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Bond meets Snowden: The HSBC whistleblower

Hervé Falciani - the whistleblower behind the latest "breathtaking" revelations that have rocked HSBC and unearthed 100,000 tax cheats - has been compared to Edward Snowden, but the man himself prefers to liken himself to James Bond. READ  

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Who exactly is France's most admired woman?
Simone Veil has been voted as France's most admired woman. Photo: AFP

Who exactly is France's most admired woman?

Simone Veil has been ranked as the most admired woman in all of France. But who is she? We take a closer look at the extraordinary life of the Holocaust survivor and women's rights champion who topped the poll ahead of the likes of Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala and Marine Le Pen. READ  

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Nabilla - Who is 'France's Kim Kardashian'?
France's reality TV star Nabilla was arrested for the alleged attempted murder of her boyfriend. Photo: AFP

Nabilla - Who is 'France's Kim Kardashian'?

Reality TV star Nabilla Benattia - the self-dubbed French Kim Kardashian - was arrested near Paris on Friday on suspicion of attempting to murder her boyfriend. Here's a closer look at the how the infamous Made in France star rose to prominence. READ  

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Critic with 'Anglo-Saxon CV' joins Hollande's team

When Hollande decided to ditch his chief economic advisor this week, many on the French left probably felt relieved. Until that is, they heard who the replacement was – Laurence Boone, the former Bank of America chief economist with a very "Anglo-Saxon CV”. READ  

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Meet the 'crocodile': France's youngest mayor

At the age of 22 most young Frenchmen are still wondering what to do with their lives, but not the self-titled political 'crocodile', Robin Reda. Hailed as a political genius by some of the Right's top politicians, Reda has just been elected France’s youngest mayor. READ  

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French top cop's wife 'makes ticket vanish'

The wife of France's top cop, Interior Minister Manuel Valls, is a brilliant classical violinist but this week she wound up in the headlines for a different kind of fiddling. Find out what happened when she stepped in to quash a friend's parking ticket. READ  

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Mr Made in France: The ultimate economic patriot

France could do with a few economic patriots right now. So Benjamin Carle, from Paris, took it upon himself to show the way by ridding his life of anything foreign made, from food to furniture, to see whether it was possible to become 100 percent Made in France. See how he got on. READ  

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The French pupils who quit school for jihad

The news that two 15-year-old French pupils, decided not not turn up at their classes, but instead make the 4,400 km trip to join Al Quaeda fighters in Syria, left France shocked on Friday. They are the latest and probably youngest to join hundreds of French jihadist fighters in Syria. READ  

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The French comic behind Anelka’s 'Nazi salute'

French footballer Nicolas Anelka's "quenelle" salute has been condemned as anti-Semitic, something he himself denied, saying it was just a gesture of support for French comedian Dieudonné. But who is the controversial comic who France now wants to ban? READ  

French Faces of the Week

Top ten 'most hated' celebs in France in 2013

Beauty, big breasts and power are not everything it seems, well at least when it comes to winning over the French public. A new poll published this week revealed the "most hated celebrities" in the country for 2013. See our countdown here and tell us who they missed out. READ  

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Madonna's ex toy boy has stage to himself

Despite being a primetime TV star and sex symbol in France, and despite his three-year romance with Madonna, 30 years his senior, breakdancer Brahim Zaibat is virtually unknown around the world. The couple broke up this week, citing heavy workloads. But is that really all there was to it? READ  

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Miss France: the ageless queen of kitsch

The annual Miss France competition takes place in the eastern city of Dijon on Saturday night. In postmodern France, where women hold cabinet positions and beauty pageants are mercilessly mocked, you might think nobody will be watching. You'd be very wrong. READ  

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French boss runs firm from desert island beach

One day last year, French businessman Gauthier Toulemonde, pondered a seemingly insane question. Could he run his company from a tiny, remote desert island thousands of miles away? The French Robinson Crusoe just came back home with the answer. READ  

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The dark past of Paris shooting suspect Dekhar
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The dark past of Paris shooting suspect Dekhar

Police on Wednesday arrested Abdelhakim Dekhar, who they believe was the gunman who brought panic to the streets of Paris this week. Then came the chilling realization that they had seen his name before - as part of a murderous episode that shocked France nearly 20 years ago. READ  

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'Paris nightlife musn't be seen as a joke in Europe'

Paris elected its first ever "Nightlife Mayor" this week in the form of Clément Léon, our French Face of the Week. Leon is adamant he can help make Paris a bastion of nocturnal revelry to rival London and Berlin as long as the neighbours accept "it's going to get noisy". READ  

Ten beaches in France where you'd love to be during the heatwave
Calais chaos: Travellers left to curse 'striking French'
Why the French are right to strike (but perhaps not burn tracks)
It's getting hot in here: France set to bake under 'intense' heatwave
Dreading the heatwave in France? Here's how to survive the sun
Why France doesn't have much to lose from a Grexit
Frenchwoman dies as bungee jump ends in tragedy
The most beautiful French villages you've never heard of
Can we really feel any sympathy for French taxi drivers?
Here's what we know so far about the suspect in France's factory attack
Trouble in France as taxi drivers' anti-Uber protests turn violent
Feigned French shock over US spying is not fooling anyone
When Franco-American relations turn sour - Ten transatlantic scraps
Spying on French presidents: What the Wikileaks documents reveal
Dozens fall violently ill after 'mud race' in France
How a genetically modified 'jellyfish-lamb' ended being eaten in France
Ten must-visit movie scene locations in Paris
Paris to return historic squares to the people
Forget Nutella here's eight things the French should really give up
What the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris would look like
Video: See the cat that hitched a ride on a plane and lived to tell the tail
It's time to lay off the French - They are not that rude
Just look at what France has given the United States over the years
France's creaking health service must change if it wants to stay world's best
French warn UK: 'Brexit could be your Waterloo'
Waterloo 200 years on: Why it's still a taboo for the French
Europe commemorates 200 years since Waterloo
Waterloo: What you need to know about Napoleon
French told stop eating Nutella to save planet
Is it time for France's empty churches to be turned into mosques?
How John Lennon's song of peace led to a race row in a French school
French people told to stop scoffing Nutella in order to save planet
French school teacher shows his pupils porn film
IN PICTURES: See the blaze that ravaged a French basilica
Video: Tourists shocked by Calais migrants scramble
French family gets letter... 138 years late
The French words the English language needs to steal right now
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Healthcare: 9 questions every expat should ask
13 ways France aims to become more welcoming to tourists
Expat parents protest changes to admissions for Paris bilingual schools
Test yourself: Just how good is your French grammar?
France to spend 'hundreds of millions' on tourism
French mum's Facebook post about her daughter Louise has gone viral
Land for €1 per square metre - could this be the best bargain in France?
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