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Outrage at France's English Euro anthem

Monday, May 2nd 2016, 15:25

A French minister describes the choice of I was Made for Lovin' You as the official anthem for the French team at the Euro 2016 championship as "incomprehensible".
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How Paris is stepping up its drive against the car

Sunday, May 1st 2016, 23:08
related places: Paris

Paris steps up its drive against the car
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Clashes erupt at French May Day march

Sunday, May 1st 2016, 15:55
related places: Paris

French police clash with demonstrators in Paris during a May Day parade organised by trade unions to protest against a controversial labour bill.
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French police injured in protest clashes

Thursday, April 28th 2016, 19:21

Twenty-four police officers are injured, three seriously, during protests against a proposed labour law change in France.
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Paris attacks suspect in French court

Wednesday, April 27th 2016, 17:33
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam appears before a French judge hours after his extradition from Belgium.
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VIDEO: Jail for France's 'dentist of horror'

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 20:39

Jacobus van Nierop dubbed the "dentist of horror" has been sentenced to eight years in jail in France.
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Paris suicide bomber shown on French TV

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 12:28

Suicide bomber on French TV sparks debate
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'Dentist of horror' jailed in France

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 11:00

A Dutchman dubbed the "dentist of horror" is sentenced to eight years in France for mutilating the mouths of some 120 patients.
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France wins A$50bn Australia sub contract

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 5:56
related countries: Aruba Aruba

A A$50bn (€34bn; £27bn) contract to build 12 submarines for the Australian Navy is awarded to France, beating bids from Germany and Japan.
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Nations sign historic Paris climate deal

Friday, April 22nd 2016, 17:26
related places: Paris

Amid hope and hype, delegates have finished signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.
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Leaders prepare to sign climate treaty

Friday, April 22nd 2016, 9:52

The first significant step to putting the Paris Climate Agreement into practice will take place at the UN on Friday when nearly 170 nations are expected to formally sign the deal.
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VIDEO: Puts down baby, fights off armed robber

Thursday, April 21st 2016, 20:39

A bar owner in France has fought off a masked man attempting a robbery with a handgun.
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How the French learned to love their police

Wednesday, April 20th 2016, 23:28

How the French learned to love their police
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Brussels suspect charged over Paris

Wednesday, April 20th 2016, 13:53
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Sweden Sweden
related places: Brussels, Paris

Osama Krayem, a Swedish suspect in the Brussels bombings of 22 March, is charged with involvement in last year's Paris attacks.
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France 'committed' to Hinkley Point

Saturday, April 16th 2016, 23:20
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The French government is "completely committed" to building the UK's Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, France's economy minister tells the BBC.
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EU ministers in surprise Libya visit

Saturday, April 16th 2016, 22:24
related countries: Germany Germany, Libya Libya
related places: Eu

The French and German foreign ministers make an announced visit to Libya, in a show of support by the EU for the country's new UN-backed government.
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French girls 'tortured 12-year-old'

Friday, April 15th 2016, 10:51
related places: Paris

Police in a Paris suburb question three French schoolgirls suspected of torturing a younger girl and extorting money from her.
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More jail time for top jihad recruiter

Thursday, April 14th 2016, 19:17
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Germany Germany
related places: Brussels, Paris

A Belgian appeal court prolongs the jail term of Khaled Zerkani, convicted of recruiting some of the Paris and Brussels attackers.
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Coronation protest in French territory

Thursday, April 14th 2016, 8:36
related countries: Wallis and Futuna Wallis and Futuna

Dozens of people are occupying the royal palace building on the French Pacific territory of Wallis and Futuna, to try and prevent a new king being crowned.
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Pilot school sued over Germanwings crash

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 20:19

Families of victims killed when a co-pilot crashed his Germanwings plane into the French Alps are suing the flight school where he trained.
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Benzema 'not selected' for France

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 17:18
related countries: Spain Spain

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be going to Euro 2016, following a decision by the French Football Federation.
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Spain holds Paris siege 'gun supplier'

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 17:15
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Paris

Spanish police arrest a man suspected of supplying arms to Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered four people at a kosher supermarket in 2015.
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Bataclan names reopening concerts

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 16:59
related places: Paris

