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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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Channel Tunnel shut after blaze

Thursday, September 11th 2008, 18:23

More than 30 people are led from the Channel Tunnel after a fire on a freight train, with cancelled trains stranding thousands.
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Vande Velde 'can stop Armstrong'

Thursday, September 11th 2008, 9:16

Lance Armstrong's former team-mate Jonathan Vaughters says Christian Vande Velde can stop the seven-time Tour de France winner's bid for another title.
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Armstrong to make shock comeback

Wednesday, September 10th 2008, 9:12

Cycling legend Lance Armstrong is coming out of retirement to try to win an eighth Tour de France.
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Renault announces 6,000 job cuts

Tuesday, September 9th 2008, 18:47
related places: Renault

French carmaker Renault announces 6,000 job cuts, as it responds to an industry-wide slowdown in sales.
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Russians 'agree Georgia deadline'

Monday, September 8th 2008, 21:17
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Russia Russia

Russia will withdraw its forces from undisputed Georgian land within a month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says.
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Saving souls

Monday, September 8th 2008, 14:30

French goalkeeping academy with a higher purpose
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Sarkozy leads EU trio to Moscow

Monday, September 8th 2008, 14:03
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Russia Russia
related places: Eu, Moscow

French President Nicolas Sarkozy leads an EU mission to press Russia to honour the terms of a peace plan for Georgia.
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Scientology 'faces French trial'

Monday, September 8th 2008, 13:53

The Church of Scientology in France is to be tried in court for "organised fraud", according to legal sources.
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Jail for French 'garage surgeon'

Monday, September 8th 2008, 9:49

A French doctor whose cosmetic surgery mutilated dozens of patients is given three years in prison.
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Mammoth skull raised from ground

Sunday, September 7th 2008, 16:42

Palaeontologists lift a "rare" mammoth skull out of its resting place in France and move it to a museum.
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Row over trial's 'Ramadan' delay

Sunday, September 7th 2008, 4:20

French anger at court's apparent decision to postpone a trial because it was to take place during Ramadan.
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'Propaganda'

Thursday, September 4th 2008, 17:16
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Images from Afghanistan spark anger in France
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Sarkozy joins Middle East talks

Thursday, September 4th 2008, 9:10
related countries: Qatar Qatar, Syria Syria
related places: Damascus

French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets regional leaders in Syria in a bid to boost efforts towards Middle East peace.
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Solve Iran peacefully urges Syria

Wednesday, September 3rd 2008, 20:30
related countries: Syria Syria

Syria's president meets visiting French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy and urges a peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear issues.
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Somali pirates seize French boat

Wednesday, September 3rd 2008, 15:15
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Two French citizens are seized by pirates off Somalia, along with their boat, officials say.
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French government plan for free English lessons angers teachers

Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 20:28

A proposal to give intensive English tuition to French high school pupils angers the country's main teaching union.
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Two held over France camp rape

Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 12:31
related countries: Canada Canada

French police are questioning two men in connection with the rape of a Canadian student at a migrants camp, according to reports
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'Rare' mammoth skull discovered in southern France

Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 0:47

The fossilised skull of an "extremely rare" steppe mammoth has been discovered in southern France.
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Student 'raped in migrant camp'

Friday, August 29th 2008, 12:05
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Calais

French police question about 100 men after a Canadian student is raped by a man near Calais.
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Ivanovic beaten by qualifier Coin

Thursday, August 28th 2008, 22:23
related countries: United States United States
related places: Coin

World number one Ana Ivanovic is sent crashing out of the US Open by French qualifier Julie Coin.
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EU considers sanctions on Russia

Thursday, August 28th 2008, 14:41
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Russia Russia

EU leaders are considering imposing sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Georgia, the French foreign minister says.
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Poisoned artery

Monday, August 25th 2008, 23:23

Deadly chemicals infiltrate France's Rhone river
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Alpine avalanche victims located

Monday, August 25th 2008, 16:47

The bodies of several climbers caught in a French avalanche have been located, but will not be retrieved yet.
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Hopes fade for avalanche victims

Sunday, August 24th 2008, 16:22

Rescue teams call off the search for at least eight climbers swept away by an avalanche in the Mont Blanc range in France.
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Russia urged to quit Georgia port

Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 22:45
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

France's president urges Moscow to remove its troops from a Georgian port as Russian troops settle in.
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Russia accused of abusing truce

Saturday, August 23rd 2008, 3:40
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Russia Russia, United States United States

The US and France accuse Russia of failing to comply with the terms of its ceasefire with Georgia by creating buffer zones.
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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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