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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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Ruthless Nadal into round three

Wednesday, May 27th 2009, 18:05
related countries: Russia Russia

World number one Rafael Nadal will play Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of the French Open after powering past Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-1 6-4 6-1.
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Russian 'kidnap' mother back in France

Wednesday, May 27th 2009, 13:15
related countries: Hungary Hungary, Russia Russia

A Russian woman accused of abducting her three-year-old daughter is extradited to France from Hungary.
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Live - French Open

Wednesday, May 27th 2009, 8:32
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Defending champion Rafael Nadal plays Teimuraz Gabashvili at Roland Garros after British number one Andy Murray books his place in the third round.
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Serena survives first-round test

Tuesday, May 26th 2009, 18:09

Second seed Serena Williams is given a huge scare before beating world number 100 Klara Zakopalova in a thrilling first-round match at the French Open.
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French Open day three as it happened

Tuesday, May 26th 2009, 17:06

Second seed Serena Williams needs three sets and nine match points before beating Klara Zakopalova at the French Open, joining Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic in the second round.
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France opens military base in UAE

Tuesday, May 26th 2009, 9:34
related countries: United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

President Nicolas Sarkozy has opened a French military base in the UAE, its first permanent base in the Gulf.
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Scientology goes on trial in France

Monday, May 25th 2009, 21:02

The Church of Scientology goes on trial for alleged fraud in France after a woman says she was pressured into paying large sums.
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Nadal & Federer through in Paris

Monday, May 25th 2009, 15:03
related countries: Brazil Brazil
related places: Paris

Defending champion Rafael Nadal sees off Brazil's Marcos Daniel and Roger Federer beats Spaniard Alberto Martin to reach round two of the French Open.
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Live - French Open

Monday, May 25th 2009, 8:55

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer win but all three British women go out on day two of the French Open.
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Austrian film takes Cannes honour

Sunday, May 24th 2009, 18:39

The White Ribbon by Austria's Michael Haneke sees off strong competition to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film Festival.
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Live - French Open

Sunday, May 24th 2009, 8:52

Andy Murray, Marat Safin and Ana Ivanovic are among those in action on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros.
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Murray set for Sunday Paris start

Saturday, May 23rd 2009, 13:53
related countries: Argentina Argentina

World number three Andy Murray faces Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela in the French Open first round on Sunday.
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Murray lands tricky French opener

Friday, May 22nd 2009, 11:58
related countries: Argentina Argentina, United Kingdom United Kingdom

British number one Andy Murray faces a potentially tricky opening to his French Open campaign after being drawn against Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.
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Ferrari fail in budget-cap appeal

Wednesday, May 20th 2009, 17:01
related countries: Italy Italy

A French court dismisses Ferrari's appeal against the FIA, which wants to introduce an optional £40m budget cap from 2010.
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One-way ticket

Tuesday, May 19th 2009, 7:14
related countries: Mali Mali

Mali resists French plans to speed up migrant expulsions
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Pakistan in 'French nuclear deal'

Friday, May 15th 2009, 19:24
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

French and Pakistani leaders have talks about nuclear co-operation, but there is confusion over what was agreed.
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US sets free test case detainee

Friday, May 15th 2009, 16:59
related countries: Algeria Algeria, United States United States

Algerian detainee Lakhdar Boumediene has left the US-run Guantanamo Bay prison camp for France, officials say.
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Lift-off for European telescopes

Thursday, May 14th 2009, 13:12
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana
related places: Kourou

An Ariane 5 rocket carrying Europe's Herschel and Planck space telescopes launches from Kourou in French Guiana.
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Telescopes ready for rocket ride

Thursday, May 14th 2009, 11:23
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana
related places: Kourou

Europe prepares to launch the 1.9bn-euro Herschel and Planck observatories from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.
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Eviction order

Wednesday, May 13th 2009, 23:57
related countries: Cambodia Cambodia

Extension of French school in Cambodia forces locals out
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French net piracy bill signed off

Wednesday, May 13th 2009, 11:37

France passes a law to combat copyright piracy by disconnecting people who illegally download films and music.
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Italy arrests 'al-Qaeda plotters'

Tuesday, May 12th 2009, 8:17
related countries: Italy Italy

Two French nationals detained in Italy for immigration offences are suspected of being key al-Qaeda figures, Italian police say.
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Facebook campaign finds 'distraught' Nepal skier

Tuesday, May 12th 2009, 6:35
related countries: Nepal Nepal
related places: Paris

