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Accountant amends Sarkozy claim

Friday, July 9th 2010, 8:47

An ex-accountant for France's richest woman appears to recant a claim about alleged illegal donations to Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Funding furore

Friday, July 9th 2010, 8:28

Fresh financial claims rock French politics
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Cycling: Cavendish roars back to win

Thursday, July 8th 2010, 15:54

An emotional Mark Cavendish bounces back from recent setbacks to take the 11th Tour de France stage win of his career.
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Tour de France stage five - as it happened

Thursday, July 8th 2010, 10:23
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland
related places: Epernay, Montargis

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara is in the yellow jersey as the Tour moves from Epernay to an expected sprint finish in Montargis.
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Sarkozy campaign funding probed

Wednesday, July 7th 2010, 17:33

Prosecutors open an investigation into claims of illegal funding for French President Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign.
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Cycling: Petacchi wins fourth stage

Wednesday, July 7th 2010, 15:44

Alessandro Petacchi wins a thrilling sprint finish to take the fourth stage of the Tour de France but Mark Cavendish's challenge fades away.
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Noriega convicted by French court

Wednesday, July 7th 2010, 14:08
related countries: Panama Panama

A French court convicts Panama's ex-leader Manuel Noriega of laundering drug money, sentencing him to seven years in jail.
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Stage four as it happened

Wednesday, July 7th 2010, 11:43
related places: Cambrai, Reims

Alessandro Petacchi wins a sprint finish to clinch stage four of the Tour de France from Cambrai to Reims.
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Sarkozy rejects donation 'smears'

Tuesday, July 6th 2010, 16:07

French President Nicolas Sarkozy dismisses allegations that his campaign received illegal donations from a L'Oreal heiress.
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Cycling: Hushovd wins Tour de France stage

Tuesday, July 6th 2010, 15:51

Thor Hushovd outsprints Geraint Thomas to win stage three of the Tour de France but the Briton climbs to second overall.
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Confident move

Tuesday, July 6th 2010, 12:42

Bold new mosque to bring French Muslims into open
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French parliament to debate veil

Tuesday, July 6th 2010, 10:33

The French parliament is due to begin a debate on plans to ban women from wearing full Islamic veils in public.
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Live - Tour de France stage three

Tuesday, July 6th 2010, 10:32
related places: Paris, Roubaix

Norway's Thor Hushovd wins an incident-packed stage three of the Tour de France in which Fabian Cancellara regains the overall lead ahead of Britain's Geraint Thomas.
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Tour de France: Chavanel wins dramatic stage

Monday, July 5th 2010, 15:28

Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel braves the tricky wet conditions to win the second stage of the Tour de France and take the yellow jersey.
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French ministers quit over perks

Monday, July 5th 2010, 11:09

Two French junior ministers embroiled in spending scandals resign from the government as taxpayers face cuts.
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Live - Tour de France stage two

Monday, July 5th 2010, 10:44
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Spa, Tour

Sylvain Chavanel wins the 201km second stage of the Tour de France from Brussels to Spa.
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Tour de France: Petacchi wins first stage

Sunday, July 4th 2010, 17:50
related countries: Italy Italy

Italian Alessandro Petacchi wins a sprint finish in a dramatic first stage of the Tour de France marred by three crashes.
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Lagarde eyes EU bank risk results

Sunday, July 4th 2010, 11:27
related places: Eu

France's economy minister says results of tests to see if Europe's banks can cope with more shocks will be published on 23 July.
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Court drops Paris Hilton charges

Friday, July 2nd 2010, 23:58
related countries: Brazil Brazil, South Africa South Africa, United States United States
related places: Port Elizabeth

A South African court drops drugs charges against US socialite Paris Hilton at a court hearing after her arrest following a World Cup game.
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Friday, July 2nd 2010, 15:00
related countries: United States United States

A French court reopens an investigation into claims a US nuclear submarine may have accidentally sunk a fishing boat in 2004, killing five sailors.
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Tour de France dope test 'flawed'

Friday, July 2nd 2010, 4:49

Anti-doping tests for this year's Tour de France cycle race are flawed, the head of the French anti-doping body tells the BBC.
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Whiff of scandal

Thursday, July 1st 2010, 12:30

L'Oreal fortune trial threatens to engulf French minister
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France seeks 10 years for Noriega

Wednesday, June 30th 2010, 14:33
related countries: Panama Panama

French prosecutors demand the maximum sentence for Panama's former leader Manuel Noriega on money laundering charges.
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Lock of Napoleon's hair sold to mystery buyer

Wednesday, June 30th 2010, 13:20
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

A lock of hair from former French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte sells for more than $13,000 at an auction of memorabilia in New Zealand.
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French folly?

