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Cleaner Seine brings wild salmon back to French capital

Wednesday, August 12th 2009, 9:37

Wild salmon are returning to the River Seine for the first time in almost a century, French scientists say.
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Mona Lisa still smiling after mug-throwing attack

Tuesday, August 11th 2009, 23:53
related places: Paris

The Mona Lisa has come under attack from a woman who hurled a cup at the portrait in Paris.
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Paris suburb youths fight police

Tuesday, August 11th 2009, 9:03

Angry youths clash with riot police on the edge of the French capital after a young motorcyclist died as he fled police on Sunday.
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Niger 'must return to democracy'

Monday, August 10th 2009, 15:29
related countries: Niger Niger

France says Niger must return to a democratic framework, after the president won the right to stand for a third term.
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EU hits out at Tehran over trial

Saturday, August 8th 2009, 21:51
related countries: Iran Iran, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu, Tehran

The EU strongly criticises Iran, as it tries UK and French embassy staff and a French national over post-election unrest.
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Mauritania bomber targets embassy

Saturday, August 8th 2009, 21:24
related countries: Mauritania Mauritania

A suicide bomber detonates explosives outside the French embassy in the capital of Mauritania, wounding two guards.
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France targets bankers' bonuses

Friday, August 7th 2009, 11:51

France's President Sarkozy tells banks to disclose their bonus policies, saying rules agreed by the G20 must be applied.
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Clash shuts US factory in France

Thursday, August 6th 2009, 11:37
related countries: United States United States

A US firm shuts a car parts factory in France on grounds of "security" after angry workers allegedly assault a manager.
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War baby granted German identity

Thursday, August 6th 2009, 10:59
related countries: Germany Germany

Daniel Rouxel becomes the first child born of an illicit relationship in occupied France to be granted German citizenship.
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Fire breaks out on plane in Paris

Wednesday, August 5th 2009, 17:07
related places: Orly, Paris

Eight people are slightly injured during the evacuation of a plane that caught fire on its way to take off from Orly airport in Paris.
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Labour unrest grips New Caledonia

Wednesday, August 5th 2009, 14:33
related countries: New Caledonia New Caledonia

Armed union activists wound two police officers in clashes in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia.
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Spanish rider denies taking EPO

Tuesday, August 4th 2009, 13:57
related countries: Spain Spain

Tour de France stage 16 winner Mikel Astarloza vehemently denies doping following a positive test for blood-booster EPO.
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Man Utd deny 'stealing' youngster

Saturday, August 1st 2009, 22:46
related places: Le Havre

Manchester United dismiss as "complete nonsense" allegations from Le Havre they have 'stolen' the French club's teenage midfielder Paul Pogba.
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Western troops die in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 1st 2009, 15:45
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

Four soldiers - three American and one French - are killed in gun and bomb attacks in Afghanistan, military officials say.
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Breast practice?

Saturday, August 1st 2009, 6:47

Why going topless is out of favour on French beaches
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Confusion over cruise flu claims

Friday, July 31st 2009, 21:44

There are conflicting reports over whether dozens of people on a cruise liner which docked in the south of France are suffering from swine flu.
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Right to rap

Wednesday, July 29th 2009, 10:35

French artist caught in political storm over censorship
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Woes continue for world carmakers

Wednesday, July 29th 2009, 9:11

Carmakers Peugeot Citroen and Nissan both report substantial losses in the face of continuing sales falls.
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Armstrong hits back at Contador

Tuesday, July 28th 2009, 10:37

Lance Armstrong says his Astana team-mate Alberto Contador has "lots to learn" as the pair engage in a bitter war of words.
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French president leaves hospital

Monday, July 27th 2009, 10:58

France's President Sarkozy leaves a Paris hospital, having spent the night under observation after collapsing while jogging.
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French president taken to hospital

Sunday, July 26th 2009, 19:37

France's President Sarkozy is "doing well" in hospital after suffering a minor nerve attack while jogging, an aide says.
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Contador seals 2009 Tour victory

