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France burkini ban: Mayors urged to heed court's ruling

Saturday, August 27th 2016, 11:06

French mayors are urged to heed a court ruling suspending a ban on the controversial full-body burkini swimsuit, as some say they will oppose it.
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France burkini: Highest court suspends ban

Friday, August 26th 2016, 18:22
related places: Villeneuve

France's highest administrative court suspends a ban on controversial full-body "burkini" swimsuits in a town on the Mediterranean coast.
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France 'burkini ban': Court to decide on beach fines

Thursday, August 25th 2016, 18:40

A top French court is being asked to overturn bans imposed by almost 30 towns and cities on women wearing full-body swimsuits or "burkinis".
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Bad weather takes toll on French wine production

Thursday, August 25th 2016, 15:43

French wine production is likely to be 10% lower this year than in 2015 because of a spring frost and a heatwave now.
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Sonia Rykiel: French fashion designer dies at 86

Thursday, August 25th 2016, 11:19

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies at the age of 86 after suffering from Parkinson's disease, her family says.
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'Terrible to see 'burkini' confrontation'

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 16:04
related places: Nice

Mathilde Cousin describes what happened on a Nice beach when French police appeared to make a woman remove clothing under a "burkini ban".
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France 'burkini ban': Images of police on beach fuel debate

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 14:17
related places: Nice

Images of French police appearing to fine a woman on a beach in Nice fuel the debate over a controversial "burkini ban".
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Go-getters in the ghetto

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 9:37

France's immigrant suburbs have a terrible image and are accused of breeding jihadists, but there is a hidden, dynamic side to them, says Henri Astier.
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India investigating French submarine company data leak

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 9:15
related countries: Brazil Brazil, India India, Malaysia Malaysia

India is investigating a massive data leak from French shipbuilder DCNS that revealed crucial details about submarines being built for the Indian navy.
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'It's about freedom': Ban boosts burkini sales 'by 200%'

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 0:43
related countries: Aruba Aruba

The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales.
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Sarkozy: The former president who wants France back

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016, 18:28

The former president wants France back.
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Rivalry itch

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016, 17:43
related places: Paris

Team GB's spectacular Olympic success leaves France feeling both admiration and envy, as Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.
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Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016, 16:14
related places: Paris

Attacks by Islamist militants, strikes and floods have caused a substantial drop in the number of tourists visiting Paris, officials say.
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Mosques in spotlight

Monday, August 22nd 2016, 23:08

The French government is pushing for greater scrutiny of Islam in France, after atrocities by jihadists, but Muslims fear the state wants to control their faith.
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Nicolas Sarkozy to seek French presidency again

Monday, August 22nd 2016, 21:05

Former French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy confirms that he will seek to run again in next year's presidential election. What obstacles does he face?
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Nice attack death toll rises to 86 as injured man dies

Friday, August 19th 2016, 20:44
related places: Nice

French officials say a man who was injured in the Bastille Day attack in the French city of Nice has died, taking the death toll to 86.
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France seizes 2,000 dead seahorses on Guinea-Vietnam route

Friday, August 19th 2016, 12:45
related countries: Guinea Guinea, Vietnam Vietnam

French customs officials seize about 2,000 dead seahorses that were being smuggled from Guinea to Vietnam.
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Jewish man stabbed on street in French city of Strasbourg

Friday, August 19th 2016, 12:35
related places: Strasbourg

An Orthodox Jewish man is stabbed on a street in the French city of Strasbourg by an attacker reportedly shouting an Islamic slogan.
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Flying ants at French church cause fire alarm in Lisieux

Friday, August 19th 2016, 10:14
related places: Lisieux

Normandy firefighters rush to douse a fire at a major church - only to find that the "smoke" was a swarm of flying ants.
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Dozens hurt in France rail crash

Wednesday, August 17th 2016, 21:01

Dozens of people are hurt, eight of them seriously, when a regional train hits a tree uprooted during a hailstorm in the south of France.
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Rio Olympics 2016: Renaud Lavillenie being booed 'shocking' - Thomas Bach

Wednesday, August 17th 2016, 15:15

French pole vault silver medallist Renaud Lavillenie is booed on the podium, with IOC chief Thomas Bach saying it was "shocking".
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Beach dilemma

Wednesday, August 17th 2016, 7:52

French commentator Agnes Poirier argues that the controversy over burkini beach bans raises tough questions about national unity and women's emancipation.
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Tight security at Lourdes for Assumption Day celebrations

Monday, August 15th 2016, 14:58
related places: Lourdes

Soldiers and police patrol due to the terror threat in France, as thousands of Catholics celebrate Assumption Day at the Lourdes shrine.
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Paris Aubervilliers attack: Chinese community mourn mugging victim as fear grows

