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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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France-Italy seek Schengen reform

Tuesday, April 26th 2011, 14:58
related countries: Italy Italy

Europe's open-border Schengen treaty should be reformed, say France and Italy, amid tensions over an influx of migrants from North Africa.
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VIDEO: Italy to France: A migrant's journey

Tuesday, April 26th 2011, 10:05
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Ventimiglia

Many North African migrants who want to get into France start their journey in Ventimiglia, in northern Italy.
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Lactalis launches Parmalat bid

Tuesday, April 26th 2011, 8:51
related countries: Italy Italy

French dairy group Lactalis has launched a 3.4bn euro takeover bid for Italian rival Parmalat.
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Protests urge end to atomic power

Monday, April 25th 2011, 16:37
related countries: Germany Germany

Thousands of people in France and Germany call for an end to nuclear power on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
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Man attempts Alitalia hijacking

Monday, April 25th 2011, 8:54
related countries: Italy Italy, Libya Libya
related places: Paris, Rome, Tripoli

A man is subdued by cabin crew after he pulls out a knife and demands that a Paris-Rome Alitalia flight divert to Tripoli.
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Love thy neighbour

Saturday, April 23rd 2011, 10:48

Does 'apartment culture' make the French more considerate citizens?
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VIDEO: French fears over influx of migrants

Saturday, April 23rd 2011, 4:05
related countries: Libya Libya, Tunisia Tunisia

France says it wants a mechanism to suspend visa-free travel around the European Union, after an influx of thousand of migrants fleeing the upheaval in Libya and Tunisia.
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VIDEO: Investigation of French family murder

Saturday, April 23rd 2011, 2:03

French police investigating the murder of five members of the same family buried in their own backyard, are hunting for the father of the family.
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France seeks border control shift

Friday, April 22nd 2011, 22:17
related countries: Libya Libya, Tunisia Tunisia
related places: Eu

France calls for an easier mechanism for temporarily suspending the EU's passport-free Schengen travel zone, as it fears an influx of migrants from Libya and Tunisia.
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'Shot' French family's car found

Friday, April 22nd 2011, 15:44

Police in France discover the car of a man suspected of killing his wife and four children, after five bodies are found at the family home.
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French riot police whine over booze ban

Friday, April 22nd 2011, 9:45

French riot police are to be banned from drinking alcohol with their meals while on duty, ending a long-cherished tradition.
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Thursday, April 21st 2011, 17:25
related places: Nantes

Police in the western French city of Nantes find three bodies at the house of a missing family of six, reports say.
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VIDEO: French and Italians to aid Libya rebels

Wednesday, April 20th 2011, 21:19
related countries: Italy Italy, Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Italy and France joined Britain in saying they will send up to a dozen military officers each to help Libya's rebels with organisational, logistical and communication skills, but will have no combat role
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France and Italy deploy to Libya

Wednesday, April 20th 2011, 21:09
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom

France and Italy say they are to send small teams of military officers to advise Libyan rebels who are seeking to topple Col Muammar Gaddafi.
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Abducted Estonians in video plea

Wednesday, April 20th 2011, 15:26
related countries: Estonia Estonia, Lebanon Lebanon

Seven Estonian tourists kidnapped in eastern Lebanon in March plead for help from Arab and French leaders to secure their release.
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Divisive art vandalised in France

Monday, April 18th 2011, 22:03

A controversial photograph of a crucifix bathed in urine is vandalised at an art museum in southern France, officials say.
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French Libya ground role mooted

Monday, April 18th 2011, 21:23
related countries: Libya Libya

French commandos should be deployed on the ground in Libya, a senior French official suggests, despite a UN resolution that forbids a force of occupation.
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France 'had right to halt trains'

Monday, April 18th 2011, 14:56
related countries: Italy Italy

France acted within its rights when it halted trains carrying North African migrants crossing its border from Italy, the European Commission says.
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Henson given one-week Toulon ban