Sunday, July 26th 2009, 15:44
related places: Paris

Alberto Contador seals his second Tour de France victory while Mark Cavendish takes his sixth stage win with a stunning sprint finish in Paris.
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Live text - Tour de France

Sunday, July 26th 2009, 10:24

Mark Cavendish looks to clinch his sixth stage win of this year's Tour in the final stage on the Champs Elysees, where Alberto Contador will be crowned winner.
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Pilot recreates Channel crossing

Saturday, July 25th 2009, 17:38

A French pilot follows in the footsteps of Louis Bleriot, who made the first flight over the English Channel 100 years ago.
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Brave Wiggins holds on to fourth

Saturday, July 25th 2009, 15:02

Briton Bradley Wiggins delivers a heroic ride on Mont Ventoux to cling on to fourth place in the Tour de France as Alberto Contador all but seals overall victory.
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Live text - Tour de France

Saturday, July 25th 2009, 9:42

Bradley Wiggins stays in fourth place overall after stage 20, which ended at the top of the legendary Mont Ventoux.
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Live text - Tour de France

Friday, July 24th 2009, 10:44
related places: Aubenas

Mark Cavendish clinches his fifth stage win of this year's Tour in stage 19, a 178km trek from Bourgoin Jallieu to Aubenas.
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Yemenia crash survivor goes home

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 21:53
related places: Paris

The only survivor of the Yemenia plane crash last month, a young girl, leaves hospital after treatment in Paris.
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Fury at French army over wildfire

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 18:47
related places: Marseille

The French army comes under stinging criticism after a military exercise causes a forest fire that reaches Marseille.
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Wiggins boosts Tour podium hopes

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 15:51

Britain's Bradley Wiggins increases his chances of a podium finish at the Tour de France after making ground on his rivals in Thursday's time trial.
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Live text - Tour de France

Thursday, July 23rd 2009, 11:06

Alberto Contador cements his overall lead by winning stage 18, a 40.5km time trial around Lake Annecy, while Britain's Bradley Wiggins moves up to fourth.
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Contador moves closer to Tour win

Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 15:41
related countries: Spain Spain

Spain's Alberto Contador tightens his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey after a gruelling 17th stage.
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Corsica police station car-bombed

Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 10:46

A car bomb explodes outside a police station on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.
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Live text - Tour de France

Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 10:14
related places: Le Grand-Bornand

Alberto Contador keeps hold of the yellow jersey after stage 17, a mountainous 169.5km trek from Bourg St Maurice to Le Grand Bornand.
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Tour de France spectator killed

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 14:45

One spectator is killed and two are hurt in an accident involving a police motorcycle on the Tour de France, organisers say.
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Sharia trial for Somalia hostages

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 13:55
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Two French security advisers kidnapped in Somalia will be tried under Sharia law, an official of the Islamic al-Shabab militia says.
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Madonna stage deaths investigated

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 10:50

A manslaughter investigation is opened after a stage being built for a Madonna concert in France collapsed, killing two people.
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US firm averts French explosion

Friday, July 17th 2009, 15:34
related countries: United States United States

A US firm agrees to pay extra compensation to French workers who had threatened to explode gas canisters at their factory.
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Second death in Madonna stage accident

Friday, July 17th 2009, 11:03

A second person dies following the collapse of a stage being constructed for a Madonna concert in France.
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Extremists 'have French hostages'

Friday, July 17th 2009, 11:01
related countries: Somalia Somalia

A second French hostage is handed to a Somali hard-line Islamist group, government sources tell the BBC.
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Second death in Madonna stage accident

Friday, July 17th 2009, 7:36

A second person dies following the collapse of a stage being constructed for a Madonna concert in France.
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Islamists 'share French hostages'

Thursday, July 16th 2009, 16:18
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Two French security advisers snatched in Somalia are now being held by two different Islamist groups, officials say.
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Cavendish equals record with win

Wednesday, July 15th 2009, 15:24
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Mark Cavendish produces a stunning sprint finish to win stage 11 of the Tour de France and equal Barry Hoban's British record of eight stage wins.
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Live text - Tour de France

