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French boy of 7 dies after knife attack

Tuesday, October 20th 2015, 9:29

A child who was repeatedly stabbed as he walked home from school - by a man with psychiatric problems - dies in hospital in eastern France.
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Credit Agricole agrees $800m US penalty

Tuesday, October 20th 2015, 8:09
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

French bank Credit Agricole is understood to have agreed to pay $800m (£516m) to settle charges it broke US sanctions in Iran and other countries.
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Corporate giants back climate push

Monday, October 19th 2015, 18:47
related places: Paris

Dozens of corporate giants including Coca-Cola and Walmart have backed President Obama's drive to strike a climate deal at talks in Paris next month.
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Pope Francis canonises French couple

Sunday, October 18th 2015, 14:55

Pope Francis conducts the first canonisation of a married couple, in a ceremony in St Peter's Square at the Vatican.
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Michalak retires from France duty

Sunday, October 18th 2015, 13:32
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

France's record points scorer Frederic Michalak retires from international rugby after the 62-13 defeat by New Zealand.
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New Zealand 62-13 France

Saturday, October 17th 2015, 22:36
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand, South Africa South Africa

An all-out All Black assault sees world champions New Zealand demolish France to set up a semi-final against South Africa.
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VIDEO: High speed run: Women race in high heels in Paris

Friday, October 16th 2015, 15:55
related places: Paris

Women have put their best feet forward and raced in shoes with more than 8cm-high heels, in the 2015 Sarenza High Heel Race in Paris.
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Strauss-Kahn 'under fraud investigation'

Friday, October 16th 2015, 12:11

French prosecutors have opened a preliminary fraud inquiry targeting former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French media say.
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Two UK-bound migrants die in two days

Friday, October 16th 2015, 9:00
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

Two migrants, thought to be trying to reach the UK from Calais in France, are killed over past two days, bringing to 16 the number who have died since June.
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Nuclear waste ship heads for Australia

Friday, October 16th 2015, 0:03
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Cherbourg

A ship carrying nuclear waste to Australia has left the French port of Cherbourg despite warnings from environmentalists that the vessel may be unsafe.
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France rejects 'tampon tax' change

Thursday, October 15th 2015, 18:37

French MPs vote down an amendment which would have cut the VAT paid on sanitary products from 20% to 5%.
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Airbnb offers stay in Paris catacombs

Thursday, October 15th 2015, 15:12
related places: Paris

Airbnb is offering a night in the Paris catacombs, but why are the remains of millions kept under the city?
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French police stage rare protest

Wednesday, October 14th 2015, 17:07

Thousands of French police officers hold protests throughout the country over what they complain are a lack of resources and a lenient judiciary.
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VIDEO: Assange 'inspired' new Asterix character

Wednesday, October 14th 2015, 5:51

The 36th book in the popular French comic book adventure series of Asterix is set to appear in the next few weeks.
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Wolf hunters deployed to French Alps

Tuesday, October 13th 2015, 17:01

A team of wolf-hunters is operating in a region of the French Alps to kill wolves that are seen as a threat to livestock.
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VIDEO: Tracking wolves in the French Alps

Tuesday, October 13th 2015, 16:17

Claire Marshall attempts to track wolves in the French Alps with expert tracker Troy Bennett.
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Cisse held in sex tape investigation

Tuesday, October 13th 2015, 15:19

Former Liverpool and France striker Djibril Cisse is held by police as part of a sex tape extortion investigation.
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French park criticised after whale dies

Tuesday, October 13th 2015, 15:03

A water park in France is being criticised after one of its killer whales died after recent flooding.
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Paris gunman 'received orders by email'

Tuesday, October 13th 2015, 11:18
related places: Paris

Amedy Coulibaly, the Paris gunman who murdered five people in January, was sent instructions before his first shooting, reports say.
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O'Connell's Ireland career over

Tuesday, October 13th 2015, 10:03

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is out of the World Cup after suffering a torn hamstring in Sunday's win over France.
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O’Connell Ireland career may be over

Sunday, October 11th 2015, 20:53
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt fears Paul O'Connell's Test career may be over after his injury in the World Cup against France.
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Ireland 24-9 France

Sunday, October 11th 2015, 17:38
related countries: Argentina Argentina

Ireland book a World Cup quarter-final against Argentina by beating France in a pulsating Pool D decider in Cardiff.
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Argentina 64-19 Namibia

