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One dead, three missing in French floods

Paris - A woman died on Thursday and three other people were missing after a heavy storm triggered flash flooding in southeastern France, the government said.

Sarkozy tipped to lead party in first step back to presidency

Paris - First the dramatic comeback, then the frenzied campaign, and now France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy is limbering up for his potential springboard back into office: the leadership of his right-wing UMP party.

Rare first Shakespeare edition found in French library

Saint-omer - A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of an ancient port town in northern France.

France delays warship delivery to Russia 'until further notice'

Paris - France on Tuesday pushed back "until further notice" the delivery of a controversial warship to Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, sparking a measured initial response from Moscow.

France halts warship delivery to Russia 'until further notice'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday delayed the controversial delivery of a high-tech warship to Russia "until further notice" over the Ukraine crisis.

Conditions not right to deliver warship to Russia: France

Paris - France's foreign minister Tuesday said the conditions were not right to deliver a high-tech warship to Russia given the Ukraine crisis, as pressure from Moscow grows to hand over the vessel.

France awards highest honour to modest WWII spy heroine

Wellington - A World War II heroine who parachuted behind German lines on "perilous" spy missions, but was so modest she only told her children about it 15 years ago, was Tuesday presented with France's highest honour.

Netanyahu warns of 'grave mistake' if France recognises Palestine

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that France's parliament would be making a "grave mistake" if it recognises a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2.

Thousands evacuated after WWII bomb found in French city

Rennes - Three thousand people were evacuated from their homes in the centre of the French city of Rennes Sunday while a huge British bomb from World War II was defused.

ETA militants jailed for six to eight years in France

Paris - Four militants from the Basque separatist group ETA captured in northern France in 2011 were given prison sentences of six to eight years on Friday by a Paris court.

Witness in French inquiry into 1994 Rwanda plane crash disappears Special

A key witness for a French court investigating who triggered the Rwandan genocide has gone missing in Kenya after a Paris judge insisted the witness’ name be identified in legal documents – a move critics say compromised his safety.

Jihad lures teens from unsuspected corners of France

Paris - For the French public, the idea is deeply jarring: youngsters from everyday backgrounds with names like Maxime, Helene and David joining the jihad or turning up in brutal Islamic State execution videos.

World braces for 'rude, spirited' Beaujolais Nouveau

Paris - As the clock strikes midnight Wednesday, corks will pop the world over on new bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau, with oenophiles in Asia getting the first taste of the love-it-or-loathe-it young French wine.

N. African militants release video of French, Dutch hostages

Paris - The North African jihadist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb released a video Monday purporting to show a French and a Dutch hostage held since November 2011 in the Sahara.

N. African militants release video of French, Dutch hostages

Washington - The North African jihadist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb released a video Monday purporting to show a French and a Dutch hostage held since November 2011 in the Sahara.

Lost languages leave a mark on the brain

Washington - Babies adopted across international borders may not remember the language they heard in their first days, but the words leave a lasting mark on their minds, scientists said Monday.

Never a fan of heights, Paris rejects triangle skyscraper

Paris - Wary of a public that has never really forgiven them for blighting their view with a skyscraper 40 years ago, Paris authorities narrowly rejected plans for a 43-storey triangular-shaped building on Monday.

Prosecutors confirm Frenchman in IS execution video

Paris - A young Frenchman was one of the jihadists in an Islamic State video that appeared to show the beheading of Syrian soldiers and a US aid worker, prosecutors said on Monday.

Black weekend as storms lash Italy, Switzerland, France

Geneva - At least four people were killed as landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into buildings on either side of the Swiss-Italian border on Sunday, a day after floods in southern France killed five people.

Hollande says won't be pressured over warship delivery to Russia

Brisbane - French President Francois Hollande said Sunday he would not be pressured into delivering two warships to Russia, after delaying their handover due to the Ukraine crisis.

Sarkozy says France's gay marriage law should be scrapped

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has embarked on a political comeback, on Saturday said France's gay marriage law should be scrapped, in his strongest comment yet on the controversial issue.

Six dead in French storms

- Storms in southern France have left six dead, authorities said Saturday, including a mother and her two small sons after their car was swept away in flooding.

Algerian president leaves French hospital after two-day stay

Grenoble - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, who has been plagued by ill health since suffering a mini-stroke last year, left France on Saturday after a two-day stay in hospital.

Canadian charged over 1980 Paris synagogue bombing

Paris - A Canadian academic was charged on Saturday over the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue after losing his six-year legal battle against extradition over the notorious attack.

Putin urges Hollande to 'minimise risks' between Russia, France

Brisbane - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called on French President Francois Hollande to "minimise the risks" between their countries after months of growing tensions.

Canadian charged over 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris

Paris - A Canadian academic was charged in Paris on Saturday over the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue, his lawyer said.

'Cold War' fears over Ukraine overblown, say experts

Paris - Secret "Russian subs" off Sweden, tit-for-tat sanctions, NATO fighters scrambling to intercept Russian warplanes: relations between the West and Moscow over Ukraine have sparked incidents reminiscent of the Cold War that terrified the world for decades...

Algerian President Bouteflika 'hospitalised in France'

Grenoble - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, who has been plagued by ill health since suffering a "mini-stroke" last year, has again been hospitalised in France, a French government source told AFP on Friday.

Tiger or tabby? France scales down cat hunt

Mont - French officials on Friday scaled down a frantic hunt for a mysterious big cat prowling on the outskirts of Paris after scotching earlier fears it was a tiger.

Canada to extradite accused Paris bomber to France  

Ottawa - Canada's top court refused Thursday to hear a university professor's final plea to halt his extradition to France, effectively ensuring he will face trial for the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue.
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Jean Dujardin (screenshot from "The Artist" trailer)
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Amaury Vassili (screenshot from France 3 video)
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Greenpeace activist scaled Eiffel Tower for release of Arctic 30 in Russia.
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Colmar apartment fire rescue (screenshot from amateur video)
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The Tuk Tuk alongside the river Mayenne in Mayenne France with the Chateau de Mayenne in the background.
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Olivier Giroud kisses teammate Mathieu Debuchy (screenshot ZFF television)
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Nicolas Sarkozy ( screenshot from LCI television)
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Europe according to France
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Protesters against French immigration policies, Paris 2008
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Saint-Pierre church in Maël-Carhaix, France
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As the sun begins to set in Hyères, a gorgeous ribbon of pink and red can be seen against the sea.
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Greenpeace protestor releases smoke bomb at Bugey nuclear power facility in eastern France
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A photo posted to Twitter by a witness
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