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French confident against well-armed Islamists

Friday, January 18th 2013, 12:35
related countries: Mali Mali

French troops confident as they await Mali rebels
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France boosts Mali troop numbers

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 23:24
related countries: Mali Mali, Nigeria Nigeria

France increases its troop strength in Mali to 1,400 to help fight militant Islamists in the north, the French defence minister says.
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VIDEO: Mali military campaign intensifies

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 23:15
related countries: Mali Mali, Nigeria Nigeria

France has increased its troop strength in Mali to 1,400 to help fight militant Islamists in the north, while Nigerian troops are also being deployed to the country.
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Kurds mass for PKK women funerals

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 15:38
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Turkey Turkey
related places: Paris

Kurds in south-east Turkey pour onto the streets for the funerals of three Kurdish activists killed in Paris.
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Opening 2014 Tour stages revealed

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 10:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The 2014 Tour de France will feature a stage that visits the London 2012 Olympic Park and ends on the Mall after two stages in Yorkshire.
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French agent 'killed in Somalia'

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 10:45
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Somali Islamist group al-Shabab says it has killed French intelligence agent Denis Allex in retaliation for a failed French operation to free him.
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French 'fighting in Mali town'

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 22:55
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Bamako

French troops engage Mali's Islamist rebels in fighting in the town of Diabaly, sources say, the first major ground operation in the conflict.
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Kurd activists' bodies sent home

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 19:44
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Istanbul, Paris

Thousands of Kurds gather in Istanbul as the bodies of activists shot dead in Paris return, amid reports of a third day of Turkish air strikes on the PKK.
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Germany brings gold reserves home

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 12:27
related countries: Germany Germany, United States United States

Germany's central bank will bring back some of the gold it currently holds overseas, so that half of its reserves will be in its vaults by 2020.
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Al-Shabab 'to kill' French agent

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 9:31
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia say they will kill French agent, Denis Allex, who France said had already died in a failed rescue attempt.
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VIDEO: UN backs French Mali intervention

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 22:39
related countries: Mali Mali

The UN Security Council has backed France's intervention against Islamists in Mali, as thousands of African troops are expected to join the operation within days.
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Mali town 'still in rebel hands'

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 21:59
related countries: Mali Mali

French officials deny a town seized by rebels last week has been recaptured, as reports emerge of troops heading towards another rebel-held town.
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Second RAF aircraft leaves for Mali

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 20:23
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Paris

A second RAF C17 transport plane leaves Paris with supplies and personnel to help France's military mission against rebel forces in Mali, the MoD confirms.
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Thousands mourn Kurds in France

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 17:35
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Paris

Thousands of Kurds attend a memorial near Paris for three activists shot dead in the city, amid reports of new Turkish air strikes on the PKK.
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African troops for Mali 'in days'

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 17:19
related countries: Mali Mali, Nigeria Nigeria

Troops from a West African force will be in Mali within days to help a French intervention against Islamist rebels, Nigeria says.
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Renault to cut 7,500 French jobs

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 17:01
related places: Renault

Renault is to cut about 7,500 jobs in France by 2016 as the carmaker continues to struggle with falling sales and profits.
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VIDEO: Lagos v Paris: Rush hour challenge

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 13:46
related places: Lagos, Paris

BBC News sets out to find the world's most gridlocked cities. Tomi Oladipo in Lagos and Christian Fraser in Paris see how far they can get in an hour's drive through crowded streets.
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French conservative revolt ends

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 12:33

A rebel faction of France's main conservative opposition party, the UMP, dissolves itself after a deal to hold a new leadership ballot.
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France to boost troops in Mali

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 12:08
related countries: Mali Mali

President Francois Hollande says 750 French troops are now in Mali to counter an Islamist insurgency and more are to be deployed.
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UN backs French Mali intervention

Tuesday, January 15th 2013, 1:45
related countries: Mali Mali

The UN Security Council backs France's intervention against Islamists in Mali, as Paris urges a quick deployment of thousands of African troops.
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VIDEO: Mali Islamists take town of Diabaly

