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BNP Paribas surprises with Q3 profit boost

2014-10-31 12:41

French bank BNP Paribas has surprised investors with a sharp rise in third-quarter net profit, sending its shares up more than 2.0%.

French man dies after downing 56 shooters

2014-10-29 15:37

A man in the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand has died of alcohol poisoning after knocking back 56 shooters in a drinking contest, local media report.

Another French teen held as clown terror spreads

2014-10-28 05:00

A 14-year-old dressed as a clown has been arrested near Paris for attempting to attack a woman, as a strange phenomenon of fake, evil clowns terrorising passers-by spreads in France.

Remains of French ship to be reassembled

2014-10-25 07:39

Texas archaeologists are assembling a historically important French ship that wrecked three centuries ago.

Schumi latest: Doc sets recovery time

2014-10-23 10:25

Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor who treated Michael Schumacher after his catastrophic skiing fall, believes the former F1 driver could recover within three years.

French small firms stunted by bureaucracy

2014-10-21 14:23

Many bosses in France won't hire a 50th worker to avoid subsequent obligations, as small and mid-sized businesses say growth is stifled by bureaucratic demands.

UK big grocers can learn from France

2014-10-20 18:03

The success of French retailers in stopping the advance of discounters in the last five years shows a way out of the crisis embroiling Britain's "big four" grocers.

Germany, France debate austerity strains

2014-10-20 13:11

Germany and France are to debate their differences over austerity and how to revive the eurozone economy at a meeting of ministers in Berlin.

Panic over Ebola reaches fever-pitch

2014-10-17 17:23

Hysteria over Ebola has reached fever-pitch the world over as the death toll tops 4 500 despite repeated calls for calm.

EU rescue fund faces Fitch downgrade

2014-10-16 09:43

Fitch ratings agency has put the EU's €500bn bailout fund on review for a possible downgrade, triggered by concerns over France's budget deficit battle.

France faces pressure over spending plans

2014-10-13 19:33

France is facing renewed pressure from eurozone peers to tighten spending next year, amid a growing rift over its plans to flout European budget rules.

Man who shot fleeing teen sent to prison

2014-10-10 21:00

A French bricklayer who has shot dead a teen thief from a window in his house has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

Father of philosophy comes under forensic scrutiny

2014-10-10 14:42

After digging up the past of Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Napoleon Bonaparte, a top forensic sleuth has unveiled a medical secret of Rene Descartes, a founder of modern philosophy.

How French girls were lured to jihad online

2014-10-10 11:28

The story of two French schoolgirls have highlighted how Islamic extremists build networks to lure young women to jihad.

French jihad family in Syria

2014-10-08 21:10

French investigators are searching for a family suspected of leaving to wage jihad in Syria.

WRC: Ogier cuts Latvala's lead in France

2014-10-06 07:46

Jari-Matti Latvala has narrowed the gap between himself and team mate Sebastien Ogier by winning the 2014 Rally of France on Sunday.

French nurse cured of Ebola contracted in Liberia

2014-10-04 16:08

A French nurse who contracted Ebola while volunteering for Doctors Without Borders in Liberia has been cured of the deadly virus, the French health minister says.

Disco Sport: Paris debut, British style

2014-10-03 14:12

Two new Discovery Sports put on a true show of Land Rover capability, ride on a huge barge and compete with giant Wellington boots. It's the range's launch at the 2014 Paris auto show.

Merc, BMW going for 'keep it simple'

2014-10-03 11:19

BMW and Mercedes are planning to take the pace out of the spex race by offering more standardised cars - though posher models will still be available.

French forces intervene in CAR rebel clashes

2014-10-02 22:28

French peacekeepers killed up to seven people as they tried to control clashes between armed groups in the Central African town of Bambari.

Jaguar's SA-bound XE debuts at Paris show

2014-10-02 14:22

Jaguar is showing its new XE sedan at the 2014 Paris auto show. The new XE will arrive in South Africa in 2015 - but take a look at your next car now...

Kidnapped Frenchman's guides under house arrest

2014-10-02 08:26

Two Algerians who accompanied Frenchman Herve Gourdel just before militants kidnapped and beheaded him are under house arrest, security sources say.

Wildlife halved over past four decades - WWF

2014-09-30 06:25

Wildlife numbers have plunged by more than half in just 40 years as Earth's human population has nearly doubled, a survey of over 3 000 vertebrate species has revealed.

Air France pilots end record strike

2014-09-29 11:43

Air France's main pilots' union ended the longest strike in the carrier's history to allow "calmer" talks to go ahead over the contentious issue of the airline's low-cost subsidiary Transavia.

