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Smoke billows out of the LyondellBasell plant on Tuesday morning
14/07/2015 - FRANCE

France opens inquiry into fuel plant fires amid arson fears

French prosecutors have opened an inquiry into fires, which may have been started deliberately, at a petrochemical plant in the south of the country.
The EU's Federica Mogherini (L), Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia's Sergei Lavrov (R) in Vienna after the deal was signed
14/07/2015 - FRANCE - IRAN

France presses Iran on Syria after nuclear deal

French President François Hollande on Tuesday welcomed the West's nuclear deal with Iran and called on Tehran to help resolve the Syria conflict.
The French Air Force Alphajets fly over the Arc de Triomphe on 14 July, 2015.
14/07/2015 - France

Slideshow: Mexican troops lead 2015 Bastille Day parade in Paris

This year, Mexican soldiers and gendarmes took part in France's traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

A billboard ad in the middle of farm gardens located in the Paris region
14/07/2015 - FRANCE

Billboard advertising banned from small French towns

Billboards advertising services such as hotels, restaurants and service stations will no longer be allowed at the entrance of French towns and villages of under 10,000 residents, as a law voted in ...
One of the fires at the petrochemical facility owned by American firm LyondellBasell at the refineries around the Etang de Berre, near Marseille,
14/07/2015 - FRANCE

French chemical plant blaze may have been deliberate

French investigators believe two fires that closed a chemical plant in the south of the country on Tuesday may have been started deliberately.
French President Francois Hollande (L), Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (C) and Mexico's First Lady Angelica Rivera at the Bastille Day parade 14 July 2015
14/07/2015 - FRANCE

Charlie attacks, Africa interventions set grim mood for France's Bastille Day celebrations

The trauma of this year's Charlie Hebdo attacks and France's military presence in Africa overshadow the Bastille Day national holiday.
Cheb Mami at a concert in Algeria in 2011
13/07/2015 - France, Algeria

Rai star Cheb Mami fined 200,000 euros for plagiarism

A French court has ordered Franco-Algerian singer Cheb Mami and his production company EMI to pay a 200,000-euro fine to another Algerian songwriter for plagiarism last Friday.

Laurent Bourgnon celebrates his victory in the Atlantic solo race Route du Rhum in 1998
13/07/2015 - French Polynesia

French Polynesia pays tribute to Franco-Swiss yachtsman Bourgnon

Residents of French Polynesia paid tribute to Franco-Swiss yachtsman Laurent Bourgnon, who disappeared at sea last month, in a homage ceremony in Tahiti on Sunday.
The Qwartz shopping mall
13/07/2015 - FRANCE

French police evacuate 18 shopworkers from mall during armed raid

French special forces evacuated 18 people from a shopping mall near Paris on Monday as three armed men appeared to be trying to rob a Primark store.
France's President Francois Hollande talks to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) next to Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Parliament President Martin Schulz (L) on Monday
13/07/2015 - FRANCE - GREeCE - Germany

Hollande praises 'courageous' Tsipras after Greek debt deal agreed

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made a "very courageous choice" in accepting European conditions for negotitions for a new bailout for his country, French President François Hollande said Monday