Sunday, August 14th 2016, 20:56
related countries: China China
related places: Aubervilliers

Members of the Chinese community in the Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers mourn a man killed by muggers amid fears they are being deliberately targeted.
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Corsica brawl: Five hurt in clashes on French beach

Sunday, August 14th 2016, 19:32
related places: Four

A beach brawl on the French island of Corsica between families of North African descent and local youths leaves five people injured and three cars burnt out.
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Nice court upholds burkinis ban, but appeal planned

Saturday, August 13th 2016, 21:12
related places: Cannes, Nice

A French court in Nice has upheld the ban on burkinis imposed by the mayor of Cannes but lawyers will appeal against the decision.
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Friday, August 12th 2016, 14:08
related places: Cannes

The mayor of Cannes in southern France bans full-body swimsuits known as "burkinis" from the beach, citing public order concerns.
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France wildfires near Marseille contained

Thursday, August 11th 2016, 12:20
related places: Marseille

Firefighters contain wildfires in southern France which were threatening the city of Marseille but remain on alert as more windy conditions are expected.
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Wildfires blaze near Marseille

Thursday, August 11th 2016, 1:15
related places: Marseille

Areas near the French city of Marseille have been hit by a series of wildfires, burning homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
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'Burkini-only day' at French waterpark cancelled

Tuesday, August 9th 2016, 15:13

A waterpark in France cancels a day booked by Muslim women to wear "burkinis", the all-over swimming garment., following criticism of the plans.
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Paul Pogba: Manchester United re-sign France midfielder for world-record £89m

Tuesday, August 9th 2016, 11:08

Paul Pogba says "the time is right to go back to Old Trafford" as he completes his world-record £89m transfer to Manchester United.
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Rio 2016: Giant leap for Games goers

Monday, August 8th 2016, 20:47

French street artist JR has created giant installations for the Olympic Games.
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Attack victims remembered in Nice ceremony

Sunday, August 7th 2016, 14:17
related places: Nice

A ceremony has taken place in Nice in the south of France to commemorate those killed when a man drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day.
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Deadly blaze sweeps French bar

Saturday, August 6th 2016, 12:53
related places: Rouen

A fire caused by candles on a birthday cake at a bar in the northern French city of Rouen kills at least 13 people and injures six.
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German museum rejoices over Durer found at flea market

Saturday, August 6th 2016, 11:35
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Stuttgart

Stuttgart's art museum says a print by Albrecht Durer donated by a man who found it at a French flea market is in very good condition.
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French pair attempt to pedal Channel

Friday, August 5th 2016, 22:28

Two men attempting to cross the English Channel in a pedal-powered submarine begin their journey.
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France Nice lorry attack: Cycling event cancelled over security fears

Friday, August 5th 2016, 21:06
related places: Nice

The French city of Nice says it will not host the European Road Cycling Championships, planned for 14-18 September, for security reasons.
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Lille flea market cancelled over security fears

Friday, August 5th 2016, 13:40
related places: Lille

One of Europe's biggest flea markets, in the northern French city of Lille, is cancelled amid security fears over Islamist militant violence.
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Anxiety in Paradise

Friday, August 5th 2016, 0:09

How recent attacks in France have changed the mood around the popular beach resorts.
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French town flooded with wine after protesters crack open vats

Thursday, August 4th 2016, 14:43

Vandals crack open several vats of wine in a southern French town, flooding nearby streets, with a militant winemaking group claiming responsibility.
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Hidden Degas portrait revealed

Thursday, August 4th 2016, 13:09

A hidden portrait by the French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas has been revealed using powerful x-rays, scientists report.
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'Burkini-only day' at French waterpark criticised

Thursday, August 4th 2016, 9:26

A waterpark in France is to be booked out for one day to Muslim women wanting to wear "burkinis" - a decision criticised by politicians on the right.
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French priest funeral: Jacques Hamel mourned in Rouen

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016, 17:52

Thousands attend the funeral in Rouen of French priest Father Jacques Hamel, who was murdered in his church by Islamist extremists.
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France seeks more influence over mosques to stop jihadists

Monday, August 1st 2016, 11:20

Dozens of leading French Muslims and Prime Minister Manuel Valls call for a new national drive to promote mainstream Islam and combat radicalisation.
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France church attack: Two arrested over priest's killing

Sunday, July 31st 2016, 20:47

Two men are placed under formal investigation over the murder of a French priest, including a cousin of one of the killers.
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France churches host Muslims for Mass in show of solidarity