Monday, April 18th 2011, 11:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Toulon

Wales international Gavin Henson is suspended for one week by French club Toulon for breaching the club's disciplinary code.
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VIDEO: France and Italy in migrant row

Sunday, April 17th 2011, 21:06
related countries: Italy Italy

French authorities have blocked trains from Italy in an attempt to stop north African migrants from entering the country.
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France stops Italy migrant trains

Sunday, April 17th 2011, 20:13
related countries: Italy Italy

A row escalates as French authorities block Italian trains for hours in an attempt to stop migrants from north Africa entering the country.
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Pamper and protect

Saturday, April 16th 2011, 11:00

A holistic rejuvenation for French spa towns
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No commitment from Nato summit

Friday, April 15th 2011, 21:38
related countries: Germany Germany, Libya Libya
related places: Berlin

A Nato meeting of foreign ministers on Libya fails to secure a commitment to send more combat aircraft for strikes on Col Gaddafi's regime.
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VIDEO: How Bordeaux is luring citizens online

Friday, April 15th 2011, 14:37
related places: Bordeaux

Bordeaux in France is celebrating its status as a digital city and trying to get all of its population online.
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Nato leaders: 'Gaddafi must go'

Friday, April 15th 2011, 12:03
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

US, British and French leaders insist that Muammar Gaddafi must step down in Libya, amid continuing signs of division within Nato over the alliance's military campaign.
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VIDEO: Leaders insist Gaddafi must 'go'

Friday, April 15th 2011, 5:35
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

US, British and French leaders say in a joint letter that there can be no peace in Libya while Muammar Gaddafi remains in power.
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Nato 'needs more planes' in Libya

Thursday, April 14th 2011, 19:32
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Nato's secretary general tells a high-profile summit it needs "a few more" strike planes for its Libya mission, but has received no offers from allies yet.
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VIDEO: The most potent symbol of power?

Wednesday, April 13th 2011, 5:49

A French exhibition charts the evolution of thrones, one of the most-potent symbols of power.
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Weapons uncovered in Ivory Coast

Wednesday, April 13th 2011, 1:08

French troops in Ivory Coast discover several large arms caches they say would have been used by former leader Laurent Gbagbo.
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France issues first fine for veil

Tuesday, April 12th 2011, 13:31

French police issue their first fine to a woman for covering her face with an Islamic veil, a day after a law banning face coverings comes into force.
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VIDEO: France veil ban meets with defiance

Monday, April 11th 2011, 22:20

Defiance from some Muslim women in France at the country's ban on the Islamic veil
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Ivorian leader held after siege

Monday, April 11th 2011, 20:53

Ivory Coast politician Laurent Gbagbo surrenders after an assault on his residence in Abidjan and is put under UN guard.
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Veiled women detained in France

Monday, April 11th 2011, 19:08

Police in Paris detain at least two women wearing Islamic veils across their faces, after a law banning the garment in public comes into force.
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French troops advance in Abidjan

Monday, April 11th 2011, 12:08

French troops deploy in the centre of Abidjan for the first time to support air strikes as incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo refuses to quit.
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VIDEO: Violence simmering in DR Congo

Monday, April 11th 2011, 5:13
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo

French forces, alongside UN troops, are playing a leading role in keeping the peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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VIDEO: Burka ban comes into force in France

Monday, April 11th 2011, 4:58

Offenders wearing face coverings such as the niqab or burka could be fined more than $200.
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Air strikes near Gbagbo residence

Sunday, April 10th 2011, 20:36

Helicopter gunships attack targets near the residence of the incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast's main city, at the request of the UN.
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VIDEO: Embassies attacked in Ivory Coast

Sunday, April 10th 2011, 3:20

The French military said its helicopters had been in action against supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to step down as president.
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Italy and France in migrant deal

