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French town told park's Virgin Mary statue must go

Sunday, December 4th 2016, 0:41

A French town is told to remove its park's Virgin Mary statue as it breaks national secularism rules.
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Could a railway force Chanel No 5 out of its historic home?

Friday, December 2nd 2016, 5:57

Chanel says it will leave a historic French perfume site if plans for a high-speed train line go ahead.
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France presidency: Francois Hollande decides not to run again

Thursday, December 1st 2016, 23:30

In a surprise move Francois Hollande says he will not stand for a second term as French president.
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Stepping aside

Thursday, December 1st 2016, 23:06

Francois Hollande's decision not to stand again comes as a huge relief to France's Socialist Party.
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Rachida Dati: 'Powerful women have betrayed the poor’

Thursday, December 1st 2016, 0:24
related places: Born

Born to North African parents, Rachida Dati has risen to become one of the most high profile, yet controversial, female politicians in France.
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Gun that wounded French poet Rimbaud sold at auction

Wednesday, November 30th 2016, 20:37

The revolver used to wound French poet Arthur Rimbaud fetches over €430,000 at auction.
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Three Air France shirt ripping protesters found guilty

Wednesday, November 30th 2016, 11:39

A French court finds three former Air France employees guilty of ripping two executives' shirts off.
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Kirkorov plagiarism row: French disco musician held in Russia

Wednesday, November 30th 2016, 10:38
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

French disco musician Marouani is held in Moscow in a row over claims of plagiarism by Russian star.
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Rwanda genocide: French officials face investigation

Tuesday, November 29th 2016, 23:43
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

Rwanda opens an inquiry into 20 French officials it suspects of involvement in the 1994 genocide.
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France election: The key issues

Monday, November 28th 2016, 22:01

Elaine Jung looks at the challenges Francois Fillon and France's other presidential candidates will face in their bid to win 2017's election.
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France election: Socialists scramble to avoid split after Fillon win

Monday, November 28th 2016, 11:41

France's ruling Socialists scramble to avoid a damaging split over the spring presidential election.
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France election: Fillon floors rival in conservative primaries

Monday, November 28th 2016, 10:09

Francois Fillon takes the conservative ticket in France's presidential election by a landslide.
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'Fire under the ice'

Sunday, November 27th 2016, 20:34

Known for his quiet nature and love of motor-racing, who is Francois Fillon, tipped as France's next president?
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France presidential race: Fillon and Juppe face off in poll

Sunday, November 27th 2016, 19:07

Voters in France choose between Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe for their centre-right presidential candidate.
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Fillon and Juppe: Who are the French centre-right rivals?

Saturday, November 26th 2016, 23:55

Hugh Schofield looks at the two rivals for the centre-right French presidential nomination - Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe.
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UK photographer David Hamilton dies at 83 amid rape scandal

Saturday, November 26th 2016, 18:36
related countries: Bermuda Bermuda, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

British photographer David Hamilton dies in Paris days after being accused of rape by former models.
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French terror suspects 'were planning attack on Paris'

Friday, November 25th 2016, 14:27
related places: Marseille, Paris, Strasbourg

Prosecutors say five men arrested in Strasbourg and Marseille planned to attack Paris next week.
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France presidential election: Conservative rivals clash

Friday, November 25th 2016, 11:43

Two rivals for the centre-right French presidential ticket clash over how much change they will bring.
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One dead in attack at French retired missionaries' home

Friday, November 25th 2016, 11:09

French police hunt for a man who attacked a home for former missionaries, with terrorism ruled out.
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One dead in attack at French home for retired missionaries

Friday, November 25th 2016, 0:55
related places: Montpellier

A woman has been found dead after an armed man entered a retirement home for missionaries in France.
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Storm over local ban on French gay safe-sex posters

Thursday, November 24th 2016, 13:46

French mayors face court ruling over local bans on gay safe-sex posters.
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Bamenda protests: Mass arrests in Cameroon

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016, 19:10
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

Some 100 people are arrested after protests against using French in Cameroon's English-speaking region.
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French heir finds $3.7m gold hoard underneath furniture in house

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 20:22

An astonished Frenchman finds 100kg of gold hidden underneath furniture in a house he inherited.
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France's Francois Fillon under fire over women's rights

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 13:52

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon faces questions over his stance on abortion and discrimination.
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Qatari sisters robbed of 5m euros in France road hold-up

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 11:34
related countries: Qatar Qatar

Masked men rob two Qatari women of valuables worth €5m in a Bentley on a motorway near Paris.
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France's next president?

