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Spain holds Paris siege 'gun supplier'

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 17:15
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Paris

Spanish police arrest a man suspected of supplying arms to Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered four people at a kosher supermarket in 2015.
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Bataclan names reopening concerts

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 16:59
related places: Paris

The Bataclan concert hall in Paris announces its first shows since last year's Islamic State-claimed attacks that left 90 music fans dead.
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VIDEO: Panama criticises France over blacklisting

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 7:38
related countries: Panama Panama

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela urges France to reconsider its ''mistaken and unnecessary decision'' in putting Panama on a blacklist of uncooperative tax havens.
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French soldier killed in northern Mali

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 16:37
related countries: Mali Mali

A French soldier deployed to Mali is killed after a landmine exploded under the vehicle he was travelling in.
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'Lost Caravaggio' found in French loft

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 13:29
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Caravaggio

A painting that may be by the Italian master Caravaggio and worth £94m is found in the loft of a house in southern France.
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French minister reignites drugs debate

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 11:05

A French minister calls for the debate over cannabis to be reopened, saying prohibition has failed, but is criticised from left and right.
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Brussels group 'planned to hit France'

Sunday, April 10th 2016, 9:57
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

The suspected surviving bomber in the Brussels attacks has told interrogators the group initially planned a new attack on France, Belgian prosecutors say.
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Suspect 'says he is Brussels man in hat'

Saturday, April 9th 2016, 19:19
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Belgian prosecutors say a suspect has admitted being the "man in the hat" seen with the suicide bombers who attacked a Brussels airport.
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Key Paris attacks suspect arrested

Saturday, April 9th 2016, 12:52
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

The key remaining suspect in November's Paris terror attacks, Mohamed Abrini, is among five people arrested in Belgium.
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French action urged over Calais children

Saturday, April 9th 2016, 12:10
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

The children's commissioner for England asks the French government to help lone children in Calais's refugee camp reach relatives in the UK.
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Gay slur 'not homophobic' - French court

Friday, April 8th 2016, 12:47
related places: Paris

A Paris employment tribunal rules that calling a male hairdresser a "faggot" is not homophobic - "because hair salons regularly employ gay people".
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France outlaws paying for sex

Thursday, April 7th 2016, 9:37

French MPs pass a controversial law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines of up to €3,750 for those buying sexual acts.
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VIDEO: French parliament bans payment for sex

Thursday, April 7th 2016, 6:58

French MPs have passed a law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines for those buying sexual acts.
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Spain calls in France over wine attack

Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 18:22
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Madrid

The foreign ministry in Madrid summons France's ambassador after protesting French farmers seize Spanish lorries and drain their cargo of wine.
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Le Pen fined over Holocaust remarks

Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 12:45

Former French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is fined 30,000 euros for describing the gas chambers as a detail of history.
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Belgium charges third over Paris plot

Saturday, April 2nd 2016, 11:23
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Belgian prosecutors say they have charged a third suspect with terrorist offences linked to a failed plot to attack France.
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Abdeslam 'did not want to kill' scores

Friday, April 1st 2016, 21:49
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam chose not to blow himself up to save people's lives, says his brother after meeting him in a Belgian prison.
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US and China to sign climate treaty

Thursday, March 31st 2016, 18:05
related countries: China China, United States United States

The world's two largest carbon emitters have issued a joint statement confirming that both countries will sign the Paris Climate Agreement next month.
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Abdeslam cleared for France extradition

Thursday, March 31st 2016, 17:39
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Belgian authorities say they will allow the extradition to France of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, arrested in Brussels on 18 March.
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Labour reform protests grip France

Thursday, March 31st 2016, 13:35

Protesters clash with police in France and arrests are made in fresh demonstrations over plans to make it easier for employers to lay off workers.
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Frenchman with weapons arsenal charged

Thursday, March 31st 2016, 8:29
related places: Paris

A French national arrested in Paris last week with an "unprecedented" amount of weapons has been charged over an alleged plot to carry out an attack, officials say.
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Row over France minister 'negro' comment

Wednesday, March 30th 2016, 18:01

A French minister sparks fury by comparing Muslim women who wear the headscarf to "negroes who accepted slavery".
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France drops plan to strip nationality

Wednesday, March 30th 2016, 16:26

The French president withdraws plans, announced after the Paris attacks, to strip militants convicted for terrorism of their citizenship.
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'Somalia-bound' ship of weapons seized

