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Calais scenes unacceptable - Cameron

Wednesday, June 24th 2015, 16:34
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais, Cameron

Scenes of hundreds of migrants in Calais trying to board lorries to the UK during a strike were "totally unacceptable", David Cameron says.
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Dutch police threaten Tour de France

Wednesday, June 24th 2015, 15:23
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Dutch police threaten to disrupt the opening stages of the Tour de France as part of industrial action for better pay.
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Cross-Channel chaos eases after strike

Wednesday, June 24th 2015, 11:10
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais, Dover

Cross-Channel transport is returning to normal after hundreds of migrants tried to board lorries queuing near Calais due to a strike by ferry workers.
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France confirms 0.6% GDP growth

Wednesday, June 24th 2015, 8:20

France's GDP grew by 0.6% in the first quarter after a rise in corporate profit margins and strong household spending, official figures show.
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US 'spied on French presidents'

Wednesday, June 24th 2015, 8:16
related countries: United States United States

The US National Security Agency spied on French Presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande in 2006-12, the Wikileaks website says.
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Bouygues rejects Altice takeover bid

Wednesday, June 24th 2015, 1:03

French telecoms group Bouygues rejects unanimously a near €10bn takeover offer by rival group Altice.
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VIDEO: EU reform: The view from France

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 23:06
related places: Eu

David Cameron is expected to lay out his demands for EU reform this week. Katya Adler asks how his plans will be received in France.
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VIDEO: Calais migrants try to board lorry

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 15:30
related places: Calais

Large numbers of migrants are attempting to get into cars and lorries, backed up at Calais, because of a strike by French ferry workers.
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Fire blockades as strike closes port

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 11:59
related places: Calais, Port

Calais port is shut amid burning blockades by striking French workers, causing severe disruption to roads and ferries in Kent.
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Arrests over Bosnia trafficking ring

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 11:41
related countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fifteen people have been arrested on human trafficking charges as part of a joint operation between Bosnian and French police.
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Paris to bid for 2024 Olympics

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 11:00

Paris will bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024, 100 years after the French capital last staged the event.
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French fail to 'cope' with exam

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 10:28

Nearly 12,000 French teenagers sign a petition saying a baccalaureate English question was impossible to understand because of the word "cope".
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UK people-smugglers jailed in France

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 1:14
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

Up to 100 Britons are thought to have been jailed in France in the last year for trying to smuggle migrants through Calais.
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French telecoms giant bids for rival

Monday, June 22nd 2015, 15:33

French telecoms giant Numericable-SFR makes a €10bn offer for rival Bouygues Telecom, sending its share price sharply higher, but the government expresses reservations.
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Indonesia rejects Atlaoui clemency

Monday, June 22nd 2015, 9:09
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia

A court in Indonesia rejects the final appeal of a French national facing the death penalty for drug-related offences.
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Jockey dies from trotting injuries

Sunday, June 21st 2015, 15:43

A 25-year-old female jockey has died from injuries sustained in a fall during a trotting race in France.
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Kapoor 'vagina' sculpture vandalised

Friday, June 19th 2015, 7:37
related places: Versailles

Vandals spray-paint a controversial Anish Kapoor sculpture on display in the gardens of France's Palace of Versailles.
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Jockey Moore equals Ascot record

Thursday, June 18th 2015, 16:24

Trip To Paris wins the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot while a Ryan Moore treble takes his tally to a joint-record eight for the week.
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VIDEO: Inside Antonov's new cargo plane

Thursday, June 18th 2015, 12:14

Inside the new Antonov AN-178 cargo plane on display at the 51st Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport.
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Wawrinka knocked out at Queen's

Wednesday, June 17th 2015, 19:17
related countries: South Africa South Africa

French Open champion Stan Wawrinka is beaten in straight sets at Queen's by South African Kevin Anderson.
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Man arrested over 1982 Paris attack

Wednesday, June 17th 2015, 16:25
related countries: Jordan Jordan
related places: Paris

The main suspect in a deadly attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris in 1982 has been arrested in Jordan, French prosecutors say.
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VIDEO: Airbus' new lighter, quieter helicopter