Wednesday, June 30th 2010, 11:21

Workers build medieval castle by hand, from scratch
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Noriega denies French drug charge

Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 14:06
related countries: Panama Panama
related places: Paris

Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega dismisses money-laundering charges as "imaginary" at a trial in Paris.
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Noriega goes on trial in France

Monday, June 28th 2010, 17:33
related countries: Panama Panama

France tries former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega for money-laundering, two months after his extradition from the US.
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Total stops petrol sales to Iran

Monday, June 28th 2010, 16:51
related countries: Iran Iran

French company Total says it has stopped petrol deliveries to Iran, amid growing pressure over Iran's nuclear programme.
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Tycoon trio set to buy Le Monde

Monday, June 28th 2010, 14:50

An unlikely trio of tycoons is set to take over the prestigious French newspaper Le Monde after a rival consortium said it was pulling out.
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Mafia boss arrested in Marseille

Saturday, June 26th 2010, 20:39
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Marseille

A top Italian mafia boss is arrested in the south of France after spending 10 years on the run, officials say.
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Cannibal killer jailed in France

Friday, June 25th 2010, 0:38

A French prisoner who killed a fellow inmate and then ate part of his body is sentenced to 30 years in jail.
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Wimbledon day four as it happened

Thursday, June 24th 2010, 20:06
related countries: United States United States
related places: Wimbledon

American John Isner beats Nicolas Mahut of France 70-68 in the final set of the longest tennis match in history at Wimbledon, after 11 hours and five minutes.
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Wimbledon: Epic to resume at 59-59

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010, 20:17
related countries: United States United States
related places: Wimbledon

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut tear up the record books as their first-round match at Wimbledon is suspended at 59-59 in the final set after an incredible 10 hours of play.
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Sarkozy to probe French failure

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010, 12:08

French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to hold a government meeting on Wednesday to discuss the country's disastrous World Cup showing.
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South Africa 'made nation proud'

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010, 11:10
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Coach of South Africa, Carlos Alberto Parreira, says the side have made their country proud by beating France 2-1.
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Domenech snubs Parreira handshake

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010, 9:52
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Raymond Domenech's unpopular reign as France coach ended in fresh acrimony when he refused to shake the hand of South Africa boss Carlos Alberto Parreira.
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'Cannibal' trial opens in France

Monday, June 21st 2010, 21:52

A French convict is tried for murdering and eating part of his cell-mate, after being allegedly denied psychiatric help.
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France stars 'may boycott match'

Monday, June 21st 2010, 18:57
related countries: South Africa South Africa

France coach Raymond Domenech says some of his squad may refuse to face South Africa because of Nicolas Anelka's expulsion from the squad.
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France players return to training

Monday, June 21st 2010, 10:27

France players end their boycott of training over Nicolas Anelka's explusion and resume their match preparations.
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French quiz Google on wi-fi data

Monday, June 21st 2010, 10:16

An early look at wi-fi data 'accidentally' gathered by Google in 30 countries suggests it contains sensitive information.
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Anelka row sparks player revolt

Sunday, June 20th 2010, 17:20

France's players refuse to train following Nicolas Anelka's expulsion from the squad on Saturday for verbally abusing coach Raymond Domenech.
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Anelka sent home for coach insult

Saturday, June 19th 2010, 16:44

France striker Nicolas Anelka is sent home from the World Cup after reports of a bust-up with coach Raymond Domenech.
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Sarkozy marks war broadcast in UK

Friday, June 18th 2010, 17:41
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Charles

French President Nicolas Sarkozy visits the UK for the 70th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's historic wartime broadcast.
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Top French general dies aged 94