Monday, January 14th 2013, 23:00
related countries: Mali Mali

French warplanes have been in action over the west African state of Mali in an attempt to halt Islamist rebels who took control of northern Mali last year from advancing further.
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QPR close to £8m deal for Remy

Monday, January 14th 2013, 22:21
related places: Remy

QPR are close to completing the £8m signing of Loic Remy after hijacking Newcastle's move for the France striker.
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Mali's Islamists seize new town

Monday, January 14th 2013, 20:54
related countries: Mali Mali

Islamist fighters in Mali seize a town in government-controlled territory, though France says its military operation is making progress.
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Islamists pose threat to French interests in Africa

Monday, January 14th 2013, 18:34

Mali Islamists may target French African interests
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French soldier 'dies in Somalia'

Monday, January 14th 2013, 14:32
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Rebels in Somalia say a second French soldier died after the failed attempt to free hostage Denis Allex, adding that his fate will soon be revealed.
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Baidu launches browser for Africa

Monday, January 14th 2013, 11:13
related countries: China China
related places: Baidu

Chinese search giant Baidu and France Telecom are collaborating on a browser for low-end smartphones sold in Africa.
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France vows 'short' Mali campaign

Monday, January 14th 2013, 10:03
related countries: Mali Mali

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says his country's involvement in the campaign against Islamists in Mali will last "a matter of weeks".
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VIDEO: RAF plane to help French operation in Mali

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 22:30
related countries: Mali Mali

An RAF transport plane has landed in France to help with the country's military operations in Mali.
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French planes widen Mali attacks

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 21:54
related countries: Mali Mali

French warplanes bomb the rebel-held town of Gao in eastern Mali, extending a campaign against what France calls "well-armed" Islamist militants.
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Paris rally against gay marriage

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 17:35
related places: Paris

Hundreds of thousands of protesters take to the streets of Paris over plans to give gay couples in France the right to marry and adopt children.
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RAF plane leaves on Mali mission

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 16:24
related countries: Mali Mali, United Kingdom United Kingdom

An RAF C17 cargo plane arrives in Paris to take French equipment to Mali, but no British troops will be deployed in a combat role, No 10 says.
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VIDEO: Thousands on Paris anti-gay marriage march

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 14:24
related places: Paris

Tens of thousands of people are demonstrating on the streets of Paris against government plans to legalise gay marriage.
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Amour and Master feted by critics

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 10:59

French-language drama Amour and cult-inspired film The Master collect honours at this year's Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
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Hollande steps up French security

Sunday, January 13th 2013, 1:33

France orders security stepped up around public buildings and transport because of the risk of Islamist attack after military operations in Africa.
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Saturday, January 12th 2013, 21:25
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Paris

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on French President Francois Hollande to explain why he previously met one of the Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris.
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France steps up Mali air strikes

Saturday, January 12th 2013, 16:25
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Bamako

French forces continue their air strikes against Islamist militants in Mali and send troops to protect the capital Bamako.
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French soldier dies in Somali raid

Saturday, January 12th 2013, 13:00
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A French soldier is killed in Somalia during a failed operation to free a hostage who is also believed to have died, the defence minister says.
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Mali and France 'repel Islamists'

Saturday, January 12th 2013, 1:04
related countries: Mali Mali

Malian forces say they have retaken a town in central Mali from Islamist militants following air strikes by the French military.
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France confirms Mali intervention

Friday, January 11th 2013, 21:00
related countries: Mali Mali

France begins military action to support local troops against Islamists in northern Mali, as the Malian government declares a state of emergency.
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France 'ready to act over Mali'

Friday, January 11th 2013, 16:50
related countries: Mali Mali

France is ready to stop Islamist militants who control northern Mali, the French president says, following a plea for help by his Malian counterpart.
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Turkey blames Kurd deaths on feud

Friday, January 11th 2013, 11:33
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Paris

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the murder of three Kurdish activists in Paris appears to have been the result of an internal PKK feud.
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France police hunt Kurds' killers

Friday, January 11th 2013, 0:18
related places: Paris

French police hunt the killers of three Kurdish activists - including a co-founder of the militant PKK group - who were found shot dead in Paris.
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Kurdish activists killed in Paris

