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Weight 'key' in kidney transplant

Saturday, May 22nd 2010, 23:32

Matching up the weight of donors and recipients boosts success in kidney transplants, suggests French research.
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Art thieves strike in Marseille

Saturday, May 22nd 2010, 15:24
related places: Marseille, Paris

Thieves steal a work by Picasso and other pictures - a day after a major art theft from a gallery in Paris.
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Dreams of Paris

Saturday, May 22nd 2010, 11:19
related places: Paris

Memories of the Seine haunt BBC correspondent
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Cannes protest over Algeria film

Saturday, May 22nd 2010, 4:03
related countries: Algeria Algeria
related places: Cannes

Hundreds of people protest in Cannes over a film about Algeria's struggle for independence against France.
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Concorde crash sentence requested

Friday, May 21st 2010, 17:38

French prosecutors seek a suspended jail sentence against the ex-head of the Concorde programme over the 2000 crash.
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Art attack

Friday, May 21st 2010, 14:44

Why the five French stolen paintings are such classics
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Paris art thief hunted by police

Friday, May 21st 2010, 13:36
related places: Paris

French police are searching for clues as to who stole five valuable paintings the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
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Armstrong dismisses Landis claims

Friday, May 21st 2010, 11:14

Lance Armstrong has dismissed disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis's allegations that he saw the seven-time Tour de France winner use illegal drugs.
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Why Zoe does not want a Renault named after her

Friday, May 21st 2010, 10:44
related places: Renault

French carmaker Renault is facing a backlash over plans to christen a new model Zoe.
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Murray to face Gasquet in Paris

Friday, May 21st 2010, 10:09
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

British number one Andy Murray will play Richard Gasquet in the first round of the French Open.
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Five masterpieces stolen in Paris

Thursday, May 20th 2010, 21:26
related places: Paris

Five paintings by Picasso, Matisse and other famous artists are stolen at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
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Cameron defends not joining euro

Thursday, May 20th 2010, 20:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the government's decision to keep Britain out of the euro, during a meeting with the French President.
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Eta's 'military leader' arrested

Thursday, May 20th 2010, 15:21

French police hold four suspected Eta members in dawn raids, including the man thought to be the group's military leader.
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Landis admits to illegal drug use

Thursday, May 20th 2010, 10:50

Disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis admits using performance-enhancing drugs throughout the majority of his career as a professional rider.
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Blanc to be France boss after Cup

Thursday, May 20th 2010, 10:09
related places: Bordeaux

World Cup winner Laurent Blanc will quit as Bordeaux coach and replace Raymond Domenech as manager of France after this summer's World Cup.
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Eta's 'military leader' arrested

Thursday, May 20th 2010, 8:45

French police hold four suspected Eta members in dawn raids, including the man thought to be the group's military leader.
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French cabinet approves veil ban

Wednesday, May 19th 2010, 21:00

France's debate on the Islamic veils takes another turn as the cabinet backs a ban on full face coverings in public.
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French free Iran ex-PM's assassin

Tuesday, May 18th 2010, 14:27
related countries: Iran Iran

An Iranian convicted of the 1991 murder of Iran's ex-Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar is released from prison in France.
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Algerian accused in Niger kidnap

Monday, May 17th 2010, 11:26
related countries: Algeria Algeria, Niger Niger

An Algerian driver is accused by Niger of links to the kidnapping of a French tourist by al-Qaeda's North African branch.
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French FM denies Iran 'spy' deal

Sunday, May 16th 2010, 9:39
related countries: Iran Iran

France denies it made a secret deal with Iran to secure the release of a French lecturer charged with spying.
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Iran 'to release' French lecturer

Saturday, May 15th 2010, 15:59
related countries: Iran Iran

A French academic accused of spying in Iran after its 2009 election, will be allowed to leave the country, her lawyer says.
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Claudel wins foreign fiction gong

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 21:18

French writer Philippe Claudel scoops the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize with his novel Brodeck's Report.
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Mexico win leaves France on brink

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 14:16
related countries: Mexico Mexico

France are close to going out of the World Cup after losing to an impressive Mexico side in Polokwane.
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Higuain inspires Argentina victory

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 14:14
related countries: Greece Greece, South Korea South Korea, Mexico Mexico, Nigeria Nigeria

Gonzalo Higuain scores a World Cup hat-trick - the first since 2002 - as Argentina beat South Korea 4-1 in an entertaining match in Johannesburg.
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France held to draw by 10-man Uruguay

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 13:43
related countries: South Africa South Africa
related places: Cape Town

Uruguay and France play out an uninspiring 0-0 draw in their opening Group A game in Cape Town.
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Robin Hood opens Cannes Festival

Thursday, May 13th 2010, 0:07
related places: Cannes

Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe provide some red-carpet glamour, as Robin Hood opens the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
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Vieira & Nasri left out by France

