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Johnny Summerton

Digital Journalist based in Paris, France. Joined on Apr 11, 2009

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France on heatwave alert

It's hot in France today and the country's meteorological service, Météo France, has put several regions on heatwave alert for the next couple of days.

EasyJet denies handicapped man boarding

Biarritz - The budget airline EasyJet has once again refused to allow an unaccompanied handicapped person to fly because he presented what the company called a "security problem".

French reality TV show cancelled after contestant commits suicide

A French television channel has cancelled the airing of a new reality show following the death of one of the candidates.

Tour de France anti-doping tests questioned

Cycling's premier event, the Tour de France, begins on Saturday. But even before the first stage gets underway in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, scientists claim that the Tour's anti-doping test are flawed and some riders have found new ways of cheating.

French football chief resigns

The head of the French Football Federation (FFF) Jean-Pierre Escalettes has announced he's standing down. In a statement on the Federation's website Escalettes said he would officially present his resignation at an FFF council meeting on Friday.

French presidential jet due for delivery in Autumn

Nicolas Sarkozy is welcoming a newly refitted presidential aircraft later this year. It'll be bigger, more expensive and will consume more fuel than the current one, but will also fly further without refuelling and carry more passengers.

Soft drink ad 'too gay' for French TV

For the second time in less than a month a television commercial with a gay theme has been released in France. The latest one, from the Orangina soda company, hasn't yet made it on to the small screen as it's deemed to be too "controversial".

Op-Ed: Thierry Henry talks - and says very little

On Friday the French international striker Thierry Henry gave his first interview since France's ignominious performance both on and off the pitch during the country's short-lived campaign at the World Cup in South Africa.

French president Sarkozy meets Thierry Henry

Paris - Mystery surrounds the meeting between the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and international football striker Thierry Henry on Thursday with nobody certain as to who requested the talks let alone what the two men discussed.

Sarkozy to cancel Bastille Day garden party

Paris - French President Nicolas Sarkozy looks set to cancel the annual garden party held at his official residence, the Elysée palace, to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14.

Op-Ed: France's final World Cup humiliation

French manager Raymond Domenech refused to shake hands with South Africa's coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and later dismissed journalists' questions on the subject. The incident occurred after South Africa beat France in its last World Cup match.

French politicians unite against bullfighting

Two French politicians from opposing parties are to present a bill to parliament outlawing bullfighting in France. They already have the support of a dozen other parliamentarians from across the political spectrum.

The French post office 75 metres underground

Padirac - Tourists to the Padirac chasm in the southwest of France will be able to do more than just visit the cave next week. They'll also be able to send mail, 75 metres underground.

When a Beatle becomes a Rolling Stone

Former French prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, confused The Beatles with The Rolling Stones during a prime time television show.

French team's World Cup hotel is too costly, says junior minister

With less than a week to go before the World Cup finals kick off in South Africa, the French junior minister for sport, Rama Yade, has caused a controversy by criticising the choice of accommodation for the French football team.

Nicoletta, a French 'soul sister' Special

Bordeaux - Recognised by the late, great Ray Charles as being a "soul sister" when he first met her, the French performer Nicoletta was back on stage last week celebrating 40 years in show business.

Galloping horses bring motorway traffic to a standstill

Belfort - Drivers on a motorway in eastern France had more than just the usual rush hour traffic to contend with on Wednesday morning after 23 horses broke loose from an equestrian centre and made their bid for freedom.

France demands changes in Eurovision voting

Paris - The head of entertainment at France Television, Nicolas Pernikoff, is calling for a change in the way voting is conducted at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Germany still in 'Lena epidemic' after Eurovision win

Hanover - Germany is still celebrating its win last weekend in the Eurovision Song Contest, when Lena sang her way to victory with "Satellite" and there's even talk of her representing the country again next year when it hosts the competition.

Trial opens of nurse accused of killing Alzheimer's patient

The trial has opened in France of Véronique Metelo, a nurse accused of fatally poisoning and robbing an elderly patient suffering from Alzheimer's.
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