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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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Senegal 'takes back French bases'

Sunday, April 4th 2010, 3:11
related countries: Senegal Senegal

Senegal's president says his country is taking back control of all military bases held by France.
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France cracks down after minister jets off to Martinique

Friday, April 2nd 2010, 13:00

The French PM moves to curb private jet travel by his ministers, after one of them hired a plane for 116,500 euros (£103,325).
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US-French push for Iran sanctions

Tuesday, March 30th 2010, 23:14
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

US President Barack Obama and France's Nicolas Sarkozy vow to push for new UN sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme.
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Lyon 3-1 Bordeaux

Tuesday, March 30th 2010, 20:36
related places: Bordeaux

Lyon take a giant step towards their first Champions League semi-final with victory over French rivals Bordeaux.
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France advised against veil ban

Tuesday, March 30th 2010, 16:40

France's State Council says any total ban on face-covering Islamic veils could be unconstitutional.
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Robbers dig into Paris bank vaults

Tuesday, March 30th 2010, 13:17
related places: Paris

A gang of robbers dig their way into the vault of a Parisian bank and empty almost 200 private safes, police say.
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Keep your money

Monday, March 29th 2010, 8:19

The small French town still holding out against euro
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Rival poised to challenge Sarkozy

Thursday, March 25th 2010, 16:00

Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin creates a new party amid speculation he will run for the presidency.
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Money row

Thursday, March 25th 2010, 0:50
related countries: Germany Germany, Greece Greece
related places: Eu

Greek crisis reveals French-German rift over EU economy
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National strike staged in France

Tuesday, March 23rd 2010, 18:37

French public sector workers strike in protest against the government's social and economic policies.
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France backs down on carbon tax

Tuesday, March 23rd 2010, 18:23

The French government signals that it is dropping a plan for a tax on domestic carbon dioxide emissions.
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France 'to eradicate' Eta bases

Tuesday, March 23rd 2010, 17:01

France's president says the country will rid itself of Eta bases following the killing of a French policeman.
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Sarkozy reshuffle after poll loss

Monday, March 22nd 2010, 19:06

French President Nicolas Sarkozy reshuffles his cabinet after a heavy defeat in regional elections.
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Sarkozy party loses French poll

Monday, March 22nd 2010, 10:06

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right UMP party is rejected by voters in the final round of regional elections.
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French election fear for Sarkozy

Sunday, March 21st 2010, 14:50

France votes in a second round of local polls, with President Sarkozy's UMP under pressure after a poor showing in the first round.
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Grand Slam delights France coach

Saturday, March 20th 2010, 23:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

France coach Marc Lievremont is hugely satisfied after his side claim a first Grand Slam since 2004 with a hard-fought win over England.
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France edge England to seal Grand Slam

Saturday, March 20th 2010, 21:30
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

France complete their ninth Grand Slam but they are pushed all the way by a much-improved England side in Paris.
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Live Six Nations - France v England

Saturday, March 20th 2010, 14:01
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Italy Italy, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff

France seal the Grand Slam with a 12-10 victory over England in Paris after Scotland beat Ireland and Wales beat Italy.
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French fall out of love with Sarkozy

Saturday, March 20th 2010, 11:57

President Sarkozy's recent performance in the popularity polls shows he has his work cut out to win back the affections of the French.
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French baby killer sent to jail

Friday, March 19th 2010, 9:44

A court in northern France sentences a woman to 15 years in prison for murdering six of her newborn babies.
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European worker freed in Darfur

Thursday, March 18th 2010, 9:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

An aid worker with joint UK-French nationality is freed in Darfur five months after being kidnapped.
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Shock television

Thursday, March 18th 2010, 7:28

French fake show turns contestants to electrocutioners
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England drop Wilkinson for Flood

Wednesday, March 17th 2010, 13:00

England replace fly-half Jonny Wilkinson with Toby Flood, one of six changes for Saturday's final Six Nations game against France.
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French policeman 'killed by Eta'

Wednesday, March 17th 2010, 11:15
related places: Paris

Spain's prime minister blames the killing of a French policeman shot dead near Paris on the Basque separatist group Eta.
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French 'game show' mimics torture

Wednesday, March 17th 2010, 10:25

A French TV documentary shows people in a spoof game show giving what they think are huge electric shocks to contestants.
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French rail website causes scare as train 'blast' report goes live

Tuesday, March 16th 2010, 17:31

France's rail operator mistakenly puts a statement on its website saying more than 100 people had died in a train explosion.
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Sarkozy party facing poll defeat

Monday, March 15th 2010, 3:16

President Sarkozy's party faces defeat from the Socialists in regional elections, which also saw a strong National Front showing.
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French hostages 'freed in Darfur'

