Europe: France

France24 - France (37 minutes ago)

Azerbaijan on Wednesday accused France of pressuring and threatening the country after Paris recalled its ambassador and accused the Caucasus country of damaging bilateral ties.

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France24 - France (37 minutes ago)

France on Tuesday said it had recalled for consultations the French ambassador to Azerbaijan, accusing Baku of taking actions that have damaged the bilateral relationship.

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France24 - France (37 minutes ago)

Thousands of German soldiers moved in on southeastern France's Vercors Plateau in July 1944 in a bid to crush a regional uprising led by a rural French Resistance group. Over 100 Resistance fighters died in the bloody battles on the mountainside. Many of them were of African origin but who they were and why they decided to join the French...

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France24 - France (2 days ago)

Freshly back from maternity leave, FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot shares her insights about having a baby in France. While the number of births in the country is dropping, France remains one of the better performers within the European Union. One of the reasons is its healthcare system, "la Sécurité sociale", which covers the bulk of the cost of...

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France24 - France (2 days ago)

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal on Thursday announced measures to crack down on teenage violence in and around schools, as the government seeks to reclaim ground on security from the far-right two months ahead of European elections.

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France24 - France (3 days ago)

Long the envy of other cities, Paris' creaking underground metro system has become a subject of daily frustration for users just as the French capital gears up to host this year's Olympics.

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France24 - France (4 days ago)

The French government on Wednesday introduced a bill on assisted suicide, paving the way for euthanasia under strict conditions. The text, which was deemed too restrictive by some and irresponsible by others, will be debated by lawmakers at the end of May.

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France24 - France (5 days ago)

Exactly five years ago, the world watched in horror as Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral was ravaged by flames. Today, carpenters and artisans are hammering away to meet a December 8 deadline for the Gothic landmark's grand reopening. Spectators attending the Paris Olympics this summer will already be able to admire the renovated structure from the...

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France24 - France (5 days ago)

Exactly five years after the fire that destroyed the roof and badly damaged the rest of Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral, one of those who worked on the project has spoken of the camaraderie of the team reconstructing the edifice and the skill of their achievement. Valentin Pontarollo is a carpenter who finished working on the roof just a few weeks...

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France24 - France (A week ago)

France on Friday warned its citizens to "imperatively refrain from travel in the coming days to Iran, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories”, the foreign minister's entourage told AFP.

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France24 - France (A week ago)

French and British troops on Monday swapped roles to take part in changing of the guard ceremonies outside the palaces of the other country's head of state, in an unprecedented move to celebrate 120 years since the Entente Cordiale.

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France24 - France (A week ago)

While "au revoir" is the most common way to say goodbye in French, we take a look at some of the other ways to bid farewell. From the regional "boujou", to "salut", to "à toute", we look at the spoken – and written – ways of saying goodbye in France. We also dive into some French traditions, from retirement parties to final farewells.

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France24 - France (A week ago)

France's President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday called for a "sustainable" effort to scale up weapons production following the Russian invasion of Ukraine as he laid a foundation stone for a much-needed gunpowder factory.

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France24 - France (A week ago)

Rights watchdogs including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on Thursday said they were seeking UN help to end racial profiling by the French police, they said.

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France24 - France (A week ago)

France's government presented a bill Wednesday to allow adults with terminal cancer or other incurable illness to take lethal medication, as public demands grow for legal options for aid in dying.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

France is to repatriate from Vietnam the bodies of six soldiers who died in Dien Bien Phu, the country's last stand in colonial Indochina, the defence ministry said.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

A French court on Wednesday sentenced Audrey Mondjehi to a 30-year jail term for helping an Islamist militant who killed five people in a 2018 attack on a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron dismissed Thursday as "ridiculous” Russia's defense minister's remarks suggesting Ukraine and France could had a role in last month's deadly Moscow concert hall attack.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

A non-governmental organisation on Monday sought answers over the deaths of two French officers killed in the early days of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, a legal complaint seen by AFP showed.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

A French water charity sounded the alarm Monday about pollution in the river Seine, which is set to be used for swimming during the Olympic Games.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

The defence ministers of France and Russia on Wednesday held rare phone talks, their first such contact since October 2022, discussing the attack in Moscow claimed by Islamic State and Russia's war against Ukraine, Paris said.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

Former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is cooperating with authorities, his office said on Wednesday, after police searched his office premises as part of what a judicial source said was a preliminary probe into possible corruption.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

How to explain the sharp rise in autism cases in industrialised countries in recent years? The neurodevelopmental disorder is partly hereditary, but the finger is also increasingly being pointed at pollution. Scientists in southern France are currently investigating the role of environmental factors in autism by following 1,700 families over 10...

