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Enfant terrible

Thursday, November 11th 2010, 1:10

France's prize-winning reclusive author Michel Houellebecq
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Euro Disney trims annual losses

Wednesday, November 10th 2010, 12:00

Euro Disney cuts its annual losses by 28%, despite a fall in visitor numbers to Disneyland Paris.
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Anger as French pension age rises

Wednesday, November 10th 2010, 10:41

France's opposition attacks President Nicolas Sarkozy for signing into law a controversial bill raising the retirement age by two years.
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France's pledge to help Iraqi Christians

Wednesday, November 10th 2010, 2:47
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The French government has said it will defend the rights of Christian minorities living in Muslim countries around the world.
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French inquiry for Africa leaders

Tuesday, November 9th 2010, 15:50

France's highest appeals court allows an investigation to proceed into French assets held by three African leaders.
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France arrests terrorist suspects

Tuesday, November 9th 2010, 12:29
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Paris

Five people believed to have trained as Islamist militants in Pakistan are arrested in and around the French capital Paris.
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Iraqi wounded treated in France

Tuesday, November 9th 2010, 12:25
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Baghdad

A group of Iraqi Christians wounded in a deadly attack on a Baghdad church, arrive in France for medical treatment.
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German waste's slow journey ends

Tuesday, November 9th 2010, 12:07
related countries: Germany Germany

A cargo of nuclear waste finally reaches its destination in northern Germany after anti-nuclear protesters held up its passage from France.
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Jacksons remember 'normal' father

Tuesday, November 9th 2010, 10:32
related places: Paris

Michael Jackson's eldest children Paris and Prince Michael speak about their "normal dad" in a rare TV interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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UCI demands Contador disciplinary

Monday, November 8th 2010, 19:50
related countries: Spain Spain

World cycling body UCI asks the Spanish federation to begin disciplinary proceedings against Tour de France winner Alberto Contador.
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Chirac faces new corruption trial

Monday, November 8th 2010, 19:24

France's former president is to face a second corruption trial that could take place at the same time as the first case against him.
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Houellebecq wins top French prize

Monday, November 8th 2010, 15:10

The controversial writer Michel Houellebecq wins France's top literary award, the Goncourt Prize, for his book The Map and the Territory.
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Clashes over German nuclear train

Sunday, November 7th 2010, 19:20
related countries: Germany Germany

Police in Germany clash with activists trying to halt a train carrying reprocessed nuclear waste from France to northern Germany.
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Clashes as German nuclear train halted

Sunday, November 7th 2010, 15:18
related countries: Germany Germany

Police have clashed with activists trying to halt a train carrying nuclear waste from France to Germany.
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France wins Chinese deals bonanza

Thursday, November 4th 2010, 18:45
related countries: China China

China's Hu Jintao signs billions of euros' worth of business deals during a state visit to France.
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Greek bomb sent to French mission

Thursday, November 4th 2010, 17:24
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Athens

Police in Athens destroy a letter bomb sent to the French embassy, the 14th suspect device found in Greece this week.
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Yemen bomb 'defused just in time'

Thursday, November 4th 2010, 17:13
related countries: Yemen Yemen

A French official says a bomb sent from Yemen last week was minutes from exploding when it was defused, but the US says this cannot be confirmed.
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Oldest person dies at age of 114

Thursday, November 4th 2010, 16:28

French nun Eugenie Blanchard, certified as the world's oldest person, dies at the age of 114 in the French Caribbean.
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Matisse sculpture sold for $48.8m

Thursday, November 4th 2010, 8:55

A 6ft (1.8m) bronze sculpture of a nude woman by Matisse fetches $48.8m (£30.2m) - an auction record for the French artist.
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Baby caught after seven storey fall

Wednesday, November 3rd 2010, 19:41
related places: Paris

An 18-month-old boy has had a miraculous escape in Paris after he fell from a seventh floor apartment while playing with his sister.
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Rwandan rebel to face ICC trial

Wednesday, November 3rd 2010, 16:05
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

A French court orders the extradition of Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana to face war crimes charges in the Hague.
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Leaders hail UK-France agreement

Tuesday, November 2nd 2010, 21:06
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

David Cameron and France's Nicolas Sarkozy sign treaties agreeing to military co-operation, including the testing of nuclear warheads.
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Infant girl 'survives six-storey fall'

Tuesday, November 2nd 2010, 11:48

An 18-month-old girl is unharmed after falling from a sixth-floor apartment and bouncing off a cafe awning into the arms of a passer-by, French media say.
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Americain lands Melbourne Cup win

Tuesday, November 2nd 2010, 4:11

Americain becomes the first French-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup as hot favourite So You Think finishes third in the 150th running of Australia's big race.
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Monday, November 1st 2010, 23:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain and France are set to announce a much closer degree of co-operation on defence.
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Sarkozy 'target of Greece bombs'

