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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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G20 fail to agree economy targets

Friday, February 18th 2011, 21:35
related places: Paris

Negotiators fail to agree targets to reduce global economic imbalances on the first day of the two-day G20 meeting in Paris.
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Lift-off for 'Kepler' space truck

Thursday, February 17th 2011, 0:23
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

Europe's unmanned space freighter launches from French Guiana on a mission to resupply the International Space Station.
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New Tunisia furore grips France

Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 15:54
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia

France's Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie defends a property deal between her parents and an associate of the ousted Tunisian president.
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Mexico's Fuentes attacks Sarkozy

Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 15:33
related countries: Mexico Mexico

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes says France's Nicolas Sarkozy is acting like a "banana republic dictator" amid a row over a Frenchwoman jailed in Mexico.
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Armstrong confirms cycling exit

Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 11:56

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong confirms he has retired from competitive cycling for good.
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Sanofi to buy Genzyme for $20.1bn

Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 7:40
related countries: United States United States

French pharmaceutical group Sanofi-Aventis agrees to buy US-based biotech company Genzyme for $20.1bn.
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Contador cleared of doping charge

Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 17:38

Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is cleared by the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation to compete after winning his appeal against a one-year doping ban.
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VIDEO: French firms cope with slow growth

Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 12:49

Cold weather takes the edge off growth in the Eurozone in the final three months of 2010.
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Euro growth weaker than forecast

Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 12:19
related countries: Germany Germany

The eurozone economy grew by 0.3% in the fourth quarter, official figures show, slightly weaker than expected.
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EDF announces 74% fall in profit

Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 10:31

Electricite de France has reported a 74% drop in net profit as demand for gas and electricity remains low.
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VIDEO: The godfather of supper clubs

Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 8:49
related places: Paris

Rajan Datar samples the hospitality available at some of Paris' supper clubs and meets the godfather of social networking.
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Kidney rules out tactical rethink

Monday, February 14th 2011, 10:12
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Declan Kidney insists Ireland will continue pursuing their attacking game plan despite Sunday's agonising 25-22 Six Nations defeat by France.
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Live - Ireland v France

Sunday, February 13th 2011, 14:02
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Dublin

Defending Six Nations champions France beat Ireland in Dublin in a pulsating Six Nations match.
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Clijsters regains number one spot

Friday, February 11th 2011, 21:59
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters regains her world number one ranking after beating Jelena Dokic in the quarter-finals of the Paris Open.
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French kidnap woman appeal fails

Friday, February 11th 2011, 0:36
related countries: Mexico Mexico

A Mexican appeals court upholds the conviction of a French woman, Florence Cassez, whose imprisonment for kidnapping has caused friction with France.
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Judges stage anti-Sarkozy strike

Thursday, February 10th 2011, 12:04

Magistrates are to take to the streets in French cities in an escalating row with President Nicolas Sarkozy's government.
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Renault eyes developing markets

Thursday, February 10th 2011, 11:02
related countries: Brazil Brazil, India India
related places: Renault

French carmaker Renault says it aims to almost double profit margins by focusing on sales in Brazil, Russia and India.
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Swiss twins 'last seen on ferry'

Thursday, February 10th 2011, 0:29
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Missing Swiss twin girls were last seen on a ferry to Corsica with their father, French prosecutors say, as their mother appeals for information.
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Sarkozy ban on foreign holidays

Wednesday, February 9th 2011, 17:22

French President Nicolas Sarkozy tells his government to holiday at home after revelations about two members of his government.
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Peugeot sees strong 2010 recovery

Wednesday, February 9th 2011, 7:26

French carmaker Peugeot Citroen returns to a full-year profit after seeing a strong recovery in 2010.
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Mubarak 'lent French PM a plane'

Tuesday, February 8th 2011, 18:47
related countries: Egypt Egypt

French PM Francois Fillon says Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lent him a plane and paid for lodgings during a family holiday at new year.
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Franco-Egyptian poet Chedid dies

Tuesday, February 8th 2011, 0:02
related countries: Egypt Egypt
related places: Paris

Andree Chedid, the Franco-Egyptian poet whose son and grandson became famous singers, dies in Paris at the age of 90.
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French minister in Tunisia gaffe

Monday, February 7th 2011, 9:44
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia
related places: Marie

French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, facing calls to resign, admits she was wrong to fly on a Tunisian businessman's plane.
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France 34-21 Scotland

Saturday, February 5th 2011, 18:50
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Reigning Six Nations champions France open their campaign with a stylish win over a spirited Scotland at the Stade de France.
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Live - France v Scotland

Saturday, February 5th 2011, 13:31
related countries: Italy Italy, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris, Rome

Scotland take on 2010 Grand Slam winners France in Paris after Ireland scrape home 13-11 against Italy in Rome
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Live - Wales v England

Friday, February 4th 2011, 15:20
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Italy Italy, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff

Wales take on England in the first match of the 2011 Six Nations.
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Last Tango actress Schneider dies

