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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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Teacher dies in school trip crash

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 21:27
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British teacher dies and up to five people are seriously injured as a coach carrying schoolchildren home from a skiing trip crashes in France.
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Sarkozy defends record at rally

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 19:05

French President Nicolas Sarkozy defends his economic record at the first big rally of his re-election campaign as opinion polls suggest he is trailing.
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VIDEO: Bruni joins Sarkozy for rally in Marseille

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 17:34
related places: Marseille

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has held his first political rally in the port city of Marseille.
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Iran 'halts UK-France oil sales'

Sunday, February 19th 2012, 15:08
related countries: Iran Iran, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

Iran halts oil sales to British and French companies, the nation's oil ministry says, ahead of a 1 July ban on Iranian oil imports imposed by the EU.
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Police to question Strauss-Kahn

Saturday, February 18th 2012, 17:35
related places: Lille

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss is to be questioned next week by police in France investigating an alleged prostitution ring in the northern French city of Lille, officials say.
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Friday, February 17th 2012, 13:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

The UK prime minister and French president hail the strong ties between their two countries after agreeing to work more closely on military operations and nuclear power.
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UK and France sign nuclear deal

Friday, February 17th 2012, 12:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK signs a deal with France to strengthen co-operation on civil nuclear energy as a Franco-British summit is held in Paris.
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VIDEO: France and UK sign nuclear deal

Friday, February 17th 2012, 11:25
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK is to sign a deal with France to strengthen co-operation in the development of civil nuclear energy.
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Grave theft of diamond dog collar

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 16:19

Police in France search for thieves who stole a diamond encrusted dog collar worth 9,000 euros (£7,500: $12,000) from the grave of a poodle.
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Carmaker Renault sees sales rise

Thursday, February 16th 2012, 9:46
related places: Renault

France's second largest car maker Renault reports a 9% rise in annual sales, helped by increasing business outside Europe.
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Sarkozy announces re-election bid

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 20:27

Nicolas Sarkozy formally declares he will stand for re-election as French president on 22 April, with Francois Hollande his main rival.
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Europe struck by growth slowdown

Wednesday, February 15th 2012, 11:02

Italy and the Netherlands fall into recession and Germany contracts, but France shows surprise fourth quarter growth.
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France v Ireland set for 4 March

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 17:00
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The Six Nations game between France and Ireland will now be played on Sunday 4 March in Paris
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Downgrade hit to Spain and Italy

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 13:51
related countries: Italy Italy, Portugal Portugal, Spain Spain, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Italy, Spain and Portugal are among six eurozone nations to have their credit ratings cut by Moody's, while the UK and France are put on "negative outlook".
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Monsanto court blow on poisoning

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 10:35
related countries: United States United States
related places: Monsanto

A French court finds US biotech giant Monsanto legally responsible for the poisoning of a farmer who inhaled a powerful weedkiller.
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Vega launcher makes first flight

Monday, February 13th 2012, 11:31
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana
related places: Kourou

Europe's new 30m-tall Vega rocket has launched on its first flight from Kourou in French Guiana, on a mission to put nine small satellites in orbit.
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France v Ireland match called off

Saturday, February 11th 2012, 20:10
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Paris

The Six Nations game between France and Ireland is called off 10 minutes before kick-off because of a frozen pitch at Stade de France in Paris.
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Live - Six Nations

Saturday, February 11th 2012, 16:42
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Italy Italy
related places: Paris, Rome

The match between France and Ireland is called off because of a frozen pitch after England fight back to win in Rome.
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Oil price lifts profits at Total

Friday, February 10th 2012, 12:10

French oil firm Total reports a 7% rise in quarterly profits, driven mainly by higher oil prices.
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New image of France's National Front

Friday, February 10th 2012, 1:26

France's National Front develops a new image
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North Africa gets giant car plant

Thursday, February 9th 2012, 17:22
related countries: Morocco Morocco
related places: Renault

The biggest car factory in North Africa, run by French firm Renault, is officially opened near the Moroccan city of Tangiers.
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French parfumier in racism trial

Thursday, February 9th 2012, 15:30

The French parfumier Jean-Paul Guerlain goes on trial on racism charges after he caused widespread offence during a television interview.
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Centre Earls makes Ireland return