The Bataclan concert hall in Paris announces its first shows since last year's Islamic State-claimed attacks that left 90 music fans dead.
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VIDEO: Panama criticises France over blacklisting

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 7:38
related countries: Panama Panama

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela urges France to reconsider its ''mistaken and unnecessary decision'' in putting Panama on a blacklist of uncooperative tax havens.
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French soldier killed in northern Mali

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 16:37
related countries: Mali Mali

A French soldier deployed to Mali is killed after a landmine exploded under the vehicle he was travelling in.
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'Lost Caravaggio' found in French loft

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 13:29
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Caravaggio

A painting that may be by the Italian master Caravaggio and worth £94m is found in the loft of a house in southern France.
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French minister reignites drugs debate

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 11:05

A French minister calls for the debate over cannabis to be reopened, saying prohibition has failed, but is criticised from left and right.
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Brussels group 'planned to hit France'

Sunday, April 10th 2016, 9:57
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

The suspected surviving bomber in the Brussels attacks has told interrogators the group initially planned a new attack on France, Belgian prosecutors say.
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Suspect 'says he is Brussels man in hat'

Saturday, April 9th 2016, 19:19
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Belgian prosecutors say a suspect has admitted being the "man in the hat" seen with the suicide bombers who attacked a Brussels airport.
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Key Paris attacks suspect arrested

Saturday, April 9th 2016, 12:52
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

The key remaining suspect in November's Paris terror attacks, Mohamed Abrini, is among five people arrested in Belgium.
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French action urged over Calais children

Saturday, April 9th 2016, 12:10
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

The children's commissioner for England asks the French government to help lone children in Calais's refugee camp reach relatives in the UK.
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Gay slur 'not homophobic' - French court

Friday, April 8th 2016, 12:47
related places: Paris

A Paris employment tribunal rules that calling a male hairdresser a "faggot" is not homophobic - "because hair salons regularly employ gay people".
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France outlaws paying for sex

Thursday, April 7th 2016, 9:37

French MPs pass a controversial law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines of up to €3,750 for those buying sexual acts.
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VIDEO: French parliament bans payment for sex

Thursday, April 7th 2016, 6:58

French MPs have passed a law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines for those buying sexual acts.
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Spain calls in France over wine attack

Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 18:22
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Madrid

The foreign ministry in Madrid summons France's ambassador after protesting French farmers seize Spanish lorries and drain their cargo of wine.
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Le Pen fined over Holocaust remarks

Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 12:45

Former French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is fined 30,000 euros for describing the gas chambers as a detail of history.
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Belgium charges third over Paris plot

Saturday, April 2nd 2016, 11:23
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Belgian prosecutors say they have charged a third suspect with terrorist offences linked to a failed plot to attack France.
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Abdeslam 'did not want to kill' scores

Friday, April 1st 2016, 21:49
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam chose not to blow himself up to save people's lives, says his brother after meeting him in a Belgian prison.
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US and China to sign climate treaty

Thursday, March 31st 2016, 18:05
related countries: China China, United States United States

The world's two largest carbon emitters have issued a joint statement confirming that both countries will sign the Paris Climate Agreement next month.
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Abdeslam cleared for France extradition

Thursday, March 31st 2016, 17:39
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Belgian authorities say they will allow the extradition to France of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, arrested in Brussels on 18 March.
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Labour reform protests grip France

Thursday, March 31st 2016, 13:35

Protesters clash with police in France and arrests are made in fresh demonstrations over plans to make it easier for employers to lay off workers.
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Frenchman with weapons arsenal charged

Thursday, March 31st 2016, 8:29
related places: Paris

A French national arrested in Paris last week with an "unprecedented" amount of weapons has been charged over an alleged plot to carry out an attack, officials say.
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Row over France minister 'negro' comment

Wednesday, March 30th 2016, 18:01

A French minister sparks fury by comparing Muslim women who wear the headscarf to "negroes who accepted slavery".
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France drops plan to strip nationality

Wednesday, March 30th 2016, 16:26

The French president withdraws plans, announced after the Paris attacks, to strip militants convicted for terrorism of their citizenship.
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'Somalia-bound' ship of weapons seized