Friday, June 18th 2010, 14:21
related countries: Algeria Algeria

One of France's most decorated soldiers, Gen Marcel Bigeard, who fought in French Indochina and Algeria, dies at the age of 94.
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Turning point

Friday, June 18th 2010, 9:16

How De Gaulle address changed France's fate
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France need a miracle - Domenech

Thursday, June 17th 2010, 22:09

Under-fire France coach Raymond Domenech admits his side "need a miracle" if they are to avoid World Cup elimination at the first hurdle.
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French flash flood toll up to 25

Thursday, June 17th 2010, 17:58

The death toll from floods in southern France rises to 25, with officials warning that more bodies could yet be found.
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Nigeria sunk by Greece comeback

Thursday, June 17th 2010, 17:01
related countries: Mexico Mexico, Nigeria Nigeria

Greece earn their first World Cup win as they come back from a goal down to beat Nigeria, who have Sani Kaita sent off in the first half.
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Deadly floods hit southern France

Wednesday, June 16th 2010, 22:00

Flash floods in south-eastern France leave at least 19 people dead and hundreds of homes flooded, officials say.
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French raise retirement age to 62

Wednesday, June 16th 2010, 17:22

France's retirement age will be raised from 60 to 62 over the next eight years as part of sweeping pension reforms.
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Horse Racing: Peslier eyes double

Tuesday, June 15th 2010, 15:00

Goldikova edges out Paco Boy to win the Queen Anne Stakes while Canford Cliffs claims the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
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Modigliani sells for 43.2m euros

Tuesday, June 15th 2010, 8:24
related places: Paris

A sculpted limestone head by Amedeo Modigliani sells for 43.2m euros (£35.8m) at Christie's auction house in Paris - a record for the artist.
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Leaders call for global bank tax

Tuesday, June 15th 2010, 1:37
related countries: Germany Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy renew calls for a global bank tax.
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Germany wary of French EU vision

Monday, June 14th 2010, 17:09
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Berlin, Eu

The French and German leaders are meeting to try to smooth over rifts on economic policy only days ahead of an EU summit.
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Raw deal

Sunday, June 13th 2010, 16:30

Mystery plague stalks French oyster farms
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Russia backs away from Iran deal

Friday, June 11th 2010, 16:54
related countries: Iran Iran, Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Moscow will freeze the sale of surface-to-air missiles to Iran, according to French officials.
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British soldiers' graves defaced

Friday, June 11th 2010, 11:44
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British soldiers' graves in France are defaced with "Nazi graffiti", according to news agency reports.
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EU urged to ban high-risk trading

Wednesday, June 9th 2010, 16:20
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Eu

France and Germany urge the European Commission to impose an EU-wide ban on speculative trading known as naked short-selling.
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French troops in Senegal pullout

Wednesday, June 9th 2010, 12:38
related countries: Senegal Senegal

France is closing its military bases in Senegal - 50 years after the independence of its former West Africa colony.
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Kerviel bosses 'encouraged' risks

Tuesday, June 8th 2010, 16:26
related places: Paris

Alleged Societe Generale "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel tells his Paris trial his bank bosses "encouraged" risk-taking.
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Europeans 'could play Gaza role'

Monday, June 7th 2010, 5:08
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Eu

The EU could monitor aid to Gaza, France says, after Israel rules out an international probe into its deadly flotilla raid.
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Nadal powers to fifth French Open title

Sunday, June 6th 2010, 16:01

Rafael Nadal beats Robin Soderling in straight sets to win his fifth French Open title and regain the world number one ranking.
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Live - French Open men's final

Sunday, June 6th 2010, 12:45

World number two Rafael Nadal is up against 2009 nemesis Robin Soderling as he targets his fifth French Open title.
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Schiavone win down to self-belief

Saturday, June 5th 2010, 20:08

French Open champion Francesca Schiavone says believing in herself was the key to her stunning French Open win.
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Nadal ready for Soderling rematch

Saturday, June 5th 2010, 17:10
related places: Four

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal insists revenge is not on his mind as he prepares to take on his 2009 conqueror Robin Soderling in the French Open final on Sunday.
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Schiavone wins French Open title

Saturday, June 5th 2010, 15:19
related countries: Australia Australia, Italy Italy

Francesca Schiavone beats Australia's Sam Stosur in the French Open final to become the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.
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Live - French Open women's final

