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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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France: news

Jarvis Cocker to play 'gigs' at Paris yoga classes

Wednesday, May 6th 2009, 10:53
related places: Paris

Jarvis Cocker is playing a series of unusual gigs during a week-long residency at an art gallery in Paris.
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French probe into African leaders

Wednesday, May 6th 2009, 7:17

A French magistrate opens a preliminary investigation into alleged embezzlement by three African leaders.
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Feminist icon French dies at 79

Tuesday, May 5th 2009, 20:04

Marilyn French, author of The Women's Room and seen as one of the great feminist writers, dies of heart failure at 79 in New York.
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Bid to bar Cameroon comic

Tuesday, May 5th 2009, 9:46

France tries to ban a half-Cameroonian comic from taking part in European polls because of his allegedly anti-Semitic views.
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On the march

Tuesday, May 5th 2009, 7:35
related places: Eu

French see EU's eastward push as a threat
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Clashes at France prison protest

Monday, May 4th 2009, 14:47

Prison guards in France clash with police during protests against overcrowding in the country's jails.
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Somali pirate suspects captured

Sunday, May 3rd 2009, 15:33
related countries: Seychelles Seychelles, Somalia Somalia

Fourteen suspected Somali pirates are captured in separate operations by a French frigate and the Seychelles coast guard.
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Growing anger

Friday, May 1st 2009, 2:54

French economic woe to fuel May Day protests
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'Looted' Chinese relic auctioned

Thursday, April 30th 2009, 8:54
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing, Paris

An 18th-Century jade Imperial seal is sold for 1.68m euros (£1.5m) at auction in Paris, despite protests by Beijing.
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French Jewish murder trial opens

Wednesday, April 29th 2009, 19:04
related places: Paris

Twenty-seven people go on trial in Paris over the kidnap, torture and killing of a French Jewish man three years ago.
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French tourists in fatal US crash

Wednesday, April 29th 2009, 8:59
related countries: United States United States
related places: California

A bus carrying French tourists crashes in California killing at least five people and injuring dozens, officials say.
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French tourists in fatal US crash

Wednesday, April 29th 2009, 8:59
related countries: United States United States
related places: California

A bus carrying French tourists crashes in California killing at least five people and injuring dozens, officials say.
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Sri Lanka urged to halt offensive

Wednesday, April 29th 2009, 8:48
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, United Kingdom United Kingdom

British and French foreign ministers in Sri Lanka urge a halt to the military offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north.
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Empty tables

Tuesday, April 28th 2009, 6:26

Credit crunch bites for French restaurants
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Nuclear claims heard in Polynesia

Tuesday, April 28th 2009, 4:29
related countries: French Polynesia French Polynesia

A court in French Polynesia hears claims from former workers at Mururoa nuclear test site, who are seeking compensation.
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Students faced 'inhuman' torture

Monday, April 27th 2009, 14:21
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Two French students faced "inhuman" torture before they were killed after a burglary went wrong in London, a court hears.
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Helicopter escape for cult leader

Monday, April 27th 2009, 12:47
related countries: Reunion Reunion

A convicted sex offender and cult leader escapes by hijacked helicopter from a prison on the French island of Reunion.
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Armstrong escapes test sanctions

Friday, April 24th 2009, 18:01

Lance Armstrong's hopes of riding in the Tour de France improve after anti-doping officials choose not to seek sanctions over a disputed drug test.
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France sanctions 'sex case' judge

Friday, April 24th 2009, 17:06

A judge at the centre of one of France's biggest miscarriages of justice is reprimanded by a panel looking into his conduct.
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France 'to shut down Calais camp'

Thursday, April 23rd 2009, 18:57
related places: Calais

French authorities are to close a migrant squatter camp outside Calais by the end of this year, the immigration minister says.
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France 'to shut down Calais camp'

Thursday, April 23rd 2009, 18:57
related places: Calais

French authorities are to close a migrant squatter camp outside Calais by the end of this year, the immigration minister says.
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French deliver 11 piracy suspects

Wednesday, April 22nd 2009, 11:51
related countries: Kenya Kenya
related places: Mombasa

A French naval frigate docks in the Kenyan port of Mombasa carrying 11 Somalis accused of piracy.
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French swoop on Calais migrants

Tuesday, April 21st 2009, 10:52
related places: Calais

French police detain 190 people in an operation against undocumented migrants near the port of Calais, officials say.
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Darfur aid worker hostage 'ill'

Monday, April 20th 2009, 9:34
related countries: Canada Canada, Sudan Sudan

A French aid worker being held hostage in Sudan's Darfur region is sick, says her Canadian fellow captive.
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Sudan bars Bashir foe from travel

