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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 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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Dexia gets 5.5bn euro injection

Thursday, November 8th 2012, 11:11
related countries: Belgium Belgium

France and Belgium agree to inject a further 5.5bn euros ($7bn; £4.4bn) into struggling bank Dexia, after it reported another large loss.
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French radical arrested in Mali

Thursday, November 8th 2012, 10:52
related countries: Mali Mali

A radical French Muslim suspected of having links to Islamist militants in northern Mali is arrested in the West African country, officials say.
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French diplomats best, says UK

Thursday, November 8th 2012, 9:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain's diplomats have been told to learn lessons from the French, who have been judged the best in the world by a Foreign Office expert panel.
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VIDEO: Mammoth skeleton discovered near Paris

Wednesday, November 7th 2012, 21:25
related places: Changis, Paris

A rare near-complete skeleton of a mammoth has been discovered at Changis-sur-Marne, northeast of Paris.
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French cabinet approves gay bill

Wednesday, November 7th 2012, 12:49

President Francois Hollande's cabinet backs a bill to give gay couples in France the right to get married and adopt children.
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BNP Paribas sees profits increase

Wednesday, November 7th 2012, 7:51

France's largest bank BNP Paribas reports a big rise in quarterly profit, led by its investment banking arm.
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Stolen Peruvian mummy returned

Tuesday, November 6th 2012, 23:56
related countries: Bolivia Bolivia, Peru Peru

The mummy of a two-year-old child seized by Bolivian police as it was about to be shipped to France is returned to Peru, where it was stolen from.
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French VAT rise to boost firms

Tuesday, November 6th 2012, 17:17

The French government says it will raise value added tax and cut public spending in order to fund tax credits for firms that keep jobs in France.
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France urged to cut labour costs

Monday, November 5th 2012, 16:39

France's President Francois Hollande is under pressure to reform the economy after both the IMF and a government-commissioned report urged him to cut labour costs.
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Amour leads European award nods

Monday, November 5th 2012, 10:41

Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning French drama Amour (Love) leads the nominations at this year's European Film Awards with six nods.
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VIDEO: France competitiveness under review

Monday, November 5th 2012, 10:25

The French government is expected to be urged to lower welfare payments and increase working hours by a report into the country's competitiveness.
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Ferrer to face Janowicz in final

Saturday, November 3rd 2012, 19:23

David Ferrer can win his seventh title of 2012 after beating Michael Llodra 7-5 6-3 to reach the final of the Paris Masters.
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England 44-6 France

Saturday, November 3rd 2012, 16:45
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Kallum Watkins scores a hat-trick as England crush France in a dress rehearsal for next week's Autumn Internationals final.
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VIDEO: The town Cavendish will call home

Saturday, November 3rd 2012, 0:25
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Tour, Wevelgem

What do the locals in Wevelgem make of arrival of the Tour de France star - and why are they such big fans of cycling?
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Why the French love chocolate bears

Saturday, November 3rd 2012, 0:20

France's love affair with a chocolate and marshmallow bear
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Netanyahu in Toulouse memorial

Thursday, November 1st 2012, 17:13
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Toulouse

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu attends a memorial for victims of an Islamist gunman who targeted a Jewish school in Toulouse in southern France.
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Murray makes shock exit in Paris

Thursday, November 1st 2012, 15:35
related countries: Poland Poland
related places: Paris

Britain's Andy Murray fails to convert a match point and loses to Poland's Jerzy Janowicz in three sets at the Paris Masters.
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Foreign hostages freed in Nigeria

Thursday, November 1st 2012, 13:07
related countries: Estonia Estonia, Nigeria Nigeria, Russia Russia

Russian and Estonian sailors kidnapped from a French-owned ship off the Nigerian coast last month have been freed, a military spokesman says.
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France expels Tunisian preacher

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 23:58
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia

France expels a Tunisian Muslim preacher accused of spreading anti-Semitic views and denigrating women.
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VIDEO: Chocolate fashion show in Paris

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 22:30
related places: Paris

A fashion show featuring couture made almost entirely of chocolate has taken place in Paris.
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Murray seals opening win in Paris

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 21:06
related places: Paris, Paul

Andy Murray reaches round three of the Paris Masters with a 7-5 6-3 win over wildcard Paul-Henri Mathieu of France.
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Paris police acquittal overturned

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 17:04

France's appeals court overturns a ruling that cleared two policemen over the deaths of two teenagers electrocuted as they hid from police in 2005.
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Querrey shocks Djokovic in Paris

Wednesday, October 31st 2012, 16:58
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

Novak Djokovic collapses to a three-set defeat by American Sam Querrey in the second round of the Paris Masters.
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Casablanca bombing suspect held

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 22:23
related countries: Germany Germany, Morocco Morocco
related places: Casablanca

German police arrest a French-Moroccan man in connection with the deadly suicide bombings that hit Casablanca in March 2003.
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Tsonga beats Benneteau in Paris

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 22:22
related places: Paris

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga moves closer to qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Julien Benneteau at the Paris Masters.
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Search for missing boy called off