Tuesday, May 11th 2010, 22:15
related countries: Spain Spain

Arsenal's Samir Nasri, Man City's Patrick Vieira and Real Madrid's costly forward Karim Benzema are left out of France's 30-man World Cup squad.
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French MPs condemn Islamic veil

Tuesday, May 11th 2010, 19:31

France's parliament condemns the full Islamic face veil as an "affront to the nation's values".
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France opens new Pompidou centre

Tuesday, May 11th 2010, 7:06
related places: Metz, Pompidou

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to open a big new outpost of the Pompidou arts centre in Metz, north-eastern France.
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Beirut blues

Monday, May 10th 2010, 23:59
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Has the Paris of the Middle East lost its charm?
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Ash delays more European flights

Sunday, May 9th 2010, 18:55
related countries: Italy Italy

Volcanic ash drifts across areas of France, Spain, Italy and Germany bringing more disruption to European air travel.
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Cannes 'ready' after freak storm

Wednesday, May 5th 2010, 16:12

Cannes will be cleaned up in time for the film festival, organisers say after it is struck by severe weather and freak waves.
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France to return 15 Maori heads

Wednesday, May 5th 2010, 0:21
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

The French parliament votes to return the heads of at least 15 tattooed Maori warriors to New Zealand.
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Thales fined for Taiwan navy deal

Monday, May 3rd 2010, 23:45
related countries: Taiwan Taiwan

A court orders France and defence group Thales to pay $830m in compensation to Taiwan over a 1991 arms contract.
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US Navy asked to share sub detail

Saturday, May 1st 2010, 15:55
related countries: United States United States
related places: Cornish

A US nuclear attack submarine could have been responsible for the sinking of a French trawler off the Cornish coast, an expert says.
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Blow the whistle

Saturday, May 1st 2010, 2:48

Call-girl's claims cast cloud over French football
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French former minister convicted

Friday, April 30th 2010, 15:28

French senator and former interior minister Charles Pasqua gets a one-year suspended jail term for corruption.
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Sarkozy and Bruni in China visit

Wednesday, April 28th 2010, 6:00
related countries: China China

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni arrive in China on a visit to smooth bilateral relations.
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France keeps Noriega in detention

Tuesday, April 27th 2010, 19:04
related countries: Panama Panama
related places: Paris

Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is to be held in French custody until his trial, a judge in Paris rules.
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Noriega 'to fight French charges'

Tuesday, April 27th 2010, 17:04
related countries: Panama Panama, United States United States

Panama ex-leader Manuel Noriega faces French prosecutors after his US extradition and will fight money-laundering charges.
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US extradites Noriega to France

Tuesday, April 27th 2010, 9:29
related countries: Panama Panama, United States United States

Panama's ex-leader Manuel Noriega is extradited from the US to France, where he is wanted for money laundering.
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Man held over French murder

Saturday, April 24th 2010, 17:13
related countries: Ireland Ireland

A British man appears in court over the murder of the wife of a famous French film maker in Ireland 14 years ago.
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Belgium in new bid to end crisis

Saturday, April 24th 2010, 12:27
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Netherlands Netherlands

Belgium's king asks a minister to mediate in the row between French and Dutch-speaking parties which toppled the government.
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Face-veil driver fined in France

Friday, April 23rd 2010, 17:28

French police fine a Muslim woman for wearing a full-face veil while driving, saying it posed a safety risk.
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French tourist 'seized in Niger'

Friday, April 23rd 2010, 9:46
related countries: Algeria Algeria, Niger Niger

A French man and his Algeria driver are reportedly kidnapped in Niger's desert, where al-Qaeda's North African branch operate.
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French fury over photo of man wiping bottom with tricolour

Wednesday, April 21st 2010, 23:01

France's justice minister calls for legal action against an artist who was photographed wiping his bottom with the tricolour.
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French MPs to debate veil ban law

Wednesday, April 21st 2010, 13:23

French President Nicolas Sarkozy orders parliament to debate a law banning women from wearing full-face Islamic veils in public.
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Basque hurt in Paris Arc plunge

Friday, April 16th 2010, 13:17
related places: Arc, Paris

A Basque activist is seriously hurt in a fall from the Arc de Triomphe during a demonstration in Paris.
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Silence over abuse priest praised

Friday, April 16th 2010, 11:55

The Vatican confirms a 2001 letter in which a cardinal praised a French bishop for not denouncing a paedophile priest.
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Le Pen daughter in succession bid

Tuesday, April 13th 2010, 11:52

The daughter of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen says she hopes to replace him once he stands down.
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Behind French veil

Thursday, April 8th 2010, 0:25

'Portable coffin' or 'enhanced freedom'?
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Live - Wednesday football