Tuesday, March 29th 2016, 13:41
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, Somalia Somalia

French naval forces patrolling the northern Indian Ocean seize a ship of weapons they say was heading towards Somalia in breach of a UN arms embargo
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Skier falls from lift in Pyrenees

Sunday, March 27th 2016, 11:21

A skier suffers multiple fractures after reportedly falling from a ski lift in the French Pyrenees.
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Thousands get Paris first aid training

Saturday, March 26th 2016, 22:30
related places: Paris

Some 3,200 people have attended free first aid training in Paris to be better prepared in the case of future attacks.
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VIDEO: 'Barbie can be seen as a feminist icon'

Saturday, March 26th 2016, 5:14
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

The Museum of Decorative Arts in the Louvre in Paris is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the American doll Barbie.
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Abdeslam silent since Brussels attacks

Saturday, March 26th 2016, 3:54
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, arrested last week in Brussels, refuses to speak following Tuesday's attacks in Belgium's capital, prosecutors say.
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VIDEO: Why are so many from Molenbeek radicalised?

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016, 4:52
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Secunder Kermani reports from Molenbeek in Brussels, where Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was arrested.
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Paris suspect 'worth his weight in gold'

Monday, March 21st 2016, 21:44
related places: Paris

Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in last year's Paris attacks, is "worth his weight in gold" to investigators, his lawyer says.
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Sven Mary, the 'scumbag's lawyer'

Monday, March 21st 2016, 20:54
related places: Paris

The man acting for Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam
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VIDEO: Moment Paris suspect runs past police

Monday, March 21st 2016, 16:31
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

New footage has emerged showing a man being shot by police as he tries to escape the Brussels police raid in which Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was captured.
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Paris suspect 'planned further attacks'

Sunday, March 20th 2016, 18:26
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

The Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who is being interrogated in Belgium, "was ready to restart something Brussels", the foreign minister says.
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Paris suspect 'to sue French prosecutor'

Sunday, March 20th 2016, 12:44
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam's lawyer says he plans to sue a French prosecutor for quoting from his client's statement to police.
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VIDEO: France expects terror suspect extradition

Saturday, March 19th 2016, 22:51
related places: Paris

The French government says it expects that the Paris attacks suspect, Salah Abdeslam, will be extradited to France within days.
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Paris suspect 'changed suicide plan'

Saturday, March 19th 2016, 20:09
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has told investigators he wanted to blow himself up but changed his mind, a French prosecutor says.
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Paris suspect arrest 'major blow' to IS

Saturday, March 19th 2016, 11:33
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

The capture of a key suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks is "a major blow" to the Islamic State (IS) group in Europe, France's interior minister has said.
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VIDEO: Police arrest Paris attacks suspect

Friday, March 18th 2016, 19:50
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Footage has emerged of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam being arrested in a raid in Brussels.
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Paris suspect's prints in raided flat

Friday, March 18th 2016, 15:52
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Fingerprints of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam are found in a Brussels flat raided this week, Belgian officials say.
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France arrests four over attack fears

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 20:36
related places: Four, Paris

Four people have been arrested in the Paris area as part of a wider investigation into a possible plot against French targets, officials say.
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Belgium identifies terror raid gunman

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 15:24
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

A terrorism suspect shot dead during a raid in Brussels on Tuesday has been identified as an Algerian national, Mohamed Belkaid, officials say.
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Urgent airlift for jailed Niger candidate

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 14:57
related countries: Niger Niger

Niger's jailed opposition leader Hama Amadou is flown to France for medical treatment ahead of Sunday's run-off.
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VIDEO: Armed police patrol Brussels raid site

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 3:08
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Security is tight in Brussels after a suspect was killed during a security operation targeting people linked to the terror attacks in Paris last November.
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VIDEO: How Brussels anti-terror raid unfolded

Tuesday, March 15th 2016, 19:42
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

Belgian security forces and French police are hunting for at least two gunmen in Brussels.
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French nationals killed in beach attack

Monday, March 14th 2016, 18:13

Four French nationals are revealed to be among the 18 people killed by Islamist militants at a beach resort in Ivory Coast on Sunday.
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Syria talks are 'moment of truth' - UN

Monday, March 14th 2016, 16:19
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States
related places: Monday

