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French rail website causes scare as train 'blast' report goes live

Tuesday, March 16th 2010, 17:31

France's rail operator mistakenly puts a statement on its website saying more than 100 people had died in a train explosion.
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Sarkozy party facing poll defeat

Monday, March 15th 2010, 3:16

President Sarkozy's party faces defeat from the Socialists in regional elections, which also saw a strong National Front showing.
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French hostages 'freed in Darfur'

Sunday, March 14th 2010, 17:46
related countries: Central African Republic Central African Republic

Two French hostages seized in the Central African Republic in November have been freed, the French foreign minister says.
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Sarkozy and Brown attack US deal

Saturday, March 13th 2010, 0:39
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown criticise the US for "protectionism" over an aerospace deal.
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Sarkozy to meet UK party leaders

Friday, March 12th 2010, 5:19
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will hold separate talks in London later with Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron.
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Israel and Syria in nuclear bids

Tuesday, March 9th 2010, 16:01
related countries: Israel Israel, Syria Syria
related places: Paris

Israel and Syria both tell a conference in Paris they want to use nuclear power to generate electricity.
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France seizes 35 Somali 'pirates'

Monday, March 8th 2010, 12:58
related countries: Somalia Somalia

The French navy captures 35 Somali suspected pirates in three days - calling it the biggest seizure since 2008.
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Wonder receives top French honour

Saturday, March 6th 2010, 18:16
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

US singer Stevie Wonder collects one of France's top cultural honours in Paris, 30 years after he was first named to receive it.
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Rwanda president's widow arrested

Tuesday, March 2nd 2010, 16:35
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

The widow of assassinated Rwandan President Habyarimana is arrested in France and accused of links to the 1994 genocide.
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Walls blamed for storm disaster

Monday, March 1st 2010, 16:36

France's aged sea defences are blamed after violent storms left 50 dead and thousands homeless along the Atlantic coast.
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France declares storms 'disaster'

Monday, March 1st 2010, 10:41

The French PM declares a national disaster after storms bring death and destruction to parts of the country.
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At least 50 die in Europe storms

Sunday, February 28th 2010, 22:29
related countries: Portugal Portugal, Spain Spain
related places: Madeira

At least 50 people are killed, most of them in France, as powerful storms cause chaos across western Europe.
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Key Eta leader arrested in France

Sunday, February 28th 2010, 15:21

One of the top leaders of Basque separatist group Eta is arrested in northern France, Spain's interior ministry says.
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Gatland defiant after Wales loss

Saturday, February 27th 2010, 0:23

Wales coach Warren Gatland feels France did "not play a lot of rugby" despite handing his side a 26-20 beating.
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Live Six Nations - Wales v France

Friday, February 26th 2010, 19:05

France hang on to beat Wales 26-20 in a thrilling match at the Millennium Stadium.
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France 'may tag' abusive husbands

Thursday, February 25th 2010, 18:34

Men seen as likely to be violent towards their wives could be forced to wear an electronic tag under new French proposals.
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French man talks of Mali kidnap

Thursday, February 25th 2010, 16:34
related countries: Mali Mali

A French aid worker held by al-Qaeda in Mali says he was beaten and that his captors tried to convert him to Islam.
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France admits genocide 'mistakes'

Thursday, February 25th 2010, 12:58
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Rwanda, acknowledges the "errors" made by his country during the 1994 genocide.
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Inside France's rugby heartland

Thursday, February 25th 2010, 12:35

French rugby thrives only in the south-west of France, but Chris Bockman finds unease among fans that attempts to spread its appeal could put the famous French flair at risk.
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French rail sorry for 'racist' alert

Wednesday, February 24th 2010, 12:00

French rail apologises for a note that singled out Romanians over baggage thefts and triggered accusations of xenophobia.
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French hostage released in Mali

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010, 22:19
related countries: Mali Mali

A French hostage being held by al-Qaeda in Mali is freed after the authorities release four of the group's members from jail.
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EU's pick for envoy to US queried

