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French anger as strikes intensify

Thursday, October 21st 2010, 12:52

Protesters are intensifying their strike action in France refusing to accept changes which will raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.
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Lady Gaga postpones French gigs

Thursday, October 21st 2010, 10:52

Lady Gaga postpones her concerts in France until December because of the ongoing strikes over raising the retirement age.
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Day of clashes and blockades in France

Wednesday, October 20th 2010, 18:16

French strikers have continued to blockade fuel depots and refineries as security forces have clashed with protesters.
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Strikers hit French energy supply

Wednesday, October 20th 2010, 17:41

France starts importing electricity as the campaign of rolling strikes takes hold of energy supplies.
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Blockades frustrate French police

Wednesday, October 20th 2010, 15:19

French strikers impose new fuel blockades, hours after security forces clear protesters from three depots.
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French industrial orders up 0.8%

Wednesday, October 20th 2010, 14:41

Growth in French industrial orders slowed down August after a bumper month in July, official figures show.
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Planes to France to carry double fuel

Wednesday, October 20th 2010, 6:37

France is facing yet more severe disruption as airlines flying in to the country are being told to carry enough fuel for the return journey.
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French strikers step up pressure

Tuesday, October 19th 2010, 20:41

More than one million people protest across France in a sixth national day of action against planned pension reforms, officials say.
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Clashes during protests in France

Tuesday, October 19th 2010, 19:00

More than one million people protest across France in a sixth national day of action against planned pension reforms, officials say.
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France gets EU reprieve on Roma

Tuesday, October 19th 2010, 15:06
related places: Eu

The European Commission drops its threat of legal action against France over expulsions of Roma (Gypsies).
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Russia mulls missile shield offer

Tuesday, October 19th 2010, 14:44
related countries: Germany Germany, Russia Russia

President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is considering proposals to co-operate on a US-led missile defence shield in Europe.
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Alpine climb to star in 2011 Tour

Tuesday, October 19th 2010, 13:18

The Tour de France will mark 100 years since the race first went over the Col du Galibier by visiting the legendary Alpine climb twice in 2011.
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France hit by new pension strikes

Tuesday, October 19th 2010, 13:13

Marchers mass as France sees a sixth national day of protests and strikes over plans to reform the country's pension system.
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France starts to tap oil reserves

Tuesday, October 19th 2010, 12:12

France has begun to tap its emergency fuel reserves, the International Energy Agency says, as a blockade of the country's 12 oil refineries hits fuel supplies.
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French petrol stations 'run dry'

Monday, October 18th 2010, 17:24

Some 1,500 petrol stations in France have run dry or are about to close as fuel supplies are hit by strikes, officials say.
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Minister's 'genital prints' slip of tongue is internet hit

Monday, October 18th 2010, 16:59

A slip of the tongue by France's interior minister becomes an internet hit after he mistakenly spoke of "genital prints".
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Belgium fails to break deadlock

Monday, October 18th 2010, 15:57
related countries: Belgium Belgium

The latest attempt to form a government in Belgium appears to have failed, with divisions remaining between French-speaking and Flemish parties.
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Truck drivers join French strike

Monday, October 18th 2010, 10:32

French truck drivers join a growing strike movement against pension reform plans, as hundreds of petrol stations run out of fuel after days of blockades.
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Is France about to run out of fuel?

Monday, October 18th 2010, 9:08

Fears of petrol shortages are mounting in France, with the petroleum industry admitting it cannot hold on forever as strikes against pension reform intensify ahead of another wave of mass protests.
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French PM brands strikes 'illegal'

Monday, October 18th 2010, 5:37

France's Prime Minister has warned that he will not let strikers who have blockaded the country's oil refineries hold the nation to ransom.
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France 'warned of terror threat'

Monday, October 18th 2010, 0:19
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has warned France it is the target of an imminent al-Qaeda attack, French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux says.
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France hit by new mass protests

Saturday, October 16th 2010, 23:30

A new wave of pension protests hits France, sparking fuel shortages, but with police and unions giving sharply differing figures of those taking part.
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French students join pension protests

Saturday, October 16th 2010, 17:37

Students in France have joined mass protests against government plans to increase the state retirement age, claiming the move would mean fewer jobs for young people.
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Paris airport fuel running short

