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Pilgrims evacuated from Lourdes

Saturday, October 20th 2012, 20:27
related places: Lourdes

Hundreds of Roman Catholic pilgrims are evacuated from the sanctuary of Lourdes in southern France after heavy flooding in the area.
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Alps gunman 'shot cyclist first'

Friday, October 19th 2012, 21:49
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Police investigating the shooting of a British family in the French Alps believe the cyclist also found dead at the scene was killed first, according to a leaked provisional scenario.
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VIDEO: 'Tensions' spotted at EU summit

Friday, October 19th 2012, 17:26
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Eu

Body language between French president Francois Hollande, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel suggests their relationship may be tenser than ever
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EU bank deal 'boosts integration'

Friday, October 19th 2012, 13:37
related places: Eu

France says a deal to launch a eurozone banking union next year will help speed up integration, but admits that EU nations are moving at different speeds.
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Twitter cuts anti-Semitic tweets

Friday, October 19th 2012, 13:26

Micro-blogging site Twitter has agreed to remove a flood of anti-Semitic tweets that are circulating on its service in France.
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VIDEO: Severe weather for Spain

Friday, October 19th 2012, 13:22
related countries: Spain Spain

BBC Weather's Nick Miller has the details on some heavy rain and stormy weather hitting parts of Spain and France this weekend.
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French 'stopped tracking Merah'

Friday, October 19th 2012, 11:50
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Toulouse

French security services stopped tracking Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah, despite links to jihadists including in the UK, leaked documents suggest.
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Carrefour pulls out of Colombia

Friday, October 19th 2012, 10:32
related countries: Chile Chile, Colombia Colombia

Shares in Carrefour gain almost 7% after the French retail giant announced the sale of its Colombian business to Chile's Cencosud for 2bn euros.
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Google threatens French media ban

Thursday, October 18th 2012, 16:44

Google has said that it will exclude French media sites from its search results if a controversial law goes ahead in France.
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VIDEO: 'Sylvia Kristel was a sister to me'

Thursday, October 18th 2012, 16:41
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle, has died aged 60. The film's director Just Jaeckin said: "She was like a small sister to me because we did Emmanuelle together."
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French hacker 'admits app fraud'

Thursday, October 18th 2012, 15:29

A 20-year-old "computer genius" is arrested in northern France for spreading a virus on smartphones that defrauded thousands of victims.
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Emmanuelle actress Kristel dies

Thursday, October 18th 2012, 11:15
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel who starred in the 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle, dies aged 60.
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VIDEO: Marie Antoinette's slippers fetch 50,000 euros

Wednesday, October 17th 2012, 19:49

A pair of Marie Antoinette's slippers has been auctioned for 50,000 euros on the anniversary of the French queen's execution
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Antoinette's slippers auctioned

Wednesday, October 17th 2012, 16:37

Silk shoes belonging to the 18th Century French Queen sell for 50,000 euros in an auction in Paris marking the anniversary of her execution.
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Lawyers question Arafat's widow

Wednesday, October 17th 2012, 12:37

French prosecutors investigating the death of the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, question his widow Suha as a witness.
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French envoy out on bail in India

Wednesday, October 17th 2012, 7:16
related countries: India India

French diplomat Pascal Mazurier, who is charged with raping his three-year-old daughter, is released from an Indian prison on bail.
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Sweden fight back to stun Germany

Tuesday, October 16th 2012, 22:06
related countries: Germany Germany, Spain Spain, Sweden Sweden

A round-up of Friday's World Cup qualifying matches as Sweden fight back from 4-0 down to draw with Germany and France score an injury-time equaliser against Spain.
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Tuesday, October 16th 2012, 16:36
related places: Le Bourget, Paris

A major new art gallery has been installed in an unusual location: Paris's Le Bourget airport.
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France smashes 'huge heroin ring'

Tuesday, October 16th 2012, 11:53
related countries: Albania Albania, Germany Germany

Prosecutors in France say police have smashed a "huge" Albanian heroin-trafficking network, making 42 arrests in eastern France and Germany.
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VIDEO: Does France support entrepreneurs?

