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France begins Mali troops withdrawal

Tuesday, April 9th 2013, 16:07
related countries: Mali Mali

France begins to withdraw troops from Mali where they have battling Islamist militants, the French defence ministry says.
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French ministers to declare assets

Tuesday, April 9th 2013, 9:02

The French government says ministers must declare their assets by 15 April, in a new transparency drive sparked by a scandal over tax evasion.
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France launches big Mali offensive

Monday, April 8th 2013, 13:39
related countries: Mali Mali

French forces launch one of their biggest offensives against militants in northern Mali before the start of their troop withdrawal later this month.
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Timbuktu fears French troops withdrawal from Mali

Monday, April 8th 2013, 10:05
related countries: Mali Mali

Malians fear Islamist attacks when French withdraw
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VIDEO: Malian fears over French withdrawal

Monday, April 8th 2013, 8:27
related countries: Mali Mali

Mali is now in a state of transition as French troops prepare to leave Mali following their military campaign against Islamist insurgents.
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PSG did not force Beckham start

Friday, April 5th 2013, 22:19

Paris St-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti denies he was forced by the club's owners to play David Beckham against Barcelona.
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France calls for Mali reconciliation

Friday, April 5th 2013, 18:39
related countries: Mali Mali

France's foreign minister urges Mali's government to begin a process of reconciliation, assuring the war-torn country of continued military support.
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Air France fined for discrimination

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 20:29
related countries: Israel Israel

A French court fines Air France 13,000 euros for removing a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight to Israel because she was not Jewish.
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France's Hollande fights tax scandal

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 18:14
related countries: Cayman Islands Cayman Islands

A financial scandal threatens France's President Hollande, after it emerged that his former party treasurer invested in the Cayman Islands tax haven.
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Barton still in Marseille plans

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 11:59
related places: Marseille

Joey Barton is still a key member of Marseille's side despite his abuse of Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Silva, says coach Elie Baup.
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Louvre appoints Martinez as director

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 9:38

Jean-Luc Martinez is been appointed as the new director of the Louvre after being interviewed for the job by French President Francois Holland
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German economy 'near stagnation'

Thursday, April 4th 2013, 9:28
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany's economy slowed to "near stagnation" last month, while France's recorded its biggest contraction for four years, a survey says.
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PSG to take action on Barton tweets

Wednesday, April 3rd 2013, 22:08

Paris St-Germain say they will take action against Joey Barton over Twitter comments he made about Thiago Silva.
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PSG 2-2 Barcelona

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 21:34

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores as Paris St-Germain draw with his former side Barcelona in an absorbing Champions League tie.
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Ex-French minister in fraud probe

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 16:33

Former French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac is placed under investigation over alleged tax fraud and asks for forgiveness from his colleagues.
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France and Germany snub UK EU review

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 12:44
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

France and Germany decide not to contribute to a British government review of the impact of EU powers on the UK.
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Islamic headscarf debate rekindled in France

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 12:38

Court ruling tests power of French secularism
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French TV doctor kills himself

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, 11:24
related countries: Cambodia Cambodia

A French doctor who worked on adventure reality TV show Koh Lanta kills himself in Cambodia a week after one of the contestants died.
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Mali army sweeps Timbuktu for rebels

Monday, April 1st 2013, 15:51
related countries: Mali Mali

French and Malian troops search the northern city of Timbuktu for Islamist rebels thought to be hiding in houses after fierce fighting.
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France house fire kills children

Sunday, March 31st 2013, 14:36
related places: Saint-Quentin

A house fire in Saint-Quentin in northern France kills five children between the ages of two and 10, local officials say.
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VIDEO: Elephant skeleton loses tusk in theft

Sunday, March 31st 2013, 3:16
related places: Paris

Police in France have arrested a man for allegedly breaking into the Museum of Natural History in Paris, and cutting a tusk off the skeleton of an elephant that once belonged to a French king.
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Eiffel Tower evacuated over 'threat'

Saturday, March 30th 2013, 21:08
related places: Paris

An estimated 1,400 people are ordered to leave the Eiffel Tower in Paris after an anonymous phone-call threatens an attack, French officials say.
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French criticise 'DIY' Hollande

