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Sarkozy Calls Security Meeting After Afghanistan Deaths

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy called a special meeting with his top security advisers Thursday to discuss new security conditions for the country’s soldiers in Afghanistan, after six French soldiers were killed there in the past two days. Mr. Sarkozy said he wants to talk about how to keep French soldiers safe during the transition process […]

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France to Withdraw 1,000 Troops from Afghanistan

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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France says it plans to withdraw 1,000 of its combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said during an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Tuesday the drawdown is necessary to end the war. He added that there was “never a question of keeping French troops in the country indefinitely.” France […]

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Paris Prosecutor Investigates Strauss-Kahn Rape Case

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Paris prosecutor’s office said Friday it has opened a preliminary investigation into accusations by a French writer that former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her in 2003. Tristane Banon filed a complaint earlier this week, saying Strauss-Kahn attacked her in an empty apartment during an interview for a book. Lawyers […]

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Cambodia’s King, French PM Inaugurate Ancient Temple

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon have attended the opening ceremony of an ancient temple at a world-renowned archeological site in northwestern Cambodia. The 11th-century Baphuon Temple at the Angkor complex was opened to public Sunday after the completion of its decades-long restoration. The temple was almost completely in ruins before […]

France to Invest $1.4 Billion in Nuclear Power

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy says France plans to invest $1.4 billion for the development of nuclear power plants. The announcement comes amid French concerns about the safety of nuclear energy following the disaster at Japan’s power plant in Fukushima in March. Thousands of protesters on Sunday formed a human chain around France’s oldest nuclear power […]

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Six Climbers Fall to Their Deaths in French Alps

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A British hiker Sunday found the bodies of six French mountain climbers who fell to their deaths in the Alps. Local officials call it one of the worst mountain accidents in years. The hiker found the bodies in a narrow ravine on the Neige Cordier peak, at an altitude of about 3,000 meters. Officials say […]

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France Bans British Seeds After E. Coli Outbreak

Posted June 25th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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French authorities have halted the sale of vegetable seeds from a British company after an E. coli outbreak. Officials say at least two of the people hospitalized have the same strain of E. coli that recently killed dozens of people in Germany. British seed and plant seller Thompson & Morgan is the supplier of the […]

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Former Dior Fashion Designer Galliano On Trial for Racial Slurs

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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John Galliano, the fallen designer who once showcased his work for the luxury fashion house Dior, has appeared in court to face charges of anti-semitism. Galliano is accused of berating people in a Paris cafe with anti-Semitic comments in February. If convicted, he could face six months in prison and hefty fines. The British designer […]

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French Minister Arrested in Rape Case

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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French police say a former member of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government has been arrested on rape charges that forced him to resign last month. George Tron was held for questioning Monday in connection with accusations that he sexually assaulted two women who worked in the town hall of Draveil, near Paris, where he is mayor. […]

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France Set to Extradite Noriega to Panama

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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France says it will begin proceedings to extradite former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to his home country. Noriega served 20 years in prison in the United States for drug trafficking, money laundering and racketeering before being extradited to France in 2010. He had been sentenced in absentia in 1999 to seven years in jail on […]

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