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French customs seize record 2.25 tonnes of cocaine in Caribbean

Paris - French customs agents have seized 2.25 tonnes of cocaine, their largest haul ever, from a sailboat in the Caribbean, the government said Saturday.

Replica of French general's historic US independence ship sails again

La Rochelle - A replica of the 18th century ship that took a French general on his voyage to become a hero of the American war of independence set sail again Saturday, cheered off by thousands of well-wishers and President Francois Hollande.

Like breeds with like in animal study

Paris - As indication in a new laboratory study, mice pairs with similar anxiety levels produce offspring more quickly than coupled animals with differing personalities.

Biotech company Cellectis floats on stock exchange

Paris - The biotech start-up company Cellectis has gone public for a massive $228 million. This is nearly double the value the company filed for in February 2015.

Polish man charged over rape and murder of French nine-year-old

Paris - A 38-year-old Polish man was charged Friday with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in northern France that has shocked the country.

France's Le Pen replaced by granddaughter after family feud

Paris - The granddaughter of France's historic far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was officially named on Friday as his replacement in regional elections, following a bitter family feud within the National Front party he founded.

Hollande to meet Putin in Armenia on April 24: President's office

Paris - French President Francois Hollande will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24, a source in his office said on Friday.

French PM launches action plan against 'unbearable' racism

Cr - France's prime minister announced Friday the government would pour 100 million euros into a major anti-racism and anti-Semitism action plan devised in the aftermath of the deadly Paris jihadist attacks.

Thieves score 5 mn euros in jewels in Paris smash-and-grab

Paris - French police were on Thursday hunting a trio of thieves who made off with a handbag containing five million euros' worth of Chanel jewels in a smash-and-grab on the highway between Paris and Charles De Gaulle airport.

Top French court overturns ban on 'racist' cakes

Marseille - France's top administrative court on Thursday overturned a ban on the display in a pastry shop of "racist" cakes in the shape of a naked man and woman coated in dark chocolate.

French far-right patriarch Le Pen hospitalised

Paris - The elderly founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was hospitalised on Thursday for what he said was a "small heart problem", just days after a bitter spat with his daughter."Everything is fine, I am in my bed.

Polish man confesses to killing girl snatched in front of mother

Calais - A Polish man has confessed to raping and killing a nine-year-old girl after snatching her from a French playground within view of her mother, in a crime that has shocked the country.

Buying a Paris to Berlin ticket: What Google really offers

Paris - When typing "airline ticket Paris Berlin" into Google's search engine, users may think they will get a pertinent selection of offers from airline companies, but in reality the results are ranked by Google -- something for which it is now being pursued ...

One detained after gyrocopter lands at the U.S. Capitol

The U.S. capitol remains of high alert after a small gyrocopter lands outside the west end of the Capitol building. The pilot has been detained at this time.

Last male white rhino on Earth guarded by armed men 24/7

The last endangered white rhino on Earth is currently being guarded constantly by four armed rangers. It is their hope to aid the rhino in mating before the animal becomes extinct.

Finished days before death, Charlie Hebdo director's book unveiled

Paris - "One day, for a laugh, I will have to publish all the threats I received at Charlie Hebdo," French cartoonist Charb wrote in a book he finished just two days before being mowed down by jihadist gunmen.

France stands by choice of gay Vatican envoy

Paris - France said Wednesday it stood by its choice to send a gay diplomat to the Vatican despite three months of silence from the Holy See over the appointment.

Op-Ed: Kerry begins to accept that Congress will have say on Iran deal

Washington, D. C. - Sounds like a fourth-grade social studies teacher finally got to him. Of course, we’re speaking about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the longtime U.S. Senator who took over the State Department when Hillary Clinton left in 2013.

Russia's sale of missile defence to Iran could help secure nuclear deal

Paris - Russia's decision to supply Iran with the S-300 missile air defence system was seen by critics in Israel and the United States as proof this month's framework nuclear agreement was already making Tehran more of a threat.

French town pays Brits after death from falling 'Napoleon' tree

La Rochelle - A French seaside resort has paid out more than 100,000 euros to compensate a British family after a 62-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree planted in honour of Napoleon's son.
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