Monday, November 21st 2016, 16:34

What divides the French conservative rivals vying to run for president? The BBC's Laurence Peter investigates.
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France Sarkozy: Ex-president exits after defeat

Monday, November 21st 2016, 10:50

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is knocked out of the centre-right presidential primary.
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French Republican primary: Sarkozy facing defeat

Sunday, November 20th 2016, 20:46

French conservatives vote on a presidential candidate, with ex-President Sarkozy facing defeat.
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High turnout in French presidential primary

Sunday, November 20th 2016, 17:10

There is a large turnout in the vote to choose a Republican Party candidate to run in next year's French presidential election.
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Tintin drawing sells for record €1.55m at auction

Saturday, November 19th 2016, 14:57
related places: Paris

An original comic strip depicting Tintin sells for a record €1.55m at a Paris auction.
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En garde

Saturday, November 19th 2016, 0:48

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen haunts France's Republicans as they hold a presidential primary.
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French confectioners battle Chinese firm over Calissons d'Aix

Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 22:23
related countries: China China
related places: Aix

A Chinese firm has trademarked the name of the marzipan Calissons d'Aix sweet, angering the French.
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Part of an Eiffel Tower staircase up for auction

Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 19:46
related places: Paris

A segment of an Eiffel Tower staircase has gone on display at a Paris auction house.
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France's Macron joins presidential race to 'unblock France'

Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 14:51

Ex-economy minister Emmanuel Macron says he will revolutionise French politics if elected president.
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Paris bomber's lost mobile found under paperwork in police station

Tuesday, November 15th 2016, 19:31
related places: Paris

Officers discover Paris bomber Brahim Abdeslam's lost mobile under paperwork in police station.
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US envoy says climate deal is bigger than any one head of state

Tuesday, November 15th 2016, 1:55
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris, Trump

The Paris climate agreement will survive a Trump presidency, says the US climate change envoy.
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Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended - PM Valls

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 18:33

France's emergency measures are to be extended, PM Valls says, as Paris marks the attacks a year ago.
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Plaques unveiled to mark anniversary of Paris attacks

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 12:54
related places: Paris

French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo have been unveiling plaques around Paris, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the city last year.
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Marine Le Pen: Trump win boosts my chances

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 10:24
related countries: United States United States
related places: Trump

The US election has boosted the chances of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, she tells the BBC.
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Bataclan terror attack: Survivor returns to concert hall

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 6:00
related places: Paris

A survivor of last year's Bataclan terror attack in Paris, Stephane Toutlouyan, explains why he returned to the scene.
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Theatre of nightmares

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 0:58
related places: Paris

The Bataclan reopens on the eve of the Paris attacks anniversary, but its wounds are not yet closed.
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Sting tribute for Bataclan victims

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 0:19

Pop star Sting played a concert to mark the reopening of Paris' Bataclan venue, a year after the terrorist attack there.
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Paris attacks: Bataclan reopens with Sting concert

Saturday, November 12th 2016, 23:22
related places: Paris

The iconic Bataclan theatre reopens with a Sting concert, a year after the Paris massacre.
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Paris attacks: Sting prepares for Bataclan concert

Saturday, November 12th 2016, 19:33
related places: Paris

Sting warms up for his concert which will reopen the Bataclan in Paris for the first time since the 2015 terror attack.
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A changed man

Saturday, November 12th 2016, 0:47
related places: Paris

On the anniversary of the Paris attacks, survivor Michael O'Connor explains how the atrocity changed his life.
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French opposition MPs seek to impeach President Hollande

Friday, November 11th 2016, 18:11

Dozens of French MPs launch an attempt to impeach the country's president, Francois Hollande.
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Bataclan attack: 'You live it again and again'

Thursday, November 10th 2016, 18:01
related places: Paris

Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann is commemorating the Paris attacks
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Belgian jihadist Atar 'co-ordinated' Paris and Brussels attacks

Tuesday, November 8th 2016, 19:46
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Syria Syria
related places: Brussels, Paris

A jihadist in Syria is thought to have organised the attacks on Paris and Brussels, sources say.
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Hands off!