Friday, April 8th 2011, 22:33
related countries: Italy Italy

France and Italy agree to launch sea and air patrols to stop migrants fleeing North Africa from reaching Europe.
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VIDEO: On the front line in Ivory Coast

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 22:07

Besieged Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo has fewer than 1,000 troops left in the main city of Abidjan, according to French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet.
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Quebec row over rocker play role

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 21:20
related places: Montreal

A Montreal theatre company's hiring of a French rock star convicted of manslaughter causes a row, with politicians calling for him to be denied entry.
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Ivorian leader 'is losing troops'

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 12:02

Besieged Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo has fewer than 1,000 troops remaining in the main city of Abidjan, the French defence minister says.
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VIDEO: Japan's ambassador rescued in Abidjan

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 10:07
related countries: Japan Japan

French forces have snatched the Japanese ambassador to safety from near the besieged presidential residence in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan.
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Dramatic rescue in Ivorian city

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 8:35
related countries: Japan Japan

French forces snatch the Japanese ambassador to safety, near where incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo remains under siege.
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Net giants challenge French law

Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 14:01

Facebook, Google and eBay among a host of firms unhappy with France's plans to retain personal data.
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Ivorian leader 'to go within hours'

Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 9:16

Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, besieged in his presidential compound, is still negotiating his departure and could surrender "within hours", France says.
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US woman attacks Gauguin painting

Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 1:22
related countries: United States United States

A woman who attacked a painting by Paul Gauguin at the US National Gallery in Washington DC said the French artist was "evil", court records show.
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Protests over French Islam debate

Tuesday, April 5th 2011, 23:50

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party, the UMP, hosts a controversial debate on the practice of Islam in secular France.
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UN forces join Abidjan fighting

Monday, April 4th 2011, 23:06

UN and French helicopters hit military camps loyal to Ivory Coast presidential claimant Laurent Gbagbo, amid fierce fighting in Abidjan.
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VIDEO: Troops confident of Abidjan victory

Monday, April 4th 2011, 21:50

French and UN helicopters have fired on military camps operated by Ivory Coast incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, in an effort to halt attacks on civilians.
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VIDEO: Calls for release of Chinese artist

Monday, April 4th 2011, 21:39
related countries: China China, Germany Germany

France and Germany have called for the immediate release of a Chinese artist and dissident, detained in China.
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Air France dead to be recovered

Monday, April 4th 2011, 20:24

French officials say they will begin recovering victims of Air France's 2009 plane crash within weeks, after wreckage was found in the Atlantic.
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France, Germany in artist appeal

Monday, April 4th 2011, 15:05
related countries: China China, Germany Germany
related places: Beijing

France and Germany have called for the immediate release of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, detained by authorities in Beijing as he tried to board a flight.
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Vodafone agrees £7bn Vivendi deal

Monday, April 4th 2011, 14:14

Vodafone sells its 44% stake in French mobile phone operator SFR to Vivendi for 7.95bn euros (£7bn).
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Air France plane wreckage found

Sunday, April 3rd 2011, 20:52

Wreckage from an Air France passenger jet lost over the Atlantic in 2009 has been found, French investigators announce.
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French take over Abidjan airport

Sunday, April 3rd 2011, 13:33

France sends extra troops and takes control of the airport in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, as fighting continues between the rival forces.
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Showdown for Ivory Coast rivals

Friday, April 1st 2011, 17:20

The palace of Ivory Coast's President Gbagbo comes under attack from supporters of his UN-recognised rival, as foreigners take refuge at a French base.
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M&S to return to French market

Friday, April 1st 2011, 11:17

Marks and Spencer says it is to re-enter the French retail market, 10 years after shutting down its European stores.
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Sarkozy calls for nuclear rules

Thursday, March 31st 2011, 16:21
related countries: Japan Japan
related places: Fukushima

The French president calls for clear international standards on nuclear safety as the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant continues.
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G20 considers wider role for yuan