Saturday, October 16th 2010, 14:20

France's main airport, Charles de Gaulle, has enough fuel to last only a few days, the government warns, as unions stage another day of strikes against pension reforms.
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Fuel supply to Paris airports cut

Friday, October 15th 2010, 18:54

Fuel supplies to Paris's main airports through a major pipeline are cut off, as protests over pension reforms lead to fears of petrol shortages.
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Sarkozy battles rising unpopularity

Thursday, October 14th 2010, 23:47
related countries: United States United States

Like his American counterpart, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was elected on a platform of change but is now facing a struggle to reverse tumbling approval ratings.
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French petrol shortages warning

Thursday, October 14th 2010, 17:30

French petrol distributors urge the government to release emergency fuel stocks following strikes that have blocked many oil refineries.
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French strikes go into second day

Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 16:58

French unions build pressure on the government with a second day of strikes on transport, while oil refineries are forced to shut.
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French unions launch new strike

Tuesday, October 12th 2010, 10:23

French unions stage the third national day of strikes against pension reforms in a month, with a vote due on whether to launch open-ended industrial action.
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Rwanda rebel chief held in France

Monday, October 11th 2010, 16:23
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

A leader of the Rwandan FDLR rebel group, Callixte Mbarushimana, is arrested in France on war crimes charges, the International Criminal Court says.
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Fix Europe first, Israeli FM says

Monday, October 11th 2010, 11:12
related countries: Israel Israel, Spain Spain

Israel's foreign minister tells his counterparts from France and Spain to solve Europe's problems before taking on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Tanker collision in the English Channel

Friday, October 8th 2010, 15:35

A tanker carrying thousands of tonnes of heavy pygas gasoline has collided with a cargo ship off France's Brittany coast.
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Roma expulsions affect gypsy circus

Thursday, October 7th 2010, 10:21

French immigration crackdown could mean a final curtain call for Europe's last gypsy circus
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Cleaner dies at Disneyland Paris

Wednesday, October 6th 2010, 21:38

A cleaner at Disneyland Paris dies while working on an attraction.
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Canada census challenge rejected

Wednesday, October 6th 2010, 20:49
related countries: Canada Canada

The Federal Court of Canada rejects a French-speaking group's attempts to halt the government from scrapping the mandatory long-form census.
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Kerviel spared full SocGen fine

Wednesday, October 6th 2010, 17:57

French bank Societe Generale says it will not make rogue trader Jerome Kerviel pay back the 4.9bn euros ($7bn; £4bn) he lost.
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'Le spin'

Wednesday, October 6th 2010, 5:09

Will French President Sarkozy regret courting the media?
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France holds 12 in terror raids

Tuesday, October 5th 2010, 12:03

French police arrest 12 people and seize guns and ammunition in anti-terrorism raids in the south of the country, officials say.
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Rogue trader to serve jail term

Tuesday, October 5th 2010, 10:53

Former trader Jerome Kerviel is sentenced to three years in jail over his role in a scandal at French bank Societe General that cost the firm 5bn euros ($7bn).
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Murray cruises through in Beijing

Tuesday, October 5th 2010, 6:15
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing, Paul

Andy Murray beats French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2 6-3 in the first round of the China Open in Beijing.
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Sanofi makes hostile Genzyme bid

Monday, October 4th 2010, 8:32
related countries: United States United States

French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi-Aventis launches a hostile bid for US counterpart Genzyme after friendly overtures are rejected.
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UK travellers warned over Europe

Sunday, October 3rd 2010, 17:05
related countries: Germany Germany, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Foreign Office updates its travel advice for Europe, warning of a "high threat" of attacks in countries including France and Germany.
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French hold fresh pension protest

Saturday, October 2nd 2010, 21:05

Hundreds of thousands of people across France have taken to the streets to demonstrate against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to raise the retirement age, according to police figures.
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French hold fresh pension protest

Saturday, October 2nd 2010, 17:52

Hundreds of thousands of people across France take part in the third day of demonstrations against pension reform in less than a month.
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Contador wants dope tests revised

Friday, October 1st 2010, 17:27

Triple Tour de France champion Alberto Contrador has called for dope tests to be rethought in cycling, following his positive test for a banned substance.
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Jaguar launches new concept car

Thursday, September 30th 2010, 15:22

Jaguar goes hybrid and electric as it launches a new car at the Paris Motor Show.
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Tour winner in positive dope test

