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VIDEO: Are ultra thin models still on catwalk?

Thursday, January 28th 2016, 7:55

As Paris hosts Haute Couture Week, the BBC's Ben Moore examines whether there is any sign of an end to ultra thin models on the catwalk.
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French minister resigns amid terror row

Wednesday, January 27th 2016, 18:41

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira steps down in protest at her own government's plan to strip people convicted of terrorism of their citizenship.
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Uber told 'to compensate' Paris rival

Wednesday, January 27th 2016, 13:16
related places: Paris

App-based taxi service Uber is ordered by a French court to compensate a rival taxi group for infringing customer collection rules, reports say.
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Rouhani due in France for trade talks

Wednesday, January 27th 2016, 5:57
related countries: Iran Iran, Italy Italy

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will arrive in France on Wednesday for the second leg of his state visit to Europe, after three days in Italy.
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Deadly rock slide at French nuclear site

Wednesday, January 27th 2016, 2:51

A rock slide kills one person and injures another at a site for nuclear waste in north-eastern France, emergency officials say.
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Anti-Uber taxi drivers block Paris road

Tuesday, January 26th 2016, 14:37
related places: Paris

Taxi drivers block a major road in the west of Paris, in protest against competition from app-based taxi services.
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Was Salim Benghalem the plotter behind Paris attacks?

Tuesday, January 26th 2016, 0:48
related places: Paris

French Islamist named as man behind Paris attacks
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India, France sign Rafale jet agreement

Monday, January 25th 2016, 10:03
related countries: India India

India signs a deal with France to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces.
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IS 'posts Paris attackers video online'

Monday, January 25th 2016, 7:18
related places: Paris

So-called Islamic State releases video apparently showing nine of the suspected Paris gunmen before they carried out the 13 November attack.
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VIDEO: Uncertain future for Calais migrants

Saturday, January 23rd 2016, 20:36
related places: Calais

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has visited a migrant camp in northern France and called for a pan-European approach to the ongoing crisis.
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VIDEO: What treasures lie in Paris canal?

Saturday, January 23rd 2016, 0:42
related places: Paris

The Canal Saint Martin is a picturesque Paris landmark that many who have visited the city will know well, but every 15 years the canal needs to be emptied and cleaned. Hugh Schofield reports.
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Belgium charges 11th suspect over Paris

Friday, January 22nd 2016, 15:55
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Prosecutors in Belgium charge an 11th person with terrorist offences, in connection with the Paris attacks which killed 130 people.
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Migration 'putting EU at grave risk'

Friday, January 22nd 2016, 11:20

French PM Manuel Valls tells the BBC that the huge number of migrants reaching Europe puts the European Union at grave risk.
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Statue's head returns after 130 years

Thursday, January 21st 2016, 22:59
related countries: Cambodia Cambodia

A French museum returns the head of a 7th Century Hindu statue to Cambodia 130 years after it was taken from a temple.
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Paris raid woman 'died of asphyxiation'

Thursday, January 21st 2016, 16:57
related places: Paris

Prosecutors say a woman who died in a police raid after the Paris attacks died of asphyxiation, although her family argue she was murdered.
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Is France's unloved AZERTY keyboard heading for scrapheap?

Thursday, January 21st 2016, 0:52

Is it all over for France's unloved AZERTY keyboard?
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IS says two Paris attackers were Iraqi

Wednesday, January 20th 2016, 12:35
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Paris

Two of the nine Paris attackers were Iraqi, the so-called Islamic State has claimed.
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Three Burkina Faso attackers 'at large'

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 16:26
related countries: Burkina Faso Burkina Faso

Three people involved in last week's Islamist attack on a hotel in Burkina Faso are still at large, the French prime minister says.
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Photographer dies after Burkina attack

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 13:56
related countries: Burkina Faso Burkina Faso, Morocco Morocco

French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui dies from injuries sustained in the Burkina Faso hotel attack, says her employer Amnesty International.
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Fire controlled at Paris Ritz hotel

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 12:43

Dozens of firefighters battle a blaze on the top floor of the famous Paris Ritz hotel.
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Paris victim's mother 'to sue Belgium'

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 11:02
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

The mother of a French lawyer murdered at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris accuses Belgium of negligence and vows to take her case to court.
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Renault recalls cars over emissions

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 8:51
related places: Renault

