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France partly blames August jobless rise on terrorist attacks

France's jobless total surged in August. The labour minister said hiring in the tourism sector had suffered because of militant Islamist attacks.

France's jobless total surged in August. The labour minister said hiring in the tourism sector had suffered because of militant Islamist attacks.

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Former French President in hospital with lung infection

83-year-old former head of state Jacques Chirac "will remain in hospital for the next few days" according to his son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux.

83-year-old former head of state Jacques Chirac "will remain in hospital for the next few days" according to his son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux.

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France's ex-budget minister on trial for tax fraud

Jerome Cahuzac says his first secret account was used to fund the political movement of former French PM Michel Rocard.

Jerome Cahuzac says his first secret account was used to fund the political movement of former French PM Michel Rocard.

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French burkini ban ruling fuels controversy

The ban had been imposed on the grounds that it contravened French laws on secularism. Far from cooling down tensions, the ruling has created even more controversy.

The ban had been imposed on the grounds that it contravened French laws on secularism. Far from cooling down tensions, the ruling has created even more controversy.

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Burkini ban suspended by top French court

France’s highest administrative court has suspended the ban on women wearing burkini swimsuits that had been in force in the southern seaside town of Villeneuve…

France’s highest administrative court has suspended the ban on women wearing burkini swimsuits that had been in force in the southern seaside town of Villeneuve…

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Can comeback kid Sarkozy really win in 2017?

It came as no great surprise to the French when their hyperactive former leader Nicolas Sarkozy announced he was going to run for the presidency again.

It came as no great surprise to the French when their hyperactive former leader Nicolas Sarkozy announced he was going to run for the presidency again.

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Germany and France fear smart phone apps like Telegram aid terrorists

In an attempt to identify potentially dangerous jihadists, Germany and France have called for Europe wide rules that would limit the use of encrypted communications.

In an attempt to identify potentially dangerous jihadists, Germany and France have called for Europe wide rules that would limit the use of encrypted communications.

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France and Germany call for European unity in the fight against terror

French authorities have arrested seven people on terrorism-related offences this month, at least three of whom allegedly had specific projects planned.

French authorities have arrested seven people on terrorism-related offences this month, at least three of whom allegedly had specific projects planned.

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Beach bans on the burkini in France sparks widespread debate

You might think at first sight that the bikini does not respect correctness and morality as stated in a bylaw in the popular Mediterranean resort of Cannes.

You might think at first sight that the bikini does not respect correctness and morality as stated in a bylaw in the popular Mediterranean resort of Cannes.

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France: Islamic Funding Reform

The organization and financing of the Muslim faith in France, has come under fire from politicians after the succession of jihadist attacks in recent months.

The organization and financing of the Muslim faith in France, has come under fire from politicians after the succession of jihadist attacks in recent months.

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Boris Johnson wants UK to remain key partner in Europe

The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has promised the UK will maintain close ties with its European neighbours despite the Brexit vote.

The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has promised the UK will maintain close ties with its European neighbours despite the Brexit vote.

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French interior minister says jailing suspects counterproductive

Locals in the Normandy village of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray are struggling to come to terms with Tuesday’s (July 26) tragedy when two knifemen interrupted a church service and brutally murdered the eld

Locals in the Normandy village of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray are struggling to come to terms with Tuesday’s (July 26) tragedy when two knifemen interrupted a church service and brutally murdered the eld

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French parliament votes to extend state of emergency

France's lower house of parliament has voted early to extend a state of emergency nationwide for another six months. Critics say that it is too little too late.

France's lower house of parliament has voted early to extend a state of emergency nationwide for another six months. Critics say that it is too little too late.

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French leaders jeered during tribute to Nice victims

Shouts of “where were the police” rang out as crowds jeered France’s Prime Minister during a tribute to victims of last week’s truck attack in Nice.

Shouts of “where were the police” rang out as crowds jeered France’s Prime Minister during a tribute to victims of last week’s truck attack in Nice.

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49.3, French politics' imperfect number

Politics, it is often said, is about compromise. But for the French government at the moment compromise on the contentious issue of labour reform is

Politics, it is often said, is about compromise. But for the French government at the moment compromise on the contentious issue of labour reform is

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Francois Hollande defends legacy in last Bastille Day interview

With less than a year until the next presidential election, Francois Hollande used his last Bastille Day address to defend his legacy.

With less than a year until the next presidential election, Francois Hollande used his last Bastille Day address to defend his legacy.

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Much ado about a hairdo, Francois Hollande's 10,000 euro haircuts

France is reeling over the news that French President Francois Hollande's office is paying almost 10,000 euros a month for a full time barber to cut his hair.

France is reeling over the news that French President Francois Hollande's office is paying almost 10,000 euros a month for a full time barber to cut his hair.

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Former French PM Michel Rocard dies, aged 85

Michel Rocard, France’s prime minister from 1988 to 1991, has died aged 85, his son has told AFP news agency.

Michel Rocard, France’s prime minister from 1988 to 1991, has died aged 85, his son has told AFP news agency.

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A huge French protest is banned - for just four hours

Left-wing supporters had condemned what they said was the first ban of a union-backed protest since the early 1960s.

Left-wing supporters had condemned what they said was the first ban of a union-backed protest since the early 1960s.

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March climbdown adds humiliation to French Socialists' union worries

Paris will be the People's on Thursday as unions lead a march against new labour laws, but now the embattled Socialist government has alienated its union supporters by trying to ban the march, and ang

Paris will be the People's on Thursday as unions lead a march against new labour laws, but now the embattled Socialist government has alienated its union supporters by trying to ban the march, and ang

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French authorities reverse ban on protest march

French unions have been allowed to hold a protest march in Paris on Thursday, the head of the CGT union Philippe Martinez said on Wednesday after an emergency meeting with the…

French unions have been allowed to hold a protest march in Paris on Thursday, the head of the CGT union Philippe Martinez said on Wednesday after an emergency meeting with the…

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Nuit debout: Power to the people of France

Anger over a new French labour law has produced a series of protests and strikes aimed at bringing President Hollande's socialist government to its knees. It's also produced a new movement that calls

Anger over a new French labour law has produced a series of protests and strikes aimed at bringing President Hollande's socialist government to its knees. It's also produced a new movement that calls

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Paris protesters clash with police

French riot police fired tear gas and chased after protesters as clashes broke out during an anti-labour reform demonstration on Tuesday.

French riot police fired tear gas and chased after protesters as clashes broke out during an anti-labour reform demonstration on Tuesday.

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Labour law protests threaten to disrupt Euro 2016

A standoff between trade unionists and the French government is threatening to disrupt the Euro 2016 football tournament.

A standoff between trade unionists and the French government is threatening to disrupt the Euro 2016 football tournament.