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Missing Algerian plane in good condition

33 minutes ago

An Air Algerie jet leased from a Spanish firm that has gone missing was checked recently and was in good condition.

France defends UBS guarantee demand

2014-07-24 17:51

A billion euro guarantee payment demanded by French judges of Swiss bank UBS reflects the size of the fine it could pay if found guilty.

Paris hotels allow guests to 'pay what you want'

2014-07-23 16:19

This trial being done in France sounds too good to be true - but you have until the 10th of August to try it out.

French highway horror: Five kids killed

2014-07-23 09:25

Five children aged 10 to 12 and the driver of a minibus were killed in a head-on collision on Tuesday when the vehicle crashed into a truck in central France.

Bats use a compass to find their way at night

2014-07-22 17:42

A European bat type can use the scatter patterns of sunlight to programme its internal compass for hunting after dark.

France raid nets three suspected jihadists

2014-07-22 12:05

Two men and a woman have been arrested in a dawn raid in southern France on suspicion of recruiting fighters for Syria and planning attacks at home, police say.

French minister slams 'anti-Semitic' protests

2014-07-21 09:55
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France's interior minister has slammed "intolerable" acts of anti-Semitism after a rally against Israel's Gaza offensive descended into violence pitting pro-Palestinian crowds against Jewish businesses.

Looting in Paris as Europeans protest against Israel

2014-07-21 07:46

A French rally against the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza once again descended into chaos as protesters looted shops and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds.

France announces new operation in Africa

2014-07-19 22:00

France has announced the redeployment of 3 000 troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa as part of an operation to help fight terrorism in the region.

French president Hollande visits Niger

2014-07-18 14:20

France's president is paying a visit to the former colony of Niger, a landlocked desert nation in West Africa that has played a key role in French military efforts in the region.

Jihadists claim French soldier blast

2014-07-17 18:15

A jihadist movement led by al-Qaeda-linked Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed a French soldier in Mali.

Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest amid tensions

2014-07-16 20:52

Paris police are forbidding pro-Palestinian protesters from holding a march, after violence marred a recent protest amid tensions in France around the fighting in Gaza.

When an energy bar ruins your life

2014-07-16 08:38

Alberto Contador has revealed that he came to a heavy fall at the Tour de France thanks to a nutritional bar.

How nations are tackling nuclear waste storage

2014-07-15 11:19

Tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel stored at nuclear power plants will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years- a vexing problem that nuclear-powered nations around the world face.

How nations are tackling nuclear waste storage

2014-07-15 10:25

Tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel stored at nuclear power plants will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years- a vexing problem that nuclear-powered nations around the world face.

France's Sarkozy hit by new phone tap leaks

2014-07-12 22:15

A corruption scandal surrounding former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has deepened further with fresh leaks of telephone conversations purporting to show he offered to get a judge a plum job in return for favours.

Le Mans Classic: wowed by Jag's Project 7

2014-07-10 19:00

Jaguar's F-Type Project 7 wowed crowds at the 2014 Le Mans Classic race weekend. The highlight for Jaguar - an iconic D-type winning Grid 3 for cars built from 1957-61.

Notre Dame topless to pay

2014-07-09 15:59

French prosecutors want activists who bared their breasts in Notre Dame Cathedral are to pay thousands of euros in fines.

Carbon clean-up needs revolution

2014-07-08 18:18

More than two dozen scientific institutes have urged major economies to unleash an energy revolution for slashing carbon emissions.

Chopper company downplays Schumi scandal

2014-07-08 11:02

The search for Michael Schumacher's stolen medical report continues as authorities tracked down the IP address used by a figure, reportedly selling the report for R729 000, to a helicopter company in Switzerland.

Le Mans Classic: wowed by Jag's Project 7

2014-07-08 07:05

Jaguar's F-Type Project 7 wowed crowds at the 2014 Le Mans Classic race weekend. The highlight for Jaguar - an iconic D-type winning Grid 3 for cars built from 1957-61.

Black soldier reburied with white WWI comrades

2014-07-06 20:00
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A black South African soldier who died nearly a century ago during World War I has been reburied alongside 600 of his white compatriots at the SA war memorial in France.

Ramaphosa in France for WWI commemoration

2014-07-05 10:00

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in France for the commemoration of the battle of Delville Wood, the presidency has said.

Ramaphosa, Mthethwa to attend WWI commemoration

2014-07-04 09:16

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will attend the commemoration of the battle of Delville Wood in France, the presidency says.

