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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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RAF plane leaves on Mali mission

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 16:24
related countries: Mali Mali, United Kingdom United Kingdom

An RAF C17 cargo plane arrives in Paris to take French equipment to Mali, but no British troops will be deployed in a combat role, No 10 says.
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VIDEO: Thousands on Paris anti-gay marriage march

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 14:24
related places: Paris

Tens of thousands of people are demonstrating on the streets of Paris against government plans to legalise gay marriage.
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Amour and Master feted by critics

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 10:59

French-language drama Amour and cult-inspired film The Master collect honours at this year's Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
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Hollande steps up French security

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 1:33

France orders security stepped up around public buildings and transport because of the risk of Islamist attack after military operations in Africa.
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Saturday, January 12th 2013, 21:25
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Paris

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on French President Francois Hollande to explain why he previously met one of the Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris.
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France steps up Mali air strikes

Saturday, January 12th 2013, 16:25
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Bamako

French forces continue their air strikes against Islamist militants in Mali and send troops to protect the capital Bamako.
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French soldier dies in Somali raid

Saturday, January 12th 2013, 13:00
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A French soldier is killed in Somalia during a failed operation to free a hostage who is also believed to have died, the defence minister says.
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Mali and France 'repel Islamists'

Saturday, January 12th 2013, 1:04
related countries: Mali Mali

Malian forces say they have retaken a town in central Mali from Islamist militants following air strikes by the French military.
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France confirms Mali intervention

Friday, January 11th 2013, 21:00
related countries: Mali Mali

France begins military action to support local troops against Islamists in northern Mali, as the Malian government declares a state of emergency.
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France 'ready to act over Mali'

Friday, January 11th 2013, 16:50
related countries: Mali Mali

France is ready to stop Islamist militants who control northern Mali, the French president says, following a plea for help by his Malian counterpart.
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Turkey blames Kurd deaths on feud

Friday, January 11th 2013, 11:33
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Paris

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the murder of three Kurdish activists in Paris appears to have been the result of an internal PKK feud.
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France police hunt Kurds' killers

Friday, January 11th 2013, 0:18
related places: Paris

French police hunt the killers of three Kurdish activists - including a co-founder of the militant PKK group - who were found shot dead in Paris.
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Kurdish activists killed in Paris

Thursday, January 10th 2013, 15:48

Three Kurdish activists - among them a co-founder of the militant PKK group - are shot dead in Paris, but no motive has yet been established.
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Sarkozy 'probed in Karachi case'

Thursday, January 10th 2013, 11:35

France's ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is to be investigated over accusations of a breach of secrecy in an alleged corruption case, French media report.
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French mourn Virgin's 'funeral march'

Wednesday, January 9th 2013, 0:01

French mourn the downfall of Virgin's megastores
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Depardieu fails to attend court

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 19:57
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Paris

The actor Gerard Depardieu stays away from a court in Paris where he faces a drink-driving charge, days after taking Russian citizenship in protest at increased taxes.
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France's most prominent exiles

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 18:33
related places: Paris

Celebrities who live beyond the reach of the Paris taxman
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PG Wodehouse and his French connection

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 1:19

PG Wodehouse and his French connection
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Russia's Mordovia woos Depardieu

Sunday, January 6th 2013, 18:39
related countries: Russia Russia

The Russian region of Mordovia - famed for its prisons - invites French actor Gerard Depardieu to set up home there, hours after he received a Russian passport.
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VIDEO: Depardieu receives Russian passport

Sunday, January 6th 2013, 18:19
related countries: Russia Russia

French actor Gerard Depardieu has met President Vladimir Putin and been handed his new Russian passport. Contains flash photography.
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French plane crash kills family

Saturday, January 5th 2013, 17:55
related places: Grenoble

A small plane crashes on take-off near Grenoble airport in south-eastern France, killing a French-Moroccan family of five, officials say.
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VIDEO: Bardot 'to seek Russia passport'

Friday, January 4th 2013, 23:34
related countries: Russia Russia

Former French film star Brigitte Bardot could become a Russian citizen in a row over two sick zoo elephants.
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Naomi Campbell 'hurt' in mugging

Friday, January 4th 2013, 17:51
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

British supermodel Naomi Campbell has been injured in an attempted mugging in Paris, reports say.
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Bardot 'to seek Russia passport'

Friday, January 4th 2013, 16:11
related countries: Russia Russia

Film star Brigitte Bardot threatens to follow Gerard Depardieu and apply for Russia citizenship unless France saves two elephants from death.
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Depardieu becomes Russian citizen

Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 21:45
related countries: Russia Russia

Actor Gerard Depardieu hails Russia's decision to grant him citizenship, following a tax row with the government in his native France.
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VIDEO: Muscovites on Depardieu turning Russian

Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 18:45
related countries: Russia Russia

