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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 jails physicist for terror

Friday, May 4th 2012, 14:54

A scientist at the prestigious Cern laboratory is jailed for five years in France for plotting terrorist attacks.
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VIDEO: Final day of campaigning in France

Friday, May 4th 2012, 6:48

Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande have been campaigning for the final day ahead of Sunday's French presidential election.
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Cloudy horizon for French economy

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 23:01
related places: Nantes

Nantes lesson for the French economy
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UK minister in Hollande warning

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 22:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The economic policies of Francois Hollande will "have a shockwave effect on Europe" if he becomes president of France, Iain Duncan Smith warns.
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Losing candidate opposes Sarkozy

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 20:43

Defeated centrist French presidential candidate Francois Bayrou throws his weight behind Socialist leader Francois Hollande ahead of Sunday's run-off.
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French vote 'too close to call'

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 15:46

French President Nicolas Sarkozy believes Sunday's presidential election run-off against Francois Hollande will be decided by the tightest margin.
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SocGen quarterly profits fall 20%

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 6:44

French bank Societe Generale's profits fell 20% in the first three months of the year as the eurozone debt crisis continued to hamper results.
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VIDEO: France parties try to regain trust

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 6:13

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his challenger Francois Hollande have traded insults in their only TV debate of the election campaign.
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French rivals in feisty TV debate

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 4:39

France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande trade insults and accusations in a heated televised debate before Sunday's presidential run-off vote.
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Who won French election TV debate?

Thursday, May 3rd 2012, 0:34

Who won France's ill-tempered presidential debate?
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Le Pen supporters look beyond Sarkozy

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 23:29

Le Pen voters in French town reluctant to back Sarkozy
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VIDEO: Tornado filmed in southern France

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 22:22

A tornado has reportedly torn through a region of the southern region of France
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'Farc rebels' make kidnap claim

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 18:50
related countries: Colombia Colombia

A Colombian woman claiming to be a Farc rebel says the left-wing guerrilla group is holding missing French journalist Romeo Langlois as a "prisoner of war".
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Le Pen blow to Sarkozy's chances

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 16:11

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen vows to cast a blank vote in Sunday's presidential run-off, in a further setback for President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Colombia rebels 'have reporter'

Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 9:18
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says there are "clear indications" Farc rebels are holding French journalist Romeo Langlois.
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Euro chair backs investment call

Monday, April 30th 2012, 17:46

The eurozone's finance chair backs calls by French presidential candidate Francois Hollande for a bigger European Investment Bank.
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Sarkozy to sue over Gaddafi claim

Monday, April 30th 2012, 12:32
related countries: Libya Libya

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to file a complaint against a website that claimed Libya's Col Gaddafi offered to fund his 2007 election campaign.
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Colombia hunts missing journalist

Sunday, April 29th 2012, 19:01
related countries: Colombia Colombia

France's foreign minister says a French journalist who went missing after a clash between Colombia's Farc rebels and soldiers has been "taken prisoner".
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Strauss-Kahn claims rile Sarkozy

Saturday, April 28th 2012, 17:37

French President Nicolas Sarkozy rejects claims by Dominique Strauss-Kahn that his party was behind the ex-IMF chief's downfall.
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DSK claims political conspiracy

Friday, April 27th 2012, 21:53

Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan says opponents planned his downfall from a sex scandal to stop his French presidential bid, days before the run-off.
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Famed conductor falls from stage

Friday, April 27th 2012, 16:25
related places: Paris

Kurt Masur, the former principal conductor of the London Philharmonic, is recovering in hospital after falling off the stage during a concert in Paris.
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Weak petrochemicals knock Total

Friday, April 27th 2012, 8:18

French oil firm Total reports a fall in profits due in part to weak demand and high raw material costs at its European petrochemicals business.
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VIDEO: French candidates quizzed on TV

Friday, April 27th 2012, 8:13

The two candidates in France's presidential run-off, Socialist Francois Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy have appeared on TV, 10 days before the vote.
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French candidates quizzed on TV

Thursday, April 26th 2012, 23:21

Both candidates in France's presidential run-off - Socialist Francois Hollande and incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy - appear on TV, 10 days before the vote.
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Hollande prompts EU austerity rethink

Thursday, April 26th 2012, 9:14
related places: Eu

France's presidential contender prompts EU austerity rethink
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France raises Syria use of force

Wednesday, April 25th 2012, 19:13
related countries: Syria Syria

France says the UN Security Council should consider the use of force in Syria if a UN-backed peace plan fails to stop violence in the country.
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Sarkozy rules out far right deal

Wednesday, April 25th 2012, 16:51

Nicolas Sarkozy rules out a re-election deal with the far right as Socialist Francois Hollande sets out plans to revise the EU fiscal compact.
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Driver 'parks' car in Paris metro

Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 17:08
related places: Paris

A confused driver ends up trapping his car on the steps of a metro station in Paris, after mistaking it for the entrance to an underground car park.
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What next for Le Pen's National Front?

Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 12:43

Why Marine Le Pen wants Sarkozy to lose French election
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Hollande appeals to Le Pen voters

Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 12:05

French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande suggests that some leftists voted in the first round for the far right out of "social anger".
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VIDEO: Battle to be new French leader steps up

Tuesday, April 24th 2012, 6:11

France is weighing the possibility of a new President after a narrow first round election victory by Socialist candidate, Francois Hollande.
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Why do so many French people vote?

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 23:09

Why do so many French people vote in elections?
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VIDEO: Sarkozy seeks far right votes

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 21:30

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is wooing far-right voters after losing narrowly to his Socialist rival in the presidential election's first round.
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Shares slide as anxiety returns

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 21:14

Global stocks fall after weak manufacturing data and political uncertainty in France and the Netherlands hit investor confidence.
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Sarkozy seeks key far-right votes

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 17:02

French President Nicolas Sarkozy woos far-right voters after losing narrowly to his Socialist rival in the presidential election's first round.
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India state evicts French group

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 10:08
related countries: India India
related places: Bihar

Nine French tourists are ejected from the Indian state of Bihar for alleged involvement in Maoist activities, police officials say.
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Sarkozy loses first poll battle

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 10:01

President Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hard fight in the run-off vote in the French presidential election, after losing the first round to Francois Hollande.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy loses first poll battle

Monday, April 23rd 2012, 5:27

The socialist candidate Francois Hollande has beaten the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in the first round of the French presidential elections.
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French Socialist ahead after vote

Sunday, April 22nd 2012, 22:04

Socialist Francois Hollande wins the first round of France's presidential poll, estimates say, setting up a run-off with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy who came second.
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High turnout in French election

Sunday, April 22nd 2012, 16:12

French people are voting in high numbers in the presidential poll, as President Sarkozy faces a strong challenge amid anxiety over the economy.
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VIDEO: France votes in presidential poll

Sunday, April 22nd 2012, 12:43

The people of France have cast their ballots in the country's presidential poll, with concerns over the eurozone crisis and high unemployment key election issues.
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VIDEO: France set to vote for a president

Sunday, April 22nd 2012, 4:26

France is set to vote in a presidential election amid widespread disaffection caused by the eurozone crisis and high unemployment.
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Aid official kidnapped in Yemen

Saturday, April 21st 2012, 23:58
related countries: Yemen Yemen

A French aid worker has been kidnapped in northern Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.
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French overseas territories vote

Saturday, April 21st 2012, 15:28

Voters in French overseas territories cast their ballots in the presidential election, a day before the rest of the country.
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French candidates recall glorious past

Friday, April 20th 2012, 23:40

Why presidential hopefuls recall France's glorious past
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French rivals make final appeals

Friday, April 20th 2012, 22:36

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist challenger Francois Hollande make final campaign appeals before Sunday's first round of voting.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy trails behind Hollande

Friday, April 20th 2012, 5:57

With just days until the first round of the French Presidential election, President Sarkozy is trailing behind the Socialist Party's, Francois Hollande in the latest polls.
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Why is Nicolas Sarkozy so disliked?

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 23:40

Why French voters love to loathe their president
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VIDEO: Polar opposites rally in French election

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 21:51

With just days until the first round of the French Presidential election, President Sarkozy is trailing behind the Socialist Party's, Francois Hollande in the latest polls.
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France's far right and far left

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 8:07

France's left and right attract big crowds before election
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Nazi-looted art returns to heirs

Wednesday, April 18th 2012, 23:56
related countries: Italy Italy, United States United States
related places: Paris

A 474-year-old painting stolen by Nazis during World War II has been returned by US officials to the heirs of its Paris-based Italian Jewish owner.
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In pictures: Machines De L'Ile

Wednesday, April 18th 2012, 22:19

Mechanical animals park hopes to regenerate French city
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Ex-Mali leader in Senegal embassy

Wednesday, April 18th 2012, 16:56
related countries: Mali Mali, Senegal Senegal
related places: Paris

Mali's former President Amadou Toumani Toure, whose whereabouts had been unknown since being ousted in a coup last month, is in the Senegalese embassy in Bamako, President Macky Sall of Senegal says.
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Hollande threatens to veto pact

