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Frenchwoman jailed for killing her child

The Israeli grandfather and French mother of a four-year-old French girl were sentenced to life in prison on Monday for having murdered the child, public radio reported.

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Christine Lagarde: France’s ‘rock star’ finance minister

Silver-haired and silver-tongued, Christine Lagarde has cut an impressive figure as the first female finance minister of a G7 power, earning a reputation for grace under fire during the global economic crisis.

Support grows for Lagarde IMF bid

Support grows for Lagarde IMF bid

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who has been on a whirlwind tour touting her credentials to head the International Monetary Fund, has won the backing of Egypt, Indonesia and the UAE.

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France condemns Syrian ‘brutality’

France accused the Syrian regime of using heavy weapons against its own people Sunday and warned that its brutal crackdown on a political revolt threatens regional stability.

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Algeria destroys thousands of French mines

The Algerian army has uncovered and destroyed 11,000 landmines last month along its eastern and western borders dating from its war of independence from France.

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Bettencourt brands daughter ‘disturbed’

The heiress to the L'Oreal cosmetics empire branded her estranged daughter mentally disturbed on Sunday, as their battle re-erupted over the family billions, entangled in political scandals.

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Strauss-Kahn trouble fails to boost Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election hopes have failed to improve despite the sex scandal that felled his main challenger Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a new poll showed Sunday.

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French couple charged with fencing Picassos

Police have charged a retired electrician and his wife with stashing 271 stolen Picasso artworks in their garage, a newspaper reported Sunday.