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News: France

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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France: news

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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Rwandan rebel's ICC switch upheld

Tuesday, January 4th 2011, 21:49
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

France's highest court upholds an order to extradite Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana to face trial at the International Criminal Court.
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French gang 'financed militants'

Monday, January 3rd 2011, 16:50

The trial begins in France of eight men accused of carrying out armed robberies and other crimes to finance militant Islamist movements.
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New year bug hits French texters

Monday, January 3rd 2011, 15:03

A bug hits French mobile phone customers, prompting some to send dozens of unintended new year messages.
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Front National prepares for election

Monday, January 3rd 2011, 11:41

The far right party of France, the Front National, is preparing to elect its new President.
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In father's footsteps

Monday, January 3rd 2011, 0:01

The daughter of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen who aims to lead Front National
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In the spotlight

Friday, December 31st 2010, 5:11

Global role offers Sarkozy dividends in France
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'No anorexia' model Isabelle Caro dies

Thursday, December 30th 2010, 15:46

A French model who posed nude for an anti-anorexia campaign while suffering from the illness herself has died at the age of 28.
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'No Anorexia' model dies aged 28

Wednesday, December 29th 2010, 22:53

French model Isabelle Caro, who gained worldwide publicity posing nude for an anti-anorexia campaign while suffering from the illness, dies at 28.
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France marks kidnap anniversary

Wednesday, December 29th 2010, 10:54
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Arc

Images of two French journalists held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan are projected onto the Arc de Triomphe on the anniversary of their capture.
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Cornish cheese is world champion

Tuesday, December 28th 2010, 11:28
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

A little cheese from Cornwall has beaten off les grand fromages from France, Italy and even Switzerland to win the World Cheese Awards.
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'Hell on wheels' misery for French train passengers

Tuesday, December 28th 2010, 11:08

A night train on France's famed SNCF rail network arrives 13 hours late after a series of unfortunate events on the way.
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Toulon sign Wilkinson until 2013

Monday, December 27th 2010, 18:15
related places: Toulon

England international Jonny Wilkinson signs a two-year contract extension with Toulon which commits him to the French club until 2013.
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Internet satellite launch success

Monday, December 27th 2010, 9:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

The UK-built Ka-Sat, only the second spacecraft dedicated to delivering broadband internet connections to European households, lifts off successfully from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
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Europe flights resume after snow

Saturday, December 25th 2010, 16:41
related countries: Belgium Belgium

European flights resume after passengers spent the night at airports in Paris and Brussels because of freezing weather that disrupted Christmas travel.
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French haven

Saturday, December 25th 2010, 0:27
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Iraqi Christian refugees recall horror of massacre
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More snow chaos in Western Europe

Friday, December 24th 2010, 17:35
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Netherlands Netherlands
related places: Paris

Thousands of travellers face transport disruptions in many European countries, amid further snowfalls in the busy Christmas period.
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Russia to buy two French warships

Friday, December 24th 2010, 16:33
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia confirms it will buy at least two Mistral-class warships from a French-led consortium.
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Snow paralyses western Europe

Friday, December 24th 2010, 15:24
related countries: Germany Germany

More snow is continuing to paralyse transport in parts of western Europe, with flights disrupted across Germany, Belgium and northern France.
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Man fined for French flag insult

Thursday, December 23rd 2010, 16:07

A French court fines a man 750 euros for insulting the national flag - the first such sentence under a new decree.
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Saudis buy landmark Paris hotel

Thursday, December 23rd 2010, 13:27
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
related places: Crillon, Paris

The prestigious Hotel de Crillon in the heart of Paris is sold to a Saudi royal, reportedly for around 250m euros.
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Adopted Haitians arrive in France

Thursday, December 23rd 2010, 11:29
related countries: Haiti Haiti

Some 200 Haitian orphans are being brought to France to be with their adoptive families for Christmas.
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Boar war

Thursday, December 23rd 2010, 6:03

French hunters urged to deploy against army of wild pigs
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French urged to leave Ivory Coast