 

France to use military in Mali to find missing jet

35 minutes ago

President Francois Hollande has vowed to deploy all of France's military means in Mali, where it has hundreds of troops, to track down a missing Algerian plane.

French nationals on board missing Algerian plane

2014-07-24 16:13

Many French nationals are thought to be on board an Air Algerie jet that went missing after taking off from Burkina Faso for Algiers.

Alstom reports strong rail activities

2014-07-23 12:30

French engineering group Alstom has reported sales and order figures which fit its strategy of selling energy assets to focus on rail equipment.

Fishing in Paris ‘trending' for young hipsters

2014-07-23 08:20

The once polluted Seine River in France has now become a hub for fishermen from all over the world. The waterway has been cleaned up and turned into a popular haunt for young bohemians.

France responsible for toxic algae death

2014-07-22 14:22

A court in western France has held the French state responsible for the 2009 death of a horse on a Brittany beach when it was choked with toxic algae.

Paris hotels allow guests to pay what they want

2014-07-21 19:24

Five Paris hotels have launched a scheme allowing guests to "pay what you want" in an experiment that may be extended if successful.

SA's Van der Linde wins FIA Driver of Year

2014-07-21 08:10

South African teen Kelvin van der Linde won the Driver of the Year award for the 2014 FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy.

French youth go on rampage at anti-Israel protest

2014-07-20 20:41
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French youth defying a ban on a protest against Israel's Gaza offensive have set fire to cars and garbage cans in a Paris suburb after a calm demonstration.

Baby dies in sweltering car in France

2014-07-18 22:46

An infant left by his mother in a car on a blazing summer day has died after temperatures soared in southern France.

Probe headed for duck-shaped comet

2014-07-18 10:35

New images reveal that the deep-space comet, on which mankind plans to land a probe, has an 'extraordinarily irregular', duck-like shape, the European Space Agency says.

Terrorism: France to redeploy its troops in Africa

2014-07-17 12:29

The redeployment of 3 000 French troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa is expected to become official in the coming days.

Mali peace talks start after prisoner swap

2014-07-16 17:01

Mali's government and rebels are holding peace talks in Algiers intended to end decades of uprisings by northern Tuareg tribes after an exchange of prisoners helped to get the negotiations started.

Legionnaire killed in Mali suicide bombing

2014-07-15 20:14

A French soldier has been killed in the first suicide bombing targeting France's forces in northern Mali.

How nations are tackling nuclear waste storage

2014-07-15 11:18

Tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel stored at nuclear power plants will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years- a vexing problem that nuclear-powered nations around the world face.

Hollande hints at tax cut for middle class

2014-07-15 09:30

French President Francois Hollande has suggested that his government will ease taxes for the middle classes.

Thousands in Paris march against Israel offensive

2014-07-13 21:06

Clashes have erupted in Paris as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead.

1000s protest Gaza strikes in London, Paris

2014-07-11 22:26
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Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators have turned out on the streets of London and Paris to call for an end to Israeli military strikes on Gaza.

Bee-harming pesticides also hit birds

2014-07-09 23:15

Already suspected of killing bees, so-called "neonic" pesticides also affect bird populations.

Malaysian sentenced to death for tourist murder

2014-07-09 13:32

A Malaysian shopkeeper has been sentenced to death after a court found him guilty of murdering a French tourist on a popular resort island.

France urges ceasefire in CAR

2014-07-08 15:19

France’s defence minister has warned on a visit to CAR that the strife-wracked country has no future unless rival factions agree to a ceasefire.

France cracks down on Bitcoin operation

2014-07-08 08:52

French police have dismantled an illegal Bitcoin exchange and seized 388 virtual currency units worth some €200 000 in the first such operation in Europe.

Central African Republic violence escalating

2014-07-07 20:17

Violence in the Central African Republic is becoming "more serious" as a political deadlock inflames tensions between rival Christians and Muslims.

France deploys psychologists to help pupils

2014-07-05 14:40

French authorities have deployed psychologists to help children who witnessed a fatal stabbing of a school teacher cope with the trauma.

Mother stabs French teacher to death in front of students

2014-07-04 13:03

A female teacher has been stabbed to death in front of her pupils at a primary school in the southern French town of Albi by a student's mother, who was immediately detained.

Watch rare footage of a floundering iceberg

2014-07-03 10:22

Startling footage was taken near the French Shore on the Northern Peninsula of a massive iceberg flipping in the water.

 
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