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We have started to collect the most important news related to France in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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French police on trial over death

Monday, January 16th 2012, 16:24

Seven police officers go on trial in the south of France over the fatal suffocation of a 22-year-old detainee, Hakim Ajimi, in 2008.
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Asian stocks fall on ratings cuts

Monday, January 16th 2012, 9:15

Asian stock markets fall after Standard & Poor's cut the credit rating for France and a number of other European countries.
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VIDEO: Europe attacks downgrade decision

Saturday, January 14th 2012, 18:14

Europe's top economic official has criticised the decision by Standard and Poor's to downgrade the credit ratings of nine eurozone countries, including stripping France of its AAA rating.
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France downplays rating downgrade

Saturday, January 14th 2012, 13:04

French PM Francois Fillon defends his government's economic policies following the decision by Standard and Poor's to downgrade the country's credit rating.
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France top AAA credit rating lost

Friday, January 13th 2012, 22:57

France loses a top AAA credit rating as nine eurozone governments are downgraded by Standard & Poor's prompting markets to fall.
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UN backs French Sikhs on turbans

Friday, January 13th 2012, 17:51

A Sikh man wins UN support for his campaign for the right of Sikhs in France to wear turbans when having ID photos taken.
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Easyjet guilty in disability case

Friday, January 13th 2012, 17:47

A French court finds low-cost airline Easyjet guilty of discriminating against three disabled passengers who were denied access to a plane.
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Romney panned for speaking French

Friday, January 13th 2012, 15:44

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is skewered in a new political attack ad - for speaking French.
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The end of the mademoiselle?

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 13:24

Is the end of the French mademoiselle drawing closer?
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Kakuta completes Dijon loan deal

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 11:09
related places: Dijon

Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta joins French side Dijon on loan until the end of the season.
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Deneuve to receive Chaplin Award

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 9:16

French actress Catherine Deneuve, best known for starring in the films Indochine and The Last Metro, will receive the 39th annual Chaplin Award.
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VIDEO: French journalist killed in Syria

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 4:38
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Homs

French journalist Gilles Jacquier has been killed in a grenade attack in the Syrian central city of Homs.
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VIDEO: The French women who defied the Nazis

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 2:13

Caroline Moorehead's book, A Train in Winter, takes a different approach to telling the story of the Nazi occupation of France.
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French journalist killed in Syria

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 21:47
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Homs

French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier becomes the first Western journalist to die in Syria's unrest, during a government-authorised trip to Homs.
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VIDEO: French journalist killed in Syria

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 21:28
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Homs

French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier has been killed in the Syrian city of Homs, the first Western journalist to die in the country's current unrest.
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Court rejects Renault challenge

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 15:37
related places: Renault

A French court rejects a bid by heirs of the founder of Renault for compensation for the loss of the car firm, saying it cannot rule on the issue.
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Dutch advised to remove implants

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 14:52
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

The Netherlands becomes the latest country to advise women with breast implants from a French firm at the centre of a health scare should have them removed.
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US condemns hardline Assad speech

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 22:44
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

The US and France condemn a speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which blamed a foreign plot for the 10-month uprising against his rule.
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Rise in French industrial output

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 11:20

French industrial output rose by a greater-then-expected 1.1% in November, lifted by production of electronic equipment and refinery output.
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French actress Denise Darcel dies

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 10:10

French-born actress Denise Darcel, who starred in films including Vera Cruz and Tarzan and the Slave Girl, dies at the age of 87.
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Artist music criticised by Novak

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 9:22

The French director of The Artist defends using music from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo in his Oscar-tipped film after a strongly-worded complaint from its star Kim Novak.
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Cantona enters presidential race

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 0:08

Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona reveals he wants to be the next president of France.
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Guinea-Bissau leader dies at 64

Monday, January 9th 2012, 16:17
related countries: Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau

The president of the West African country of Guinea-Bissau, Malam Bacai Sanha, dies in a French hospital at the age of 64.
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Hundreds of SeaFrance jobs to go

Monday, January 9th 2012, 15:31

Ferry firm SeaFrance is to shed 127 jobs in the UK and hundreds more in France after it is liquidated by a French court.
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Merkel: Greece debt deal urgent

Monday, January 9th 2012, 14:24

A deal with Greek bondholders must come soon for Greece to receive a vital second bailout, Germany's Chancellor Merkel says.
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Video tracks stricken Mars probe

Friday, January 6th 2012, 14:46
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Mars, Paris

The failed Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt is pictured moving across the sky by the Paris-based amateur astronomer Thierry Legault.
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GB rival Bauge stripped of golds

Friday, January 6th 2012, 12:02
related places: Bauge

French track cyclist Gregory Bauge, a key rival of Britons Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny, loses two world titles following a suspension for drug test infringements.
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VIDEO: Camembert makers in row over name