Friday, March 29th 2013, 12:08

President Francois Hollande is labelled a "do-it-yourself man" by critics after he spoke of having "all the tools on the table" to fix France's stagnant economy.
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France sets Mali troop timetable

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 23:30
related countries: Mali Mali

France aims to reduce the number of its troops fighting Islamist militants in Mali to 1,000 by the end of the year, President Francois Hollande says.
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Louvre is most visited venue of 2012

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 13:05
related places: Paris

The Louvre in Paris tops the list of the most visited art museums of 2012, according to the Art Newspaper.
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Sarkozy judge receives death threat

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 10:44

The lead examining magistrate in a corruption case against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy gets a death threat in the post.
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Lendl wants Murray rankings rise

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 9:29

Andy Murray's hopes of winning the French Open will improve if he can become world number two, says coach Ivan Lendl.
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Ferry passengers face disruption

Wednesday, March 27th 2013, 16:35

Cross-Channel ferry passengers face major travel disruption over Easter due to a strike by French port control officers.
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French soldier held in Merah case

Wednesday, March 27th 2013, 11:18
related places: Toulouse

A French soldier is arrested in connection with the shootings by Islamist militant gunman Mohamed Merah in Toulouse a year ago.
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VIDEO: Hollande battles for French support

Wednesday, March 27th 2013, 6:33

French President Francois Hollande has been touring the country, trying to reassure the public that he can manage the ailing economy.
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Ibrahimovic ban reduced by Uefa

Tuesday, March 26th 2013, 18:32

Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic can face Barcelona after his two-match ban was halved on appeal by Uefa.
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Two Indian nationals killed in CAR

Tuesday, March 26th 2013, 3:37
related countries: Central African Republic Central African Republic, India India
related places: Bangui

French troops guarding the Central African Republic capital Bangui's international airport accidentally kill two Indian citizens, the French defence ministry says.
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Why are the French drinking less wine?

Tuesday, March 26th 2013, 0:22

Why the French are holding back on the wine
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French fight in Mali's hostile desert

Monday, March 25th 2013, 13:25
related countries: Mali Mali

On patrol with French forces fighting rock by rock in Mali
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VIDEO: Paris rally against gay marriage

Monday, March 25th 2013, 6:10
related places: Paris

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in a final protest in Paris against a bill to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption.
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Paris rally against gay marriage

Monday, March 25th 2013, 4:21
related places: Paris

Hundreds of thousands attend a final protest in central Paris against a bill to legalise same-sex marriage, as police fire tear gas amid scuffles.
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CAR coup leaders 'must remain calm'

Sunday, March 24th 2013, 19:51
related countries: Central African Republic Central African Republic

France urges restraint on rebels in the Central African Republic, who have taken over the capital and forced the president to flee.
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France says militant Abou Zeid dead

Saturday, March 23rd 2013, 15:20
related countries: Mali Mali

The French presidency confirms "with certainty" reports that Islamist commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in fighting in Mali in late February.
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ASO want to run Tour of Britain

Friday, March 22nd 2013, 20:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The owner of the Tour de France, Amaury Sport Organisation, confirms it is interested in running the Tour of Britain.
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Sarkozy placed under investigation

Thursday, March 21st 2013, 23:13

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is placed under formal investigation over allegations he accepted illegal campaign donations in 2007.
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IMF head Lagarde's flat searched

Wednesday, March 20th 2013, 15:42
related places: Lagarde, Paris

French police search the Paris apartment of IMF chief Christine Lagarde, in an inquiry into alleged abuse of her authority when finance minister.
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Al-Qaeda 'kills French Mali hostage'

Wednesday, March 20th 2013, 10:54
related countries: Mali Mali

Al-Qaeda-linked militants tell a Mauritanian news agency they have killed French hostage Philippe Verdon, because of France's intervention in Mali.
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French minister quits over tax probe

Tuesday, March 19th 2013, 18:38
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland
related places: Cahuzac

France's Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac resigns after prosecutors begin an investigation into an alleged secret Swiss bank account.
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Mali: France hosts 'post-war' talks

Tuesday, March 19th 2013, 16:03
related countries: Mali Mali

France is hosting talks on Mali's post-war development, two months after sending troops to battle Islamist militants in northern Mali.
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Father and son killed in Alps named