Monday, November 1st 2010, 17:57
related countries: Greece Greece
related places: Athens

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was among the intended recipients of four parcel bombs found in Athens on Monday, say police.
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UK-French defence work 'sensible'

Monday, November 1st 2010, 16:33
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The new UK armed forces chief welcomes closer co-operation with France but plays down reports troops could be deployed as a single brigade.
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Diana 'comforter' jailed in Paris

Monday, November 1st 2010, 15:57
related places: Paris

A French man who claimed to have comforted Princess Diana in her final moment has been exposed as a career criminal, reports the BBC's Christian Fraser in Paris.
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French rocking to an English rhythm

Monday, November 1st 2010, 6:52

A new generation of French rock bands are emerging who are breaking a major taboo by singing in English.
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Noble tradition?

Sunday, October 31st 2010, 8:26

The debate over bull fighting in France
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Bodies found in Antarctica crash

Saturday, October 30th 2010, 11:12
related countries: Antarctica Antarctica, Aruba Aruba

Australian rescuers searching for survivors of a French helicopter crash in Antarctica confirm all four on board died in the incident.
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Campaign to ban bullfighting in France

Saturday, October 30th 2010, 8:04
related countries: Spain Spain

A vote to ban bullfighting in the Spanish region of Catalonia from 2012 has encouraged French animal welfare groups to step up their campaign to get the controversial sport outlawed in France as well.
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French strikers returning to work

Friday, October 29th 2010, 16:36
related places: Marseille

After a month of industrial action, striking workers at French oil refineries and the Marseille dock are back at work.
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Alstom loses Eurostar court case

Friday, October 29th 2010, 16:12
related countries: Germany Germany

Alstom, the French engineering company, fails in an attempt to prevent Eurostar from running German trains through the Channel Tunnel.
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Eutelsat suffers spacecraft loss

Friday, October 29th 2010, 14:54
related places: Paris

Paris-based Eutelsat announces the loss of its W3B spacecraft the day after it was launched by an Ariane rocket.
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Higher prices lift Total profits

Friday, October 29th 2010, 9:50

French oil giant Total reports a 35% rise in quarterly profit, fuelled by higher prices and production.
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EU split over treaty change plan

Thursday, October 28th 2010, 22:47
related countries: Germany Germany, Portugal Portugal
related places: Eu

A new Euro-row is escalating over a plan by France and Germany to rewrite part of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.
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New France strike as protest ebbs

Thursday, October 28th 2010, 16:35

Turnout is lower in France for the latest day of strikes and action over the government's pension reforms, after the plan was passed in the National Assembly.
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French MPs adopt pension reform

Wednesday, October 27th 2010, 16:54

France's National Assembly votes to raise the pension age by two years after weeks of industrial action against the change.
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'Bin Laden' in warning to France

Wednesday, October 27th 2010, 13:23
related countries: Niger Niger

Osama Bin Laden reportedly ties the kidnapping of five French people in Niger to France's treatment of its Muslim minority.
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Walliams wife wins Playboy case

Wednesday, October 27th 2010, 8:47

Model Lara Stone, the wife of comic actor David Walliams, wins damages from French Playboy after it published unauthorised photos of her.
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French protests wane as bill is approved

Tuesday, October 26th 2010, 20:46

Demonstrations and strike action against pension reforms in France have petered out as the controversial bill was approved by the Senate.
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French unions deny strikes defeat

Tuesday, October 26th 2010, 16:35

Trade unions in France deny defeat over pension reform as strike action peters out and the bill faces its final reading.
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French depots 'clear of strikers'

Monday, October 25th 2010, 18:01

Strikes end at three oil terminals and all France's fuel depots are said to be cleared of protesters as government pension reforms are set to become law.
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French prince sues over manga art

Sunday, October 24th 2010, 10:41
related countries: Japan Japan
related places: Versailles

A French aristocrat descended from Louis XIV is seeking a court order against a Japanese artist being exhibited at the Palace of Versailles.
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Culture shock

Saturday, October 23rd 2010, 10:27

Why the French strike wouldn't happen in America
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French Senate passes pension bill

Friday, October 22nd 2010, 19:53

French senators vote in favour of Nicolas Sarkozy's controversial pension reforms, which have sparked a series of protests across the country.
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French police break key blockade

Friday, October 22nd 2010, 12:59
related places: Paris

Clashes break out outside a major oil refinery in France after riot police move in to clear strikers who blockaded the terminal for 10 days.
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French police break key blockade

Friday, October 22nd 2010, 11:08

Clashes break out outside a major oil refinery in France after riot police move in to clear strikers who blockaded the terminal for 10 days
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French unions announce new action

Thursday, October 21st 2010, 22:02
related places: Marseille

French unions call two more days of action - on 28 October and 6 November - to protest at the government's pension reforms.
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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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