Wednesday, April 7th 2010, 17:30
related places: Bordeaux, Lyon

Man Utd go out of the Champions League on away goals despite beating Bayern Munich 3-2 at Old Trafford, while Lyon knock out French rivals Bordeaux.
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Total under bribery investigation

Tuesday, April 6th 2010, 18:01
related countries: Iraq Iraq

French oil company Total is to be investigated over allegations of bribing Iraqi officials while Saddam Hussein was in power.
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Thieves dig into Paris bank again

Sunday, April 4th 2010, 21:30
related places: Paris

For the second time in a week, robbers in Paris dig a tunnel to access the vaults of a bank, but flee empty-handed.
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Senegal 'takes back French bases'

Sunday, April 4th 2010, 3:11
related countries: Senegal Senegal

Senegal's president says his country is taking back control of all military bases held by France.
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France cracks down after minister jets off to Martinique

Friday, April 2nd 2010, 13:00

The French PM moves to curb private jet travel by his ministers, after one of them hired a plane for 116,500 euros (£103,325).
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US-French push for Iran sanctions

Tuesday, March 30th 2010, 23:14
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

US President Barack Obama and France's Nicolas Sarkozy vow to push for new UN sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme.
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Lyon 3-1 Bordeaux

Tuesday, March 30th 2010, 20:36
related places: Bordeaux

Lyon take a giant step towards their first Champions League semi-final with victory over French rivals Bordeaux.
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France advised against veil ban

Tuesday, March 30th 2010, 16:40

France's State Council says any total ban on face-covering Islamic veils could be unconstitutional.
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Robbers dig into Paris bank vaults

Tuesday, March 30th 2010, 13:17
related places: Paris

A gang of robbers dig their way into the vault of a Parisian bank and empty almost 200 private safes, police say.
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Keep your money

Monday, March 29th 2010, 8:19

The small French town still holding out against euro
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Rival poised to challenge Sarkozy

Thursday, March 25th 2010, 16:00

Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin creates a new party amid speculation he will run for the presidency.
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Money row

Thursday, March 25th 2010, 0:50
related countries: Germany Germany, Greece Greece
related places: Eu

Greek crisis reveals French-German rift over EU economy
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National strike staged in France

Tuesday, March 23rd 2010, 18:37

French public sector workers strike in protest against the government's social and economic policies.
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France backs down on carbon tax

Tuesday, March 23rd 2010, 18:23

The French government signals that it is dropping a plan for a tax on domestic carbon dioxide emissions.
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France 'to eradicate' Eta bases

Tuesday, March 23rd 2010, 17:01

France's president says the country will rid itself of Eta bases following the killing of a French policeman.
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Sarkozy reshuffle after poll loss

Monday, March 22nd 2010, 19:06

French President Nicolas Sarkozy reshuffles his cabinet after a heavy defeat in regional elections.
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Sarkozy party loses French poll

Monday, March 22nd 2010, 10:06

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right UMP party is rejected by voters in the final round of regional elections.
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French election fear for Sarkozy

Sunday, March 21st 2010, 14:50

France votes in a second round of local polls, with President Sarkozy's UMP under pressure after a poor showing in the first round.
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Grand Slam delights France coach

Saturday, March 20th 2010, 23:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

France coach Marc Lievremont is hugely satisfied after his side claim a first Grand Slam since 2004 with a hard-fought win over England.
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France edge England to seal Grand Slam

Saturday, March 20th 2010, 21:30
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

France complete their ninth Grand Slam but they are pushed all the way by a much-improved England side in Paris.
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Live Six Nations - France v England

Saturday, March 20th 2010, 14:01
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Italy Italy, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cardiff

France seal the Grand Slam with a 12-10 victory over England in Paris after Scotland beat Ireland and Wales beat Italy.
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French fall out of love with Sarkozy

Saturday, March 20th 2010, 11:57

President Sarkozy's recent performance in the popularity polls shows he has his work cut out to win back the affections of the French.
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French baby killer sent to jail

Friday, March 19th 2010, 9:44

A court in northern France sentences a woman to 15 years in prison for murdering six of her newborn babies.
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European worker freed in Darfur

Thursday, March 18th 2010, 9:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

An aid worker with joint UK-French nationality is freed in Darfur five months after being kidnapped.
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Shock television

Thursday, March 18th 2010, 7:28

French fake show turns contestants to electrocutioners
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England drop Wilkinson for Flood

Wednesday, March 17th 2010, 13:00

England replace fly-half Jonny Wilkinson with Toby Flood, one of six changes for Saturday's final Six Nations game against France.
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French policeman 'killed by Eta'

Wednesday, March 17th 2010, 11:15
related places: Paris

Spain's prime minister blames the killing of a French policeman shot dead near Paris on the Basque separatist group Eta.
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French 'game show' mimics torture

Wednesday, March 17th 2010, 10:25

A French TV documentary shows people in a spoof game show giving what they think are huge electric shocks to contestants.
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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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