Sunday, April 19th 2009, 14:06
related countries: Sudan Sudan
related places: Bashir, Paris

Veteran Sudanese politican Hassan al-Turabi is stopped from travelling to Paris for medical treatment, an aide says.
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France holds Eta 'military chief'

Sunday, April 19th 2009, 2:12
related countries: Spain Spain

The top military leader of the Basque separatist group Eta is arrested in south-west France, the Spanish authorities say.
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France charges suspected pirates

Friday, April 17th 2009, 17:16
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Three suspected Somali pirates held by France are charged with hijacking and false imprisonment, French prosecutors say.
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Chinese 'bought French degrees'

Friday, April 17th 2009, 16:06
related countries: China China

France investigates an alleged scam in which Chinese students offered bribes in return for fake degrees.
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Kenya 'will try Somali pirates'

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 17:25
related countries: Kenya Kenya, Somalia Somalia

Eleven Somali pirates captured by a French warship are being taken to Kenya for trial, the French defence ministry says.
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French fishermen lift blockades

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 13:18

French fishermen lift a blockade of Channel ports and are considering an offer of state aid from the government.
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Ferries resume as blockade ends

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 9:00

Cross-Channel ferries resume as French fishermen decide not to continue their blockade of Calais.
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Sri Lanka Tamil rebels criticised

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 5:43
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain and France say they deplore the use of human shields by Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka.
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Port blockades temporarily lifted

Wednesday, April 15th 2009, 21:05

French fishermen temporarily lift their blockade of three French ports, allowing ferries to cross the English Channel.
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French warship captures pirates

Wednesday, April 15th 2009, 18:07
related countries: Kenya Kenya, Somalia Somalia

A French warship captures 11 Somali pirates off Kenya, amid calls for greater international resolve in dealing with piracy.
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Blockades halt channel crossings

Wednesday, April 15th 2009, 11:56
related places: Calais

Hundreds of ferry passengers are left stranded at Dover because of blockades at Channel ports by French fishing fleets.
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French boats block Channel ports

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 23:36

French fishing boats mount a blockade of Channel ports in a dispute over fishing quotas.
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French boats block Channel ports

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 23:36

French fishing boats mount a blockade of Channel ports in a dispute over fishing quotas.
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New wave of Somali pirate attacks

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 20:48
related countries: Somalia Somalia, United States United States
related places: Aden

Somali pirates hijack four vessels in 48 hours, capturing two cargo ships and two fishing boats carrying dozens of people.
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Girl 'seized by mother' due home

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 9:21
related countries: Hungary Hungary

A French girl of three, repeatedly seized by her warring parents, returns home after her mother is arrested in Hungary.
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Freed hostages arrive in France

Sunday, April 12th 2009, 17:50
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Four ex-hostages held on a yacht off Somalia have returned to France after being freed by French forces.
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Frenchman dies in Somalia rescue

Saturday, April 11th 2009, 10:01
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A French hostage dies but four others, including a child, are freed in a rescue by French forces on a yacht off Somalia.
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Top Eta suspect 'caught with gun'

Friday, April 10th 2009, 21:34
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Paris

One of the Spanish militant group Eta's top leaders is arrested in Paris carrying a Magnum revolver and false ID, reports say.
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Armstrong raises fear of Tour ban

Friday, April 10th 2009, 19:54

Former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong says the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) could prevent him from riding in this year's race.
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Chad captures rogue legionnaire

Thursday, April 9th 2009, 16:29
related countries: Chad Chad

Security forces in Chad arrest a French Foreign Legion soldier who is accused of killing four people including a UN peacekeeper.
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Armstrong accused of test breach

Thursday, April 9th 2009, 12:28

Cycling legend Lance Armstrong could face punishment from the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) over claims he violated its strict drugs testing rules.
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Chad hunts for rogue legionnaire

Wednesday, April 8th 2009, 14:45
related countries: Chad Chad

A manhunt is launched in Chad for a "deranged" French foreign legionnaire who killed two comrades and a UN soldier.
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French claim full face transplant

Tuesday, April 7th 2009, 12:37

A leading French surgeon says he has now effectively carried out a full face transplant after two operations in a fortnight.
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Saudis to build huge rail route

Tuesday, April 7th 2009, 9:26
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

French firm Thales and the Saudi Binladin Group are to sign a $533m contract to build Saudi Arabia's North-South Railway.
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France finds 'Eta bomb factory'

Monday, April 6th 2009, 17:10

French police find hundreds of kilos of bomb-making ingredients, suspected to belong to Basque separatists Eta, officials say.
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Extra Nato troops for Afghan poll