Tuesday, March 29th 2016, 13:41
related countries: India India, Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, Somalia Somalia

French naval forces patrolling the northern Indian Ocean seize a ship of weapons they say was heading towards Somalia in breach of a UN arms embargo
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Skier falls from lift in Pyrenees

Sunday, March 27th 2016, 11:21

A skier suffers multiple fractures after reportedly falling from a ski lift in the French Pyrenees.
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Thousands get Paris first aid training

Saturday, March 26th 2016, 22:30
related places: Paris

Some 3,200 people have attended free first aid training in Paris to be better prepared in the case of future attacks.
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VIDEO: 'Barbie can be seen as a feminist icon'

Saturday, March 26th 2016, 5:14
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris

The Museum of Decorative Arts in the Louvre in Paris is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the American doll Barbie.
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Abdeslam silent since Brussels attacks

Saturday, March 26th 2016, 3:54
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, arrested last week in Brussels, refuses to speak following Tuesday's attacks in Belgium's capital, prosecutors say.
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VIDEO: Why are so many from Molenbeek radicalised?

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016, 4:52
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Secunder Kermani reports from Molenbeek in Brussels, where Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was arrested.
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Paris suspect 'worth his weight in gold'

Monday, March 21st 2016, 21:44
related places: Paris

Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in last year's Paris attacks, is "worth his weight in gold" to investigators, his lawyer says.
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Sven Mary, the 'scumbag's lawyer'

Monday, March 21st 2016, 20:54
related places: Paris

The man acting for Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam
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VIDEO: Moment Paris suspect runs past police

Monday, March 21st 2016, 16:31
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

New footage has emerged showing a man being shot by police as he tries to escape the Brussels police raid in which Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was captured.
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Paris suspect 'planned further attacks'

Sunday, March 20th 2016, 18:26
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

The Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who is being interrogated in Belgium, "was ready to restart something Brussels", the foreign minister says.
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Paris suspect 'to sue French prosecutor'

Sunday, March 20th 2016, 12:44
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam's lawyer says he plans to sue a French prosecutor for quoting from his client's statement to police.
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VIDEO: France expects terror suspect extradition

Saturday, March 19th 2016, 22:51
related places: Paris

The French government says it expects that the Paris attacks suspect, Salah Abdeslam, will be extradited to France within days.
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Paris suspect 'changed suicide plan'

Saturday, March 19th 2016, 20:09
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has told investigators he wanted to blow himself up but changed his mind, a French prosecutor says.
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Paris suspect arrest 'major blow' to IS

Saturday, March 19th 2016, 11:33
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Paris

The capture of a key suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks is "a major blow" to the Islamic State (IS) group in Europe, France's interior minister has said.
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VIDEO: Police arrest Paris attacks suspect

Friday, March 18th 2016, 19:50
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Footage has emerged of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam being arrested in a raid in Brussels.
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Paris suspect's prints in raided flat

Friday, March 18th 2016, 15:52
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Fingerprints of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam are found in a Brussels flat raided this week, Belgian officials say.
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France arrests four over attack fears

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 20:36
related places: Four, Paris

Four people have been arrested in the Paris area as part of a wider investigation into a possible plot against French targets, officials say.
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Belgium identifies terror raid gunman

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 15:24
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

A terrorism suspect shot dead during a raid in Brussels on Tuesday has been identified as an Algerian national, Mohamed Belkaid, officials say.
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Urgent airlift for jailed Niger candidate

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 14:57
related countries: Niger Niger

Niger's jailed opposition leader Hama Amadou is flown to France for medical treatment ahead of Sunday's run-off.
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VIDEO: Armed police patrol Brussels raid site

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 3:08
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels, Paris

Security is tight in Brussels after a suspect was killed during a security operation targeting people linked to the terror attacks in Paris last November.
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VIDEO: How Brussels anti-terror raid unfolded

Tuesday, March 15th 2016, 19:42
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

Belgian security forces and French police are hunting for at least two gunmen in Brussels.
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French nationals killed in beach attack

Monday, March 14th 2016, 18:13

Four French nationals are revealed to be among the 18 people killed by Islamist militants at a beach resort in Ivory Coast on Sunday.
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Syria talks are 'moment of truth' - UN

