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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

Sarkozy pays tribute to soldiers

Thursday, August 21st 2008, 12:43
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

French President Nicolas Sarkozy presides over a ceremony to honour 10 French soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
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Russia tables own UN Georgia text

Wednesday, August 20th 2008, 23:04
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Russia Russia

Russia introduces its own draft UN Security Council resolution on Georgia, a day after rejecting a rival French document.
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Combat losses

Wednesday, August 20th 2008, 13:46
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Troop deaths feed French doubts over Afghan mission
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Birds 'off the pace' with warming

Wednesday, August 20th 2008, 11:03

French birds are moving northwards in response to climate change, but not fast enough, a study suggests.
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Spain holds wanted French surgeon

Wednesday, August 20th 2008, 10:20
related countries: Spain Spain

A French cosmetic surgeon accused of having mutilated dozens of patients is arrested in Spain.
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Sarkozy renews Afghan commitment

Wednesday, August 20th 2008, 10:19
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

French President Nicolas Sarkozy travels to Afghanistan to support his troops, a day after a deadly attack by Taleban fighters.
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Show of strength

Wednesday, August 20th 2008, 6:20

Killing of French troops shows more brazen Taleban
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Afghan ambush kills French troops

Tuesday, August 19th 2008, 19:02
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

Ten French soldiers die in fighting east of Kabul in one of the heaviest losses suffered by peacekeepers in Afghanistan.
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Zambia's president dies in France

Tuesday, August 19th 2008, 18:48
related places: Paris

Zambian leader Levy Mwanawasa, a critic of violence in Zimbabwe, dies in a Paris hospital two months after suffering a stroke.
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France probes Algerian official

Saturday, August 16th 2008, 15:10
related countries: Algeria Algeria

France investigates a senior Algerian official in connection with the 1987 assassination of an Algerian opposition leader.
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French 'can car'

Saturday, August 16th 2008, 10:50

France marks the 60th anniversary of its iconic 2CV
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Mystery buyer pays record 500m euros for French Riviera pad

Friday, August 15th 2008, 13:28
related countries: Russia Russia

A mystery Russian billionaire has smashed the record for the world's most expensive home.
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Japanese satellite rides skyward

Thursday, August 14th 2008, 22:18
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana, Japan Japan

The first home-designed and built telecoms satellite for Japan goes safely into orbit from a launch pad in French Guiana.
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Paris in anti-Semitic T-shirt probe

Tuesday, August 12th 2008, 21:16
related places: Paris

French prosecutors open an investigation after T-shirts carrying anti-Semitic slogans are seen on sale in Paris.
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Dalai Lama begins visit to France

Tuesday, August 12th 2008, 16:36

The Dalai Lama blesses a Buddhist institute as he begins a 12-day visit to France, due to last for most of the Olympics.
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Dalai Lama begins visit to France

Tuesday, August 12th 2008, 11:02

The Dalai Lama blesses a Buddhist institute as he begins a 12-day visit to France, due to last for most of the Olympics.
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Hard-up anti-immigration firebrand Le Pen sells French HQ to Chinese

Tuesday, August 12th 2008, 9:28
related countries: China China

The French far-right National Front party is selling its party headquarters to a Chinese university, to pay off debts.
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Hats off to France's literary star

Saturday, August 9th 2008, 11:03

Hugh Schofield celebrates Alexandre Dumas, a novelist whose books are said to teach more French history than any academic.
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France moves to close Taiwan case

Wednesday, August 6th 2008, 17:29
related countries: Taiwan Taiwan

French prosecutors call for a seven-year probe into corruption over the sale of warships to Taiwan to be dismissed.
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France denounces genocide claims

Wednesday, August 6th 2008, 16:06
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

France accuses Rwanda of "unacceptable accusations" after a report says it was actively involved in the 1994 genocide.
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Red Brigades woman granted bail

Wednesday, August 6th 2008, 10:50
related countries: Italy Italy

An ex-member of Italy's disbanded Red Brigades group is granted bail by a French court due to ill health.
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Paris Hilton for president? Socialite sets out her 'policies'

Wednesday, August 6th 2008, 10:44
related countries: United States United States

Paris Hilton records a spoof advert directed at US presidential hopeful John McCain, after he used her name in his campaign.
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Focus on genocide

Tuesday, August 5th 2008, 22:12

Why Rwanda has issued allegations against France
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France accused in Rwanda genocide

Tuesday, August 5th 2008, 17:25
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

Rwanda's government accuses France of playing an active role in the 1994 genocide.
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North France tornado kills three

Monday, August 4th 2008, 18:32

A tornado wreaks havoc across a swathe of northern France, killing three people and injuring nine.
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In pictures

Monday, August 4th 2008, 16:43

Images of French village devastated by a tornado
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Oysters' super sex drive 'behind deadly mollusc malaise'