Sunday, October 11th 2015, 13:37
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Namibia Namibia

Argentina prepare for their World Cup quarter-final against France or Ireland by scoring nine tries to beat Namibia.
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Calais seeks tougher migrant penalties

Friday, October 9th 2015, 15:25
related places: Calais

The mayor of Calais proposes tough new punishments for groups of migrants that break into the Channel Tunnel entrance in France.
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Irish omit Henderson for France test

Friday, October 9th 2015, 13:40
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Iain Henderson is a surprise omission from the Ireland starting team for Sunday's crucial World Cup game against France.
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Dismaland on its way to refugee camp

Friday, October 9th 2015, 8:07

The dismantled Dismaland theme park is on its way to a refugee camp in France after artist Banksy donated it to a group of Bristol volunteers.
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France train attack hero stabbed in US

Thursday, October 8th 2015, 19:46
related countries: United States United States
related places: California

Spencer Stone, hailed as a hero after an attack on a French train, is stabbed in Sacramento, California.
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VIDEO: The couple giving refugees a home

Thursday, October 8th 2015, 5:37

Charities in France have seen a rise in people wanting to give homes to refugees.
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French channel's 'sexist' ad backfires

Wednesday, October 7th 2015, 17:30

French TV station pulls an advert boasting about the number of women among its presenters after it is widely criticised as sexist.
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Migrant crisis 'needs European unity'

Wednesday, October 7th 2015, 16:00
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Eu

The French and German leaders urge EU members to act together to tackle the migrant crisis which has seen more than 600,000 people arrive this year.
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VIDEO: Merkel and Hollande speeches

Wednesday, October 7th 2015, 12:56
related countries: Germany Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande give speeches in the European Parliament.
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Wednesday, October 7th 2015, 11:22
related places: Pierre

Protesters picket an exhibition of art by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in Boston because they say he "sucks at painting".
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UK prisoners 'could challenge vote ban'

Tuesday, October 6th 2015, 13:09
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK prisoners could challenge the blanket ban on them voting in European elections after a European Court of Justice ruling on a case in France.
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VIDEO: Weather around the world

Monday, October 5th 2015, 14:11
related countries: China China, United States United States

Severe flooding in the French Riviera, a tornado spawned by Typhoon Mujigae in China and record rainfall across the Carolinas in the USA. BBC Weather's Nick Miller has the details.
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More bodies found after Riviera floods

Monday, October 5th 2015, 13:51
related places: Four

At least 19 people, including one Briton, have been found dead and one remains missing following flash floods on the French Riviera.
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Schmidt demands Irish improvement

Monday, October 5th 2015, 10:32
related countries: Ireland Ireland

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt warns his players they must up their game to beat France in Sunday's World Cup Pool D match.
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VIDEO: Le Pen: 'I will not bow down'

Monday, October 5th 2015, 10:03

The founder of France's far-right National Front party discusses the feud with his daughter
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French Riviera floods leave 17 dead

Sunday, October 4th 2015, 21:16

At least 17 people die after violent storms and flooding hit the French Riviera, including three elderly people who drowned in their retirement home.
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VIDEO: Flash floods tear through French Riviera

Sunday, October 4th 2015, 17:10

Violent storms and flooding have hit southeast France, killing at least 13 people with six more missing, officials said.
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VIDEO: Must See: Dog chases bears away

Sunday, October 4th 2015, 13:06
related countries: Liberia Liberia
related places: Monrovia

A French bulldog named Jewel has been caught on CCTV casing bears out of her owner's back garden in Monrovia, California.
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VIDEO: Cars swept away in France flooding

Sunday, October 4th 2015, 8:04
related places: Cannes

Footage filmed on the streets of Cannes shows cars displaced in the aftermath of flooding that has killed at least 13 people.
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Channel Tunnel trains back to normal

Sunday, October 4th 2015, 5:24

Eurotunnel and Eurostar services are running to schedule again following delays caused by more than 100 migrants broke into the Calais terminal.
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French rebel over music language quotas

Saturday, October 3rd 2015, 0:50

French radio rebels over language quotas
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Saturday, October 3rd 2015, 0:13

The patients subjected to intimate examinations - without consent
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VIDEO: Scorpions seized at Paris airport

