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News: France

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 driving schools fight red tape

Saturday, September 27th 2014, 1:36

Red tape frustrates French motoring school
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French rally against hostage killing

Friday, September 26th 2014, 16:43
related countries: Algeria Algeria
related places: Paris

Hundreds gather at the main mosque in Paris to protest against the killing of Herve Gourdel, the French hostage beheaded by jihadists in Algeria.
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Asterix creator settles long dispute

Friday, September 26th 2014, 12:06

The co-creator of the world-famous Asterix cartoons, Albert Uderzo, ends a seven-year legal battle with his daughter amicably.
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Air France sticks to low-cost plan

Friday, September 26th 2014, 11:42

Air France says it will develop its low cost airline, Transavia, within France, despite objections from striking pilots.
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VIDEO: France launches cigarette crackdown

Friday, September 26th 2014, 4:37

The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.
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Sarkozy launches political comeback

Friday, September 26th 2014, 3:14
related places: Lille

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy re-launches his political career with a rally near the northern city of Lille.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy re-launches political career

Friday, September 26th 2014, 2:06
related places: Lille

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy re-launches his political career with a campaign rally outside Lille.
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Algeria in shock over beheading

Thursday, September 25th 2014, 21:14
related countries: Algeria Algeria

Algeria in shock over beheading of French tourist
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US: No evidence of subways plot by IS

Thursday, September 25th 2014, 17:17
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States
related places: Paris

US officials say they have no indication of a plot by Islamic State militants to attack underground rail systems in the US and Paris, as claimed by the Iraqi PM.
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French launch crackdown on smoking

Thursday, September 25th 2014, 15:37

The French government has unveiled controversial new measures to cut the number of smokers, including introducing plain cigarette packaging.
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France’s hostage nightmare

Thursday, September 25th 2014, 15:21

Shock and horror in France after beheading of Herve Gourdel
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France crisis talks after beheading

Thursday, September 25th 2014, 14:45
related countries: Algeria Algeria

France's defence council is to convene after the beheading in Algeria of French tourist Herve Gourdel by militants linked to Islamic State.
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Hollande condemns Algeria beheading

Thursday, September 25th 2014, 0:01
related countries: Algeria Algeria

French President Francois Hollande condemns the beheading in Algeria of tourist Herve Gourdel by a jihadist group linked to Islamic State militants.
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Air France offers to scrap expansion

Wednesday, September 24th 2014, 20:35

Air France offers to scrap plans to expand its Transavia low-cost airline in Europe, in return for striking pilots returning to work immediately.
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French hostage beheaded in Algeria

Wednesday, September 24th 2014, 17:57
related countries: Algeria Algeria

France confirms an Algerian jihadist group linked to IS has beheaded 55-year-old tourist Herve Gourdel, who was seized on Sunday.
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French lament 'jihadi' arrest fiasco

Wednesday, September 24th 2014, 15:32
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey

A French minister criticises Turkey after plans to arrest suspected jihadis returning from Syria collapse when they are put on the wrong flight.
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Sarkozy corruption case 'suspended'

Wednesday, September 24th 2014, 8:54

A French court has suspended a corruption and influence-peddling investigation against former President Nicolas Sarkozy, media say.
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Air France pilots protest in Paris

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014, 17:35
related places: Paris

Up to 200 Air France pilots have demonstrated in Paris over the company's plan to expand its low-cost airline.
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Algeria militants seize Frenchman

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014, 15:39
related countries: Algeria Algeria

Militants linked to Islamic State have seized a French tourist in Algeria and demanded an end to French air strikes in Iraq, France confirms.
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Nicolas Sarkozy sets out to woo French voters

Monday, September 22nd 2014, 16:37

Can the ex-president's comeback succeed?
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Fate of Air France 'at stake' in row

Sunday, September 21st 2014, 17:13

The fate of Air France is "at stake" in a dispute between Air France and its pilots, according to France's Transport Minister.
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UK and France agree Calais measures

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 17:04
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

The UK government is to provide £12m to help France tackle the problem of illegal immigrants trying to enter Britain from Calais.
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French farmers torch tax office

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 11:49

Angry French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards burn down tax and insurance offices in a Brittany town.
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VIDEO: French launch first strikes on IS

Friday, September 19th 2014, 22:49
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Syria Syria

French fighter jets have launched their first air strikes against Islamic State in northern Iraq as Kurds in northern Syria flee attacks by IS militants.
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Sarkozy announces return to politics

Friday, September 19th 2014, 15:47

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy returns to politics, announcing on his Facebook page that he will seek the leadership of main centre-right party.
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French launch first strikes on IS

Friday, September 19th 2014, 14:30
related countries: Iraq Iraq

President Hollande says France has carried out its first air strikes against IS militants in Iraq, joining the US in military action against the group.
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France to launch air strikes in Iraq

