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Bratislava EU talks bring Merkel-Hollande pact for renewal

Friday, September 16th 2016, 20:54
related countries: Germany Germany, Slovakia Slovakia
related places: Eu

France and Germany say the EU has set priorities for renewing itself, despite the tough challenge of Brexit.
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Paris Opera directors accused of abusing expenses

Friday, September 16th 2016, 15:15

Paris Opera says it is cutting costs and tackling abuse of expenses after being criticised by France's audit office and facing media criticism.
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France labour reform: Clashes during 'last round' of street protests

Friday, September 16th 2016, 1:27

Riot police clash with protesters in France marching against labour reforms in what unions say will be the last of such demonstrations.
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Anger flares at French labour law protest in Paris

Thursday, September 15th 2016, 17:45
related places: Paris

Clashes broke out during protests over French labour reforms in Paris, with tear gas being fired by riot police, and some demonstrators throwing missiles.
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French police arrest teenager over 'IS terror plot'

Wednesday, September 14th 2016, 15:26
related places: Paris

A 15-year-old boy is arrested in Paris on suspicion of plotting to carry out terror attacks, the second such case involving a teenager in less than a week.
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UK MPs decry UK-French Libya campaign

Wednesday, September 14th 2016, 7:41
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain's 2011 military intervention in Libya was based on "erroneous assumptions", according to MPs who blame ex-PM David Cameron for the lack of a coherent strategy.
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Prime suspect

Tuesday, September 13th 2016, 1:40

Rashid Kassim has been identified as a link to several recent jihadist plots in France. But who is he and how are the plots co-ordinated?
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France foiling terror plots 'daily' - Prime Minister Manuel Valls

Sunday, September 11th 2016, 21:11
related places: Paris

The French prime minister says the country's security services are foiling terror plots "every day" as a teenage boy is arrested in Paris.
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France charges woman arrested over foiled Paris attack

Saturday, September 10th 2016, 21:53
related places: Notre-Dame, Paris

French prosecutors charge one of the "female terrorist commandos" arrested over a foiled attack near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
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Arrested women in Paris 'were guided by IS'

Friday, September 9th 2016, 21:58
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Paris

Three women arrested near Paris on suspicion of planning attacks, were guided remotely by IS in Syria, investigators say.
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Foiled Paris attack 'was directed by IS'

Friday, September 9th 2016, 18:48
related places: Paris

Three women arrested over a foiled attack in Paris were directed by so-called Islamic State, a French prosecutor says.
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French policeman stabbed during gas canister car arrests

Friday, September 9th 2016, 11:46
related places: Notre-Dame

A French policeman is stabbed during an operation to arrest three women over the discovery of a suspect car near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
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Tourists rescued from Mont Blanc cable car

Friday, September 9th 2016, 10:48

Tourists who spent the night suspended in the air after a cable car system broke down in the French Alps have been successfully brought down to earth.
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French Alps cable cars tourists rescued

Friday, September 9th 2016, 9:23

At least 33 tourists who spent a cold Thursday night trapped in several cable cars high above the French Alps have been rescued, officials say.
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Cable cars failure traps dozens over French Alps

Thursday, September 8th 2016, 21:28

Forty-five people remain stuck on cable cars above the glaciers of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, a local official says, as rescue efforts are halted with the nightfall.
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Hollande: France's democracy will beat barbarism

Thursday, September 8th 2016, 14:08

French President Francois Hollande gives a powerful defence of his country's fight against terrorism, insisting that democracy always wins.
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Solar tuk-tuk journey halted by robbery in France

Wednesday, September 7th 2016, 12:15
related countries: India India, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

A seven-month solo journey from India to the UK in a solar and electric-powered tuk-tuk has been paused after the driver's passport was stolen near Paris.
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Paris terror arrest after gas tanks found in Notre Dame car

Wednesday, September 7th 2016, 11:45
related places: Paris

Police in Paris arrest a man on the terror watch list after gas cylinders are found in a car near Notre Dame Cathedral.
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France burkini: Corsica court upholds local ban

Wednesday, September 7th 2016, 9:01

A court on the French island of Corsica upholds a local ban on the burkini, despite a higher court ruling saying the measure violates freedoms.
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Renault considers killing off diesel engines

Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 20:22
related places: Renault

Renault, the French car maker, may stop offering diesel engines in most cars sold in Europe ahead of more strict emissions regulations.
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Paris auction workers jailed over theft scam

Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 17:57
related places: Paris

A French court jails 35 porters at the prestigious Hotel Drouot auction house in Paris for stealing valuable items over many years.
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First face transplant patient Isabelle Dinoire dies in France

Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 15:52

The first-ever person to receive a face transplant, Frenchwoman Isabelle Dinoire, dies of cancer 11 years after her pioneering surgery.
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France migrant crisis: Paris to open refugee camp in October

Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 12:34
related places: Paris

Paris announces plans to open its first refugee camp in October while another projected centre for asylum seekers is set alight near the French capital.
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France Islam: Valls slams New York Times report on burkini ban

Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 11:04

The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, rejects as "unacceptable" a New York Times article in which French Muslim women complain of discrimination.
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EU migrants: Calais Jungle protest causes huge disruption

Monday, September 5th 2016, 19:41
related places: Calais

Lorries, tractors and a human chain disrupt traffic around the French port of Calais as protesters demand the closure of the "Jungle" migrant camp.
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EU migrants crisis: Lorry protest causes Calais disruption

Monday, September 5th 2016, 11:50
related places: Calais

Traffic is brought to a near-standstill in Calais, northern France, where protesters are demanding the closure of a migrant camp known as "The Jungle".
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Nicolas Sarkozy 'should stand trial' over 2012 election spending

Monday, September 5th 2016, 11:01

French prosecutors recommend that former President Nicolas Sarkozy stand trial for breaching campaign spending limits.
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US Open 2016: Lucas Pouille beats Rafael Nadal in five sets

Monday, September 5th 2016, 0:19
related countries: United States United States

France's Lucas Pouille claims the biggest victory of his career as he beats two-time champion Rafael Nadal in the US Open last 16.
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Aris Messinis: Lesbos migrant crisis photos win French award

Sunday, September 4th 2016, 5:23
related countries: Greece Greece

A Greek photographer wins the Visa d'Or news photography prize for his coverage of the mass arrival of migrants on the island of Lesbos last year.
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Paris climate deal: US and China formally join pact

Saturday, September 3rd 2016, 14:18
related countries: China China, United States United States
related places: Paris

The US and China - together responsible for 40% of the world's carbon emissions - formally join the Paris global climate agreement.
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Migrants in Calais turn violent as population rises

Friday, September 2nd 2016, 8:19
related places: Calais

Violent, desperate gangs and a rising tide of robberies, vandalism and assaults - that has been the latest depiction of the camp known as the Jungle on the edge of the northern French port of Calais.
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Video replays used for first time during France's 3-1 win over Italy

Friday, September 2nd 2016, 6:19
related countries: Italy Italy

Fifa president Gianni Infantino says "football history" was made after video replays are used for the first time in an international match.
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French resorts lift burkini bans after court ruling

Thursday, September 1st 2016, 15:59
related places: Nice

Nice lifts a controversial ban on burkini swimsuits, among several French seaside resort to do so, following a national court ruling.
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French children return to school amid high security

Thursday, September 1st 2016, 10:37

Twelve million French children go back to school with new security measures in place because of recent jihadist attacks.
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Had its chips? The traditional British fish van in France

Thursday, September 1st 2016, 5:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British couple have been providing authentic fish and chips across France's Dordogne region for four years. Has Brexit affected their business?
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Cocaine 'worth €50m' discovered at Coca-Cola plant

Wednesday, August 31st 2016, 12:05

Cocaine with a street value of up to 50 million euros is discovered at a Coca-Cola plant in southern France.
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Topless Marianne remark by PM Manuel Valls stirs French row

Tuesday, August 30th 2016, 17:18

Prime Minister Manuel Valls angers political rivals by invoking the symbol of the French republic, Marianne, in the row over "burkini" beach bans.
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Macron quits to clear way for French presidential bid

Tuesday, August 30th 2016, 16:54

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron resigns from the government ahead of an expected centrist bid for the presidency in next year's election.
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Why the French economy minister has resigned

Tuesday, August 30th 2016, 16:51

The French economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has resigned from Francois Hollande's government, amid speculation that he's considering running for president.
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TTIP in further doubt as Hollande questions timing

Tuesday, August 30th 2016, 15:45

The TTIP trade deal is dealt another blow as French President Francois Hollande casts doubt on when an agreement will be reached.
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Baby sea lion dies after possible 4,000km wrong turn

Tuesday, August 30th 2016, 10:23
related countries: French Polynesia French Polynesia

A baby sea lion that turned up in French Polynesia, possibly 4,000km (2,500 miles) from home, dies despite a week-long battle to save it.
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Calais chief wants new migrant border deal with UK

Monday, August 29th 2016, 10:54
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

Migrants in Calais seeking asylum in the UK should be able to lodge their claim in France and not have to wait until they reach British soil, the region's president says.
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Paris restaurant 'refuses to serve Muslim women'

Sunday, August 28th 2016, 19:06

A video showing a French restaurateur apparently calling all Muslims terrorists and refusing to serve two Muslim women sparks anger and calls for protests.
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France burkini ban: Mayors urged to heed court's ruling