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010, 12:00
related countries: Sweden Sweden, United States United States
related places: Eu, Washington

Sweden and France voice concern over the appointment of the European Commission chief's top aide as the new EU ambassador to Washington.
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Flights from Paris hit by strikes

Tuesday, February 23rd 2010, 9:58
related places: Paris

Flights are cancelled at the two main Paris airports as French air traffic controllers begin a five-day strike.
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Mali releases al-Qaeda militants

Monday, February 22nd 2010, 17:19
related countries: Mali Mali

Mali frees four al-Qaeda militants, weeks after the group threatened to kill a French hostage they are holding.
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French halal burger sparks appeal

Friday, February 19th 2010, 12:48

A French town council lodges a complaint against a fast food chain that serves only halal meat at a local branch.
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Depardieu casting sparks race row over Dumas film

Friday, February 19th 2010, 0:12

A film about revered French author Alexandre Dumas sparks a racism row after Gerard Depardieu is chosen to portray the mixed-race novelist.
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McQueen fashion label to continue

Thursday, February 18th 2010, 15:40
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French luxury group PPR says it will carry on Alexander McQueen's fashion label after the British designer's death.
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Air France jet search 'to resume'

Thursday, February 18th 2010, 1:47
related countries: Brazil Brazil

The search for wreckage of an Air France jet that crashed off the coast of Brazil will resume in March, French officials say.
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French guilty in US wine scandal

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 19:24
related countries: United States United States

French winemakers and traders are convicted of a scam to sell 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir to a top US buyer.
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Sarkozy tours quake-ravaged Haiti

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 15:57
related countries: Haiti Haiti

French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledges Haiti 270m euros in aid to help it recover from its devastating quake.
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In pictures

Wednesday, February 17th 2010, 12:04

Presidents' limos on display at French chateau
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French 'exposed to nuclear tests'

Tuesday, February 16th 2010, 17:47

France deliberately exposed soldiers to nuclear tests in the Sahara, according to researchers citing a secret military report.
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Jewels grabbed from Paris visitor

Monday, February 15th 2010, 22:05
related places: Paris

Jewellery worth 4.5m euros are reported to have been stolen from the mayor of Kiev's daughter as she arrived in Paris.
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French warrant for US cyclist

Monday, February 15th 2010, 17:39

A judge issues an international arrest warrant for Floyd Landis for allegedly hacking into a French anti-doping agency laboratory computer, says the agency's boss.
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Sarkozy discusses pension reform

Monday, February 15th 2010, 14:23

French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets key unions to discuss controversial plans to reform the pensions system.
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France 33-10 Ireland

Saturday, February 13th 2010, 18:29
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Paris

France produce an impressive display to outclass Grand Slam holders Ireland 33-10 in their Six Nations clash in Paris.
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Live Six Nations - France v Ireland

Saturday, February 13th 2010, 12:58
related countries: Ireland Ireland, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff, Paris

France host Six Nations champions Ireland in Paris after Wales beat Scotland thanks to a last-gasp Shane Williams try.
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Parra labels Ireland as 'cheats'

Friday, February 12th 2010, 14:01
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Scrum-half Morgan Parra becomes the latest France player to hit out at Grand Slam champions Ireland in advance of Saturday's Six Nations clash.
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Bidding adieu to the BBC's old Paris bureau

Thursday, February 11th 2010, 10:48
related places: Paris

As the BBC's Paris bureau moves to new premises, Emma Jane Kirby finds handing over the keys an emotional experience.
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Clerc & Palisson win France calls

Wednesday, February 10th 2010, 9:43
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Paris

France make two enforced changes to their side for Saturday's crunch Six Nations match against defending champions Ireland in Paris.
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France's national identity plans

Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 11:06

Newcomers to France will have to sign a declaration of values as part of a campaign to define national identity.
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France and Russia in warship deal

Monday, February 8th 2010, 13:53
related countries: Russia Russia

France is to sell Russia an advanced helicopter assault ship, and is considering a request for three others, officials say.
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France closes migrants' shelter