French carmaker Renault is recalling 15,000 new vehicles to make changes to their engines after tests showed they had exceeded emission levels.
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France minister to visit avalanche site

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 2:58

The French defence minister is to visit the site of an avalanche in the French Alps that killed five French Foreign Legionnaires.
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Artist freed after exhibitionism at Paris museum

Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 1:50
related places: Paris

Artist makes an impression at Paris museum
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Paris attack linked in Morocco arrest

Monday, January 18th 2016, 20:20
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Morocco Morocco
related places: Paris

Morocco says it has arrested a Belgian national linked to the men who carried out the Paris attacks, in which 130 people died.
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France soldiers die in Alps avalanche

Monday, January 18th 2016, 18:19

Five French Foreign Legionnaires are killed and six injured in an avalanche while on a training exercise in the Alps, days after a similar disaster nearby.
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France in 'state of economic emergency'

Monday, January 18th 2016, 15:31

President Francois Hollande sets out €2bn (£1.5bn) job creation plan in a bid to lift France out of what he calls a state of economic emergency.
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French brain-dead drugs trial man dies

Sunday, January 17th 2016, 15:29

A man left brain-dead after an experimental drug trial in France has died, French media report.
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Ninety given French problem trial drug

Friday, January 15th 2016, 23:01

Ninety people took the drug in a clinical trial in France that has left one person brain-dead and another five in hospital, it is revealed.
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Twitter campaign to get all France wearing Jewish skullcaps

Friday, January 15th 2016, 1:57

French Jews urged to wear headwear in defiance
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Teacher faces charge over Alps deaths

Thursday, January 14th 2016, 19:57

A French teacher is under investigation for manslaughter after he apparently led schoolchildren onto a closed ski run shortly before a deadly avalanche.
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Paris attacks suspect 'contacts lawyer'

Thursday, January 14th 2016, 19:34

Fugitive Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has got in touch with his lawyer, according to a report the lawyer will neither confirm nor deny.
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Renault shares plunge on police raids

Thursday, January 14th 2016, 17:49
related places: Renault

Shares in French car manufacturer Renault fall 20% before partially recovering after the company confirms its factories have been searched by police.
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Fears among French Jews 'intolerable'

Wednesday, January 13th 2016, 22:13
related places: Marseille

Francois Hollande calls the idea French Jews should hide their religion out of fear "intolerable", after an anti-Semitic attack in Marseille.
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Three dead in Alps avalanche

Wednesday, January 13th 2016, 20:56

Two French schoolchildren and a Ukrainian tourist have been killed in an avalanche at a ski resort in the French Alps, officials say.
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Hebdo called racist over Kurdi cartoon

Wednesday, January 13th 2016, 17:57
related countries: Germany Germany

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo faces a backlash after depicting drowned migrant boy Alan Kurdi as an adult committing a sex assault in Germany.
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Jews agonise over skullcap after attack

Tuesday, January 12th 2016, 18:52
related places: Marseille

A Jewish leader in the French city of Marseille urges men to stop wearing a skullcap after an anti-Semitic attack, but the chief rabbi disagrees.
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VIDEO: Paris suspect seen on petrol station CCTV

Tuesday, January 12th 2016, 16:24
related places: Paris

CCTV images have emerged that show a man suspected of involvement in the Paris terror attacks visiting a French petrol station.
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VIDEO: How many kisses do you want?

Tuesday, January 12th 2016, 0:14

A Brit agonises over the right way to kiss hello in France
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Paris attacks suspect 'caught on CCTV'

Monday, January 11th 2016, 22:48
related places: Paris

The first images of fugitive Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam are said to have emerged, according to French news channel BFM TV.
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'IS' motive for Jewish teacher attack

Monday, January 11th 2016, 18:21
related countries: Turkey Turkey

A Turkish Kurd teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in France says he was acting in the name of the Islamic State group, according to a prosecutor.
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France to get longer-term migrant camps

Monday, January 11th 2016, 10:20

Plans to move thousands of migrants into more permanent camps in northern France are expected to be given the go-ahead.
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Air France counts cost of Paris attacks

Monday, January 11th 2016, 10:03
related places: Paris

Air France-KLM says lower bookings after the Paris terror attacks led to a €70m drop in revenues in December.
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France remembers Charlie attacks

Sunday, January 10th 2016, 11:51
related places: Paris

President Hollande and relatives of victims attend a ceremony in Paris to remember those killed in the Charlie Hebdo attacks a year ago.
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Sunday, January 10th 2016, 2:39
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Paris