Friday, October 2nd 2015, 22:29
related places: Paris

Customs officers at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris have seized 115 live scorpions in two separate shipments.
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VW faces further inquiries in Europe

Friday, October 2nd 2015, 14:09

France and Italy launch investigations into Volkswagen over the rigging of emission tests.
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VIDEO: Paris aims to stub out cigarette litter

Friday, October 2nd 2015, 8:22
related places: Paris

Paris is tightening fines for smokers who drop cigarette butts on the pavement - after cleaning up 350 tonnes of the litter each year.
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Paris smokers face stiff fine for butts

Thursday, October 1st 2015, 9:55
related places: Paris

Smokers caught flicking cigarette stubs on to the pavement in Paris face a €68 (£50) fine under stricter measures.
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VIDEO: African immigrants shut out in Quebec

Thursday, October 1st 2015, 2:45
related countries: Canada Canada
related places: Quebec

Rude awakening for Canada's French-speaking immigrants
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Franco-Dutch deal ends Rembrandt spat

Wednesday, September 30th 2015, 18:30
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

France and the Netherlands agree to buy two 17th-Century Rembrandt wedding portraits, settling their differences and preventing a bidding war.
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VIDEO: Two Uber bosses on trial in France

Wednesday, September 30th 2015, 15:47

Two executives from the low-cost taxi service Uber have gone on trial in France over various charges including engaging in deceptive commercial practices.
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French raid 'kills IS child soldiers'

Wednesday, September 30th 2015, 13:28
related countries: Syria Syria

An activist group reports that France's first air strike on Islamic State in Syrian territory killed 30, including 12 child soldiers.
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Man killed on Eurotunnel tracks

Wednesday, September 30th 2015, 9:00
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A migrant has been killed on the Eurotunnel tracks trying to make it to the UK, French authorities and Eurotunnel confirm.
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Dieudonne evicted from Paris theatre

Tuesday, September 29th 2015, 21:42
related places: Dieudonne, Paris

Controversial French comedian Dieudonne is ordered to vacate the Paris theatre where he has been performing for the last 15 years.
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Alarm in Nice over Nazi banner display

Tuesday, September 29th 2015, 16:07
related places: Nice

French officials reassure people in Nice after a film crew caused alarm by hanging a huge Nazi banner on a government building.
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Tuesday, September 29th 2015, 15:09
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands
related places: Paris

Paris toilet ladies lose court case against Dutch firm
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WW2 veterans given France's top honour

Tuesday, September 29th 2015, 12:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fifteen British veterans of World War Two are awarded France's highest honour for the role they played in the country's liberation from the Nazis.
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Migrant killed in UK-bound lorry

Tuesday, September 29th 2015, 9:08
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Calais

A 20-year-old Iraqi has been found dead in a UK-bound lorry in Calais port, French authorities say.
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New Zealand declares new ocean reserve

Tuesday, September 29th 2015, 4:05
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

New Zealand reveals plans to turn an area of the South Pacific ocean about the size of France into a marine reserve.
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London pulls out of 2017 Tour start

Monday, September 28th 2015, 17:50
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

London turns down the chance to host the start of the 2017 Tour de France because of cost concerns, angering the race owners.
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France launches Syria anti-IS strikes

Sunday, September 27th 2015, 16:33
related countries: Syria Syria

France has carried out its first air strikes against IS militants in Syria, destroying a training camp in Deir al-Zour, President Hollande says.
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VIDEO: Crowds out for Paris 'car-free' day

Sunday, September 27th 2015, 14:22
related places: Champs, Paris

Crowds of pedestrians and cyclists converge on the Champs-Elysees in Paris as the city holds a "car-free" day.
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Hinkley owner defends cost of new plant

Thursday, September 24th 2015, 8:23

The head of French company EDF, which owns the Hinkley Point nuclear power station, defends its plan to build a new plant at the Somerset site.
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A delayed tribute to France's most famous woman artist

Thursday, September 24th 2015, 1:13

Saluting the first internationally celebrated woman artist
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VIDEO: How to get in touch with your 'clown'

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015, 23:43

A look at France's leading clown "guru" Philippe Gaulier and his school for clowns.
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France sells 'Russian' ships to Egypt

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015, 13:58
related countries: Egypt Egypt, Russia Russia, Ukraine Ukraine