Wednesday, July 15th 2009, 10:27
related places: Vatan

Mark Cavendish goes for his fourth stage win of this year's Tour in stage 11, a 192km trek from Vatan to St Fargeau.
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Sri Lanka probe 'clears military'

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 16:03
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's top human rights panel clears the military of killing 17 employees of a French charity in the north-east in 2006.
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In pictures

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 13:23

France celebrates Bastille Day with a military parade
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France condemns Sudan floggings

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 9:54
related countries: Sudan Sudan

France condemns the flogging of several women in Sudan, who were accused of breaking Islamic rules by wearing trousers.
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France unrest before Bastille Day

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 9:15

French youths set 317 cars on fire and wounded 13 police officers in unrest on the eve of Bastille Day, police say.
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Factory tense amid blow-up threat

Monday, July 13th 2009, 14:45

Extra firefighters arrive in a French town where workers have threatened to blow up their bankrupt car factory.
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'Barbarian' case

Friday, July 10th 2009, 23:55

Inside the murder trial of a French gang leader
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French 'Barbarian' killer jailed

Friday, July 10th 2009, 22:08
related places: Paris

The leader of a Paris gang known as the Barbarians is jailed for life for the torture and murder of a Jewish man in 2006.
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Air France box search winds down

Friday, July 10th 2009, 22:00
related countries: United States United States
related places: Atlantic, June

French ships with US listening devices are ending their hunt for the black boxes of a jet lost over the Atlantic in June.
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New autopsy after French unrest

Friday, July 10th 2009, 18:38

A second autopsy is ordered on the body of a man whose death in police custody caused rioting in a French town.
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'Rude' French are seen as world's worst tourists

Friday, July 10th 2009, 11:05

A new survey has found that hotel owners view French tourists as the meanest and rudest in the world.
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French envoy visits spy suspect

Thursday, July 9th 2009, 14:14
related countries: Iran Iran

A French woman held by Iranian authorities on suspicion of spying is visited in prison by the French ambassador to Iran.
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Voeckler wins Tour's fifth stage

Wednesday, July 8th 2009, 15:20

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler celebrates his maiden Grand Tour victory on stage five of the Tour de France.
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US recipient of French award exposed as D-Day fraud

Wednesday, July 8th 2009, 11:11
related countries: United States United States

US veteran Howard Manoian loved to tell stories of his dramatic D-Day mission - but his military records show they were lies.
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Massive fines for energy firms

Wednesday, July 8th 2009, 10:07
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany's E.On and French GDF Suez are fined more than half a billion euros each for anti-competitive collusion.
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Emotional farewell to King of Pop

Tuesday, July 7th 2009, 22:04
related places: Paris

Michael Jackson's daughter Paris makes a poignant tribute at the end of a memorial service for the pop star in Los Angeles.
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Live text - Tour de France

Tuesday, July 7th 2009, 11:52
related places: Montpellier

Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong hopes to claim the yellow jersey in stage four's 39km team time trial in Montpellier.
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French anger as Iran holds woman

Monday, July 6th 2009, 19:47
related countries: Iran Iran

France demands the release of a French academic who it says has been detained in Iran since 1 July, accused of spying.
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France demands Iran frees woman

Monday, July 6th 2009, 18:50
related countries: Iran Iran

France demands the release of a French academic it says has been detained in Iran since 1 July, accused of spying.
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Cavendish storms to stage victory

Sunday, July 5th 2009, 15:27

Mark Cavendish wins the second stage of the 2009 Tour de France with a blistering long-range sprint finish.
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Cancellara wins first Tour stage

Saturday, July 4th 2009, 19:03

Fabian Cancellara powers to victory in the opening time trial in the Tour de France as seven-time champion Lance Armstrong makes his return to the race.
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Live text - Tour de France

Saturday, July 4th 2009, 13:13
related countries: Monaco Monaco

The first stage of the Tour de France is a time trial in Monaco - with Lance Armstrong making his return to the race.
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Dreaming of a Tour de France windfall

Saturday, July 4th 2009, 6:25

Residents of Tonnerre hope tourism will grow in the days and months that follow the arrival of the Tour de France for the first time in the sleepy French town, says the BBC's Sean Fanning.
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Rai star jailed for abortion bid