Friday, January 6th 2012, 10:32

Traditional cheese makers in France plan to take their industrial-scale competitors to court in a row over who can legally call their product Camembert of Normandy.
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Implant boss 'dismissed' concerns

Friday, January 6th 2012, 9:38

The French breast implant firm boss at the centre of safety fears told police in 2010 he had nothing to say to women facing surgery to remove them.
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VIDEO: France cracks down on Roma gangs

Friday, January 6th 2012, 5:42

The French government has issued deportation notices to hundreds of Roma people, in what they say is an effort to crack down on gangs using children to beg and pick pockets.
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French crack down on Roma gangs

Friday, January 6th 2012, 1:16

French efforts to deal with Roma migrants find limited success
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Euro declines over banking fears

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 23:50

The euro drops to its lowest rate against the dollar and pound in 16 months as concerns continue over the health of Europe's banks.
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Naked man embarrasses French firm

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 12:03

A French fashion label's photo gaffe showing a naked man behind a group of children goes viral on the internet.
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Marie Antoinette to open Berlin

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 9:15
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Berlin

A drama set around the French Revolution, in which German-born Diane Kruger plays Marie Antoinette, will launch the Berlin Film Festival next month.
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Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 21:34
related places: Paris

The biggest architectural feat since the famous glass pyramid, the gallery that will house the Louvre's Islamic art collection is unveiled in Paris
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Salma Hayek becomes French knight

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 15:48

Film star Salma Hayek is awarded one of France's top honours by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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French Senate to vote on genocide

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 12:16

The French Senate is to vote this month on a bill making it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians was genocide, reports say.
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'Gold' found on Paris train fake

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 15:20
related places: Paris

Twenty gold-coloured bars found in a case on a suburban Paris train have turned out not be be made of gold, police say.
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Safety demand for French reactors

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 13:42

France's nuclear watchdog wants the country's 58 power plants to improve safety quickly but says none needs to be shut down.
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France urges new Iran sanctions

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 10:20
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

France says the EU should follow the US in imposing stricter sanctions on Tehran, as Iran's currency falls again amid worries over their impact.
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'Fuel additive in breast implant'

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 16:05

A fuel additive untested in clinical trials was used in breast implants that have since been banned, French radio station RTL reports.
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Leaders set first 2012 euro date

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 15:26
related countries: Germany Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy agree their first meeting of 2012 to discuss the eurozone debt crisis.
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Surgeon urges removal of implants

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 15:08

A senior plastic surgeon advising the government wants faulty breast implants removed, following a health scare in France.
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French Somme people pick new name

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 10:41
related places: Somme

The inhabitants of the Somme region in northern France pick a new name for themselves - "Samariens".
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The ups and downs of living with a gorilla

Sunday, January 1st 2012, 0:50

French family discover ups and downs of living with a gorilla
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Beckham may sign new Galaxy deal

Friday, December 30th 2011, 15:53

David Beckham is more likely to extend his spell with Los Angeles Galaxy than sign for Paris Saint-Germain, BBC Sport understands.
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Ancelotti named new PSG manager

Friday, December 30th 2011, 14:10

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is confirmed as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain.
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Experts 'quit over Leonardo work'

Thursday, December 29th 2011, 16:24

Two French art experts quit The Louvre's advisory committee in a row over the restoration of a Leonardo da Vinci painting, reports say.
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Venezuela covers implant removal

Wednesday, December 28th 2011, 11:45
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela

Venezuela's government offers local women free removal of French-made breast implants at the centre of a global health scare.
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VIDEO: Inside the hidden corners of Sacre Coeur

Tuesday, December 27th 2011, 7:37
related places: Paris

It is one of Paris's most famous and most photographed buildings, the basilica of Sacre Coeur. And for France, the basilica is both a political and religious monument.
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VIDEO: Libya celebrates independence day

Sunday, December 25th 2011, 3:49
related countries: Italy Italy

For the first time in more than four decades, Libyans have been celebrating the anniversary of their nation's independence from Italy and France.
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The pampered pooches of Paris

Sunday, December 25th 2011, 0:00
related places: Paris

The pampered pooches of Paris go everywhere with their owners
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Police seek breast implant boss

Saturday, December 24th 2011, 17:54

Interpol says the founder of a French firm at the centre of a global breast implants scare is wanted in Costa Rica over a drunk driving charge.
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Turkey accuses France of genocide

Friday, December 23rd 2011, 18:04
related countries: Algeria Algeria, Turkey Turkey

Turkey accuses France of genocide in colonial Algeria, after French MPs backed a bill criminalising denial of genocide in 1915-16 Armenia.
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France recommends implant removal