A Nepali ski racer, apparently distraught after the loss of funding, is found safe in Paris after a Facebook campaign.
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Outrage grows over Tamil deaths

Monday, May 11th 2009, 22:18
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Outrage is expressed at the UN in New York over the reported heavy loss of life among civilians in Sri Lanka's Tamil war zone.
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French and Italian output drops

Monday, May 11th 2009, 9:53
related countries: Italy Italy

France and Italy both see sharp falls in industrial output in March, which are much larger than forecast.
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Neighbourly help in high Pyrenees

Saturday, May 9th 2009, 11:21

Kathy Flower discovers the secret to surviving the global economic downturn in the French Pyrenees.
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Euro MPs bar Le Pen from top role

Thursday, May 7th 2009, 7:19

MEPs change parliamentary rules so as to prevent the French far-right leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, from chairing the assembly.
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Escaped cult leader re-captured

Wednesday, May 6th 2009, 21:20
related countries: India India, Reunion Reunion

A convicted sex offender and cult leader who escaped from prison by helicopter is captured on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion.
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Jarvis Cocker to play 'gigs' at Paris yoga classes

Wednesday, May 6th 2009, 10:53
related places: Paris

Jarvis Cocker is playing a series of unusual gigs during a week-long residency at an art gallery in Paris.
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French probe into African leaders

Wednesday, May 6th 2009, 7:17

A French magistrate opens a preliminary investigation into alleged embezzlement by three African leaders.
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Feminist icon French dies at 79

Tuesday, May 5th 2009, 20:04

Marilyn French, author of The Women's Room and seen as one of the great feminist writers, dies of heart failure at 79 in New York.
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Bid to bar Cameroon comic

Tuesday, May 5th 2009, 9:46

France tries to ban a half-Cameroonian comic from taking part in European polls because of his allegedly anti-Semitic views.
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On the march

Tuesday, May 5th 2009, 7:35
related places: Eu

French see EU's eastward push as a threat
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Clashes at France prison protest

Monday, May 4th 2009, 14:47

Prison guards in France clash with police during protests against overcrowding in the country's jails.
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Somali pirate suspects captured

Sunday, May 3rd 2009, 15:33
related countries: Seychelles Seychelles, Somalia Somalia

Fourteen suspected Somali pirates are captured in separate operations by a French frigate and the Seychelles coast guard.
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Growing anger

Friday, May 1st 2009, 2:54

French economic woe to fuel May Day protests
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'Looted' Chinese relic auctioned

Thursday, April 30th 2009, 8:54
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing, Paris

An 18th-Century jade Imperial seal is sold for 1.68m euros (£1.5m) at auction in Paris, despite protests by Beijing.
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French Jewish murder trial opens

Wednesday, April 29th 2009, 19:04
related places: Paris

Twenty-seven people go on trial in Paris over the kidnap, torture and killing of a French Jewish man three years ago.
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French tourists in fatal US crash

Wednesday, April 29th 2009, 8:59
related countries: United States United States
related places: California

A bus carrying French tourists crashes in California killing at least five people and injuring dozens, officials say.
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French tourists in fatal US crash

Wednesday, April 29th 2009, 8:59
related countries: United States United States
related places: California

A bus carrying French tourists crashes in California killing at least five people and injuring dozens, officials say.
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Sri Lanka urged to halt offensive

Wednesday, April 29th 2009, 8:48
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, United Kingdom United Kingdom

British and French foreign ministers in Sri Lanka urge a halt to the military offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north.
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Empty tables

Tuesday, April 28th 2009, 6:26

Credit crunch bites for French restaurants
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Nuclear claims heard in Polynesia

Tuesday, April 28th 2009, 4:29
related countries: French Polynesia French Polynesia

A court in French Polynesia hears claims from former workers at Mururoa nuclear test site, who are seeking compensation.
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Students faced 'inhuman' torture

Monday, April 27th 2009, 14:21
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Two French students faced "inhuman" torture before they were killed after a burglary went wrong in London, a court hears.
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Helicopter escape for cult leader

Monday, April 27th 2009, 12:47
related countries: Reunion Reunion

A convicted sex offender and cult leader escapes by hijacked helicopter from a prison on the French island of Reunion.
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Armstrong escapes test sanctions

Friday, April 24th 2009, 18:01

Lance Armstrong's hopes of riding in the Tour de France improve after anti-doping officials choose not to seek sanctions over a disputed drug test.
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France sanctions 'sex case' judge

Friday, April 24th 2009, 17:06

A judge at the centre of one of France's biggest miscarriages of justice is reprimanded by a panel looking into his conduct.
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France 'to shut down Calais camp'