Tuesday, October 16th 2012, 5:54

Small business leaders in France are hailing their success in forcing the government to abandon a controversial new tax policy.
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Size matters for 'sex cheat' frogs

Monday, October 15th 2012, 6:48

Smaller treefrogs are more likely to "cheat" their way to a mate, French scientists have found.
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Shot Mauritania leader in France

Sunday, October 14th 2012, 16:17
related countries: Mauritania Mauritania
related places: Nouakchott, Paris

Mauritania's President Abdelaziz has been flown to Paris for treatment after being shot in what officials say was an accident.
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VIDEO: France drug money arrests

Saturday, October 13th 2012, 18:15
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland
related places: Paris

Authorities in France and Switzerland arrest 20 people, including the deputy mayor of a Paris district, on suspicion of laundering some 40m (£32m) euros of drug money.
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Nine charged in France drug bust

Saturday, October 13th 2012, 15:27
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland
related places: Paris

Authorities in France and Switzerland arrest 20 people, including the deputy mayor of a Paris district, in a major drug money laundering operation,.
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French appeal over rape verdicts

Friday, October 12th 2012, 16:37
related places: Paris

French prosecutors appeal against verdicts in a Paris gang rape trial amid public outrage over acquittals and light sentences.
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Armstrong titles 'should be void'

Friday, October 12th 2012, 15:25

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme says there should be "no winner" of Lance Armstrong's seven titles.
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VIDEO: UK fishermen 'attacked by French'

Thursday, October 11th 2012, 19:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fishermen are calling for Royal Navy protection after claims they were attacked by French vessels.
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UK fishermen 'attacked by French'

Thursday, October 11th 2012, 17:47

Fishermen are calling for Royal Navy protection after claims they were attacked by French vessels.
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French 'plot biggest in years'

Thursday, October 11th 2012, 17:41
related places: Paris

Prosecutors in France say an alleged Islamist terror cell was planning the biggest bomb attack on France since the mid-1990s.
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Bill waived after 12qn-euro gaffe

Thursday, October 11th 2012, 11:36

A woman in south-west France, who mistakenly received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros, has the real amount she owed waived.
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Abduction charge teacher in court

Thursday, October 11th 2012, 10:24

Teacher Jeremy Forrest who was extradited from France after going missing with a 15-year-old girl appears in court to face a child abduction charge.
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VIDEO: French police 'find bomb material'

Wednesday, October 10th 2012, 20:48

French police have found bomb-making materials during an investigation into radical Islamist suspects arrested at the weekend, a prosecutor says.
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Paris police 'find bomb material'

Wednesday, October 10th 2012, 10:03

French police have found bomb-making materials during an investigation into radical Islamist suspects arrested at the weekend, a prosecutor says.
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BAE and EADS merger in balance

Tuesday, October 9th 2012, 19:41
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Germany Germany
related places: Brussels

The UK, French and German governments are holding talks that will decide whether the merger between defence companies BAE and EADS goes ahead.
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Bertolucci given European honour

Tuesday, October 9th 2012, 11:10
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Paris

Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, of Last Tango in Paris fame, will receive a lifetime achievement honour at the European Film Awards in December.
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Trierweiler sends kidnapper gifts

Tuesday, October 9th 2012, 10:36
related countries: Mexico Mexico

France's first lady begins sending care packages to a French woman jailed for 60 years in Mexico for kidnapping.
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Quantum pioneers win Nobel prize

Tuesday, October 9th 2012, 9:52
related countries: United States United States

The 2012 Nobel physics prize goes to two scientists for controlling single particles to yield a picture of the world at the most fundamental level.
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Hammond warns on BAE-EADS merger

Sunday, October 7th 2012, 14:55
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom

France and Germany must reduce their stakes in EADS if the UK is to allow a proposed merger with BAE Systems, the defence secretary says.
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France boosts synagogue security

Sunday, October 7th 2012, 12:19

French President Francois Hollande promises the Jewish community a major increase in security after police shot dead a man suspected of targeting a kosher shop.
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VIDEO: Vineyard crash sends sparks flying

Sunday, October 7th 2012, 10:55

Rally de France: Norway's Petter Solberg unhurt after crashing through a vineyard and toppling a telegraph pole.
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VIDEO: Art lovers celebrate 'White Night'

Sunday, October 7th 2012, 4:18
related places: Paris

Visitors have been flocking to Paris overnight to participate in La Nuit Blanche, where free access is granted to many galleries, museums and monuments.
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Man killed in French terror raid

Saturday, October 6th 2012, 21:05
related places: Strasbourg

A man linked to a grenade attack on a Jewish shop in Paris is killed in a shoot-out with French police during a wave of anti-terror arrests.
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French fun with old rock ballads

Friday, October 5th 2012, 23:25

French show has fun with old rock ballads
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VIDEO: Paris nightlife dilemma

