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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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French 'enter Mali rebel town'

Wednesday, January 30th 2013, 12:56
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Kidal

French forces say they have entered Kidal in northern Mali, the last major town they have yet to secure in their drive against Islamist militants.
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France returns Nigeria artefacts

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 20:03
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

France returns to Nigeria five 3,000-year-old terracotta sculptures smuggled out of the country in 2010.
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French MPs debate gay marriage

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 17:43

The French National Assembly begins a marathon debate on legalising same-sex marriage and adoption after months of public protests and counter-protests.
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Mali donor meeting raises $455m

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 16:02
related countries: Mali Mali

Global donors pledge $455m towards an operation against Islamist militants in Mali, half of what African leaders had requested.
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France denies state 'bankruptcy'

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 11:21

France's politicians defend the state of its economy after Labour Minister Michel Sapin described the state as "totally bankrupt".
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Peugeot job cuts halted by court

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 11:13

A court in France suspends a restructuring plan by Peugeot Citroen involving 8,000 job cuts, saying the carmaker did not consult workers properly.
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Troops secure hold on Timbuktu

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 10:06
related countries: Mali Mali

French and Malian troops consolidate positions in Timbuktu as an international conference seeks to fund the $950m operation against Islamist militants.
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France's gay marriage fight

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 2:08

France's impassioned battle over gay unions
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French-led troops enter Timbuktu

Tuesday, January 29th 2013, 1:39
related countries: Mali Mali

French-led troops in Mali have entered the historic city of Timbuktu, after capturing the airport from militant Islamists, a French army officer says.
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VIDEO: Military 'take Timbuktu airport'

Monday, January 28th 2013, 18:40
related countries: Mali Mali

French-led forces in Mali have seized the airport in Timbuktu without firing a single shot, as they move to capture the historic city from militant Islamists, officials say.
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French-led troops target Timbuktu

Sunday, January 27th 2013, 13:41
related countries: Mali Mali

French and Malian forces move on Timbuktu after recapturing other northern towns from rebels, as African states discuss sending more troops.
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French force in Mali 'takes Gao'

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 20:45
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Gao

French-led troops in Mali have taken control of the northern Islamist stronghold of Gao, the French defence ministry says.
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Mali troops 'take northern town'

Saturday, January 26th 2013, 7:38
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Gao, Hombori

Malian and French troops retake the town of Hombori, officials say, as they continue their push northwards towards the Islamist stronghold of Gao.
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Midfielder Sissoko joins Magpies

Friday, January 25th 2013, 19:10
related places: Toulouse

Newcastle United add to their French contingent with the signing of Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
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Twitter ordered to hand over data

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 17:19

A French court orders Twitter to hand over details of users who spread anti-Semitic messages, months after offensive tweets were removed.
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Top dance job for Black Swan man

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 15:30

Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer who helped transform Natalie Portman into an obsessed ballerina for 2010 film Black Swan, is named the new director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
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Mali's army accused of abuses

Thursday, January 24th 2013, 0:07
related countries: Mali Mali

Malian troops have carried out "summary executions" as they fight to recapture the Islamist-controlled north, a France-based rights group says.
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EU leaders warn Cameron over poll

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 18:41
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cameron, Eu

Germany and France warn that Britain cannot pick and choose the terms of its EU membership after Prime Minister David Cameron announces a referendum.
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French 'red carpet' for UK firms

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 14:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

France says it will welcome any firms that leave the UK if it decides to exit the EU, as British business leaders react to plans for an in/out referendum.
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France in the firing line of 'new jihad'

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 7:02

Top French judge fears 'new jihad' from North Africa
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VIDEO: 'Le pong' gas smell crosses Channel

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013, 6:53
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Rouen

A chemical plant on the outskirts of Rouen is leaking a foul-smelling gas which has spread over hundreds of square miles - across France and into south-east England.
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Bid to stop French foul gas leak

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 22:32
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

Staff at a chemical factory in north-western France are working to stop a gas leak that has spread a foul smell from Paris to south-eastern England.
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US start French airlifts to Mali

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 19:49
related countries: Mali Mali, United States United States

The US military begins airlifting French soldiers and equipment to Mali to support their operation against Islamist militants.
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VIDEO: France and Germany mark treaty

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 19:42
related countries: Germany Germany

France and Germany have marked the 50th anniversary of a treaty that helped to reconcile the two former foes.
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France and Germany mark treaty

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 17:39
related countries: Germany Germany

France and Germany mark the 50th anniversary of a treaty that helped to reconcile the two former foes and form the core of the European Union.
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VIDEO: Cruise ship rescues adrift sailor