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

A French schoolboy on Friday died from wounds sustained in a violent assault, as President Emmanuel Macron warned schools should be protected from "uninhibited violence" among some youths.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

French investigators have found and identified the "bones" of a toddler whose disappearance last summer in a tiny village in the French Alps shocked the nation, a prosecutor said Sunday.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

France will deliver hundreds of old armoured vehicles and new surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine in its war against Russia, French Defence Minister Sébastien Lecornu said on Sunday. The announcement came as a Russian cruise missile strike on infrastructure in Ukraine's western Lviv region killed one man, while another man died in an attack in...

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France and its allies could have stopped the 1994 Rwanda genocide but lacked the will to do so, a strong declaration ahead of the African country's 30th anniversary of the slaughter that left over 800,000 people dead.

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France24 - France (2 weeks ago)

Have you heard of "La France moche", or ugly France? In this episode, we discuss how the expression is often used to describe shopping centres on the outskirts of French towns and cities. We also find out how the government wants to beautify these areas, which are particularly popular with French shoppers.

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné on Tuesday "strongly condemned" the Israeli air strike that killed seven people working for the US charity World Central Kitchen in Gaza during a press conference in Paris with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The top diplomats also reiterated the need for Western support of Ukraine in its war with...

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

Nearly three quarters of French people eat chocolate once a week, consuming an average of 7 kilos per year. But what seems a simple indulgence has a dark side: cacao farming has resulted in massive deforestation. Reports of child labour and farmers who are often unfairly paid have tarnished the industry. Despite all this, chocolate has been...

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

French authorities have uncovered a website containing a fake recruitment drive for French volunteers to join the war in Ukraine, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

The French parliament's lower house on Thursday approved a resolution condemning as "bloody and murderous repression" the killing by Paris police of dozens of Algerians in a crackdown on a 1961 protest to support Algerian independence.

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

The false rumour that French First Lady Brigitte Macron was born a man has been going viral in France since 2021, pushed by conspiracy theorists and the far right. This rumour has now resurfaced in the US, with conservative political commentator Candace Owens peddling it. We explain the origin of this fake claim in this edition of Truth or Fake.

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

Those sporting Afro-styled hair, blonde or ginger hair, dreads, braids or even balding heads could gain new protections in France, where a bill outlawing discrimination based on hair texture, length, colour or style cleared a first hurdle in the French parliament on Thursday. While some argue the law is unnecessary, others say it will fill a gap in...

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

Mayors in rural and small-town France are increasingly angry over the transfer of migrants from the capital to their communities, which they believe is linked to clean-up efforts ahead of the Paris Olympics.

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday displayed their unity on major global issues, while skirting differences on the war in Ukraine.

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

France has asked its foreign allies to send several thousand members of their security forces to help guard the Paris Olympics, officials said Thursday, underlining the strains caused by the sporting extravaganza which begins in July.

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

With more than 3 million private swimming pools, France has more "piscines" than any other nation in Europe. We find out why the sector has been booming for years and how the government is using AI to crack down on illegal pools. We also look into the challenges, benefits and heritage of France's public swimming pools.  

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

IN THE PRESS – Thursday, March 28: The resignation of a high school principal in eastern Paris, after he received death threats for asking a pupil to remove her headscarf, sparks outrage among French politicians. Meanwhile, France's lower house begins debate on a new bill to outlaw hair discrimination. Finally, find out why eclipse tourism is a...

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

French politicians from across the political spectrum Wednesday denounced what they called an "Islamist" attack on education after a school principal resigned following death threats over a Muslim veil. Prime Minister Gabriel Attal said the state would file a complaint against the student over falsely accusing the headmaster of mistreatment during...

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron kicked off a visit to Brazil Tuesday with the launch of a billion-euro Amazonian green investment plan alongside his counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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France24 - France (3 weeks ago)

The Olympic flame is set to burn in the Tuileries Garden in front of the Louvre museum for the duration of the Paris Games in July and August, a source involved in the discussions told AFP.