Monday, March 14th 2016, 16:19
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States
related places: Monday

The UN envoy to Syria says fresh peace talks in Geneva are a "moment of truth" but disagreements over President Assad's future remain.
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Gunmen kill beach-goers in Ivory Coast

Monday, March 14th 2016, 12:36

At least 14 civilians and two soldiers are shot dead at a beach resort in Ivory Coast, in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda-linked militants.
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Nadal plans to sue over doping claims

Monday, March 14th 2016, 7:03

Rafael Nadal plans to sue an ex-French government minister who said his seven-month absence in 2012 was "probably due to a positive doping test".
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Pilot confidentiality 'must be relaxed'

Sunday, March 13th 2016, 16:43

French investigators call for medical confidentiality to be relaxed for pilots, in their final report on last year's Germanwings air crash.
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Iran 'risks EU sanctions over missiles'

Sunday, March 13th 2016, 14:20
related countries: Iran Iran
related places: Eu

France says Iran could face European sanctions over its recent test launches of ballistic missiles.
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Eagles of Death Metal singer's apology

Sunday, March 13th 2016, 13:36
related places: Paris

Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes apologises for suggesting some Bataclan security guards may have had advance warning about the venue being attacked in Paris last year.
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Girls quizzed over 'Bataclan-type plot'

Saturday, March 12th 2016, 14:28
related places: Paris

Two teenage girls appear before a French anti-terror judge suspected of planning an attack similar to that on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November.
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Paris attackers 'named in IS files'

Friday, March 11th 2016, 23:33
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Paris

The names of three men who carried out the Paris attacks in November appear in files leaked from the Islamic State militant group, according to German media.
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France tests world's largest cruise ship

Friday, March 11th 2016, 6:15

Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship still under construction, begins its first sea trial in western France.
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Woman smuggles infant in hand luggage

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 23:58
related places: Paris

A woman has flown from Istanbul to Paris with an infant girl hidden inside her hand luggage, Air France says.
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France protests against labour reforms

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 19:14

There are protests and disruption in France as unions and youths join forces to show their opposition to proposed labour reforms.
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French federation searched over Blatter

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 9:41

French Football Federation documents are seized in connection with the criminal investigation into ex-Fifa boss Sepp Blatter.
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VIDEO: MSF fears French migrant camp closure

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 5:43

Medical charity MSF is concerned the national government in France will try to close down a new refugee camp it has built with support from local government near the northern town of Dunkirk.
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Intriguing history of 'Paris siege' letter

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 0:06
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Paris

How a letter from the 1870 Paris siege arrived in Australia
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VIDEO: 'Dentist of Horror' on trial in France

Tuesday, March 8th 2016, 21:11

Jacobus van Nierop has gone on trial in France charged of deliberately mutilating the mouths of more than 100 patients.
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'Dentist of Horror' in French court

Tuesday, March 8th 2016, 13:08
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

A man from the Netherlands described by media as the "Dentist of Horror" goes on trial in France accused of mutilating the mouths of patients.
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Joan of Arc ring returns to France

Friday, March 4th 2016, 17:37
related places: Arc

A medieval ring believed to have belonged to French heroine Joan of Arc is back in France after nearly 600 years.
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VIDEO: The other Jungle: Dunkirk migrant camp

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016, 15:31

The BBC's Anna Holligan reports from the Dunkirk migrant camp in France and a new site a mile away set up by charity MSF.
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Prosecutors widen corruption probe

Tuesday, March 1st 2016, 22:01

French prosecutors widen their investigation into corruption in athletics to include bidding and voting for Olympic hosting rights.
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Calais 'Jungle' demolition resumes

Tuesday, March 1st 2016, 17:39
related places: Calais

Demolition teams return to the French port of Calais to dismantle more makeshift shelters in the "Jungle" migrant camp.
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Clashes as France clears Calais 'Jungle'

Monday, February 29th 2016, 23:36
related places: Calais

French police fire tear gas at rock-throwing protesters as demolition teams dismantle huts in part of the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle.
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French cleaners scrub off street art

Sunday, February 28th 2016, 15:29
related places: Reims

Citizens of Reims in northern France lose a brand new artwork commissioned for the town, after the anti-graffiti brigade scrubbed it off.
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VIDEO: Calais camp 'is our second home'