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010, 20:52

The French government urges its nationals in Ivory Coast to leave, as a crisis over disputed elections continues.
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French urged to leave Ivory Coast

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010, 12:42

France has urged its nationals in Ivory Coast to leave, as a crisis over disputed elections continues.
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French mayor fears mass influx for 'end of the world'

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010, 11:11
related places: Bugarach

The mayor of the French village of Bugarach says he fears an influx of New Age believers who are convinced they will escape the end of the world in 2012.
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Veolia wins Bavarian train deal

Wednesday, December 22nd 2010, 10:29

French utility and transport group Veolia wins a 1bn-euro contract to operate Bavarian trains for the next 12 years.
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Snow halts northern European travel

Monday, December 20th 2010, 12:05
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Holland

Heavy snow and freezing cold temperatures are causing travel problems from Britain, through France, Holland, Belgium and Germany
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Snow halts rescheduled Gaga gig

Monday, December 20th 2010, 10:32

Lady Gaga postpones a rescheduled show in Paris after bad weather prevents equipment trucks reaching the venue.
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Ivory Coast leader in defiant mood

Monday, December 20th 2010, 3:43

Ivory Coast's president is refusing to accept he lost the recent election and is calling for French and UN soldiers to leave his country.
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Luxury Paris hotels aim to woo super rich

Sunday, December 19th 2010, 7:48
related places: Paris

A number of new luxury hotels are opening in Paris, with some charging up to 20,000 euros per night.
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Paris chic

Sunday, December 19th 2010, 0:51

Super-deluxe hotels defy French austerity
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France sentences Pinochet allies

Friday, December 17th 2010, 15:21
related countries: Chile Chile

Fourteen officials from Gen Pinochet's military regime in Chile are sentenced to prison for between 15 years and life in their absence in a French court.
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Mystery of beheaded French king solved

Friday, December 17th 2010, 6:33

Forensic experts have identified an embalmed head passed between private collectors for centuries as belonging to King Henri IV of France, assassinated in 1610.
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France investigates Kagame allies

Thursday, December 16th 2010, 14:09
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

France starts a judicial investigation of six close allies of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame - an issue which has led to a diplomatic split, legal sources say.
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Fake Faberge eggs seized in Paris

Wednesday, December 15th 2010, 5:40
related places: Paris

More than 350 fake Faberge eggs are set to be destroyed after they were seized by customs at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
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Cuba refuses dissident exit visa

Wednesday, December 15th 2010, 3:55
related countries: Cuba Cuba
related places: Eu

Cuba refuses to grant exit visa for dissident Guillermo Farinas to travel to France to receive the EU's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
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King Henri IV's head is the genuine article

Wednesday, December 15th 2010, 0:49

Scientists say they have identified an embalmed head as belonging to King Henri IV of France, who was assassinated in 1610 at the age of 57.
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France says Google ads 'dominant'

Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 17:29

Google holds a dominant position in the online advertising market linked to search engines, the French regulator says.
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Moroccans take SNCF to tribunal

Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 16:58

About 360 Moroccans hired by the French state rail firm SNCF in the 1970s demand the same rights as French colleagues.
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Hundreds of fake Faberge eggs seized in Paris

Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 16:56
related places: Paris

French customs officials seize some 350 fake Faberge eggs at a Paris airport, saying they were intended for sale during the Christmas season.
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French driver overturns veil fine

Monday, December 13th 2010, 16:56

A French court annuls a fine imposed by police on a Muslim woman for driving wearing a face-covering veil, in a closely watched case.
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Armed siege at French nursery ends

Monday, December 13th 2010, 13:34
related places: Besancon

French police have ended a hostage siege at a nursery school after a youth armed with two swords released the remaining children and their teacher in Besancon.
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French nursery hostage siege ends

Monday, December 13th 2010, 12:36

French police end a hostage siege at a nursery school after a youth armed with two swords released children and their teacher in Besancon.
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Internet movers and shakers at Le Web