Thursday, February 3rd 2011, 15:50
related places: Paris

French actress Maria Schneider, best known for playing Marlon Brando's lover in Last Tango in Paris, dies aged 58 after a long illness.
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French minister's suicide queried

Thursday, February 3rd 2011, 10:38

An ex-policeman raises questions about the verdict of suicide in the death of French minister Robert Boulin in 1979.
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Allen movie to open Cannes gala

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 16:37
related places: Cannes, Paris

Director Woody Allen's romantic comedy Midnight in Paris is to open the Cannes Film Festival in May, organisers announce.
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Henson in talks about shock French move

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 15:24
related places: Toulon

Gavin Henson may join Jonny Wilkinson at French giants Toulon just six weeks after his Saracens debut.
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Giant pile-up near Paris airport

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 9:53
related places: Paris

A 50-vehicle pile-up caused by black ice blocks a slip road at Paris airport Charles de Gaulle, leaving 30 people injured.
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Nothing to declare

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 1:32
related countries: Belgium Belgium

French-Belgian stereotypes wheeled out for comic racism film
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France holds Ben Ali 'family jet'

Tuesday, February 1st 2011, 18:22
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia

French prosecutors seize a jet said to belong to the family of ousted Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
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Srebrenica suspect held in France

Tuesday, February 1st 2011, 17:47

Serbian ex-paramilitary Milorad Momic, suspected of involvement in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, is arrested in the French Alps.
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Wife in Chirac Alzheimer's denial

Monday, January 31st 2011, 12:09

The wife of French former President Jacques Chirac denies he is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, a month before his corruption trial.
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Lagarde confirms bail-out moves

Friday, January 28th 2011, 17:46
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Eu

French economic minister Christine Lagarde confirms leaders are discussing bolstering the bail-out fund used to rescue the Irish Republic.
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Contador will appeal against ban

Friday, January 28th 2011, 17:07

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador says he will appeal if a one-year provisional ban given to him by the Spanish Cycling Federation is confirmed.
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French ban on gay marriage upheld

Friday, January 28th 2011, 11:35

The French constitutional court upholds a ban on gay marriage, which was challenged by a lesbian couple with four children.
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Sarkozy 'will not let euro fail'

Thursday, January 27th 2011, 15:00

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will never let the euro fail and those who bet against it should "watch out for their money".
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Serbia jails football murderers

Tuesday, January 25th 2011, 17:01
related countries: Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro
related places: Belgrade

A Serbian court jails 14 football hooligans for up to 35 years over the 2009 murder of French fan Brice Taton in Belgrade.
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Rwanda rebel leader sent to ICC

Tuesday, January 25th 2011, 14:59
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda Rwanda
related places: Paris

A Rwandan rebel leader is extradited from France to The Hague, as his group is accused of attacking a Congolese wildlife park.
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De La Rue shares fall on bid snub

Monday, January 24th 2011, 19:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Shares in UK banknote printer De La Rue fall 15% as rejected French suitor Oberthur decides to throw in the towel.
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Ben Ali's properties investigated

Monday, January 24th 2011, 18:00
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia
related places: Paris

The Paris state prosecutor's office says it is investigating the property assets held by ousted Tunisian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in France.
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France 'slow to back' Tunisians

Monday, January 24th 2011, 12:28

French President Nicolas Sarkozy acknowledges France was slow to respond to protests that led to the fall of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
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Belgian rally demands government

Monday, January 24th 2011, 0:57
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Tens of thousands of Belgians rally to demand a government and call for better relations between Flemish and French speakers.
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Former Vivendi bosses convicted

Friday, January 21st 2011, 15:55

A French court fines the boss of Warner Music Group for insider trading when he was a leading executive at Vivendi.
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French minister mobbed by Gazans

Friday, January 21st 2011, 15:53

France's foreign minister is mobbed in Gaza by Palestinians who mistakenly believed she had called the capture of an Israeli soldier a war crime.
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France warned over rare hamsters

Friday, January 21st 2011, 12:39
related places: Eu, Strasbourg

A top EU legal adviser warns the French government that it must do more to protect endangered hamsters near Strasbourg in eastern France.
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SA probes French couple's death

Friday, January 21st 2011, 11:42
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South African authorities are investigating the death of a French couple who had been on the run for a week.
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Sarkozy in Alsace 'German' gaffe

Wednesday, January 19th 2011, 11:21
related countries: Germany Germany

French President Nicolas Sarkozy makes a gaffe while addressing farmers in a French border region, saying he is "in Germany".
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French boy 'sets himself alight'

Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 17:47
related places: Marseille

A teenage French boy is rushed to hospital after setting himself on fire at his school, officials in Marseille say.
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Tunisia 'took France by surprise'

Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 10:41
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia

The French foreign minister defends her handling of the Tunisian crisis, saying France was as surprised as anyone else.
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Time capsule mansion unlocked

Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 7:14

A French mansion house that was kept locked up for 100 years has just been opened to the public, in accordance with its owner's last wishes.
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Yemen convicts Frenchman's killer

Monday, January 17th 2011, 11:27
related countries: Yemen Yemen

A Yemeni court condemns a man to death for killing a French contractor and sentences in absentia radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki to 10 years.
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In father's footsteps

Sunday, January 16th 2011, 19:42

Profile of Marine Le Pen, new leader of France's National Front
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France pledges drug system reform

Saturday, January 15th 2011, 22:12

France pledges to overhaul its medical regulatory system after a failure to ban a diabetes drug that may have killed up to 2,000 people.
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Marine Le Pen 'to lead far right'

Saturday, January 15th 2011, 7:59

France's far-right National Front chooses Marine Le Pen, daughter of veteran leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, as its new head, party sources say.
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2011 'year of rockets' for Europe

Friday, January 14th 2011, 19:00
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

Twenty-eleven will be the "year of launchers", says the European Space Agency's director-general, as three different rockets start operating out of Europe's French Guiana spaceport.
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Europe mulls upping rescue fund

Friday, January 14th 2011, 16:29

Increasing the size of the eurozone bail-out fund is an option being considered, France's finance minister says.
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Renault seeks 'espionage' probe

Thursday, January 13th 2011, 20:51
related places: Renault

Renault asks French authorities to investigate the suspected industrial espionage at the carmaker.
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French scandal over Halimi girl

Thursday, January 13th 2011, 11:22

A French prison chief is suspended over an alleged affair he had with a woman used as bait in a notorious gang murder.
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French PM pushes Cameron over EU

Thursday, January 13th 2011, 10:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cameron, Eu

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon urges the UK to back further European integration ahead of a Downing Street meeting with David Cameron.
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Bokassa's chateau sold at auction

Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 16:57
related countries: Central African Republic Central African Republic
related places: Paris

A chateau on the outskirts of Paris that once belonged to Central African Republic dictator Jean-Bedel Bokassa is sold at auction for 915,000 euros.
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Unlikely French comedian is a hit

Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 10:51

Christian Fraser meets a comedian, Sami Ameziane, who has escaped his own poverty and a stereotype that in France has held plenty of others back.
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Four killed in French avalanche

Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 22:06
related places: Four, Val

Four skiers, a Briton, two French and a Swede, are killed in an avalanche while skiing off-piste in the French Alpine resort of Val d'Isere.
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'Hostage-takers' seized in Niger

Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 16:55
related countries: Niger Niger

Two suspected militants were seized in last week's raid which resulted in the deaths of two French hostages in Niger, Niger's security sources reveal.
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Wake-up call

Tuesday, January 11th 2011, 0:54

Report to expose flaws in French drug industry
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Frenchmen 'killed in cold blood'

Monday, January 10th 2011, 15:31
related countries: Niger Niger

The French Prime Minister says two Frenchmen were shot dead in Niger in cold blood by their captors during a failed rescue.
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Niger captors 'killed' hostages

Sunday, January 9th 2011, 12:49
related countries: Niger Niger

Two French citizens who died after being kidnapped in Niger were probably killed by their captors, the French military says.
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Renault plays down spying damage

Saturday, January 8th 2011, 11:53
related countries: China China
related places: Renault

Renault says the impact of spying on the carmaker could have been much worse, as a minister refuses to speculate about Chinese involvement.
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France to probe Renault spy case

Friday, January 7th 2011, 18:08
related places: Renault

The French president asks the country's intelligence service to investigate suspected industrial spying at carmaker Renault.
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Squatters 'face off' with Sarkozy

Friday, January 7th 2011, 13:15

French police seal off an office building opposite the Elysee Palace as squatters taunt President Nicolas Sarkozy over housing.
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Malian hailed as French embassy blast hero

Friday, January 7th 2011, 11:16
related countries: Mali Mali, Tunisia Tunisia
related places: Bamako

A man who helped Malian police arrest a Tunisian national as he attacked the French embassy in the capital, Bamako, is hailed as a hero for his bravery.
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Caine collects top French honour

Friday, January 7th 2011, 8:38
related places: Paris

Oscar-winning actor Sir Michael Caine receives France's highest cultural honour in Paris.
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Renault warns of threat to assets

Thursday, January 6th 2011, 15:59
related places: Renault

French carmaker Renault says suspected industrial espionage against its business threatens its "strategic assets".
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French whistle-blower suspended

Thursday, January 6th 2011, 12:09

A French regional council suspends a computer engineer after he leaks council business onto a Wikileaks-style website.
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Blast at French embassy in Mali

Wednesday, January 5th 2011, 22:06
related countries: Mali Mali

An explosion rocks the French embassy in the capital of Mali, slightly injuring one person, officials say.
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Leak prompts Renault suspensions

Wednesday, January 5th 2011, 18:05
related places: Renault

French carmaker Renault suspends three senior managers after an investigation into the possible leaking of electric vehicle secrets.
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