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France24 - France (4 weeks ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday kicks off a visit to Brazil in the Amazon city of Belem, the host of 2025 UN climate talks, where he and Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will seek to reset frayed ties.

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France24 - France (4 weeks ago)

France's defence minister on Tuesday denied allegations from investigative journalists that France supplied components for ammunition used by the Israeli army in its Gaza campaign.

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France24 - France (4 weeks ago)

The race for accommodation in Paris could be an Olympic sport in itself. The number of rentals available is plummeting while prices are soaring, yet real estate agents are overwhelmed with demand. From short-term rentals to efficiency upgrades, prospective tenants are paying the price for the ongoing crisis. We take a closer look.

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France24 - France (4 weeks ago)

France's budget deficit widened more than forecast in 2023, official figures showed Tuesday, undermining President Emmanuel Macron's pledge to bring national finances back on track within the next four years.

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France24 - France (4 weeks ago)

Visitors to central Paris were treated Sunday to the sight of hundreds of aproned waiters surging through the city's medieval streets, in a one-of-a-kind race designed to show off the profession months ahead of the Olympic Games.

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France24 - France (4 weeks ago)

One of France's most historic sporting venues, the Colombes stadium northwest of the French capital was the principal venue when Paris hosted the Olympic Games in 1924. After undergoing thorough renovations, the site will recover some of its former glory by again playing host to Olympic sport this summer.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

France's Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly voted against a free-trade agreement between the EU and Canada thanks to an unusual alliance in the upper house between left and right wing opponents of French President Emmanuel Macron. 

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France24 - France (A month ago)

At least 30 schools in the Paris region have this week received threatening messages accompanied by "shocking" footage of beheadings, the education ministry said on Thursday. 

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France24 - France (A month ago)

Organisers of the Paris Olympics are to distribute 220,000 condoms to athletes who want to get romantic during this year's Games in the City of Love.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

Racist, xenophobic and religion-based hate crimes surged 32 percent in France last year, government figures showed Wednesday, with a spike following the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

France's competition watchdog on Wednesday said it fined Google 250 million euros ($271.73 million) for breaches linked to EU intellectual property rules in its relationship with media publishers.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

With "les Jeux", or the Olympic Games, just around the corner, we discuss France's love of all sorts of other games, from board games, to video games, to betting... to marbles! We also dive into how the quintessentially French game of pétanque came to be.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview published Saturday evening that Western ground operations in Ukraine might be necessary "at some point”, days after meeting with German and Polish leaders.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday launched a major operation against drug trafficking in Marseille and other French cities, saying that gangland battles that last year left dozens dead had made life a misery for residents.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

The Michelin Guide unveiled its annual list of the best French restaurants Monday, praising the "cultural dynamism" of a new generation of chefs, though again honouring only a handful of women. 

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France24 - France (A month ago)

French lawmakers on Tuesday backed a security accord with Ukraine, after a debate that showed deep divisions over President Emmanuel Macron's policy towards Kyiv. 

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France24 - France (A month ago)

Cyberattacks of "unprecedented intensity" have targeted several French government institutions just months before the Paris Olympics but have been contained, the prime minister's office said Monday. 

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France24 - France (A month ago)

President Emmanuel Macron on Monday faced criticism from French medical workers and the Catholic Church over a draft bill his government plans to present to parliament in May that would allow assisted dying for certain terminally-ill patients.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

France's parliament on Thursday backed a string of measures making low-cost fast fashion, especially from Chinese mass producers, less attractive to buyers.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the Europe's security was "at stake" in Ukraine, warning that a Russian victory against Kyiv "would reduce Europe's credibility to zero".

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France24 - France (A month ago)

Whether they're called a "chocolatine" or a "pain au chocolat", a "pain au raisin" or an "escargot", French pastries are meant to taste good! In this edition we explore some of the often confusing – and even potentially embarrassing – terms for French baked goods. We also discover how madeleines were not Marcel Proust's initial choice for his...

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France24 - France (A month ago)

An elite French university was dragged into the national spotlight on Wednesday as its director quit over alleged domestic violence and a pro-Palestinian demonstration sparked accusations of anti-Semitism. 

