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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

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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French unions claim 3m on street

Thursday, March 19th 2009, 20:44

Three million French people have joined street protests against the country's economic policies, unions claim.
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Grim mood

Thursday, March 19th 2009, 17:31

Strikes provide vivid focus for growing French public anger
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Pope's condom stance sparks row

Wednesday, March 18th 2009, 23:49

Several EU states criticise the Pope's rejection of condoms as a means to combat HIV/Aids as he visits Africa.
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Short shrift

Wednesday, March 18th 2009, 18:29
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Eu

Germany and France to resist EU summit splurge
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Sarkozy survives vote over Nato

Tuesday, March 17th 2009, 21:23

The French parliament backs President Sarkozy's decision to take France fully back into Nato, rejecting a no-confidence motion.
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England can offer more - Johnson

Sunday, March 15th 2009, 18:59

England manager Martin Johnson urges his side to continue their improvement after seeing them hand out a 34-10 Six Nations hiding to France.
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Resurgent England destroy France

Sunday, March 15th 2009, 16:56

England beat France 34-10 with some magnificent attacking rugby in a five-try rout at Twickenham.
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Live text - England v France

Sunday, March 15th 2009, 14:25
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Twickenham

Martin Johnson's England are running rampant against a poor France at Twickenham.
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France's rendezvous with history

Saturday, March 14th 2009, 12:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

Allan Little reflects on France's long journey to reconcile itself with one of the darkest chapters in its history and its difficult relationship with the US and Britain.
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French Sony boss freed by staff

Friday, March 13th 2009, 15:16

The head of Sony France and another executive are released after being held captive overnight by staff angry at their severance pay.
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France ends four-decade Nato rift

Thursday, March 12th 2009, 0:36

President Sarkozy announces France's return to Nato's military command, reversing decades of self-imposed exile.
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'Four dead' in French avalanche

Wednesday, March 11th 2009, 18:06

Four people are dead after being swept away by an avalanche in the French Alps, according to reports.
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England change three for France

Wednesday, March 11th 2009, 13:08

England call up Simon Shaw, Tom Croft and Ugo Monye for Sunday's Six Nations match against France.
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France offers Mexico police aid

Tuesday, March 10th 2009, 12:35
related countries: Mexico Mexico

French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledges to help Mexico in its battle against organised crime during an official visit.
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French Nazi-era barb sparks row

Tuesday, March 10th 2009, 11:49
related places: Vichy

A French minister criticises a film maker for likening his government to Vichy over its treatment of illegal migrants.
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France protects Madagascar rival

Monday, March 9th 2009, 22:29
related countries: Madagascar Madagascar

Madagascan opposition leader Andry Rajoelina is being protected by France after two days in hiding, the UN says.
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Indigestible?

Sunday, March 8th 2009, 1:05

Plans to redraw France's map are in trouble
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China denies YSL auction bid role

Friday, March 6th 2009, 9:02
related countries: China China
related places: Paris

China says it had nothing to do with false bidding for two looted sculptures from Yves Saint Laurent's art auction in Paris.
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France 'holds Europe jewel thief'

Thursday, March 5th 2009, 13:08

A woman and her son are arrested in northern France in connection with the theft of jewellery across Europe.
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Guadeloupe strike ends after deal

Thursday, March 5th 2009, 10:21
related countries: Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

Unions on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe agree to suspend a 44-day-old strike as most of their demands are met.
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Tecktonik shift

Thursday, March 5th 2009, 8:52

New dance craze is de rigueur among French youth
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Sarkozy team gets death threats

Wednesday, March 4th 2009, 9:10

President Nicolas Sarkozy and eight other top French politicians receive death threats in letters containing bullets.
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China relics buyer refuses to pay

Monday, March 2nd 2009, 15:22
related countries: China China
related places: Paris

A Chinese man who won two looted bronze sculptures at a Paris auction refuses to pay - as an "act of patriotism".
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Sarkozy's talent for reinvention

Saturday, February 28th 2009, 12:03

Emma Jane Kirby reflects on why the unpredictability of French President Nicolas Sarkozy means it is difficult to define him.
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France end Wales Grand Slam hopes

Friday, February 27th 2009, 21:43
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

Wales suffer defeat for the first time in the Six Nations under Warren Gatland, beaten 21-16 by France in Paris.
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France end Wales Grand Slam hopes

