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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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Quebec row over rocker play role

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 21:20
related places: Montreal

A Montreal theatre company's hiring of a French rock star convicted of manslaughter causes a row, with politicians calling for him to be denied entry.
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Ivorian leader 'is losing troops'

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 12:02

Besieged Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo has fewer than 1,000 troops remaining in the main city of Abidjan, the French defence minister says.
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VIDEO: Japan's ambassador rescued in Abidjan

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 10:07
related countries: Japan Japan

French forces have snatched the Japanese ambassador to safety from near the besieged presidential residence in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan.
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Dramatic rescue in Ivorian city

Thursday, April 7th 2011, 8:35
related countries: Japan Japan

French forces snatch the Japanese ambassador to safety, near where incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo remains under siege.
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Net giants challenge French law

Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 14:01

Facebook, Google and eBay among a host of firms unhappy with France's plans to retain personal data.
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Ivorian leader 'to go within hours'

Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 9:16

Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, besieged in his presidential compound, is still negotiating his departure and could surrender "within hours", France says.
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US woman attacks Gauguin painting

Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 1:22
related countries: United States United States

A woman who attacked a painting by Paul Gauguin at the US National Gallery in Washington DC said the French artist was "evil", court records show.
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Protests over French Islam debate

Tuesday, April 5th 2011, 23:50

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party, the UMP, hosts a controversial debate on the practice of Islam in secular France.
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UN forces join Abidjan fighting

Monday, April 4th 2011, 23:06

UN and French helicopters hit military camps loyal to Ivory Coast presidential claimant Laurent Gbagbo, amid fierce fighting in Abidjan.
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VIDEO: Troops confident of Abidjan victory

Monday, April 4th 2011, 21:50

French and UN helicopters have fired on military camps operated by Ivory Coast incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, in an effort to halt attacks on civilians.
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VIDEO: Calls for release of Chinese artist

Monday, April 4th 2011, 21:39
related countries: China China, Germany Germany

France and Germany have called for the immediate release of a Chinese artist and dissident, detained in China.
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Air France dead to be recovered

Monday, April 4th 2011, 20:24

French officials say they will begin recovering victims of Air France's 2009 plane crash within weeks, after wreckage was found in the Atlantic.
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France, Germany in artist appeal

Monday, April 4th 2011, 15:05
related countries: China China, Germany Germany
related places: Beijing

France and Germany have called for the immediate release of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, detained by authorities in Beijing as he tried to board a flight.
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Vodafone agrees £7bn Vivendi deal

Monday, April 4th 2011, 14:14

Vodafone sells its 44% stake in French mobile phone operator SFR to Vivendi for 7.95bn euros (£7bn).
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Air France plane wreckage found

Sunday, April 3rd 2011, 20:52

Wreckage from an Air France passenger jet lost over the Atlantic in 2009 has been found, French investigators announce.
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French take over Abidjan airport

Sunday, April 3rd 2011, 13:33

France sends extra troops and takes control of the airport in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, as fighting continues between the rival forces.
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Showdown for Ivory Coast rivals

Friday, April 1st 2011, 17:20

The palace of Ivory Coast's President Gbagbo comes under attack from supporters of his UN-recognised rival, as foreigners take refuge at a French base.
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M&S to return to French market

Friday, April 1st 2011, 11:17

Marks and Spencer says it is to re-enter the French retail market, 10 years after shutting down its European stores.
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Sarkozy calls for nuclear rules

Thursday, March 31st 2011, 16:21
related countries: Japan Japan
related places: Fukushima

The French president calls for clear international standards on nuclear safety as the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant continues.
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G20 considers wider role for yuan

Thursday, March 31st 2011, 15:29
related countries: China China

Leaders at the G20 meeting in Nanjing move towards agreeing that China's currency should have a wider role in global finance.
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VIDEO: Kidnapped doctor to face killing trial

Thursday, March 31st 2011, 6:32
related countries: Germany Germany

A German doctor who was cleared of the manslaughter of his stepdaughter in his home country has been told he will have to stand trial for the same crime in France.
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Abducted man tried for 1982 death