Sunday, March 14th 2010, 17:46
related countries: Central African Republic Central African Republic

Two French hostages seized in the Central African Republic in November have been freed, the French foreign minister says.
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Sarkozy and Brown attack US deal

Saturday, March 13th 2010, 0:39
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown criticise the US for "protectionism" over an aerospace deal.
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Sarkozy to meet UK party leaders

Friday, March 12th 2010, 5:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will hold separate talks in London later with Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron.
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Israel and Syria in nuclear bids

Tuesday, March 9th 2010, 16:01
related countries: Israel Israel, Syria Syria
related places: Paris

Israel and Syria both tell a conference in Paris they want to use nuclear power to generate electricity.
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France seizes 35 Somali 'pirates'

Monday, March 8th 2010, 12:58
related countries: Somalia Somalia

The French navy captures 35 Somali suspected pirates in three days - calling it the biggest seizure since 2008.
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Wonder receives top French honour

Saturday, March 6th 2010, 18:16
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

US singer Stevie Wonder collects one of France's top cultural honours in Paris, 30 years after he was first named to receive it.
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Rwanda president's widow arrested

Tuesday, March 2nd 2010, 16:35
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

The widow of assassinated Rwandan President Habyarimana is arrested in France and accused of links to the 1994 genocide.
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Walls blamed for storm disaster

Monday, March 1st 2010, 16:36

France's aged sea defences are blamed after violent storms left 50 dead and thousands homeless along the Atlantic coast.
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France declares storms 'disaster'

Monday, March 1st 2010, 10:41

The French PM declares a national disaster after storms bring death and destruction to parts of the country.
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At least 50 die in Europe storms

Sunday, February 28th 2010, 22:29
related countries: Portugal Portugal, Spain Spain
related places: Madeira

At least 50 people are killed, most of them in France, as powerful storms cause chaos across western Europe.
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Key Eta leader arrested in France

Sunday, February 28th 2010, 15:21

One of the top leaders of Basque separatist group Eta is arrested in northern France, Spain's interior ministry says.
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Gatland defiant after Wales loss

Saturday, February 27th 2010, 0:23

Wales coach Warren Gatland feels France did "not play a lot of rugby" despite handing his side a 26-20 beating.
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Live Six Nations - Wales v France

Friday, February 26th 2010, 19:05

France hang on to beat Wales 26-20 in a thrilling match at the Millennium Stadium.
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France 'may tag' abusive husbands

Thursday, February 25th 2010, 18:34

Men seen as likely to be violent towards their wives could be forced to wear an electronic tag under new French proposals.
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French man talks of Mali kidnap

Thursday, February 25th 2010, 16:34
related countries: Mali Mali

A French aid worker held by al-Qaeda in Mali says he was beaten and that his captors tried to convert him to Islam.
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France admits genocide 'mistakes'

Thursday, February 25th 2010, 12:58
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Rwanda, acknowledges the "errors" made by his country during the 1994 genocide.
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Inside France's rugby heartland

Thursday, February 25th 2010, 12:35

French rugby thrives only in the south-west of France, but Chris Bockman finds unease among fans that attempts to spread its appeal could put the famous French flair at risk.
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French rail sorry for 'racist' alert

Wednesday, February 24th 2010, 12:00

French rail apologises for a note that singled out Romanians over baggage thefts and triggered accusations of xenophobia.
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French hostage released in Mali

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010, 22:19
related countries: Mali Mali

A French hostage being held by al-Qaeda in Mali is freed after the authorities release four of the group's members from jail.
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EU's pick for envoy to US queried

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010, 12:00
related countries: Sweden Sweden, United States United States
related places: Eu, Washington

Sweden and France voice concern over the appointment of the European Commission chief's top aide as the new EU ambassador to Washington.
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Flights from Paris hit by strikes

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010, 9:58
related places: Paris

Flights are cancelled at the two main Paris airports as French air traffic controllers begin a five-day strike.
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Mali releases al-Qaeda militants

Monday, February 22nd 2010, 17:19
related countries: Mali Mali

Mali frees four al-Qaeda militants, weeks after the group threatened to kill a French hostage they are holding.
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French halal burger sparks appeal

Friday, February 19th 2010, 12:48

A French town council lodges a complaint against a fast food chain that serves only halal meat at a local branch.
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Depardieu casting sparks race row over Dumas film

Friday, February 19th 2010, 0:12

A film about revered French author Alexandre Dumas sparks a racism row after Gerard Depardieu is chosen to portray the mixed-race novelist.
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McQueen fashion label to continue

Thursday, February 18th 2010, 15:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French luxury group PPR says it will carry on Alexander McQueen's fashion label after the British designer's death.
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Air France jet search 'to resume'

