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Bloody souvenir 'not from decapitated French King Louis XVI'

Paris - Two centuries after the French people beheaded King Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, DNA analysis has thrown new doubt on the authenticity of one such rag kept as a morbid souvenir.
In the Media by Mariette Le Roux, Véronique Martinache (AFP)

Former IMF chief's ex 'didn't know' about swinging sex life

Paris - The ex-wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn says she knew nothing about his penchant for sex parties which has left him facing a possible ten-year prison sentence for pimping.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Do Algerian government crackdowns make fair elections impossible?

To the group of 100 anti-government protestors gathered in the mid-March sun, the sight of police is nothing new. They have taken the name “Barakat,” which means “enough,” and the message is that change is coming.
In the Media by Nicole Weddington

Mock executions, beatings: Journalists describe Syria ordeal

Paris - Mock executions, hunger, thirst, cold, beatings, a makeshift chess game to pass the time... and a "surreal" snowball fight with their jailers.
In the Media by Claire Snegaroff (AFP)

Video: First luxury hotel for cats in Paris

Paris - Paris cat lovers now have the ideal solution when going away on vacation. A luxury hotel for cats offering everything they need, including luxury rooms, "gourmet" food and even a communal games room. All this plus around-the-clock care and attention.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

France has 'information' Assad regime using chemical weapons: Hollande

Paris - France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

French journalists free after 10-month Syria hostage ordeal

Paris - Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media.
In the Media by Frederic Dumoulin with Burak Akinci in Ankara (AFP)

Bespoke shoes scandal claims scalp of Hollande aide

Paris - A close advisor to Francois Hollande resigned on Friday after allegations about a conflict of interest and his extravagant lifestyle dealt a fresh blow to the beleaguered French president.
In the Media by Angus MacKinnon (AFP)

Search for plane debris on ocean surface ending

Perth - Authorities investigating the still-unexplained disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 say their search for debris floating in the Indian Ocean is ending and efforts will shift to the seabed.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

OnePlus 'perfect' smartphone pricing announced

The team creating the OnePlus "perfect" smartphone has ended the speculation on how much the device will cost by releasing base prices for the unit in key territories at launch.
In the Media by James Walker - 1 comment

Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d'Or

Paris - Cannes film festival organisers on Thursday unveil their pick of the A-listers and art house "auteurs" chosen to take part in this year's movie extravaganza on the French Riviera.
In the Media by AFP

Angolan $3.5 bn oil contract goes to Technip, Heerema

Paris - The ultra-deep Angolan offshore oil project called Kaombo generated the third huge contract in three days on Wednesday when French group Total picked two firms to carry out underwater engineering worth $3.5 billion.
In the Media by Elodie Mazein (AFP)

Brain scan shows which vegetative patients have hope

Paris - A hi-tech scanner can help tell whether a brain-injured patient who appears to be in a vegetative state has a chance of regaining some consciousness, a study said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

European parliament adopts financial markets rules

Strasbourg - The European Parliament adopted new rules Tuesday to tighten the regulation of financial markets in order to stop rampant speculation, including on foodstuffs.
In the Media by AFP

France will stick to EU deficit reduction target

Paris - France will stick to the country's EU-set budget deficit reduction target, the new finance minister insisted on Tuesday, dismissing earlier indications that Paris was angling for a delay.
In the Media by AFP

European Parliament approves 'banking union' reforms

Strasbourg - The European Parliament approved on Tuesday the last elements of a new set of rules to prevent failing banks from ever again driving EU member states into bankruptcy.
In the Media by AFP

Imperial Tobacco announces closure of UK, French factories

Paris - Imperial Tobacco on Tuesday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs, citing declining sales in Europe, tougher anti-smoking measures and the growth of contraband sales.
In the Media by AFP

EU is also 'porn without borders': conservative leader

Strasbourg - Improved access to porn movies across Europe's many borders is one of the merits of the European Union, conservative party chief Joseph Daul said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

Areva says in line to build British nuclear waste plant

Paris - French nuclear power group Areva said on Tuesday it was part of a consortium retained for a major contract in Britain to handle radioactive metallic waste.
In the Media by AFP

Red Bull lose Ricciardo disqualification appeal

Paris - Red Bull on Tuesday lost their appeal over Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.The world champions had sought to overturn the stripping of Ricciardo's second place in Melbourne for breaching fuel flow regulations.
In the Media by AFP
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