Tuesday, March 29th 2011, 13:01

A French father's 29-year fight for justice after the death of his daughter ends in her kidnapped stepfather going on trial accused of her killing.
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'Spiderman' scales world's tallest building

Monday, March 28th 2011, 23:11

Alain Robert, the French climber dubbed "Spiderman" for his feats, scales the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
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UK and France 'drop Gaddafi' call

Monday, March 28th 2011, 18:43
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain and France are calling upon supporters of Libya's Colonel Gaddafi to "drop him before it is too late".
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Socialists spurred by French vote

Monday, March 28th 2011, 16:12

France's opposition Socialists celebrate a decisive local election victory while the National Front wins its first cantonal seats.
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Ferry collides with French boat

Monday, March 28th 2011, 9:46
related countries: Jersey Jersey

A passenger ferry travelling between St Malo in France and St Helier, Jersey, collides with a French fishing boat and three people are rescued.
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French jets strike Gaddafi planes

Sunday, March 27th 2011, 8:09
related countries: Libya Libya

French fighter jets destroy five Libyan air force planes and two helicopters near the rebel-held town of Misrata, and overnight air strikes continue.
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VIDEO: Rebels battle to control Ajdabiya

Friday, March 25th 2011, 23:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French and British planes bomb Colonel Gaddafi's forces on the outskirts of the town of Ajdabiya, as rebels fight to take control of the town.
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Libyan leader 'arming volunteers'

Friday, March 25th 2011, 19:51
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Ajdabiya

Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly arming volunteers to fight the uprising against his rule, a US official says.
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French jet destroys Libyan plane

Thursday, March 24th 2011, 21:28
related countries: Libya Libya

A French jet destroys a Libyan plane which had breached the UN no-fly zone - the first incident of its kind since enforcement of the zone began.
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Contador to face fresh ban threat

Thursday, March 24th 2011, 21:10

Cycling's world governing body confirms it will press for Tour de France winner Alberto Contador to receive a doping ban.
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VIDEO: Libya: The battle for Misrata

Thursday, March 24th 2011, 19:58
related countries: Libya Libya

A French warplane has destroyed a Libyan aircraft - the first since international forces imposed a no-fly zone over Libya.
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Cheating claims hit French chess

Thursday, March 24th 2011, 18:49

The French chess federation suspends three top players for violating sporting ethics at a chess olympiad in Siberia.
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'Fake' Mayan statue sold for $4m

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 15:47
related countries: Mexico Mexico
related places: Paris

A Mayan sculpture that fetched 2.9m euros ($4.2m, £2.5m) at a Paris auction is a fake, Mexican officials claim.
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Abortion plot star given parole

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 13:32

A singer jailed in France for trying to abort his ex-partner's child is given parole after serving less than half his five-year sentence.
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Faithfull receives French honour

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 8:40

Singer Marianne Faithfull has been awarded one of the highest cultural honours in France.
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Fine for Google over Street View

Monday, March 21st 2011, 17:03

Google has been hit with a fine by France's privacy watchdog over the data it gathered when setting up Street View.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy 'style based on Soprano'

Monday, March 21st 2011, 11:06

Emily Maitlis finds the French have fallen out of love with President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose style is likened to a Sopranos character.
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France vote shows far-right swing

Monday, March 21st 2011, 10:47

The far-right National Front (FN) gains ground in French local elections, with early results suggesting President Sarkozy's UMP party has fared badly.
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French jets resume Libya sorties

Sunday, March 20th 2011, 20:28
related countries: Libya Libya

French jets launch a second day of operations over Libya to enforce a no-fly zone against Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
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Libya attacked from air and sea

Sunday, March 20th 2011, 8:20
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

The US, France and the UK fire dozens of missiles at Libya as enforcement of the UN-mandated no-fly zone gets under way.
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France beat Wales to take second

Saturday, March 19th 2011, 21:33
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Two breakaway tries from lock Lionel Nallet help France dash Wales' slim Six Nations title hopes in the tournament finale.
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French plane opens fire in Libya

