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Alps shooting inquiry 'complex'

Saturday, September 8th 2012, 19:49
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The investigation into the shooting of a British man and his family in France is likely to be "long and complex", a senior police officer has said.
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McCartney gets top French honour

Saturday, September 8th 2012, 15:48

French President Francois Hollande presents former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney with the country's highest public award, the Legion of Honour.
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US woman snaps up $50 'Renoir'

Saturday, September 8th 2012, 13:22
related countries: United States United States
related places: Pierre

Experts say a painting bought for a few dollars at a US flea market may turn out to be a a work by French master Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
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EU powers call for Iran sanctions

Friday, September 7th 2012, 23:08
related countries: Iran Iran, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain, Germany and France urge fellow European Union countries to impose more sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.
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Alps death brother 'denies row'

Friday, September 7th 2012, 20:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The brother of Alps shooting victim Saad al-Hilli has told UK police they were not involved in a dispute over "financial matters", French prosecutors say.
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Alps killings 'family row' probed

Friday, September 7th 2012, 15:14
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French prosecutors say a possible family dispute over money is one line of inquiry following the killings of four people in the Alps.
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Peugeot dropped from French index

Friday, September 7th 2012, 10:43

French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen is to be dropped from France's Cac 40 share index, in an embarrassing demotion for the company.
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Tu and Twitter: The death of 'vous'?

Thursday, September 6th 2012, 23:13

Is it the end for 'vous' in French?
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France gun victims shot in head

Thursday, September 6th 2012, 18:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Three of the people killed in or near a UK-registered car in France were shot in the head, while two young girls are being treated in hospital, officials say.
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Girl hid under shooting victims

Thursday, September 6th 2012, 11:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A girl has been found hiding inside a British-registered car in which three bodies were discovered eight hours earlier, French police say.
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French gun victims 'UK tourists'

Thursday, September 6th 2012, 6:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Four

Three of the four victims of a shooting in a quiet area of the French Alps appear to have been British tourists, a local official says.
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VIDEO: Police seal off lake after shootings

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 22:19
related places: Four

Four people have been found shot dead in peaceful surroundings near a lake in south-east France, local officials say.
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VIDEO: People flee demolition dust cloud

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 21:53
related places: Paris

A building being demolished on the outskirts of Paris threw up a large dust cloud, which forced gathered crowds to flee.
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Shooting mars Quebec leader's win

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 19:59
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Quebec

A gunman brings chaos to a separatist election victory rally in the Canadian province of Quebec, killing one person and wounding another.
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Two hurt at French nuclear plant

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 16:47
related places: Fessenheim

A blast of escaping steam at Fessenheim nuclear power station in eastern France triggers a fire alert and leaves two people hurt, officials say.
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Arafat judges seek West Bank trip

Wednesday, September 5th 2012, 1:48
related countries: West Bank West Bank

French judges investigating the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are seeking to travel to Ramallah to probe allegations he was poisoned.
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McCartney set for French honour

Tuesday, September 4th 2012, 9:05

French President Francois Hollande will award former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney with the Legion of Honour award, the country's highest public award, at a special ceremony this weekend.
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France helps Credit Immobilier

Sunday, September 2nd 2012, 10:18

Struggling French mortgage lender Credit Immobilier has its assets guaranteed by the government.
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AUDIO: Hollande love life examined in book

Thursday, August 30th 2012, 7:29

The complicated love life of French President Francois Hollande is examined in the book, Between Two Fires - Entre Deux Feux, looking at the rivalry between his partner and ex-wife.
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India bag found in French Alps

Thursday, August 30th 2012, 6:02
related countries: India India

A bag carrying diplomatic mail from India is found on Mont Blanc in the French Alps, close to where an Air India plane crashed in 1966.
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France opens Arafat murder case

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 22:52

France opens a murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, weeks after his family filed papers alleging he was poisoned.
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France breaks up Roma encampment

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 15:44
related places: Lyon, Paris

French police break up one of the biggest Roma (Gypsy) camps in the city of Lyon, following a similar action in Paris on Monday.
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French star Hallyday in hospital

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 10:52
related countries: Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

French rock star Johnny Hallyday is being treated in hospital in the Caribbean, where he is said to be "doing well" and could soon be released.
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Credit Agricole hit by Greek debt