Sunday, March 17th 2013, 22:13
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British man and his 12-year-old son found dead in the French Alps after apparently falling while hiking have been named.
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Hollande makes Toulouse killing vow

Sunday, March 17th 2013, 18:53
related places: Toulouse

France's president vows to continue fighting terrorism at a memorial for victims of last year's killing rampage by an Islamist gunman in Toulouse.
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Leading French lawyer found dead

Sunday, March 17th 2013, 17:54

One of France's best-known criminal lawyers, Olivier Metzner, has been found dead, floating off his private island, in an apparent suicide.
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Barca face PSG in Champions League

Friday, March 15th 2013, 11:53

Barcelona face Paris St-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals, with Real Madrid meeting Galatasaray.
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Boris defends bankers on French radio

Friday, March 15th 2013, 11:06
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: City of London, Paris

Mayor of London Boris Johnson defends the City of London and bankers during a visit to Paris.
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Early HIV drugs 'cure one in 10'

Friday, March 15th 2013, 9:38

Rapid drug treatment after HIV infection may be enough to "functionally cure" about one in 10 patients, say researchers in France.
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VIDEO: Wine is overnight hit in Japan

Friday, March 15th 2013, 4:39
related countries: Japan Japan
related places: Chateau, Puy

French winemaker Leo Tordjman tells how his Chateau le Puy became an unexpected overnight success in Japan.
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France backs end to Syria arms ban

Thursday, March 14th 2013, 18:34
related countries: Syria Syria, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

French President Francois Hollande backs calls for the EU arms embargo on Syria to be lifted to allow weapons to reach anti-government rebels.
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Court backs man over Sarkozy insult

Thursday, March 14th 2013, 13:16

The European Court of Human Rights says France violated freedom of expression by fining a man for insulting former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Defining absinthe gives EU headache

Thursday, March 14th 2013, 10:09
related places: Eu

The EU is struggling to define absinthe - a strong alcoholic drink that inspired some French poets and painters.
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Europe faces more snow travel chaos

Wednesday, March 13th 2013, 10:07
related countries: Germany Germany

Transport in France, Belgium and Germany continues to be severely disrupted by severe winter weather, although snowfalls ease.
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France to break deficit pledge

Tuesday, March 12th 2013, 17:13

President Francois Hollande admits France's 2013 budget deficit will be higher than the 3% level he promised during last year's election.
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Snow hits northern Europe travellers

Tuesday, March 12th 2013, 15:41
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Frankfurt airport, Europe's third-busiest hub, partially re-opens after heavy snow causes severe travel disruption in north-west Europe.
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VIDEO: Snow causes disruption in Europe

Tuesday, March 12th 2013, 13:40
related places: Paris

Heavy snow in north-western Europe is causing severe travel disruption, including the cancellation of hundreds of flights via Frankfurt and Paris
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Beyonce and Jay-Z finances hacked

Tuesday, March 12th 2013, 7:19

The musicians are targeted online, along with Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.
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WWII secret agent's ashes scattered

Sunday, March 10th 2013, 18:42
related countries: Australia Australia

The ashes of Australia's most decorated World War II servicewoman, saboteur and spy Nancy Wake, are scattered at a ceremony in central France.
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Team Sky's Porte wins Paris-Nice

Sunday, March 10th 2013, 16:26
related countries: Aruba Aruba
related places: Nice, Paris

Richie Porte of Team Sky becomes the first Australian to win the Paris-Nice road race in France.
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VIDEO: Catholicism's fading appeal in France

Sunday, March 10th 2013, 14:27

As Cardinals prepare for their conclave to elect a new Pope, the Catholic Church more followers than ever, but the the number of church-going Catholics is falling year on year in much of Europe.
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France and its Catholic legacy

Sunday, March 10th 2013, 2:58

France's Catholic Church soldiers on but young stay away
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Ireland 13-13 France

Saturday, March 9th 2013, 18:54
related countries: Ireland Ireland

A late converted try from Louis Picamoles helps France earn a 13-13 draw with Ireland draw at the Aviva Stadium.
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Al-Qaeda base in Mali 'dismantled'

Friday, March 8th 2013, 17:22
related countries: Mali Mali

A major al-Qaeda base has been dismantled by French forces in the remote mountains of northern Mali, France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.
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French mother tried for 9/11 T-shirt

