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The Modern Express earlier in the week
01/02/2016 - FRANCE - SPAiN

Stricken boat successfully towed away from French coast

The last-chance operation to prevent a stricken cargo ship crashing into France's south-west coast was judged a success so far on Monday afternoon, as a Spanish tugboat towed it away from the coast.
Laurent Gbagbo arrives at the ICC on Thursday
01/02/2016 - COTE D'IVOIRE - FRANCE - ICC

Gbagbo accuses France of helping Ouattara topple him by force at ICC trial

Lawyers for deposed Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo accused current President Alassane Ouattara of seizing power by force with the help of France,

Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson warms up before the game against Aston Villa on 9 January, 2016.
01/02/2016 - Football

46-year-old keeper makes surprise comeback

The UK's Wycombe Wanderers' 46-year-old goalkeeping coach took everyone by surprise on Saturday when he came off the bench for the first time in 13 years - and kept a clean sheet.

Benoît Violier in 2012 in front of his restaurant near Lausanne
01/02/2016 - FRANCE

Michelin guide loves Paris but Franco-Swiss chef's suicide leaves bitter taste

France's Michelin restaurant guide gave top chef Alain Ducasse a third star for one restaurant and stripped him of one for another, while adding 10 new two-star restaurants. But the ceremony took place under the cloud of Sunday's apparent suicide of Franco-Swiss chef Benoît Violier

The earlier attempt to tow the Modern Express
01/02/2016 - FRANCE - Gabon - Spain

Salvage workers battle to stop stricken ship hitting French coast

A rescue team was struggling Monday morning to prevent the Modern Express cargo ship crashing into the south-west French coast.
Jacqueline Sauvage in court
01/02/2016 - FRANCE

Hollande pardon for French woman who killed abusive husband wins cautious welcome

French President François Hollande has pardoned a woman who was jailed for 10 years for killing her husband.
Novak Djokovic won his sixth Australian Open title with a straight-sets defeat of Andy Murray on Sunday.
31/01/2016 - Tennis

Djokovic seals his sixth Australian Open title

World number one Novak Djokovic eased past Andy Murray to win his sixth Australian Open title on Sunday.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France hopes to end military operations in the Central African Republic during this year.
31/01/2016 - France

'France hopes to end military operations in Central African Republic this year'

Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today that France hopes to end its military operation in the Central African Republic this year.
Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side edged past Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
31/01/2016 - Football

Arsenal, Man City, Spurs through to FA Cup fifth round

All three Premier League sides sailed through to the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
French police officers and security staff secure the area next to the New York hotel at Disneyland Paris.
31/01/2016 - France

Man found with guns near Disneyland Paris to go on trial

A man, who was detained last Thursday for carrying guns while trying to enter a hotel at Disneyland Paris, will stand trial on Tuesday on charges of possessing and transporting weapons and ...