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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

Plane on stand-by for Betancourt

Sunday, March 30th 2008, 19:25
related countries: Colombia Colombia

France sends a plane to French Guiana in case Ingrid Betancourt, held hostage by Colombian rebels, is freed.
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Italy recalls tainted mozzarella

Friday, March 28th 2008, 17:11
related countries: Italy Italy

The Italian authorities withdraw mozzarella cheese linked to dioxin contamination - satisfying the EU.
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French killer forced into court

Friday, March 28th 2008, 15:20

A man accused of being one of France's worst serial killers is forced to attend court by angry prosecutors.
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France flies rebel out of Comoros

Friday, March 28th 2008, 2:43
related countries: Comoros Comoros, Reunion Reunion

Ousted Comoran rebel leader Mohammed Bacar is flown to the island of Reunion by the French military.
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UK plans 'Entente Formidable'

Thursday, March 27th 2008, 20:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Gordon Brown announces plans to strengthen Britain's ties with France at a summit with Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Anti-French protests in Comoros

Thursday, March 27th 2008, 18:01
related countries: Comoros Comoros

Police fire tear gas at Comoros demostrators angry at France's role in the escape of Anjouan's ousted leader.
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French 'serial killer' on trial

Thursday, March 27th 2008, 14:15

Michel Fourniret goes on trial in France charged with killing seven girls and women between 1987 and 2001.
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Comoran rebel seeks asylum

Thursday, March 27th 2008, 8:33
related countries: Comoros Comoros

The ousted renegade leader of the Comoran island of Anjouan reportedly flees to a French-run island.
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France pledges Afghanistan troops

Wednesday, March 26th 2008, 21:15
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will send more troops to Afghanistan to support Nato's mission.
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Sarkozy: We are stronger together

Wednesday, March 26th 2008, 21:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The French president arrives on a state visit to Britain after calling for the two countries to work "hand in glove".
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Football: Capello ready for France

Wednesday, March 26th 2008, 6:13

England boss Fabio Capello says Wednesday's match against Euro 2008 hopefuls France will be the toughest of his side's summer friendlies.
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Sarkozy moots Olympic protest

Tuesday, March 25th 2008, 16:03

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he has not ruled out boycotting the opening of the Olympics.
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Seven dead in French road crash

Tuesday, March 25th 2008, 9:12
related places: Montpellier

Seven people die in a motorway collision near Montpellier in southern France.
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Sarkozy's ex-wife marries in NY

Monday, March 24th 2008, 3:53

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz remarries at private ceremony in New York.
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Nuclear plans attract fresh fire

Saturday, March 22nd 2008, 12:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A rumoured Anglo-French nuclear reactor initiative is the wrong plan for the UK, anti-nuclear group warns.
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France to reduce nuclear warheads

Friday, March 21st 2008, 15:04

President Nicolas Sarkozy says France will reduce its number of airborne nuclear warheads by one third.
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Tumour woman's death unnatural

Friday, March 21st 2008, 14:47

A French woman with a face tumour who lost a right-to-die case did not die naturally, an autopsy finds.
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Euthanasia-row woman dies

Wednesday, March 19th 2008, 22:04

A French woman with a face tumour who lost a legal challenge seeking euthanasia dies at her home.
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Sarkozy drops text-message case

Wednesday, March 19th 2008, 15:16

French President Nicolas Sarkozy drops a lawsuit against a magazine that alleged he had offered to take back his ex-wife.
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SocGen rogue trader is released

Tuesday, March 18th 2008, 15:01

Former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel, accused of losing billions of euros, is freed from custody.
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France honours last WWI veteran

Monday, March 17th 2008, 19:08

President Sarkozy leads a national ceremony to honour France's last WWI veteran, who died last week.
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France rejects right-to-die plea

Monday, March 17th 2008, 17:46

A French woman with a severely disfiguring and incurable facial tumour has been refused the right to die.
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French police raid Paris suburb

Monday, March 17th 2008, 11:19
related places: Paris

French police arrest 15 people in raids near Paris where five policemen were attacked earlier in March.
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Sarkozy's UMP suffers poll rebuke

Monday, March 17th 2008, 3:56

Voters in France's local polls hand key power bases to the left, in a punishing blow to President Sarkozy.
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Wales complete Grand Slam triumph

Saturday, March 15th 2008, 15:36
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff

Wales beat France to win the Six Nations Grand Slam in Cardiff.
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France's final WWI veteran dies

Wednesday, March 12th 2008, 14:54

The last of France's surviving World War I veterans, Lazare Ponticelli, dies at the age of 110.
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Prosecutor seeks Concorde charges

