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Macron's 'rabbit'

Sunday, May 7th 2017, 18:43

Speculation abounds over the president-elect's pick for prime minister, writes Lucy Williamson.
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Five reasons why Macron won

Sunday, May 7th 2017, 18:07

How was Emmanuel Macron - a man with no electoral experience - able to win the French presidency?
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French election: Turnout sharply down in Le Pen-Macron battle

Sunday, May 7th 2017, 17:42

Security is heavy as the bitter contest between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen concludes.
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Watch live TV coverage of French vote

Sunday, May 7th 2017, 17:34

Reaction following Emmanuel Macron's presidential victory over Marine Le Pen.
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French elections: It's voting time

Sunday, May 7th 2017, 11:05

The two candidates along with French citizens around the world have voted.
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Where's an unpopular president to go?

Saturday, May 6th 2017, 23:09

There's one town at least that'll welcome François Hollande after his term as French president.
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French election: Hollande vows 'response' to Macron hack attack

Saturday, May 6th 2017, 16:35

Fallout from an online data leak continues as France gears up for Sunday's presidential election.
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French election: Emmanuel Macron condemns 'massive' hack attack

Saturday, May 6th 2017, 12:46

The French presidential candidate says files have been leaked to damage him ahead of Sunday's vote.
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French election: Security alerts as campaigning ends

Friday, May 5th 2017, 21:37

Greenpeace activists scale the Eiffel Tower and a suspected radical Islamist is arrested.
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France's disillusioned youth in Paris

Friday, May 5th 2017, 15:12
related places: Paris

Activists protest against France's presidential candidates, blocking access to the Lycée Voltaire.
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Brexit: English language 'losing importance' - EU's Juncker

Friday, May 5th 2017, 14:02
related places: Eu

The EU Commission chief chooses French because English "is losing importance in Europe".
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French election: Macron and Le Pen wrap up tense campaign

Friday, May 5th 2017, 11:55

It is the final day of campaigning for Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron ahead of Sunday's vote.
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A former drug dealer's tips for youths in France's banlieues

Friday, May 5th 2017, 8:20
related places: Lyon

A former drug dealer from a deprived suburb in Lyon gives his tips for youths wanting to escape poverty in France's banlieues.
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Egg thrown at Marine Le Pen on campaign trail in France

Friday, May 5th 2017, 8:07
related places: Bretagne, Dol

The far-right presidential candidate had a near miss as she campaigned on Thursday in Dol-de-Bretagne.
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... and the man who would be president

Thursday, May 4th 2017, 20:18

Emmanuel Macron's unconventional route to political stardom in France.
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French election: Macron takes action over offshore claims

Thursday, May 4th 2017, 19:16

Emmanuel Macron takes legal action over claims that he has a secret bank account in the Caribbean.
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French election: Macron declared 'winner' of final debate

Thursday, May 4th 2017, 8:26

Emmanuel Macron is widely regarded as having the best of a quarrelsome debate with Marine Le Pen.
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French election: 'Unworthy' debate was still great viewing

Thursday, May 4th 2017, 0:43

Our Paris correspondent evaluates the heated final debate in France's presidential race.
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Le Pen and Macron clash in crucial French election debate

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017, 21:45

The presidential candidates traded insults in a fiery TV debate at the climax of a bitter campaign.
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Why is this election so important?

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017, 13:45

A quick guide to the French presidential election - said to be the least predictable in decades.
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The economic challenge

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017, 8:44

France may have a high standard of living but there are some persistent economic problems that will prove a challenge to whoever becomes the next president.
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How do they differ on world affairs?

