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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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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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The underground art rebels of Paris

Friday, November 23rd 2012, 15:31
related places: Paris

The rebels who show films and stage plays in tunnels under Paris
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VIDEO: Sarkozy questioned over donations

Friday, November 23rd 2012, 1:14

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been questioned over claims his 2007 election campaign received illegal donations from France's richest woman.
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Sarkozy questioned over donations

Thursday, November 22nd 2012, 22:09

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is questioned over claims his 2007 poll campaign received illegal donations from France's richest woman, but avoids charges.
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Champions League round-up

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 22:35

AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund all qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.
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Fillon demands UMP ballot recount

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 18:09

French ex-PM Francois Fillon, narrowly defeated in the leadership ballot for France's opposition conservative party, demands a recount
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US 'hacked office of Sarkozy'

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 15:36
related countries: United States United States

A French news magazine accuses the US government of having hacked into the office of Nicolas Sarkozy in the final weeks of his presidency of France.
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French citizen kidnapped in Mali

Wednesday, November 21st 2012, 15:07
related countries: Mali Mali

France says a French citizen has been kidnapped in south-west Mali, outside the part of the country now controlled by Islamists.
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PSG ready to make Beckham offer

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 21:05

Paris Saint-Germain are among a host of leading clubs preparing to make an offer to sign David Beckham.
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French downplay credit rating cut

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 12:16

The French government downplays the importance of rating agency Moody's decision to deprive the country of its top triple-A credit rating.
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Dettori to face French inquiry

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 12:07

Frankie Dettori is due to face a French horse racing inquiry on Tuesday after testing positive for a banned substance in September.
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French general laid to rest after posthumous battle

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 2:45

How a bitter row delayed a French general's funeral by two years
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Sarkozy ally to lead French right

Tuesday, November 20th 2012, 1:01

The French conservative UMP party chooses Jean-Francois Cope, an ally of ex-president Sarkozy, as its next leader after a tight election.
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Moody's downgrades French rating

Monday, November 19th 2012, 23:11

The credit ratings agency Moody's downgrades French debt and maintains the negative outlook, meaning its rating could be cut again.
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Total sells Nigeria oil to China

Monday, November 19th 2012, 14:37
related countries: China China, Nigeria Nigeria

French oil firm Total says it has sold its 20% stake in a Nigerian offshore oilfield to the Chinese state-owned Sinopec.
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French opposition vote disarray

Monday, November 19th 2012, 13:30

A vote to decide who will lead France's conservative opposition descends into disarray with both sides claiming victory and alleging fraud.
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VIDEO: French vote marred by fraud claim

Monday, November 19th 2012, 12:54

Francois Fillon and Jean-Francois Cope both claim victory as France's race for next opposition leader is marred by allegations of vote-rigging.
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Syrian rebels 'capture airport'

Sunday, November 18th 2012, 4:48
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Syria Syria

Syrian rebels say they have captured an airport near the Iraqi border, as France says it will install a new ambassador from the opposition.
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French march against gay marriage

Saturday, November 17th 2012, 22:30

Tens of thousands of people protest in France against plans to legalise same-sex marriage and allow gay couples to adopt.
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VIDEO: 'Still no motive' for Alps murders

Saturday, November 17th 2012, 5:49
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Two months after three members of a British family were killed in southern France, French prosecutor reveals that the motive for the murders remains unclear.
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'Still no motive' for Alps murder

Saturday, November 17th 2012, 5:03
related places: Annecy

The prosecutor probing the deaths of three members of a British family in the French Alps tells the BBC there is "still no motive" for the killings.
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The battle for Sarkozy's party

Saturday, November 17th 2012, 2:07

French conservatives to elect new leader
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Vow to restore order in Corsica

Friday, November 16th 2012, 12:13

The French government vows to restore order on the island of Corsica, which accounts for one in five of the country's gangland murders.
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Remains of King Zog repatriated

Friday, November 16th 2012, 9:28

The remains of King Zog, Albania's self-proclaimed former monarch, are repatriated from France more than half a century after his death.
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France pushes arming Syria rebels

Thursday, November 15th 2012, 18:13
related countries: Syria Syria, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Paris

France says it will discuss supplying arms to the Syrian opposition coalition with European partners, ahead of key talks in Paris and London.
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EU group endorses Mali mission

Thursday, November 15th 2012, 17:49
related countries: Mali Mali, Syria Syria
related places: Eu, Paris

Foreign and defence ministers from five EU states back a proposed European mission to train Mali government forces tackling Islamist fighters.
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Dettori lawyer makes test claim

Wednesday, November 14th 2012, 10:19

Frankie Dettori's solicitor says the jockey's positive test in France does not relate to a performance-enhancing drug.
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France backs anti-Assad coalition

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 20:19
related countries: Syria Syria

France becomes the first Western state to recognise Syria's new opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
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French parties clash on terrorism

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 17:49

France's Socialist interior minister accuses his conservative predecessors of bringing back terrorism after a reported surge in crime.
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Dettori provides 'positive test'

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 15:59
related places: Longchamp

Frankie Dettori faces a French horse racing inquiry after a "positive test" at Longchamp in September.
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'Guru' conman jailed in France

Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 11:21
related places: Bordeaux

A man who tricked a family of French aristocrats into fearing for their lives at the hands of freemasons is jailed for eight years in Bordeaux.
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Alps murders fraud probe arrest

Monday, November 12th 2012, 12:41

A man is arrested on suspicion of attempting to access the bank accounts of a Surrey father murdered in the French Alps.
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'Fake' wine hoard found in China

Friday, November 9th 2012, 9:50
related countries: China China

The discovery in China of a huge hoard of bottles labelled as fine French wine has highlighted the country's problems with fakes.
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Wiggins released from hospital

Thursday, November 8th 2012, 16:57

Britain's Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is back home following a night in hospital after a bike crash.
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