German police say a man shot dead as he attacked a police station in Paris this week had lived in a shelter for asylum seekers in Germany.
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Bravery of 'heart attack boy' hailed

Saturday, January 9th 2016, 22:41

A five-year-old French boy who saved his father's life by cycling to get help after he had a heart attack is praised for his courage.
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French mosques extend open invitation

Saturday, January 9th 2016, 16:18
related places: Paris

French mosques try to overcome prejudice against Islam by inviting people in for a "brotherly cup of tea", a year after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
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Paris suspect's 'bomb factory' found

Friday, January 8th 2016, 16:45
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Belgian prosecutors believe they may have found a Brussels apartment used by a fugitive jihadist as a bomb factory and hideout for the Paris attacks.
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Jail for fake French wedding trip boss

Thursday, January 7th 2016, 23:29
related countries: China China

A former French tourism official is jailed for 30 months for corruption over fake wedding trips for Chinese citizens to the Loire Valley.
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Cousteau's Calypso to sail again

Thursday, January 7th 2016, 22:57

The late French explorer Jacques Cousteau's famous ship, Calypso, will sail again following renovation work, its owners reveal.
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Man shot on Charlie Hebdo anniversary

Thursday, January 7th 2016, 19:06

Paris police shoot dead a man carrying a meat cleaver exactly a year after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, as President Hollande promises to boost security.
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Q: Does Donald Trump think Paris is in Germany? A: Probably not

Thursday, January 7th 2016, 17:18
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Paris

The Republican presidential candidate's tweet prompted a wave of derision online. But it seems most may simply have misunderstood what he meant.
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Composer Pierre Boulez dies at 90

Wednesday, January 6th 2016, 15:23

French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez dies at the age of 90.
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Sexism row mars French comic award

Wednesday, January 6th 2016, 10:52
related places: Angouleme

A prestigious award for graphic novelists in France, the Grand Prix d'Angouleme, is facing calls for a boycott after its list of nominees failed to include any women.
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The Beatles' decorator, and a famous brothel keeper

Wednesday, January 6th 2016, 1:51

The Beatles' decorator and France's most famous madam
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First Concorde pilot Turcat dies at 94

Tuesday, January 5th 2016, 13:56

Andre Turcat, a French test pilot who was the first person to fly the Concorde, dies aged 94.
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Hollande honours Charlie Hebdo victims

Tuesday, January 5th 2016, 13:05
related places: Paris

President Francois Hollande unveils plaques to the victims of last January's jihadist attacks in Paris as anniversary commemorations begin.
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Franco-US art dealer in tax fraud trial

Monday, January 4th 2016, 18:13
related countries: United States United States

The trial opens in Paris of 70-year-old Guy Wildenstein, patriarch of an international art dealing dynasty, on charges of massive tax fraud.
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The little car you can drive without a licence

Monday, January 4th 2016, 0:21

The tiny car you can drive in France without a licence
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Two dead in avalanche near Mont Blanc

Sunday, January 3rd 2016, 18:13
related countries: Lithuania Lithuania

An avalanche near Mont Blanc in the French Alps kills two Lithuanian climbers after heavy snowfall.
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How the world was changed by the slogan 'Je Suis Charlie'

Sunday, January 3rd 2016, 0:28
related places: Paris

How the world was changed by three words from Paris
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Driver rams French soldiers at mosque

Friday, January 1st 2016, 21:50

French soldiers open fire on a man who drove twice at them outside a mosque in south-eastern France.
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'Car bomb attack' on Kabul restaurant

Friday, January 1st 2016, 18:54
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

A loud blast has rocked the Afghan capital Kabul, hitting a French restaurant popular with foreigners, in a car bomb attack that reportedly killed two people.
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Munich tension over 'IS plot' eases

Friday, January 1st 2016, 12:54
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Munich

German officials see no sign of any imminent terror attack, after an alert closed two Munich railway stations on New Year's Eve.
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Leaders reinforce Ukraine peace deal

Wednesday, December 30th 2015, 17:16
related countries: Belarus Belarus, Germany Germany, Ukraine Ukraine
related places: Minsk

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine agree the Minsk peace deal for Ukraine must be fully implemented in 2016.
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Gerard Depardieu to play Josef Stalin

