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EU leaders embrace multi-speed Europe amid tensions

Tuesday, March 7th 2017, 10:31
related countries: Germany Germany, Spain Spain
related places: Eu

The EU needs flexibility as well as unity, the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain say.
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Peaks and troughs

Tuesday, March 7th 2017, 0:18

The French Alps are a winter glory - but air pollution blights a major valley, John Laurenson reports.
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French Republicans back embattled Fillon

Monday, March 6th 2017, 20:08

The centre-right leaders say they are re-launching presidential candidate Francois Fillon's campaign.
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France election: Juppe refuses to stand instead of crisis-hit Fillon

Monday, March 6th 2017, 16:01

Former PM Alain Juppe says it is too late for him to unite the public ahead of the French polls.
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Fillon France election: 'No one can stop me' says candidate

Sunday, March 5th 2017, 20:22
related places: Paris

Embattled presidential contender Francois Fillon vows to continue amid speculation over a challenge.
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Troadec case: Two relatives arrested over French family disappearance

Sunday, March 5th 2017, 16:16

Two relatives are arrested in the city where several items belonging to the family have been found.
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Is Francois Fillon finished in presidential race?

Saturday, March 4th 2017, 16:54

The conservative candidate hopes a rally will rescue his bid to become France's next president.
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Raymond Kopa: Real Madrid and France legend dies at 85

Friday, March 3rd 2017, 12:00
related countries: Spain Spain

Legendary France and Real Madrid attacking midfielder Raymond Kopa dies at the age of 85.
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France election: New blow for Fillon as spokesman quits

Friday, March 3rd 2017, 11:48

The latest loss raises speculation that ex-PM Alain Juppe could rejoin the French election battle.
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Rio 2016 vote corruption claims 'probed by French investigators'

Friday, March 3rd 2017, 10:06

French investigators believe the vote to hand Rio the 2016 Olympic Games may have been rigged, a French newspaper claims.
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Francois Fillon: French conservative candidate's home raided

Thursday, March 2nd 2017, 21:34

The search comes as police investigate allegations his wife received public money for a fake job.
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Marine Le Pen loses immunity from prosecution over IS images

Thursday, March 2nd 2017, 12:04
related places: Eu

The move paves the way for France to prosecute the far-right leader for tweeting IS violence images.
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French election: Macron targets nepotism as aides desert Fillon

Thursday, March 2nd 2017, 11:50

The centrist candidate unveils his manifesto as aides desert rival Fillon.
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Francois Fillon: Pressure piles on French conservative candidate

Thursday, March 2nd 2017, 8:45

Centrists withhold support for Francois Fillon less than two months before the presidential poll.
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Fillon refuses to quit French election despite investigation

Wednesday, March 1st 2017, 17:12

The French centre-right presidential candidate is accused of fraud - but will not quit.
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Murder investigation into mysterious family disappearance in France

Wednesday, March 1st 2017, 16:24

A document and a pair of trousers of one of the missing have now been found 300km from their city.
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French candidate Francois Fillon pulls out of key event

Wednesday, March 1st 2017, 11:32

The centre-right hopeful's dramatic move raises more doubts about his campaign.
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French police sniper shoots two in error at Hollande speech

Tuesday, February 28th 2017, 23:17

The shot was fired as a police sniper shifted position on a roof about 100m from Mr Hollande.
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French election 2017: 'Obama for president', 42,000 supporters say

Tuesday, February 28th 2017, 12:59

Disillusioned by the range of candidates, French pranksters launch a campaign backing Barack Obama
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French election: New claims over Le Pen FN funding

Monday, February 27th 2017, 11:01

A former aide to far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen makes new fraud claims.
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James O'Connor and Ali Williams charged in Paris over cocaine

Monday, February 27th 2017, 10:41
related countries: Aruba Aruba, New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Paris

The former Australian and New Zealand internationals were arrested outside a Paris nightclub.
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Holograms, mistrust and 'fake news'

Monday, February 27th 2017, 0:08

How technology and disillusionment with mainstream media is affecting France's presidential election.
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French historian Henry Rousso nearly deported from US

Sunday, February 26th 2017, 13:19
related countries: United States United States

Visiting speaker Henry Rousso was stopped by border officials on his way to a university conference.
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Trump Paris jibe: Mayor uses Mickey Mouse to fight back