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 16:01
related countries: Southern Ocean Southern Ocean

A French yachtsman has been rescued from the Southern Ocean after spending three days in a life raft. Alain Delord was forced to abandon his yacht after it was damaged in a storm. Emma Owen reports.
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Foul smell complaints after leak

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 13:46

Residents across Kent and Sussex are complaining of a foul smell after a massive gas leak in France.
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European transactions tax agreed

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 13:28
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Eu

EU finance ministers give the green light for 11 eurozone members, including France and Germany, to prepare a new tax on financial transactions.
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UK considers boosting Mali support

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 8:59
related countries: Mali Mali, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK government is to discuss offering more help to French forces fighting Islamist rebels in Mali.
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VIDEO: Inside the murky Mali rebellion

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 6:49
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Douentza

French and Malian troops have seized the key Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from militant Islamists.
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French forces 'seize' two towns

Monday, January 21st 2013, 23:49
related countries: Mali Mali

French and Malian troops seize the key Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza from militant Islamists, the French defence minister says.
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Chauffeur suspect in Kurd deaths

Monday, January 21st 2013, 19:01
related places: Paris

An associate of three Kurdish women shot dead in Paris earlier this month is put under formal investigation for their murder.
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Atari Inc. files for bankruptcy

Monday, January 21st 2013, 12:56
related countries: United States United States

Atari's US operations file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with a view to separating from its loss-making French parent company.
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France wants 'reconquest' of Mali

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 21:12
related countries: Mali Mali

France is aiming for a "total reconquest" of Mali in its military offensive against militants there, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.
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Cruise ship rescues French sailor

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 12:25
related countries: Australia Australia, Southern Ocean Southern Ocean

A French sailor who had spent three days adrift in a life raft in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Tasmania in Australia is rescued by a cruise ship.
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VIDEO: Mali conflict: On the front line

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 11:29
related countries: Mali Mali

The BBC's Mark Doyle visits French forces on the front line in Mali, as West African leaders are encouraged to send more troops to support the intervention as soon as possible.
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Civilians flee Islamist takeover and French bombs

Sunday, January 20th 2013, 11:07
related countries: Mali Mali

Mali civilians describe town's Islamist takeover
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France and Mali: An 'ironic' relationship

Saturday, January 19th 2013, 13:10
related countries: Mali Mali

Is Francois Hollande bucking the French trend in Mali?
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'Two detained' over Kurd deaths

Friday, January 18th 2013, 20:29
related places: Paris

Two people have been detained in connection with the deaths of three Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris, French media reports say.
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Armstrong says sorry for doping

Friday, January 18th 2013, 17:19

Lance Armstrong ends years of denials by admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles.
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Merah victim 'defiant to the end'

Friday, January 18th 2013, 16:40

The first victim of Toulouse Islamist killer Mohamed Merah refused lie down and was shot at point-blank range in a car park, French media reports say.
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VIDEO: Blanket of snow covers parts of Europe

Friday, January 18th 2013, 13:34
related countries: Russia Russia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Parts of Europe, including Russia, France, Austria and the UK have seen heavy winter snowfall.
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French confident against well-armed Islamists

Friday, January 18th 2013, 12:35
related countries: Mali Mali

French troops confident as they await Mali rebels
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France boosts Mali troop numbers

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 23:24
related countries: Mali Mali, Nigeria Nigeria

France increases its troop strength in Mali to 1,400 to help fight militant Islamists in the north, the French defence minister says.
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VIDEO: Mali military campaign intensifies

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 23:15
related countries: Mali Mali, Nigeria Nigeria

France has increased its troop strength in Mali to 1,400 to help fight militant Islamists in the north, while Nigerian troops are also being deployed to the country.
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Kurds mass for PKK women funerals

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 15:38
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Turkey Turkey
related places: Paris

Kurds in south-east Turkey pour onto the streets for the funerals of three Kurdish activists killed in Paris.
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Opening 2014 Tour stages revealed

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 10:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The 2014 Tour de France will feature a stage that visits the London 2012 Olympic Park and ends on the Mall after two stages in Yorkshire.
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French agent 'killed in Somalia'

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 10:45
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Somali Islamist group al-Shabab says it has killed French intelligence agent Denis Allex in retaliation for a failed French operation to free him.
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French 'fighting in Mali town'

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 22:55
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Bamako

French troops engage Mali's Islamist rebels in fighting in the town of Diabaly, sources say, the first major ground operation in the conflict.
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Kurd activists' bodies sent home