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, 23:17

On foreign policy, the choice in the French election is between nationalism or internationalism.
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Paris art dealer 'forgets' €1.5m picture in taxi

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, 17:31

The dealer became distracted by a phone call and only noticed the picture was missing the next day.
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Where they stand on key issues

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, 16:42

The BBC's Laurence Peter examines what really divides election rivals Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.
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France election: Le Pen accused of plagiarising Fillon

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, 15:02

The French presidential candidate's address seems to repeat one by beaten rival François Fillon.
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France election: Le Pen accused of copycat speech

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, 14:54

The French presidential candidate's address seems to repeat one by beaten rival François Fillon.
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Volvic water recalled in Japan amid plastic fear

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, 8:55
related countries: Japan Japan

The distributor for the French brand says 3.7 million bottles are at risk from plastic contamination
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France election: Le Pen and Macron spar ahead of run-off

Monday, May 1st 2017, 16:21

The presidential candidates trade barbs against a backdrop of May Day clashes in Paris.
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Joan of Arc: a very French political symbol

Monday, May 1st 2017, 14:50
related places: Arc, Paris

And why is Jean-Marie Le Pen, the Front National founder, marching around her statue in Paris?
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France election: Macron says EU must reform or face 'Frexit'

Monday, May 1st 2017, 11:01
related places: Eu

The French presidential front-runner speaks to the BBC at the start of the last week of campaigning
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Emmanuel Macron says EU must reform or face Frexit

Sunday, April 30th 2017, 23:07
related places: Eu

The presidential candidate says he will not let down French people demanding changes to the EU.
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French forces kill militants in Mali forest

Sunday, April 30th 2017, 21:32
related countries: Mali Mali

The operation follows the death of a French soldier in the West African country earlier this month.
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German parliament moves to partially ban the burka

Friday, April 28th 2017, 7:02
related countries: Germany Germany

Right-wing parties want Germany to emulate a French ban on wearing burkas in public places.
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Expats, exports, security

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 23:01
related countries: Germany Germany, Italy Italy, Poland Poland, Spain Spain
related places: Berlin, Paris, Rome, Warsaw

What are the political priorities in Berlin, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Warsaw?
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Fifa: French probe 2018 & 2022 World Cup bids

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 17:03

French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
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Le Pen's National Front 'took 5m euros from EU'

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 15:41

The European Parliament alleges fraud by the French presidential candidate's nationalists.
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Reunion island: French police shot by suspected Islamist

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 11:36

The man fired at officers as they tried to arrest him on suspicion of radicalisation.
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Kosovo ex-PM Haradinaj's extradition rejected by French court

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 9:19
related countries: Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro

Ramush Haradinaj, an ex-rebel commander in Kosovo's conflict, was arrested on a warrant from Serbia.
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Paris police revive woman declared dead for an hour by paramedics

Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 19:20

The officers arrived an hour after her death certificate was signed and saw movement in her stomach.
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France election: Macron heckled by pro-Le Pen workers

Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 14:32
related places: Amiens

The bitterly fought campaign in France's presidential election moves up a gear.
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Syrian government made Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun, France says

Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 10:52
related countries: Syria Syria

Samples bear the "signature" of Sarin made by Syria's government, French intelligence says.
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French mayor fined for 'too many Muslim children' comment

Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 7:02

Controversial Beziers Mayor Robert Menard said schools in his town had too many Muslims.
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France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader

Tuesday, April 25th 2017, 2:42

Marine Le Pen says she will be above "partisan considerations" as she seeks the French presidency.
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French election: Hollande urges nation to back Macron and reject Le Pen

Monday, April 24th 2017, 18:15

President says Emmanuel Macron will "defend the values which will bring French people together".
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French election: Voters take yellow chair challenge

Monday, April 24th 2017, 15:44

Sit down and tell us where you stand on the election.
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Young pretender

Monday, April 24th 2017, 15:09

Emmanuel Macron could become the youngest ever president of France at just 39. Who else has achieved at such a young age?
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French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency

Monday, April 24th 2017, 11:55

Centrist Emmanuel Macron will take on the far-right's Marine Le Pen in France's run-off election.
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A night at a French Front National party

Monday, April 24th 2017, 1:05
related places: Marseille

Marine Le Pen's supporters in Marseille watch the results come in with great anticipation.
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'Vive la France' - Marseille's voters on presidential race