Sunday, February 26th 2017, 7:16
related places: Paris

Anne Hidalgo pushes back against jibes with a tweet celebrating Paris's "dynamism and openness".
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James O'Connor and Ali Williams held on Paris cocaine charge

Saturday, February 25th 2017, 16:14
related countries: Aruba Aruba, New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Paris

The former Australian and New Zealand internationals were buying cocaine, police sources say.
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French magistrate to investigate Francois Fillon case

Friday, February 24th 2017, 20:17

The appointment steps up the inquiry into payments made to the family of the presidential candidate.
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France probes 'anti-Semitic' assault in Paris suburb

Friday, February 24th 2017, 13:47
related places: Paris

Two Jewish men report a brutal assault near Paris in which one allegedly lost a finger.
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UN promises to stamp out abuse after child rape allegations

Friday, February 24th 2017, 0:08
related countries: Central African Republic Central African Republic

Child abuse allegations have been made against French and UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.
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Paris protests: Students tear-gassed by police

Thursday, February 23rd 2017, 13:56

Schools are blockaded in protest at alleged police brutality, including the reported rape of a black man.
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Venezuela protests over skier's expulsion from France

Thursday, February 23rd 2017, 12:53
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela

Venezuelan cross-country skier Adrian Solano was expelled from France on his way to a training camp.
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French artist Abraham Poincheval entombs himself in boulder

Wednesday, February 22nd 2017, 18:00

Poincheval will stay inside the 20-tonne limestone rock for a week to experience "geological time".
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'France loves you!'

Wednesday, February 22nd 2017, 11:26

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron tells French Londoners to come home in pre-election rally.
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France 'attack plot': Three arrested

Tuesday, February 21st 2017, 13:30

Three people are arrested in France on suspicion of plotting a terrorism attack, police sources say.
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'Spiderman' art thief Vjeran Tomic jailed in Paris

Monday, February 20th 2017, 17:48
related places: Paris

Vjeran Tomic took five paintings - including a Matisse and Picasso - from a Paris museum in 2010.
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Oscar hopes

Monday, February 20th 2017, 8:31

French film Elle was originally going to be a Hollywood production, its director says.
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Sister of Paris police 'rape victim' speaks out

Sunday, February 19th 2017, 11:45
related places: Paris

The sister of the young man who was allegedly sexually assaulted by French police, calls for justice in a BBC interview.
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'The state is the enemy'

Saturday, February 18th 2017, 6:05
related places: Paris

The BBC's James Longman assesses the mood in the deprived suburbs of Paris after days of unrest.
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Francois Fillon goes back on promise to quit if investigated

Friday, February 17th 2017, 22:37

The French presidential candidate had said he would step down if placed under formal investigation.
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Dan Carter: Racing 92 fly-half sorry after drink-driving reports

Friday, February 17th 2017, 6:53
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand
related places: Paris

Ex-New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter apologises for "a massive error of judgement" after reports he was stopped by police for drink-driving in Paris.
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France election: Fillon spokesman denies tax evasion

Wednesday, February 15th 2017, 11:31

The embattled French presidential campaign of Francois Fillon suffers a fresh distraction.
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France avalanche: Four killed at Tignes ski resort

Monday, February 13th 2017, 19:51
related places: Tignes

A group of snowboarders was buried after the avalanche swept through an off-piste area at Tignes.
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Theo 'rape' case fuels clashes with police in Paris area

Monday, February 13th 2017, 16:30
related places: Paris

Clashes spread in Paris suburbs amid anger over the alleged police rape of a young black man.
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Protests in France over alleged police rape

Sunday, February 12th 2017, 9:20
related places: Paris

Violence has broken out at a protest in Paris in support of a young black man who was allegedly assaulted by police.
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Montpellier arrests: France police avert 'imminent' attack

Friday, February 10th 2017, 15:36

Three men and a girl of 16 are found with bomb-making materials in a police raid in Montpellier.
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French farmer Cedric Herrou fined for helping migrants

Friday, February 10th 2017, 10:37

Cedric Herrou says his conviction will not stop him offering help to migrants arriving in Europe.
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France election: Fillon lawyers demand dropping of payments probe