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France24 - France (A month ago)

The eldest child of French World War II Resistance leader and first postwar president Charles de Gaulle, has died aged 102, the family said on Wednesday.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

 Allies of French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday sought to cast the country's far-right forces as bedfellows of the Kremlin as the centrist alliance launched its campaign for European Parliament elections.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

France's government and Corsican elected officials have agreed on the wording of a proposed constitutional revision granting the île de Beauté (Island of Beauty) an autonomous status, six months after President Emmanuel Macron broke a longstanding French taboo on the subject of autonomy for the island scarred by decades of conflict with Paris. 

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France24 - France (A month ago)

Five people died over the weekend when violent storms swept southern France, authorities said Monday, as rescue services continued their search for three missing people, including two children.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said France would not rule out any option to support Ukraine two years into Russia's invasion, leaders of several major French political parties said.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday stated his country's "unwavering support” for Moldova as tensions mount between Chisinau and pro-Russian separatists.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

A major French union warned of possible strikes, including at hospitals, during the Paris Olympics, when a massive influx of people is in the French capital. 

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France24 - France (A month ago)

Brazilian swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha, the reigning Olympic open water champion, has called on organisers of this year's Paris Games to draw up a "plan B" in case events cannot be held in the Seine due to poor water quality.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

Veteran Franco-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski goes on trial in France on Tuesday over allegations he defamed a British actress who accused him of sexual abuse in the 1980s.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

Vibrant colors and striking landmarks illuminate posters for the Paris Olympic Games in an art deco style inspired by the city's flamboyant past.

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France24 - France (A month ago)

France on Monday enshrined the right to abortion in its constitution, a world first welcomed by women's rights groups as historic and harshly criticised by anti-abortion groups.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The alleged leader of a major drug gang from the southern French port city of Marseille has been arrested in Morocco, French authorities announced on Saturday.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French lawmakers on Monday voted to anchor the right to abortion in the country's constitution, in a global first that has garnered overwhelming public support.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

France inscribed the guaranteed right to abortion in its constitution Friday, a powerful message of support for women's rights on International Women's Day.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

A cascade of sexual violence allegations has rocked the French film industry in recent months, with actor Judith Godrèche leading the charge for a reckoning about gender-based abuse. Calls to safeguard actors on set are growing, as is the need for intimacy coordinators – a job that is yet to be officially recognised in France.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French police said Friday they had arrested 66 people at a farmers' protest on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris that blocked traffic during the morning rush hour.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

A group of charities claimed Wednesday that French police were cracking down on Paris sex workers ahead of the Olympics.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

With July just around the corner, is Paris ready to host the Summer Games? Mostly yes, if you listen to France's president, who was on hand this Thursday for the inauguration of the Olympic village. It's one of the few venues built from scratch for an event that promised sustainability and, for the most part, to showcase existing structures. A...

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The organisers of the Paris Olympics took possession of the newly built athletes' village on Thursday on schedule, reinforcing growing confidence that they will be ready for the Games.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Investigators raided Paris town hall Tuesday as part of a probe into a taxpayer-funded trip by mayor Anne Hidalgo to French Pacific island Tahiti, a judicial source told AFP.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Why set it in stone? France has become the first nation to enshrine abortion rights in its constitution, thanks to overwhelming approval from a rare joint session of both houses of parliament. Lawmakers launched the initiative after the US Supreme Court's overturning of a half-century-old federal guarantee. But does the rolling back of reproductive...

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French senators voted to enshrine access to abortion in the country's constitution on Wednesday. If the bill is approved by a three-fifths vote of both houses, expected on Monday, France will become the first country in the world to constitutionally ensure access to the procedure.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of its neighbour, upending the lives of millions of Ukrainians. But the conflict also changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Russians opposed to the war. Some left for Armenia, Georgia or Turkey, while others requested asylum in France. It was the start of a long road, far from...

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Environmental activists broke into a French chemicals site Saturday to denounce the production of so-called "forever chemicals" -- PFAS compounds -- leading to eight arrests, local officials said.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Léon Gautier was famous in France as the last representative of the "Kieffer Commando", the only French unit to take part in the Allied D-Day landings on Normandy beaches in June 1944. As the 80th anniversary of D-Day approaches, some are seeing opportunities for financial gain. His descendants have decided to seek legal assistance to prevent any...

