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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

Artist hunting needle in haystack

Thursday, November 13th 2014, 11:28
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Paris

The Italian artist Sven Sachsalber is spending 48 hours searching for a needle in a pile of hay at a museum in Paris.
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'Anti-Sarkozy plot' hits French right

Monday, November 10th 2014, 12:28

Allegations that a former prime minister under Nicolas Sarkozy tried to halt the ex-president's political comeback have shaken French politics.
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'Universality' of French benefits under threat

Monday, November 10th 2014, 12:18

French riled by changes to universal benefits
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I will quit if I fail, says Hollande

Friday, November 7th 2014, 10:19

French President Francois Hollande tells a TV audience he will not seek re-election in 2017 if he fails to cut unemployment.
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Writer 'suicidal over conspiracy'

Thursday, November 6th 2014, 18:04

A former journalist who claims he was framed for the unsolved murder of a French film-maker has said he felt suicidal over the alleged conspiracy.
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Flamenco great Manitas de Plata dies

Thursday, November 6th 2014, 15:36

World-famous French flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata dies in the south of France at the age of 93.
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Manet £40m sale beats artist's record

Thursday, November 6th 2014, 9:31

A celebrated portrait of a Parisian actress by Edouard Manet sets a new auction record for the French impressionist.
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VIDEO: France deluged with massive rainfall

Wednesday, November 5th 2014, 16:04

Rain soaked southern France swept with more torrents
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Sending UK police to Calais ruled out

Wednesday, November 5th 2014, 11:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

The government has ruled out sending British police to help tackle Calais’ “tremendous problem” with illegal immigration, declaring that security issues are "a matter for the French".
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Why the French state has a team of UFO hunters

Tuesday, November 4th 2014, 0:08

The country with a dedicated team of UFO hunters
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Publicis agrees Sapient takeover

Monday, November 3rd 2014, 8:28
related countries: United States United States

French advertising giant Publicis agrees to buy US-based Sapient for $3.7bn (£2.3bn) in cash.
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Djokovic beats Raonic to Paris title

Sunday, November 2nd 2014, 16:12
related places: Paris

Novak Djokovic strengthens his grip on the world number one ranking with a 6-2 6-3 win in the Paris Masters final.
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Djokovic to face Raonic in Paris

Saturday, November 1st 2014, 17:50
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Paris

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reaches the Paris Masters final, where he will face Canada's Milos Raonic.
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Djokovic ends Murray's winning run

Friday, October 31st 2014, 20:34

Andy Murray's 11-match winning run comes to an end with defeat by Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals.
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French radio station catches fire

Friday, October 31st 2014, 13:08
related places: Paris

A major fire forces the evacuation of the French national radio building in Paris but there are no immediate reports of casualties.
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French town bans clowns after scares

Friday, October 31st 2014, 11:08

A mayor in the south of France bans clown disguises for a month, starting on Halloween, after several violent incidents involving teenagers dressed as clowns.
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Murray seals World Tour Finals place

Friday, October 31st 2014, 10:17

Andy Murray books his place at the World Tour Finals with an emphatic victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters.
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VIDEO: The mystery drones flying over nuclear sites

Friday, October 31st 2014, 6:47

Unmanned aircraft have been seen flying over many of France's nuclear stations and the authorities don't know where they have come from.
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The channel that's spiced up French TV

Friday, October 31st 2014, 0:06

The TV station that's spiced up the French airwaves
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Drones buzz French nuclear plants

Thursday, October 30th 2014, 15:45

An investigation begins after France's state-owned EDF power company says unidentified drones have flown over seven of its nuclear plants.
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Murray on brink of World Tour Finals

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 18:11
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Paris

Andy Murray moves to within one win of securing a World Tour Finals place after beating Julien Benneteau in Paris.
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France denies Russia warship move

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 18:05
related countries: Russia Russia

France denies reports that it is ready to go ahead with the controversial delivery of a helicopter carrier to the Russian navy.
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Protest death could stop French dam

Wednesday, October 29th 2014, 15:19

The death of a young protester, which has shaken the French government, could put a halt to work on a controversial dam in southern France, officials say.
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Djokovic returns with win in Paris

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 20:16
related places: Paris

Novak Djokovic's first match since becoming a father brings a 6-3 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Paris Masters.
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EU to pass France and Italy budgets

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 18:43
related countries: Italy Italy

The European Commission says it is likely to approve France and Italy's 2015 budgets after both countries made adjustments to their first proposals, submitted earlier this month.
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Ryanair to pay 8.1m euros in damages

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 14:55
related countries: Ireland Ireland

A French court rules that Irish low-cost airline Ryanair must pay €8.1m in damages and €200,000 in fines for breaches of French labour laws.
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French clashes after protester dies

Tuesday, October 28th 2014, 9:19

Demonstrations took place across France after a young man protesting against a controversial dam project was killed during clashes with police.
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French culture minister 'reads little'

