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France forced to import wheat because of poor quality of harvest

France is the European Union's top wheat grower and exporter. But because of an unusually wet summer, France will be forced to buy Lithuanian and British milling wheat to mix with its poor quality crop to meet existing contracts.

Row over French MEP's veil comments

Paris - A French MEP and former minister has created a storm in France by posting a picture of a veiled woman sitting on a beach and criticising it as an "attack on our culture".

Saudi prince robbed of 250,000 euros in Paris carjacking

Paris - Heavily armed robbers have mounted a brazen attack on the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros in cash and stealing diplomatic papers, French police said Monday.

Three climbers die after 800-metre fall from Mont Blanc

Grenoble - Two climbers and their guide have fallen 800 metres to their death in the Mont Blanc range, French police said on Monday, the latest in a series of tragedies on Europe's highest mountain.

Ukraine, Russia hold talks amid fears of direct clashes

Donetsk - Germany warned Sunday that direct military clashes between Russia and Ukraine must be avoided at all costs as Kiev and Moscow's top diplomats joined crisis talks with only faint hope of a breakthrough.

Hollande to lead 'southern D-Day' tributes, 70 years on

Toulon - President Francois Hollande leads ceremonies on Friday to mark 70 years since the Allied invasion of southern France which, two months after D-Day, pushed the exhausted Nazi army back towards Germany and hastened the end of World War II in Europe.

Putin foe Navalny pleads innocent in latest fraud trial

Moscow - One of the most popular critics of President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, pleaded innocent at the start Thursday of a trial for defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher out of more than half a million euros."I do not admit guilt.

France's 'Death to Jews' hamlet to mull name change

Paris - French authorities will next month consider changing the name of a tiny hamlet near Paris which is officially known as La-Mort-aux-Juifs ("Death to Jews") after a top Jewish group protested.

Six climbers die after fall on France's Mont Blanc

Chamonix - Six French climbers have died after a terrifying 250-metre fall from Mont Blanc, officials said Wednesday, one of the worst accidents in a decade on Europe's highest mountain.

'Grave concerns' over Russian aid to Ukraine gambit: Hollande

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday told his Russian counterpart he had "grave concerns" about the prospect of a unilateral Russian mission in Ukraine.

Jewish group urges name change for French hamlet 'Death to Jews'

Paris - Prominent Jewish group the Simon Wiesenthal Centre has sent a letter to France's interior minister to demand that a tiny hamlet south of Paris called "Death to Jews" be renamed.

French law eases abortion limits and pushes gender equality

French authorities recently passed a new law which brings significant changes to how men and women interact with each other and handle their families. However another section of the law which deals with abortion is getting the most discussion.

Voice recordings in Air Algerie crash 'unusable': investigators

Le Bourget - Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people last month said on Thursday they had been unable to access voice recordings from the flight deck."The tape was a little bit damaged. We were able to extract it...

First results of probe into Air Algerie crash expected

Paris - French officials were Thursday expected to reveal the first results of their investigation into the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed all 116 people on board.

'Cranks' accused of risking lives on France's Mont Blanc

Lyon - A US climber who tried to go up western Europe's highest peak with his two children has sparked alarm among professional guides and officials in France for what some see as "cranks" putting lives at risk on Mont Blanc.

French troops kill ex-rebels in Central Africa: military

Bangui - French peacekeeping troops killed several former rebels after they came under heavy fire while on patrol in the Central African Republic, military sources said on Tuesday.

France condemns Israel for Palestinian 'slaughter'

Officials called for a cease-fire between Israel and the Gaza strip. Despite their official support of the country they are demanding an immediate cease-fire.

French, German leaders pay emotional tribute to WWI fallen

Hartmannswiller - French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck paid emotional tributes Sunday to the millions of soldiers who died during World War I, exactly 100 years after Germany declared hostilities against France.

France, Germany remember first soldiers killed in WWI

Joncherey - Descendants of two soldiers from France and Germany who were the first fatalities of World War I gathered in eastern France on Saturday for a ceremony marking the centenary of their deaths.

Paris drugs cop arrested over missing cocaine

Paris - A French narcotics police officer was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing over 50 kilos of seized cocaine from the Paris police headquarters in a case that has become a major embarrassment for the force.

33,000 Foot skydive? — No problem

Kids — Don't try this at home. Not that anyone could try it at home to begin with. Jumping from a lung-sucking 33,000 feet, a pair of French skydivers made an artfully dynamic journey back to the surface of the Earth on May 31st.

Lebanon supplies DNA samples in Air Algerie crash case

Beirut - Lebanon has handed over DNA samples from relatives of 20 citizens killed in a July 24 Air Algerie plane crash in Mali, a foreign ministry source told AFP on Friday.

Google says 'forgetting' isn't easy, as requests mount

San Francisco - Google told European officials that forgetting isn't easy, especially when details are few and guidelines are murky regarding when personal privacy trumps public interest.

With Netflix's European invasion approaching, France braces

Netflix is coming to Europe in September, a move that has France's VOD market -- and its government -- bracing for impact.

France mulls ban on radical Jewish group

Paris - France is considering disbanding a radical Jewish group whose members clashed with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies over Israel's offensive in Gaza, a source close to the case told AFP on Thursday.

Identifying Mali air crash victims 'could take years'

Algiers - Identifying the victims from last week's Air Algerie crash in Mali "could take weeks, months and maybe years", Algeria's chief of police said on Thursday.

Suspected Jewish Museum gunman charged with terrorist-linked murder

Brussels - A Frenchman suspected of carrying out a fatal shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels was charged Wednesday with "murder in a terrorist context", the Belgian prosecutor's office said.

Pilots of Air Algerie jet asked to turn back: France

Paris - France said Monday the pilots of the Air Algerie passenger plane that crashed in Mali, killing all 118 people on board, had asked to turn back in a new development to a complex probe into the tragedy.

Air Algerie crash black boxes begin journey to France

Bamako - The black boxes from the Air Algerie plane disaster on Sunday began their journey to France from northern Mali as investigators ramped up efforts to find the cause of the deadly crash.

Clashes at banned pro-Palestinian Paris protest, 70 arrested

Paris - French police arrested 70 people at a banned pro-Palestinian protest in central Paris on Saturday that degenerated into clashes between demonstrators and armour-clad riot squads.
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Léa Seydoux (right) and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the French film Blue is the Warmest Colour
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The France team playing in the 2010 World Cup
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Clog maker and nature walk sign, Lautrec, France
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Scene of the attack on the Toulouse apartment building
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Greenpeace activist scaled Eiffel Tower for release of Arctic 30 in Russia.
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Weather forecast, France 2 (screenshot from PureMédias' video)
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'Assault on the Tuileries' on Aug 10, 1792, during the French Revolution, painting at the Musée du chateau de Versailles
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Riot police fire flashballs at rioters during riots in Lyon 21 October 2010
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Lyon's Bellecour Square filled with tear gas during riots in Lyon on 19 October 2010
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Albi, view of Cathedral and city
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Distilling at Combier Distillery, the oldest distillery in the oire Valley in France
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Castelnau de Montmiral, village centre
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Sankofa Unit (screenshot from YouTube clip)
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Julian Bugier, journalist on i-Télé, France (screenshot from Dailymotion video)
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