Thursday, February 9th 2012, 13:46
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Munster

Munster centre Keith Earls replaces Fergus McFadden in the Ireland team for Saturday's Six Nations game against France.
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Parra replaces injured Yachvili

Thursday, February 9th 2012, 11:27
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Paris

Morgan Parra is called into the France team to face Ireland as Dimitri Yachvili has failed to overcome a back problem.
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Sarkozy ex-minister faces charges

Thursday, February 9th 2012, 10:42

The former French minister Eric Woerth is under criminal investigation for influence peddling in connection with the Bettencourt scandal.
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Berlin to open with French drama

Thursday, February 9th 2012, 9:24
related countries: Germany Germany

A drama set around the French Revolution, starring Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette, will launch the Berlin Film Festival later.
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Contador given two-year drug ban

Monday, February 6th 2012, 15:20

Alberto Contador is handed a two-year ban for a doping offence - and is stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title.
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Merkel: 'Normal' to back Sarkozy

Monday, February 6th 2012, 13:05
related countries: Germany Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a joint cabinet session with President Nicolas Sarkozy, 80 days before French voters go to the polls.
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French air workers to hold strike

Friday, February 3rd 2012, 22:40

Unions representing French pilots and aircrew plan to strike from Monday to Thursday.
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Uganda signs oil production deal

Friday, February 3rd 2012, 13:06
related countries: China China, Uganda Uganda, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Oil production is set to start in Uganda after a deal is signed between the government and London-based Tullow oil, which also draws in Chinese and French firms.
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Poster 'threat' to Dujardin Oscar

Friday, February 3rd 2012, 12:07
related places: Paris

Movie billboards in Paris featuring The Artist actor Jean Dujardin might affect his chances of winning an Academy Award, according to French press.
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The exiles in 'temporary' homes for 50 years

Friday, February 3rd 2012, 1:28

The exiles still in temporary housing after 50 years in France
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France investigates Costa wreck

Thursday, February 2nd 2012, 12:00
related places: Costa

French prosecutors launch an investigation into the Costa Concordia disaster in which 32 people, including six French nationals, are thought to have died.
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Sarkozy challenger flour-bombed

Wednesday, February 1st 2012, 17:33

A woman hurls flour at the Socialist favourite in the French presidential election, Francois Hollande, at a campaign appearance in Paris.
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VIDEO: Flour thrown at French candidate

Wednesday, February 1st 2012, 17:05
related places: Paris

A protester has thrown flour at France's Socialist front-runner Francois Hollande during a speech on housing in Paris.
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Olympic art recreates masterpiece

Wednesday, February 1st 2012, 0:30
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

London Olympic Park workers recreate French masterpiece
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French close in on India jet deal

Tuesday, January 31st 2012, 18:12
related countries: India India

French firm Dassault emerges as preferred bidder for a $10bn contract to supply jet fighters to India, in a major setback for Eurofighter.
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Genocide bill faces court hurdle

Tuesday, January 31st 2012, 13:46

A French bill that makes it a criminal offence to deny that genocide was committed against Armenians has been referred to France's highest court.
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French honour for singer Shakira

Tuesday, January 31st 2012, 10:37
related places: Cannes

Singer Shakira receives the French culture medal in Cannes for her contribution to the world of fine arts.
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AUDIO: 'Children killed by snipers in Homs'

Monday, January 30th 2012, 17:52
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Homs

Two children have been shot dead by snipers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Homs in recent days, according to a French photographer who has been visiting the Syrian city.
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France cuts 2012 growth forecast

Monday, January 30th 2012, 15:18

France cuts its growth forecast for this year to 0.5% from 1% to "take into account the deterioration of the economic situation".
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Sarkozy sets out 'Robin Hood' tax

Monday, January 30th 2012, 0:33

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announces the introduction of a tax on financial transactions, as the presidential election looms.
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Karzai thanks UK for 'sacrifice'

Saturday, January 28th 2012, 15:46
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai thanks the British people for sacrificing "blood and treasure" for the future of his country.
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Escaping the Gestapo

Saturday, January 28th 2012, 0:14

Betrayal and escape in the French resistance
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France to resume Afghan training

Friday, January 27th 2012, 17:49
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Paris

