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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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France: news

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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Call for CAR rebel torture probe

Monday, February 1st 2010, 10:04

Allegations that a CAR rebel was tortured to death need to be investigated, opposition leaders, rights groups and France say.
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WWI soldiers reburied in France

Saturday, January 30th 2010, 16:10
related places: Fromelles

The first of 250 First World War soldiers who were killed in the 1916 Battle of Fromelles is reburied with full military honours.
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Ex-PM condemns Sarkozy 'hatred'

Friday, January 29th 2010, 9:36

Acquitted French ex-PM Dominique de Villepin accuses President Sarkozy of a vendetta, as prosecutors plan an appeal.
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Europe's booming Amazon spaceport

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 16:20
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

French Guiana is home to the Europe Space Agency's highly successful rocket launch site but Sue Nelson finds that its boom is alienating the locals of this little corner of France in South America.
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Sarkozy foe wins France smear row

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 14:38

French ex-PM Dominique de Villepin is cleared of smearing Nicolas Sarkozy in 2004 as the two men vied for power.
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France awaiting verdict on ex-PM

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 9:22

A French court is to give its verdict in the trial of ex-PM Dominique de Villepin, accused of trying to smear Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Sarkozy calls for global revamp

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 18:04

French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls for a fundamental rethink of capitalism in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
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Control or choice?

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 4:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Will the UK follow France in its bid to ban the face veil?
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France report backs face veil ban

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 16:05

Muslim women should not be allowed to wear face-covering veils in public facilities, a French parliament report says.
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Is France right to ban face veil?

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 11:53

France is proposing a partial ban on Islamic face veils in some public places. What do you think of the proposal?
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US rules for Noriega extradition

Monday, January 25th 2010, 15:57
related countries: Panama Panama, United States United States

The US Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal from Panama's ex-leader Manuel Noriega against his extradition to France.
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And the winners are... The Black Eyed Peas - or are they?

Sunday, January 24th 2010, 5:16

The Black Eyed Peas are the victims of a blunder at France's top music awards, where they are wrongly named best international group.
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Nation of flattery

Saturday, January 23rd 2010, 12:07
related places: Versailles

Is France's love of culture just self-delusion?
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Easyjet in court over labour laws

Friday, January 22nd 2010, 15:22
related places: Orly, Paris

Easyjet faces court action in Paris charged with breaking French labour laws by allegedly failing to declare 170 staff.
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French president to visit Rwanda

Friday, January 22nd 2010, 0:31
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

Nicolas Sarkozy will travel to Rwanda in February - the first visit by a French president since the 1994 genocide.
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French arrest Rwanda genocide suspect

Thursday, January 21st 2010, 7:51
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

A Rwandan doctor accused of genocide and war crimes in his country 16 years ago is arrested by French police.
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Murray cruises into third round

Wednesday, January 20th 2010, 10:09
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Andy Murray advances to the third round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory over France's Marc Gicquel.
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Sarkozy quells Haiti rift with US

Tuesday, January 19th 2010, 14:35
related countries: Haiti Haiti, United States United States

French President Sarkozy moves to defuse a potentially embarrassing row with the US over the aid effort in Haiti.
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Henry escapes ban over handball

Monday, January 18th 2010, 16:21
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Thierry Henry will not be punished by Fifa for his handball in France's World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland.
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France in fresh Explorer warning

Monday, January 18th 2010, 15:42
related countries: Germany Germany

France echoes calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
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IMF head in 'double-dip' warning

Monday, January 18th 2010, 12:26
related countries: Germany Germany

The International Monetary Fund head warns of another downturn, even as German and French growth forecasts are raised.
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Renault to keep Clio in France

Monday, January 18th 2010, 10:36
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Renault says some new Clio models will be built in France, calming fears that production would move to Turkey.
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Chavez seizes foreign supermarket

Monday, January 18th 2010, 4:34
related countries: Colombia Colombia, Venezuela Venezuela

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez expropriates a French-Colombian supermarket, accusing it of raising prices.
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EU nominee tries to reassure City

Thursday, January 14th 2010, 10:53
related places: Eu

The man set to oversee the EU's internal market, Michel Barnier, says Europe needs new financial rules - but they will not be dictated by France.
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US soldiers die in Afghanistan

Wednesday, January 13th 2010, 22:12
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

Attacks in Afghanistan leave four US and one French soldier dead, with the US death toll for 2010 now 14.
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UK minister's niece guilty of murder

Tuesday, January 12th 2010, 18:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

The niece of UK junior defence minister Quentin Davies is jailed for 15 years for murdering a man at her flat near Paris.
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UK minister's niece guilty of murder

Tuesday, January 12th 2010, 18:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

The niece of UK junior defence minister Quentin Davies is jailed for 15 years for murdering a man at her flat near Paris.
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French director Eric Rohmer dies