Friday, October 5th 2012, 18:41
related places: Paris

Local residents complain that bars are colonising the streets and making it impossible to sleep, but some say they are proof Paris is a dynamic city.
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Paris hotelier's apology to China

Friday, October 5th 2012, 15:21
related countries: China China
related places: Paris

A French fashion designer apologises for telling a magazine that Chinese tourists would not be welcome at his new luxury hotel in Paris.
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VIDEO: Beekeepers solve blue honey mystery

Friday, October 5th 2012, 6:31

Beekeepers in northeastern France have been alarmed to find their bees producing honey in unnatural shades of green and blue.
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The gloomy atmosphere in France

Thursday, October 4th 2012, 23:34

Why Britain is on a high and France is in depression
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VIDEO: Inside the tunnels of the Somme

Thursday, October 4th 2012, 22:48
related places: Somme

Robert Hall looks inside the labyrinth of tunnels underneath the Somme battlefield in France
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Newcastle 3-0 Bordeaux

Thursday, October 4th 2012, 21:12
related places: Bordeaux

Newcastle cruise to a first Europa League Group D victory as they comfortably beat French side Bordeaux.
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Buzz in France over 'blue' honey

Thursday, October 4th 2012, 17:35

Beekeepers in northeastern France, alarmed to find their bees producing blue and green honey, trace the problem back to a local biogas plant.
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French anti-crime officers held

Thursday, October 4th 2012, 11:00
related places: Marseille

At least 12 members of the police anti-crime squad in the southern French city of Marseille are arrested in an inquiry into corruption.
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Megan teacher can be extradited

Thursday, October 4th 2012, 7:45
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The teacher arrested on suspicion of abducting Sussex schoolgirl Megan Stammers can be extradited to the UK, judges in France rule.
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French bill targets terror camps

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012, 22:29

France prepares a bill that would outlaw training in overseas militant camps, months after shootings by a foreign-trained extremist.
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Strike paralyses Belgian railways

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012, 16:16
related countries: Belgium Belgium, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Paris

A 24-hour strike over rail sector reform paralyses the network in Belgium, including high-speed services to London and Paris.
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French first lady regrets tweet

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012, 12:36

French first lady Valerie Trierweiler admits she made a mistake sending tweets aimed against President Francois Hollande's former partner.
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Strauss-Kahn rape case dropped

Tuesday, October 2nd 2012, 15:24

French prosecutors drop an investigation into ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss Kahn over an allegation of "gang rape" in Washington.
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French handball players arrested

Monday, October 1st 2012, 15:52

Double Olympic gold medal winner Nikola Karabatic is one of 12 French handball players arrested for match-fixing.
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Morning business round-up

Monday, October 1st 2012, 11:31
related places: Our

Our daily morning business round-up looks at the main stories in Europe and Asia, including a new 75% tax rate for top earners in France.
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European pundits eye British exit

Sunday, September 30th 2012, 23:37
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu, How

How much do the French care if Britain leaves the EU?
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Megan due to fly home from France

Saturday, September 29th 2012, 9:23
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fifteen-year-old Megan Stammers is expected back in the UK later, having sparked an international search after she went to France with her maths teacher.
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VIDEO: Man sets cycling record at 100

Saturday, September 29th 2012, 8:12

French centenarian Robert Marchand has set a record for the fastest 100 kilometres by bicycle for his age.
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VIDEO: Giscard d'Estaing's chateau auction

Saturday, September 29th 2012, 0:38
related places: Estaing

The former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing is set to auction the contents of his chateau on Saturday, as he attempts to raise funds to create a foundation in his name.
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French president auctions chateau contents

Friday, September 28th 2012, 23:50

A former president auctions his belongings
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Family 'overjoyed' as Megan found

Friday, September 28th 2012, 17:56

The stepfather of Megan Stammers, who was missing with her teacher, says he is 'overjoyed' she has been found safe and well in France.
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Megan Stammers found in France

Friday, September 28th 2012, 16:19

Missing schoolgirl Megan Stammers is found in France with teacher Jeremy Forrest, who is in police custody.
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France to raise taxes on wealthy

Friday, September 28th 2012, 16:14

France unveils its budget for 2013, avoiding large austerity spending cuts in favour of higher taxes on the wealthy and big businesses.
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Vigilantes burn French Roma camp

Friday, September 28th 2012, 11:58
related places: Marseille

A group of vigilantes evict Roma (Gypsies) from a Marseille housing estate and burn down their camp, French media report.
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On track to growth or in denial?

