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News: France

We have started to collect the most important news related to France in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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Enduring appeal

Saturday, October 24th 2009, 10:32
related places: Vincent

Why Van Gogh pilgrims flock to his place of death
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Major French smear trial closes

Friday, October 23rd 2009, 22:24

The trial of ex-French PM Dominique de Villepin, accused of conspiring to damage Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential bid, ends.
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Iran delays reply on nuclear plan

Friday, October 23rd 2009, 19:23
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran says it will respond to a proposed deal on its controversial nuclear programme next week, missing a UN deadline.
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Sarkozy son pulls out of job bid

Thursday, October 22nd 2009, 22:34
related places: Paris

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 23-year-old son says he is withdrawing from a bid to run the Paris business district.
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Ribery expected to miss play-offs

Thursday, October 22nd 2009, 10:56
related countries: Ireland Ireland

France are likely to be without Franck Ribery for the World Cup play-off matches against the Republic of Ireland.
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Convicted German man 'kidnapped'

Wednesday, October 21st 2009, 16:35
related countries: Germany Germany

A German doctor convicted of killing his step-daughter nearly 30 years ago has been found bound and gagged outside a French court house.
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Hostages freed after French siege

Wednesday, October 21st 2009, 9:51
related places: Paris

A French hostage siege is over, local media say, after armed men release six people from a supermarket.
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Liverpool beaten at home by Lyon

Tuesday, October 20th 2009, 20:38
related places: Lyon

Liverpool's woes continue as they let in an injury-time goal in a 2-1 Champions League defeat by French side Lyon.
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No jail request for French ex-PM

Tuesday, October 20th 2009, 18:08

French prosecutors demand an 18-month suspended sentence for former PM Dominique de Villepin, but no jail time.
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France detains 'top Eta leader'

Monday, October 19th 2009, 13:03

French police arrest two suspected Eta members, including a senior political leader, officials say.
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France face Ireland in play-offs

Monday, October 19th 2009, 12:14
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The Republic of Ireland will face France in the World Cup play-offs on 14 and 18 November.
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Wanted Rwanda doctor denies claim

Sunday, October 18th 2009, 19:01
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

A Rwandan doctor suspended in France after he was discovered to be wanted on genocide charges protests his innocence.
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French told to quit unsafe Guinea

Friday, October 16th 2009, 10:05
related countries: Guinea Guinea

France urges its nationals to leave Guinea, amid growing criticism of the military junta's opposition crackdown.
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Pyrenees will star in 2010 Tour

Wednesday, October 14th 2009, 10:25

The Tour de France celebrates 100 years since it first went into the Pyrenees mountains by including several legendary climbs in the 2010 race.
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No couch potato - why Carla Bruni does analysis sitting down

Wednesday, October 14th 2009, 9:49

French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gives details of her psychoanalysis in a television documentary.
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Sarkozy defends son's top-job bid

Tuesday, October 13th 2009, 13:39

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says his son has been "thrown to the wolves" over a bid to secure a top-level business job.
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Scientist on French terror charge

Monday, October 12th 2009, 17:43

French magistrates file preliminary charges against a particle physicist accused of links to al-Qaeda.
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Honour for South Korean actress

Saturday, October 10th 2009, 16:41
related countries: North Korea North Korea

South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon receives one of France's top art awards at a film festival in her home country.
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Love-'ate

Saturday, October 10th 2009, 11:13

French bemused by 'row' over Louvre Big Macs
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Friday, October 9th 2009, 17:24

France arrests a researcher at Europe's top particle physics lab who is suspected of links to al-Qaeda, officials say.
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Louvre to return Egyptian frescos

Friday, October 9th 2009, 15:50
related countries: Egypt Egypt

Paris' Louvre Museum bows to Egypt's demands and says it will return five ancient stone sculptures within weeks.
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French 'boy sex' minister defiant

Friday, October 9th 2009, 11:02
related countries: Thailand Thailand

A French politician says he will not resign over comments that he enjoyed paying for "boys" in Thailand.
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French minister in 'boy sex' row

Thursday, October 8th 2009, 16:17
related countries: Thailand Thailand

France's Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand faces calls to quit over his book that describes paying for 'young boys' in Thailand.
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The eyes have it

Thursday, October 8th 2009, 10:13
related places: Paris

Paris show honours women from world trouble spots
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Man Utd in clear over Pogba deal

Wednesday, October 7th 2009, 22:48
related places: Le Havre

Manchester United are cleared by Fifa to sign 16-year-old French star Paul Pogba from Le Havre.
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Pirates hit French navy 'in error'

Wednesday, October 7th 2009, 18:26
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Somali pirates attack a French navy ship by mistake, believing it to be a harmless cargo vessel, France's military says.
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France 'suspects Guinea leader'

