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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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German passports for war children

Friday, February 20th 2009, 12:11
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany says it will ease the granting of citizenship to "war children" fathered by German soldiers in France during WWII.
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Sarkozy steps in to end protests

Friday, February 20th 2009, 0:18

France's president pledges $730m (£507m) in economic aid to its Caribbean territories in a bid to head off escalating protests.
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France meets Guadeloupe demands

Thursday, February 19th 2009, 15:48
related countries: Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

France agrees to increase payments to workers on its Caribbean territories, as protests and violence escalate.
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WWI French battleship found

Thursday, February 19th 2009, 10:33
related countries: Germany Germany

A French battleship sunk by Germany in 1917 is discovered in remarkable condition on the Mediterranean Sea bed.
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Sarkozy aims to head off unrest

Wednesday, February 18th 2009, 17:44

French President Sarkozy unveils economic benefits for people hit by the credit crunch, hoping to quell discontent.
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Guadeloupe protests turn deadly

Wednesday, February 18th 2009, 11:58
related countries: Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

France appeals for calm on its Caribbean island of Guadeloupe after a man is killed amid escalating economic protests.
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SocGen cautious despite profit

Wednesday, February 18th 2009, 7:38

French bank Societe Generale reports a fourth-quarter profit but says conditions will remain challenging in 2009.
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Trio quit Wasps to play in France

Tuesday, February 17th 2009, 16:53

Wasps confirm that James Haskell, Riki Flutey and Tom Palmer will leave the club at the end of the season to play in France.
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Violent strikes on French island

Tuesday, February 17th 2009, 3:37
related countries: Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

Police on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe hold dozens of people as protests against the rising cost of living turn violent.
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French Holocaust role recognised

Monday, February 16th 2009, 16:59

France's top court recognises the state's "responsibility" for deporting Jews in WWII, but says reparations have been made.
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Nuclear subs collide in Atlantic

Monday, February 16th 2009, 16:05

A Royal Navy nuclear submarine was involved in a collision with a French submarine in the middle of the Atlantic, the MoD says.
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Live text - Six Nations

Saturday, February 14th 2009, 16:13
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff, Paris

England take on Six Nations champions Wales in Cardiff after Scotland go down to a 22-13 defeat by France in Paris.
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Jilted man jailed for fire attack

Friday, February 13th 2009, 14:02
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A Pakistani man is sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting fire to an ex-girlfriend in France after she refused to marry him.
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Veteran crooner Aznavour to become Armenian envoy

Friday, February 13th 2009, 13:50
related countries: Armenia Armenia, Switzerland Switzerland

The French singer, Charles Aznavour, agrees to become ambassador to Switzerland for his ancestral homeland of Armenia.
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How President Sarkozy wooed 'wild' Bruni on blind date

Thursday, February 12th 2009, 13:05

French President Nicolas Sarkozy "proposed" to Carla Bruni within two hours of meeting the former model, it has been claimed.
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French Polynesia elects president

Thursday, February 12th 2009, 4:53
related countries: French Polynesia French Polynesia

French Polynesia's assembly elects Oscar Temaru as the French colony's new president, for the fourth time.
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Fortis shareholders reject sale

Wednesday, February 11th 2009, 16:03
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Fortis shareholders reject the sale of parts of the bank to French bank BNP Paribas and to the Dutch government.
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Peugeot Citroen to cut 11,000 jobs

Wednesday, February 11th 2009, 12:56

France's biggest carmaker, Peugeot Citroen, announces it will slash more than 11,000 jobs in 2009, starting outside France.
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Tuesday, February 10th 2009, 16:09
related places: Paris

A popular bicycle rental scheme in the French capital runs into problems just 18 months after its successful launch.
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Tuesday, February 10th 2009, 14:40
related places: Paris

A popular bicycle rental scheme in the French capital runs into problems just 18 months after its successful launch.
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Sarkozy pays first visit to Iraq

Tuesday, February 10th 2009, 12:53
related countries: Iraq Iraq

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Iraq - the first visit by a French leader since Saddam Hussein's overthrow in 2003.
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High winds hit north-west France

