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France Announces Plan to Allow Gay Marriage

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The French government has outlined its plans for gay marriage and adoption. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told La Croix newspaper Tuesday that the government wants to extend the current arrangements of marriage to same-sex couples. Such a law would also allow gays to adopt children either as individuals or as a couple. A bill on […]

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British, French Police Investigate Shooting in French Alps

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in the French Alps are investigating an apparent murder scene in which four adults were found shot to death and two young girls survived, one of them beneath the bodies of two of the victims. French President Francois Hollande, who is in London, has condemned the shootings and vowed that “everything will be done” […]

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French Prosecutors Open Probe Into Arafat’s Death

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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French prosecutors have opened a probe into the suspicious death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat eight years ago. Judicial sources say the probe was launched following a complaint last month from Mr. Arafat’s widow, Suha Arafat, that he may have died from polonium poisoning. The complaint was filed after a Swiss physics institute said it […]

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Researchers Find Rare Photo of Westerner Killed by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A Cambodian-led research team has uncovered a rare photograph of one of the few Westerners to be killed at a notorious Khmer Rouge prison in the 1970s. The Documentation Center for Cambodia sent the photograph of French embassy worker Andres Gaston Courtigne to VOA’s Khmer Service Thursday. Chief archivist Chhang Youk said his team found […]

French Police Arrest 5 in Amiens Violence

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Police in France have arrested five suspects linked to violence this week in the northern city of Amiens. Police say all of those arrested live in the northern part of Amiens, where the violence took place. Clashes between youths and police on Monday left 16 officers injured. The rioters burned cars, destroyed a sports center, […]

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Police Patrol Riot-Wracked Amiens

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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More than 200 police officers are patrolling the northern French city of Amiens, in an effort to keep the peace after rioting there earlier this week. Police say the rioters burned cars and buildings, including a school and a youth center, in a troubled district of the city. Sixteen police officers were injured. The violence […]

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France: Architect Who Flew to China for Questioning is OK

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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France says a French architect who flew to China for questioning in connection with a major political scandal is in regular contact with French authorities. A spokesman for the French embassy in Beijing told VOA two diplomats met with Patrick Devillers last week after he arrived in China from Cambodia, where police had detained him […]

4 Killed in Spanish Wildfires

Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Spanish firefighters are battling wind-driven wildfires raging along the border between Spain and France that have killed four people since Sunday. The government of Catalonia said Monday that the fire has so far burned 13,000 hectares of land near the port of Porbou and the border town of La Junquera. French officials say they have […]

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Briton Bradley Wiggins Wins Tour de France

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Bradley Wiggins has won cycling’s prestigious Tour de France, the first Briton to capture the championship in the 109-year history of the grueling race. The 32-year-old Wiggins, already a triple Olympic gold medalist, wore the leader’s yellow jersey and raised his arms in victory as he crossed the finish line during Sunday’s final ride into […]

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French President Renews Criticism of Russia, China on Syria

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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French President Francois Hollande says his country must continue to apply pressure for the departure from office of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Mr. Hollande spoke Saturday to a national audience, in a wide-ranging interview marking Bastille Day. He again singled out United Nations Security Council members China and Russia for blocking Council resolutions aimed […]

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