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News: France

We have started to collect the most important news related to France in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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France: news

Live text - Tour de France

Tuesday, July 22nd 2008, 10:45

Frank Schleck keeps the yellow jersey after tackling the Col de la Bonnette in the highest stage of this year's Tour de France.
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France backs constitution reform

Monday, July 21st 2008, 21:11

French lawmakers back President Sarkozy's plans to rewrite the country's constitution - in a razor-edge vote.
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Sarkozy denies pressurising Irish

Monday, July 21st 2008, 17:58
related countries: Ireland Ireland

France's President Sarkozy plays down Lisbon Treaty tensions in Dublin, saying he is working on a "solution" with Irish leaders.
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French letters

Monday, July 21st 2008, 10:31

How Senegal leads the Francophone world in Scrabble
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Man beats girl into coma in Rome

Monday, July 21st 2008, 10:07
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

A four-year-old French girl is in a critical condition after her father beat her head against a monument in Rome, officials say.
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McCartney wows 200,000 after Canadian show row

Monday, July 21st 2008, 8:05
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Quebec

Sir Paul McCartney performs his greatest hits and speaks French to more than 200,000 fans at a Quebec concert opposed by nationalists.
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Makelele leaves Chelsea for PSG

Monday, July 21st 2008, 7:50

Veteran French midfielder Claude Makelele leaves Chelsea to sign for Paris St Germain.
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Sarkozy on first visit to Ireland

Monday, July 21st 2008, 3:22
related countries: Ireland Ireland

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to meet Taoiseach Brian Cowen during his first official visit to Ireland.
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Missing Semtex 'left unguarded'

Saturday, July 19th 2008, 22:24

A lapse in security is blamed for the theft of 28kg (61lb) of plastic explosive and detonators from a site in France.
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The forgotten French village massacre

Saturday, July 19th 2008, 11:05
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Maille

Emma Jane Kirby speaks to the villagers of Maille where, in 1944, 124 people were killed by German soldiers.
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French search for stolen Semtex

Friday, July 18th 2008, 22:21

Anti-terrorist police are called in after 28kg (61lb) of plastic explosive Semtex and detonators vanish from a site in France.
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Aid workers seized in Afghanistan

Friday, July 18th 2008, 21:02
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

A French aid organisation says two of its workers have been abducted in central Afghanistan.
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Cern lab goes 'colder than space'

Friday, July 18th 2008, 19:07
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

A giant physics lab on the Swiss-French border is being cooled to a temperature lower than that of outer space.
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Ricco the latest to fail EPO test

Thursday, July 17th 2008, 10:47
related countries: Italy Italy

Italian Ricardo Ricco is the third cyclist at the 2008 Tour de France to test positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO).
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Irish wary of 'second vote' idea

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 16:19
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Portugal Portugal

Dublin looks askance at the French president's remark that the Republic of Ireland should vote again on the Lisbon Treaty.
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Arvesen sprints to Tour stage win

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 15:50
related countries: Norway Norway

Norway's Kurt-Asle Arvesen comes out on top in a three-man sprint finish to take stage 11 of the Tour de France.
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French minister denounces burqa

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 12:31

A French cabinet minister backs the decision to deny citizenship to a Muslim woman, calling the burqa she wears a "prison".
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Live - Tour de France stage 11

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 10:46
related places: Foix, Lannemezan

Stage 11 of the Tour takes the riders on a hilly, twisting 167.5km route from Lannemezan to Foix, which should favour a breakaway.
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Spanish rider Nevado fails test

Wednesday, July 16th 2008, 8:49
related countries: Spain Spain

Spanish rider Moises Duenas Nevado tests positive for EPO, according to the head of the French anti-doping agency, Pierre Bordry.
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Pereiro doubting Evans challenge

Tuesday, July 15th 2008, 16:40
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Spain Spain
related places: Evans

2006 Tour winner Oscar Pereiro doubts Australian Cadel Evans can keep his overall lead in the Tour de France because of a weak back-up team.
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Australia's Evans claims yellow

Monday, July 14th 2008, 15:45
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Evans

Leonardo Piepoli wins a gruelling 10th stage of the Tour de France, while Australia's Cadel Evans claims the yellow jersey.
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Leaders mass for parade in Paris

Monday, July 14th 2008, 15:20
related places: Paris

Dozens of world leaders view a spectacular military parade in Paris, the highlight of nationwide Bastille Day celebrations.
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Dispute on Paris summit wording

Monday, July 14th 2008, 14:40
related places: Paris

Israelis and the Palestinians disagree over the final declaration of Paris' Mediterranean summit, a French minister says.
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Israel PM: Peace closer than ever

Monday, July 14th 2008, 8:11
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Eu, Paris