Thursday, January 10th 2013, 15:48

Three Kurdish activists - among them a co-founder of the militant PKK group - are shot dead in Paris, but no motive has yet been established.
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Sarkozy 'probed in Karachi case'

Thursday, January 10th 2013, 11:35

France's ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is to be investigated over accusations of a breach of secrecy in an alleged corruption case, French media report.
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French mourn Virgin's 'funeral march'

Wednesday, January 9th 2013, 0:01

French mourn the downfall of Virgin's megastores
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Depardieu fails to attend court

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 19:57
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Paris

The actor Gerard Depardieu stays away from a court in Paris where he faces a drink-driving charge, days after taking Russian citizenship in protest at increased taxes.
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France's most prominent exiles

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 18:33
related places: Paris

Celebrities who live beyond the reach of the Paris taxman
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PG Wodehouse and his French connection

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 1:19

PG Wodehouse and his French connection
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Russia's Mordovia woos Depardieu

Sunday, January 6th 2013, 18:39
related countries: Russia Russia

The Russian region of Mordovia - famed for its prisons - invites French actor Gerard Depardieu to set up home there, hours after he received a Russian passport.
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VIDEO: Depardieu receives Russian passport

Sunday, January 6th 2013, 18:19
related countries: Russia Russia

French actor Gerard Depardieu has met President Vladimir Putin and been handed his new Russian passport. Contains flash photography.
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French plane crash kills family

Saturday, January 5th 2013, 17:55
related places: Grenoble

A small plane crashes on take-off near Grenoble airport in south-eastern France, killing a French-Moroccan family of five, officials say.
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VIDEO: Bardot 'to seek Russia passport'

Friday, January 4th 2013, 23:34
related countries: Russia Russia

Former French film star Brigitte Bardot could become a Russian citizen in a row over two sick zoo elephants.
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Naomi Campbell 'hurt' in mugging

Friday, January 4th 2013, 17:51
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

British supermodel Naomi Campbell has been injured in an attempted mugging in Paris, reports say.
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Bardot 'to seek Russia passport'

Friday, January 4th 2013, 16:11
related countries: Russia Russia

Film star Brigitte Bardot threatens to follow Gerard Depardieu and apply for Russia citizenship unless France saves two elephants from death.
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Depardieu becomes Russian citizen

Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 21:45
related countries: Russia Russia

Actor Gerard Depardieu hails Russia's decision to grant him citizenship, following a tax row with the government in his native France.
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VIDEO: Muscovites on Depardieu turning Russian

Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 18:45
related countries: Russia Russia

Russian president Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to French actor Gerard Depardieu, who recently moved abroad to avoid high taxes.
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Basque party disbands in France

Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 16:25

Basque nationalist group Batasuna announces it is closing down its party in France.
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Cyclone lashes island of Reunion

Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 11:49
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, Reunion Reunion

An Indian Ocean cyclone lashes the French island of Reunion, where residents have been told to stay indoors amid torrential rain.
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Cartoonist refuses French honour

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 17:45

Jacques Tardi, one of France's most famous cartoonists, turns down the country's highest civilian honour.
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Paris apartment fire kills five

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 15:21
related places: Gennevilliers, Paris

Two adults and three youngsters die in an apartment fire in Gennevilliers, a northern suburb of Paris.
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Paris Apple store hit by heist

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 11:32

Up to one million euros worth of Apple products has been stolen from a central Paris Apple store.
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Woman trapped in shop at new year

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 10:02

While most people celebrated New Year's Eve with parties and fireworks one pensioner in France spent the night alone in a locked supermarket.
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Blood of Louis XVI 'identified'

Tuesday, January 1st 2013, 15:59

Scientists say an old dried out squash contains the blood of beheaded French King Louis XVI, and a genetic link with the mummified head of Henri IV.
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Hollande vows to revive supertax

Tuesday, January 1st 2013, 10:55

France's President Francois Hollande says he still plans to raise the top rate of income tax after his 75% plan was struck down on technical grounds.
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Newcastle set to bring in Debuchy