Friday, February 26th 2016, 8:41
related places: Calais

A French judge has upheld a government plan to clear part of a makeshift migrant camp near Calais in northern France.
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France's ruling Socialists stung by internal attack

Friday, February 26th 2016, 1:52

Rifts among France's ruling Socialists laid bare
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Calais 'Jungle' eviction gets go-ahead

Thursday, February 25th 2016, 18:02
related places: Calais, Lille

The French government's plan to clear part of the Calais migrant camp known as the "Jungle" is approved by a court in Lille.
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France's oldest 'Muslim burials' found

Thursday, February 25th 2016, 13:44

Researchers have identified what may be the earliest Muslim burials in France.
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France seeks €1.6bn in unpaid Google tax

Wednesday, February 24th 2016, 23:37
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

French authorities are demanding that Google pays €1.6bn in back taxes, substantially more than the sum received by UK tax authorities.
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VIDEO: A look around the Calais 'Jungle'

Wednesday, February 24th 2016, 13:04
related places: Calais

Part of the Calais refugee camp known as the 'Jungle' could face closure depending on the decision of a French court.
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Belgium imposes checks on French border

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, 17:23
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Calais

Belgium announces new controls on its border with France as authorities in Calais plan mass evictions at the 'Jungle' migrant camp.
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How it helps, in France, to have a bit of 'piston'

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, 1:07

How I got my daughter a visa thanks to a bit of 'piston'
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VIDEO: Deadline looms for Calais Jungle

Monday, February 22nd 2016, 7:36
related places: Calais

French authorities confirm that the southern section of the migrant camp in Calais known as the Jungle will start being cleared this week.
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VIDEO: Battle of Verdun centenary marked

Sunday, February 21st 2016, 15:53
related places: Verdun

France commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Verdun - one of the most savagely fought and highest casualty battles of World War One.
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French furore over spelling continues

Saturday, February 20th 2016, 1:48

The fallout from one man's French language reforms
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Eviction order for Calais migrants

Saturday, February 20th 2016, 1:09
related places: Calais

Hundreds of migrants living in part of a camp in the French port of Calais known as the Jungle are ordered to leave by Tuesday or face eviction.
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France's FN raided in EU fraud probe

Wednesday, February 17th 2016, 13:01
related places: Eu

The headquarters of the French far-right Front National (FN) party have been raided as part of an EU fraud probe into staff salaries, reports say.
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Sarkozy under formal investigation

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 20:45

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is placed under formal investigation over campaign funding, prosecutors say.
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Eagles of Death Metal on Paris stage

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 20:38
related places: Paris

Eagles of Death Metal appear on stage in Paris, months after the deadly jihadist attacks during their concert at the Bataclan in the French capital.
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Syria hospital attacks 'war crimes'

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 9:08
related countries: Syria Syria, Turkey Turkey

France and Turkey say air strikes on hospitals in northern Syria constitute war crimes, as the UN reports that up to 50 people have been killed.
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VIDEO: Bataclan band singer: 'I see nightmares'

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 9:08
related places: Paris

The singer of the Eagles of Death Metal has given an emotional interview to a French TV channel ahead of the band's concert in Paris on Tuesday night.
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Mystery over Paris siege balloon letter

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 7:51
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Paris

Australia's National Archive tries to establish how a letter flown out of Paris by balloon during an 1870 siege ended up in its collection.
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VIDEO: Turkey bombs Kurdish positions in Syria

Sunday, February 14th 2016, 20:03
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

Turkey has bombarded Kurdish positions in northern Syria for a second day, despite calls from France and the United States to end the shelling.
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The world's best bakers - and they aren't French

Sunday, February 14th 2016, 1:10

The chefs who baked the world's best loaf of bread
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Russia faces pressure over Syria deaths

Saturday, February 13th 2016, 18:04
related countries: Russia Russia, Syria Syria
related places: Moscow

Pressure increases on Russia over civilian deaths in air strikes in Syria, with France and the United States urging greater caution.
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Facebook loses in French nudity case

Friday, February 12th 2016, 12:31
related places: Paris

The Paris appeal court rules that Facebook can be sued under French - not Californian - law, in what is seen as a test case.
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Ayrault is new French foreign minister

Thursday, February 11th 2016, 16:21

French President Francois Hollande names former PM Jean-Marc Ayrault as his new foreign minister, replacing Laurent Fabius.
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