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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 set to impose carbon tax

Thursday, September 10th 2009, 12:00

France's President Sarkozy announces plans for a new carbon tax aimed at combating global warming.
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French general gets Nato command

Thursday, September 10th 2009, 9:02
related countries: United States United States

A French air force general becomes the first non-American to assume a supreme command post in Nato.
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Man City dismiss 'poaching' claim

Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 10:43
related places: Rennes

Manchester City deny claims from Rennes that they unlawfully signed one of the French club's players.
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Tall order - Sarkozy faces accusations of height manipulation

Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 10:28

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office denies allegations that he stage manages events in order to appear taller.
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Sarkozy endorses Gabon winner

Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 8:56
related countries: Gabon Gabon

French leader Nicolas Sarkozy congratulates Ali Ben Bongo after his victory in Gabon's election, marred by post-poll violence.
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Gabon French oil staff evacuated

Saturday, September 5th 2009, 16:44
related countries: Gabon Gabon

French oil firm Total evacuates its expatriate staff from Gabon's second city as violence targeting French interests continues.
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Roddick powers to late-night win

Friday, September 4th 2009, 4:21
related countries: United States United States

Fifth seed Andy Roddick sweeps past France's Marc Gicquel in the night session to reach the third round of the US Open.
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Gabon locks down city amid riots

Thursday, September 3rd 2009, 22:39
related countries: Gabon Gabon
related places: Port Gentil

A night-time curfew is declared in Port Gentil, Gabon, after violence by opposition activists and attacks on French interests.
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Cameroon defends Biya hotel bills

Thursday, September 3rd 2009, 17:42
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

Cameroon's government defends President Paul Biya's lavish holiday in France, reportedly costing $40,000 a day.
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Film-maker killed in El Salvador

Thursday, September 3rd 2009, 6:51
related countries: El Salvador El Salvador, Spain Spain

A French-Spanish film-maker who made a documentary about gang life in El Salvador has been shot dead, officials there say.
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"Spiderman" scales one of Malaysia's Twin Towers at third go

Tuesday, September 1st 2009, 8:38
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

French climber Alain Robert, known as Spiderman, climbs one of the world's tallest buildings in Malaysia.
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Apple denies 'exploding' iPhones

Friday, August 28th 2009, 13:45

iPhones that reportedly "exploded" in France were not due to overheating batteries as had been suggested, Apple says.
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Somalia hostage tells of escape

Wednesday, August 26th 2009, 15:26
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A French security adviser seized by Islamist militants in Somalia tells the BBC how he escaped while his captors slept.
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Frenchman 'flees Somali captors'

Wednesday, August 26th 2009, 12:21
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Officials say a Frenchman seized by Somali rebels has escaped, but reports that a second hostage is also free are denied.
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France uncovers 'Eta weapons'

Wednesday, August 26th 2009, 9:59

An arms cache is is seized by French police in what officials describe as a "major blow" for the Basque separatist group's operations.
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French banks back bonus reforms

Tuesday, August 25th 2009, 16:47

French banks agree with President Sarkozy to bring in a new system of performance-related pay.
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Athens locals flee as fires rage

Sunday, August 23rd 2009, 19:43
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Athens

Several thousand residents of Athens' northern suburbs flee their homes as wildfires continue to blaze around the Greek capital.
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French tourist freed in Pakistan

Friday, August 21st 2009, 17:11
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A French tourist abducted in Pakistan's south-western Balochistan province three months ago is freed.
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Air France 'black box' hunt ends

Thursday, August 20th 2009, 14:59
related countries: Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

French investigators abandon the search for the 'black boxes' from the Air France passenger jet which crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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France worried by hornet invasion

Wednesday, August 19th 2009, 15:56
related countries: China China

France is gripped by an invasion of Chinese hornets which could hasten a mysterious decline in honeybee numbers.
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France holds three 'Eta suspects'

Wednesday, August 19th 2009, 10:00

French police arrest three suspected Basque separatist militants in an Alpine ski resort, officials say.
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Iran frees French teacher on bail

Sunday, August 16th 2009, 20:45
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran frees on bail a French teaching assistant who is charged with spying, President Sarkozy's office says.
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French minister urges burka ban

Saturday, August 15th 2009, 17:00

A ban on the burka in France would help stem the spread of the "cancer" of radical Islam, a female Muslim minister says.
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Clijsters wins as Williams tumble

Thursday, August 13th 2009, 22:08

Kim Clijsters' comeback continues with victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova, while the Williams sisters are beaten in Cincinnati.
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France and Germany exit recession

Thursday, August 13th 2009, 15:51
related countries: Germany Germany

The French and German economies unexpectedly grew by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2009, ending their recessions.
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Corsican boy 'kills four at home'

Thursday, August 13th 2009, 14:02

A youth on the French island of Corsica admits killing his parents and twin brothers in their beds with a rifle, officials say.
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French pool bans 'burkini' swim

Wednesday, August 12th 2009, 16:06

French officials ban a Muslim woman from swimming in a public pool while wearing a swimsuit that covers her entire body.
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Children killed 'over mafia fear'