Sunday, July 31st 2016, 16:34

Muslims across France have attended Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on Tuesday.
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France church attack: Muslims attend Mass

Sunday, July 31st 2016, 13:35

Muslims across France attend Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on Tuesday.
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France church attack: Kermiche friend 'detained before assault'

Saturday, July 30th 2016, 13:45
related countries: Syria Syria

The friend of a man who killed a priest in France, who had tried to travel with him to Syria, was detained days before the attack, reports say.
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Terror attacks dismay Afghan migrants in Istanbul

Saturday, July 30th 2016, 3:00
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Germany Germany, Turkey Turkey
related places: Istanbul

The latest terror attacks in Germany and France have left migrants in Turkey worried about their chances of reaching northern Europe.
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Paris bombings suspects extradited to France from Austria

Friday, July 29th 2016, 20:08
related countries: Austria Austria
related places: Paris

Two alleged members of the IS cell that carried out the Paris attacks are extradited from Austria to France and reportedly charged with terrorism.
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France church attack: Manuel Valls highlights 'justice failure'

Friday, July 29th 2016, 12:16

Prime Minister Manuel Valls highlights a "failure" of French justice over the church killing of a priest by two home-grown jihadists.
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France church attack: Second attacker in priest killing named

Thursday, July 28th 2016, 22:42

French prosecutors name the second man involved in the killing of a priest in a Normandy church as Abdel Malik Petitjean, 19, who was being hunted by police.
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France church attack: Authorities close to identifying second attacker

Thursday, July 28th 2016, 5:02

Investigators in France believe they are close to identifying the second of two men who murdered a priest in a church on Tuesday, reports say.
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Hollande attends Notre Dame mass for Fr Jacques Hamel

Wednesday, July 27th 2016, 21:21
related places: Notre-Dame, Paris

French President Francois Hollande has attended a memorial mass for Fr Jacques Hamel at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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France church attack: Killers 'pledged allegiance to IS' in video

Wednesday, July 27th 2016, 20:59

Two men who killed a priest in France pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State, according to a newly released unverified video.
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Tested by terror

Wednesday, July 27th 2016, 17:17

A spate of jihadist terror attacks has left France reeling - so why do they keep happening? The BBC's Laurence Peter investigates.
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French church attack: Faith leaders call for more security

Wednesday, July 27th 2016, 16:22

Religious leaders urge more security at places of worship after the jihadist murder of an elderly priest, as a mass is held in Paris in his memory.
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Brexit: France's Michel Barnier made European negotiator with UK

Wednesday, July 27th 2016, 15:53
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

Former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier is appointed by the European Commission to negotiate over Brexit.
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'Forgive them'

Wednesday, July 27th 2016, 12:31
related places: Paris

Secular France has responded to Islamist attacks by promoting values inspired by its cultural and religious inheritance, writes the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris.
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Air France warns of 'concern about France as a destination'

Wednesday, July 27th 2016, 8:28

Air France-KLM warns there is "special concern about France as a destination" as recent terror attacks weighed on sales in the second quarter of the year.
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France church attack: Nun describes horror

Tuesday, July 26th 2016, 22:17

A nun who was in a Rouen church when a priest was attacked tells of her fear when she saw the armed men.
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French church attack: 'Priest killer' was being monitored

Tuesday, July 26th 2016, 21:20

The suspected killer of a priest in a French church was being monitored by police and wearing a tag at the time of the attack, prosecutors say.
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France church attack: Hollande vows to fight extremism

Tuesday, July 26th 2016, 19:25

President Hollande says the Islamist threat to France and Europe has never been as severe as now and vows to win the fight against radicalisation.
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France church attack: Priest killed by two 'IS soldiers'

Tuesday, July 26th 2016, 17:56
related places: Rouen

So-called Islamic State says it was behind the killing of an 84-year-old priest in an attack on his church near Rouen in northern France.
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France church attack: Terrorists will stop at nothing -Hollande

Tuesday, July 26th 2016, 13:33
related places: Rouen

President Francois Hollande says that two armed men who killed a priest at a church in a suburb of Rouen, northern France, claimed to be from so-called Islamic State.
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France church attack: Priest killed near Rouen

Tuesday, July 26th 2016, 10:45
related places: Rouen

A priest has been killed in an attack by two armed men at his church near Rouen in northern France.
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Chris Froome's South African school celebrates Tour de France win

Monday, July 25th 2016, 16:42
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Students at Chris Froome's former school in South Africa celebrate his victory Tour de France.
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Nice attack: Cazeneuve denies policewoman 'harassed' over report

Sunday, July 24th 2016, 15:27
related places: Cazeneuve, Nice

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says he will sue for libel after a police officer said she was harassed to change her report on the Nice attack.
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Cheltenham school pupils injured in France coach crash

