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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

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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New tests over US academic death

Wednesday, April 4th 2012, 21:01
related countries: United States United States
related places: New

New tests are ordered on the body of French academic Richard Descoings, whose naked body was found in a New York hotel.
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French academic found dead in US

Wednesday, April 4th 2012, 16:02
related countries: United States United States
related places: New York

The head of one of France's most prestigious academic institutions has been found dead in the nude in a New York hotel room, police say.
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What the French really think about The Artist

Wednesday, April 4th 2012, 13:28

What the French really think of The Artist
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Curious realities of the French election

Wednesday, April 4th 2012, 13:06

Visions of national greatness dominate election
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France arrests Islamist suspects

Wednesday, April 4th 2012, 10:24

At least 10 people are arrested as French police conduct new raids on Islamist suspects in the wake of the killings by gunman Mohamed Merah.
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French suspects on terror charges

Tuesday, April 3rd 2012, 16:03
related places: Paris

Some 13 suspected Islamic militants detained in raids on Friday are to face terror charges in France, the Paris prosecutor says.
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French judge 'was kidnap target'

Tuesday, April 3rd 2012, 13:29

Suspected Islamist militants arrested in France were plotting to kidnap a Jewish judge, sources close to the investigation tell French media.
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Adele confirms new music for 2012

Monday, April 2nd 2012, 13:32

Adele tells French radio station NRJ that she will have a new song coming out by the end of the year.
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The changing face of French lunchtimes

Monday, April 2nd 2012, 9:29

Leisurely French lunches fall victim to work pressures
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French shopkeepers wary of candidates

Sunday, April 1st 2012, 23:07

Why presidential candidates disappoint French shopkeepers
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France 'set to extradite Rwandan'

Friday, March 30th 2012, 17:14
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

A French court has allowed the first-ever extradition of a suspect to Rwanda over the country's 1994 genocide, local media reports say.
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VIDEO: War heroes pulling more tourists to France

Friday, March 30th 2012, 13:08

Remembrance tourism attracted 20 million visitors to France last year and interest in the history of the battle sites and cemeteries is rising despite the passage of time.
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Marseille: One Square Mile of France

Friday, March 30th 2012, 10:47
related places: Marseille

Rich mix or economic suicide - welcome to Marseille
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France arrests Islamist suspects

Friday, March 30th 2012, 9:29
related places: Toulouse

French police arrest 19 suspected Islamist militants, including some in Toulouse where gunman Mohamed Merah killed six of his seven victims.
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VIDEO: Gunman funeral held near Toulouse

Friday, March 30th 2012, 2:41
related places: Toulouse

Gunman Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in south-western France in three shootings earlier this month, has been buried outside the city of Toulouse.
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Gunman funeral held near Toulouse

Thursday, March 29th 2012, 18:36
related places: Toulouse

Gunman Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in three shootings, is buried near his hometown in the French city of Toulouse.
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Gunman 'denied Toulouse burial'

Thursday, March 29th 2012, 16:47
related places: Toulouse

The mayor of Toulouse says gunman Mohamed Merah's burial in the city would be "inappropriate" and announces it has been delayed for 24 hours.
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Scientist part of 'al-Qaeda plot'

Thursday, March 29th 2012, 16:42

A nuclear scientist at the Cern laboratory goes on trial in France for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks.
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Gunman 'denied' burial in Algeria

Thursday, March 29th 2012, 12:25
related countries: Algeria Algeria

Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah is to be buried in France after Algerian officials deny permission for a burial, a French Muslim official says.
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Your pictures: France

Thursday, March 29th 2012, 9:21

Readers pictures on the theme of France
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Gunman's father 'to sue France'

Wednesday, March 28th 2012, 21:04
related countries: Algeria Algeria
related places: Toulouse

The father of the man who killed seven people in Toulouse hires a lawyer in Algeria to sue the French police over his death, French media report.
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Chickens to reduce organic waste

Wednesday, March 28th 2012, 16:39

A French village proposes giving two chickens to each household in order to cut down on organic waste.
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New attacks target Jews in France

Wednesday, March 28th 2012, 13:33
related places: Paris, Toulouse

A French Jewish official urges vigilance after a reported assault on a Paris schoolboy, the latest anti-Semitic incident reported since the Toulouse murders.
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Judges seek E Guinea head's son

Wednesday, March 28th 2012, 10:29
related countries: Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea

Two French judges request an international arrest warrant for the Equatorial Guinea president's son on money-laundering charges, reports say.
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Job-loss woman wins train payout

Tuesday, March 27th 2012, 17:05

A court orders French rail firm, SNCF, to pay a commuter 1,500 euros (£1,250) compensation after delays cost her her job.
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Strauss-Kahn's lust 'not a crime'

Tuesday, March 27th 2012, 16:14

A lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn predicts that a French pimping case against his client will collapse.
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French police have Toulouse video

Tuesday, March 27th 2012, 9:43

French police obtain video footage filmed by Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in Toulouse, after it is sent to the al-Jazeera TV station.
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Tuesday, March 27th 2012, 6:48
related countries: United States United States

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's legal fight in France and the US
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VIDEO: Strauss-Kahn in sex ring charges

Tuesday, March 27th 2012, 2:39

Former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is facing charges in France over alleged involvement in a prostitution ring.
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Strauss-Kahn may face sex charges

Monday, March 26th 2012, 21:52

The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, faces possible charges in France over an alleged prostitution ring.
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Sarkozy bars militant preachers

Monday, March 26th 2012, 11:17

Nicolas Sarkozy plans to clamp down on militant Muslim preachers entering France, as the country's presidential election looms.
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VIDEO: Napoleon theme park planned

Monday, March 26th 2012, 9:00
related places: Montereau, Paris

A theme park based on Napoleon is being proposed in Montereau, south of Paris, the scene of one of Napoleon's last victories.
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French election irrelevant in poor suburbs

Monday, March 26th 2012, 5:26

In France's poor suburbs the presidential race is an alien issue
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VIDEO: Toulouse killer's brother charged

Sunday, March 25th 2012, 19:44

The brother of the man who killed seven people in south-west France in recent weeks has been charged over the murders, judicial sources say.
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Merah brother charged over deaths

Sunday, March 25th 2012, 18:34

The brother of Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in south-west France, has been charged with complicity, judicial sources say.
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