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 20:27
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The search is called off for a 12-year-old British boy who is missing on an island in the south of France.
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French PM opens 35-hour week row

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 12:55

The French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, starts a row by suggesting the 35-hour week thought sacred to his Socialist Party is open to review.
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Murray will 'go for it' in Paris

Tuesday, October 30th 2012, 10:47
related places: Paris

Andy Murray is fully committed to this week's Paris Masters, despite the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals starting on Monday.
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Wiggins 2009 Tour result upgraded

Monday, October 29th 2012, 19:25

Bradley Wiggins has his fourth place at the 2009 Tour de France moved up to third after Lance Armstrong's disqualification.
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VIDEO: A walk in the Elysee Palace gardens

Monday, October 29th 2012, 17:46

French President Francois Hollande has decided to open the gardens of his official residence to the public on the last Sunday of each month.
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PIP implant boss leaves custody

Monday, October 29th 2012, 16:18

Jean-Claude Mas, the boss of the scandal-hit French breast implant company PIP, is released from custody pending trial in 2013.
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French Euromillions site hacked

Sunday, October 28th 2012, 21:32

The French site of the Euromillions lottery is hacked, with a passage from the Koran discouraging gambling posted on its homepage.
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French arrest 'top Eta leader'

Sunday, October 28th 2012, 18:00
related countries: Spain Spain

A woman suspected of being a military leader in the armed Basque separatist group Eta is arrested in France, Spanish officials say.
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French GP could return for 2013

Sunday, October 28th 2012, 9:10

The French GP could return to the F1 calendar next year for the first time in five years, according to Bernie Ecclestone.
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VIDEO: Entente cordiale for UK and France

Friday, October 26th 2012, 23:17
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK and France have been conducting a major military exercise in the Mediterranean, in what is being hailed as a milestone in closer defence co-operation between the two countries.
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No reallocation of Armstrong wins

Friday, October 26th 2012, 16:42

Lance Armstrong's Tour de France titles will not be given to others in the wake of the doping scandal.
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Paris Market Report

Friday, October 26th 2012, 9:38

Paris Market Report
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Stones play surprise gig in Paris

Friday, October 26th 2012, 8:29
related places: Paris

The Rolling Stones perform to 350 fans in Paris after announcing a surprise gig on Twitter.
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Credit rating of French banks cut

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 19:35

Three French banks including BNP Paribas are downgraded by credit ratings agency Standard and Poor's.
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Nadal out of ATP Finals in London

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 17:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Rafael Nadal withdraws from the Paris Masters and ATP World Tour Finals in London because of continuing knee problems.
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LeMond calls for McQuaid to quit

Thursday, October 25th 2012, 14:19

America's three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond calls for International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid to resign.
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Wiggins set to aid Froome at Tour

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 18:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Bradley Wiggins admits it is "more than likely" he will support Chris Froome in the 2013 Tour de France.
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VIDEO: European car manufacturers struggling

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 15:31
related countries: Belgium Belgium, United States United States
related places: Genk, Ford

US car giant Ford announces plans to close its factory at Genk in Belgium and French manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroen has secured a 7bn euro state guarantee.
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Peugeot asks for financing help

Wednesday, October 24th 2012, 9:02

French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it is seeking 11.5bn euros in new financing after reporting another fall in car sales.
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Trierweiler photos lead to fines

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 18:37
related places: Paris

Three French magazines are fined by a Paris court for publishing photos of France's first lady Valerie Trierweiler in her bikini.
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France urged to tackle bribery

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 12:30

France must do more to tackle the bribery of foreign public officials by French companies, a club of leading industrial countries says.
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Armstrong 'must return Tour cash'

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 7:12

Lance Armstrong should be made to repay his prize money from winning seven Tour de France titles, says the race's director.
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France to target Corsican gangs

Monday, October 22nd 2012, 12:48

France's prime minister announces new measures to tackle organised crime in Corsica after last week's killing of a prominent lawyer
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Armstrong stripped of Tour wins

Monday, October 22nd 2012, 12:25

Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by cycling's governing body the UCI.
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VIDEO: Armstrong stripped of Tour titles

Monday, October 22nd 2012, 11:47

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by the International Cycling Union, the sport's governing body.
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VIDEO: Do the French like British food?

Monday, October 22nd 2012, 3:43
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

As a UK trade delegation tries to boost sales of British food in France, Sophie Van Brugen finds out what Parisians really think of pork pies and cheese sandwiches.
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In pictures: Lourdes under water

Sunday, October 21st 2012, 15:03
related places: Lourdes

French pilgrim town of Lourdes under water
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VIDEO: French floods hit Lourdes shrine

Sunday, October 21st 2012, 0:14
related places: Lourdes

Hundreds of Roman Catholic pilgrims have been evacuated from the sanctuary of Lourdes in France after heavy flooding in the area.
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Pilgrims evacuated from Lourdes

Saturday, October 20th 2012, 20:27
related places: Lourdes

Hundreds of Roman Catholic pilgrims are evacuated from the sanctuary of Lourdes in southern France after heavy flooding in the area.
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