Wednesday, April 18th 2012, 12:12
related places: Eu

Francois Hollande, the Socialist tipped to win France's presidential election, says he will not endorse the EU fiscal compact unless it promotes growth.
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Sanctions 'halve Syrian reserves'

Tuesday, April 17th 2012, 16:09
related countries: Syria Syria

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said that international sanctions against the Syrian government have cut its foreign currency reserves by half.
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Afghan girl photo wins Pulitzer

Tuesday, April 17th 2012, 14:59
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

A photographer from the French news agency AFP wins a Pulitzer award for his photo of an Afghan girl screaming after a suicide bomb attack in Kabul.
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France murders: Two suspects held

Monday, April 16th 2012, 9:37
related places: Paris

French police hold two suspects over four similar murders in a suburb of Paris, believed to be the work of a serial killer.
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International Power in GDF deal

Monday, April 16th 2012, 8:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French utility firm GDF Suez agrees to take full ownership of International Power in a deal that values the UK company at £22.8bn.
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French poll rivals rally faithful

Monday, April 16th 2012, 6:31
related places: Paris

The front-runners in France's presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, hold rival rallies in Paris one week before the polls.
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VIDEO: Village that predicts French elections

Monday, April 16th 2012, 5:54

Ahead of the French presidential elections, BBC correspondent Christian Fraser visits the village that predicts which way the political winds are blowing.
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How has French business fared under Sarkozy?

Sunday, April 15th 2012, 16:10

How have businesses fared in the Sarkozy era?
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Francois Hollande's secret weapon

Saturday, April 14th 2012, 23:00

Can jokes help Hollande become French president?
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Sarkozy commits Fukushima gaffe

Friday, April 13th 2012, 10:50
related countries: Japan Japan
related places: Fukushima

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy concedes he did not visit Fukushima on a visit to Japan, correcting an earlier claim.
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Monkeys recognise words on screen

Thursday, April 12th 2012, 20:11

Baboons can recognise actual four-letter words - as opposed to scrambled letters - on a computer screen, researchers in France find.
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Hollande talks tough on markets

Thursday, April 12th 2012, 9:18

French presidential candidate Francois Hollande says he intends to take a no-nonsense approach to financial markets and tackle speculation.
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Second chance for unemployed in France

Wednesday, April 11th 2012, 23:00

The schools combating youth unemployment in France
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VIDEO: Resistance hero Raymond Aubrac dies

Wednesday, April 11th 2012, 20:57

French resistance hero Raymond Aubrac has died aged 97
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WWII resistance hero Aubrac dies

Wednesday, April 11th 2012, 9:41
related places: Aubrac

One of the leading figures of the French resistance against the Nazis, Raymond Aubrac, has died aged 97, his family says.
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Pardew tips Ben Arfa for France

Monday, April 9th 2012, 19:21

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says Hatem Ben Arfa has "magic in his feet" and should go to Euro 2012 after his wonder goal against Bolton.
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French election campaign starts

Monday, April 9th 2012, 16:26

Campaigning for the first round of France's presidential election officially starts, with advertising allowed for the 10 candidates.
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Paris church collapse kills child

Sunday, April 8th 2012, 16:56
related places: Paris

A six-year-old child dies and many are injured, including two seriously, when the first floor of a Protestant house of worship north of Paris collapsed, police say
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Melenchon lifts French hard left

Saturday, April 7th 2012, 0:30

The man pumping up the revolutionary volume in France
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Mali rebel independence rejected

Friday, April 6th 2012, 20:38
related countries: Mali Mali

The African Union, EU and US all reject a call by Tuareg rebels in northern Mali for their Azawad region to be recognised as independent.
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French serial killer fears grow

Friday, April 6th 2012, 16:16
related places: Paris

Fears are growing that a serial killer may be operating in the French capital, Paris, following four similar murders since November.
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Fire at nuclear reactor in France

Thursday, April 5th 2012, 16:39
related places: Dieppe

Fire crews rush to a nuclear reactor in northern France after an escape of smoke but the energy company EDF says the site is secure.
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Sarkozy unveils economic plans

Thursday, April 5th 2012, 14:39

Nicolas Sarkozy has unveiled his economic manifesto for re-election as president of France, with the first round of voting on 22 April.
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VIDEO: Bordeaux focuses on hi-tech

Thursday, April 5th 2012, 11:53
related places: Bordeaux

The French city of Bordeaux has been focussing on its geeky side with a digital week aimed at getting those turned cold by technology more involved.
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