Thursday, March 31st 2011, 15:29
related countries: China China

Leaders at the G20 meeting in Nanjing move towards agreeing that China's currency should have a wider role in global finance.
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VIDEO: Kidnapped doctor to face killing trial

Thursday, March 31st 2011, 6:32
related countries: Germany Germany

A German doctor who was cleared of the manslaughter of his stepdaughter in his home country has been told he will have to stand trial for the same crime in France.
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Abducted man tried for 1982 death

Tuesday, March 29th 2011, 13:01

A French father's 29-year fight for justice after the death of his daughter ends in her kidnapped stepfather going on trial accused of her killing.
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'Spiderman' scales world's tallest building

Monday, March 28th 2011, 23:11

Alain Robert, the French climber dubbed "Spiderman" for his feats, scales the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
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UK and France 'drop Gaddafi' call

Monday, March 28th 2011, 18:43
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain and France are calling upon supporters of Libya's Colonel Gaddafi to "drop him before it is too late".
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Socialists spurred by French vote

Monday, March 28th 2011, 16:12

France's opposition Socialists celebrate a decisive local election victory while the National Front wins its first cantonal seats.
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Ferry collides with French boat

Monday, March 28th 2011, 9:46
related countries: Jersey Jersey

A passenger ferry travelling between St Malo in France and St Helier, Jersey, collides with a French fishing boat and three people are rescued.
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French jets strike Gaddafi planes

Sunday, March 27th 2011, 8:09
related countries: Libya Libya

French fighter jets destroy five Libyan air force planes and two helicopters near the rebel-held town of Misrata, and overnight air strikes continue.
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VIDEO: Rebels battle to control Ajdabiya

Friday, March 25th 2011, 23:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French and British planes bomb Colonel Gaddafi's forces on the outskirts of the town of Ajdabiya, as rebels fight to take control of the town.
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Libyan leader 'arming volunteers'

Friday, March 25th 2011, 19:51
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Ajdabiya

Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly arming volunteers to fight the uprising against his rule, a US official says.
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French jet destroys Libyan plane

Thursday, March 24th 2011, 21:28
related countries: Libya Libya

A French jet destroys a Libyan plane which had breached the UN no-fly zone - the first incident of its kind since enforcement of the zone began.
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Contador to face fresh ban threat

Thursday, March 24th 2011, 21:10

Cycling's world governing body confirms it will press for Tour de France winner Alberto Contador to receive a doping ban.
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VIDEO: Libya: The battle for Misrata

Thursday, March 24th 2011, 19:58
related countries: Libya Libya

A French warplane has destroyed a Libyan aircraft - the first since international forces imposed a no-fly zone over Libya.
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Cheating claims hit French chess

Thursday, March 24th 2011, 18:49

The French chess federation suspends three top players for violating sporting ethics at a chess olympiad in Siberia.
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'Fake' Mayan statue sold for $4m

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 15:47
related countries: Mexico Mexico
related places: Paris

A Mayan sculpture that fetched 2.9m euros ($4.2m, £2.5m) at a Paris auction is a fake, Mexican officials claim.
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Abortion plot star given parole

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 13:32

A singer jailed in France for trying to abort his ex-partner's child is given parole after serving less than half his five-year sentence.
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Faithfull receives French honour

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 8:40

Singer Marianne Faithfull has been awarded one of the highest cultural honours in France.
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Fine for Google over Street View

Monday, March 21st 2011, 17:03

Google has been hit with a fine by France's privacy watchdog over the data it gathered when setting up Street View.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy 'style based on Soprano'

Monday, March 21st 2011, 11:06

Emily Maitlis finds the French have fallen out of love with President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose style is likened to a Sopranos character.
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France vote shows far-right swing

Monday, March 21st 2011, 10:47

The far-right National Front (FN) gains ground in French local elections, with early results suggesting President Sarkozy's UMP party has fared badly.
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