Thursday, February 9th 2017, 22:14

Lawyers for the French presidential candidate say a payments inquiry against him is "invalid".
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Nabila Ramdani: 'Marine Le Pen won't do a Donald'

Thursday, February 9th 2017, 17:04
related countries: Algeria Algeria
related places: Here

Viewsnight is BBC Newsnight's new place for ideas and opinion. Here, French-Algerian journalist Nabila Ramdani argues Marine Le Pen will not win in France.
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Paris to put up glass wall to protect Eiffel Tower

Thursday, February 9th 2017, 16:26

The reinforced glass wall is designed to stop gunmen or vehicles storming the site, officials say.
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Galeries Lafayette apologises for barring cancer patient

Thursday, February 9th 2017, 11:35

A security guard at France's Galeries Lafayette threw out the woman as her head was covered.
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France election: Macron laughs off gay affair rumours

Tuesday, February 7th 2017, 15:50

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says his wife shares his life from morning till night.
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Louvre attack: Suspect 'confirms' he is Egyptian Abdullah Hamamy

Tuesday, February 7th 2017, 13:32
related countries: Egypt Egypt

The suspect confirms his identity and gives his version of events, French judicial sources say.
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Nicolas Sarkozy: French ex-president ordered to stand trial

Tuesday, February 7th 2017, 12:39

The ex-president is accused of illegal campaign financing - but will appeal against the order.
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Frenchman describes brutal 'police rape'

Tuesday, February 7th 2017, 11:49

Simmering tensions erupt in a French suburb after the young black man spoke of his alleged rape.
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Pompidou Center: 40th birthday celebrations

Monday, February 6th 2017, 23:51

As Paris' Pompidou Centre celebrates its 40th birthday, BBC arts editor Will Gompertz speaks to two of the original architects, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano.
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France election: Fillon apologises over family payments

Monday, February 6th 2017, 17:28

The French candidate insists the payments were legal but says voters no longer accept the practice.
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Fake news: Facebook and Google team up with French media

Monday, February 6th 2017, 14:23

Eight media organisations sign up to a new service aimed at preventing the spread of misinformation.
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Lost Bob Marley tapes restored after 40 years in London basement

Monday, February 6th 2017, 10:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Paris

The tapes, once damaged by water, contain recordings of concerts in London and Paris in the 1970s.
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Louvre attack: Friend defends 'respectful' suspect

Sunday, February 5th 2017, 17:22
related countries: Egypt Egypt
related places: Paris

Social media updates by the Egyptian suspected of launching a machete attack at a Paris museum suggested nothing untoward, says his friend.
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France election: Centrist rising star Macron urges unity

Saturday, February 4th 2017, 22:31

In one of the most open presidential races in years, Emmanuel Macron vows to unite the nation.
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Louvre attack: My son is no terrorist, says suspect's father

Saturday, February 4th 2017, 20:24

Reda al-Hamamy says his son, who was shot attacking soldiers in Paris, is a "poor young man".
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Louvre attack: Tourists in Paris 'not worried'

Saturday, February 4th 2017, 13:36
related places: Paris

Tourists say heightened security has reassured them after Friday's attack.
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Louvre attack: French soldier shoots machete-wielding man

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 17:57
related places: Paris

The machete-wielding man shouted "Allahu Akbar" and attacked soldiers at the entrance, police say.
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Louvre attacker shooting: 'We saw death coming for us'

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 13:11

People describe the moment they heard gunshots as a French soldier guarding the Louvre fired a man who tried to attack a security patrol with a machete..
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French security forces gather at Louvre after attack

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 12:07

See the scene outside the Louvre as a police spokeswoman gives further detail on what happened.
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France elections: Fillon setback as wife video resurfaces

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 11:53

An old interview with Francois Fillon's wife deals another blow to the French presidential hopeful.
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Fillon: 'Investigation's aim is to destroy me'

Thursday, February 2nd 2017, 21:00

The French presidential candidate denies claims he used public money to pay his wife for "fake jobs".
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France's Fillon under pressure to end presidential bid

Wednesday, February 1st 2017, 16:27

France's scandal-hit centre-right presidential candidate denounces a "left-wing coup".
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Paris compost urinals open near Gare de Lyon station

Wednesday, February 1st 2017, 15:57
related places: Lyon

The hope is that the urinals will help to discourage men from urinating elsewhere in public.
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Marine Le Pen: Deadline passes for National Front leader to repay EU funds

