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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

Friday, September 21st 2012, 9:45

France's Constitutional Council, a top legal authority, rejects a plea from animal rights campaigners to ban bullfighting.
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VIDEO: Louvre opens new Islamic art wing

Friday, September 21st 2012, 5:51
related places: Paris

A new wing of the Louvre Museum in Paris opens is set to open on Friday, amid ongoing religious tensions over the publication of obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
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Complaint over French cartoons

Thursday, September 20th 2012, 12:02

A complaint is filed against a French satirical magazine which published obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, accusing it of inciting hatred.
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France issues alert over cartoons

Thursday, September 20th 2012, 2:36

Security is being stepped up at some French embassies after a satirical magazine publishes obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
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VIDEO: France boosts security over cartoons

Wednesday, September 19th 2012, 22:27

Security has been increased at France's interests abroad after a French satirical magazine published obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
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French Connection reports loss

Wednesday, September 19th 2012, 7:19

Fashion chain French Connection reports a half-year loss as sales fall during a "very difficult" six months.
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In pictures: Former French colony of Pondicherry in India

Wednesday, September 19th 2012, 1:17
related countries: India India
related places: Pondicherry

Pictures of former French colony of Pondicherry in India
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Court injunction over Kate photos

Tuesday, September 18th 2012, 16:31

A court bans a French magazine from re-publishing topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge and orders it to hand over the originals.
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Ex-Elf boss on Togo fraud charge

Tuesday, September 18th 2012, 11:34
related countries: Togo Togo

Loik Le Floch-Prigent, the former French head of the Elf oil company, is charged with involvement in a massive fraud case in Togo.
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Will the rich flee France's 75% tax rate?

Monday, September 17th 2012, 23:05

Will high taxes make the rich leave and never come back?
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Affectionate dog shoots huntsman

Monday, September 17th 2012, 21:40

A dog inadvertently shoots his master in the hand on a hunt in France but the huntsman blames himself for not applying the gun's safety catch.
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Royals seek to ban topless images

Monday, September 17th 2012, 19:31
related places: Paris

Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge begin civil proceedings in a French court to halt further publication of topless images of the duchess.
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France and UK 'close' on banks

Monday, September 17th 2012, 18:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

France says it is in agreement with the UK on the EU plan to centralise supervision of eurozone banks.
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Delay fears on EADS and BAE deal

Monday, September 17th 2012, 17:55

France's finance minister says the planned merger of BAE and EADS needs close scrutiny raising fears of delays through political wrangling.
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Hamleys sold to French toy group

Monday, September 17th 2012, 16:36

The 250-year old toy chain Hamleys has been taken over by a French toy retailer for a reported £60m.
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Royals sue over topless pictures

Friday, September 14th 2012, 17:23

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched legal action against the French magazine Closer over its publication of topless pictures of the duchess, Clarence House says.
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Kate privacy invasion 'grotesque'

Friday, September 14th 2012, 14:25

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are saddened by the "grotesque and unjustifiable" publication of topless photos of Kate in a French magazine and are considering legal action.
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Frenchman fined for pirating pop

Friday, September 14th 2012, 10:03

Illegally downloaded Rihanna songs land Frenchman in court for breaking French laws on pirated pop music.
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Alps cyclist 'feared more shots'

Thursday, September 13th 2012, 22:49
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The former RAF pilot who found a British family murdered in the French Alps says he feared the killer could still be nearby to shoot him next.
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VIDEO: How vehicle may have fled shooting

Thursday, September 13th 2012, 18:01
related places: Chevaline

Police in France are still trying to piece together the events surrounding the shootings of Saad al-Hilli, 50, who was killed along with his wife Iqbal, 47, his mother-in-law, and a passing cyclist in Chevaline.
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VIDEO: Shopping for Mr Right in Paris

Thursday, September 13th 2012, 3:06
related places: Paris

Shoppers hitting the streets of Paris could now be going home with a man in their shopping baskets.
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Alps death family 'heartbroken'

Wednesday, September 12th 2012, 22:22
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The relatives of a British man and his family killed in the French Alps last week say they are "heartbroken" by the "shocking crime".
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Spaniard Ferrero to quit tennis

Wednesday, September 12th 2012, 15:47

Former world number one and French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero will retire after next month's Valencia Open 500.
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World Cup qualifying round-up: Spain avoid shock

Tuesday, September 11th 2012, 22:52
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Germany Germany, Netherlands Netherlands, Spain Spain

Reigning world champions Spain avoid a shock in Georgia while Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands all also pick up wins.
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French police question Villepin

Tuesday, September 11th 2012, 12:16

Former French PM Dominique de Villepin is being questioned by police over an embezzlement case involving a friend.
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VIDEO: 'Why I defected from Syrian regime'

Monday, September 10th 2012, 19:42
related countries: Syria Syria

Key Syrian defector Gen Manaf Tlas has hinted that French secret agents helped him flee and accused the Syrian government of lying and being unwilling to reform.
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France 'helped Syria defector'