Thursday, February 18th 2010, 1:47
related countries: Brazil Brazil

The search for wreckage of an Air France jet that crashed off the coast of Brazil will resume in March, French officials say.
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French guilty in US wine scandal

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 19:24
related countries: United States United States

French winemakers and traders are convicted of a scam to sell 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir to a top US buyer.
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Sarkozy tours quake-ravaged Haiti

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 15:57
related countries: Haiti Haiti

French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledges Haiti 270m euros in aid to help it recover from its devastating quake.
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In pictures

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 12:04

Presidents' limos on display at French chateau
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French 'exposed to nuclear tests'

Tuesday, February 16th 2010, 17:47

France deliberately exposed soldiers to nuclear tests in the Sahara, according to researchers citing a secret military report.
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Jewels grabbed from Paris visitor

Monday, February 15th 2010, 22:05
related places: Paris

Jewellery worth 4.5m euros are reported to have been stolen from the mayor of Kiev's daughter as she arrived in Paris.
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French warrant for US cyclist

Monday, February 15th 2010, 17:39

A judge issues an international arrest warrant for Floyd Landis for allegedly hacking into a French anti-doping agency laboratory computer, says the agency's boss.
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Sarkozy discusses pension reform

Monday, February 15th 2010, 14:23

French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets key unions to discuss controversial plans to reform the pensions system.
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France 33-10 Ireland

Saturday, February 13th 2010, 18:29
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Paris

France produce an impressive display to outclass Grand Slam holders Ireland 33-10 in their Six Nations clash in Paris.
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Live Six Nations - France v Ireland

Saturday, February 13th 2010, 12:58
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff, Paris

France host Six Nations champions Ireland in Paris after Wales beat Scotland thanks to a last-gasp Shane Williams try.
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Parra labels Ireland as 'cheats'

Friday, February 12th 2010, 14:01
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Scrum-half Morgan Parra becomes the latest France player to hit out at Grand Slam champions Ireland in advance of Saturday's Six Nations clash.
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Bidding adieu to the BBC's old Paris bureau

Thursday, February 11th 2010, 10:48
related places: Paris

As the BBC's Paris bureau moves to new premises, Emma Jane Kirby finds handing over the keys an emotional experience.
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Clerc & Palisson win France calls

Wednesday, February 10th 2010, 9:43
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Paris

France make two enforced changes to their side for Saturday's crunch Six Nations match against defending champions Ireland in Paris.
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France's national identity plans

Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 11:06

Newcomers to France will have to sign a declaration of values as part of a campaign to define national identity.
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France and Russia in warship deal

Monday, February 8th 2010, 13:53
related countries: Russia Russia

France is to sell Russia an advanced helicopter assault ship, and is considering a request for three others, officials say.
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France closes migrants' shelter

Sunday, February 7th 2010, 17:53
related places: Calais

French police close down a makeshift shelter for illegal migrants in the port of Calais, a day after it opened.
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France power to win over Scotland

Sunday, February 7th 2010, 16:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Scotland succumb to a superior French side at Murrayfield in their opening RBS Six Nations encounter.
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Live - Scotland v France

Sunday, February 7th 2010, 14:31

Scotland take on France at Murrayfield in the third of the opening round of Six Nations fixtures.
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French aid worker freed in Chad

Saturday, February 6th 2010, 17:04
related countries: Chad Chad

A French aid worker seized in Chad last year is released unharmed, the Red Cross says.
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In Paris, the customer is not always right

Saturday, February 6th 2010, 12:03

The idea of service is taken very seriously in France where any feeling of subservience is strongly resisted, as Emma Jane Kirby discovered.
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UK tackles French 'ghost ship' blaze

Friday, February 5th 2010, 11:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Up to 50 firefighters tackle a blaze on a so-called 'ghost ship' being dismantled at a yard in north-east England.
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Polynesia battered by Cyclone Oli

Friday, February 5th 2010, 11:01

One man dies and thousands of people are evacuated from their homes as Cyclone Oli hits French Polynesia.
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France backs ban on tuna exports

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010, 17:47

France backs calls for a ban on the global trade in bluefin tuna, the numbers of which have dwindled through overfishing.
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France bars citizenship over veil

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010, 4:38

The French government refuses to grant citizenship to a man on the grounds he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil.
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French Concorde crash trial opens

Tuesday, February 2nd 2010, 17:54
related countries: United States United States
related places: Continental

US airline Continental and five individuals go on trial in France over the Concorde crash of 2000, in which 113 people died.
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Georgian TV 'blocked by Russia'

Monday, February 1st 2010, 14:24
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Russia Russia

Georgia accuses Russia of forcing a French satellite operator to drop its new news channel - a claim denied by the French.
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