Wednesday, March 12th 2008, 9:11
related countries: United States United States

A French prosecutor seeks manslaughter charges against a US airline over the 2000 Concorde crash.
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Frenchman jailed for Jordan slurs

Tuesday, March 11th 2008, 17:55
related countries: Jordan Jordan

A Jordanian court sentences a French national of Palestinian origin to three months in jail for slandering King Abdullah.
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Sarkozy's reforms 'to go ahead'

Monday, March 10th 2008, 10:27

France's prime minister vows to continue President Nicolas Sarkozy's reforms despite setbacks in local polls.
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Sudan seeks compensation

Monday, March 10th 2008, 9:27
related countries: Sudan Sudan

Sudan demands $40,000 compensation for four Arab nomads killed trying to retrieve the body of a French peacekeeper.
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Poll setback for Sarkozy's party

Monday, March 10th 2008, 0:39

Partial results in French local elections put the opposition socialists ahead of President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party.
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EU rejects EADS golden shares

Friday, March 7th 2008, 13:34
related countries: Germany Germany

The EU Commission rejects the idea of the French and German governments having golden shares in EADS.
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Sudan 'finds' EU soldier's body

Wednesday, March 5th 2008, 13:23
related countries: Chad Chad, Sudan Sudan
related places: Eu

A body is found in Sudan believed to be that of a missing French soldier from the EU Force in Chad.
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Sudan troops clash with EU Force

Tuesday, March 4th 2008, 13:50
related countries: Chad Chad, Sudan Sudan

Sudan says its troops have clashed with the EU Force in Chad following a border incursion.
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Muslim protest at Paris book fair

Monday, March 3rd 2008, 17:27
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Paris

Muslim countries announce boycotts of a Paris book fair because the guest of honour is Israel.
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Police fired on in Paris suburb

Monday, March 3rd 2008, 11:22
related places: Four, Paris

Four police officers are wounded after masked youths fire lead shot at them in a southern suburb of Paris.
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Man dies in French cable car fall

Sunday, March 2nd 2008, 20:34

Three men are in custody in the French Alps, after a fourth falls to his death from a cable car they were using.
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Guinea model's body found

Friday, February 29th 2008, 14:23
related countries: Guinea Guinea

The body of Guinea's former top model Katoucha Niane is found in the River Seine, French police say.
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Thursday, February 28th 2008, 16:46

France will renegotiate its defence deals with African countries, President Nicolas Sarkozy says.
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One dead in French gas explosion

Thursday, February 28th 2008, 15:27
related places: Lyon

A gas blast in the southern French city of Lyon kills a fireman and injures at least 26 people.
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Sarkozy to press Chad on missing

Wednesday, February 27th 2008, 11:48
related countries: Chad Chad
related places: N'Djamena

France's leader is to urge Chad to investigate the fate of two missing politicians on a visit to N'Djamena.
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Polynesia poll win shocks France

Tuesday, February 26th 2008, 12:31
related countries: French Polynesia French Polynesia

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party, is to sever links with the newly elected president of French Polynesia.
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Cycling: Dispute threatens Tour

Tuesday, February 26th 2008, 0:13
related places: Paris

Cycling's governing body says it will not recognise this year's Paris-Nice race in a move which could jeopardise the Tour De France.
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Deal eases Belgian political woes

Monday, February 25th 2008, 15:26
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Netherlands Netherlands

Belgium's Dutch- and French-speaking parties reach a compromise to end months of deadlock.
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Coen brothers sweep Oscars

Monday, February 25th 2008, 7:34

No Country For Old Men dominates the Oscars, winning four awards, including best film and best director.
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Sarkozy meets hostage family

Saturday, February 23rd 2008, 23:13
related countries: Colombia Colombia

The daughter of the kidnapped Colombian politician, Ingrid Betancourt, meets the French president.
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Live - Six Nations

Saturday, February 23rd 2008, 16:54
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

England defeat France in Paris while Wales and Ireland both record victories in the third round of the six Nations.
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New De Gaulle memorial opens

Friday, February 22nd 2008, 18:15

The French president unveils an audiovisual monument to wartime French leader Charles de Gaulle.
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Farc 'to release another hostage'

Thursday, February 21st 2008, 10:36
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Colombia's Farc rebels will release four hostages in the coming weeks, says France's foreign minister.
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SocGen profit despite trader loss

Thursday, February 21st 2008, 9:42

French bank Societe Generale reports a profit for 2007, but it is down sharply from 2006 because of a trading scandal.
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SocGen losses traced to 2005