Russian president Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to French actor Gerard Depardieu, who recently moved abroad to avoid high taxes.
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Basque party disbands in France

Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 16:25

Basque nationalist group Batasuna announces it is closing down its party in France.
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Cyclone lashes island of Reunion

Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 11:49
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, Reunion Reunion

An Indian Ocean cyclone lashes the French island of Reunion, where residents have been told to stay indoors amid torrential rain.
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Cartoonist refuses French honour

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 17:45

Jacques Tardi, one of France's most famous cartoonists, turns down the country's highest civilian honour.
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Paris apartment fire kills five

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 15:21
related places: Gennevilliers, Paris

Two adults and three youngsters die in an apartment fire in Gennevilliers, a northern suburb of Paris.
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Paris Apple store hit by heist

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 11:32

Up to one million euros worth of Apple products has been stolen from a central Paris Apple store.
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Woman trapped in shop at new year

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 10:02

While most people celebrated New Year's Eve with parties and fireworks one pensioner in France spent the night alone in a locked supermarket.
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Blood of Louis XVI 'identified'

Tuesday, January 1st 2013, 15:59

Scientists say an old dried out squash contains the blood of beheaded French King Louis XVI, and a genetic link with the mummified head of Henri IV.
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Hollande vows to revive supertax

Tuesday, January 1st 2013, 10:55

France's President Francois Hollande says he still plans to raise the top rate of income tax after his 75% plan was struck down on technical grounds.
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Newcastle set to bring in Debuchy

Sunday, December 30th 2012, 14:19
related places: Lille

Newcastle agree a deal to sign France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Lille, according to the Press Association.
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Olympic heroes head New Year Honours

Saturday, December 29th 2012, 16:04
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Bradley Wiggins, who won the Tour de France and Olympic gold, is knighted in a New Year Honours list dominated by London 2012 winners.
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French 75% tax rate struck down

Saturday, December 29th 2012, 11:54

France's Constitutional Council overturns a new top income tax rate of 75%, a key policy pledge of new Socialist President Francois Hollande.
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Wiggins knighted in Honours list

Saturday, December 29th 2012, 0:00

Tour de France winner and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is awarded a knighthood in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
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CAR leader asks for US-French aid

Thursday, December 27th 2012, 13:46
related countries: Central African Republic Central African Republic

The Central African Republic's President Francois Bozize appeals to the US and France to help block a rebel advance on the capital, Bangui.
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How long will France hunt with hounds?

Wednesday, December 26th 2012, 0:14

How long will France continue hunting with hounds?
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VIDEO: Notre Dame celebrates 850 years

Tuesday, December 25th 2012, 4:59
related places: Notre-Dame, Paris

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is due to celebrate its 850th anniversary, with the start of a year-long festival.
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Paris Notre Dame cathedral turns 850

Tuesday, December 25th 2012, 0:20

Notre Dame gets loving care for 850th birthday
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Islamists claim Nigeria kidnap

Monday, December 24th 2012, 12:00
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

The Islamist group Ansaru says it kidnapped a French engineer in Nigeria last week, in revenge for France's "stance on Islam".
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Street theatre revives French city

Monday, December 24th 2012, 1:31
related places: Nantes

How street spectacle put Nantes on cultural map
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Sunday Times sues Lance Armstrong

Sunday, December 23rd 2012, 15:58

The Sunday Times is suing Lance Armstrong for up to £1m after he was stripped off his seven Tour de France titles.
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French nearly turned down Dibley

Sunday, December 23rd 2012, 1:14

Comedian Dawn French says she nearly turned down her role in Vicar of Dibley, because she thought the character wasn't funny.
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VIDEO: Fungus threatens French canal trees

Friday, December 21st 2012, 15:33

Over 42,000 trees along a picturesque 17th Century French canal may have to be chopped down due to the spread of an infectious fungus.
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Star Deneuve defends Depardieu

Friday, December 21st 2012, 10:57
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Catherine Deneuve defends fellow French movie star Gerard Depardieu over his move to Belgium - the latest twist in a row about tax exiles.
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'Al-Qaeda' behind Nigeria kidnap

Friday, December 21st 2012, 10:13
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Al-Qaeda, or an allied group, was probably behind the kidnapping of a French engineer in Nigeria, the French president says.
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Nigeria gunmen seize French man

Thursday, December 20th 2012, 19:21
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

A group of 30 gunmen use dynamite to force their way into a well-guarded compound in northern Nigeria and seize a French engineer, police say.
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France notes Algerian suffering

Thursday, December 20th 2012, 10:37
related countries: Algeria Algeria

President Francois Hollande acknowledges the brutality of France's colonisation of Algeria, but does not apologise.
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VIDEO: 'Doomsday' rumours hit French village

Thursday, December 20th 2012, 4:05

A French village is preparing for an influx of mystical groups who are convinced they will escape the end of the world in 2012.
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Strauss-Kahn's case to proceed