Wednesday, June 17th 2015, 11:52

Theo Leggett takes a look at the new Airbus H160 helicopter on display at the Paris Air Show.
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Nutella spread 'damages environment'

Wednesday, June 17th 2015, 10:11

France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal urges people to stop eating Nutella because it is made with palm oil and damages the environment.
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The film that takes on skinheads and the far right

Tuesday, June 16th 2015, 23:02

The film that takes on French skinheads and the far right
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VIDEO: Migrants forcibly removed from border

Tuesday, June 16th 2015, 22:47
related countries: Italy Italy

Italian police forcibly removed many people, who had migrated from Africa, who were attempting to cross the border into France.
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Juncker: Greece 'misleading' voters

Tuesday, June 16th 2015, 21:44
related countries: Greece Greece

Jean-Claude Juncker has accused the Greek government of misleading voters as Alexis Tsipras said its creditors were trying to "humiliate" the country.
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VIDEO: Italian police remove border migrants

Tuesday, June 16th 2015, 15:54
related countries: Italy Italy

Italian police forcibly remove people from a migrant camp on the French border where many have gathered in the hope of crossing into France.
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Anti-EU MEPs form nationalist bloc

Tuesday, June 16th 2015, 12:40

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen announces she has formed a political group of right-wing parties in the European Parliament.
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Airbus and Boeing bag orders in Paris

Monday, June 15th 2015, 17:21
related places: Paris

The two big beasts of planemaking, Airbus and Boeing, end the first day of the Paris Air Show with total orders for more than 200 civil aircraft.
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VIDEO: Amateur video of Nantes basilica fire

Monday, June 15th 2015, 14:49
related places: Nantes

The roof a 19th Century basilica in the French city of Nantes has been destroyed by a fire which engulfed the building.
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Huge fire wrecks French basilica

Monday, June 15th 2015, 13:23
related places: Nantes

A huge fire destroys part of the 19th Century basilica of Saint-Donatien in the western French city of Nantes.
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Migrants camp on France-Italy border

Monday, June 15th 2015, 12:34

About 200 migrants, mostly Africans, are having to sleep rough at Ventimiglia on the France-Italy border as French police keep them out.
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VIDEO: Battle of the giants at Paris Air Show

Monday, June 15th 2015, 9:20

Key players from world of civil and military aviation gather in France for the bi-annual Paris Air Show, where Boeing and Airbus hope to pick up new orders on their flagship jetliners.
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World Cup is wide open - Duggan

Monday, June 15th 2015, 8:35
related countries: Colombia Colombia

England can win the Women's World Cup and Colombia's victory over France proves the tournament is wide open, says Toni Duggan.
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Paris Air Show: From hot air to heavy metal

Monday, June 15th 2015, 1:03

Paris Air Show - from hot air to heavy metal
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Froome wins second Criterium title

Sunday, June 14th 2015, 16:23

Chris Froome confirms he is in good form ahead of the Tour de France as he wins the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday.
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DSK 'fiasco' for French justice

Saturday, June 13th 2015, 11:42

Both DSK and French justice damaged by sex trial
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Strauss-Kahn cleared in sex trial

Friday, June 12th 2015, 15:34

A French court acquits former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of procuring prostitutes for sex parties in France, Belgium and the US.
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Orange boss tells Israel of regret

Friday, June 12th 2015, 12:19
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Orange

The head of French telecom giant Orange tells Israel's PM he deeply regrets the controversy following comments indicating he wanted to pull out of Israel.
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VIDEO: The politics of sex scandals in France

Friday, June 12th 2015, 8:51

A French court is due to rule on whether former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is guilty of aggravated pimping after a three-week trial.
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France ponders Germanwings charge

Thursday, June 11th 2015, 21:49

French prosecutors announce a preliminary investigation into whether manslaughter charges should be brought over the Germanwings plane crash.
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French PM to pay for football trip

Thursday, June 11th 2015, 12:18
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Berlin

