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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

A striking French taxi driver holds a flare during a demonstration in Marseille
26/01/2016 - FRANCE

Taxis, air traffic, civil servants, teachers ... what are the French striking about now?

Twenty striking taxi drivers were arrested on Tuesday and another injured, as France was hit by work stoppages and protests that also involved air traffic controllers, civil servants, teachers and ...
26/01/2016 - FRANCE

Transport chaos in France as air traffic controllers, taxis, public employees strike

Striking taxi drivers blockaded Paris's airports and its ring road on Tuesday morning and one in five flights were cancelled as disgruntled air traffic controllers and taxi drivers went on strike ...
Taxi drivers block the Paris ringroad last June
24/01/2016 - FRANCE

French taxis to strike from Tuesday

French taxis are due to start a new strike on Tuesday with major disruption expected in Paris, especially around Charles De Gaulle and Orly airports.
General view of the National Assembly during a debate to extend a state of emergency, in Paris, France, November 19, 2015 following the series of deadly attacks on last Friday in the French capital
23/01/2016 - FRANCE

French President Hollande seeks three-month extension for state of emergency

French President François Hollande will seek to renew the three-month state of emergency, his office said Friday.
Michel Tournier at his home of Choisel,  04 Avril 2005
19/01/2016 - FRANCE

French literary figure Michel Tournier dies aged 91

The French author Michel Tournier described as one of France’s most influential writers of the 20th century died today, aged 91, at his home in the village of Choisel near Paris surrounded by ...
Firefighters fighting a fire on the roof of the luxury Ritz Paris hotel, 19 January 2016
19/01/2016 - FRANCE

Fire breaks out at Paris' Ritz hotel

Around 60 firefighters were fighting a fire in the roof of the famed Ritz hotel in Paris on Tuesday morning.
A tribute to the avalanche victims at  Lycee Saint-Exupery school in Lyon, France,
15/01/2016 - France

Teacher faces manslaughter charges over French Alps avalanche deaths

A teacher who led a group of students onto a closed slope in the French Alps where an avalanche killed two of them is being investigated for manslaughter.
Rescue teams search the mountain after an avalanche in the Alps 13 janvier 2016
14/01/2016 - FRANCE

Two French teenagers, Ukrainian man die in French Alps avalanche

Two French teenagers on a school trip and a Ukrainian man have died in an avalanche while skiing in the French Alps.
Waves roll in past a lighthouse, Brittany's Atlantic coast at  Audierne, France
11/01/2016 - FRANCE

Strong winds to hit France, 12 regions on alert

Heavy rains and winds are predicted for Monday. An orange alert has been put in place for a dozen French regions.

Opponents of the project for the creation of the international airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes near Nantes demonstrate on the peripheral road of Nantes, western France, on January 9, 2015.
09/01/2016 - France

Opponents of controversial Nantes airport protest against expulsion

Opponents of the government's plans to build a new airport in the northwestern city of Nantes, demonstrated in their hundreds on Saturday, against legal proceedings to evict inhabitants from the ...
People listen to the explanations of guide Loubardi as they visit the Strasbourg Grand Mosque during an open day weekend for mosques in France, January 9, 2016.
09/01/2016 - France

Setting the record straight on Islam: French mosques open their doors

Hundreds of French mosques are participating in a major open-house event this weekend, offering visitors the opportunity to come in for tea and a chat about Islam in a country shaken by jihadist ...
Francois Hollande in front of the coffin of Clarissa Jean-Philippe during a tribute at the Paris Prefecture January 13, 2015,
09/01/2016 - France

Hollande unveils memorial plaque for slain policewoman on Charlie Hebdo anniversary

French president François Hollande unveiled a plaque on Saturday morning to honour the memory of Clarissa Jean-Philippe, the policewoman killed last year during January's jihadist attacks, as ...
The Calypso docked in the Britain harbour of Concarneau
08/01/2016 - France

Cousteau’s iconic ship Calypso to sail again

Captain Cousteau’s famous vessel the Calypso will be getting a new life in 2016, after being abandoned nearly for 10 years in a Brittany harbour.

French cartoonist Riad Sattouf, who was among the nominees this year, announced his withdrawal from the prize after the shortlist was revealed to include no women
08/01/2016 - FRANCE

Angoulême festival throws out shortlist after backlash

France’s Angoulême international comics festival has scrapped its shortlist of 30 nominees amid criticism that it contained not a single female artist.

Valentin Balakhnichev, President of the All-Russia Athletic Federation, takes part in a ceremony to announce a host city of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2013, in the coastal town of Mombasa, Kenya, in this March 27, 2007 file photo.
07/01/2016 - Russia

Former Russian athletics chief slams life ban as anti-Moscow plot

The world athletics governing body, the IAAF, on Thursday banned three senior officials for life over an alleged cover-up of widespread doping.
Agrippine, the heroine created by well-known French cartoonist Claire Bretécher-Dargaud
06/01/2016 - FRANCE

Angoulême comics festival faces vote boycott as no women nominated for prize

France's annual comics festival faces a boycott call because not one woman features among the 30 nominees for its annual prize this year.
French police and criminal investigators stand next to a car in front of the mosque of Valence, southeastern France, on January 1, 2016
02/01/2016 - France

Curbing terror threat risky admits Defence, after soldiers attacked

A driver who rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque in Valence, south east France, was being treated on Saturday for leg and arm injuries.
A poster portrays the faces of slain cartoonists: Cabu, Charb, Honoré, Tignous et Wolinski, killed during a deadly rampage on January 11 2015
01/01/2016 - France

France awards Legion of Honour to victims and "heroes" of terrorism

Victims of last year's terror attacks in January have been awarded the Légion d'honneur, France's highest honour, together with five people who played a pivotal role during the three day ...
A screen shot of French President François Hollande during his annual New Year address from the Elysée Palace, December 31 2015
01/01/2016 - France

France's Hollande eyes new hope in 2016 after tragic last year

French President François Hollande on Thursday pledged to break with the "suffering" of 2015, marked by deadly terrorist attacks, and kick off 2016 on a more upbeat note.
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Slideshow - Montmartre celebrates wine harvest
Wine (not from the Montmartre vines!) during the parade
Slideshow: Animals in Paris's Jardin des plantes
The zoo at Jardins des Plantes houses around 900 animals from over 200 different species, including birds...
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