Thursday, September 30th 2010, 3:40

Cyclist Alberto Contador, winner of the 2010 Tour de France, reveals that he has tested positive for a banned substance.
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Lotus unveils five new sportscars

Wednesday, September 29th 2010, 21:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

UK-based Lotus reveals details about five new sportscars ahead of their unveiling at the Paris motor show on Thursday.
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French budget aims to cut deficit

Wednesday, September 29th 2010, 14:54

France will make spending cuts and increase taxes but also hopes for stronger-than-forecast economic growth to balance its books.
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EU gives France warning on Roma

Wednesday, September 29th 2010, 14:33
related countries: Bulgaria Bulgaria, Romania Romania

The European Commission threatens France with action over its expulsion of Romanian and Bulgarian Roma (Gypsy) migrants.
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EU mulls suing France over Roma

Wednesday, September 29th 2010, 1:20
related countries: Bulgaria Bulgaria, Romania Romania
related places: Roma

The European Commission is due to decide whether to take legal action against France over its expulsion of thousands of Romanian and Bulgarian Roma (Gypsy) migrants.
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Michelin in 1.2bn euros cash call

Tuesday, September 28th 2010, 16:17

Shares in Michelin tumble 10.21% after the French tyre maker announces a 1.2bn euros rights issue to finance expansion.
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Major exhibition of Gauguin's work

Monday, September 27th 2010, 22:00
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

London's Tate Modern will host a major exhibition by the post-Impressionist French artist Paul Gauguin.
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France's Dati confuses inflation with oral sex

Monday, September 27th 2010, 10:54

France's former justice minister Rachida Dati mixes up the words fellatio and inflation during a TV interview, sparking a viral web video.
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Integrating Roma migrants into France

Friday, September 24th 2010, 5:41
related places: Paris

Local authorities on the outskirts of Paris have built temporary homes for some of the Roma community, in an attempt to integrate them into French society.
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Russian train to serve French Riviera

Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 16:45
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow, Nice

Russia launches a rail service from Moscow to Nice, in an echo of the days when its nobility holidayed on the French Riviera.
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France protest numbers in dispute

Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 16:15

French unions report turnout of nearly three million people at rallies against pension reform but police figures are much lower.
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France asks al-Qaeda for demands

Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 10:44
related countries: Niger Niger

France wants to contact the al-Qaeda group which abducted five of its citizens in Niger, its defence minister says.
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French couple missing in Bolivia

Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 10:24
related countries: Bolivia Bolivia, Brazil Brazil

The French embassy in Bolivia expresses concern for a French couple who went missing more than three weeks ago in a Bolivian village on the border with Brazil.
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Strike in France set to cripple services

Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 6:30

French trade unions have launched their second 24-hour strike in a month to try to halt President Sarkozy's attempt to increase the official retirement age from 60 to 62.
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Romania 'asked Sarkozy to stop'

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 17:28
related countries: Romania Romania
related places: Roma

Romania's president says he asked his French counterpart to stop the deportation of Roma settling illegally in France.
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French crew kidnapped off Nigeria

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 16:43
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Three French crewmen have been kidnapped in an attack on a ship in an oilfield off the Nigerian coast.
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France confirms al-Qaeda kidnap

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 12:43
related countries: Niger Niger

France confirms an al-Qaeda group is holding five of its citizens after abducting them from a uranium mine in Niger.
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Paris Hilton denied Japan entry

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 9:51
related countries: Japan Japan
related places: Tokyo

Socialite Paris Hilton returns to America after being questioned by immigration officials at Tokyo airport.
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France looks into al-Qaeda claim

Tuesday, September 21st 2010, 22:13
related countries: Niger Niger

French intelligence is looking into a claim by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to have kidnapped seven foreign workers at a uranium mine in Niger.
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Fizzy water on tap in Paris

Tuesday, September 21st 2010, 22:11
related places: Paris

A new drinking fountain dispensing still and fizzy tap water has opened in a park in Paris, in an effort to persuade people to drink less bottled water and reduce waste.
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France on heightened terror alert

Tuesday, September 21st 2010, 9:29

France is on heightened alert for possible terror attacks after tip-offs that public places could be targeted, officials say.
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Paris Hilton avoids going to jail

Monday, September 20th 2010, 21:37
related countries: United States United States

A US judge gives Paris Hilton a one-year, suspended sentence after she pleads guilty to drug possession and obstructing a police officer.
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French troops hunt Niger hostages

