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Chikungunya viral infections in France

Montpellier - The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported on four locally acquired cases of the virus in France: four members of the same family in Montpellier.

Uber nixes promo with free car rides from 'hot chick' drivers

Lyon - Uber, a ride-sharing app, canceled a promotion in the city of Lyon. The promotion said that passengers could go for a 20-minute ride in cars that were driven by beautiful ladies.

French court authorises extradition of Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov

Lyon - A French court on Friday authorised the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia and Ukraine, despite concerns over his safety if the move goes ahead.

Exasperation in Calais as Britain-bound migrants pour in

Calais - "Fed up", an expression that comes up again and again in the French port city of Calais where residents are faced with a growing tide of hungry, penniless migrants sleeping rough.

Billionaire Soros urges Europe to 'wake up' and save Ukraine

Paris - US billionaire investor George Soros warned Thursday that Europe's very existence was being threatened by Russia, in a scathing criticism of the EU's response to the Ukraine crisis.

Canada attacks follow Al-Qaeda, IS instructions to a tee

Paris - While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group to the letter.

France sends police reinforcements to Calais after migrant clashes

Calais - France's interior minister said Thursday he had dispatched 100 extra police to the northern port of Calais where an influx of illegal migrants trying to get to Britain is causing more and more havoc.

New 'progressive' party? PM's bold suggestion to 'save' French left

Paris - France's prime minister called Wednesday for the creation of a new "progressive" party or alliance of parties, a bold move that would seek to plug divisions tearing the ruling Socialists apart.

Total names new bosses as Russia probes CEO plane crash

Paris - French oil giant Total on Wednesday named new bosses to lead one of the world's biggest energy companies after its chief executive was killed in Moscow when his private jet hit a snowplough as it was taking off.

EU's Juncker wins green light for 'last chance' team

Strasbourg - The EU's incoming chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker vowed Wednesday to seize the "last chance" for the bloc as his team of commissioners won parliamentary approval to start work on a stalling economy and foreign policy challenges.

Teen convicted as 'armed clowns' spread panic in French towns

B - The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France.

Paris Opera expels veiled woman during performance

Paris - France's government is drawing up a new set of rules for theatres after the Paris Opera ejected a woman for wearing a veil during a performance, the institution's deputy director said Sunday.

80-foot high 'sex toy' sculpture raises a furore in Paris

Paris - An inflatable sculpture erected on a famous Parisian square has kicked up a fuss, with its artist even being attacked in the street.

Europeans schedule unprecedented soft landing on comet

Trying to unlock part of the mystery of life on Earth, the European Space Agency revealed Wednesday where it will attempt an unprecedented soft landing on a comet.

Vlad the impaled: Femen militant fined for stabbing Putin waxwork

Paris - A Ukrainian member of the Femen movement was slapped with over 6,000 euros ($7,300) in fines on Wednesday for impaling a wax statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a stake, while bare-breasted, in a Paris museum.

Self-defence class 'mistaken' for jihad training in France

Strasbourg - A group of men accused by police of "training for jihad" in broad daylight in a French park were merely taking a self-defence class, one of them told AFP on Wednesday.

Man with Google Glass had 'Internet addiction disorder'

Paris - A 31-year-old American was treated for addiction after wearing Google Glass for up to 18 hours a day and even experienced dreams as if looking through the device, doctors said.

Ebola: Questions about a stealthy virus

Paris - The Ebola virus species that has killed more than 4,000 people in west Africa caught everyone by surprise when it erupted thousands of kilometres from its historical hotbed.

Belgian doctor says she 'drank vodka' before fatal Caesarean

Pau - A Belgian anaesthetist has admitted she drank vodka before assisting at a Caesarean in which a woman of British origin died in France last month, a French court heard Tuesday.

Good news at last: French politicians seize on Nobel glory

Paris - For French politicians fed up with their embattled nation being the punching bag of Europe, the news of two wins in one Nobel season could not have come at a better time.
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