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French senate scraps law punishing prostitutes' clients

Paris - France's upper house of parliament on Tuesday scrapped a law punishing clients of prostitutes and made soliciting an offence, as the country wrestles with how to legislate the world's oldest profession.

Search teams use new road to reach Germanwings crash site

France - With a new road built to the crash site of the doomed Germanwings plane in the French Alps, investigators on Tuesday resumed their grim search through debris and body parts.

French lawmakers debate punishing prostitutes or clients

Paris - French senators will on Monday debate whether the law should punish prostitutes or their clients, as France resumes a divisive discussion on how to crack down on the world's oldest profession.

Local vote 'slap' a bad omen for divided French left

Paris - A crushing defeat at the hands of his old rival Nicolas Sarkozy is a bad omen for President Francois Hollande two years ahead of a presidential election, analysts said Monday, with the far-right also growing in power.

How were Neanderthals different? New remains give pointers

Leioa - A review of remains, originally recovered from a leading Neanderthal archaeological site in France over 40 years ago, highlights the differences between Neanderthals and humans.

Hunt resumes for Alps plane crash DNA, black box

France - Investigators sifting through the wreckage of the doomed Germanwings plane in the French Alps were forced Monday to resume the hunt on foot as bad weather hampered helicopter flights.

French right deals major blow to ruling Socialists in local elections

Paris - France's ruling Socialists took a drubbing in run-off local polls on Sunday that saw major gains for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and the far-right ahead of 2017 presidential elections.

Sarkozy, Le Pen expect boost from French local polls

Paris - France's ruling Socialists looked set for a drubbing in run-off local polls on Sunday that were expected to boost the prospects of former president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen.

DNA from 78 Germanwings crash victims found

Marseille - Forensic teams have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts at the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps, while investigators continued their grim task in the arduous mountain terrain.

Sarkozy, Le Pen expect boost from French local polls

Paris - France's ruling Socialists look set for a drubbing in local polls Sunday that are expected to deliver a boost for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen.

Frenchwoman dies of injuries from Tunisia museum attack

Paris - A Frenchwoman has succumbed to injuries sustained in the March 18 attack on Tunisia's national museum, French President Francois Hollande said Saturday, bringing the overall death toll from the shooting to 22.

French Alps faithful pray for crash vicitms

Digne - Before the altar of a French Alps cathedral, 150 candles on Saturday burned brightly for all those who perished in this week's Germanwings crash and their families.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz said: 'I will be remembered forever'

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot accused of deliberately crashing Germanwings flight 4U 9525, is reported to have shared with former girlfriend his plans to "go down in history."

What rising gay support means for France's far-right National Front

Beauvais - Sebastien Chenu, a former gay activist, does not seem a typical member of France's far-right National Front (FN), a party accused of deeply reactionary views with a history of homophobia.

Depression, suicide and the workplace — Q&A

Paris - Expert opinions on the potential link between depression and the suspected mass murder-suicide of a Germanwings co-pilot who flew an Airbus into the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board:Q: What is the link between depression and suicide...

French investigators hunt second black box from Germanwings jet

France - Dozens of specialised police and rescue workers kicked off a fourth day of recovery operations on Friday at the scene of the crashed Germanwings jet, hunting for its second black box.

Crash investigation focuses on Germanwings co-pilot

Nice - Authorities in Germany searched the Montabaur home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz on Thursday, looking for clues to why the young flier apparently flew a Germanwings jetliner into a mountain in southern France, killing all 150 passengers and crew.

Airlines scramble for new cockpit rules after crash

Paris - Airlines and policy makers rushed to mandate two crew members be in the cockpit at all times following revelations that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight deliberately crashed the plane when left alone at the controls.

Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight

Marignane - The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board flight 4U 9525.

Germanwings crash generates giant wave of solidarity

Digne - From offers of accommodation to freshly baked cookies, locals near the crash site of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 have rallied 'round with everything at their disposal to ease -- in a small way -- the pain of victims' families.
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