Saturday, August 27th 2016, 11:06

French mayors are urged to heed a court ruling suspending a ban on the controversial full-body burkini swimsuit, as some say they will oppose it.
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France burkini: Highest court suspends ban

Friday, August 26th 2016, 18:22
related places: Villeneuve

France's highest administrative court suspends a ban on controversial full-body "burkini" swimsuits in a town on the Mediterranean coast.
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France 'burkini ban': Court to decide on beach fines

Thursday, August 25th 2016, 18:40

A top French court is being asked to overturn bans imposed by almost 30 towns and cities on women wearing full-body swimsuits or "burkinis".
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Bad weather takes toll on French wine production

Thursday, August 25th 2016, 15:43

French wine production is likely to be 10% lower this year than in 2015 because of a spring frost and a heatwave now.
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Sonia Rykiel: French fashion designer dies at 86

Thursday, August 25th 2016, 11:19

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies at the age of 86 after suffering from Parkinson's disease, her family says.
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'Terrible to see 'burkini' confrontation'

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 16:04
related places: Nice

Mathilde Cousin describes what happened on a Nice beach when French police appeared to make a woman remove clothing under a "burkini ban".
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France 'burkini ban': Images of police on beach fuel debate

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 14:17
related places: Nice

Images of French police appearing to fine a woman on a beach in Nice fuel the debate over a controversial "burkini ban".
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Go-getters in the ghetto

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 9:37

France's immigrant suburbs have a terrible image and are accused of breeding jihadists, but there is a hidden, dynamic side to them, says Henri Astier.
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India investigating French submarine company data leak

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 9:15
related countries: Brazil Brazil, India India, Malaysia Malaysia

India is investigating a massive data leak from French shipbuilder DCNS that revealed crucial details about submarines being built for the Indian navy.
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'It's about freedom': Ban boosts burkini sales 'by 200%'

Wednesday, August 24th 2016, 0:43
related countries: Aruba Aruba

The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales.
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Sarkozy: The former president who wants France back

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016, 18:28

The former president wants France back.
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Rivalry itch

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016, 17:43
related places: Paris

Team GB's spectacular Olympic success leaves France feeling both admiration and envy, as Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.
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Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016, 16:14
related places: Paris

Attacks by Islamist militants, strikes and floods have caused a substantial drop in the number of tourists visiting Paris, officials say.
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Mosques in spotlight

Monday, August 22nd 2016, 23:08

The French government is pushing for greater scrutiny of Islam in France, after atrocities by jihadists, but Muslims fear the state wants to control their faith.
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Nicolas Sarkozy to seek French presidency again

Monday, August 22nd 2016, 21:05

Former French head of state Nicolas Sarkozy confirms that he will seek to run again in next year's presidential election. What obstacles does he face?
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Nice attack death toll rises to 86 as injured man dies

Friday, August 19th 2016, 20:44
related places: Nice

French officials say a man who was injured in the Bastille Day attack in the French city of Nice has died, taking the death toll to 86.
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France seizes 2,000 dead seahorses on Guinea-Vietnam route

Friday, August 19th 2016, 12:45
related countries: Guinea Guinea, Vietnam Vietnam

French customs officials seize about 2,000 dead seahorses that were being smuggled from Guinea to Vietnam.
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Jewish man stabbed on street in French city of Strasbourg

Friday, August 19th 2016, 12:35
related places: Strasbourg

An Orthodox Jewish man is stabbed on a street in the French city of Strasbourg by an attacker reportedly shouting an Islamic slogan.
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Flying ants at French church cause fire alarm in Lisieux

Friday, August 19th 2016, 10:14
related places: Lisieux

Normandy firefighters rush to douse a fire at a major church - only to find that the "smoke" was a swarm of flying ants.
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Dozens hurt in France rail crash

Wednesday, August 17th 2016, 21:01

Dozens of people are hurt, eight of them seriously, when a regional train hits a tree uprooted during a hailstorm in the south of France.
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Rio Olympics 2016: Renaud Lavillenie being booed 'shocking' - Thomas Bach

Wednesday, August 17th 2016, 15:15

French pole vault silver medallist Renaud Lavillenie is booed on the podium, with IOC chief Thomas Bach saying it was "shocking".
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Beach dilemma

Wednesday, August 17th 2016, 7:52

French commentator Agnes Poirier argues that the controversy over burkini beach bans raises tough questions about national unity and women's emancipation.
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Tight security at Lourdes for Assumption Day celebrations

Monday, August 15th 2016, 14:58
related places: Lourdes

Soldiers and police patrol due to the terror threat in France, as thousands of Catholics celebrate Assumption Day at the Lourdes shrine.
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Paris Aubervilliers attack: Chinese community mourn mugging victim as fear grows