Friday, February 27th 2009, 21:43
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

Wales suffer defeat for the first time in the Six Nations under Warren Gatland, beaten 21-16 by France in Paris.
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Live - France v Wales

Friday, February 27th 2009, 18:59
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Wales' Grand Slam hopes are dashed as France win 21-16 at the Stade de France.
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Gathering storm

Friday, February 27th 2009, 18:13
related places: Eu

French car workers fear EU leaders will veto rescue loans
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Gabon president's accounts frozen

Thursday, February 26th 2009, 16:51
related countries: Gabon Gabon

French bank accounts held by Gabon's president, believed to hold $4m, are frozen.
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18th-Century statues claimed by China sold at YSL auction

Wednesday, February 25th 2009, 22:53
related countries: China China
related places: Paris

Two 18th-Century statues claimed by China are sold at the Paris auction of late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent's collection.
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France's Sarkozy finds time in busy schedule to collect stamps

Wednesday, February 25th 2009, 12:12

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is still finding time in his busy schedule to collect stamps, it has been revealed.
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Italy and France pen nuclear deal

Tuesday, February 24th 2009, 15:52
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

Italy and France sign a nuclear co-operation agreement in Rome to revive nuclear power in Italy.
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Record bids at Yves Saint Laurent auction - the largest of its kind

Tuesday, February 24th 2009, 3:45
related places: Paris

An Henri Matisse painting sells for a record 32m euros as works from Yves Saint Laurent's private art collection are auctioned off.
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Record bids at Yves Saint Laurent auction - the largest of its kind

Monday, February 23rd 2009, 21:35
related places: Paris

Bids for Yves Saint Laurent's art collection reach a record 206m euros (£181m) at an auction in Paris.
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Fertiliser blast trial in France

Monday, February 23rd 2009, 15:03
related places: Toulouse

A subsidiary of French energy giant Total goes on trial over an industrial blast in Toulouse in 2001 that killed 30 people.
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German passports for war children

Friday, February 20th 2009, 12:11
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany says it will ease the granting of citizenship to "war children" fathered by German soldiers in France during WWII.
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Sarkozy steps in to end protests

Friday, February 20th 2009, 0:18

France's president pledges $730m (£507m) in economic aid to its Caribbean territories in a bid to head off escalating protests.
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France meets Guadeloupe demands

Thursday, February 19th 2009, 15:48
related countries: Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

France agrees to increase payments to workers on its Caribbean territories, as protests and violence escalate.
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WWI French battleship found

Thursday, February 19th 2009, 10:33
related countries: Germany Germany

A French battleship sunk by Germany in 1917 is discovered in remarkable condition on the Mediterranean Sea bed.
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Sarkozy aims to head off unrest

Wednesday, February 18th 2009, 17:44

French President Sarkozy unveils economic benefits for people hit by the credit crunch, hoping to quell discontent.
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Guadeloupe protests turn deadly

Wednesday, February 18th 2009, 11:58
related countries: Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

France appeals for calm on its Caribbean island of Guadeloupe after a man is killed amid escalating economic protests.
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SocGen cautious despite profit

Wednesday, February 18th 2009, 7:38

French bank Societe Generale reports a fourth-quarter profit but says conditions will remain challenging in 2009.
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Trio quit Wasps to play in France

Tuesday, February 17th 2009, 16:53

Wasps confirm that James Haskell, Riki Flutey and Tom Palmer will leave the club at the end of the season to play in France.
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Violent strikes on French island

Tuesday, February 17th 2009, 3:37
related countries: Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

Police on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe hold dozens of people as protests against the rising cost of living turn violent.
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French Holocaust role recognised

Monday, February 16th 2009, 16:59

France's top court recognises the state's "responsibility" for deporting Jews in WWII, but says reparations have been made.
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Nuclear subs collide in Atlantic

Monday, February 16th 2009, 16:05

A Royal Navy nuclear submarine was involved in a collision with a French submarine in the middle of the Atlantic, the MoD says.
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Live text - Six Nations

Saturday, February 14th 2009, 16:13
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff, Paris

England take on Six Nations champions Wales in Cardiff after Scotland go down to a 22-13 defeat by France in Paris.
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Jilted man jailed for fire attack

Friday, February 13th 2009, 14:02
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A Pakistani man is sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting fire to an ex-girlfriend in France after she refused to marry him.
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