Monday, October 27th 2014, 20:50

Fleur Pellerin, the French minister for culture, causes a stir by revealing that she hasn't read a single novel in the last two years.
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Clowns behaving badly

Monday, October 27th 2014, 17:31

The clowns scaring people in France
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France in new deficit cut pledge

Monday, October 27th 2014, 16:01

France's finance minister says the country plans to cut its budget deficit by €3.6-3.7bn next year in a bid to meet European Union rules.
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French World War One bedroom of soldier who never returned

Saturday, October 25th 2014, 23:27

French soldier's bedroom untouched for 100 years
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Picasso Museum sees grand reopening

Friday, October 24th 2014, 23:21
related places: Paris

Picasso Museum in Paris reopens after a five-year renovation
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VIDEO: Paris's Picasso museum reopens

Friday, October 24th 2014, 23:13
related places: Paris

Paris's world-renowned Picasso museum is reopening after being closed for five years.
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Nadal confirms the end of his season

Friday, October 24th 2014, 20:31

Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal calls an end to his 2014 season as he prepares to undergo appendix surgery.
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Rubber bullets used on Everton fans

Friday, October 24th 2014, 14:56
related places: Lille

Rubber bullets and a stun grenade were used against Everton supporters in a disturbance before the club's match in Lille, French police say.
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Everton fans targeted with tear gas

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 16:41
related places: Lille

Everton fans are targeted with tear gas fired by police during clashes ahead of their Europa League match with Lille.
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Air chiefs quit over Total boss death

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 9:32
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Vnukovo

The head of Russia's Vnukovo airport and his deputy resign after a plane crash that killed the head of France's Total, Christophe de Margerie.
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Froome may skip 2015 Tour de France

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, 12:41

Britain's Chris Froome has revealed he may not compete in the 2015 Tour de France as the route is unveiled.
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Total boss dies in Moscow air crash

Tuesday, October 21st 2014, 10:28
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow, Vnukovo

Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of French oil company Total since 2007, has died after his plane crashed during take-off in Moscow.
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Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris

Sunday, October 19th 2014, 23:16
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris
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Paris 'sex toy' sculpture sabotaged

Saturday, October 18th 2014, 16:09
related places: Paris

A huge inflatable sculpture, apparently inspired by the shape of a sex toy and a Christmas tree, is sabotaged days after it was erected in Paris.
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Lens 1-3 Paris St-Germain

Saturday, October 18th 2014, 11:24
related places: Lens

Edinson Cavani scores and is then sent off for his trademark gun celebration and protest as Paris St-Germain beat Lens.
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'Sex toy' sculpture raises storm

Friday, October 17th 2014, 13:23
related places: Paris

A huge, green, inflatable sculpture on a famous Paris square raises a storm for its resemblance to a sex toy, with the artist attacked in the street.
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VIDEO: The 'concept cars' money cannot buy

Friday, October 17th 2014, 9:20

The car industry jamboree known as the Paris Motor Show is wrapping up on the outskirts of the French capital.
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Nibali's Astana faces doping review

Thursday, October 16th 2014, 17:55

Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team will have its WorldTour elite status reviewed after a third failed doping test.
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Chelsea title winner Gallas retires

Thursday, October 16th 2014, 11:58

French defender William Gallas has announced his retirement from football
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VIDEO: Plato inspires Paris sculptures

Thursday, October 16th 2014, 2:46
related places: Paris

French sculptor Etienne has unveiled his new collection of seven works which are inspired by the philosophy of Plato and, he says, invoke beauty, truth and kindness.
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French law targets binge drinkers

Wednesday, October 15th 2014, 17:59

The French government proposes a new law to tackle the growing problem of youth binge drinking.
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France defies Brussels over 2015 budget

Wednesday, October 15th 2014, 7:07
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Eu

France defies EU pleas to make more budget cuts
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Star Wales trio 'could leave Racing'

Tuesday, October 14th 2014, 8:24
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Racing Metro coach Laurent Labit reported as saying Wales trio have been offered chance to leave the Top 14 French club.
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French economist wins Nobel Prize

Monday, October 13th 2014, 11:42
related places: Toulouse

French economist Jean Tirole of Toulouse University is awarded the Nobel Prize in economics.
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S&P cuts France's credit outlook

Friday, October 10th 2014, 21:36

Credit rating agency Standard and Poor's cuts France's credit outlook to 'negative', due to concerns about the country's struggling economic recovery.
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French 'destroy' al-Qaeda convoy

Friday, October 10th 2014, 16:50
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Paris

An al-Qaeda convoy carrying a shipment of weapons from North Africa to Mali has been destroyed by French forces, according to officials in Paris.
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French author wins Nobel prize