Sunday, August 14th 2016, 20:56
related countries: China China
related places: Aubervilliers

Members of the Chinese community in the Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers mourn a man killed by muggers amid fears they are being deliberately targeted.
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Corsica brawl: Five hurt in clashes on French beach

Sunday, August 14th 2016, 19:32
related places: Four

A beach brawl on the French island of Corsica between families of North African descent and local youths leaves five people injured and three cars burnt out.
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Nice court upholds burkinis ban, but appeal planned

Saturday, August 13th 2016, 21:12
related places: Cannes, Nice

A French court in Nice has upheld the ban on burkinis imposed by the mayor of Cannes but lawyers will appeal against the decision.
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Friday, August 12th 2016, 14:08
related places: Cannes

The mayor of Cannes in southern France bans full-body swimsuits known as "burkinis" from the beach, citing public order concerns.
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France wildfires near Marseille contained

Thursday, August 11th 2016, 12:20
related places: Marseille

Firefighters contain wildfires in southern France which were threatening the city of Marseille but remain on alert as more windy conditions are expected.
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Wildfires blaze near Marseille

Thursday, August 11th 2016, 1:15
related places: Marseille

Areas near the French city of Marseille have been hit by a series of wildfires, burning homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
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'Burkini-only day' at French waterpark cancelled

Tuesday, August 9th 2016, 15:13

A waterpark in France cancels a day booked by Muslim women to wear "burkinis", the all-over swimming garment., following criticism of the plans.
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Paul Pogba: Manchester United re-sign France midfielder for world-record £89m

Tuesday, August 9th 2016, 11:08

Paul Pogba says "the time is right to go back to Old Trafford" as he completes his world-record £89m transfer to Manchester United.
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Rio 2016: Giant leap for Games goers

Monday, August 8th 2016, 20:47

French street artist JR has created giant installations for the Olympic Games.
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Attack victims remembered in Nice ceremony

Sunday, August 7th 2016, 14:17
related places: Nice

A ceremony has taken place in Nice in the south of France to commemorate those killed when a man drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day.
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Deadly blaze sweeps French bar

Saturday, August 6th 2016, 12:53
related places: Rouen

A fire caused by candles on a birthday cake at a bar in the northern French city of Rouen kills at least 13 people and injures six.
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German museum rejoices over Durer found at flea market

Saturday, August 6th 2016, 11:35
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Stuttgart

Stuttgart's art museum says a print by Albrecht Durer donated by a man who found it at a French flea market is in very good condition.
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French pair attempt to pedal Channel

Friday, August 5th 2016, 22:28

Two men attempting to cross the English Channel in a pedal-powered submarine begin their journey.
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France Nice lorry attack: Cycling event cancelled over security fears

Friday, August 5th 2016, 21:06
related places: Nice

The French city of Nice says it will not host the European Road Cycling Championships, planned for 14-18 September, for security reasons.
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Lille flea market cancelled over security fears

Friday, August 5th 2016, 13:40
related places: Lille

One of Europe's biggest flea markets, in the northern French city of Lille, is cancelled amid security fears over Islamist militant violence.
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Anxiety in Paradise

Friday, August 5th 2016, 0:09

How recent attacks in France have changed the mood around the popular beach resorts.
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French town flooded with wine after protesters crack open vats

Thursday, August 4th 2016, 14:43

Vandals crack open several vats of wine in a southern French town, flooding nearby streets, with a militant winemaking group claiming responsibility.
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Hidden Degas portrait revealed

Thursday, August 4th 2016, 13:09

A hidden portrait by the French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas has been revealed using powerful x-rays, scientists report.
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'Burkini-only day' at French waterpark criticised

Thursday, August 4th 2016, 9:26

A waterpark in France is to be booked out for one day to Muslim women wanting to wear "burkinis" - a decision criticised by politicians on the right.
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French priest funeral: Jacques Hamel mourned in Rouen

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016, 17:52

Thousands attend the funeral in Rouen of French priest Father Jacques Hamel, who was murdered in his church by Islamist extremists.
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France seeks more influence over mosques to stop jihadists

Monday, August 1st 2016, 11:20

Dozens of leading French Muslims and Prime Minister Manuel Valls call for a new national drive to promote mainstream Islam and combat radicalisation.
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France church attack: Two arrested over priest's killing

Sunday, July 31st 2016, 20:47

Two men are placed under formal investigation over the murder of a French priest, including a cousin of one of the killers.
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France churches host Muslims for Mass in show of solidarity

Sunday, July 31st 2016, 16:34

Muslims across France have attended Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on Tuesday.
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France church attack: Muslims attend Mass

Sunday, July 31st 2016, 13:35

Muslims across France attend Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on Tuesday.
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