Saturday, April 4th 2009, 15:54
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Nato agrees to boost troop numbers to cover the Afghan presidential election at a summit marred by street violence.
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Hope blooms in Cambodian resort

Saturday, April 4th 2009, 11:09
related countries: Cambodia Cambodia

Petroc Trelawny visits a former French colonial retreat in Cambodia and finds that although the grand villas have fallen into disrepair, the gardens are still perfectly maintained.
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Obama scoops British book prize

Friday, April 3rd 2009, 21:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

US President Barack Obama fights off competition from Paul O'Grady and Dawn French to take the biography prize at the British Book Awards.
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France 'to take Guantanamo man'

Friday, April 3rd 2009, 13:02
related countries: United States United States

President Nicolas Sarkozy says France has offered to accept a prisoner from Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
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Clashes at Nato summit protests

Friday, April 3rd 2009, 7:56
related places: Strasbourg

French police hold more than 100 people after clashes with protesters in Strasbourg, where a Nato summit is to begin.
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France 'condones police violence'

Thursday, April 2nd 2009, 7:34

Amnesty International accuses the French authorities of failing to investigate allegations of abuse by security forces.
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China and France resume contacts

Wednesday, April 1st 2009, 10:30
related countries: China China

China and France agree to restore high-level contacts, ending a rift that began over Tibet late last year.
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French air museum makes hoax Concorde flight announcement

Wednesday, April 1st 2009, 7:14

France's Air and Space museum announces two demonstration flights by Concorde - only to reveal an April Fool's hoax.
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France threatens G20 walkout

Tuesday, March 31st 2009, 14:48

France will walk away from the G20 summit if its demands for stricter financial rules are not met, the finance minister says.
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Mayotte backs French connection

Sunday, March 29th 2009, 19:24
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, Mayotte Mayotte

People on the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte vote overwhelmingly in favour of it becoming an integral part of France.
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Sour grapes

Saturday, March 28th 2009, 12:08

French wine makers are facing tough times
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Sour grapes

Saturday, March 28th 2009, 10:02

French wine makers are facing tough times
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Composer Ravel may have encoded woman's name in music

Friday, March 27th 2009, 13:11
related places: Ravel

The French composer Ravel may have left a hidden message - a woman's name - inside his work.
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Sarkozy outlines Congo peace plan

Thursday, March 26th 2009, 17:11
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nicolas Sarkozy urges a "new momentum" on co-operation in Africa's Great Lakes region in a speech to Congolese MPs.
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France set to ban bank bonuses

Thursday, March 26th 2009, 12:56

France confirms it will issue a decree banning bonuses for executives of banks that have received government aid.
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France set to ban bank bonuses

Thursday, March 26th 2009, 11:36

The French government will issue a decree banning bonuses for executives of banks that have received government aid, says news agency AFP.
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Striking French workers free boss

Thursday, March 26th 2009, 4:40
related countries: United States United States

French workers at a factory south of Paris free their boss after holding him hostage in a dispute over lay-offs.
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Euro MPs in move to block Le Pen

Wednesday, March 25th 2009, 18:59

Leading MEPs want a rule change to stop French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen from presiding over the European Parliament.
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France offers nuclear test money

Tuesday, March 24th 2009, 11:29

France says it will compensate people who suffered health problems as a result of three decades of nuclear tests.
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France to consider ethnic census

Monday, March 23rd 2009, 17:06

France is launching a commission to investigate ways of measuring the country's ethnic make-up for the first time.
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Bank heads give back stock options

Monday, March 23rd 2009, 11:16

Top bosses at French bank Societe Generale hand back stock options, after public criticism and government pressure.
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Paris youths in row over condoms

Monday, March 23rd 2009, 3:52
related places: Paris

Eleven people were arrested in Paris after clashes between groups for and against the Pope's stance on condom use.
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Live text - Six Nations

Saturday, March 21st 2009, 12:28
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff

Wales take on Ireland in the championship decider, while France and England end their campaigns with victories.
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Renault jobs row rocks EU summit

Friday, March 20th 2009, 18:28
related places: Eu

A row over French protectionism breaks out as EU leaders at an economic summit pledge more help for struggling members.
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France air gunman injures eight

Friday, March 20th 2009, 17:04

Eight people are injured in France by a man firing an air gun at parents collecting children at a nursery school, police say.
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French aid prompts Renault move

Friday, March 20th 2009, 14:07
related countries: Slovenia Slovenia
related places: Renault

French carmaker Renault is to shift some car production back to France from Slovenia after the guarantee of state aid.
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