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 17:04
related countries: Iraq Iraq

France's President Hollande says he is ready to launch air strikes to help Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State group.
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French MSF worker contracts Ebola

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 11:53
related countries: Liberia Liberia

A French aid worker from the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, reports say.
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VIDEO: Calais chaos as refugees dodge trucks

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 11:22
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

A BBC documentary team has filmed hundreds of refugees being held back by French police as they attempt to board trucks and other vehicles heading to Britain from Calais.
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Storm deaths at French camping site

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 9:25

Five people are killed after violent storms unleash a flash flood at a camp site in Herault in southern France.
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French PM Valls wins confidence vote

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 17:53

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls narrowly wins a crucial confidence vote in parliament, despite a recent cabinet revolt over austerity measures.
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Gaultier quits ready-to-wear clothes

Monday, September 15th 2014, 21:09

French fashion house Jean Paul Gaultier is to stop making ready-to-wear clothes for both men and women, and will focus on "haute couture" and perfume.
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World leaders vow to help fight IS

Monday, September 15th 2014, 18:10
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

A Paris summit of 30 countries - including 10 Arab states - pledges to help Iraq fight Islamic State militants "by all means necessary".
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Australia to join anti-IS force

Sunday, September 14th 2014, 4:42
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

PM Tony Abbott says Australia is sending 600 troops to the Middle East ahead of possible combat operations against Islamic State in Iraq.
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US opposes Iran role in IS fight

Friday, September 12th 2014, 19:21
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Syria Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry says it would be inappropriate for Iran to join a coalition seeking to fight Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Juncker's olive branch to Britain

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 15:18
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

New EU Commission gives clout to UK and France
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Hollande 'hurt by Trierweiler lie'

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 14:13

French President Francois Hollande condemns an accusation by former first lady Valerie Trierweiler that he hates the poor as a "lie that hurts me".
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France set to miss deficit target

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 10:56

France's finance minister Michel Sapin says the country will not hit a 3% EU budget deficit target until 2017.
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Rogue trader Kerviel out of jail

Monday, September 8th 2014, 7:13

French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel is allowed out of jail to serve the rest of his prison term wearing an electronic tag.
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French far-right 'at gates of power'

Sunday, September 7th 2014, 22:29

France's far-right National Front party is dangerously close to winning power in the country, Prime Minister Manuel Valls warns.
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VIDEO: Clashes at Calais over migrant influx

Sunday, September 7th 2014, 21:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

Protests have taken place at the French port of Calais over the continuing influx of migrants trying to reach the UK.
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Jewish museum suspect 'Syria captor'

Saturday, September 6th 2014, 15:39
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Syria Syria
related places: Brussels

A freed French hostage claims that one of the Islamists who held him captive in Syria was the suspect in the Jewish Museum shooting in Brussels.
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VIDEO: Calais migrants try to storm ferry

Thursday, September 4th 2014, 22:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

Scores of illegal migrants in the French port of Calais unsuccessfully tried to force their way onto a ferry bound for England, officials say.
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Hollande allies condemn ex's book

Thursday, September 4th 2014, 18:51

French President Francois Hollande's political allies come to his defence against withering criticism from ex-First Lady Valerie Trierweiler.
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France faces huge bill over warship

Thursday, September 4th 2014, 15:30
related countries: Russia Russia

France stands to lose at least 1bn euros (£800m) after suspending delivery of a Mistral naval assault ship to Russia, officials say.
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Rogue trader Kerviel 'to leave jail'

Thursday, September 4th 2014, 12:47

French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel is to be allowed out of jail to serve the rest of his prison term wearing an electronic tag, his lawyer says.
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Calais migrants try to storm ferry

Thursday, September 4th 2014, 11:00
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

Scores of illegal migrants in the French port of Calais unsuccessfully try to force their way onto a ferry bound for England.
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France tries nuclear protesters

Thursday, September 4th 2014, 9:26

Just three out of 55 international anti-nuclear protesters turn up for trial in eastern France over a protest at the country's oldest atomic power station.
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VIDEO: Hollande ex 'took pills' over split

Thursday, September 4th 2014, 1:32

Valerie Trierweiler, the former partner of French President Francois Hollande, says Mr Hollande 'dislikes the poor'.
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France halts Russia warship delivery

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 19:42
related countries: Russia Russia

France halts the delivery of the first of two assault navy ships ordered by Russia, blaming Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
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'Youngest hostage' returns to France

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 16:51
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey

A mother arrives back in France from Turkey with her baby after her husband reportedly took the child to Syria.
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French 'know little' about wine