Sunday, February 7th 2010, 17:53
related places: Calais

French police close down a makeshift shelter for illegal migrants in the port of Calais, a day after it opened.
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France power to win over Scotland

Sunday, February 7th 2010, 16:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Scotland succumb to a superior French side at Murrayfield in their opening RBS Six Nations encounter.
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Live - Scotland v France

Sunday, February 7th 2010, 14:31

Scotland take on France at Murrayfield in the third of the opening round of Six Nations fixtures.
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French aid worker freed in Chad

Saturday, February 6th 2010, 17:04
related countries: Chad Chad

A French aid worker seized in Chad last year is released unharmed, the Red Cross says.
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In Paris, the customer is not always right

Saturday, February 6th 2010, 12:03

The idea of service is taken very seriously in France where any feeling of subservience is strongly resisted, as Emma Jane Kirby discovered.
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UK tackles French 'ghost ship' blaze

Friday, February 5th 2010, 11:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Up to 50 firefighters tackle a blaze on a so-called 'ghost ship' being dismantled at a yard in north-east England.
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Polynesia battered by Cyclone Oli

Friday, February 5th 2010, 11:01

One man dies and thousands of people are evacuated from their homes as Cyclone Oli hits French Polynesia.
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France backs ban on tuna exports

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010, 17:47

France backs calls for a ban on the global trade in bluefin tuna, the numbers of which have dwindled through overfishing.
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France bars citizenship over veil

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010, 4:38

The French government refuses to grant citizenship to a man on the grounds he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil.
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French Concorde crash trial opens

Tuesday, February 2nd 2010, 17:54
related countries: United States United States
related places: Continental

US airline Continental and five individuals go on trial in France over the Concorde crash of 2000, in which 113 people died.
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Georgian TV 'blocked by Russia'

Monday, February 1st 2010, 14:24
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Russia Russia

Georgia accuses Russia of forcing a French satellite operator to drop its new news channel - a claim denied by the French.
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Call for CAR rebel torture probe

Monday, February 1st 2010, 10:04

Allegations that a CAR rebel was tortured to death need to be investigated, opposition leaders, rights groups and France say.
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WWI soldiers reburied in France

Saturday, January 30th 2010, 16:10
related places: Fromelles

The first of 250 First World War soldiers who were killed in the 1916 Battle of Fromelles is reburied with full military honours.
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Ex-PM condemns Sarkozy 'hatred'

Friday, January 29th 2010, 9:36

Acquitted French ex-PM Dominique de Villepin accuses President Sarkozy of a vendetta, as prosecutors plan an appeal.
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Europe's booming Amazon spaceport

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 16:20
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

French Guiana is home to the Europe Space Agency's highly successful rocket launch site but Sue Nelson finds that its boom is alienating the locals of this little corner of France in South America.
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Sarkozy foe wins France smear row

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 14:38

French ex-PM Dominique de Villepin is cleared of smearing Nicolas Sarkozy in 2004 as the two men vied for power.
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France awaiting verdict on ex-PM

Thursday, January 28th 2010, 9:22

A French court is to give its verdict in the trial of ex-PM Dominique de Villepin, accused of trying to smear Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Sarkozy calls for global revamp

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 18:04

French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls for a fundamental rethink of capitalism in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
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Control or choice?

Wednesday, January 27th 2010, 4:02
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Will the UK follow France in its bid to ban the face veil?
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France report backs face veil ban

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 16:05

Muslim women should not be allowed to wear face-covering veils in public facilities, a French parliament report says.
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Is France right to ban face veil?

Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 11:53

France is proposing a partial ban on Islamic face veils in some public places. What do you think of the proposal?
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US rules for Noriega extradition

Monday, January 25th 2010, 15:57
related countries: Panama Panama, United States United States

The US Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal from Panama's ex-leader Manuel Noriega against his extradition to France.
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And the winners are... The Black Eyed Peas - or are they?

