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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  

Réunion's plane debris to be probed in France
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France eyes boost to holiday leave rights
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French dating sites 'not protecting client privacy'
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What to see and do at the Paris Plages this summer
Saudi royals 'bar' French policewomen from beach
Take a closer look at the 560,000-year-old tooth found in France
Swiss army pilfers French water to give to thirsty cows
'B**ch' and 'brainless': French shop slurs clients
French cops rebel over order to give kids sweets
New measures to stop migrant deaths in Calais
Here are some of the most ridiculous comments you'll read about France
Life may be about to get easier for expats settling in France
Burning tyres and blocking roads is just the way the French do strikes
Muslim tourists visiting French Alps are reminded of burqa ban
Slim and chic: Are French women fed up of the stereotypes?
French officials defend handing public beach over to Saudi royals
French kiss: Should expats in France do 'la bise' among themselves?
Paris commuters and tourists face summer of travel trouble
This man learnt the entire French vocabulary in nine weeks, but why?
French speed cameras snare tens of thousands of British drivers
What kind of expat in France are you: A lover or a loather?
French tweeters reveal the trials and tribulations of #GrowingupFrench
Where to find the best (and worst) quality of life in France
Riviera rumpus as Saudi royals grab public beach all for themselves
What we know about France's foiled terror plot
Here are ten places in Paris where you can escape the summer heat
Coup d'état fails in France after being snubbed by military
Are shoppers in northern France the most honest in the world?
French woman fined €90 for driving in flip-flops
Cyclists in Paris get the green light to jump red
'Adieu France': Angry mum's parting rant goes viral
Franco-German rift opens over Greece and it could take time to heal
The Megavalanche: The most spectacular cycling event in France
Ex-French PM's daughter creates a buzz by going topless for photo shoot
Could Parisians be bathing in the Seine by 2024?
Paris unveils new mobile app to help non-French speakers
France declares war on public transport sex pests
So where's the best place to live in France if you want to be happy?
Paris: The City of Light, Romance, Style and the worst loos in Europe?
Eight ways living in France will change your lifestyle for good
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