016, 12:19

Prosecutors in France open an inquiry into sexual harassment claims made by political colleagues of senior MP Denis Baupin.
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French 'sex pest' resignation leaves bitter taste

Monday, May 9th 2016, 23:51

French 'sex pest' resignation leaves bitter taste
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Senior French MP 'sex pest' quits

Monday, May 9th 2016, 13:20

The deputy speaker of parliament in France quits after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him by colleagues.
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Belgium terror cell suspects on trial

Monday, May 9th 2016, 12:04
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Four, Paris, Verviers

Seven people go on trial in Belgium accused of being part of the "Verviers group" - linked to jihadists who attacked Paris and Brussels.
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Crowds flock to car-free Champs Elysees

Sunday, May 8th 2016, 17:42
related places: Paris

Thousands of people have take advantage of a move by the authorities in Paris to close the famous Champs Elysees thoroughfare to traffic.
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'Human smugglers' shot in France chase

Thursday, May 5th 2016, 14:43
related countries: Belgium Belgium, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Police shoot a UK-registered car carrying suspected people smugglers after a high-speed chase that crossed from Belgium into France, state media says.
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Chanel stages fashion show in Cuba

Wednesday, May 4th 2016, 4:02
related countries: Cuba Cuba
related places: Havana

French fashion house Chanel holds a show in the Cuban capital Havana - the first such event since the communist revolution on the island in 1959.
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French tennis body searched by police

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016, 20:32

The headquarters of the French tennis federation (FFT) and the home of its president are searched following allegations of illegal ticket sales.
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Outrage at France's English Euro anthem

Monday, May 2nd 2016, 15:25

A French minister describes the choice of I was Made for Lovin' You as the official anthem for the French team at the Euro 2016 championship as "incomprehensible".
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How Paris is stepping up its drive against the car

Sunday, May 1st 2016, 23:08
related places: Paris

Paris steps up its drive against the car
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Clashes erupt at French May Day march

Sunday, May 1st 2016, 15:55
related places: Paris

French police clash with demonstrators in Paris during a May Day parade organised by trade unions to protest against a controversial labour bill.
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French police injured in protest clashes

Thursday, April 28th 2016, 19:21

Twenty-four police officers are injured, three seriously, during protests against a proposed labour law change in France.
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Paris attacks suspect in French court

Wednesday, April 27th 2016, 17:33
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam appears before a French judge hours after his extradition from Belgium.
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VIDEO: Jail for France's 'dentist of horror'

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 20:39

Jacobus van Nierop dubbed the "dentist of horror" has been sentenced to eight years in jail in France.
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Paris suicide bomber shown on French TV

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 12:28

Suicide bomber on French TV sparks debate
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'Dentist of horror' jailed in France

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 11:00

A Dutchman dubbed the "dentist of horror" is sentenced to eight years in France for mutilating the mouths of some 120 patients.
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France wins A$50bn Australia sub contract

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 5:56
related countries: Aruba Aruba

A A$50bn (€34bn; £27bn) contract to build 12 submarines for the Australian Navy is awarded to France, beating bids from Germany and Japan.
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Nations sign historic Paris climate deal

Friday, April 22nd 2016, 17:26
related places: Paris

Amid hope and hype, delegates have finished signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.
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Leaders prepare to sign climate treaty

Friday, April 22nd 2016, 9:52

The first significant step to putting the Paris Climate Agreement into practice will take place at the UN on Friday when nearly 170 nations are expected to formally sign the deal.
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VIDEO: Puts down baby, fights off armed robber

Thursday, April 21st 2016, 20:39

A bar owner in France has fought off a masked man attempting a robbery with a handgun.
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How the French learned to love their police

Wednesday, April 20th 2016, 23:28

How the French learned to love their police
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Brussels suspect charged over Paris

Wednesday, April 20th 2016, 13:53
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Sweden Sweden
related places: Brussels, Paris

Osama Krayem, a Swedish suspect in the Brussels bombings of 22 March, is charged with involvement in last year's Paris attacks.
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France 'committed' to Hinkley Point

Saturday, April 16th 2016, 23:20
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The French government is "completely committed" to building the UK's Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, France's economy minister tells the BBC.
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EU ministers in surprise Libya visit