Monday, September 10th 2012, 19:13
related countries: Syria Syria

Manaf Tlas, a Syrian general who defected in July, hints that French intelligence agencies helped him escape.
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'One gun' used in Alps shootings

Monday, September 10th 2012, 17:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Only one gun was used in the attack on a British man shot dead with his wife, mother-in-law and a cyclist in the French Alps, police in France say.
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Bomb squad visits al-Hilli home

Monday, September 10th 2012, 13:23
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Bomb disposal experts visit the Surrey home of Saad al-Hilli, the British man shot dead in the French Alps with his wife and mother-in-law.
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Lava study backs dry early Mars

Monday, September 10th 2012, 8:50
related places: Mars

A study of rocks at an old French A-bomb test site in the Pacific has led a team of scientists to conclude that early Mars was not so warm and wet, as many argue.
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Alps shooting: Girl out of coma

Sunday, September 9th 2012, 19:38

A seven-year-old girl injured in a shooting in France which left her parents dead has been brought out of a coma, while her younger sister returns to the UK.
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Hollande vows economic recovery

Sunday, September 9th 2012, 19:08

President Francois Hollande vows to get France's economy back in shape in two years with a series of measures, in a televised interview.
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Alps shooting inquiry 'complex'

Saturday, September 8th 2012, 19:49
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The investigation into the shooting of a British man and his family in France is likely to be "long and complex", a senior police officer has said.
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McCartney gets top French honour

Saturday, September 8th 2012, 15:48

French President Francois Hollande presents former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney with the country's highest public award, the Legion of Honour.
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US woman snaps up $50 'Renoir'

Saturday, September 8th 2012, 13:22
related countries: United States United States
related places: Pierre

Experts say a painting bought for a few dollars at a US flea market may turn out to be a a work by French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
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EU powers call for Iran sanctions

Friday, September 7th 2012, 23:08
related countries: Iran Iran, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain, Germany and France urge fellow European Union countries to impose more sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.
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Alps death brother 'denies row'

Friday, September 7th 2012, 20:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The brother of Alps shooting victim Saad al-Hilli has told UK police they were not involved in a dispute over "financial matters", French prosecutors say.
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Alps killings 'family row' probed

Friday, September 7th 2012, 15:14
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French prosecutors say a possible family dispute over money is one line of inquiry following the killings of four people in the Alps.
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Peugeot dropped from French index

Friday, September 7th 2012, 10:43

French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen is to be dropped from France's Cac 40 share index, in an embarrassing demotion for the company.
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Tu and Twitter: The death of 'vous'?

Thursday, September 6th 2012, 23:13

Is it the end for 'vous' in French?
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France gun victims shot in head

Thursday, September 6th 2012, 18:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Three of the people killed in or near a UK-registered car in France were shot in the head, while two young girls are being treated in hospital, officials say.
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Girl hid under shooting victims

Thursday, September 6th 2012, 11:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A girl has been found hiding inside a British-registered car in which three bodies were discovered eight hours earlier, French police say.
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French gun victims 'UK tourists'

Thursday, September 6th 2012, 6:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Four

Three of the four victims of a shooting in a quiet area of the French Alps appear to have been British tourists, a local official says.
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VIDEO: Police seal off lake after shootings

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 22:19
related places: Four

Four people have been found shot dead in peaceful surroundings near a lake in south-east France, local officials say.
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VIDEO: People flee demolition dust cloud

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 21:53
related places: Paris

A building being demolished on the outskirts of Paris threw up a large dust cloud, which forced gathered crowds to flee.
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Shooting mars Quebec leader's win

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 19:59
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Quebec

A gunman brings chaos to a separatist election victory rally in the Canadian province of Quebec, killing one person and wounding another.
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Two hurt at French nuclear plant

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 16:47
related places: Fessenheim

A blast of escaping steam at Fessenheim nuclear power station in eastern France triggers a fire alert and leaves two people hurt, officials say.
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Arafat judges seek West Bank trip

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 1:48
related countries: West Bank West Bank

French judges investigating the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are seeking to travel to Ramallah to probe allegations he was poisoned.
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McCartney set for French honour

Tuesday, September 4th 2012, 9:05

French President Francois Hollande will award former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney with the Legion of Honour award, the country's highest public award, at a special ceremony this weekend.
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France helps Credit Immobilier

Sunday, September 2nd 2012, 10:18

Struggling French mortgage lender Credit Immobilier has its assets guaranteed by the government.
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AUDIO: Hollande love life examined in book

Thursday, August 30th 2012, 7:29

The complicated love life of French President Francois Hollande is examined in the book, Between Two Fires - Entre Deux Feux, looking at the rivalry between his partner and ex-wife.
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India bag found in French Alps

Thursday, August 30th 2012, 6:02
related countries: India India

A bag carrying diplomatic mail from India is found on Mont Blanc in the French Alps, close to where an Air India plane crashed in 1966.
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France opens Arafat murder case