Sunday, January 24th 2010, 5:16

The Black Eyed Peas are the victims of a blunder at France's top music awards, where they are wrongly named best international group.
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Nation of flattery

Saturday, January 23rd 2010, 12:07
related places: Versailles

Is France's love of culture just self-delusion?
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Easyjet in court over labour laws

Friday, January 22nd 2010, 15:22
related places: Orly, Paris

Easyjet faces court action in Paris charged with breaking French labour laws by allegedly failing to declare 170 staff.
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French president to visit Rwanda

Friday, January 22nd 2010, 0:31
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

Nicolas Sarkozy will travel to Rwanda in February - the first visit by a French president since the 1994 genocide.
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French arrest Rwanda genocide suspect

Thursday, January 21st 2010, 7:51
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

A Rwandan doctor accused of genocide and war crimes in his country 16 years ago is arrested by French police.
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Murray cruises into third round

Wednesday, January 20th 2010, 10:09
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Andy Murray advances to the third round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory over France's Marc Gicquel.
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Sarkozy quells Haiti rift with US

Tuesday, January 19th 2010, 14:35
related countries: Haiti Haiti, United States United States

French President Sarkozy moves to defuse a potentially embarrassing row with the US over the aid effort in Haiti.
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Henry escapes ban over handball

Monday, January 18th 2010, 16:21
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Thierry Henry will not be punished by Fifa for his handball in France's World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland.
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France in fresh Explorer warning

Monday, January 18th 2010, 15:42
related countries: Germany Germany

France echoes calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
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IMF head in 'double-dip' warning

Monday, January 18th 2010, 12:26
related countries: Germany Germany

The International Monetary Fund head warns of another downturn, even as German and French growth forecasts are raised.
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Renault to keep Clio in France

Monday, January 18th 2010, 10:36
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Renault says some new Clio models will be built in France, calming fears that production would move to Turkey.
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Chavez seizes foreign supermarket

Monday, January 18th 2010, 4:34
related countries: Colombia Colombia, Venezuela Venezuela

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez expropriates a French-Colombian supermarket, accusing it of raising prices.
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EU nominee tries to reassure City

Thursday, January 14th 2010, 10:53
related places: Eu

The man set to oversee the EU's internal market, Michel Barnier, says Europe needs new financial rules - but they will not be dictated by France.
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US soldiers die in Afghanistan

Wednesday, January 13th 2010, 22:12
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

Attacks in Afghanistan leave four US and one French soldier dead, with the US death toll for 2010 now 14.
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UK minister's niece guilty of murder

Tuesday, January 12th 2010, 18:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

The niece of UK junior defence minister Quentin Davies is jailed for 15 years for murdering a man at her flat near Paris.
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UK minister's niece guilty of murder

Tuesday, January 12th 2010, 18:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

The niece of UK junior defence minister Quentin Davies is jailed for 15 years for murdering a man at her flat near Paris.
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French director Eric Rohmer dies

Monday, January 11th 2010, 19:20

French film director Eric Rohmer, whose works include the cycle of films Six Moral Tales, dies at the age of 89.
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French director Eric Rohmer dies

Monday, January 11th 2010, 17:38

Arthouse French film-maker Eric Rohmer has died at the age of 89, his producer has told the AFP news agency.
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Overseas French reject autonomy

Monday, January 11th 2010, 3:48
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

Referendums in French Guiana and Martinique reject increased autonomy for the French overseas departments.
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ETA suspects held outside Spain

Sunday, January 10th 2010, 22:27
related countries: Portugal Portugal, Spain Spain

Four suspected members of the Basque separatist group ETA have been arrested in Portugal and France, officials say.
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Vieira completes Man City switch

Friday, January 8th 2010, 13:10

Manchester City complete the signing of Inter Milan's France midfielder Patrick Vieira, who has signed a six-month contract with the option of a further year.
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France considers Google tax plan

Friday, January 8th 2010, 12:50

A report, commissioned by the French government, seeks ways to counteract digital dominance over content.
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Forget me not

Friday, January 8th 2010, 11:26

France ponders putting a time limit to online life
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