Sunday, April 23rd 2017, 18:00
related places: Marseille

What do the voters of Marseille think about the race to choose the next French president?
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Paris Champs Elysees attack: 'Angry Police Wives' protest against violence

Saturday, April 22nd 2017, 19:24

More than 100 wives and partners march after the deadly gun attack on the Champs Elysees.
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Paris Champs Elysees attack gunman named as Karim Cheurfi

Friday, April 21st 2017, 18:41

The Paris prosecutor says a note defending so-called Islamic State was found near his body.
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French election: Accusations of Paris attack 'exploitation'

Friday, April 21st 2017, 15:37
related places: Paris

The accusations against the politicians come on the last day of campaigning in France's election race.
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Has the latest shooting affected French voters' plans?

Friday, April 21st 2017, 14:54
related places: Marseille, Paris

Marseille voters tell us if their voting intentions have changed after a gunman killed a policeman in Paris.
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Paris Champs Elysees shooting: Gunman was 'focus of anti-terror' probe

Friday, April 21st 2017, 14:53

The gunman who killed a policeman had earlier been seen as a potential Islamist radical, media say.
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French election 2017: The main candidates

Friday, April 21st 2017, 11:32

The election takes place on 23 April. Here's a look at the five main candidates.
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Who are the candidates?

Friday, April 21st 2017, 9:29

Profiles of the leading candidates to become France's president in two rounds of voting on 23 April and 7 May.
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Policeman and suspected gunman shot dead in Paris 'terror attack'

Thursday, April 20th 2017, 23:23
related places: Paris

President Hollande says he is convinced the killing of a policeman was terrorist-related.
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French election: Candidates in last TV pitch ahead of vote

Thursday, April 20th 2017, 22:03

The televised encounter between all 11 candidates is overshadowed by a deadly shooting in Paris.
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Paris shooting: Eyewitness heard 'two or three shots'

Thursday, April 20th 2017, 20:40

An eyewitness describes the scene on the Champs Elysees where a police officer was shot dead.
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Trump on Paris shooting: 'It just never ends'

Thursday, April 20th 2017, 20:25
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

The US president reacts to the fatal shooting of a police officer in central Paris.
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'Stay back... the area's dangerous'

Thursday, April 20th 2017, 19:48
related places: Paris

Police clear the Champs Elysees in Paris following a shooting in the area.
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New evidence in France of harm from epilepsy drug valproate

Thursday, April 20th 2017, 16:21

A preliminary French study suggests valproate caused serious malformations in up to 4,100 children.
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India French envoy Pascal Mazurier acquitted of raping daughter

Thursday, April 20th 2017, 4:53

Diplomat Pascal Mazurier, who was accused of raping his three-year-old daughter, was arrested in 2012.
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French politician appears in seven places at once

Wednesday, April 19th 2017, 23:26

A French presidential candidate makes use of the Victorian Pepper’s Ghost illusion.
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Radical message

Tuesday, April 18th 2017, 21:54

Veteran leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon emerges as a force in the French presidential election.
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France arrests over 'pre-election attack plot'

Tuesday, April 18th 2017, 19:02
related places: Marseille

Police found explosives and weapons, including a sub-machine gun, at the flat of one of the suspects.
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French soldier to be tried over Burkina Faso child sex abuse

Tuesday, April 18th 2017, 10:54
related countries: Burkina Faso Burkina Faso

Prosecutors say the accused filmed himself touching two young girls in a hotel pool in Burkina Faso.
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French election: Le Pen pledges to suspend immigration

Tuesday, April 18th 2017, 8:28

France's far-right presidential candidate calls for an end to a "mad, uncontrolled situation".
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World's 'most colourful 5k run'

Sunday, April 16th 2017, 15:13

Thousands took part in Paris' Color Run along the Seine, finishing with a party by the Eiffel Tower.
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France gives citizenship to 28 African WW2 veterans