Monday, September 20th 2010, 15:53
related countries: Niger Niger
related places: Niamey

France has sent dozens of soldiers to Niger's capital Niamey to try to find seven hostages kidnapped last week by suspected Islamist militants.
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French banks fined for fee cartel

Monday, September 20th 2010, 9:42

France's competition authority fines 11 banks 384.9m euros for colluding to fix the price they charge for handling cheques.
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Frenchman with amputated limbs swims Channel

Saturday, September 18th 2010, 20:06

A Frenchman whose limbs were amputated after an accident successfully completes his attempt to swim the English Channel.
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France ease into Davis Cup final

Saturday, September 18th 2010, 17:20
related countries: Argentina Argentina
related places: Lyon

France reach the Davis Cup final by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead over Argentina in Lyon.
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Carrefour shares rise on revamp

Friday, September 17th 2010, 16:29

French supermarket giant Carrefour announces plans to rebrand its biggest European stores, sending its shares up by more than 4%.
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France in Roma rift with Germany

Friday, September 17th 2010, 14:10
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany rejects the French president's claim that Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to clear Roma (Gypsy) camps.
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Carla Bruni in secret file claims

Friday, September 17th 2010, 13:01

A biography of French first lady Carla Bruni claims she used police and secret service files to find out who was spreading rumours about the state of her marriage.
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Friday, September 17th 2010, 10:58
related countries: Niger Niger

French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner says he suspects a group linked to al-Qaeda are behind the kidnapping of seven people in Niger.
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Imam designs 'mosque in a box'

Friday, September 17th 2010, 5:22
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia
related places: Paris

Muslims in Paris who find themselves too busy to pray have been given a new option, thanks to a Tunisian businessman.
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Franco-German row over Roma camps

Thursday, September 16th 2010, 21:59
related countries: Germany Germany

France and Germany are embroiled in a diplomatic row after contradictory statements on the heated issue of Roma camps.
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French nationals seized in Niger

Thursday, September 16th 2010, 19:58
related countries: Niger Niger

French engineering firm Vinci and nuclear energy group Areva say seven of their employees working at a uranium mine in Niger have been kidnapped.
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Sarkozy attacks Roma row critics

Thursday, September 16th 2010, 17:51
related places: Eu

French President Nicolas Sarkozy denounces as "outrageous" comments by an EU commissioner criticising France's deportation of Roma.
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France faces EU showdown on Roma

Thursday, September 16th 2010, 9:41
related places: Eu

A row between Nicolas Sarkozy and an EU official over France's removal of Roma (Gypsies) looks set to dominate an EU summit.
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France passes pension reform bill

Wednesday, September 15th 2010, 16:35

A controversial bill to raise France's pension age to 62 is approved by the lower house of parliament, amid threats of fresh strike action.
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French fume after EU Roma rebuke

Wednesday, September 15th 2010, 15:09
related places: Eu

The two ministers at the heart of France's Roma deportation policy angrily reject criticism from EU justice commissioner.
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France blocks Rwanda extradition

Wednesday, September 15th 2010, 11:13
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

A French court refuses to extradite to Rwanda a doctor suspected of taking part in the country's 1994 genocide.
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Eiffel Tower evacuated in scare

Tuesday, September 14th 2010, 22:39
related places: Paris

The Eiffel Tower and its surrounding park have been briefly evacuated by police in Paris following a false bomb alert.
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Eiffel Tower in Paris evacuated

Tuesday, September 14th 2010, 22:27
related places: Paris

Paris's Eiffel Tower has been evacuated after police received a bomb alert via an anonymous phone call.
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EU condemns French Roma crackdown

Tuesday, September 14th 2010, 21:53
related places: Eu

The EU's justice commissioner issues an extraordinarily stern rebuke to France, saying its "disgraceful" treatment of Roma (Gypsies) may trigger legal action
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French Senate approves veil ban

Tuesday, September 14th 2010, 17:51

France's Senate approves a controversial bill banning the Islamic full veil in public, in a final step towards making it a law.
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EU condemns French Roma crackdown

Tuesday, September 14th 2010, 16:21
related places: Eu

The EU's justice commissioner delivers a stern rebuke to France, saying its "disgraceful" treatment of Roma (Gypsies) may trigger legal action by the EU.
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