France's prime minister says he will pay €2,500 (£1,825) for taking his children on trip by government jet to the Champions League final in Berlin.
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VIDEO: Eritrean cyclist's hopes for Le Tour

Wednesday, June 10th 2015, 23:12
related countries: Eritrea Eritrea

Natanael Berhane from Eritrea is hoping to become one of the first Africans to compete in the Tour de France.
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Video row in France right-to-die case

Wednesday, June 10th 2015, 12:53

Campaigners fighting a decision to take a paralysed man off life support have sparked controversy in France by releasing a video of him in hospital.
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VIDEO: The Calais 'shantytown' home to 3,000

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 23:38
related countries: Greece Greece, Italy Italy, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

In Calais migrants seeking to reach the UK have reached the French port from camps in Italy and Greece.
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France women 1-0 England women

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 19:16
related countries: Canada Canada, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Moncton

England slip to a 1-0 defeat in their opening Women's World Cup match against France in Moncton.
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'Russian hackers' behind TV attack

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 18:13
related countries: Russia Russia

A cyber attack on the French television network TV5 Monde may have been carried out by Russian-based hackers, police believe.
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French PM scorned for Uefa jet trip

Tuesday, June 9th 2015, 16:13
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Berlin

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls comes under fire for using a government Falcon jet to fly to the Uefa Champions League final in Berlin at the weekend.
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France trial for 'magic cheese scam'

Monday, June 8th 2015, 11:42

A woman goes on trial in France for allegedly operating a scam in which thousands of Chileans paid millions to make a supposedly "magic cheese" for use in cosmetics.
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Nadal down to lowest rank since 2005

Monday, June 8th 2015, 11:31

Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal drops to 10th in the world following his French Open quarter-final exit.
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Djokovic 'will win in Paris one day'

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 19:40
related places: Paris

Stan Wawrinka backs Novak Djokovic to win the French Open one day after beating the Serb in the final at Roland Garros.
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Djokovic 'hurt' as Slam hopes dashed

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 19:34

Top seed Novak Djokovic says his third French Open final defeat was more painful because he had been in such good form.
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Wawrinka wins French Open title

Sunday, June 7th 2015, 16:25

Stanislas Wawrinka produces a stunning display to win the French Open and thwart Novak Djokovic's attempt to win a career Grand Slam.
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Williams beats 'nightmare 48 hours'

Saturday, June 6th 2015, 20:06

Serena Williams feared she was too ill to play the night before her French Open final victory over Lucie Safarova.
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Can Djokovic join all-time greats?

Saturday, June 6th 2015, 18:16

Novak Djokovic is aiming to beat Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's French Open final and become the eighth man to win a career Grand Slam.
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Williams wins 20th Grand Slam title

Saturday, June 6th 2015, 15:40
related countries: Czech Republic Czech Republic

Serena Williams wins a dramatic French Open final against Czech 13th seed Lucie Safarova to claim her 20th Grand Slam title.
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Djokovic beats Murray in five sets

Saturday, June 6th 2015, 12:39

Novak Djokovic sees off a thrilling fightback from Andy Murray to win their French Open semi-final 6-1 in the fifth set.
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VIDEO: Replica French warship arrives in US

Saturday, June 6th 2015, 3:30
related countries: United States United States
related places: America, Yorktown

A replica of the Hermione, the ship that transported a French general to America in 1780 to support the US in its fight for independence, has arrived in Yorktown, America.
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Sculptor defends 'vagina' artwork

Friday, June 5th 2015, 21:14
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Versailles

The British sculptor Anish Kapoor comes under fire for artwork in the French palace of Versailles that has been called "dirty" and "gross".
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Ill Williams suffering ahead of final

Friday, June 5th 2015, 20:07

Serena Williams will have to overcome a bout of flu if she is to beat Lucie Safarova in Saturday's French Open final.
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Murray v Djokovic halted by weather

Friday, June 5th 2015, 19:41

Andy Murray trails in his French Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic when play is suspended with a storm approaching.
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Wawrinka beats Tsonga to reach final

Friday, June 5th 2015, 15:36

Stan Wawrinka ends home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's French Open run with a 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 semi-final victory.
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Court backs France over right to die