Monday, January 11th 2010, 19:20

French film director Eric Rohmer, whose works include the cycle of films Six Moral Tales, dies at the age of 89.
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French director Eric Rohmer dies

Monday, January 11th 2010, 17:38

Arthouse French film-maker Eric Rohmer has died at the age of 89, his producer has told the AFP news agency.
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Overseas French reject autonomy

Monday, January 11th 2010, 3:48
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

Referendums in French Guiana and Martinique reject increased autonomy for the French overseas departments.
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ETA suspects held outside Spain

Sunday, January 10th 2010, 22:27
related countries: Portugal Portugal, Spain Spain

Four suspected members of the Basque separatist group ETA have been arrested in Portugal and France, officials say.
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Vieira completes Man City switch

Friday, January 8th 2010, 13:10

Manchester City complete the signing of Inter Milan's France midfielder Patrick Vieira, who has signed a six-month contract with the option of a further year.
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France considers Google tax plan

Friday, January 8th 2010, 12:50

A report, commissioned by the French government, seeks ways to counteract digital dominance over content.
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Forget me not

Friday, January 8th 2010, 11:26

France ponders putting a time limit to online life
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France hero saves pregnant woman

Friday, January 8th 2010, 10:37

A French man gets a bravery medal for diving into an icy river and saving a pregnant woman trapped in a crashed car.
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Airport chaos as Europe freezes

Thursday, January 7th 2010, 21:47
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Netherlands Netherlands, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The icy weather gripping parts of Europe disrupts flights in the UK, France, the Irish Republic and the Netherlands.
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France to set up genocide court

Thursday, January 7th 2010, 11:37

The French government announces a new unit to try cases of genocide and war crimes committed either in France or outside its borders.
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French Socialists oppose burka ban

Wednesday, January 6th 2010, 16:27

France's opposition Socialists come out against a law banning the burka - even though they oppose the garment.
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Briatore maintains his innocence

Wednesday, January 6th 2010, 11:29

Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore maintains his innocent of any wrongdoing after the overturning of his lifetime ban from Formula 1.
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Pi calculated to 'record number'

Wednesday, January 6th 2010, 8:24

The mathematical constant pi is calculated to a record 2.7 trillion digits using a desktop computer, a French researcher claims.
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Foreign embassies reopen in Yemen

Wednesday, January 6th 2010, 6:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, Yemen Yemen

The UK and France have reopened their embassies in Yemen which closed in response to a possible al-Qaeda threat.
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Marital bullying

Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 1:25

French may ban psychological abuse by spouses
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France armed gang steals millions

Monday, January 4th 2010, 17:05

An armed gang steals several million euros from an armoured van transporting the cash to a bank in southern France.
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France sells surplus flu vaccine

Sunday, January 3rd 2010, 17:30

France sells millions of surplus swine flu vaccine doses to other countries after finding it has more than enough for the outbreak.
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French seized near Kabul 'alive'

Friday, January 1st 2010, 22:30
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

Two French journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan earlier this week are alive and in good health, French media report.
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French online piracy law in force

Friday, January 1st 2010, 0:45

The first effects of France's controversial new law against internet piracy will begin to be felt as the new year starts.
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French reporters held near Kabul

Thursday, December 31st 2009, 17:10
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

Two French reporters and three Afghans travelling with them are kidnapped north-east of Kabul, Afghan officials say.
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France to rethink carbon tax plan

Wednesday, December 30th 2009, 13:33

A new French carbon tax that was championed by President Sarkozy is struck down, days before it was to take effect.
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Shopping joys in Europe's boutiques

Sunday, December 27th 2009, 11:56
related countries: Germany Germany, Italy Italy
related places: Berlin, Paris

Joanna Robertson samples the delights of her favourite independent shops and uncovers hidden gourmet gems in Paris, Rome and Berlin.
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Johnny Hallyday leaves hospital

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009, 21:14

French rock star Johnny Hallyday is released from a Los Angeles hospital after back surgery that led to a coma.
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France warns of Guinea civil war

Wednesday, December 23rd 2009, 11:39
related countries: Guinea Guinea

Guinea could face a civil war if the country's military leader returns home, France's foreign minister says.
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Eurostar resumes train services

Tuesday, December 22nd 2009, 12:00
related places: Paris

Eurostar resumes operation of high-speed trains through the Channel Tunnel after three days with no service.
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Lady and the tramp - Carla Bruni reportedly befriends homeless man

Tuesday, December 22nd 2009, 10:13
related places: Paris

Carla Bruni reportedly befriends a homeless man who lives near her home in Paris's chic 16th arrondissement, and often gives him 50 or 100-euro notes.
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Eurotunnel shuts down car service

Monday, December 21st 2009, 12:23

Eurotunnel announced it is closing its "saturated" shuttle car service, as Eurostar passenger chaos continues.
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Fine for Google over French books

Friday, December 18th 2009, 13:33

A French court fines Google 300,000 euros and tells it to remove some titles from the archive of digital books it is creating.
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