Tuesday, August 28th 2012, 9:04
related countries: Greece Greece

French bank Credit Agricole reports a drop in second quarter profits after taking charges against assets in Greece and Italy.
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Tottenham submit bid for M'Vila

Monday, August 27th 2012, 18:10
related places: Rennes

Tottenham make an offer to Rennes to sign France midfielder Yann M'Vila, according to the Ligue 1 club.
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VIDEO: Unique grapes honoured in France

Sunday, August 26th 2012, 13:06

France has classified a plot of land as a national heritage site due to its unique variety of grape.
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France piles pressure on Greek PM

Saturday, August 25th 2012, 11:28
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Paris

Francois Hollande says Greece must prove it can reform its finances before receiving more bailout funds, after talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras.
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VIDEO: Armstrong 'stripped' of Tour wins

Friday, August 24th 2012, 18:44
related countries: United States United States

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
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Armstrong 'stripped' of Tour wins

Friday, August 24th 2012, 17:28

Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
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Galliano stripped of French award

Friday, August 24th 2012, 15:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British fashion designer John Galliano, convicted last year of making anti-Semitic remarks, is stripped of France's prestigious Legion d'Honneur.
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AUDIO: What now for Lance Armstrong?

Friday, August 24th 2012, 15:26
related countries: United States United States

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
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Chelsea sign defender Azpilicueta

Friday, August 24th 2012, 11:18
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Marseille

Chelsea complete the signing of Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille, the French club confirms.
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VIDEO: Greece tops agenda in Eurozone talks

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 22:06
related countries: Germany Germany, Greece Greece
related places: Berlin

The French and German leaders have been meeting in Berlin today ahead of their respective talks with the Greek prime minister later this week. Greece is asking for more time to implement the tough conditions imposed on it in return for a financial ba
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Greece urged to stick to reforms

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 19:12
related countries: Germany Germany, Greece Greece
related places: Berlin

The leaders of Germany and France have told Greece it should not expect leeway on its bailout agreement unless it sticks to tough reform targets.
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Toulouse gunman 'no lone wolf'

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 16:12
related places: Toulouse

Confidential papers from the French police probe into Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah suggest he was not working alone, Le Monde newspaper says.
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Sleepy flier missed Paris landing

Thursday, August 23rd 2012, 15:21
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Lahore, Paris

A Frenchwoman who flew from Pakistan to France, slept through her arrival at Paris and then flew to Lahore, finally arrives back in the French capital.
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French prisoners 'grew cannabis'

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012, 19:51

Staff at a jail in western France say they have found cannabis plants growing in a vegetable patch tended by prisoners.
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Tourists guilty for Buddha photos

Tuesday, August 21st 2012, 14:09
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan court gives suspended jail terms to three French tourists for wounding the religious feelings of Buddhists by taking pictures deemed insulting.
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VIDEO: Mont Saint Michel to be restored

Tuesday, August 21st 2012, 9:15

One of the biggest tourist attractions in France, Mont Saint Michel, is being restored
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Armstrong fails to halt drug case

Monday, August 20th 2012, 21:25
related countries: United States United States

Lance Armstrong's bid to block an investigation into whether he took performance-enhancing drugs is dismissed in court.
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French mother's fatal fall probed

Monday, August 20th 2012, 12:31
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

French police investigate the death of a Jewish mother who fought to get her daughter back from a Saudi prince.
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VIDEO: Wildfires continue to rage in Europe

Sunday, August 19th 2012, 17:37

Thousands of hectares of forest land in Europe have been destroyed by wildfires as firefighters struggle to control blazes in Croatia, Spain, Greece and France.
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VIDEO: Illuminating French architecture

Sunday, August 19th 2012, 5:19

Computer technology is being used to illuminate and transform chateaus and cathedrals around France
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Pernod trailblazer Ricard dies

Saturday, August 18th 2012, 17:30

Patrick Ricard, the French head of the global spirits firm Pernod Ricard - whose father founded the firm in 1932 - dies at the age of 67.
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Limbless man completes swim quest

Saturday, August 18th 2012, 10:53

A French swimmer who lost all his limbs in an electrocution accident completes a swim to link five continents, by crossing part of the Bering Strait.
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Wildfire threatens French resort