Thursday, September 27th 2012, 23:10

France gambles on growth while steel mills cool
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Father in plea to Megan teacher

Thursday, September 27th 2012, 20:50

The father of the maths teacher missing in France with teenager Megan Stammers urges him to "please get in contact".
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VIDEO: Missing Megan not in French news

Thursday, September 27th 2012, 18:17

Reaction to the missing schoolgirl Megan Stammers in France is limited, with the law and media apparently believing she can think for herself.
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Zidane headbutt statue unveiled

Thursday, September 27th 2012, 14:39
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Paris

Zinedine Zidane's famous head-butt on Italy's Marco Materazzi is immortalised with a five-metre high statue in Paris.
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Manet portraits head for London

Thursday, September 27th 2012, 9:30
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

The first major retrospective of French painter Edouard Manet's portraiture, at London's Royal Academy from January, is expected to be one of 2013's exhibition highlights.
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France's jobless tops 3 million

Wednesday, September 26th 2012, 22:04

French unemployment has topped three million for first time since June 1999, as the economy continues to struggle.
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VIDEO: Zidane's head-butt cast in bronze

Wednesday, September 26th 2012, 19:53
related places: Paris

A bronze statue of French football legend Zinedine Zidane's infamous head-butt in the 2006 World Cup final is on display in Paris.
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E Guinea acts to end France probe

Wednesday, September 26th 2012, 14:21
related countries: Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea asks the International Court of Justice to order France to end a corruption inquiry into the oil-rich country's ruling family.
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Egypt paper in cartoon campaign

Tuesday, September 25th 2012, 17:07
related countries: Egypt Egypt

An Egyptian newspaper launches a campaign against the obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
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France upholds oil spill verdict

Tuesday, September 25th 2012, 17:00

France's top court upholds a conviction against French oil firm Total over the 1999 sinking of the tanker Erika.
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Megan's friends 'may know more'

Tuesday, September 25th 2012, 12:37

Police believe friends of Megan Stammers, who travelled to France with her maths teacher, might have been aware about her disappearance being planned.
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French family 'conned by guru'

Tuesday, September 25th 2012, 9:34
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A French court examines the case of a man who allegedly kept a rich family secluded in their chateau and then in England, after warning them that freemasons could kill them.
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VIDEO: Teacher urged to return with teenager

Tuesday, September 25th 2012, 6:23

A school teacher who is believed to have run away to France with pupil Megan Stammers has been urged to "do the right thing" and contact the police.
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Leaders discuss BAE-EADS merger

Monday, September 24th 2012, 16:39
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Defence ministers from the UK, Germany, and France are likely to discuss the planned merger of BAE Systems and EADS this week.
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Missing pair not on return ferry

Monday, September 24th 2012, 15:53

The parents of an East Sussex teenager thought to be in France with a teacher make an emotional appeal as police reveal the pair failed to use their return ferry tickets.
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Girl, 15, 'missing with teacher'

Sunday, September 23rd 2012, 16:33

A 15-year-old Sussex girl who travelled to France is believed to be with a 30-year-old teacher from her school, the BBC understands.
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VIDEO: Drug gang violence in Marseilles

Sunday, September 23rd 2012, 3:33

Police in the southern French city of Marseilles are investigating the 20th murder there in the past nine months.
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France and Germany renew pledge

Saturday, September 22nd 2012, 15:26
related countries: Germany Germany

French and German leaders mark the 50th anniversary of a key post-WWII reconciliation moment by pledging to maintain strong ties within Europe.
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Friday, September 21st 2012, 9:45

France's Constitutional Council, a top legal authority, rejects a plea from animal rights campaigners to ban bullfighting.
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VIDEO: Louvre opens new Islamic art wing

Friday, September 21st 2012, 5:51
related places: Paris

A new wing of the Louvre Museum in Paris opens is set to open on Friday, amid ongoing religious tensions over the publication of obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
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Complaint over French cartoons

Thursday, September 20th 2012, 12:02

A complaint is filed against a French satirical magazine which published obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, accusing it of inciting hatred.
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France issues alert over cartoons

Thursday, September 20th 2012, 2:36

Security is being stepped up at some French embassies after a satirical magazine publishes obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
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VIDEO: France boosts security over cartoons

Wednesday, September 19th 2012, 22:27

Security has been increased at France's interests abroad after a French satirical magazine published obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
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