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

A French journalist arrested last week in Ethiopia on suspicion of conspiring to create chaos was released on Thursday, his employer, the specialist publication Africa Intelligence, said.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

A man has been jailed for seven months for stealing a bag containing Olympic security plans from an employee of the Paris town hall, a judicial source confirmed on Saturday.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

It's the announcement Paris metro passengers dread: Traffic has been disrupted due to a traveller fainting in another train miles down the tracks. A commuter passing out on the French capital's underground causes their train to stop to wait for rescue services, and provokes delays of up to 45 minutes along the line.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

France's foreign minister on Tuesday sought to clarify comments made by President Emmanuel Macron that Paris could send troops to Ukraine for specific needs, but not to fight in the war against Russia. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The French government issued a decree Tuesday banning the term "steak" on the label of vegetarian products, saying it was reserved for meat alone. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Actor Judith Godreche on Thursday denounced France's "incestuous" film industry and called for the establishment of a commission of inquiry into sexual violence in the movie industry as she spoke in the Senate upper house.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The Eiffel Tower reopened to visitors on Sunday after a six-day closure because of striking employees demanding better maintenance of the historic landmark, showing traces of rust, and salary hikes.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

France's Senate is to vote on Wednesday on a bill meant to enshrine a woman's right to an abortion in the constitution, a measure promised by President Emmanuel Macron following a rollback on rulings in the United States. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

France's annual movie awards ceremony took a somber turn Friday with a standing ovation for actress Judith Godreche who spoke out against sexual violence in the film industry.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Angry farmers were back in Paris on their tractors in a new protest Friday demanding more government support and simpler regulations, on the eve of a major agricultural fair in the French capital.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

France's annual movie awards ceremony took a somber turn Friday with a standing ovation for actress Judith Godreche who spoke out against sexual violence in the film industry.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

France's iconic Eiffel Tower was closed for a fourth day on Thursday as employees extended a strike over the monument's management, unions said.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Russian forces threatened to shoot down a French surveillance aircraft patrolling in international airspace over the Black Sea, a signal of increasingly aggressive behavior from Moscow as its invasion of Ukraine struggles to make headway, French defense officials said Thursday. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron spent the entire day at the annual agricultural fair Saturday, as angry farmers heckled him and scuffled with police.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

France's Prime Minister Gabriel Attal sought to head off fresh farmers' protests Wednesday, as they resumed direct action including dumping produce and blocking roads in pursuit of their demands.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Ahead of the Paris Olympics in July and August, French prosecutors are working on four enquiries into possible wrongdoing, but are the investigations a sign of problems or of genuine efforts to tackle graft?

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

What do the absence of French observers at Azerbaijan's February 7 presidential election, a group denouncing "French colonialism" and an online campaign targeting the 2024 Paris Olympics have in common? They are three facets of a new offensive strategy adopted by Azerbaijani diplomacy towards France. FRANCE 24 investigated this shift with the...

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

 A Tunisian imam expelled from France for alleged hate speech said on Friday he would take legal action in a bid to overturn the decision. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

France believes that Russia's security service FSB was behind a campaign in which Star of David graffiti were daubed on buildings in and around Paris last autumn, a French source said Friday.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

In a bid to combat the "fast-fashion” and "ultra-fast-fashion” brands that have taken France by storm, a young lawmaker from the conservative Les Républicains party has proposed slapping an extra €5 on every fast-fashion purchase in the name of the environment and the French textile industry. But criticism of the bill has been fierce,...

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

NGOs and leftist members of the opposition have increased the pressure on France's government to reconsider arms sales to Israel in the wake of the war in Gaza and follow in the footsteps of other European nations that made moves to suspend military exports over concerns about the humanitarian situation on the ground. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

His life was worthy of a novel. An Armenian orphan who arrived in France as a stateless refugee and became a poet and Communist activist, Missak Manouchian was a figure of the French Resistance during World War II. Exactly 80 years to the day after his execution by the Nazis, Manouchian is taking his place in the Panthéon mausoleum alongside...

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron led a ceremony Wednesday honouring Missak Manouchian, a stateless poet of Armenian origin who died fighting the Nazi occupation during World War II. Manouchian's induction in the Panthéon mausoleum in Paris alongside other French national heroes is seen as a tribute to all the foreign fighters who joined the...