Wednesday, August 12th 2009, 14:45

A mother confesses to drowning her two children in a bathtub to 'protect them from mafia threats', French prosecutors say.
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Cleaner Seine brings wild salmon back to French capital

Wednesday, August 12th 2009, 9:37

Wild salmon are returning to the River Seine for the first time in almost a century, French scientists say.
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Mona Lisa still smiling after mug-throwing attack

Tuesday, August 11th 2009, 23:53
related places: Paris

The Mona Lisa has come under attack from a woman who hurled a cup at the portrait in Paris.
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Paris suburb youths fight police

Tuesday, August 11th 2009, 9:03

Angry youths clash with riot police on the edge of the French capital after a young motorcyclist died as he fled police on Sunday.
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Niger 'must return to democracy'

Monday, August 10th 2009, 15:29
related countries: Niger Niger

France says Niger must return to a democratic framework, after the president won the right to stand for a third term.
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EU hits out at Tehran over trial

Saturday, August 8th 2009, 21:51
related countries: Iran Iran, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu, Tehran

The EU strongly criticises Iran, as it tries UK and French embassy staff and a French national over post-election unrest.
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Mauritania bomber targets embassy

Saturday, August 8th 2009, 21:24
related countries: Mauritania Mauritania

A suicide bomber detonates explosives outside the French embassy in the capital of Mauritania, wounding two guards.
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France targets bankers' bonuses

Friday, August 7th 2009, 11:51

France's President Sarkozy tells banks to disclose their bonus policies, saying rules agreed by the G20 must be applied.
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Clash shuts US factory in France

Thursday, August 6th 2009, 11:37
related countries: United States United States

A US firm shuts a car parts factory in France on grounds of "security" after angry workers allegedly assault a manager.
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War baby granted German identity

Thursday, August 6th 2009, 10:59
related countries: Germany Germany

Daniel Rouxel becomes the first child born of an illicit relationship in occupied France to be granted German citizenship.
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Fire breaks out on plane in Paris

Wednesday, August 5th 2009, 17:07
related places: Orly, Paris

Eight people are slightly injured during the evacuation of a plane that caught fire on its way to take off from Orly airport in Paris.
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Labour unrest grips New Caledonia

Wednesday, August 5th 2009, 14:33
related countries: New Caledonia New Caledonia

Armed union activists wound two police officers in clashes in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia.
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Spanish rider denies taking EPO

Tuesday, August 4th 2009, 13:57
related countries: Spain Spain

Tour de France stage 16 winner Mikel Astarloza vehemently denies doping following a positive test for blood-booster EPO.
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Man Utd deny 'stealing' youngster

Saturday, August 1st 2009, 22:46
related places: Le Havre

Manchester United dismiss as "complete nonsense" allegations from Le Havre they have 'stolen' the French club's teenage midfielder Paul Pogba.
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Western troops die in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 1st 2009, 15:45
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

Four soldiers - three American and one French - are killed in gun and bomb attacks in Afghanistan, military officials say.
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Breast practice?

Saturday, August 1st 2009, 6:47

Why going topless is out of favour on French beaches
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Confusion over cruise flu claims

Friday, July 31st 2009, 21:44

There are conflicting reports over whether dozens of people on a cruise liner which docked in the south of France are suffering from swine flu.
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Right to rap

Wednesday, July 29th 2009, 10:35

French artist caught in political storm over censorship
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Woes continue for world carmakers

Wednesday, July 29th 2009, 9:11

Carmakers Peugeot Citroen and Nissan both report substantial losses in the face of continuing sales falls.
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Armstrong hits back at Contador

Tuesday, July 28th 2009, 10:37

Lance Armstrong says his Astana team-mate Alberto Contador has "lots to learn" as the pair engage in a bitter war of words.
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French president leaves hospital

Monday, July 27th 2009, 10:58

France's President Sarkozy leaves a Paris hospital, having spent the night under observation after collapsing while jogging.
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French president taken to hospital

Sunday, July 26th 2009, 19:37

France's President Sarkozy is "doing well" in hospital after suffering a minor nerve attack while jogging, an aide says.
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Contador seals 2009 Tour victory

Sunday, July 26th 2009, 15:44
related places: Paris

Alberto Contador seals his second Tour de France victory while Mark Cavendish takes his sixth stage win with a stunning sprint finish in Paris.
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Live text - Tour de France

Sunday, July 26th 2009, 10:24

Mark Cavendish looks to clinch his sixth stage win of this year's Tour in the final stage on the Champs Elysees, where Alberto Contador will be crowned winner.
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Pilot recreates Channel crossing

Saturday, July 25th 2009, 17:38

A French pilot follows in the footsteps of Louis Bleriot, who made the first flight over the English Channel 100 years ago.
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Brave Wiggins holds on to fourth

Saturday, July 25th 2009, 15:02

Briton Bradley Wiggins delivers a heroic ride on Mont Ventoux to cling on to fourth place in the Tour de France as Alberto Contador all but seals overall victory.
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Live text - Tour de France