Saturday, April 15th 2017, 16:42

President Francois Hollande says France owes them a debt of blood.
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Ivory Coast conflict: Gbagbo ally jailed over Novotel hotel murders

Friday, April 14th 2017, 10:04
related places: Four

Four businessmen, including two French nationals, were seized from a top Ivory Coast hotel in 2011.
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Huge fire destroys camp housing 1,500 migrants in France

Tuesday, April 11th 2017, 7:58

The blaze at Grand Synthe camp started after a fight between migrants, say officials.
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French migrant camp destroyed by blaze

Tuesday, April 11th 2017, 6:20
related places: Grande-Synthe

The blaze reduced the Grande-Synthe migrant camp near Dunkirk to a "heap of ashes", officials said.
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French Guiana in total shutdown

Monday, April 10th 2017, 21:00
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

French Guiana's protesters have called for a national 'shutdown' as unrest enters its second week.
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French election: Macron vows to tackle terrorism by taking on tech companies

Monday, April 10th 2017, 17:16

France's centrist candidate wants firms to release encrypted messages between terror suspects.
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French election: Emmanuel Macron on campaign trail

Sunday, April 9th 2017, 19:13

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is gaining popularity.
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Vimy Ridge centenary: Thousands of Canadians mark battle's anniversary

Sunday, April 9th 2017, 16:13
related countries: Canada Canada

The WW1 battle in northern France is seen as a formative event in Canada's history.
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Eta disarms: French police find 3.5 tonnes of weapons

Saturday, April 8th 2017, 19:28
related places: Bayonne

French PM hails find after the Basque separatists give details of sites after deciding to disarm.
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Eta: Basque separatists begin weapons handover

Saturday, April 8th 2017, 12:05

Weapons caches laid down by the Basque separatist group Eta are now being searched by French police.
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French election: Francois Fillon hit with flour

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 18:01
related places: Strasbourg

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has had flour thrown in his face while campaigning in Strasbourg.
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Patriot power

Tuesday, April 4th 2017, 23:50

France's burgeoning alt-right movement aims to weigh on the presidential election, says Henri Astier.
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Enter the 'fachosphère'

Tuesday, April 4th 2017, 23:49

Henri Astier assesses the risks from the rise and rise of France's online far right.
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France election: Le Pen and Macron clash over Europe in TV debate

Tuesday, April 4th 2017, 22:51

The French far-right leader is accused of "lying" and leading France towards "economic warfare".
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Brexit: No talks with the UK before clear withdrawal terms, says France

Thursday, March 30th 2017, 15:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Initial talks must focus on rights of citizens in each other's territory, President Hollande adds.
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French pensioners demand end to chip drought

Thursday, March 30th 2017, 10:17

French retirement home residents complain to mayor about lack of chips.
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Family of Chinese victim of Paris killing calls for calm

Thursday, March 30th 2017, 6:35
related countries: China China
related places: Paris

The shooting of Chinese national Liu Shaoyo by French police has sparked violence and protests.
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French artist turns chicken for three-week egg hatching

Wednesday, March 29th 2017, 22:09
related places: Paris

Abraham Poincheval is sitting on 10 chicken eggs that he hopes to hatch in a Paris museum.
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France election: Ex-PM Valls backs Macron for president

Wednesday, March 29th 2017, 11:21

Instead of backing his own party's candidate, Manuel Valls throws his weight behind Emmanuel Macron.
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Marine Le Pen on why the EU wants Brexit to be painful

Wednesday, March 29th 2017, 0:18
related places: Eu

Though the French presidential candidate still thinks Great Britain will negotiate a good deal.
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Francois Fillon's wife Penelope under formal investigation

Tuesday, March 28th 2017, 21:24

The French presidential candidate's wife is accused of being paid public money for a "fake job".
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Paris clashes after French police kill Chinese man

Tuesday, March 28th 2017, 16:10
related countries: China China

Police say they were attacked by the Chinese national but his family says he did not injure anyone.
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