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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

Chinese PM's trip 'snubs France'

Tuesday, January 20th 2009, 11:17
related countries: China China

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is due to travel to Europe next week - but his trip will pointedly exclude France.
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Gabon crash kills French soldiers

Monday, January 19th 2009, 3:59
related countries: Gabon Gabon

Seven French soldiers are killed in a helicopter crash during a naval exercise off Gabon.
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Singer Donovan gets French medal

Sunday, January 18th 2009, 22:47
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British 1960s folk singer Donovan receives a prestigious cultural honour from the French government.
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French kisses

Sunday, January 18th 2009, 21:24
related places: Cannes

Stars turn out for NRJ music awards in Cannes
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Singer Katy Perry is wrongly given French award for best world song

Sunday, January 18th 2009, 21:07
related countries: United States United States
related places: Perry

US singer Katy Perry is wrongly handed the award for best international song at France's main music award ceremony.
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Fighters found in Vietnam grave

Wednesday, January 14th 2009, 11:44
related countries: Vietnam Vietnam
related places: Hanoi

Developers unearth the remains of at least 50 anti-French resistance fighters and war victims at a site in central Hanoi.
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French backlash

Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 15:19

Gaza conflict fuels Arab-Jewish tensions in France
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Petrol bombs hit French synagogue

Monday, January 12th 2009, 11:59
related places: Paris

Petrol bombs have been thrown at a synagogue north of Paris, police say, days after another French synagogue was attacked.
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Tributes paid to British climbers

Sunday, January 11th 2009, 16:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Tributes are paid to record-breaking climber Rob Gauntlett, and friend James Atkinson, who were killed in the Alps.
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British climbers die in the Alps

Saturday, January 10th 2009, 22:50
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Rob Gauntlett, the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, and another British climber have been killed in the French Alps.
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'Superwoman' Dati riles French

Friday, January 9th 2009, 11:45

French Justice Minister Rachida Dati comes under fire for returning to work five days after giving birth to a baby girl.
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Rwandan returns for French trial

Friday, January 9th 2009, 10:13
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

Rwandan official Rose Kabuye tells the BBC she must return to France for her trial and prove her innocence.
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Sarkozy announces justice reform

Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 17:55

President Sarkozy plans to scrap investigative magistrates, bringing French justice closer to the English-speaking world.
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Nigerian pirates free nine crew

Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 10:32
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Nine crew members of a French ship taken hostage at the weekend off the coast of Nigeria have been released.
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Arson attack on French synagogue

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 11:40

Arsonists drive a burning car packed with a petrol bomb into a French synagogue, raising fears of new anti-Semitic attacks.
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Nigerian pirates grab French ship

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 10:17
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Pirates seize a ship owned by a French company off the Nigerian coast, taking nine crew hostage.
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Niger awards huge uranium licence

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 10:13
related countries: Niger Niger

A French company is to operate what could be Africa's biggest uranium mine, in Niger.
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French TV ditches prime-time ads

Monday, January 5th 2009, 23:50

State-run French TV stations stop showing ads in prime time as part of President Sarkozy's plans to reform public broadcasting.
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France tries Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Monday, January 5th 2009, 16:59
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia

Three men - including the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks - go on trial in France for the bombing of a Tunisian synagogue.
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Guinea junta pledges 2009 polls

Monday, January 5th 2009, 9:56
related countries: Guinea Guinea

Guinea's military leader promises to hold elections this year, a French envoy says.
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Envoys race to halt Gaza violence

Monday, January 5th 2009, 9:00

Top European envoys including the French president to try to secure a ceasefire, as Israel continues its assault on Gaza.
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Bruni laid bare

Friday, January 2nd 2009, 16:10

Candid film follows France's first lady behind the scenes
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France captures 'Somali pirates'

Friday, January 2nd 2009, 11:35
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A French warship intercepts two suspected pirate boats in the Gulf of Aden and arrests eight Somalis, the French navy says.
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Creator of unisex fashions dies

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 10:18

French fashion designer Ted Lapidus, who pioneered the unisex look and safari suit in the 1960s, dies from leukemia, at 79.
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Madoff investor commits suicide

Tuesday, December 23rd 2008, 22:24

A French investment manager who put $1.4bn into Bernard Madoff's fraud-hit fund kills himself, police say.
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Brazil and France sign arms deal

Tuesday, December 23rd 2008, 19:09
related countries: Brazil Brazil

Brazil signs a $12bn deal with France to buy 50 helicopters and five submarines, in a move aimed at helping Brazil's arms industry.
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France releases Rwandan official

Tuesday, December 23rd 2008, 11:08
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

Rwandan presidential aide Rose Kabuye is allowed to leave France to return home for Christmas, one month after her arrest.
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France backs Brazil UN ambition

Tuesday, December 23rd 2008, 4:59
related countries: Brazil Brazil

Brazil should have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, says French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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NY Times admits to fake letter