Friday, August 17th 2012, 15:56
related places: Lacanau

Efforts are under way to contain a forest fire fanned by high winds and heat near the resort of Lacanau, on France's Atlantic coast.
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UN ends observer mission in Syria

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 21:02
related countries: Syria Syria

The United Nations has called an end to its military observer mission in Syria, days before its mandate was due to expire.
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Wiggins to miss Tour of Denmark

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 14:52
related countries: Denmark Denmark

Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins is removed from Team Sky's eight-man line-up for next week's Tour of Denmark.
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First arrests over French riot

Thursday, August 16th 2012, 13:24
related places: Amiens

Police in the French city of Amiens detain five people, two of them minors, in the first arrests to be made since a riot there on Monday night.
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French footballers to stand trial

Wednesday, August 15th 2012, 12:36

French football stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema are to stand trial over allegations that they solicited an underage prostitute.
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French footballers face sex case

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 20:17

French football stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema are to be called before a judge over allegations that they solicited an underage prostitute.
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Riots: French minister jostled

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 19:47
related places: Amiens

France's Interior Minister Manuel Valls is heckled and booed as he arrives in a deprived district of Amiens, where rioters have clashed with police.
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Riots hit northern French city

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 16:37
related places: Amiens

Buildings and cars are torched and police officers injured in clashes overnight with youths in a deprived district of Amiens in France.
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VIDEO: Youths riot in northern French city

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 15:14
related places: Amiens

Buildings and cars were set alight as youths and police clashed during the night in the northern French city of Amiens.
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Eurozone economy shrinks by 0.2%

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, 11:23

The economy of the eurozone contracted by 0.2% in the second quarter of the year, official figures show, as the difficult period for the area continues.
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Festival honours low-budget film

Monday, August 13th 2012, 11:30

French drama The Girl from Nowhere, filmed by Jean-Claude Brisseau in his flat with just one camera, wins the Locarno Film Festival's top award.
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US beat France to win gold medal

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 22:03
related countries: United States United States

The United States cruise to the women's basketball Olympic gold medal as they sweep France aside 86-50 in the final at the North Greenwich Arena.
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Bresset wins mountain bike gold

Saturday, August 11th 2012, 13:11
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Julie Bresset wins France's 10th gold medal at London 2012 by sealing victory in the women's mountain biking.
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Summer exodus brings smiles to Paris

Friday, August 10th 2012, 23:36
related places: Paris

Exodus breathes new life into tranquil Paris streets
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Armed gang targets French airport

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 12:56
related places: Marseille

A gang of armed robbers holds up a cargo plane at Marseille airport in the south of France, making off with the pilots' shoulder bags.
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France moves against Roma camps

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 11:41

French police dismantle illegal Roma (Gypsy) camps as the new Socialist government promises action on sanitary grounds.
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France to 'return to recession'

Wednesday, August 8th 2012, 9:17

France's economy will fall back into recession this quarter, the country's central bank predicts.
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Japan hold on to book final berth

Monday, August 6th 2012, 18:52
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan hold on to beat France 2-1 at Old Trafford and secure their place in the Olympic women's final.
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Kenny takes sprint cycling gold

Monday, August 6th 2012, 17:51

GB's fifth track cycling gold goes to Jason Kenny in the men's individual sprint, ahead of France's Gregory Bauge.
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VIDEO: French triple Olympic champion

Sunday, August 5th 2012, 3:02

French triple Olympic champion Tony Estanguet speaks to David Eades about the next stage in his career.
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Bryan brothers win US tennis gold

Saturday, August 4th 2012, 17:19
related countries: United States United States
related places: Bob

Bob and Mike Bryan secure men's doubles gold with a 6-4 7-6 win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra.
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France seizes Obiang Paris villa

Friday, August 3rd 2012, 19:46
related countries: Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
related places: Paris

French authorities seize the Paris mansion of the son of Equatorial Guinea's leader as part of a money-laundering probe, officials confirm.
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Morocco Olympic head arrest urged

Friday, August 3rd 2012, 12:49
related countries: Morocco Morocco, United Kingdom United Kingdom