Wednesday, February 20th 2008, 23:29

An internal investigation into losses at Societe Generale criticises controls at the French bank.
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French invent 'self-healing rubber'

Wednesday, February 20th 2008, 19:16

A material that is able to self-repair even when sliced in two is invented by French researchers.
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French writer Robbe-Grillet dies

Monday, February 18th 2008, 17:55

Alain Robbe-Grillet, the French writer who pioneered the so-called new novel genre, dies at the age of 85.
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French police target riot leaders

Monday, February 18th 2008, 8:11
related places: Paris

French police arrest more than 30 people in raids near Paris, targeting the instigators of November's riots.
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France takes its comics very seriously

Saturday, February 16th 2008, 12:03
related places: Angouleme

Hugh Schofield finds out just how much the French adore their comics at a cartoon festival in Angouleme.
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France ratifies EU reform treaty

Thursday, February 14th 2008, 9:59
related places: Eu

France's ratification of the Lisbon Treaty is made official with its publication in the country's official journal.
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Eta leader jailed for 30 years

Wednesday, February 13th 2008, 19:38

A French court sentences a former Eta military commander to 30 years in prison for the attempted murder of a policeman.
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Contador in Tour de France limbo

Wednesday, February 13th 2008, 19:07

Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador may not get the chance to defend his title after his Astana team are banned from this year's race.
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Bruni apologises over interview

Wednesday, February 13th 2008, 13:27

France's First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, apologises for comparing a French magazine to the war-time pro-Nazi press.
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Gang robs Zurich of top paintings

Monday, February 11th 2008, 18:53

Paintings by Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh and Monet worth $160m are stolen from a Zurich museum.
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Islam critic seeks French haven

Monday, February 11th 2008, 14:10
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Ex-Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a target of death threats from radical Islamists, seeks French citizenship.
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Sarkozy 'never sent Cecilia text'

Monday, February 11th 2008, 11:43

The French president "never sent" a text message urging his ex-wife to come back, his lawyer says.
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Six Nations as it happened

Saturday, February 9th 2008, 17:55
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Wales defeat Scotland in Cardiff while France hold on for victory against Ireland.
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Rugby: France beat Ireland

Saturday, February 9th 2008, 17:51
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Vincent Clerc's hat-trick of tries gives France enough daylight to beat Ireland despite the visitors' brave fightback.
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Second French bank trader freed

Saturday, February 9th 2008, 16:32

A second man being questioned after huge losses at French bank Societe Generale is freed without charge.
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SocGen trader Kerviel is jailed

Friday, February 8th 2008, 16:39

Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel is jailed while the $7bn bank fraud is being investigated.
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French far-right leader sentenced

Friday, February 8th 2008, 14:17

French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen gets a three-month suspended jail term for playing down Nazi war crimes.
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Sarkozy's rescue plan for suburbs

Friday, February 8th 2008, 12:34

President Nicolas Sarkozy announces thousands more police and a half-billion euro aid package for poor suburbs.
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Facebook translated into Spanish

Friday, February 8th 2008, 12:07
related countries: Germany Germany, Spain Spain

Facebook introduces a Spanish version of its social networking site, and promises German and French versions.
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French police 'made Nazi salutes'

Friday, February 8th 2008, 11:58

French authorities suspend three policemen over alleged Nazi-style salutes and racist abuse.
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Canada seeks troops pledge

Friday, February 8th 2008, 11:21
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Canada Canada
related places: Paris

Canada sends a high-level delegation to Paris to sound out a possible offer of military help in Afghanistan.
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Chad to pardon French workers

Thursday, February 7th 2008, 11:18
related countries: Chad Chad

The release of French aid workers jailed for kidnapping appears imminent after Chad says it will pardon them.
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French medics sued over CJD

Wednesday, February 6th 2008, 12:20

Seven go on trial over the deaths of more than 100 children from the human form of mad cow disease.
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Dead gathered from Chad streets

Wednesday, February 6th 2008, 10:04
related countries: Chad Chad

Aid workers in Chad's capital collect bodies from weekend street battles as France's defence minister visits.
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Rugby: France makes changes

Wednesday, February 6th 2008, 9:05
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Paris

Wing Vincent Clerc is restored to the France side, after originally being dropped among six changes to their side to face Ireland in Paris on Saturday.
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France watches Chad border

Wednesday, February 6th 2008, 0:33
related countries: Chad Chad

French military aircraft have been patrolling the Chad-Sudan border to ensure there is no foreign interference.
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