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 19:44
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Istanbul, Paris

Thousands of Kurds gather in Istanbul as the bodies of activists shot dead in Paris return, amid reports of a third day of Turkish air strikes on the PKK.
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Germany brings gold reserves home

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 12:27
related countries: Germany Germany, United States United States

Germany's central bank will bring back some of the gold it currently holds overseas, so that half of its reserves will be in its vaults by 2020.
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Al-Shabab 'to kill' French agent

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 9:31
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia say they will kill French agent, Denis Allex, who France said had already died in a failed rescue attempt.
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VIDEO: UN backs French Mali intervention

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 22:39
related countries: Mali Mali

The UN Security Council has backed France's intervention against Islamists in Mali, as thousands of African troops are expected to join the operation within days.
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Mali town 'still in rebel hands'

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 21:59
related countries: Mali Mali

French officials deny a town seized by rebels last week has been recaptured, as reports emerge of troops heading towards another rebel-held town.
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Second RAF aircraft leaves for Mali

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 20:23
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Paris

A second RAF C17 transport plane leaves Paris with supplies and personnel to help France's military mission against rebel forces in Mali, the MoD confirms.
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Thousands mourn Kurds in France

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 17:35
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Paris

Thousands of Kurds attend a memorial near Paris for three activists shot dead in the city, amid reports of new Turkish air strikes on the PKK.
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African troops for Mali 'in days'

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 17:19
related countries: Mali Mali, Nigeria Nigeria

Troops from a West African force will be in Mali within days to help a French intervention against Islamist rebels, Nigeria says.
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Renault to cut 7,500 French jobs

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 17:01
related places: Renault

Renault is to cut about 7,500 jobs in France by 2016 as the carmaker continues to struggle with falling sales and profits.
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VIDEO: Lagos v Paris: Rush hour challenge

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 13:46
related places: Lagos, Paris

BBC News sets out to find the world's most gridlocked cities. Tomi Oladipo in Lagos and Christian Fraser in Paris see how far they can get in an hour's drive through crowded streets.
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French conservative revolt ends

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 12:33

A rebel faction of France's main conservative opposition party, the UMP, dissolves itself after a deal to hold a new leadership ballot.
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France to boost troops in Mali

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 12:08
related countries: Mali Mali

President Francois Hollande says 750 French troops are now in Mali to counter an Islamist insurgency and more are to be deployed.
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UN backs French Mali intervention

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 1:45
related countries: Mali Mali

The UN Security Council backs France's intervention against Islamists in Mali, as Paris urges a quick deployment of thousands of African troops.
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VIDEO: Mali Islamists take town of Diabaly

Monday, January 14th 2013, 23:00
related countries: Mali Mali

French warplanes have been in action over the west African state of Mali in an attempt to halt Islamist rebels who took control of northern Mali last year from advancing further.
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QPR close to £8m deal for Remy

Monday, January 14th 2013, 22:21
related places: Remy

QPR are close to completing the £8m signing of Loic Remy after hijacking Newcastle's move for the France striker.
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Mali's Islamists seize new town

Monday, January 14th 2013, 20:54
related countries: Mali Mali

Islamist fighters in Mali seize a town in government-controlled territory, though France says its military operation is making progress.
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Islamists pose threat to French interests in Africa

Monday, January 14th 2013, 18:34

Mali Islamists may target French African interests
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French soldier 'dies in Somalia'

Monday, January 14th 2013, 14:32
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Rebels in Somalia say a second French soldier died after the failed attempt to free hostage Denis Allex, adding that his fate will soon be revealed.
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Baidu launches browser for Africa

Monday, January 14th 2013, 11:13
related countries: China China
related places: Baidu

Chinese search giant Baidu and France Telecom are collaborating on a browser for low-end smartphones sold in Africa.
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France vows 'short' Mali campaign

Monday, January 14th 2013, 10:03
related countries: Mali Mali

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says his country's involvement in the campaign against Islamists in Mali will last "a matter of weeks".
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VIDEO: RAF plane to help French operation in Mali

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 22:30
related countries: Mali Mali

An RAF transport plane has landed in France to help with the country's military operations in Mali.
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French planes widen Mali attacks

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 21:54
related countries: Mali Mali

French warplanes bomb the rebel-held town of Gao in eastern Mali, extending a campaign against what France calls "well-armed" Islamist militants.
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Paris rally against gay marriage

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 17:35
related places: Paris

Hundreds of thousands of protesters take to the streets of Paris over plans to give gay couples in France the right to marry and adopt children.
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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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