Thursday, April 23rd 2009, 18:57
related places: Calais

French authorities are to close a migrant squatter camp outside Calais by the end of this year, the immigration minister says.
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France 'to shut down Calais camp'

Thursday, April 23rd 2009, 18:57
related places: Calais

French authorities are to close a migrant squatter camp outside Calais by the end of this year, the immigration minister says.
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French deliver 11 piracy suspects

Wednesday, April 22nd 2009, 11:51
related countries: Kenya Kenya
related places: Mombasa

A French naval frigate docks in the Kenyan port of Mombasa carrying 11 Somalis accused of piracy.
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French swoop on Calais migrants

Tuesday, April 21st 2009, 10:52
related places: Calais

French police detain 190 people in an operation against undocumented migrants near the port of Calais, officials say.
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Darfur aid worker hostage 'ill'

Monday, April 20th 2009, 9:34
related countries: Canada Canada, Sudan Sudan

A French aid worker being held hostage in Sudan's Darfur region is sick, says her Canadian fellow captive.
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Sudan bars Bashir foe from travel

Sunday, April 19th 2009, 14:06
related countries: Sudan Sudan
related places: Bashir, Paris

Veteran Sudanese politican Hassan al-Turabi is stopped from travelling to Paris for medical treatment, an aide says.
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France holds Eta 'military chief'

Sunday, April 19th 2009, 2:12
related countries: Spain Spain

The top military leader of the Basque separatist group Eta is arrested in south-west France, the Spanish authorities say.
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France charges suspected pirates

Friday, April 17th 2009, 17:16
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Three suspected Somali pirates held by France are charged with hijacking and false imprisonment, French prosecutors say.
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Chinese 'bought French degrees'

Friday, April 17th 2009, 16:06
related countries: China China

France investigates an alleged scam in which Chinese students offered bribes in return for fake degrees.
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Kenya 'will try Somali pirates'

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 17:25
related countries: Kenya Kenya, Somalia Somalia

Eleven Somali pirates captured by a French warship are being taken to Kenya for trial, the French defence ministry says.
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French fishermen lift blockades

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 13:18

French fishermen lift a blockade of Channel ports and are considering an offer of state aid from the government.
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Ferries resume as blockade ends

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 9:00

Cross-Channel ferries resume as French fishermen decide not to continue their blockade of Calais.
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Sri Lanka Tamil rebels criticised

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 5:43
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain and France say they deplore the use of human shields by Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka.
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Port blockades temporarily lifted

Wednesday, April 15th 2009, 21:05

French fishermen temporarily lift their blockade of three French ports, allowing ferries to cross the English Channel.
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French warship captures pirates

Wednesday, April 15th 2009, 18:07
related countries: Kenya Kenya, Somalia Somalia

A French warship captures 11 Somali pirates off Kenya, amid calls for greater international resolve in dealing with piracy.
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Blockades halt channel crossings

Wednesday, April 15th 2009, 11:56
related places: Calais

Hundreds of ferry passengers are left stranded at Dover because of blockades at Channel ports by French fishing fleets.
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French boats block Channel ports

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 23:36

French fishing boats mount a blockade of Channel ports in a dispute over fishing quotas.
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French boats block Channel ports

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 23:36

French fishing boats mount a blockade of Channel ports in a dispute over fishing quotas.
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New wave of Somali pirate attacks

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 20:48
related countries: Somalia Somalia, United States United States
related places: Aden

Somali pirates hijack four vessels in 48 hours, capturing two cargo ships and two fishing boats carrying dozens of people.
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Girl 'seized by mother' due home

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 9:21
related countries: Hungary Hungary

A French girl of three, repeatedly seized by her warring parents, returns home after her mother is arrested in Hungary.
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Freed hostages arrive in France

Sunday, April 12th 2009, 17:50
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Four ex-hostages held on a yacht off Somalia have returned to France after being freed by French forces.
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Frenchman dies in Somalia rescue

Saturday, April 11th 2009, 10:01
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A French hostage dies but four others, including a child, are freed in a rescue by French forces on a yacht off Somalia.
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Top Eta suspect 'caught with gun'

Friday, April 10th 2009, 21:34
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Paris

One of the Spanish militant group Eta's top leaders is arrested in Paris carrying a Magnum revolver and false ID, reports say.
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Armstrong raises fear of Tour ban

Friday, April 10th 2009, 19:54

Former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong says the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) could prevent him from riding in this year's race.
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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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