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French trade deficit ‘very serious’: minister

France showed a record trade deficit for May, marking a "very serious" lurch in a trend of weak competitiveness, a trade minister said, in contrast to strong export-led growth in Germany.

Strauss-Kahn won’t plead guilty in any deal: report

Strauss-Kahn won’t plead guilty in any deal: report

Dominique Strauss-Kahn will not plead guilty to even a minor charge to reach a plea deal in the sexual assault case against him, the former IMF chief's defense team said in Thursday's New York Times.

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UMP official sues newspaper over outing

David-Xavier Weiss, a national secretary of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), has pressed charges against the satirical newspaper Le Canard enchaîné over an article that revealed his homosexuality.

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High-profile art dealer charged in investigation

Guy Wildenstein, art dealer and a government representative in New York for French citizens overseas, was charged on Wednesday in an investigation around missing artwork. He is accused of obtaining goods through an abuse of trust.

UMP backs tougher immigration rules

UMP backs tougher immigration rules

In the lead-up to presidential elections in 2012, the Union for a Popular Movement party has released its ideas for a more “muscular” stance on immigration, especially the illegal variety.

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French boat to Gaza blocked in Crete

A journalist onboard a French yacht carrying activists hoping to run the Israeli blockade on Gaza says protests will take place in Paris or Athens unless the boat is permitted to resume its journey.

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Sword-wielding man takes hostage on train

A 25-year-old man armed with a sword held a woman hostage on a train in southwest France for two hours on Wednesday before releasing her unharmed, police said.

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NY prosecutors pursue Strauss-Kahn case

Prosecutors insisted Wednesday they were still pursuing the sexual assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn after a high-stakes meeting in Manhattan with his defense team.

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Fairy-tale looks from Valentino, Elie Saab at Paris shows

Feathers met tutus in a ballet-themed show by Jean Paul Gaultier on the final full day of the fall-winter haute couture collections in Paris on Wednesday.