The UN envoy to Syria says fresh peace talks in Geneva are a "moment of truth" but disagreements over President Assad's future remain.
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Gunmen kill beach-goers in Ivory Coast

Monday, March 14th 2016, 12:36

At least 14 civilians and two soldiers are shot dead at a beach resort in Ivory Coast, in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda-linked militants.
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Nadal plans to sue over doping claims

Monday, March 14th 2016, 7:03

Rafael Nadal plans to sue an ex-French government minister who said his seven-month absence in 2012 was "probably due to a positive doping test".
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Pilot confidentiality 'must be relaxed'

Sunday, March 13th 2016, 16:43

French investigators call for medical confidentiality to be relaxed for pilots, in their final report on last year's Germanwings air crash.
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Iran 'risks EU sanctions over missiles'

Sunday, March 13th 2016, 14:20
related countries: Iran Iran
related places: Eu

France says Iran could face European sanctions over its recent test launches of ballistic missiles.
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Eagles of Death Metal singer's apology

Sunday, March 13th 2016, 13:36
related places: Paris

Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes apologises for suggesting some Bataclan security guards may have had advance warning about the venue being attacked in Paris last year.
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Girls quizzed over 'Bataclan-type plot'

Saturday, March 12th 2016, 14:28
related places: Paris

Two teenage girls appear before a French anti-terror judge suspected of planning an attack similar to that on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November.
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Paris attackers 'named in IS files'

Friday, March 11th 2016, 23:33
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Paris

The names of three men who carried out the Paris attacks in November appear in files leaked from the Islamic State militant group, according to German media.
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France tests world's largest cruise ship

Friday, March 11th 2016, 6:15

Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship still under construction, begins its first sea trial in western France.
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Woman smuggles infant in hand luggage

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 23:58
related places: Paris

A woman has flown from Istanbul to Paris with an infant girl hidden inside her hand luggage, Air France says.
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France protests against labour reforms

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 19:14

There are protests and disruption in France as unions and youths join forces to show their opposition to proposed labour reforms.
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French federation searched over Blatter

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 9:41

French Football Federation documents are seized in connection with the criminal investigation into ex-Fifa boss Sepp Blatter.
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VIDEO: MSF fears French migrant camp closure

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 5:43

Medical charity MSF is concerned the national government in France will try to close down a new refugee camp it has built with support from local government near the northern town of Dunkirk.
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Intriguing history of 'Paris siege' letter

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 0:06
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Paris

How a letter from the 1870 Paris siege arrived in Australia
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VIDEO: 'Dentist of Horror' on trial in France

Tuesday, March 8th 2016, 21:11

Jacobus van Nierop has gone on trial in France charged of deliberately mutilating the mouths of more than 100 patients.
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'Dentist of Horror' in French court

Tuesday, March 8th 2016, 13:08
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

A man from the Netherlands described by media as the "Dentist of Horror" goes on trial in France accused of mutilating the mouths of patients.
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Joan of Arc ring returns to France

Friday, March 4th 2016, 17:37
related places: Arc

A medieval ring believed to have belonged to French heroine Joan of Arc is back in France after nearly 600 years.
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VIDEO: The other Jungle: Dunkirk migrant camp

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016, 15:31

The BBC's Anna Holligan reports from the Dunkirk migrant camp in France and a new site a mile away set up by charity MSF.
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Prosecutors widen corruption probe

Tuesday, March 1st 2016, 22:01

French prosecutors widen their investigation into corruption in athletics to include bidding and voting for Olympic hosting rights.
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Calais 'Jungle' demolition resumes

Tuesday, March 1st 2016, 17:39
related places: Calais

Demolition teams return to the French port of Calais to dismantle more makeshift shelters in the "Jungle" migrant camp.
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Clashes as France clears Calais 'Jungle'

Monday, February 29th 2016, 23:36
related places: Calais

French police fire tear gas at rock-throwing protesters as demolition teams dismantle huts in part of the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle.
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French cleaners scrub off street art

Sunday, February 28th 2016, 15:29
related places: Reims

Citizens of Reims in northern France lose a brand new artwork commissioned for the town, after the anti-graffiti brigade scrubbed it off.
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