Saturday, July 25th 2009, 9:42

Bradley Wiggins stays in fourth place overall after stage 20, which ended at the top of the legendary Mont Ventoux.
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Live text - Tour de France

Friday, July 24th 2009, 10:44
related places: Aubenas

Mark Cavendish clinches his fifth stage win of this year's Tour in stage 19, a 178km trek from Bourgoin Jallieu to Aubenas.
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Yemenia crash survivor goes home

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 21:53
related places: Paris

The only survivor of the Yemenia plane crash last month, a young girl, leaves hospital after treatment in Paris.
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Fury at French army over wildfire

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 18:47
related places: Marseille

The French army comes under stinging criticism after a military exercise causes a forest fire that reaches Marseille.
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Wiggins boosts Tour podium hopes

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 15:51

Britain's Bradley Wiggins increases his chances of a podium finish at the Tour de France after making ground on his rivals in Thursday's time trial.
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Live text - Tour de France

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 11:06

Alberto Contador cements his overall lead by winning stage 18, a 40.5km time trial around Lake Annecy, while Britain's Bradley Wiggins moves up to fourth.
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Contador moves closer to Tour win

Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 15:41
related countries: Spain Spain

Spain's Alberto Contador tightens his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey after a gruelling 17th stage.
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Corsica police station car-bombed

Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 10:46

A car bomb explodes outside a police station on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.
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Live text - Tour de France

Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 10:14
related places: Le Grand-Bornand

Alberto Contador keeps hold of the yellow jersey after stage 17, a mountainous 169.5km trek from Bourg St Maurice to Le Grand Bornand.
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Tour de France spectator killed

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 14:45

One spectator is killed and two are hurt in an accident involving a police motorcycle on the Tour de France, organisers say.
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Sharia trial for Somalia hostages

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 13:55
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Two French security advisers kidnapped in Somalia will be tried under Sharia law, an official of the Islamic al-Shabab militia says.
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Madonna stage deaths investigated

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 10:50

A manslaughter investigation is opened after a stage being built for a Madonna concert in France collapsed, killing two people.
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US firm averts French explosion

Friday, July 17th 2009, 15:34
related countries: United States United States

A US firm agrees to pay extra compensation to French workers who had threatened to explode gas canisters at their factory.
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Second death in Madonna stage accident

Friday, July 17th 2009, 11:03

A second person dies following the collapse of a stage being constructed for a Madonna concert in France.
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Extremists 'have French hostages'

Friday, July 17th 2009, 11:01
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A second French hostage is handed to a Somali hard-line Islamist group, government sources tell the BBC.
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Second death in Madonna stage accident

Friday, July 17th 2009, 7:36

A second person dies following the collapse of a stage being constructed for a Madonna concert in France.
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Islamists 'share French hostages'

Thursday, July 16th 2009, 16:18
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Two French security advisers snatched in Somalia are now being held by two different Islamist groups, officials say.
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Cavendish equals record with win

Wednesday, July 15th 2009, 15:24
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Mark Cavendish produces a stunning sprint finish to win stage 11 of the Tour de France and equal Barry Hoban's British record of eight stage wins.
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Live text - Tour de France

Wednesday, July 15th 2009, 10:27
related places: Vatan

Mark Cavendish goes for his fourth stage win of this year's Tour in stage 11, a 192km trek from Vatan to St Fargeau.
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Sri Lanka probe 'clears military'

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 16:03
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's top human rights panel clears the military of killing 17 employees of a French charity in the north-east in 2006.
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In pictures

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 13:23

France celebrates Bastille Day with a military parade
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France condemns Sudan floggings

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 9:54
related countries: Sudan Sudan

France condemns the flogging of several women in Sudan, who were accused of breaking Islamic rules by wearing trousers.
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France unrest before Bastille Day

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 9:15

French youths set 317 cars on fire and wounded 13 police officers in unrest on the eve of Bastille Day, police say.
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Factory tense amid blow-up threat

Monday, July 13th 2009, 14:45

Extra firefighters arrive in a French town where workers have threatened to blow up their bankrupt car factory.
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'Barbarian' case

Friday, July 10th 2009, 23:55

Inside the murder trial of a French gang leader
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French 'Barbarian' killer jailed

Friday, July 10th 2009, 22:08
related places: Paris

The leader of a Paris gang known as the Barbarians is jailed for life for the torture and murder of a Jewish man in 2006.
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Air France box search winds down

Friday, July 10th 2009, 22:00
related countries: United States United States
related places: Atlantic, June

French ships with US listening devices are ending their hunt for the black boxes of a jet lost over the Atlantic in June.
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New autopsy after French unrest

Friday, July 10th 2009, 18:38

A second autopsy is ordered on the body of a man whose death in police custody caused rioting in a French town.
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'Rude' French are seen as world's worst tourists

Friday, July 10th 2009, 11:05

A new survey has found that hotel owners view French tourists as the meanest and rudest in the world.
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