Tuesday, December 23rd 2008, 0:05
related places: Paris

The New York Times says a letter purporting to be from the mayor of Paris that attacked Caroline Kennedy was a fake.
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Repairs begin on undersea cable

Monday, December 22nd 2008, 11:20

A French technical crew begins work repairing a major undersea communications cable in the Mediterranean Sea.
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Repairs begin on undersea cable

Monday, December 22nd 2008, 1:00

A French technical crew begins work repairing a major undersea communications cable in the Mediterranean Sea.
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Kidnap victims share painful memories

Saturday, December 20th 2008, 12:22

The BBC's former Gaza correspondent, Alan Johnston, discusses captivity with the freed French hostage Ingrid Betancourt.
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Michelin delight

Saturday, December 20th 2008, 7:40

First foreigner in charge of French gastronomic icon
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Thief steals Paris Hilton jewels

Saturday, December 20th 2008, 3:41
related countries: United States United States
related places: Los Angeles

A burglar broke into the Los Angeles home of socialite Paris Hilton and stole jewellery worth about $2m (£1.3m), police say.
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France 'set for 2009 recession'

Thursday, December 18th 2008, 23:03

The French national statistics agency predicts that the country will officially enter recession in the early months of 2009.
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France on alert after bomb scare

Wednesday, December 17th 2008, 15:51
related places: Paris

France is deploying extra police in major cities, after explosives were planted in a top Paris store.
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Explosives found in Paris store

Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 12:57
related places: Paris

Five sticks of explosive are disabled in a Paris department store, police say, though they reportedly had no timer.
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Sarkozy attacks federalists in EU

Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 11:15
related places: Eu

French President Nicolas Sarkozy criticises European federalists in his final speech to Euro MPs as holder of the EU presidency.
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French first lady Carla Bruni sues over nude bag picture

Monday, December 15th 2008, 19:32

Lawyers for France's first lady, Carla Bruni, file a lawsuit against a company for selling a bag featuring a nude picture of her.
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Heavy legs?

Saturday, December 13th 2008, 13:02

The illness you can only get in health-conscious France
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Sarkozy scorned for Dalai meeting

Friday, December 12th 2008, 16:31
related countries: China China
related places: Dalai

China's state media launches a co-ordinated attack on French President Nicolas Sarkozy, after he meets the Dalai Lama.
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Rotterdam to host start of Tour

Thursday, December 11th 2008, 18:06

The 2010 Tour de France will start in Rotterdam with a 9km time-trial course.
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Sarkozy comments spark Iran row

Thursday, December 11th 2008, 11:52
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran summons the French ambassador over comments made by Nicolas Sarkozy about the Iranian president.
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France blocks Rwanda extradition

Thursday, December 11th 2008, 10:56
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda
related places: Paris

A Paris appeals court rejects an extradition request against a man accused of participating in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
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French drive

Wednesday, December 10th 2008, 13:56
related countries: Portugal Portugal
related places: Eu, Lisbon

Sarkozy wants EU deals on climate package and Lisbon
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New French life for Colombia rebel

Wednesday, December 10th 2008, 11:07
related countries: Colombia Colombia

A deserter from Colombia's rebel Farc group arrives in France with former hostage Ingrid Betancourt to begin a new life.
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France fined over GM crop delay

Tuesday, December 9th 2008, 14:40
related places: Eu

The EU's top court fines France 10m euros for delaying implementing EU rules on genetically modified crops.
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Quebec Liberals win re-election

Tuesday, December 9th 2008, 5:59
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Quebec

The Liberals in Canada's mainly French-speaking province of Quebec are re-elected to a majority government.
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France arrests 'new Eta leader'

Monday, December 8th 2008, 22:29

France arrests three suspected members of Basque separatists Eta, including one said to be the new military chief.
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Vandals hit French Muslim graves

Monday, December 8th 2008, 14:05

The graves of 500 French Muslim war veterans are vandalised in an attack condemned as "repugnant" by President Sarkozy.
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China angry at EU-Dalai meeting

Sunday, December 7th 2008, 13:02
related countries: China China, Poland Poland
related places: Beijing, Eu

China summons the French ambassador to protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama.
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No deal amid EU climate deadlock

Saturday, December 6th 2008, 19:42
related places: Eu

Nicolas Sarkozy reports progress with Eastern states over an EU climate change deal, but says no deal has yet been agreed.
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Alcoholic 'cure'

Saturday, December 6th 2008, 16:44

France abuzz over doctor who used drug to beat bottle
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Paris thieves in massive jewel heist

Friday, December 5th 2008, 14:04
related places: Paris

Thieves - some dressed as women - steal 80m euros ($102m) of jewellery from one of Paris's most exclusive shops.
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France unveils huge stimulus plan

Thursday, December 4th 2008, 14:21

French President Nicolas Sarkozy unveils a 26bn-euro ($33bn, £23bn) stimulus plan to help France fend off financial crisis.
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French hostage in Kabul released