Israeli and Palestinian leaders express their optimism for peace at a summit of EU and Mediterranean leaders in Paris.
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French top honour for Betancourt

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 23:33
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt, who was rescued from Colombian rebels this month, is awarded France's Legion of Honour.
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Team confident over injured Evans

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 21:04
related places: Evans

Leading Tour de France contender Cadel Evans is fit to race on after a bad crash, say his Lotto team.
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Israel 'close' to Mid-East deal

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 18:42
related places: Eu, Paris

Israeli and Palestinian leaders express their optimism for peace at a summit of EU and Mediterranean leaders in Paris.
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Mediterranean union is launched

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 18:18

French President Nicolas Sarkozy launches a Union for the Mediterranean, aimed at ending Mid-East conflict.
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Jolie gives birth to boy and girl

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 17:12

Actress Angelina Jolie gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, at a hospital in the French Riviera.
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Ricco claims second stage victory

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 15:05
related places: Bagneres-de-Bigorre

Riccardo Ricco breaks away on the Col de Aspin to claim his second stage win of this year's Tour de France in Bagneres de Bigorre.
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Live: Tour de France

Sunday, July 13th 2008, 10:03
related places: Le Tour

Stage 9 of Le Tour takes the riders into the mountains for the first time.
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Syria, Lebanon to open embassies

Saturday, July 12th 2008, 23:06
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Paris

Syria and Lebanon have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals, French President Sarkozy says after talks in Paris.
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France rejects veiled Muslim wife

Saturday, July 12th 2008, 19:34

A French court denies citizenship to a Muslim woman, saying her practice of "radical" Islam is incompatible with French values.
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UK charges over students murder

Saturday, July 12th 2008, 19:24
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Police charge a 23-year-old man with the murders of two French students in south-east London.
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Cavendish claims second stage win

Saturday, July 12th 2008, 17:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Toulouse

Mark Cavendish becomes only the second British rider to win two stages of the Tour de France in the same year, with a searing sprint finish in Toulouse.
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Spaniard Beltran tests positive

Friday, July 11th 2008, 20:01
related countries: Spain Spain

Spain's Manuel Beltran tests positive for the banned blood booster EPO at the Tour de France.
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Leak closes French nuclear plant

Friday, July 11th 2008, 15:17

French authorities order a nuclear plant in the country's south to close temporarily following a uranium leak.
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Sanchez seals Tour stage victory

Friday, July 11th 2008, 15:16
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Aurillac, Brioude

Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez wins the 159km seventh stage of the Tour de France from Brioude to Aurillac.
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Apples beat pears on crunch issue

Friday, July 11th 2008, 11:06
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Belgian researchers use a French super-X-ray to find out why pears are prone to rot faster than apples.
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French veteran anchorman bows out

Thursday, July 10th 2008, 22:30

Popular French anchorman Patrick Poivre d'Arvor presents his last TV news bulletin, after a three-decade career.
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Ricco wins as Kirchen takes lead

Thursday, July 10th 2008, 15:43
related countries: Italy Italy

Italian Riccardo Ricco wins stage six of the Tour de France as Kim Kirchen takes the yellow jersey in the first significant climb of the race.
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Live - Tour de France stage six

Thursday, July 10th 2008, 10:55

Saunier Duval-Scott's Riccardo Ricco outsprints Alejandro Valverde to win stage six of the Tour de France.
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Sarkozy warns EU on treaty debate

Thursday, July 10th 2008, 8:52
related places: Eu

France's President Sarkozy warns the European Parliament that the EU must not waste time on more treaty negotiations.
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French firm 'quits Iran gas deal'

Thursday, July 10th 2008, 6:49
related countries: Iran Iran

French energy firm Total will not invest in Iran because it is too risky, the company's boss says in a newspaper interview.
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Student murders accused in court

Thursday, July 10th 2008, 3:23
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

A man accused of murdering two French students is due in court in London as police question two other suspects.
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Man charged with student murders

Wednesday, July 9th 2008, 21:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

A man is accused of double murder and two others are arrested over deaths of two French students in London.
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Cavendish claims maiden stage win

Wednesday, July 9th 2008, 15:17
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain's Mark Cavendish wins stage five of the Tour de France after a thrilling sprint finish.
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Furious French row over break-in

Wednesday, July 9th 2008, 15:10

French politicians react angrily to accusations that President Sarkozy is linked to a break-in at the flat of Socialist Segolene Royal.
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Furious French row over break-in

Wednesday, July 9th 2008, 13:37

French politicians react angrily to accusations that President Sarkozy is linked to a break-in at the flat of Socialist Segolene Royal.
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Live - Tour de France stage five