Friday, December 23rd 2011, 13:18

France recommends that 30,000 women have faulty breast implants removed as a precaution - while the UK rules out routine removal.
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French GDP growth revised down

Friday, December 23rd 2011, 8:34

The French economy's growth rate is revised down to 0.3% in the three months to the end of September.
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Cavendish wins Sports Personality

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 22:04

World champion and Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish wins the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, with Darren Clarke second and Mo Farah third.
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VIDEO: Turkey retaliates for French bill

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 20:00
related countries: Armenia Armenia, Turkey Turkey

The Turkish prime minister has announced measures against France after MPs passed a bill criminalising denial of the 1915-16 Armenian "genocide".
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Turkey retaliates for French bill

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 17:57
related countries: Armenia Armenia, Turkey Turkey

The Turkish prime minister announces punitive measures against France after its parliament passes a bill criminalising denial of the Armenian "genocide".
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Turkey recalls envoy from France

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 14:39
related countries: Armenia Armenia, Turkey Turkey

Turkey recalls its ambassador to France in protest at a bill making it illegal to deny that the killing of Armenians in World War I was genocide.
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VIDEO: Debt crisis: What next for Europe?

Thursday, December 22nd 2011, 5:43
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom

While countries like Britain are resisting efforts to pool more sovereignty in economic terms, others like France and Germany are keen to press on with ever closer union. The BBC's Matthew Price looks at what's next for Europe.
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UK plays down breast implant fear

Wednesday, December 21st 2011, 9:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British women with silicone breast implants made by a French company should not have them removed, a UK watchdog says, amid concerns over health risks.
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France alert on breast implants

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 17:14

Thirty thousand women in France, given a potentially defective breast implant, will be told this week whether to have them removed.
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France genocide law angers Turkey

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 16:24
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Turkey's president urges France to scrap plans for a bill criminalising the denial of the 1915-16 mass killings of Armenians as genocide.
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Triple jumper Tamgho hit with ban

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 15:25

French triple jumper Teddy Tamgho is banned for 12 months, six of which are suspended, after being involved in a fight with a female athlete.
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VIDEO: Cinema's first blockbuster restored

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 10:12

The 1902 silent movie A Trip to the Moon by the French film-maker Georges Melies has been restored in one of the most complex and ambitious movie projects ever.
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Olympic rings at Channel Tunnel

Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 1:27
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A giant set of Olympic rings is unveiled at the entrance to Channel Tunnel in France - mainland Europe's gateway to London 2012.
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Fitch changes outlook on France

Sunday, December 18th 2011, 8:36

Ratings agency Fitch affirms France's top-notch AAA credit rating but revises its outlook on the country to "negative".
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VIDEO: Soyuz launches six satellites

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 4:57
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana, Russia Russia
related places: Sinnamary

A Russian Soyuz rocket has launched from French Guiana - only the second such vehicle to fly out of the territory's new Sinnamary spaceport.
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Soyuz launches satellite sextet

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 3:12
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana, Russia Russia
related places: Sinnamary

A Russian Soyuz rocket launches from French Guiana - only the second such vehicle to fly out of the territory's new Sinnamary spaceport.
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VIDEO: Cargo ship crew rescued off France

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 3:03

A rescue operation has been taking place off the French coast after a cargo ship ran aground in heavy storms.
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A literary haven on the Seine

Saturday, December 17th 2011, 0:59

Paris's Beat-era bookshop where authors read, write and sleep
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Calm rhetoric, Clegg urges French

Friday, December 16th 2011, 20:41
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg tells the French prime minister that steps should be taken to "calm the rhetoric" on the UK economy.
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VIDEO: Cargo ship aground off French coast

Friday, December 16th 2011, 17:00
related countries: Malta Malta

A Maltese-registered cargo ship has run aground of the coast of Brittany, leaking oil onto a nearby beach.
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Power cuts as storm lashes France

Friday, December 16th 2011, 10:45

A storm lashes north-western France, leaving thousands of homes without power and oil leaking from a stranded cargo ship.
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France convicts Carlos the Jackal

Thursday, December 15th 2011, 23:31

Self-styled revolutionary "Carlos the Jackal" is convicted by a French court of organising four deadly attacks in the 1980s and sentenced to life in prison.
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Chirac 'lacks strength to appeal'

Thursday, December 15th 2011, 22:42

Former French President Jacques Chirac says he has no plans to appeal againt a sentence for diverting public funds, but denies the charges.
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Golden Globes: A transatlantic love affair

Thursday, December 15th 2011, 18:58

Hollywood and France fall for each other at the Golden Globes
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French call to downgrade UK first

Thursday, December 15th 2011, 18:27
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French central bank head Christian Noyer says ratings agencies should downgrade the UK before France because its economy is weaker.
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