Monday, August 4th 2008, 16:41

Young French oysters are dying from a killer virus because developing their sex organs too soon has exhausted them, scientists believe.
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French sailors seized in Nigeria

Monday, August 4th 2008, 11:39
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Police say they are still waiting for a ransom demand for two French sailors kidnapped in Nigeria's oil-rich region.
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Towns in France ban child matador

Sunday, August 3rd 2008, 3:33

Regional officials in France ban two non-lethal bullfights involving a child matador said to have killed 60 young bulls.
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Aid workers freed in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 2nd 2008, 14:38
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A French aid organisation says two of its workers have been freed after being held hostage in Afghanistan.
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British Energy rejects takeover

Friday, August 1st 2008, 8:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A deal that would involve the sale of most UK nuclear power stations to a French energy firm now appears uncertain.
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Sastre upbeat over Tour's future

Monday, July 28th 2008, 16:11

Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre says cycling is heading for "better times" after years of doping scandals.
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Greece rebuked over migrant care

Monday, July 28th 2008, 15:06

Aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres says hundreds of illegal migrants are enduring 'crisis' conditions in detention.
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Sastre wins Tour de France crown

Sunday, July 27th 2008, 17:19

Carlos Sastre seals his first Tour de France title and becomes the third Spaniard in a row to win.
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Live text - Tour de France

Sunday, July 27th 2008, 11:32

Spaniard Carlos Sastre is poised to win the 2008 Tour de France as the riders enter the streets of Paris on the final stage.
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Sastre set to win Tour de France

Saturday, July 26th 2008, 17:04

Spaniard Carlos Sastre is heading towards his first Tour de France win after his rivals failed to gain ground in Saturday's time-trial.
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Live text - Tour de France

Saturday, July 26th 2008, 9:19

Spaniard Carlos Sastre enters the penultimate stage of the Tour de France - a crucial 53km time-trial - with a lead of 84 seconds.
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Obama urges Iran to end dispute

Friday, July 25th 2008, 20:23
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

Barack Obama tells Iran not to wait for a new US president before resolving the nuclear crisis with the West.
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Sastre stays out in front in Tour

Friday, July 25th 2008, 15:18

Carlos Sastre will go into Saturday's key time-trial with a lead of more than a minute following Friday's 19th stage of the Tour de France.
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Live text - Tour de France

Friday, July 25th 2008, 10:01

Carlos Sastre could extend his lead in stage 19 of the Tour de France ahead of Saturday's crucial time trial.
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Niger suspends 'rebel' aid group

Thursday, July 24th 2008, 22:52
related countries: Niger Niger

Niger orders medical charity MSF to stop work because of suspected rebel links.
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France reveals defence closures

Thursday, July 24th 2008, 17:42

Dozens of French military units are closing as part of a major shake-up in defence strategy, the PM announces.
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Concern over French nuclear leaks

Thursday, July 24th 2008, 16:12

A nuclear watchdog in France expresses its concern after a series of recent incidents at nuclear power plants.
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Live text - Tour de France

Thursday, July 24th 2008, 10:31
related places: Bourg, Saint-Etienne

Carlos Sastre looks to retain the Tour de France's yellow jersey in stage 18 from Bourg-d'Oisans to Saint Etienne.
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MPs scrap France's 35-hour week

Thursday, July 24th 2008, 9:03

France's parliament passes a law which effectively ends the country's compulsory 35-hour working week.
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Sastre takes over as Tour leader

Wednesday, July 23rd 2008, 15:55
related countries: Spain Spain

Spain's Carlos Sastre takes the yellow jersey after winning a thrilling stage of the Tour de France but Cadel Evans is favourite for overall victory.
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Live text - Tour de France

Wednesday, July 23rd 2008, 9:41
related places: Huez

Frank Schleck looks to retain his lead of the Tour de France in the 17th stage which includes the gruelling l'Alpe d'Huez.
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Schleck retains slender Tour lead

Tuesday, July 22nd 2008, 15:22

Tour de France leader Frank Schleck keeps the yellow jersey after a gruelling mountain stage in the Alps.
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Live text - Tour de France

Tuesday, July 22nd 2008, 10:45

Frank Schleck keeps the yellow jersey after tackling the Col de la Bonnette in the highest stage of this year's Tour de France.
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France backs constitution reform

Monday, July 21st 2008, 21:11

French lawmakers back President Sarkozy's plans to rewrite the country's constitution - in a razor-edge vote.
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Sarkozy denies pressurising Irish

Monday, July 21st 2008, 17:58
related countries: Ireland Ireland

France's President Sarkozy plays down Lisbon Treaty tensions in Dublin, saying he is working on a "solution" with Irish leaders.
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French letters

Monday, July 21st 2008, 10:31

How Senegal leads the Francophone world in Scrabble
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Man beats girl into coma in Rome