Saturday, March 19th 2011, 19:57
related countries: Libya Libya

A French plane has fired the first shots on a military vehicle in Libya, as the UK and US also join enforcement of the UN-mandated no-fly zone.
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VIDEO: French aircraft take action in Libya

Saturday, March 19th 2011, 15:26
related countries: Libya Libya

French military jets are already preventing pro-Gaddafi forces from attacking rebel positions, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says.
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PM joins leaders for Libya summit

Saturday, March 19th 2011, 14:45
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

David Cameron has joined world leaders to discuss the crisis in Libya after the UN agreed to action to protect civilians from Col Gaddafi's forces.
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Gaddafi forces attacking Benghazi

Saturday, March 19th 2011, 14:22
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States
related places: Paris, Arab

Pro-Gaddafi tanks enter the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, as the city comes under attack despite a Libyan government ceasefire.
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Live - Six Nations

Saturday, March 19th 2011, 13:50
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Italy Italy, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Ireland demolish England's Grand Slam hopes with an emphatic victory, handing Wales the chance to win the Six Nations title if they beat France by 27 points in the final match of the tournament.
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VIDEO: Gaddafi's 'letters' to Obama and others

Saturday, March 19th 2011, 11:24
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

A spokesman has read out a letter on behalf of the Libyan leader Col Gaddafi to US President Barack Obama, closely followed by one jointly aimed at France, the UK and the UN.
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Air France charged in crash probe

Friday, March 18th 2011, 11:49
related countries: Brazil Brazil

A French judge files preliminary manslaughter charges against Air France over a flight from Brazil that crashed in 2009.
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General Mills 'buys into Yoplait'

Thursday, March 17th 2011, 18:42

A 50% stake in French yoghurt maker Yoplait will soon be sold to General Mills, according to sources close to the situation.
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Airbus faces manslaughter charges

Thursday, March 17th 2011, 17:02

A French judge files manslaughter charges against European aircraft maker Airbus over a crash in 2009.
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Gaddafi 'funded Sarkozy campaign'

Wednesday, March 16th 2011, 12:42
related countries: Libya Libya

France denies allegations by Col Gaddafi's son that Libya helped finance Nicolas Sarkozy's electoral campaign in 2007.
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Clinton and Libyan rebel in talks

Tuesday, March 15th 2011, 2:45
related countries: Libya Libya, United States United States
related places: Paris

The US secretary of state holds talks in Paris with Libyan opposition figure Mahmoud Jibril on ways the US can aid efforts to depose Muammar Gaddafi.
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G8 leaders consider Libya action

Monday, March 14th 2011, 14:44
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Paris

Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight major world powers are in Paris to consider whether to back a no-fly zone over Libya.
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Mallett proud of 'huge' Italy win

Saturday, March 12th 2011, 18:39
related countries: Italy Italy

Ecstatic Italy coach Nick Mallett describes his side's first ever Six Nations win over France as a "huge, huge achievement".
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Italy 22-21 France

Saturday, March 12th 2011, 16:20

Italy secure their biggest ever win as they come from behind to beat France in the Six Nations for the first time.
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Live - Six Nations

Saturday, March 12th 2011, 13:45
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff

Wales overcome Ireland in Cardiff after Italy claim an incredible victory over France in Rome.
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France adviser fired in Islam row

Friday, March 11th 2011, 16:42

The French president sacks his diversity adviser after he calls on Muslims not to support the governing UMP party.
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French police arrest 'Eta chief'

Friday, March 11th 2011, 11:47

The suspected head of Spain's armed Basque separatist group Eta, Alejandro Zobaran Arriola, is arrested in northern France.
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VIDEO: Emergency EU meeting over Libya

Friday, March 11th 2011, 10:53
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

The UK and France seek to ramp up the pressure on Col Gaddafi ahead of Friday's EU summit, saying the Libyan leader should leave immediately.
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UN flights banned in Ivory Coast

