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US state seeks Holocaust records

Friday, May 20th 2011, 1:39
related countries: United States United States
related places: Maryland

The governor of Maryland signs a bill requiring a French railway company to disclose its role in the Holocaust if it seeks business in the US state.
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VIDEO: IMF to choose new managing director

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 22:18

The acting managing director of the IMF, John Lipsky, has said Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister, would be "an excellent choice" to head the organisation.
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French blow for Roddick & Ferrero

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 21:03

World number 11 Andy Roddick and former champion Juan Carlos Ferrero pull out of the French Open with shoulder injuries.
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Uzbek president's daughter sues

Thursday, May 19th 2011, 18:26

The daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov sues a French website for describing her father as a dictator.
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VIDEO: French politics reeling over Strauss-Kahn

Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 9:21

The French Socialist Party is facing an uncertain time following the arrest of Dominic Strauss-Kahn for the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid in New York.
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France named 2018 Ryder Cup venue

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 11:31
related countries: Spain Spain

France is named as the host country for the 2018 Ryder Cup, beating off favourites Spain in the process.
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Bruni 'pregnancy' rumours swirl

Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 9:15
related countries: Germany Germany

Rumours surround the possible pregnancy of French first lady Carla Bruni after a German newspaper quotes her father-in-law as saying she is expecting a baby.
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Troubles increase for IMF chief

Monday, May 16th 2011, 15:05

A French writer is considering filing sexual assault charges against IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, already accused of attacking a hotel maid.
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VIDEO: Recruitment drive for French spies

Sunday, May 15th 2011, 18:25

The French overseas intelligence agency, the DGSE, has been given a boost in funding and is now on a recruitment drive.
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VIDEO: France shocked by IMF chief charges

Sunday, May 15th 2011, 18:07

The IMF has announced it has appointed Dominique Strauss-Kahn's deputy to manage the institution after he was charged with the attempted rape of a hotel chamber maid.
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Venus withdraws from French Open

Saturday, May 14th 2011, 6:25

Venus Williams' agent confirms that the seven-time Grand Slam champion will not be competing in the French Open.
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Nadal & Djokovic reach Rome semis

Friday, May 13th 2011, 13:45
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

Rafael Nadal ensures he will keep hold of the world number one ranking going into the French Open while Novak Djokovic also reaches the Rome semi-finals.
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Eurozone's growth rate speeds up

Friday, May 13th 2011, 10:13

The eurozone's economy grows at a faster rate, powered by strong growth from Germany and France, but Portugal slides into recession.
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Renault heirs seek compensation

Friday, May 13th 2011, 0:18
related places: Renault

Descendants of the founder of Renault car company seek compensation for the post-war nationalisation of the firm in France.
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Del Potro is fit for French Open

Thursday, May 12th 2011, 16:18

Former semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro confirms he will play at the French Open after recovering from a hip injury.
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French air crash report due 2012

Thursday, May 12th 2011, 12:56

Investigators expect their report on the 2009 Air France crash to be ready no sooner than early 2012, as the "black boxes" go on display.
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Cannes begins with Woody romance

Thursday, May 12th 2011, 9:03
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris, Woody, Midnight

The 64th Cannes Film Festival opens with a gala screening of Midnight in Paris, a romantic comedy from US director Woody Allen.
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France rejects Dutroux's ex-wife

Wednesday, May 11th 2011, 14:49
related countries: Belgium Belgium

France says it will not take the ex-wife and accomplice of Belgian child-killer Marc Dutroux, after her early release from a jail in Belgium.
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Argentina 'death flights' arrests

Wednesday, May 11th 2011, 9:39
related countries: Argentina Argentina

Three ex-police officers are held in Argentina over the murder of several women, including a French nun, thrown from a plane during military rule.
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VIDEO: Heat spells trouble for French farms

Wednesday, May 11th 2011, 9:24

French farmers have been badly affected by Europe's unusually warm weather this spring.
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Kapoor condemns Chinese over Ai

Tuesday, May 10th 2011, 15:14
related countries: China China, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

British sculptor Anish Kapoor condemns China's "barbaric" detention of artist Ai Weiwei as he unveils his monumental Leviathan art installation in Paris.
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France's football coach cleared

Tuesday, May 10th 2011, 11:29

French national football coach Laurent Blanc is cleared by the country's sports minister of race discrimination.
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VIDEO: French football to take race row action

Tuesday, May 10th 2011, 3:16

French football authorities are to outline what action, if any, will be taken against the national team coach Laurent Blanc following comments he made about the number of black and Arab players at the country's national training academies.
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Heading home - France to return grim Maori trophy