Friday, June 5th 2015, 10:51

The European Court of Human Rights allows France to take a paralysed man off life support, in a case which divides his family.
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Ex-All Black Collins killed in crash

Friday, June 5th 2015, 10:45
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Ex-All Black flanker Jerry Collins and wife Alana die in a car crash in France, with their daughter in a critical condition.
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The WW2 soldiers France has forgotten

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 22:59

The WW2 soldiers France has forgotten
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Israel PM attacks Orange over deal

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 18:36
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Orange

Israel's Prime Minister has attacked the boss of the French telecom giant Orange for looking to pull out of a deal with an Israeli partner.
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Unwell Williams in French Open final

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 18:06

Serena Williams fights back to beat Timea Bacsinszky and reach the French Open final, despite struggling with illness.
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Safarova beats Ivanovic to make final

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 15:16
related countries: Czech Republic Czech Republic

Lucie Safarova fights back to beat Ana Ivanovic and become the first Czech woman to reach the French Open final in 34 years.
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Scientists in clarity competition

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 10:27

French scientists take part in a challenge to summarise their research in thee minutes, in a bid to make their work accessible.
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Petricola dies in Isle of Man crash

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 8:21
related countries: Isle of Man Isle of Man

French rider Franck Petricola dies after an accident during a qualifying session on Wednesday at the Isle of Man TT Races.
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Ex-Fifa man Blazer details bribes

Thursday, June 4th 2015, 7:28
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Former top Fifa official Chuck Blazer admits bribe-taking, racketeering and money laundering, in a newly released transcript.
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Murray to 'forget' Djokovic defeats

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 21:49

Andy Murray goes into his French Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic in confident mood despite recent losses to the Serb.
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Nadal vows to fight back in Paris

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 19:27
related places: Paris

Rafael Nadal says he will fight to regain his French Open title after suffering only his second ever defeat in Paris.
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Djokovic beats Nadal in straight sets

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 19:16

Novak Djokovic becomes only the second man to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open with an emphatic victory.
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Murray sees off Ferrer to make semis

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 18:47

Andy Murray beats David Ferrer for the first time on clay to set up a French Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic.
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Williams & Bacsinszky reach semis

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 16:49
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Top seed Serena Williams and Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky reach French Open semi-finals at Roland Garros.
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French tests on 359-year-old body

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 10:28
related places: Rennes

French scientists carry out tests and a post-mortem examination on the remarkably well-preserved body of a 17th Century woman found in the south-western city of Rennes.
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Federer knocked out of French Open

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 18:58
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Roger Federer goes out of the French Open quarter-final while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga keeps French hopes of a home win alive.
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Three injured in scoreboard incident

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 16:44

Three spectators are injured as a piece of the scoreboard falls on to them in strong winds at the French Open.
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Iraq coalition 'winning against IS'

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 15:48
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Paris

The US insists a coalition effort to halt the advances of Islamic State in Iraq is succeeding after ministers from 20 countries meet in Paris.
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Quebec separatist Parizeau dies

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 14:57

Jacques Parizeau, the former Quebec premier who nearly led the French-speaking province to independence, dies at the age of 84.
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Murray ready for 'big' Ferrer test

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 14:49

Andy Murray faces David Ferrer while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal meet for a place in the French Open semi-finals.
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Manet Parisian painting up for sale

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 10:35

An oil painting of a French barmaid, considered one of the defining images of French impressionism, is to be sold at auction later this month.
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Paris police clear migrants' camp

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 8:29
related places: Calais, Paris

French police evict about 360 migrants from a makeshift camp in Paris, after a clash between migrants in Calais.
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Kerry injury 'won't slow Iran talks'

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015, 1:29
related countries: United States United States
related places: Boston

Negotiations with Iran about its nuclear programme will continue despite US Secretary of State John Kerry's recent injury, US officials say.
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VIDEO: Paris 'love locks' removed

Monday, June 1st 2015, 21:49
related places: Pont

Close to one million locks weighing 45 tonnes are due to be cut off the Pont des Arts bridge over the next few days.
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