Saturday, April 16th 2016, 22:24
related countries: Germany Germany, Libya Libya
related places: Eu

The French and German foreign ministers make an announced visit to Libya, in a show of support by the EU for the country's new UN-backed government.
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French girls 'tortured 12-year-old'

Friday, April 15th 2016, 10:51
related places: Paris

Police in a Paris suburb question three French schoolgirls suspected of torturing a younger girl and extorting money from her.
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More jail time for top jihad recruiter

Thursday, April 14th 2016, 19:17
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Germany Germany
related places: Brussels, Paris

A Belgian appeal court prolongs the jail term of Khaled Zerkani, convicted of recruiting some of the Paris and Brussels attackers.
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Coronation protest in French territory

Thursday, April 14th 2016, 8:36
related countries: Wallis and Futuna Wallis and Futuna

Dozens of people are occupying the royal palace building on the French Pacific territory of Wallis and Futuna, to try and prevent a new king being crowned.
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Pilot school sued over Germanwings crash

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 20:19

Families of victims killed when a co-pilot crashed his Germanwings plane into the French Alps are suing the flight school where he trained.
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Benzema 'not selected' for France

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 17:18
related countries: Spain Spain

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be going to Euro 2016, following a decision by the French Football Federation.
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Spain holds Paris siege 'gun supplier'

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 17:15
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Paris

Spanish police arrest a man suspected of supplying arms to Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered four people at a kosher supermarket in 2015.
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Bataclan names reopening concerts

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 16:59
related places: Paris

The Bataclan concert hall in Paris announces its first shows since last year's Islamic State-claimed attacks that left 90 music fans dead.
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VIDEO: Panama criticises France over blacklisting

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 7:38
related countries: Panama Panama

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela urges France to reconsider its ''mistaken and unnecessary decision'' in putting Panama on a blacklist of uncooperative tax havens.
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French soldier killed in northern Mali

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 16:37
related countries: Mali Mali

A French soldier deployed to Mali is killed after a landmine exploded under the vehicle he was travelling in.
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'Lost Caravaggio' found in French loft

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 13:29
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Caravaggio

A painting that may be by the Italian master Caravaggio and worth £94m is found in the loft of a house in southern France.
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French minister reignites drugs debate

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 11:05

A French minister calls for the debate over cannabis to be reopened, saying prohibition has failed, but is criticised from left and right.
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Brussels group 'planned to hit France'

Sunday, April 10th 2016, 9:57
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

The suspected surviving bomber in the Brussels attacks has told interrogators the group initially planned a new attack on France, Belgian prosecutors say.
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Suspect 'says he is Brussels man in hat'

Saturday, April 9th 2016, 19:19
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Belgian prosecutors say a suspect has admitted being the "man in the hat" seen with the suicide bombers who attacked a Brussels airport.
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Key Paris attacks suspect arrested

Saturday, April 9th 2016, 12:52
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

The key remaining suspect in November's Paris terror attacks, Mohamed Abrini, is among five people arrested in Belgium.
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French action urged over Calais children

Saturday, April 9th 2016, 12:10
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

The children's commissioner for England asks the French government to help lone children in Calais's refugee camp reach relatives in the UK.
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Gay slur 'not homophobic' - French court

Friday, April 8th 2016, 12:47
related places: Paris

A Paris employment tribunal rules that calling a male hairdresser a "faggot" is not homophobic - "because hair salons regularly employ gay people".
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France outlaws paying for sex

Thursday, April 7th 2016, 9:37

French MPs pass a controversial law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines of up to €3,750 for those buying sexual acts.
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VIDEO: French parliament bans payment for sex

Thursday, April 7th 2016, 6:58

French MPs have passed a law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines for those buying sexual acts.
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Spain calls in France over wine attack

Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 18:22
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Madrid

The foreign ministry in Madrid summons France's ambassador after protesting French farmers seize Spanish lorries and drain their cargo of wine.
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Le Pen fined over Holocaust remarks

Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 12:45

Former French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is fined 30,000 euros for describing the gas chambers as a detail of history.
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Belgium charges third over Paris plot

Saturday, April 2nd 2016, 11:23
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Belgian prosecutors say they have charged a third suspect with terrorist offences linked to a failed plot to attack France.
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