Wednesday, December 19th 2012, 9:52

French judges decide to press ahead with the prosecution of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn for pimping.
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Court to make Strauss-Kahn ruling

Wednesday, December 19th 2012, 1:24
related places: Douai

A court in the French town of Douai is expected to rule on whether to send former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to trial on pimping charges.
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Killer's psychiatrist sentenced

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 22:51

A French court finds a psychiatrist guilty of involuntary homicide after a murder committed by one of her clients.
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French opposition agrees new vote

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 16:51

The two rivals for the leadership of France's opposition centre-right UMP agree to re-run their controversial party election.
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VIDEO: Strauss-Kahn play takes to the stage

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 7:18
related places: Paris

As former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn signs a settlement with hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, a play has opened in Paris which apparently re-enacts their encounter last year.
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Brailsford likes Wiggins dilemma

Monday, December 17th 2012, 10:11

Bradley Wiggins's desire to defend his Tour de France title gives coach Dave Brailsford a problem he will "relish".
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Depardieu 'to give up passport'

Sunday, December 16th 2012, 22:55
related countries: Belgium Belgium

French actor Gerard Depardieu says he is handing back his French passport after the prime minister criticised him for moving to Belgium to avoid taxes.
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Annapurna mountaineer Herzog dies

Friday, December 14th 2012, 17:31

French mountaineer Maurice Herzog, the first person to scale a peak of 8,000 metres when climbing Annapurna in 1950, dies at 93.
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Yorkshire to host start of Tour

Friday, December 14th 2012, 10:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Leeds in Yorkshire will host the opening of the 2014 Tour de France, before the race heads to London for a stage finish.
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Fitch keeps France's AAA rating

Friday, December 14th 2012, 8:23

Fitch maintains the French government's top AAA credit rating, the only major ratings agency left to say the country deserves to be among the world's most creditworthy borrowers.
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VIDEO: International avalanche course for dogs

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 18:56

Rescue dogs and their owners from all over the world are being trained for avalanche search and rescue in the French Alps.
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Shark sanctuary area in vast jump

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 12:38
related countries: Cook Islands Cook Islands, French Polynesia French Polynesia

The Cook Islands establishes a 1.9-million-sq-km shark sanctuary, shortly after neighbouring French Polynesia - together creating the world's largest.
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Wiggins aims to make Tour defence

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 10:49

Bradley Wiggins wants to defend his Tour de France title, despite initial plans to back team-mate Chris Froome's bid for yellow.
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Depardieu move abroad 'shabby'

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 12:27
related countries: Belgium Belgium

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault describes the decision of legendary film star Gerard Depardieu to move to Belgium to avoid higher taxes as "shabby".
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Mali PM Diarra quits after arrest

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 8:27
related countries: Mali Mali

Mali's Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra resigns, hours after being arrested on the orders of March's coup leader Capt Amadou Sanogo.
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Suspension over 'suicide essay'

Monday, December 10th 2012, 20:45

A teacher in western France is suspended after asking students to write an essay about wanting to kill themselves.
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The Master wins over LA Critics

Monday, December 10th 2012, 10:30

The director and stars of The Master are honoured by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association with French film Amour named best picture
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Corsica hit by renewed attacks

Saturday, December 8th 2012, 14:33

A man is shot dead and at least 17 houses bombed in a fresh spate of violence on France's Mediterranean island of Corsica.
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Guilty verdicts in Ivorian murder

Friday, December 7th 2012, 17:38

Three French ex-soldiers receive suspended jail sentences for their role in the murder of Ivorian Firmin Mahe, while a fourth man is acquitted.
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France 'frees' Merah case suspect

Friday, December 7th 2012, 17:20

A man held earlier this week in France on suspicion of being an accomplice of Islamist killer Mohamed Merah is released, French media reports say.
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Paris grave robbery suspects held

Thursday, December 6th 2012, 16:59
related places: Paris

Police in Paris arrest three more people - employed by the city's cemeteries - in connection with a string of grave robberies.
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French troops 'killed Ivorian'

Thursday, December 6th 2012, 14:34

Four former French peacekeepers admit their role in the killing of a suspected gang leader in Ivory Coast in 2005, but say they acted under orders.
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Builders demolish French chateau

Wednesday, December 5th 2012, 18:34
related countries: Russia Russia

A team of Polish builders demolish an 18th Century French chateau belonging to a Russian businessman, apparently mistaking it for the outhouse.
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EADS overhauls share structure

Wednesday, December 5th 2012, 17:49
related countries: Germany Germany, Spain Spain

Germany is set to join France and Spain as a direct shareholder in EADS under new plans unveiled by the European aerospace and defence firm.
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Dettori gets six-month racing ban

Wednesday, December 5th 2012, 11:17

Jockey Frankie Dettori is given a six-month ban from racing after failing a drugs test in France.
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