Wednesday, October 7th 2009, 17:11
related countries: Guinea Guinea

The French foreign minister accuses Guinea's military leader of possibly ordering the shooting of protesters last week.
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Louvre seeks to defuse Egypt row

Wednesday, October 7th 2009, 13:13
related countries: Egypt Egypt

France's Louvre Museum says it is open to the idea of returning ancient fresco fragments which sparked a row with Egypt.
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Giant dinosaur footprints found in France

Wednesday, October 7th 2009, 11:33

Fossil hunters discover huge dinosaur footprints, said to be among the biggest in the world, in eastern France.
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France secures $6bn Kazakh deals

Tuesday, October 6th 2009, 12:52
related countries: Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
related places: Astana

France and Kazakhstan sign energy and business deals worth $6bn (£3.8bn) during a trip to Astana by the French president.
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France Telecom boss quits in suicide row

Monday, October 5th 2009, 12:54

France Telecom's second-in-command resigns, after weeks of criticism over management's handling of a spate of suicides by employees.
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Pledge for more IMF help for poor

Sunday, October 4th 2009, 8:22
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The British and French announce a $4bn (£2.5bn) measure by the International Monetary Fund to help poorer countries.
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Former French president ditches 'depressed' dog after third attack

Friday, October 2nd 2009, 12:38

Former French President Jacques Chirac says he has given away his beloved dog, Sumo, after it attacked him for a third time.
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French drop Polanski release call

Wednesday, September 30th 2009, 20:08
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland, United States United States

The French government drops its public support for Roman Polanski, after a backlash against calls for his release.
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Former French PM takes the stand

Wednesday, September 30th 2009, 17:50
related places: Paris

Former French PM Dominique de Villepin takes the stand in Paris, denying any role in a plot to discredit President Sarkozy.
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Chirac charges could be dropped

Wednesday, September 30th 2009, 14:12

French prosecutors say charges that ex-President Jacques Chirac created bogus jobs for his friends are not worth pursuing.
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French fan dies after Serb attack

Tuesday, September 29th 2009, 11:18
related countries: Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro
related places: Belgrade

A French football fan attacked in Belgrade this month by an armed mob dies in hospital, officials say.
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Outcry over Polanski's detention

Monday, September 28th 2009, 15:37

Politicians and Hollywood heavyweights rally behind director Roman Polanski following his arrest.
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Polanski to fight US extradition

Monday, September 28th 2009, 4:31
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland, United States United States

Filmmaker Roman Polanski will challenge his arrest in Switzerland and a bid to deport him to the US on sex charges, his lawyer says.
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Afghan storm kills French troops

Sunday, September 27th 2009, 9:56
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Three French soldiers are killed in a violent storm in north-eastern Afghanistan, the French military says.
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Eurostar passengers to get refunds

Saturday, September 26th 2009, 11:53
related places: Lille

About 1,000 Eurostar passengers are to be given refunds after a power cut left them stranded in France for several hours.
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Sarkozy in row over 'smear' trial

Friday, September 25th 2009, 9:19

Lawyers for former French PM Dominique de Villepin plan to sue President Sarkozy for having called their client "guilty".
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Turfed out

Tuesday, September 22nd 2009, 21:10
related places: Calais

Refugees at Calais camp in France tell of expulsion
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Police clear French migrant camp

Tuesday, September 22nd 2009, 10:16
related places: Calais

French police detain hundreds of migrants in an operation to close their makeshift camp near the northern port of Calais.
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In pictures

Tuesday, September 22nd 2009, 9:54

Scuffles as French 'jungle' immigrant camp closes
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French ex-PM on trial over smears

Monday, September 21st 2009, 16:07

Former French PM Dominique de Villepin, charged with plotting to discredit President Nicolas Sarkozy, goes on trial in Paris.
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Former French president pens romantic novel of 'Diana' liaison

Monday, September 21st 2009, 15:54
related places: Estaing

Former French leader Valery Giscard d'Estaing may raise eyebrows with his new novel, a fictional account of a president's liaison with an English princess.
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Renault handed suspended F1 ban

Monday, September 21st 2009, 14:31
related places: Paris

Renault are given a two-year suspended ban from Formula 1 after a hearing into their role in fixing last year's Singapore Grand Prix.
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In 'the jungle'

Monday, September 21st 2009, 14:18

Life in French asylum camp in audio and pictures
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French farmers start milk talks

Saturday, September 19th 2009, 21:28

The French government holds emergency talks with farmers to avert further protests over falling dairy prices.
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Sarkozy to press for 'Tobin Tax'

Saturday, September 19th 2009, 17:17

The French president will urge fellow G20 leaders to introduce a tax to reduce risky behaviour by banks, the BBC learns.
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Somali demands for French hostage

