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French Finance Minister Michel Sapin
27/07/2014 - France

France nets 1.3 billion euros from tax evaders' secret foreign bank accounts

Nearly 30,000 tax-dodgers with secret bank accounts abroad have confessed to French tax-collectors in response to an offer to go easy on them if they come forward.

French President François Hollande at a commemoration of Mohammed Merah's killing spree last year
27/07/2014 - France

Man arrested after failed firebomb attack on Toulouse Jewish centre

A man has been arrested after an unsuccessful Molotov cocktail attack on a Jewish centre in the southern French city of Toulouse on Saturday.

Smoke from what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Sunday
27/07/2014 - France - Middle East

France condemns ‘vicious cycle’ of Israel-Gaza violence

France on Sunday condemned the “vicious cycle” of attacks on Gaza and on Israel and called for a “real ceasefire” and negotiations, in a statement issued by Foreign Affairs ...

A French soldier at the site of the crashed flight AH5017
27/07/2014 - France - Algeria - Mali - Burkina Faso

Air Algérie crash bodies to be brought to France, Hollande

All the bodies of passengers on Air Algérie flight AH5017 are to be brought to France, President François Hollande announced after meeting families of the 54 French victims on ...

Youths throw stones at riot police in Paris's Place de la République on Saturday
27/07/2014 - France

Banned Paris pro-Gaza protest ends in clashes

French police arrested about 70 people at the end of a banned Gaza solidarity demonstration in Paris on Saturday.

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius appeals for a truce in Gaza at a summit in Paris on Saturday morning
26/07/2014 - France - Middle East

Gaza solidarity demonstrators defy second ban on Paris demonstration

Gaza solidarity demonstrators gathered at Paris’s Place de la République as a court confirmed a ban on their rally against Israel’s offensive on the Palestinian territory.

A French military helicopter at the site of the Air Algérie crash
26/07/2014 - France - Algeria - Mali - Burkina Faso

French investigators en route for Air Algérie crash site, debris scattered over 500 metres

Investigators, including French police and civil aviation officials, were to arrive at the site of the Air Algérie plane crash in Mali on Saturday afternoon.

The A25 motorway in northern France
26/07/2014 - France

Thousands caught in 600km traffic jams as French head for summer holidays

Thousands of motorists are caught in 600km of traffic jams on France’s roads on Saturday as holiday-makers head for south and others headed home.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Paris
26/07/2014 - France - Middle East

France hosts Gaza truce summit

US, European and Arab diplomats were to meet in Paris on Saturday to press for a truce in Gaza. A 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the conflict started earlier Saturday morning.

A French labour exchange
26/07/2014 - France

French unemployment hits new record

Unemployment in France has risen for the eighth consecutive month to 11 per cent of the workforce, leaving President François Hollande’s promise to reverse the upward trend ...

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