Monday, July 21st 2008, 10:07
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

A four-year-old French girl is in a critical condition after her father beat her head against a monument in Rome, officials say.
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McCartney wows 200,000 after Canadian show row

Monday, July 21st 2008, 8:05
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Quebec

Sir Paul McCartney performs his greatest hits and speaks French to more than 200,000 fans at a Quebec concert opposed by nationalists.
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Makelele leaves Chelsea for PSG

Monday, July 21st 2008, 7:50

Veteran French midfielder Claude Makelele leaves Chelsea to sign for Paris St Germain.
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Sarkozy on first visit to Ireland

Monday, July 21st 2008, 3:22
related countries: Ireland Ireland

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to meet Taoiseach Brian Cowen during his first official visit to Ireland.
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Missing Semtex 'left unguarded'

Saturday, July 19th 2008, 22:24

A lapse in security is blamed for the theft of 28kg (61lb) of plastic explosive and detonators from a site in France.
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The forgotten French village massacre

Saturday, July 19th 2008, 11:05
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Maille

Emma Jane Kirby speaks to the villagers of Maille where, in 1944, 124 people were killed by German soldiers.
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French search for stolen Semtex

Friday, July 18th 2008, 22:21

Anti-terrorist police are called in after 28kg (61lb) of plastic explosive Semtex and detonators vanish from a site in France.
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Aid workers seized in Afghanistan

Friday, July 18th 2008, 21:02
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A French aid organisation says two of its workers have been abducted in central Afghanistan.
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Cern lab goes 'colder than space'

Friday, July 18th 2008, 19:07
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

A giant physics lab on the Swiss-French border is being cooled to a temperature lower than that of outer space.
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Ricco the latest to fail EPO test

Thursday, July 17th 2008, 10:47
related countries: Italy Italy

Italian Ricardo Ricco is the third cyclist at the 2008 Tour de France to test positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO).
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Irish wary of 'second vote' idea

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 16:19
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Portugal Portugal

Dublin looks askance at the French president's remark that the Republic of Ireland should vote again on the Lisbon Treaty.
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Arvesen sprints to Tour stage win

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 15:50
related countries: Norway Norway

Norway's Kurt-Asle Arvesen comes out on top in a three-man sprint finish to take stage 11 of the Tour de France.
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French minister denounces burqa

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 12:31

A French cabinet minister backs the decision to deny citizenship to a Muslim woman, calling the burqa she wears a "prison".
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Live - Tour de France stage 11

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 10:46
related places: Foix, Lannemezan

Stage 11 of the Tour takes the riders on a hilly, twisting 167.5km route from Lannemezan to Foix, which should favour a breakaway.
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Spanish rider Nevado fails test

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 8:49
related countries: Spain Spain

Spanish rider Moises Duenas Nevado tests positive for EPO, according to the head of the French anti-doping agency, Pierre Bordry.
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Pereiro doubting Evans challenge

Tuesday, July 15th 2008, 16:40
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Spain Spain
related places: Evans

2006 Tour winner Oscar Pereiro doubts Australian Cadel Evans can keep his overall lead in the Tour de France because of a weak back-up team.
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Australia's Evans claims yellow

Monday, July 14th 2008, 15:45
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Evans

Leonardo Piepoli wins a gruelling 10th stage of the Tour de France, while Australia's Cadel Evans claims the yellow jersey.
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Leaders mass for parade in Paris

Monday, July 14th 2008, 15:20
related places: Paris

Dozens of world leaders view a spectacular military parade in Paris, the highlight of nationwide Bastille Day celebrations.
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Dispute on Paris summit wording

Monday, July 14th 2008, 14:40
related places: Paris

Israelis and the Palestinians disagree over the final declaration of Paris' Mediterranean summit, a French minister says.
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Israel PM: Peace closer than ever

Monday, July 14th 2008, 8:11
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Eu, Paris

Israeli and Palestinian leaders express their optimism for peace at a summit of EU and Mediterranean leaders in Paris.
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French top honour for Betancourt

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 23:33
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt, who was rescued from Colombian rebels this month, is awarded France's Legion of Honour.
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Team confident over injured Evans

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 21:04
related places: Evans

Leading Tour de France contender Cadel Evans is fit to race on after a bad crash, say his Lotto team.
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Israel 'close' to Mid-East deal

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 18:42
related places: Eu, Paris

Israeli and Palestinian leaders express their optimism for peace at a summit of EU and Mediterranean leaders in Paris.
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Mediterranean union is launched

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 18:18

French President Nicolas Sarkozy launches a Union for the Mediterranean, aimed at ending Mid-East conflict.
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Jolie gives birth to boy and girl

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 17:12

Actress Angelina Jolie gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, at a hospital in the French Riviera.
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