Thursday, March 10th 2011, 22:48

The government of disputed President Laurent Gbagbo bans UN and French peacekeeping aircraft from flying in Ivory Coast and rejects a unity government plan.
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UK increasing pressure on Gaddafi

Thursday, March 10th 2011, 22:38
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu

The UK and France seek to ramp up the pressure on Col Gaddafi ahead of Friday's EU summit, saying the Libyan leader should leave immediately.
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France recognises Libyan rebels

Thursday, March 10th 2011, 17:45
related countries: Libya Libya

France recognises Libya's rebels as the country's legitimate government but other members of the European Union hold back.
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French riot police shatter strike

Thursday, March 10th 2011, 13:08
related places: Marseille

A large force of CRS riot police in the French city of Marseille breaks up a month-long strike by ferry workers against cuts.
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Stolen gems found in Paris drain

Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 23:17
related places: Paris

French police say they have found stolen jewellery worth 18m euros ($25m; £15m) hidden in a drain in a Paris suburb.
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Chirac corruption trial suspended

Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 16:05
related places: Paris

A Paris court suspends the corruption trial of former President Jacques Chirac in response to a constitutional challenge.
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VIDEO: Cyber attack targeted Paris G20

Monday, March 7th 2011, 21:44
related places: Paris

The French finance ministry has confirmed it came under a cyber attack in December that targeted files on the G20 summit held in Paris in February.
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Cyber attack targeted Paris G20

Monday, March 7th 2011, 15:35

The French finance ministry confirms it came under a cyber attack in December that targeted files on the Paris G20 summit.
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Chirac's corruption trial begins

Monday, March 7th 2011, 13:24
related places: Paris

Former French President Jacques Chirac goes on trial on charges he misused public funds while he was mayor of Paris.
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VIDEO: Chirac corruption trial to start

Monday, March 7th 2011, 6:37
related places: Paris

Former French president Jacques Chirac's corruption trial is to begin in Paris.
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Le Pen poll rating shocks France

Sunday, March 6th 2011, 16:55

An opinion poll placing Marine Le Pen in front for next year's presidential vote sends shockwave through French politics.
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Man arrested over biggest-ever oyster theft in France

Friday, March 4th 2011, 15:36

A 51-year-old man is arrested for stealing 240,000 oysters in what is thought to be France's biggest ever shellfish theft.
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Gunman kills three in French town

Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 18:00

A man of 78 shoots dead two council workers and a passer-by before trying to take his own life in a southern French town.
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'Drugged-cake burglar' arrested in Paris

Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 13:09
related places: Paris

Police in Paris arrest a 64-year-old man suspected of burgling up to 20 people, usually after feeding them cakes laced with sedatives.
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Lady Gaga makes her catwalk debut

Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 11:31
related countries: United States United States

The American star has made her runway debut at Paris Fashion Week during a show for Thierry Mugler.
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Mali French blast suspect found

Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 10:07
related countries: Mali Mali, Tunisia Tunisia

A Tunisian suspect in January's attack on the French embassy in Mali is recaptured after he escaped from prison, the government says.
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Le punk

Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 4:51

France's forgotten role, providing the 'big ideas' for punk rock
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UK and France to airlift refugees

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 19:16
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain and France are to send planes to help evacuate some of the tens of thousands of Egyptians stranded in Libya.
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BBC goes off air in Ivory Coast

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 18:15

International radio stations such as the BBC and France's RFI are stopped from broadcasting on FM in Ivory Coast, as the political deadlock continues.
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Designer Galliano to face trial

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 17:52
related places: Paris

British designer John Galliano is to stand trial for allegedly making anti-Semitic comments in Paris last week, French prosecutors have said.
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Mali France blast suspect flees

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 10:57
related countries: Mali Mali, Tunisia Tunisia

A Tunisian suspect in January's attack on the French embassy in Mali has escaped from prison, the government says.
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VIDEO: Galliano sacking shocks fashion world

Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 19:04
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The French fashion house Christian Dior has sacked its British designer, John Galliano following alleged anti-Semitic comments he made last week.
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