Sunday, May 8th 2011, 20:40
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

The mummified, tattooed head of an ancient Maori warrior is set to be returned to New Zealand, after decades in a French museum.
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VIDEO: 'Taxi wars' break out in France

Saturday, May 7th 2011, 9:01
related places: Avignon

In France the monopoly enjoyed for the last 70 years by the National Federation of Taxi-Artisans is under threat, by a new business model set up in Avignon.
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First Air France body recovered

Thursday, May 5th 2011, 11:20
related countries: Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

French salvage workers recover the first body from the seabed wreckage of an Air France Airbus that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Record sale for Gauguin sculpture

Thursday, May 5th 2011, 8:47

A rare wooden bust by Paul Gauguin sells for $11.3m (£6.8m) in New York, a record price for a sculpture by the French artist.
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France to recover Airbus bodies

Thursday, May 5th 2011, 1:09
related countries: Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean, Botswana Botswana

Salvage workers from France prepare to recover more remains from the seabed of the Atlantic ocean, off the Brazilian coast.
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Green light

Wednesday, May 4th 2011, 5:17

France takes sin out of absinthe, overturning 1915 ban
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VIDEO: France stuggles with Tunisian migrants

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011, 18:11
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia
related places: Paris

Increasing numbers of Tunisian migrants are sleeping rough in Paris after fleeing unrest in their home country.
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French FA probes race quota claim

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011, 17:42

An investigation begins into allegations that France coach Laurent Blanc and his staff agreed informal quotas limiting the number of the black and Arab youth players in the national set-up.
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Air France voice recorder found

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011, 8:21
related countries: Brazil Brazil

A second flight recorder from an Air France plane that crashed in 2009 off the coast of Brazil has been recovered, French search officials say.
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Air France flight recorder found

Monday, May 2nd 2011, 9:51
related countries: Brazil Brazil

One of two flight recorders from an Air France plane that crashed in 2009 off the coast of Brazil has been recovered, French search officials say.
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Henson given reprieve by Toulon

Monday, May 2nd 2011, 9:39
related places: Toulon

Gavin Henson's suspension by Toulon is lifted following the outcome of the French club's disciplinary process.
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French ex-PM appeal hearing opens

Monday, May 2nd 2011, 9:24

Former French PM Dominique de Villepin faces an appeal against his acquittal on charges that he plotted to discredit President Sarkozy.
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Germany and France power eurozone

Monday, May 2nd 2011, 9:16
related countries: Germany Germany

German and French manufacturing continues to expand, but worries about "periphery" economies continues.
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Live text - Northampton v Perpignan

Sunday, May 1st 2011, 13:50
related places: Perpignan

Northampton crush French side Perpignan 23-7 in the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup and will play Leinster in the final.
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French Football suspends official

Saturday, April 30th 2011, 21:26

The French Football Federation's national technical director is suspended after claims of a secret racial quota for trainees.
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House of horror

Saturday, April 30th 2011, 12:08

France gripped by manhunt after murder of 'perfect' provincial family
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France ex-minister wins arms case

Friday, April 29th 2011, 13:24
related countries: Angola Angola

A French appeals court quashes the conviction of ex-Interior Minister Charles Pasqua for arms trafficking to Angola.
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French row over Tunisian arrests

Thursday, April 28th 2011, 9:42
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia
related places: Paris

The mayor of Paris urges an end to the "shocking" arrest of dozens of mainly Tunisian migrants in France as detentions continue.
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Murder at French air control tower

Wednesday, April 27th 2011, 17:52
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland
related places: Mulhouse

A French air traffic controller is found stabbed to death inside a secure unit at Mulhouse airport near the Swiss border.
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'Tunisian migrants' held in Paris

Wednesday, April 27th 2011, 12:46
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia
related places: Paris

Police in Paris arrest 60 suspected illegal migrants, most of them Tunisians, as France pushes for tighter border controls.
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Contador hearing expected in June

Wednesday, April 27th 2011, 11:07

The Court of Arbitration for Sport names a three-man panel to hear Alberto Contador's doping case and expects a verdict before July's Tour de France.
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Al-Qaeda parade French hostages

Wednesday, April 27th 2011, 10:42
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Niger Niger

Four Frenchmen seized by al-Qaeda militants in Niger in September are shown in a video asking for France to quit Afghanistan.
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France Telecom man burns to death

Tuesday, April 26th 2011, 22:18
related places: Bordeaux

A France Telecom worker and father of four commits suicide by setting himself on fire in a work car park near the southern city of Bordeaux, management and unions say.
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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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