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Eighty years to the day since he was executed by the Nazis near Paris, Armenian Missak Manouchian, figure of the French Resistance, takes his place in Paris's Panthéon mausoleum alongside other French national heroes on Wednesday, February 21. His induction is seen as a tribute to all foreign Resistance fighters. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

France on Tuesday called on Rwanda to end "all support” for M23 rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to pull its troops out of the country.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Every year, thousands of people attempt the perilous 70km sea crossing from Comoros to the French overseas department of Mayotte in search of a better life there. But now, the French government has announced plans to take a radical step to deter more migrants from coming: denying citizenship to children born on Mayotte to foreign parents. For many...

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The situation for several thousand foreign doctors working in French hospitals has become more complicated since the end of the exemption scheme put into place during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 1,900 of these practitioners have now lost their right to practise, a great loss for French hospitals already struggling with shortages of medical staff....

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The Eiffel Tower, one of the world's top tourist attractions, remained closed for a second straight day Tuesday as staff extended a strike over the monument's financing.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The Eiffel Tower, one of the world's top tourist attractions, was closed Monday after staff went on strike, unions told AFP.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Some 900 tonnes of lithium batteries were on fire at a battery recycling plant in southern France, authorities said on Sunday, sending a cloud of thick black smoke into the sky above the site. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron has intervened in a row over the removal of booksellers from the banks of the river Seine for the Paris Olympics, ruling that they should stay at their historic locations, his office said February 13.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The governments of Poland, France and Germany vowed Monday to make Europe a security and defence power with a greater ability to back Ukraine, as fears grow that former US president Donald Trump might return to the White House and allow Russia to expand its aggression on the continent. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

In this edition we discuss the many reasons why, according to a recent poll, the French are having less sex. We also discuss the roles that abstinence, pornography, mobile phone use, the #MeToo movement, sex education and an increased openness about sex may have on French people's choices in the bedroom.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

A Paris court on Wednesday lightened a one-year prison sentence for former president Nicolas Sarkozy over illegal campaign financing, saying he needed to spend only half that time behind bars.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin cannot be prosecuted for accusations of rape made by a woman for years, France's highest court ruled on Wednesday, definitively dismissing the case and ending a seven-year legal battle. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The scaffolding around the spire of Paris's Notre-Dame cathedral has begun to come down, the authority charged with restoring the monument after a devastating 2019 fire said on Tuesday.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday led a national tribute to former French justice minister Robert Badinter, who dedicated his life to the fight against capital punishment, playing a pivotal role in banning the dreaded guillotine in 1981. The French president announced that Badinter would be laid to rest in the Panthéon. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French investigators have opened a legal probe into the pay of Tony Estanguet, the head of the Paris Olympics organising committee, a source close to the case told AFP on Tuesday.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

French authorities on Sunday announced a controversial plan to amend the Constitution to revoke birthplace citizenship on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, which has been struggling with social unrest and a crippling migration crisis. 

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

Climate activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday joined a banned anti-motorway protest in southern France where police fired tear gas and made arrests a day earlier.

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France24 - France (2 months ago)

The fashion world makes for eye-catching TV, but the makers of "The New Look", about the origins of Dior and Chanel, show there were dark moral challenges behind the glossy facade.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday replaced his education minister after a series of controversies, seeking to regain momentum for the final phase of his presidency under Prime Minister Gabriel Attal.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

Removing cars from an expanse around the Eiffel Tower to create a green pathway sounds pretty good on paper, but the mayor of Paris is struggling to win over residents and above all the police force to revamp one of the city's most celebrated views.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French film director Jacques Doillon, swept up in a storm of #MeToo allegations by several actors including Judith Godreche, denounced on Friday the "lies" and "false accusations" against him. 

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

Former French justice minister Robert Badinter, who has died aged 95, saved many lives by dedicating his own to the fight against capital punishment, playing a pivotal role in banning the dreaded guillotine in 1981.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

France's agriculture minister said Friday that the worst of a crisis that saw farmers block roads nationwide for days was over, as protesters began lifting roadblocks following government promises of cash and eased regulation.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday described the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel as the "biggest anti-Semitic massacre of our century" as he hosted a ceremony paying tribute to the French victims.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened an inquiry after actor Judith Godreche filed a complaint against film director Benoit Jacquot, accusing him of raping her in a relationship that began when she was 14 and he was 25 years her senior.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

Salah Abdeslam, sentenced to life in jail over the 2015 Paris jihadist attacks, was removed from his Belgian prison cell on Wednesday and transferred back to France.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

The medals awarded at this year's Paris Olympics and Paralympics will feature a hexagon-shaped piece of iron taken from the original Eiffel Tower in their centre, organisers said as they unveiled the design on Thursday. 