Tuesday, February 10th 2009, 9:53
related places: Paris

Winds of up to 140km/h (87mph) batter northern and western France, disrupting power and transport services.
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French carmakers get 6.5bn euros

Monday, February 9th 2009, 17:28
related places: Renault

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announces that Renault and Peugeot-Citroen are to get 6.5bn euros ($8.5bn) of state loans.
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Forgotten Bugatti sells for 3.4m euros

Saturday, February 7th 2009, 19:34
related places: Paris

A Bugatti car, which gathered dust in a Tyneside garage for 47 years, sells for 3.4m euros (£3m) at an auction in Paris.
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Live text - Six Nations

Saturday, February 7th 2009, 13:29
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Italy Italy

Ireland take on France in Dublin after England labour to a 36-11 victory against Italy.
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Sarkozy defends plans for economy

Friday, February 6th 2009, 11:53

French President Nicolas Sarkozy defends his plans to revive the economy, saying state aid for banks has cost nothing.
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Impressive Irish hold off France

Friday, February 6th 2009, 8:29
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Ireland begin their first Six Nations campaign under Declan Kidney aiming to improve on last year's dismal fourth-place showing.
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Two jailed over Tunisia bombing

Thursday, February 5th 2009, 22:05
related countries: Tunisia Tunisia

A French court sentences two men over an attack on a synagogue in Tunisia that killed 21 people in 2002.
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Kouchner hits out at book claims

Wednesday, February 4th 2009, 16:47

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner rejects allegations in a book of unethical links with governments in Africa.
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Six-nation talks to discuss Iran

Wednesday, February 4th 2009, 4:12
related countries: Germany Germany, Iran Iran, Russia Russia, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

Representatives of Britain, the US, Germany, France, China and Russia are to hold talks on Iran's nuclear programme.
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German troops 'to be based in France'

Tuesday, February 3rd 2009, 17:51
related countries: Germany Germany

German troops will be based in France for the first time since WWII, under plans reportedly being drawn up.
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Sarkozy 'snubbed' by sports star

Tuesday, February 3rd 2009, 17:36

Former French football star Lilian Thuram says he has rejected President Nicolas Sarkozy's offer to join the government.
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France unveils stimulus package

Monday, February 2nd 2009, 14:04

France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon announces a series of measures designed to "revitalise" the French economy.
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Rise of left

Sunday, February 1st 2009, 1:32

French government wary of radical resurgence
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Huge crowds join French strikes

Thursday, January 29th 2009, 23:33

Unions in France lead big protests against the handling of the economic crisis, causing disruption to rail and air services.
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Zvonareva storms into semi-finals

Tuesday, January 27th 2009, 3:31
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Seventh seed Vera Zvonareva makes short work of France's Marion Bartoli to win 6-3 6-0 and reach the Australian Open semi-finals.
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France eyes airline stimulus plan

Monday, January 26th 2009, 12:35

The French finance ministry is set to provide 5bn euros in credit guarantees to encourage lending to the airline industry.
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Europe recovers from deadly storm

Sunday, January 25th 2009, 14:55
related countries: Spain Spain

Authorities in France and Spain begin to repair houses, roads and power lines damaged by hurricane-force winds.
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Storm leaves 15 dead in S Europe

Sunday, January 25th 2009, 12:08

The fiercest storm to hit Spain and south-western France in a decade kills 15 people, including four children.
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France's Dati to quit government

Friday, January 23rd 2009, 19:08

Justice Minister Rachida Dati, the first politician of North African origin to hold a top cabinet post in France, is to step down.
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New lingua franca upsets French

Friday, January 23rd 2009, 8:04

Hugh Schofield discovers how a new version of English being spoken by business people is taking over in France.
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Sacked Rasmussen loses ban appeal

Thursday, January 22nd 2009, 17:36
related countries: Denmark Denmark

Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen will not be able to ride in this year's Tour de France after the Court of Arbitration for Sport uphelds his two-year ban.
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Imitating art

Thursday, January 22nd 2009, 0:26
related places: Paris

Paris street artists struggle against false imports
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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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