Thursday, September 17th 2009, 8:43
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Somali Islamists issue a set of demands for the release of a French security adviser seized in July.
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France to close migrant 'jungle'

Wednesday, September 16th 2009, 20:11
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

France announces it will soon close the camp in Calais known as "the jungle", where migrants gather to try to reach the UK.
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French 'pass' piracy legislation

Tuesday, September 15th 2009, 16:53

A hard-line piracy law moves closer to adoption in France as National Assembly narrowly votes in favour.
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French firm plans suicide hotline

Tuesday, September 15th 2009, 15:56

France Telecom is to set up a hotline for workers suffering from stress after a number of recent suicides among employees.
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Parents 'dumped body in concrete'

Sunday, September 13th 2009, 18:38

The parents of a French eight-year-old girl whose body was found in concrete are held on suspicion on manslaughter.
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Photographer Ronis dies aged 99

Sunday, September 13th 2009, 11:36
related places: Paris

Photographer Willy Ronis, best known for capturing the essence of Paris in black and white scenes of everyday life, dies aged 99.
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French unease at telecom suicides

Saturday, September 12th 2009, 16:54

France's labour minister is to meet the head of France Telecom to discuss a number of suicides among its staff.
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French minister denies race slur

Friday, September 11th 2009, 8:56

France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux denies claims he made a racist remark when he met a political activist of Arab origin.
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France set to impose carbon tax

Thursday, September 10th 2009, 12:00

France's President Sarkozy announces plans for a new carbon tax aimed at combating global warming.
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French general gets Nato command

Thursday, September 10th 2009, 9:02
related countries: United States United States

A French air force general becomes the first non-American to assume a supreme command post in Nato.
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Man City dismiss 'poaching' claim

Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 10:43
related places: Rennes

Manchester City deny claims from Rennes that they unlawfully signed one of the French club's players.
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Tall order - Sarkozy faces accusations of height manipulation

Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 10:28

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office denies allegations that he stage manages events in order to appear taller.
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Sarkozy endorses Gabon winner

Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 8:56
related countries: Gabon Gabon

French leader Nicolas Sarkozy congratulates Ali Ben Bongo after his victory in Gabon's election, marred by post-poll violence.
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Gabon French oil staff evacuated

Saturday, September 5th 2009, 16:44
related countries: Gabon Gabon

French oil firm Total evacuates its expatriate staff from Gabon's second city as violence targeting French interests continues.
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Roddick powers to late-night win

Friday, September 4th 2009, 4:21
related countries: United States United States

Fifth seed Andy Roddick sweeps past France's Marc Gicquel in the night session to reach the third round of the US Open.
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Gabon locks down city amid riots

Thursday, September 3rd 2009, 22:39
related countries: Gabon Gabon
related places: Port Gentil

A night-time curfew is declared in Port Gentil, Gabon, after violence by opposition activists and attacks on French interests.
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Cameroon defends Biya hotel bills

Thursday, September 3rd 2009, 17:42
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

Cameroon's government defends President Paul Biya's lavish holiday in France, reportedly costing $40,000 a day.
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Film-maker killed in El Salvador

Thursday, September 3rd 2009, 6:51
related countries: El Salvador El Salvador, Spain Spain

A French-Spanish film-maker who made a documentary about gang life in El Salvador has been shot dead, officials there say.
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"Spiderman" scales one of Malaysia's Twin Towers at third go

Tuesday, September 1st 2009, 8:38
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

French climber Alain Robert, known as Spiderman, climbs one of the world's tallest buildings in Malaysia.
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Apple denies 'exploding' iPhones

Friday, August 28th 2009, 13:45

iPhones that reportedly "exploded" in France were not due to overheating batteries as had been suggested, Apple says.
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Somalia hostage tells of escape

Wednesday, August 26th 2009, 15:26
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A French security adviser seized by Islamist militants in Somalia tells the BBC how he escaped while his captors slept.
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Frenchman 'flees Somali captors'

Wednesday, August 26th 2009, 12:21
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Officials say a Frenchman seized by Somali rebels has escaped, but reports that a second hostage is also free are denied.
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France uncovers 'Eta weapons'

Wednesday, August 26th 2009, 9:59

An arms cache is is seized by French police in what officials describe as a "major blow" for the Basque separatist group's operations.
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French banks back bonus reforms

Tuesday, August 25th 2009, 16:47

French banks agree with President Sarkozy to bring in a new system of performance-related pay.
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Athens locals flee as fires rage

Sunday, August 23rd 2009, 19:43
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Athens

Several thousand residents of Athens' northern suburbs flee their homes as wildfires continue to blaze around the Greek capital.
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French tourist freed in Pakistan

Friday, August 21st 2009, 17:11
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A French tourist abducted in Pakistan's south-western Balochistan province three months ago is freed.
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