Tuesday, November 8th 2016, 1:15

A French watchdog calls for the suspension of a database that could hold the details of 60 million.
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Working for nothing

Monday, November 7th 2016, 17:59

French women were urged to walk out of work at 16:37 local time to highlight the gender pay gap.
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Adieu, murals

Sunday, November 6th 2016, 0:21

Adverts painted on walls used to be a common sight in France. But the art of sign-writers is now in decline.
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Migrant crisis: Police clear Paris's 'Stalingrad' camp

Friday, November 4th 2016, 12:07
related places: Paris

French authorities clear a migrant camp housing more than 3,000 people in Paris.
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Sting to reopen Paris's Bataclan before attack anniversary

Friday, November 4th 2016, 9:48
related places: Paris

Pop star Sting will reopen the Bataclan in Paris to mark the anniversary of the attack on the venue.
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Lucky rabbits

Friday, November 4th 2016, 0:07

The French are renowned as enthusiastic hunters, but their enthusiasm is waning fast, reports John Laurenson, as younger generations baulk at causing harm to animals.
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Calais 'Jungle': Last remaining children evacuated from camp

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, 13:49

France begins moving 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children from the Calais "Jungle" camp.
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Last children evacuated from Calais camp

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, 12:57
related places: Calais

French authorities have begun moving 1,500 migrant children from the Calais "Jungle" camp, a week after demolition began.
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Calais migrants: France's Hollande vows no return to camp

Tuesday, November 1st 2016, 11:37

No-one will be let back in the dismantled "Jungle" camp, says French President Francois Hollande.
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Unusual suspects

Monday, October 31st 2016, 12:30

Who are the main suspects in last week's kidnap of a wealthy hotel owner on the French Riviera?
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Gravel shipment causes French Polynesia radiation fears

Monday, October 31st 2016, 10:59
related countries: French Polynesia French Polynesia

Pacific island campaigners say materials for road building could contain plutonium.
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On with their heads

Saturday, October 29th 2016, 23:53

Despite officially not existing, the French nobility continues to endure and often thrive in the 21st Century.
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Calais 'Jungle': France urges UK to take more children

Saturday, October 29th 2016, 18:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

France's president says the UK should take in more migrant children after the Calais "Jungle" shuts.
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Inside France's new homes for Calais migrants

Thursday, October 27th 2016, 15:42
related places: Calais

The camp at Calais has been demolished, but its inhabitants have been moved to other centres in France.
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Not welcome

Wednesday, October 26th 2016, 21:40
related places: Calais, Charleville, Mezieres

There is a sense of anger in a new host town for some of the migrants from the dismantled Jungle camp in Calais, writes the BBC's Kevin Connolly in northern France.
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Calais 'Jungle' cleared of migrants, French prefect says

Wednesday, October 26th 2016, 16:45
related places: Calais

France says Calais "Jungle" camp clearance is complete but charities warn minors have nowhere to go.
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Paris Chinese 'scared to go home alone' after killing

Tuesday, October 25th 2016, 23:26
related countries: China China
related places: Paris

French Chinese protest violent attacks on their community after a man is killed in Paris.
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A killing in Paris

Tuesday, October 25th 2016, 23:25
related countries: China China
related places: Paris

The fatal mugging of a Chinese tailor in a Paris street has sparked angry demonstrations. But why are France's Chinese targeted for violent attacks?
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Calais 'Jungle': Demolition crews pull down migrant camp

Tuesday, October 25th 2016, 18:46
related places: Calais

Crews dismantle the "Jungle" camp in Calais with sledgehammers as migrants continue to leave by bus.
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Kim Kardashian West drops Paris robbery lawsuit

Tuesday, October 25th 2016, 5:28
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

The reality star had said she would take US celebrity gossip site MediaTakeOut to court but has dropped the case.
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Calais migrants: Hundreds moved from 'Jungle' camp

Monday, October 24th 2016, 21:17
related places: Calais

Almost 2,000 migrants are bussed from the "Jungle" in Calais as the controversial camp is cleared.
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France presidential hopeful in pastry price gaffe

Monday, October 24th 2016, 14:09

French politician tripped up by the cost of a pain au chocolat.
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Next move

Sunday, October 23rd 2016, 23:22
related places: Calais

The French authorities have already made detailed plans for moving migrants out of the Jungle camp near Calais.
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Calais migrant: 'I will not move one inch from here'