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 11:35
related places: Born

A French mother goes on trial for sending her son, named Jihad, to nursery school wearing a T-shirt reading "I am a bomb" and "Born on 11 September".
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France name Michalak at fly-half

Thursday, March 7th 2013, 10:17
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom

France recall Frederic Michalak at fly-half to face Ireland in one of three changes from the side which lost to England.
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PSG 1-1 Valencia (3-2 aggregate)

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 22:24

Paris St-Germain reach the Champions League quarter-finals as a 1-1 draw with Valencia gives them a 3-2 aggregate win.
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French troops in Mali 'until April'

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 22:11
related countries: Mali Mali

French President Francois Hollande says his country will begin withdrawing troops from Mali in April, a month later than originally planned.
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VIDEO: French fast food outsells bistros

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 15:31

Fast food has outsold table service restaurants for the first time in France, according to new research.
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Madagascar jail raid over nun murder

Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 13:11
related countries: Madagascar Madagascar

Two people are killed after a crowd storms a jail in Madagascar where the three alleged killers of a French nun were believed to be held.
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Islamist 'probably' killed in Mali

Monday, March 4th 2013, 22:58
related countries: Mali Mali

The head of France's joint chiefs of staff says it is "probable" that Islamist commander Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in fighting in Mali.
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Paris chefs kick-start a horsemeat gastro-trend

Monday, March 4th 2013, 0:07

Fashionable Paris chefs kickstart a horsemeat gastro-trend
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AUDIO: 'Love letter to my lost boyfriend'

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 15:48
related countries: Syria Syria

A year after the French photographer Remi Ochlik was killed in Syria, his partner Emilie Blachere has written a love letter to him.
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French soldier dies in Mali fighting

Sunday, March 3rd 2013, 14:42
related countries: Chad Chad, Mali Mali

A French soldier is killed in heavy fighting in northern Mali in the same region where Chad said it killed Islamist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar.
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VIDEO: Richard the Lionheart's heart probed

Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 8:08
related places: Richard

French scientists have revealed the results of a nine month study on the heart of Richard I, or as he is better known Richard the Lionheart.
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VIDEO: France crowns pig squealing kings

Friday, March 1st 2013, 0:56

One of the big crowd-pullers at France's annual agricultural fair is the national pig-noise contest.
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Inspirational French writer dies

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 17:51

Stephane Hessel, the former French Resistance fighter whose 2010 manifesto Time for Outrage inspired social protesters in Europe, dies aged 95.
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What 'hostage video' reveals about Nigeria's Boko Haram

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 13:53
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

What the French 'kidnap video' reveals about Nigeria's militants
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VIDEO: Brazil's robot surgeons in action

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 11:40
related countries: Brazil Brazil, United States United States

Surgeons in Brazil and France are turning to robots developed by in the United States to assist them in delicate reconstructive nerve operations.
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Strauss-Kahn fails to ban book

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 3:51

A judge in France rejects a lawsuit filed by Dominique Strauss-Kahn which sought to stop the publication of a book written by a former lover.
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Deadly attack on Mali checkpoint

Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 0:44
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Kidal

Seven people are reported killed in a car bomb blast in the northern Malian town of Kidal, thought to be aimed at a Tuareg group supporting French troops.
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Italian photographer Rizzo dies

Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 16:56
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Paris

Willy Rizzo, the Italian photographer renowned for his images of prominent celebrities, has died in Paris at the age of 84, his studio announces.
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VIDEO: French family in 'kidnap video'

Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 11:26
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

A video posted on YouTube appears to show seven members of a French family, including four children, abducted by Islamists in Cameroon.
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French children in 'kidnap video'

Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 11:20
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

A video published on YouTube appears to show seven members of a French family, including four children, abducted by Islamists in Cameroon.
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Beckham aims for regular PSG starts

Monday, February 25th 2013, 6:47
related places: Marseille

David Beckham is aiming for a place in the Paris St-Germain starting XI after an instant impact in the win over Marseille.
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PSG win as Beckham makes debut

Sunday, February 24th 2013, 23:15
related places: Marseille

David Beckham debuts for Paris St-Germain as the French league leaders see off rivals Marseille and stay on course for the title.
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