Wednesday, December 3rd 2008, 15:32
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

A French aid worker who was kidnapped in Kabul has been released, according to France's President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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French athlete fined for biting

Tuesday, December 2nd 2008, 12:29

France's former world champion athlete Eunice Barber is fined for resisting arrest and biting a policeman.
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Armstrong opts to ride 2009 Tour

Monday, December 1st 2008, 21:02
related countries: United States United States

Lance Armstrong will attempt to win the Tour de France for an eighth time as the American cyclist confirms he will ride in the 2009 race.
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Divers recover Airbus cockpit box

Saturday, November 29th 2008, 23:13
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

French divers find the cockpit voice recorder from the Air New Zealand plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, killing seven.
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French charges over Deby killing

Saturday, November 29th 2008, 15:57
related countries: Chad Chad

French prosecutors charge four suspects with the murder last year of the Chadian president's son.
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Sarkozy 'voodoo doll' may be sold - but only with a disclaimer

Saturday, November 29th 2008, 0:55

A French appeals court rules satirical "voodoo dolls" of President Nicolas Sarkozy may be sold but must carry a label saying they offend his dignity.
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Seas scoured after Airbus crash

Friday, November 28th 2008, 13:58

French search teams sweep rough seas trying to find the bodies of five people missing after an Airbus jet crashed.
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China condemns France over Tibet

Thursday, November 27th 2008, 9:21
related places: Eu

China says it has "no choice but to postpone" a planned summit with the EU because of the French stance on the Tibet issue.
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Europe announces 200bn euro plan

Wednesday, November 26th 2008, 20:04
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Eu

The European Commission unveils an economic recovery plan worth 200bn euros (£170bn) in an attempt to save millions of jobs.
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French Socialists declare winner

Tuesday, November 25th 2008, 21:46

The French Socialist Party declares Martine Aubry its new leader - by a greater margin of votes than first thought.
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Socialists probe disputed result

Monday, November 24th 2008, 11:19

France's Socialists investigate complaints about their leadership contest, after Segolene Royal refuses to admit defeat.
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'Cut in two'

Saturday, November 22nd 2008, 11:30

French media concerned by Socialist Party vote
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Royal demands French vote re-run

Saturday, November 22nd 2008, 10:04

Segolene Royal contests the razor-thin result of a vote to choose the leader of the French Socialist opposition
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EU warns against car subsidy race

Friday, November 21st 2008, 15:30
related countries: Germany Germany, United States United States
related places: Eu

An EU commissioner tells France and Germany not to start a "subsidy race" with the US to save their car industries.
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'Eta chief' under formal inquiry

Friday, November 21st 2008, 13:47

The suspected head of Basque separatist group Eta is put under formal investigation after his arrest in France, sources say.
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Men deny French student murders

Friday, November 21st 2008, 11:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Two men deny murdering two French students who were found dead in a blazing bedsit in London.
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French Socialists vote for leader

Thursday, November 20th 2008, 18:28

France's opposition Socialists are voting for a new leader, amid bitter infighting and deep divisions in the party.
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Rwanda aide questioned in Paris

Thursday, November 20th 2008, 1:49
related countries: Germany Germany, Rwanda Rwanda

A Rwandan presidential aide is placed under formal investigation in France over the killing of a former president.
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Rwandans protest over extradition

Wednesday, November 19th 2008, 12:48
related countries: Germany Germany

Rwandans protest against the expected extradition of a presidential aide from Germany to France.
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Former French PM to stand trial

Wednesday, November 19th 2008, 6:47

Dominique de Villepin is ordered to stand trial in connection with a political smear campaign against President Nicholas Sarkozy.
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Armstrong fears Tour crowd attack

Tuesday, November 18th 2008, 10:15

America's seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong fears he may be attacked by spectators when he returns to the race in 2009.
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UN draft seeks to boost DRC force

Tuesday, November 18th 2008, 4:40
related countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo

France presents a draft resolution to the Security Council aimed at strengthening the UN mission in DR Congo.
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French MP kills himself and woman

Monday, November 17th 2008, 20:57

A French politician defeated in a mayoral election eight months ago kills a woman and then himself.
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French 'virgin' ruling reversed

Monday, November 17th 2008, 15:37

A French appeal court overrules the decision to annul a Muslim marriage because the bride had lied about being a virgin.
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France holds 'Eta military head'

Monday, November 17th 2008, 12:25

Spain hails a "severe blow" to Basque separatist group Eta after its suspected military chief is arrested in France.
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Frenchman held over missing women

Saturday, November 15th 2008, 21:39
related places: Marseille

Police in France hold a man in the southern city of Marseille after three foreign prostitutes vanish in the space of a month.
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Rwandan aide to be sent to France

Friday, November 14th 2008, 20:55
related countries: Germany Germany, Rwanda Rwanda

A Rwandan official held in Germany over a killing that triggered the 1994 genocide is to be sent to France.
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