Muslims gather in Paris to denounce ISIS

2014-09-27 09:27

Hundreds of people have gathered in Paris answering a call by Muslim leaders to denounce the 'barbarism' of Islamic State militants.

 

Why are evil clowns wreaking havoc in France?

2014-10-28 21:52

Evil, armed clowns sow terror as part of an eerie trend that spreads from city to city: while this may sound like a Hollywood blockbuster, it's real and happening in France.

Clown terror spreads in France

2014-10-27 05:00

A wave of panic sparked by evil clowns stalking French towns has spread to the south of France where police arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters.

French raid destroys ISIS arms centre

2014-10-24 12:54

France’s military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

French energy industry reeling from recent exits

2014-10-21 16:05

France's powerful energy industry has been turned upside down as some of its most-high profile players have left - or been forced out - of their roles.

Elite team to probe Bianchi crash

2014-10-21 07:33

A 10-member team, comprising of Formula 1 veterans and safety officials, will make up a panel to investigate Jules Bianchi's horrific crash at the 2014 Japanese GP.

French journalists go on trial in Indonesia

2014-10-20 15:39

Two French journalists are on trial in Indonesia's Papua, accused of breaching visa regulations by illegally reporting on its separatist movement, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.

Vandals bring down sex toy sculpture in Paris

2014-10-18 20:30

Vandals have attacked a giant green inflatable sculpture in one of the most famous squares in Paris after its resemblance to a sex toy sparked an outcry.

France on Ebola alert

2014-10-17 14:46

France says it has appointed a team of experts to step up its response to the Ebola virus and will boost efforts to help west African nations.

French judge to probe monks' murder

2014-10-14 20:07

A French judge is visiting Algeria as part of an investigation into the killing of seven French Trappist monks 18 years ago.

Travel warnings change French holiday plans

2014-10-12 11:30

With France's autumn school holiday approaching, travel companies are complaining that bookings are in free-fall after the beheading of a Frenchman in Algeria.

Algerian soldiers destroy kidnap camp

2014-10-10 17:21

Four gunmen have been by the Algerian army as they raided the suspected hideout of the kidnappers of Herve Gourdel.

SA in another nuclear deal

2014-10-10 14:36
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President Jacob Zuma has authorised the signing of a nuclear agreement with France, following the uproar over a recent deal with Russia.

Hi-tech images point to chinks in HIV's armour

2014-10-09 13:49

In a boost for the long and frustrating quest for an Aids vaccine, researchers have unveiled molecular imaging of an elusive feature that helps HIV infect immune cells.

Migrants refuse food - not spicy enough

2014-10-07 18:04

A charity for migrants in the French port city of Calais has been forced to scrap a food handout after some refused the meal because it was not spicy enough.

Man to marry ex-stepmother after legal battle

2014-10-04 18:00

A former stepson and stepmother are finally due to tie the knot after fighting for months with French authorities for the right to marry.

Zegna Ghibli is Maserati's show special

2014-10-03 14:26

Talk about a tongue-twister... Maserati has teamed up with an Italian men's fashion house to create the hot new Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition concept for the 2014 Paris auto show.

Power-cars muscle green off Paris stands

2014-10-03 12:18

Ferrari 458 Speciale, Bentley Mulsanne Speed, Lamborghini Asterion... The 2014 Paris show is hosting some of the hottest vehicles yet - and perhaps giving 'green' the finger?

Airbus insider trading trial set to begin

2014-10-03 11:00

A long-awaited French corporate trial involving allegations of insider trading in the shares of Airbus Group gets under way.

Legal woes, rivals hamper Sarkozy's comeback

2014-10-02 16:11

Announced with much fanfare, the return of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to front-line politics has quickly become bogged down by legal woes and sniping from rivals.

669kW Asterion: First hybrid Lambo in Paris

2014-10-02 09:22

Lamborghini has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid, the Asterion LPI 910-4, ahead of the 2014 Paris auto show. This green-friendly Lambo is no slouch - 669kW and 100km/h in three seconds!

Oil exploration returns to Alsace region

2014-10-01 13:20

Sustainably high oil prices have lured small oil explorers back to Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry.

Kia's Optima hybrid for Paris show

2014-09-29 14:17

Kia will showcase its future hybrid technology at the 2014 Paris Motor Show with the debut of its Optima T-Hybrid concept.

Cayenne S E-Hybrid hot stuff for Paris

2014-09-29 10:27

Porsche will debut a plug-in hybrid version of its Cayenne S SUV at the 2014 Paris auto show along with updates for the Cayenne range, among them Diesel, S and Turbo models.

Iran nuclear talks stalled

2014-09-26 22:27

There has been no significant progress in nuclear talks between Iran and major powers and, as a result, a meeting between the two sides has been called off.

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