A French judge asks the UK to arrest the head of Morocco's Olympic committee over the 1965 kidnapping of Moroccan opposition leader Mehdi Ben Barka.
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French infanticide woman freed

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 18:25

Dominique Cottrez, the Frenchwoman who confessed in 2010 to killing eight of her own newborn babies, is freed under supervision, French media report.
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BNP Paribas cutbacks help profits

Thursday, August 2nd 2012, 6:35

France's biggest bank, BNP Paribas, reports better-than-expected profits in the three months to June following a round of job and spending cuts.
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SocGen profits hit by debt crisis

Wednesday, August 1st 2012, 6:40

French bank Societe Generale reports a sharp fall in profits as the economic slowdown across Europe hits trading at its investment banking arm.
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Monti: 'Light at end of tunnel'

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 21:39
related countries: Italy Italy, Spain Spain

Italy's prime minister says he sees "light at the end of the tunnel" of the eurozone debt crisis as President Barack Obama calls to discuss the issue.
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French Ramadan row workers return

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 21:16

The mayor of the French town who had suspended four instructors at a children's summer camp for observing Ramadan says he will reinstate them to avoid controversy.
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Tsonga wins longest Olympic match

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 18:35
related countries: Canada Canada

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Canadian Milos Raonic 6-3 3-6 25-23 in the longest match in Olympic tennis history.
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French Muslims in Ramadan dispute

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 12:56

A row erupts in France over the suspension of four sports instructors who kept the Ramadan fast while looking after children.
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Agnel storms to second gold medal

Monday, July 30th 2012, 19:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

France's Yannick Agnel wins his second gold of the London Olympics in the men's 200 freestyle as American Ryan Lochte comes fourth.
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Madonna says boos 'not from fans'

Monday, July 30th 2012, 17:47
related places: Paris

Madonna says the angry reaction from some at her recent 45-minute show in Paris was from "thugs who were not my fans".
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Adlington earns GB bronze medal

Sunday, July 29th 2012, 20:29

Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington earns a bronze from lane eight as France's Camille Muffat wins gold in the women's 400m freestyle.
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Injured Mali leader returns home

Friday, July 27th 2012, 18:45
related countries: Mali Mali
related places: Paris

Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore arrives home after two months in Paris being treated for injuries he sustained when beaten up by protesters.
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Madonna booed over show length

Friday, July 27th 2012, 15:11
related places: Paris

Madonna fans vent their anger in Paris after she performs for just 45 minutes at a show where she celebrated her love for France's tolerance.
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Nasri gets three-match France ban

Friday, July 27th 2012, 13:49

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri receives a three-match ban from the France team after an incident at Euro 2012.
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Slump in Europe hits Renault

Friday, July 27th 2012, 7:17
related places: Renault

French carmaker Renault says profits were hit by deteriorating demand in crisis-hit Europe during the first half of the year.
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French MPs reject expenses audit

Thursday, July 26th 2012, 16:45

Members of the French parliament throw out a proposal to audit their allowances as the government prepares austerity measures for the economy.
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French helicopter crash kills six

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 19:08

Six people are killed in a civilian helicopter crash in a mountainous area of Provence in southeastern France.
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Madonna explains swastika image

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 15:34

Madonna has spoken about an image used during her current MDNA tour which showed a swastika imposed onto the face of a French politician.
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VIDEO: 'Why my brother should not hang'

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 12:35
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

The family of former Afghan soldier Abdul Saboor, who is awaiting execution after being convicted of killing five French soldiers, is calling for his life to be spared, claiming he has mental health problems.
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Peugeot reports 819m euro loss

Wednesday, July 25th 2012, 9:00

Struggling French car firm Peugeot reports a loss of 819m euros (£638m) for the first half of the year and details 1.5bn euros of cost savings.
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VIDEO: FGM reconstructive surgery made me 'complete'

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 22:04

In her second report, Sue Lloyd Roberts travels to France to see how the authorities deal with Female Genital Mutilation and speaks to a woman who has had reconstructive surgery.
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French diplomats see Bo architect

Tuesday, July 24th 2012, 7:02
related countries: China China

An architect with alleged links to scandal-hit Chinese politician Bo Xilai has met French diplomats and is in "good shape", a spokesman says.
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