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 15:37

A wine survey suggests that French people do not consider themselves connoisseurs, despite the country's long association with the drink.
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Trierweiler 'took pills' over split

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 11:44

France's former first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, reveals she swallowed sleeping pills, in her account of her break-up with President Hollande.
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UK service sector sees strong growth

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 10:40
related countries: Italy Italy

The UK service sector records its fastest growth for almost a year, but recovery in the eurozone slows, closely-watched surveys suggest.
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Calais mayor threatens to block port

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 4:16
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

The mayor of the French city of Calais threatens to block the port unless Britain does more to control the rising number of illegal migrants.
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Paris 'Gestapo' plaque to be restored

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 0:29

Anger at removal of WW2 plaque for victims of 'French Gestapo'
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Gayet wins new French privacy case

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014, 16:32

Actress Julie Gayet, linked to President Hollande, wins a privacy case against a photographer who snapped her in her car, which French law deems private space.
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Why Paris is forgetting Ernest Hemingway

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014, 0:04

Why Paris is forgetting Ernest Hemingway
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VIDEO: Could Horseball gain Olympic glory?

Monday, September 1st 2014, 14:33

Horseball, a mix of rugby and basketball, was invented in France in the 1970s, and now there are attempts to get it into the Olympics, as the BBC's Ollie Williams reports.
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Seven dead in Paris flats explosion

Monday, September 1st 2014, 8:39
related places: Paris

A seventh body is recovered after a residential block of flats in Paris was destroyed by an explosion linked to gas and electricity cabling work.
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End in sight for WW1 War Horse ride

Monday, September 1st 2014, 4:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Nery

The War Horse Ride - commemorating the part played by British and French cavalry during World War One - is due to end in the French town of Nery.
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VIDEO: Paris building demolished in blast

Sunday, August 31st 2014, 17:10
related places: Paris, Rosny-sous-Bois

Four people have been killed and eleven others injured after an explosion rocked a four-storey building in Rosny-sous-Bois, Paris on Sunday morning.
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Chelsea sign Remy in £10.5m deal

Sunday, August 31st 2014, 15:54
related places: Remy

Chelsea sign QPR's Loic Remy for £10.5m after Arsenal withdraw their interest in the French striker.
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IMF voices 'confidence' in Lagarde

Friday, August 29th 2014, 22:08
related places: Lagarde

The International Monetary Fund reaffirms its support for its leader Christine Lagarde despite her being investigated in a high-profile case in France.
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VIDEO: Brad and Angelina marry in France

Thursday, August 28th 2014, 14:49

Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have married in France, a spokesman confirms.
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France urges special Libya support

Thursday, August 28th 2014, 10:48
related countries: Libya Libya

French President Francois Hollande calls for an "exceptional" UN intervention in Libya, warning of chaos unless action is taken.
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France's jobless total rises again

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 21:01

The number of people looking for work in France rises 0.8% in July, as PM Manuel Valls promises business leaders to speed up reform.
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IMF's Lagarde under investigation

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 16:46
related places: Lagarde

IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged.
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VIDEO: The trouble with France - in 60 secs

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 9:12

France's newspaper front pages lament the country's 'crisis in the regime' as prime minister Manuel Valls is expected to form a new government.
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AUDIO: Refugees build new Sangatte camps

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 9:07
related places: Calais, Sangatte

Migrants from Africa and the deputy mayor of the town on the French coast on what to do with refugees at Sangatte camps in Calais.
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Hollande names new French cabinet

Tuesday, August 26th 2014, 20:02

French President Francois Hollande names a new government under Prime Minister Manual Valls, dropping ministers who rebelled against spending cuts.
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Can Hollande recover from French revolt?

Tuesday, August 26th 2014, 18:54

Can President Hollande recover from French revolt?
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Profile: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls

Tuesday, August 26th 2014, 13:46

Hardest fight yet for French prime minister
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French ministers quit in economy row

Monday, August 25th 2014, 17:15

France's Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg says he and two colleagues are leaving their posts amid a bitter row over economic policy.
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VIDEO: French PM resigns amid economy row

Monday, August 25th 2014, 17:11

French PM Manuel Valls presents the resignation of his government amid a cabinet row over economic policies, and is asked to form a new administration.
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The 500 memorials of liberated Paris

Friday, August 22nd 2014, 23:39
related places: Paris

True stories behind the 1944 liberation of Paris
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VIDEO: Blast off for sat-nav satellites

Friday, August 22nd 2014, 13:09
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

A Soyuz rocket carrying two satellites which will make up part of a new European sat-nav system, blasts off from French Guiana.
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Iraqi Christians welcomed in France

Friday, August 22nd 2014, 10:38
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Paris

France welcomes about 40 Iraqi Christian refugees flown to Paris from Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan after fleeing Islamist fighters.
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