Wednesday, December 30th 2015, 12:27
related countries: Russia Russia

French actor Gerard Depardieu is to play Russian dictator Josef Stalin in a new film, according to reports.
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Paris-linked IS chiefs 'died in strikes'

Tuesday, December 29th 2015, 17:05
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States
related places: Paris

IS commanders linked to last month's Paris attacks were among 10 militants killed in recent US-led coalition air strikes, the US military says.
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Journalist death toll rises in 2015

Tuesday, December 29th 2015, 9:11

The murders of nine people at the magazine Charlie Hebdo made France the second deadliest country in the world for journalists in 2015.
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France opens WW2 Vichy regime files

Monday, December 28th 2015, 13:29
related places: Vichy

France opens up police and ministerial archives from the Vichy regime which helped Nazi Germany in World War Two.
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Hundreds defy Corsica protest ban

Monday, December 28th 2015, 1:25

Several hundred people march in Corsica, defying a ban on protests introduced after a Muslim prayer hall was vandalised on the French island.
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Paris attacker buried in unmarked grave

Sunday, December 27th 2015, 15:06
related places: Paris

One of the Islamist militants who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on 13 November was buried on Christmas Eve in an unmarked grave, reports say.
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VIDEO: 'China intimidating foreign press'

Saturday, December 26th 2015, 16:14
related countries: China China

A French journalist, effectively expelled from China over an article she wrote, says they are trying to intimidate the foreign press.
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China 'expels' French journalist

Saturday, December 26th 2015, 14:45
related countries: China China

China refuses to renew French journalist Ursula Gauthier's press card, effectively expelling her, over an article it said "emboldened terrorism" - something she denies.
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French boules lovers push for recognition

Saturday, December 26th 2015, 0:35

French boules lovers want wider recognition
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Muslim prayer hall attacked in Corsica

Friday, December 25th 2015, 23:57

A crowd vandalises a Muslim prayer hall in Corsica, following an attack on firefighters on the French Mediterranean island, officials say.
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VIDEO: Who is Sun King in lavish French TV drama?

Friday, December 25th 2015, 17:01

France has aired its most expensive television period drama ever, about the life of its most famous monarch, Louis XIV.
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Airport worker 'took diplomat's money'

Thursday, December 24th 2015, 19:22
related countries: Morocco Morocco
related places: Paris

A worker at a Paris airport has been arrested after picking up €20,000 dropped by a Moroccan diplomat, police say.
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Belgian police seize Paris suspect

Thursday, December 24th 2015, 11:54
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Belgian police arrest a ninth suspect in connection with the 13 November gun and bomb attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.
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French forces 'neutralise' Mali militants

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015, 10:49
related countries: Mali Mali

France says its forces in Mali have killed or captured 10 members of an Islamist group which claimed responsibility for a hotel massacre last month.
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VIDEO: How is Paris coping one month on?

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015, 10:45
related places: Paris

The BBC's Anna Holligan looks at the impact the attacks in Paris have had on a city that's usually full of tourists.
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Frenchman who beheaded boss found dead

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015, 9:30

Yassin Salhi, a French terror suspect who decapitated his boss and tried to blow up a gas plant in June, is found dead in prison.
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French celebrity brothel keeper dies

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015, 20:11

Madame Claude, who claimed to have supplied prostitutes to some of the world's most powerful men while France's most notorious brothel keeper, dies aged 92.
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'Terror attack' foiled in France

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015, 19:38
related places: Orleans

French police have thwarted a planned terror attack on official targets near Orleans south of Paris, the interior minister says.
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'Two held' over Air France bomb scare

Monday, December 21st 2015, 12:41
related places: Paris

Police in Paris have detained two people who were on an Air France flight forced to make an emergency landing when a fake bomb was found, reports say.
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Fake bomb grounds Air France flight

Sunday, December 20th 2015, 16:06
related countries: Kenya Kenya, Mauritius Mauritius
related places: Paris

An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris is forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya after a fake bomb is found in a toilet.
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'Climate chef' fined for razing forest

Friday, December 18th 2015, 13:09
related places: Paris

A French chief hired to work at the Paris climate change talks is fined for razing 7,000 sq metres (75,000 sq feet) of protected forest near his restaurant.
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France bans 'excessively thin' models

Friday, December 18th 2015, 11:59

French MPs adopt a bill aimed at banning the use of fashion models deemed to be "excessively thin".
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