French troops will resume training Afghan soldiers on Saturday but Paris will pull out most of its troops by the end of 2013, President Nicolas Sarkozy says.
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Winslet to receive Cesar honour

Friday, January 27th 2012, 14:41
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cesar

British actress Kate Winslet is to receive an honorary Cesar Award and drama Poliss is nominated for 13 prizes at France's equivalent of the Oscars.
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Breast implant boss faces charges

Friday, January 27th 2012, 0:36

The owner of a French breast implant maker at the centre of an international safety scare faces charges of "involuntary injury", his lawyer says.
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Hollande: Tax rich to cut deficit

Thursday, January 26th 2012, 22:51

French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande sets out election policies that target the rich to tackle the country's budget deficit.
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Francois Bayrou and self-belief

Wednesday, January 25th 2012, 0:38

Francois Bayrou and his hopes for the French presidency
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VIDEO: Turkey says French bill 'racist'

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 17:36
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The Turkish prime minister has said a bill passed by the French parliament on the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule is "racist".
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French 'to stay in Afghanistan'

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 16:38
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

France is not planning to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says.
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Turkey says French bill 'racist'

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 13:03
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The Turkish prime minister says a bill passed by the French parliament on the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule is "racist".
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VIDEO: Turkey vents fury at French vote

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 3:21
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Turkey has reacted with fury to the latest move by French lawmakers to condemn the mass killing of Armenians by Turks in 1915.
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France returns Maori heads to NZ

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 2:42
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

French authorities return 20 mummified heads of Maori warriors to New Zealand in what is the single largest handover to date, according to officials.
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French Senate passes genocide law

Monday, January 23rd 2012, 22:41
related countries: Armenia Armenia, Turkey Turkey

The French Senate approves a controversial bill that makes it a criminal offence to deny that Turks committed genocide against Armenians during World War I.
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Gold diggers shoot-out kills nine

Sunday, January 22nd 2012, 15:52
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

Nine gold diggers are killed in a gunfight between rival gangs at a remote site in French Guiana, during a visit to the territory by President Sarkozy.
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French shot dead in Afghanistan

Friday, January 20th 2012, 22:52
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

France suspends its military training operations in Afghanistan after four French soldiers are shot dead in an incident involving a member of the Afghan army.
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Turkey asks France to reject bill

Friday, January 20th 2012, 18:02
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The Turkish foreign minister asks France's Senate to reject a bill criminalising genocide denial, as it moves closer to becoming law.
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France grapples with job conundrum

Friday, January 20th 2012, 16:37

France grapples with its growing unemployment problem
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France and Iran share film spoils

Friday, January 20th 2012, 11:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

French film The Artist and Iranian film A Separation have triumphed at the London Critics Circle awards.
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Voltaire's English letters found

Friday, January 20th 2012, 3:47
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Oxford

An Oxford academic has uncovered letters by Voltaire, which reveal how much this icon of French writing profited financially and intellectually from a stay in England.
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New role for Strauss-Kahn's wife

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 12:37
related countries: United States United States
related places: Strauss

The wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to edit a French edition of the US news and opinion website Huffington Post.
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Bulgaria bans shale gas drilling

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 11:13
related countries: Bulgaria Bulgaria

Bulgaria becomes the second European country after France to ban test drilling for shale gas using the controversial "fracking" method.
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PSG set to open talks with Tevez

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 9:12

Carlos Tevez's advisor will hold talks with French club Paris St Germain on Thursday over a possible transfer.
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Murray v Roger-Vasselin as it happened

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 5:53
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Britain's Andy Murray beats Edouard Roger-Vasselin to reach round three of the Australian Open.
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VIDEO: How will Sarkozy boost popularity?

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 5:49

He is grappling with a rising jobless rate and the fallout from last week's decision by Standard and Poor's to downgrade France's triple-A credit status.
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Beckham signs new LA Galaxy deal

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 23:53

David Beckham decides to remain at LA Galaxy after signing a new two-year deal with the club.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy to build 'new growth model'

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 9:17

French President Nicolas Sarkozy to meet unions to discuss reforms to boost employment and competitiveness.
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Moody's keeps French AAA rating

Monday, January 16th 2012, 17:12

Ratings agency Moody's is maintaining France's top AAA credit rating for now, three days after it was downgraded by another agency.
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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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