Egypt agrees to buy two Mistral warships, almost a year after France halted their sale to Russia over the Ukraine conflict.
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50 pupils and staff ill on Europe trip

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015, 16:04
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Fifty children and staff have been taken ill while returning from a school trip to France and Belgium.
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FN leader Le Pen told to stand trial

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015, 15:56

The National Front leader will stand trial on charges of inciting racial hatred for comparing Muslims praying to the Nazi occupation of France.
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Moroccans win case against French rail

Monday, September 21st 2015, 15:02
related countries: Morocco Morocco

French rail operator SNCF is ordered to pay €150m ($170m; £110m) in damages for discriminating against more than 800 Moroccan staff.
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France's Eiffel Tower shut amid alert

Sunday, September 20th 2015, 19:34

France's famous Eiffel Tower is closed for several hours amid a security alert, after a man carrying a rucksack was seen scaling the structure.
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Sunday's gossip column

Sunday, September 20th 2015, 7:13

Paris St-Germain want Mourinho, Guardiola on Manchester United's radar, Balotelli to eventually cost Liverpool £30m, plus more.
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RWC gossip: England's £6m incentive

Friday, September 18th 2015, 9:28

England's World Cup jackpot, France coach lands a parking fine, Australia are all smiles, plus more.
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Man held in Rotterdam train alert

Friday, September 18th 2015, 8:19
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands
related places: Paris, Rotterdam

Dutch police in Rotterdam arrest a man who locked himself inside a toilet aboard a Paris-bound Thalys train.
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WW1 weapons 'taint farmers' crops'

Thursday, September 17th 2015, 16:18

Farmers in northern France are ordered to destroy this year's produce because of pollution caused by World War One armaments left in the soil, French media say.
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Five cities bid for 2024 Olympics

Wednesday, September 16th 2015, 11:00
related countries: Hungary Hungary, Italy Italy
related places: Paris, Rome

Los Angeles, Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Paris will compete to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games.
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Seven dead in French Alps avalanche

Tuesday, September 15th 2015, 14:13

Seven climbers have been killed and another seriously injured after an avalanche in the French Alps, local officials say.
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Row over new French central bank head

Tuesday, September 15th 2015, 12:53

Nearly 150 French economists have protested against the appointment of a former BNP Paribas banker to head the French central bank, fearing a conflict of interest.
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Ogier wins third world rally title

Sunday, September 13th 2015, 7:41

Sebastien Ogier's seventh win of the season gives the French driver a third successive World Rally Championship.
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Murray loses US Open doubles final

Saturday, September 12th 2015, 17:26
related countries: Aruba Aruba, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States
related places: New York, Pierre

Britain's Jamie Murray and Australian John Peers are beaten by French pair Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in New York.
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VIDEO: Engineer prints his own violin

Saturday, September 12th 2015, 2:34

A French engineer says he has created the first ever 3D printed electric violin.
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French consul sold boats to migrants

Friday, September 11th 2015, 22:33
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Bodrum

France suspends its honorary consul in the Turkish port of Bodrum after a report showed dinghies being sold to migrants from a shop that she owns.
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Two more Galileo satellites launched

Friday, September 11th 2015, 6:50
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

Europe continues the roll-out of its Galileo sat-nav system with the launch of a further two spacecraft from French Guiana.
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Thursday, September 10th 2015, 14:24

French great stirs row from beyond the tomb
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Froome set to miss World Champs

Tuesday, September 8th 2015, 13:31

Two time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is set to miss the World Road Cycling Championships with a broken foot.
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Toulon deny French doping allegations

Tuesday, September 8th 2015, 12:16
related places: Toulon

Triple European rugby union champions Toulon have denied allegations of doping made against them in French media.
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French hope to ease Russia sanctions

Monday, September 7th 2015, 11:50
related countries: Russia Russia, Ukraine Ukraine

French President Francois Hollande has said that following recent ceasefire progress in Ukraine, he hoped to see the end of sanctions on Russia.
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France to prepare for IS air strikes

Monday, September 7th 2015, 10:55
related countries: Syria Syria

President Francois Hollande of France says he has ordered preparations to start for air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.
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VIDEO: Kapoor sculpture vandalised again

Monday, September 7th 2015, 3:05
related places: Versailles

A sculpture by Sir Anish Kapoor on show at France's Palace of Versailles has been vandalised and covered with slogans, some of which are anti-Semitic.
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