Wednesday, July 9th 2008, 10:04
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain's David Millar continues his challenge for the yellow jersey on day five of the Tour de France.
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Sarkozy decides to go to Olympics

Wednesday, July 9th 2008, 9:56
related countries: China China

French President Sarkozy will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, quashing speculation about a boycott.
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Warning over French uranium leak

Wednesday, July 9th 2008, 8:59

Unenriched uranium leaks from a nuclear plant into two rivers in southern France.
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EU backs French immigration pact

Monday, July 7th 2008, 21:03
related places: Eu

EU ministers have backed French plans to introduce common rules for integration and asylum across the union.
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Second arrest over student deaths

Monday, July 7th 2008, 10:11
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

A second man is arrested over the murders of two French students who were stabbed and set alight in London.
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New appeal over students' murder

Sunday, July 6th 2008, 20:33
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Police release an e-fit of a man seen near the scene of the double murder of two French students in south London.
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Student's family appeal to killer

Sunday, July 6th 2008, 10:44
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

The parents of a French student stabbed to death and burned in a London flat say his killer "cannot hide forever".
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French set to shell out more for snails

Sunday, July 6th 2008, 7:50

The price of that French delicacy the snail is set to soar because of foreign suppliers' rising wages.
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Betancourt 'delight' at health tests

Saturday, July 5th 2008, 22:01
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Ingrid Betancourt says she is delighted by the results of initial medical tests after her years as a hostage of Colombian rebels.
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Valverde triumphs in Tour opener

Saturday, July 5th 2008, 15:26
related countries: Spain Spain

Spain's Alejandro Valverde wins the first stage of the Tour de France to claim the coveted yellow jersey.
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Man arrested over London murders

Saturday, July 5th 2008, 14:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

A man is arrested in connection with the murder of two French students who were stabbed and burned in a flat in London.
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Tour de France: Stage one as it happened

Saturday, July 5th 2008, 10:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Brest, Plumelec

Alejandro Valverde wins the opening stage of the 2008 Tour de France from Brest to Plumelec.
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Video shows daring Colombian raid

Saturday, July 5th 2008, 4:22
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Colombia releases video of the audacious raid that freed hostage Ingrid Betancourt, as she returns to France.
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In pictures

Friday, July 4th 2008, 22:09

France hails the returning Ingrid Betancourt
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Betancourt joy at French return

Friday, July 4th 2008, 21:05
related countries: Colombia Colombia
related places: Paris

French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt is given a hero's welcome in Paris as video is released of her rescue.
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France suspends 'shooting' troops

Friday, July 4th 2008, 19:13

Two teams of soldiers and five officers are suspended over a shooting at a military show in south-west France.
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SocGen hit by rogue trader fine

Friday, July 4th 2008, 17:53

French bank Societe Generale is fined 4m euros for allowing one of its staff members to operate as a rogue trader.
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Sarkozy: Poles won't block Lisbon

Friday, July 4th 2008, 15:22
related countries: Poland Poland, Portugal Portugal
related places: Lisbon

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy says that the Polish president has reassured him he will not block the Lisbon treaty.
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Air France eyes move to railways

Friday, July 4th 2008, 10:21

Air France confirms it is in talks with French group Veolia about launching a high-speed rail service.
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Burglary clue to student murders

Friday, July 4th 2008, 7:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

The stabbing of two French students in London could be linked to a burglary, police say.
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Betancourt urges Farc peace talks

Friday, July 4th 2008, 3:08
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Freed French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt urges that Farc guerrillas release captives and engage in peace talks.
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Betancourt reunited with family

Thursday, July 3rd 2008, 20:46
related countries: Colombia Colombia

French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt holds an emotional reunion with her children after six years as a hostage.
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Betancourt hails 'perfect' rescue

Thursday, July 3rd 2008, 13:38
related countries: Colombia Colombia

French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt says her release from captivity along with 14 other hostages is a "miracle".
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French fire victims 'stabbed'

Thursday, July 3rd 2008, 11:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Two French students found stabbed to death in a London flat had suffered "horrific" injuries, police say.
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Five to face Concorde crash trial

Thursday, July 3rd 2008, 11:31

A US airline and five people are to be tried for manslaughter over the 2000 Concorde crash.
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EU trade chief lambasts Sarkozy

Wednesday, July 2nd 2008, 14:40

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson accuses French President Nicolas Sarkozy of undermining him.
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Ill Zambian leader flown to Paris

Wednesday, July 2nd 2008, 9:48
related countries: Egypt Egypt, Zambia Zambia
related places: Paris

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa is flown to Paris after suffering a stroke in Egypt.
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France terror laws 'flout rights'

Wednesday, July 2nd 2008, 9:11

Anti-terrorism laws in France violate human rights and prevent suspects from getting a fair trial, a human rights group says.
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