Wednesday, February 1st 2017, 8:58
related places: Eu, Paris

A deadline passes for the French far-right leader to hand back thousands of euros.
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Fillon pay row: New claim over wife's 'fake jobs'

Tuesday, January 31st 2017, 19:11

France's centre-right candidate says fresh press allegations are slander aimed at ending his campaign.
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Francois Fillon and wife questioned over payment row

Monday, January 30th 2017, 21:34

The front-runner in France's presidential elections and his wife deny any wrongdoing.
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'Spiderman burglar' goes on trial over Paris art theft

Monday, January 30th 2017, 16:23
related places: Paris

Vjeran Tomic is accused of stealing paintings, including works by Picasso and Matisse, worth €100m.
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Brussels suspect Abrini formally investigated over Paris attacks

Monday, January 30th 2017, 13:24
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Airport bombing suspect Mohamed Abrini appears in French court over 2015 Paris attacks.
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Benoit Hamon to be Socialist candidate in French election

Sunday, January 29th 2017, 20:55

Benoit Hamon beats Manuel Valls to represent the Socialist Party in April's presidential election.
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Francois Fillon: I will drop out of France president race if investigated

Friday, January 27th 2017, 14:04

Only a judicial probe would make me drop out, says France presidential contender hit by media storm.
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Free soda: France bans unlimited sugary drink refills

Friday, January 27th 2017, 10:20
related places: Eu

The number of overweight or obese people in France is below the EU average but is on the rise.
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All fired up

Thursday, January 26th 2017, 12:37

Emmanuel Macron wins supporters to his liberal push for the French presidency.
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Francois Fillon's wife facing payment investigation

Wednesday, January 25th 2017, 18:53

A newspaper accuses the French presidential candidate's wife of improperly receiving public funds.
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Paris Jackson: 'My father was murdered'

Wednesday, January 25th 2017, 8:54
related places: Paris

Michael Jackson's only daughter, Paris, says she believes her father was murdered.
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French President Hollande visits Colombia rebels

Wednesday, January 25th 2017, 1:33
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Francois Hollande goes to isolated rural camp with the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos.
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Rebel with a cause

Tuesday, January 24th 2017, 0:45

What does the rise of left-wing presidential hopeful Benoit Hamon say about France's Socialists?
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Marine Le Pen hails patriotism as the policy of the future

Saturday, January 21st 2017, 14:25

The French politician tells fellow far-right leaders 2017 will see a nationalist rebirth across Europe.
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Battle of the left

Saturday, January 21st 2017, 0:30

France picks its Socialist presidential nominee in a fight for the party's direction, even its survival.
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Roman Polanski picked for French film panel, sparking outrage

Saturday, January 21st 2017, 0:22

Director Roman Polanski picked as head judge for France's film awards despite long-standing rape case.
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Why the French presidential election matters

Saturday, January 21st 2017, 0:00

Why the French presidential election matters
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PIP breast implants: French court tells TUV to pay damages

Friday, January 20th 2017, 15:25
related countries: Germany Germany

German safety body TUV is told to pay hefty compensation over the PIP breast implant scandal.
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French Polynesia signs first 'floating city' deal

Tuesday, January 17th 2017, 11:01
related countries: French Polynesia French Polynesia

French Polynesia signs a deal that could pave the way for the world's first floating city.
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Trump attack on Merkel rebuffed by French president

Monday, January 16th 2017, 20:36
related countries: Germany Germany, United States United States
related places: Merkel

Francois Hollande brushes off the US president-elect's attack on Germany's liberal migrant policy.
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Russian artist Pavlensky 'to seek French asylum' amid sex claim

Monday, January 16th 2017, 16:42
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Shock artist Petr Pavlensky leaves Moscow after being told he is being accused of a sex crime.
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Ray-Ban maker Luxottica agrees €46bn merger with Essilor

Monday, January 16th 2017, 6:48

Luxottica, the world's biggest glasses maker, agrees a merger with French lens maker Esillor.
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Israel-Palestinian conflict: Summit warns against unilateral actions

Sunday, January 15th 2017, 21:28
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Paris

Delegates at the Paris conference also reiterated their commitment to the two-state solution.
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