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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.