Saturday, July 23rd 2016, 18:17

Fifteen Britons are injured as a bus carrying a group of school pupils from Cheltenham crashes in eastern France.
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IMF's Lagarde to face trial over payout court confirms

Friday, July 22nd 2016, 13:16
related places: Lagarde

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, is to stand trial over €404m payout to French tycoon Bernard Tapie, an appeals court confirms.
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Nice attack: City refuses police call to delete CCTV images

Friday, July 22nd 2016, 13:06
related places: Nice

Local authorities in Nice refuse a request by French anti-terror police to destroy CCTV images of last week's lorry attack.
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Nice truck attack: Five suspected accomplices charged

Friday, July 22nd 2016, 0:32
related places: Nice

Four men and one women are charged with terror offences after police reveal that the Nice attacker "had logistical support" prior to the attack.
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'Dear Mr Terrorist': Vlogger from Nice Maroua Bekkouche speaks out

Thursday, July 21st 2016, 17:35
related countries: Algeria Algeria
related places: Nice

French-Algerian beauty blogger goes viral with video message to the perpetrator of the Nice attack.
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Clashes near Paris after young black man dies in police custody

Thursday, July 21st 2016, 11:54
related places: Paris

Clashes take place for a second night in a French town near Paris following the death of a young black man in police custody.
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My brother the jihadist

Wednesday, July 20th 2016, 23:09

Henri Astier talks to Abdelghani Merah, an anti-jihad activist whose brother killed seven people in south-west France in 2012.
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Libya attack: French soldiers die in helicopter crash

Wednesday, July 20th 2016, 22:48
related countries: Libya Libya

Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya after their helicopter was shot down, President Francois Hollande says.
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France to extend state of emergency for six months

Wednesday, July 20th 2016, 2:23
related places: Nice

The French National Assembly votes to extend the state of emergency for six months following last week's deadly attack in Nice.
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Fire disrupts Paris Gare du Nord rail travel

Tuesday, July 19th 2016, 19:39
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

Rail travel including the Eurostar service to Britain is temporarily halted from the Gare du Nord station in Paris after a fire.
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Man knifes mother and three daughters at French holiday park

Tuesday, July 19th 2016, 15:26

A woman and her three daughters have been attacked by a knife-wielding man at a holiday site in the south of France, French media report.
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Nice attack: 'You killed my sister, you're not a Muslim'

Monday, July 18th 2016, 22:03
related places: Nice

The family of 42-year-old Aldjia Bouzaouit only found out that she was dead on Sunday, three days after the truck attack in Nice, France.
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Attack on Nice: French PM Valls booed at commemoration

Monday, July 18th 2016, 15:34
related places: Nice

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is booed as he attends a minute's silence in Nice, where an attacker in a lorry killed 84 people on Thursday.
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PM booed as France mourns Nice attack dead

Monday, July 18th 2016, 13:03
related places: Nice

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has been booed as he attended a minute's silence in Nice, where an attacker in a lorry killed 84 people on Thursday.
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Attack on Nice: Sarkozy blames government for failing to prevent attacks

Monday, July 18th 2016, 10:04
related places: Nice

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the government is not doing enough to provide security following the Nice attack as a nationwide minute's silence is observed.
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Nice attack: The struggle to stop radicalisation

Monday, July 18th 2016, 6:18
related places: Nice

France is still struggling to understand what motivated the man who carried out Thursday's lorry attack in Nice which left more than 80 people dead.
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Nice attack: Driver 'researched route' earlier in week

Sunday, July 17th 2016, 14:49
related places: Nice

The Tunisian man who carried out the lorry attack in the French city of Nice researched his route in the days beforehand, French media reports say.
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Attack in Nice: Muslims describe tensions after lorry attack

Sunday, July 17th 2016, 10:07
related places: Nice

French Muslims in Nice speak about the tensions that have arisen since the beachfront lorry attack on city.
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Nice attack: France calls up 12,000 reservists

Sunday, July 17th 2016, 5:42
related places: Nice

France calls up 12,000 police reservists to help boost security after Thursday's attack in Nice in which more than 80 people were killed.
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Nice attack: Arrests made by French police

Saturday, July 16th 2016, 18:14
related places: Nice

Five people have been arrested in connection with the lorry attack in Nice which left 84 people dead and a state of emergency has been extended across France.
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Attack on Nice: Five held by French police

Saturday, July 16th 2016, 17:17
related places: Nice

Five people are in custody suspected of links to the man who killed 84 people in Nice, prosecutors say, as IS claims he was one of its followers.
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