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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.

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.

Utrecht to host 2015 Tour de France start

Paris - The route for the 2015 Tour de France, the world’s greatest cycle race, was unveiled Wednesday at the Grand Palais in Paris. The 102nd running of the Tour de France will start from Utrecht, Holland's "bicycle city," on Jul. 4, 2014.

Heads roll in Russia as more details emerge of Total crash

Moscow - Top Russian airport officials quit on Thursday as more employees were detained over the Moscow plane crash that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total.

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.

Russian investigators probe Total CEO crash black boxes

Moscow - Russian investigators said on Wednesday they were analysing the black boxes from the jet that crashed in Moscow this week, killing the chief executive of France's Total oil company.

Russia blames 'negligent' airport bosses for Total CEO's crash

Moscow - Russian investigators on Tuesday accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash at a Moscow airport that killed the head of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff.

Total chief executive De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.

CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport after his private jet struck a snow plough on takeoff.Total confirmed the death of the 63-year-old early on Tuesday.

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.

Franco-German mini-summit to tackle growth, budget

Berlin - French and German ministers are due to meet Monday to discuss ways of boosting growth in Europe's two biggest economies, as Paris called on Berlin to step up investment.

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.

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.

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.

Transfer money with just a tweet in France from tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, French citizens will be able to transfer money to friends and family via a simple tweet thanks to a partnership between Twitter and French bank Groupe BPCE.

Ex-prostitute ends long march for French bill to penalise clients

Paris - A former prostitute who walked 800 kilometres (500 miles) across France to demand that the government make good on its promise to penalise clients ended her protest march in Paris Sunday.

300 masterpieces from French museums set for Louvre Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - Masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh will be among 300 works displayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Emirate said Sunday, as it aims to become a leader in fine art.

Russia extends house arrest for leading Putin critic

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday extended the house arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces graft charges his supporters say are politically motivated.

French ceremony honours slain war correspondents

Bayeux - Hundreds of colleagues, friends and family paid tribute Thursday to the numerous journalists killed over the past year, including US reporter James Foley, whose "vile" beheading at the hands of Islamic State militants sparked global outrage.

British press probes French stereotypes on Valls visit

London - The British press wrestled over stereotypes of France as a failing economy on Tuesday, after Prime Minister Manuel Valls travelled to London to insist his country is open for business.

Ex-French agent is Syria jihadist, report says as Paris denies

Paris - A former French intelligence officer who defected to Al-Qaeda was targeted by US air strikes in Syria last month, US media reported Monday, in an account promptly denied by Paris.

Eiffel Tower dazzles with ultra-modern glass floor

Paris - Visitors at the Eiffel Tower were left giddy Monday as the mayor unveiled a new glass floor on Paris's best-known landmark, offering millions of tourists another perspective on the world's most-visited city.

Disneyland Paris gets one billion euro bailout from Walt Disney

It seems the economic crisis in Europe has had its effects on the company which operates Disneyland Paris. While the park is a top draw for European visitors, there has been a sharp fall in the number of visitors and what they spend there.

Ten of thousands march for 'family values' in France

Paris - Tens of thousands took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux Sunday to demonstrate for what protesters called "traditional family values" and against assisted pregnancies and surrogacy.

Two health workers in W. Africa cured of Ebola in Europe

Paris - A French nurse and a Senegalese doctor who contracted Ebola while working with patients in epidemic-hit west Africa have been cured of the virus in European hospitals, health officials said Saturday.

A stroll along the French Riviera Special

Toulon - The peninsula of Giens is located alongside the old French town of Hyères. Digital Journal paid a visit to the cliffs, overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean Sea.
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the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa  in Paris December 7  2013
the Elysee Summit for Peace and Security in Africa, in Paris December 7, 2013
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France's Olympic gold-winning men's handball team, Beijing, 2008
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Véronic DiCaire at Théâtre de la Gaîté, Montparnasse, Paris
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Happier days when Edgar Grospiron was still "proud and enthusiastic" at being the head of the Annecy bid committee (screenshot from TV8 Mont-Blanc, February 2010)
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Three Theatres, Marseille France
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
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Aerial view of Nancy, France
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Jodi Rose marries a bridge in France
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his wife Sara welcome French President Francois Hollande to their official residence before a joint news conference in Jerusalem November 17, 2013. Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had ended a pursuit of nuclear weapons
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Lilly Wood & The Prick (screenshot YouTube)
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The Chamber of Commerce, Marseille France
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Love locks on bridges in Paris, France are causing problems and are to be removed.
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Gérard Depardieu (screenshot BFM TV)
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Sainte Cécile Cathedral, Albi
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A backstreet in Joigny, France
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Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, had some strong words about the Gaza conflict
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No Pants Subway Ride in Paris, France on January 12, 2013
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Strategic Airlines (screenshot TF1 news)
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Railway line in Périgueux-Saint-Georges, Périgueux, Dordogne, France
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