Saturday, June 5th 2010, 12:46
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Italy Italy

Francesca Schiavone becomes the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title after a brilliant 6-4 7-6 win over Sam Stosur at Roland Garros.
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French minister fined for racism

Friday, June 4th 2010, 18:06

A French court fines Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux for making racist comments to a man of Arab origin.
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Nadal to meet Soderling in final

Friday, June 4th 2010, 17:17

Rafael Nadal produces a commanding display to beat Jurgen Melzer and reach his fifth French Open final, where he will play Robin Soderling.
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Euro down to four-year dollar low

Friday, June 4th 2010, 16:58

The euro falls to a new four-year low against the dollar after the French PM suggests the weakening euro is "good news".
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Stosur & Schiavone set for final

Friday, June 4th 2010, 16:51
related countries: Australia Australia, Italy Italy

Australia's Sam Stosur and Italian Francesca Schiavone meet in the French Open final on Saturday with a first Grand Slam title on the line for both players.
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Live - French Open

Friday, June 4th 2010, 10:54

Rafael Nadal meets surprise semi-finalist Jurgen Melzer at the French Open, with Robin Soderling waiting in the final.
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Sarkozy faces 'arms deal' claims

Thursday, June 3rd 2010, 17:18

France's leader is challenged over possible links to suspected arms commissions allegedly used to fund political campaigns.
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Stosur reaches French Open final

Thursday, June 3rd 2010, 14:57
related countries: Australia Australia

Australia's Sam Stosur storms into her first Grand Slam final with a crushing win over fourth seed Jelena Jankovic at the French Open.
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Schiavone makes French Open final

Thursday, June 3rd 2010, 13:37
related countries: Italy Italy

Francesca Schiavone becomes the first Italian woman to reach a Grand Slam final as Elena Dementieva pulls out of their French Open semi-final with an injury.
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Live - French Open

Thursday, June 3rd 2010, 11:59
related countries: Russia Russia

Elena Dementieva withdraws after losing the first set against Francesca Schiavone, while Jelena Jankovic plays Sam Stosur in the French Open women's semi-finals.
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Melzer dumps out Djokovic in epic

Wednesday, June 2nd 2010, 18:24

World number three Novak Djokovic becomes the latest seed to crash out of the French Open as he loses to Jurgen Melzer in an epic quarter-final.
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Live - French Open

Wednesday, June 2nd 2010, 11:58

Rafael Nadal continues his quest for a fifth French Open title against Nicolas Almagro, after Sam Stosur claims a shock win over Serena Williams.
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Federer crashes out to Soderling

Tuesday, June 1st 2010, 17:45

Defending champion Roger Federer is dumped out of the French Open by Robin Soderling, losing his quarter-final 3-6 6-3 7-5 6-4.
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France backs Africa's global role

Tuesday, June 1st 2010, 17:30

France calls for Africa to have a bigger say in world affairs and better representation on the UN Security Council.
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Sculptor Louise Bourgeois dies

Tuesday, June 1st 2010, 15:33
related countries: United States United States
related places: New York

French-born American artist Louise Bourgeois - famous for her giant spider sculptures - dies in New York at the age of 98.
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Live - Federer v Soderling

Tuesday, June 1st 2010, 12:00

Robin Soderling stuns world number one and defending champion Roger Federer in the French Open quarter-finals.
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Sculptor Louise Bourgeois dies

Tuesday, June 1st 2010, 1:37
related countries: United States United States
related places: New York

French-born American artist Louise Bourgeois - famous for her giant spider sculptures - dies in New York at the age of 98.
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Henin slumps to defeat by Stosur

Monday, May 31st 2010, 14:21

Australia's Sam Stosur becomes the first player to beat Justine Henin at the French Open for six years as she stuns the four-time champion to reach the quarter-finals.
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France seeks Africa business ties

Monday, May 31st 2010, 10:06
related places: Nice

France aims to boost business ties with Africa at a summit with the continent's leaders in the Riviera city of Nice.
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Live - French Open

Monday, May 31st 2010, 9:00

Rafael Nadal is in action at the French Open, following Justine Henin's loss to Samantha Stosur and victory for Serena Williams.
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