Sunday, December 30th 2012, 14:19
related places: Lille

Newcastle agree a deal to sign France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Lille, according to the Press Association.
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Olympic heroes head New Year Honours

Saturday, December 29th 2012, 16:04
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Bradley Wiggins, who won the Tour de France and Olympic gold, is knighted in a New Year Honours list dominated by London 2012 winners.
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French 75% tax rate struck down

Saturday, December 29th 2012, 11:54

France's Constitutional Council overturns a new top income tax rate of 75%, a key policy pledge of new Socialist President Francois Hollande.
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Wiggins knighted in Honours list

Saturday, December 29th 2012, 0:00

Tour de France winner and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is awarded a knighthood in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
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CAR leader asks for US-French aid

Thursday, December 27th 2012, 13:46
related countries: Central African Republic Central African Republic

The Central African Republic's President Francois Bozize appeals to the US and France to help block a rebel advance on the capital, Bangui.
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How long will France hunt with hounds?

Wednesday, December 26th 2012, 0:14

How long will France continue hunting with hounds?
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VIDEO: Notre Dame celebrates 850 years

Tuesday, December 25th 2012, 4:59
related places: Notre-Dame, Paris

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is due to celebrate its 850th anniversary, with the start of a year-long festival.
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Paris Notre Dame cathedral turns 850

Tuesday, December 25th 2012, 0:20

Notre Dame gets loving care for 850th birthday
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Islamists claim Nigeria kidnap

Monday, December 24th 2012, 12:00
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

The Islamist group Ansaru says it kidnapped a French engineer in Nigeria last week, in revenge for France's "stance on Islam".
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Street theatre revives French city

Monday, December 24th 2012, 1:31
related places: Nantes

How street spectacle put Nantes on cultural map
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Sunday Times sues Lance Armstrong

Sunday, December 23rd 2012, 15:58

The Sunday Times is suing Lance Armstrong for up to £1m after he was stripped off his seven Tour de France titles.
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French nearly turned down Dibley

Sunday, December 23rd 2012, 1:14

Comedian Dawn French says she nearly turned down her role in Vicar of Dibley, because she thought the character wasn't funny.
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VIDEO: Fungus threatens French canal trees

Friday, December 21st 2012, 15:33

Over 42,000 trees along a picturesque 17th Century French canal may have to be chopped down due to the spread of an infectious fungus.
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Star Deneuve defends Depardieu

Friday, December 21st 2012, 10:57
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Catherine Deneuve defends fellow French movie star Gerard Depardieu over his move to Belgium - the latest twist in a row about tax exiles.
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'Al-Qaeda' behind Nigeria kidnap

Friday, December 21st 2012, 10:13
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Al-Qaeda, or an allied group, was probably behind the kidnapping of a French engineer in Nigeria, the French president says.
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Nigeria gunmen seize French man

Thursday, December 20th 2012, 19:21
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

A group of 30 gunmen use dynamite to force their way into a well-guarded compound in northern Nigeria and seize a French engineer, police say.
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France notes Algerian suffering

Thursday, December 20th 2012, 10:37
related countries: Algeria Algeria

President Francois Hollande acknowledges the brutality of France's colonisation of Algeria, but does not apologise.
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VIDEO: 'Doomsday' rumours hit French village

Thursday, December 20th 2012, 4:05

A French village is preparing for an influx of mystical groups who are convinced they will escape the end of the world in 2012.
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Strauss-Kahn's case to proceed

Wednesday, December 19th 2012, 9:52

French judges decide to press ahead with the prosecution of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn for pimping.
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Court to make Strauss-Kahn ruling

Wednesday, December 19th 2012, 1:24
related places: Douai

A court in the French town of Douai is expected to rule on whether to send former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to trial on pimping charges.
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Killer's psychiatrist sentenced

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 22:51

A French court finds a psychiatrist guilty of involuntary homicide after a murder committed by one of her clients.
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French opposition agrees new vote

Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 16:51

The two rivals for the leadership of France's opposition centre-right UMP agree to re-run their controversial party election.
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