Thursday, October 9th 2014, 16:11

French author Patrick Modiano, whose work has often focused on the Nazi occupation of France, wins the 2014 Nobel Prize for literature.
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Royal Mail strikes French fine deal

Thursday, October 9th 2014, 8:06

Royal Mail says it has set aside £18m ($29m; €23m) to cover a potential fine imposed by French competition authorities.
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VIDEO: Flash floods hit southern France

Tuesday, October 7th 2014, 16:41
related places: Montpellier

The southern French city of Montpellier has been hit by torrential downpours for the second time in a week on Monday.
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Carlos the Jackal faces new trial

Tuesday, October 7th 2014, 12:00

Notorious convicted killer Carlos the Jackal, who carried out attacks in the 1970s and 1980s, is to go on trial again in France for two murders.
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VIDEO: Eiffel Tower gets a glass floor

Monday, October 6th 2014, 21:07
related places: Paris

A new glass floor has been unveiled at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
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French PM attacks UK 'caricature'

Monday, October 6th 2014, 17:05
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: City of London

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls meets David Cameron in Downing Street, before addressing financiers in the City of London.
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John Galliano returns to fashion

Monday, October 6th 2014, 10:50
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British designer John Galliano is to return to high-end fashion as creative director of French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.
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Bianchi severely hurt in Japan crash

Sunday, October 5th 2014, 12:17
related countries: Japan Japan

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi has surgery after suffering a severe head injury in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.
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Frenchman allowed to wed stepmother

Saturday, October 4th 2014, 20:58

A man in north-eastern France marries his father's former wife, after a court battle that lasted for months.
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VIDEO: The car that's powered by air

Friday, October 3rd 2014, 14:54

At the Paris Motor Show, Theo Leggett looks at the Peugeot 208 hybrid air - a concept car that brings a new meaning to the term "gas guzzler".
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John Lewis boss apologises to French

Friday, October 3rd 2014, 14:18

The boss of the retailer John Lewis, Andy Street, apologises for describing France as "hopeless and downbeat", saying his comments "went too far".
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'Lost' Sherlock film discovered

Friday, October 3rd 2014, 11:15

A silent Sherlock Holmes film made in 1916 and featuring the only performance by pioneering actor William Gillette is uncovered in the French film archives.
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Israel urged to silence net activist

Thursday, October 2nd 2014, 15:22
related countries: Israel Israel

The Israeli authorities are urged to shut down the internet account of an activist in the country who is accused of harassing French reporters.
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Sarkozy bid divides Chirac couple

Thursday, October 2nd 2014, 13:05

The prospect of Nicolas Sarkozy returning as French presidency candidate in 2017 splits opinion between ex-President Jacques Chirac and his wife.
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France to shrink deficit by 2017

Wednesday, October 1st 2014, 11:08
related places: Eu

The French government says it will reduce its budget deficit to below the EU threshold of 3% of GDP by 2017, two years later than promised.
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Paris St-Germain 3-2 Barcelona

Tuesday, September 30th 2014, 22:45

Barcelona suffer their first defeat of the season as PSG move top of Group F after a thrilling 3-2 Champions League win.
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Cyprus thieves steal Degas painting

Tuesday, September 30th 2014, 14:00
related countries: Cyprus Cyprus

Thieves break into the Cyprus home of a 70-year-man and steal a painting by French master Edgar Degas valued at 6m euros.
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L'Oreal halts travel to Hong Kong

Tuesday, September 30th 2014, 13:23
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

French cosmetics giant L'Oreal bans its staff from travelling to Hong Kong until 6 October in response to the growing unrest in the city's streets.
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VIDEO: Da Vinci: Ermine's secrets revealed

Monday, September 29th 2014, 22:03
related places: Lady

A French scientist uses reflective light technology to reveal the secrets of the 500-year-old Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci.
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Scans reveal hidden Leonardo works

Monday, September 29th 2014, 16:01
related places: Lady

Leonardo Da Vinci painted three versions of his famous painting The Lady with an Ermine, a French scientist discovers.
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French far-right party enters Senate

Sunday, September 28th 2014, 20:24

France's far-right National Front party wins its first ever Senate seats, with right-wing parties looking set to take control of the upper house.
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French driving schools fight red tape

Saturday, September 27th 2014, 1:36

Red tape frustrates French motoring school
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French rally against hostage killing

Friday, September 26th 2014, 16:43
related countries: Algeria Algeria
related places: Paris

Hundreds gather at the main mosque in Paris to protest against the killing of Herve Gourdel, the French hostage beheaded by jihadists in Algeria.
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Asterix creator settles long dispute

Friday, September 26th 2014, 12:06

The co-creator of the world-famous Asterix cartoons, Albert Uderzo, ends a seven-year legal battle with his daughter amicably.
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Air France sticks to low-cost plan

Friday, September 26th 2014, 11:42

Air France says it will develop its low cost airline, Transavia, within France, despite objections from striking pilots.
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