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 22:52

France opens a murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, weeks after his family filed papers alleging he was poisoned.
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France breaks up Roma encampment

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 15:44
related places: Lyon, Paris

French police break up one of the biggest Roma (Gypsy) camps in the city of Lyon, following a similar action in Paris on Monday.
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French star Hallyday in hospital

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 10:52
related countries: Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

French rock star Johnny Hallyday is being treated in hospital in the Caribbean, where he is said to be "doing well" and could soon be released.
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Credit Agricole hit by Greek debt

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 9:04
related countries: Greece Greece

French bank Credit Agricole reports a drop in second quarter profits after taking charges against assets in Greece and Italy.
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Tottenham submit bid for M'Vila

Monday, August 27th 2012, 18:10
related places: Rennes

Tottenham make an offer to Rennes to sign France midfielder Yann M'Vila, according to the Ligue 1 club.
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VIDEO: Unique grapes honoured in France

Sunday, August 26th 2012, 13:06

France has classified a plot of land as a national heritage site due to its unique variety of grape.
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France piles pressure on Greek PM

Saturday, August 25th 2012, 11:28
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Paris

Francois Hollande says Greece must prove it can reform its finances before receiving more bailout funds, after talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras.
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VIDEO: Armstrong 'stripped' of Tour wins

Friday, August 24th 2012, 18:44
related countries: United States United States

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
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Armstrong 'stripped' of Tour wins

Friday, August 24th 2012, 17:28

Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
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Galliano stripped of French award

Friday, August 24th 2012, 15:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British fashion designer John Galliano, convicted last year of making anti-Semitic remarks, is stripped of France's prestigious Legion d'Honneur.
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AUDIO: What now for Lance Armstrong?

Friday, August 24th 2012, 15:26
related countries: United States United States

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
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Chelsea sign defender Azpilicueta

Friday, August 24th 2012, 11:18
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Marseille

Chelsea complete the signing of Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille, the French club confirms.
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VIDEO: Greece tops agenda in Eurozone talks

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 22:06
related countries: Germany Germany, Greece Greece
related places: Berlin

The French and German leaders have been meeting in Berlin today ahead of their respective talks with the Greek prime minister later this week. Greece is asking for more time to implement the tough conditions imposed on it in return for a financial ba
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Greece urged to stick to reforms

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 19:12
related countries: Germany Germany, Greece Greece
related places: Berlin

The leaders of Germany and France have told Greece it should not expect leeway on its bailout agreement unless it sticks to tough reform targets.
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Toulouse gunman 'no lone wolf'

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 16:12
related places: Toulouse

Confidential papers from the French police probe into Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah suggest he was not working alone, Le Monde newspaper says.
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Sleepy flier missed Paris landing

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 15:21
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Lahore, Paris

A Frenchwoman who flew from Pakistan to France, slept through her arrival at Paris and then flew to Lahore, finally arrives back in the French capital.
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French prisoners 'grew cannabis'

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012, 19:51

Staff at a jail in western France say they have found cannabis plants growing in a vegetable patch tended by prisoners.
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Tourists guilty for Buddha photos

Tuesday, August 21st 2012, 14:09
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan court gives suspended jail terms to three French tourists for wounding the religious feelings of Buddhists by taking pictures deemed insulting.
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VIDEO: Mont Saint Michel to be restored

Tuesday, August 21st 2012, 9:15

One of the biggest tourist attractions in France, Mont Saint Michel, is being restored
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Armstrong fails to halt drug case

Monday, August 20th 2012, 21:25
related countries: United States United States

Lance Armstrong's bid to block an investigation into whether he took performance-enhancing drugs is dismissed in court.
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French mother's fatal fall probed

Monday, August 20th 2012, 12:31
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

French police investigate the death of a Jewish mother who fought to get her daughter back from a Saudi prince.
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VIDEO: Wildfires continue to rage in Europe

Sunday, August 19th 2012, 17:37

Thousands of hectares of forest land in Europe have been destroyed by wildfires as firefighters struggle to control blazes in Croatia, Spain, Greece and France.
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VIDEO: Illuminating French architecture

Sunday, August 19th 2012, 5:19

Computer technology is being used to illuminate and transform chateaus and cathedrals around France
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Pernod trailblazer Ricard dies

Saturday, August 18th 2012, 17:30

Patrick Ricard, the French head of the global spirits firm Pernod Ricard - whose father founded the firm in 1932 - dies at the age of 67.
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Limbless man completes swim quest

Saturday, August 18th 2012, 10:53

A French swimmer who lost all his limbs in an electrocution accident completes a swim to link five continents, by crossing part of the Bering Strait.
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Wildfire threatens French resort

Friday, August 17th 2012, 15:56
related places: Lacanau

Efforts are under way to contain a forest fire fanned by high winds and heat near the resort of Lacanau, on France's Atlantic coast.
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