Sunday, December 12th 2010, 15:36
related places: Paris

Each year in Paris the great and the good of the internet world gather for the Le Web conference.
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Britons die in helicopter crash

Saturday, December 11th 2010, 0:21
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Two British championship-winning pilots are killed in a helicopter crash in southern France.
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Glasgow Warriors 16-28 Toulouse

Friday, December 10th 2010, 22:34
related places: Toulouse

Glasgow struggle to contain French side Toulouse at Firhill in their Heineken Cup Pool 6 match.
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Airbus exec 'under investigation'

Friday, December 10th 2010, 18:24

A top executive at European planemaker Airbus is placed under formal investigation for insider trading by French authorities, reports suggest.
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Germany and France rally to euro

Friday, December 10th 2010, 17:02
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Eu

French and German leaders passionately defend the single currency at talks ahead of an EU summit on the euro crisis fund.
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Somali radio station wins award

Friday, December 10th 2010, 12:20
related countries: Somalia Somalia
related places: Paris

An embattled Somali radio station, Radio Shabelle, receives an international press freedom award at a ceremony in Paris.
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Picasso sale off after discovery

Friday, December 10th 2010, 12:12
related places: Paris

A Paris auctioneer postpones a sale of paintings by Picasso that he gave to his chauffeur after a further cache of the artist's works was revealed.
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EU high-speed rail bridge opened

Friday, December 10th 2010, 11:39
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Eu, Strasbourg

Germany and France inaugurate a new bridge at Strasbourg as part of an ambitious high-speed rail network to span the EU.
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French PM meets Russian president

Thursday, December 9th 2010, 11:39
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

France's PM visits Moscow amid press speculation about a move to allow a road to be built through a historic forest.
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Roads in Paris region freeze over

Thursday, December 9th 2010, 10:41
related places: Paris

Snow and ice paralyse much of the region around Paris stranding thousands of motorists and air travellers for the night.
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Eiffel Tower shut by Paris snow

Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 18:00
related places: Paris

Heavy snow hits Paris, briefly closing Charles de Gaulle airport and bringing buses to a halt.
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Snow disruption hits Paris transport

Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 16:39
related places: Paris

Paris has been covered in a blanket of snow which has led to disruption on the French capital's motorways and airports.
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France tries Pinochet officials

Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 13:17
related countries: Chile Chile

Fourteen officials from General Pinochet's military regime in Chile are being tried in their absence in a French court.
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UN caused Haiti epidemic - report

Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 8:18
related countries: Haiti Haiti

UN peacekeepers were the most likely source of the cholera epidemic sweeping Haiti, according to a leaked report by a French disease expert.
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Cantona cash protest fizzles out

Tuesday, December 7th 2010, 18:15

Few French people respond to a call by ex-footballer Eric Cantona for people to punish banks by withdrawing all their cash.
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'Da Vinci code' found in France

Tuesday, December 7th 2010, 10:14
related places: Nantes

A public library in the French city of Nantes discovers a coded manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci.
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India and France in nuclear deal

Monday, December 6th 2010, 17:38
related countries: India India
related places: Delhi

India signs a deal to buy nuclear reactors from France, following talks between President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi.
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Continental blamed over Concorde

Monday, December 6th 2010, 15:21
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris, Continental

A Paris court blames US carrier Continental for the 2000 Concorde crash which killed 113, but the airline vows to appeal, describing the ruling as 'absurd'.
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Troicki wins Davis Cup for Serbia

Sunday, December 5th 2010, 17:12
related countries: Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro

Viktor Troicki is the hero for Serbia as he beats France's Michael Llodra in the decisive rubber to give the home side their first Davis Cup victory.
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Djokovic win brings Serbia level

Friday, December 3rd 2010, 18:11
related countries: Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro
related places: Belgrade

Novak Djokovic beats Gilles Simon to ensure Serbia end day one of the Davis Cup final in Belgrade level with France at 1-1.
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