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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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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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VIDEO: Second Louvre to open in France

Wednesday, December 5th 2012, 7:58
related places: Paris

An offshoot of the Louvre museum in Paris is to be opened in northern France.
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French sperm count 'falls by 32%'

Wednesday, December 5th 2012, 0:37

The sperm count of French men fell by a third between 1989 and 2005, a study suggests.
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French tycoon in paternity row

Tuesday, December 4th 2012, 18:10

A court orders one of France's richest men to take a paternity test to determine if he fathered a child with ex-cabinet minister Rachida Dati.
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LeMond willing to be UCI chief

Tuesday, December 4th 2012, 13:25

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond says he is ready to run for the International Cycling Union (UCI) presidency.
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French NGO head 'was manipulator'

Tuesday, December 4th 2012, 11:59
related places: Paris

A court in Paris hears that the head of an aid group accused of trying to smuggle African children into France was a "manipulator".
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Arrests in France 'over Merah'

Tuesday, December 4th 2012, 9:20

Police in south-western France reportedly arrest two people suspected of having acted as accomplices of Islamist killer Mohamed Merah.
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Pressure mounts over Israel plans

Monday, December 3rd 2012, 15:49
related countries: Israel Israel, United Kingdom United Kingdom, West Bank West Bank

Britain and France summon Israeli ambassadors in protest at Israel's decision to approve new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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Paris gets gay-friendly 'mosque'

Friday, November 30th 2012, 13:19
related places: Paris

Gay Muslims offered new prayer space in Paris
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VIDEO: Napoleon's coded threat to Kremlin

Thursday, November 29th 2012, 17:24

A French auction house is to sell off a letter written by Napoleon Bonaparte, in which he vowed to blow up the Kremlin.
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Train fire halts Eurostar traffic

Thursday, November 29th 2012, 16:15

Train services resume in the Channel Tunnel after a fire on a freight train on the French side caused traffic to be suspended.
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Concorde killings verdict quashed

Thursday, November 29th 2012, 15:31
related countries: United States United States

A French court clears US airline Continental of criminal blame for the Concorde crash in 2000, two years after another court ruled it responsible.
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Strauss-Kahn court ruling delayed

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 9:03

A French court delays a ruling on whether to send former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to trial on pimping charges, prosecutors say.
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France’s craze for British weddings

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 0:09
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The French craze for British-style weddings
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VIDEO: Joey Barton's French accent?

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 22:06
related places: Marseille

English footballer Joey Barton has been much mocked for conducting a press conference in Marseille in a French accent
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France to back Palestinian UN bid

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 19:33

France confirms it intends to vote in favour of the Palestinian bid for recognition as a non-member observer state at the United Nations.
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France in nationalisation warning

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 19:19

French President Francois Hollande has met the owner of steel giant Arcelor Mittal amid talk of nationalising one of its plants.
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French party splits over leader

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 17:13

Francois Fillon sets up his own faction of the UMP party in the French parliament, demanding a repeat of the conservative party's leadership ballot.
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The fundamental flaws in the French right

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 16:27

What is it about the French right that makes it so self-destructive?
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Battle for a new Nantes airport

Tuesday, November 27th 2012, 1:08
related places: Nantes

Clashes with French protesters determined to stop new airport
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Cope confirmed as France UMP head

Monday, November 26th 2012, 20:59

Jean-Francois Cope is confirmed as the head of France's opposition UMP party after an election marred by allegations of ballot-rigging.
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France 'wants Arcelor Mittal out'

Monday, November 26th 2012, 13:23

Arcelor Mittal is no longer welcome in France, its industry minister says, accusing the steelmaker of "lying" and "disrespecting" the country.
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French opposition mediation fails

Sunday, November 25th 2012, 20:18

Ex-PM Alain Juppe says he has failed to resolve a leadership dispute within the opposition UMP party between the two men running for leader.
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Spain dismisses Eta talks offer

Sunday, November 25th 2012, 15:44
related countries: Spain Spain

Spain rejects an offer by Basque separatist group Eta to start negotiations on a "definitive end" to its operations.
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VIDEO: 'Doomsday' rumours hit French village

Sunday, November 25th 2012, 9:03
related places: Bugarach

The French village of Bugarach 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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Eta says it is 'ready to disband'

Sunday, November 25th 2012, 5:39
related countries: Spain Spain

Basque separatist group Eta says it is ready to disband, give up its weapons and enter talks with the French and Spanish governments.
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The French who see Barcelona as their capital

Saturday, November 24th 2012, 0:22

The French who see Barcelona as their capital
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