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French actor Judith Godreche Thursday accused director Jacques Doillon of sexually abusing her when she was 15, the second such charge she has made after alleging another director raped her while she was a minor.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

In this edition we take a look inside "le portefeuille", or wallet, of French people. From the national healthcare card, "la carte vitale", to ID cards, to France's coins and bank notes, we trace the history of these typically French possessions. We also find out about France's oldest institution: la Monnaie de Paris, where coins are still made.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

Parking hefty vehicles in Paris could soon come with a matching price tag if a Sunday referendum to triple the cost for SUVs is passed, in a vote that has raised the hackles of some drivers in the French capital.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French police on Wednesday detained scores of people who broke into the Paris region's main wholesale market complex during nationwide protests by farmers, the Créteil public prosecutor's office told AFP.  The arrests came as convoys of tractors edged closer to Paris, Lyon and other key locations, with many ignoring police warnings over the scope...

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

France will provide an opportunity to remember French citizens killed in the Israeli bombardments of Gaza as the country prepares this week to pay tribute to citizens killed in the attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7, a presidential official said on Monday.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

A coalition ally of French President Emmanuel Macron, former minister Francois Bayrou, was acquitted of fraud charges on Monday in a verdict that could pave the way for a return to the cabinet or another run for the presidency.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

Three people were injured Saturday in a knife attack at Paris's Gare de Lyon railway station, a major travel hub, police said, adding that a suspect with psychiatric problems had been arrested.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

Paris voters on Sunday backed a proposal from the capital's socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo to triple parking charges on hefty SUV-style cars, according to official results from city hall.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

The French call the first general policy speech of a prime minister before parliament the great oral exam. That expression takes on a whole new layer of meaning when the prime minister is just 34. We ask how Gabriel Attal, the youngest head of government in two centuries, weathered the traditional jeers and whistles from the opposition benches, in...

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French farmers have been putting pressure on the government to respond to their demands for better remuneration to fight rising costs and what they say are stifling EU regulations. As tractors blockaded major highways around Paris for a second day on Tuesday, Damien Brunelle, a farmer from the Rural Coordination union, spoke to FRANCE 24 about the...

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French farmers are blockading key motorways around Paris for a second consecutive day this Tuesday. They are determined to show that they can hold out for several days if new measures due to be announced by the French government continue to disappoint. So what are the underlying reasons for their anger? FRANCE 24's Gaëlle Fonseca and Clovis Casali...

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

France's government was on the defensive on Friday after environmental campaigners and opposition politicians accused it of having scrapped a key green policy to appease protesting farmers.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

In 2023, only 678,000 babies were born in France. In this edition of French Connections, we delve into the complex web of reasons for this dip in France's birth rate. We discuss pushback against President Emmanuel Macron's plan to fix a "infertility scourge" and demographically "rearm" the nation with babies. We also find out how France remains a...

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

Teachers were striking across France on Thursday for better pay and conditions, increasing pressure on the embattled education minister who has been embroiled in a series of controversies.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French farming unions are taking aim at the European Union's free-trade agreements, which they say open the door to unfair competition from products arriving from overseas. At a time when the EU is urging farmers to adopt more sustainable – and sometimes more costly – agricultural practices, unions say these trade deals are making it hard for...

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

France's Constitutional Council on Thursday struck down large parts of a divisive new immigration law that was voted in parliament with the backing of the far right, ruling that the measures go against the constitution.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French police arrested some protesting farmers on Wednesday as convoys of tractors edged closer to Paris, Lyon and other strategic locations in France, with many ignoring warnings of police intervention if they cross red lines laid down by ministers.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

Protesting farmers encircled Paris with traffic-snarling barricades for a second day on Tuesday, using hundreds of lumbering tractors and hay bales to block highways leading to France's capital to pressure the government over fuel taxes, regulations and falling incomes.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said he wants the European Union to regulate chicken and grain imports from Ukraine and to allow flexibility on some of the bloc's farming rules to help soothe anger among French farmers.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

Almost one in three mineral water brands in France undergoes purification treatment supposed to be used only on tap water, media reported on Tuesday, citing a government probe.

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France24 - France (3 months ago)

France's National Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill meant to enshrine a woman's right to an abortion in the French Constitution, the first key step in a legislative process that also requires a vote in the Senate.

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