Friday, July 3rd 2009, 14:58
related countries: Algeria Algeria

Algerian Rai music star Cheb Mami is jailed for five years in France for trying to force his former partner to have an abortion.
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Air crash survivor back in France

Thursday, July 2nd 2009, 20:45
related places: Paris

The 12-year-old survivor of the Yemenia air crash near the Comoros returns to Paris as the search for debris goes on.
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Air France jet 'broke on impact'

Thursday, July 2nd 2009, 16:30

French investigators believe the Air France plane that crashed in the Atlantic broke up on contact with water, not in mid-air.
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French PM apologises to New Zealand for rugby disgrace

Thursday, July 2nd 2009, 7:46
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

The French prime minister writes to his New Zealand counterpart expressing his disgust at the behaviour of a French rugby player during a tour.
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Real Madrid close in on Benzema

Wednesday, July 1st 2009, 16:51
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Lyon

Real Madrid agree a deal to sign striker Karim Benzema from Lyon, according to the French club.
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Yemen plane's black box located

Wednesday, July 1st 2009, 9:37
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, Yemen Yemen

One of the flight recorders from the Yemeni plane which crashed in the Indian Ocean has been located, French officials say.
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Warning lights

Tuesday, June 30th 2009, 16:01

Comorans in France say air safety fears went unheeded
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French-Israeli spat over comments

Tuesday, June 30th 2009, 13:06
related countries: Israel Israel

Israel's foreign ministry accuses France of "unacceptable" meddling over a reported comment by President Sarkozy.
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Rai star 'forced French abortion'

Tuesday, June 30th 2009, 9:30
related countries: Algeria Algeria

Cheb Mami, star of Algeria's Rai scene, faces trial in France on charges of forcing a woman to have an abortion.
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Live - Soderling v Federer

Monday, June 29th 2009, 11:47

Roger Federer beats Robin Soderling 6-4 7-6 7-6 to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
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Turkey to 'never give up' EU bid

Friday, June 26th 2009, 17:15
related countries: Germany Germany, Turkey Turkey
related places: Eu

Turkey urges France and Germany to back its EU membership bid, rejecting their idea of a special partnership.
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Brazil's Lula signs Amazon bill

Friday, June 26th 2009, 6:53
related countries: Brazil Brazil

Brazil's president approves a controversial bill allowing Amazon farmers to acquire an area of public land larger than France.
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Capturing the beat of 1950s Paris

Thursday, June 25th 2009, 13:33

As the 50th anniversary of William Burroughs's controversial book Naked Lunch approaches, Christine Finn travels to the Beat Hotel, a place where photographers, models and Burroughs lived.
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Eta suspects arrested in France

Thursday, June 25th 2009, 11:28
related places: Paris

French authorities arrest two suspected members of the Basque separatist group Eta in Paris, officials say.
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US-Israel talks in Paris aborted

Wednesday, June 24th 2009, 14:10
related countries: Israel Israel, United States United States, West Bank West Bank
related places: Paris

A meeting between Israel's PM and a top US envoy is cancelled amid sharp differences over West Bank settlements.
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Sarkozy makes Mitterrand minister

Wednesday, June 24th 2009, 10:13

French President Nicolas Sarkozy reshuffles his cabinet, bringing in Frederic Mitterrand, nephew of the late Socialist president.
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'No extradition' for kidnap woman

Tuesday, June 23rd 2009, 19:40
related countries: Mexico Mexico

The Mexican President, Felipe Calderon says a French woman convicted of kidnapping will serve her 60-year sentence in Mexico.
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Live - Chardy v Roddick

Tuesday, June 23rd 2009, 13:37

Sixth seed Andy Roddick takes on France's Jeremy Chardy in the second match on Centre Court.
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France sets up burka commission

Tuesday, June 23rd 2009, 10:48

France is to set up a commission to study the extent of burka-wearing in the country after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the veils reduced dignity.
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Sarkozy speaks out against burka

Monday, June 22nd 2009, 16:47

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the wearing of the burka by Muslim women in France undermines their dignity.
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