Sunday, October 23rd 2016, 13:32
related places: Calais

French officials are making final preparations before they demolish the migrant camp in Calais known as the "Jungle".
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Calais migrants: Clashes ahead of 'Jungle' closure

Saturday, October 22nd 2016, 21:48
related places: Calais

French police clash with migrants outside the port of Calais at the camp known as the Jungle, which is scheduled to be closed on Monday.
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Body art

Thursday, October 20th 2016, 23:32

Elena Palumbo-Mosca talks about why she was happy to cover her body in paint to create artworks for the French artist Yves Klein in 1960.
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World wine output expected to hit four-year low

Thursday, October 20th 2016, 16:08

World wine output is expected to hit a four-year low in 2016 after bad weather hit production in France and South America, industry forecasts say.
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Political suicide?

Wednesday, October 19th 2016, 23:01

A collection of interviews with the French president reveals a catalogue of jibes at a cross-section of society, leading many to describe his comments as "political suicide".
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'I cannot hate my wife's Bataclan killers'

Wednesday, October 19th 2016, 12:27
related places: Paris

Antoine Leiris, who lost his wife Helene when gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, has written a book detailing his experience.
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'I'm not an object'

Tuesday, October 18th 2016, 13:03

A backlash against sexual harassment is growing in France after a journalist kissed a woman on her breast on live TV.
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Brother urges Paris suspect to speak

Tuesday, October 18th 2016, 10:18
related places: Paris

Mohamed Abdeslam urges his brother - sole surviving Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam - to break his silence over his role in the attacks.
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Aleppo bombing 'kills 14 members of one family'

Monday, October 17th 2016, 11:52
related countries: Russia Russia, Syria Syria, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

Fourteen members of one family die in an air strike on Aleppo, as EU foreign ministers discuss Russia and Syria's continued bombing of the city.
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Children in Calais Jungle to arrive in UK 'in days'

Saturday, October 15th 2016, 8:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British and French officials begin registering unaccompanied children in the Calais "Jungle" who are hoping to join relatives in Britain.
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Transgender rights: France scraps sterilisation in status law

Friday, October 14th 2016, 10:29

Gay and transgender activists welcome a new French law that lets transgender people change their legal status without having to be sterilised.
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Calais Jungle: Aid groups ask French court to delay demolition

Thursday, October 13th 2016, 15:40

Aid groups file an injunction at a French court seeking to suspend the closure of Calais' Jungle migrant camp, arguing a relocation plan is not ready.
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The great seducer

Wednesday, October 12th 2016, 23:22

Years after his death, late President Francois Mitterrand bewitches France again with the publication of his letters to his secret lover Anne Pingeot.
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French MEP Jose Bove denied entry into Canada

Wednesday, October 12th 2016, 17:54
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Montreal

Jose Bove, a French politician who has opposed a trade deal between Canada and the European Union, is detained in Montreal.
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Poland 'taught France how to use fork' says deputy minister amid helicopter row

Wednesday, October 12th 2016, 16:43
related countries: Poland Poland

A Polish deputy minister says Poland "taught the French how to use a fork" amid a continuing row over a cancelled helicopter contract.
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Hollande faces fresh controversy over 'toothless' remark

Wednesday, October 12th 2016, 13:52

French President Francois Hollande is facing fresh allegations from his ex-girlfriend that he used "toothless" as a derogatory nickname for the poor.
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IS conflict: Booby-trapped drone kills Kurdish fighters in Iraq

Wednesday, October 12th 2016, 12:07
related countries: Iraq Iraq

A booby-trapped drone kills two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and badly wounds two French soldiers battling so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq.
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Paris attacks: Lawyers for Salah Abdeslam 'will not defend him'

Wednesday, October 12th 2016, 9:38
related places: Paris

Lawyers for the main suspect in last year's Islamist attacks in Paris, Salah Abdeslam, say they will no longer defend him.
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Celebrating the French grape harvest in Sancerre

Wednesday, October 12th 2016, 4:54
related places: Sancerre

Sancerre in central France produces one of the country’s most famous wines.
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Kim Kardashian West sues over claims she faked robbery

Wednesday, October 12th 2016, 4:44
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

US reality TV star Kim Kardashian West sues a celebrity gossip website for claiming that she faked being the victim of a robbery in Paris.
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