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French envoy in solidarity trip to Syria protest city

France's ambassador to Syria travelled to the flashpoint city of Hama to show solidarity with the victims of a crackdown on anti-government protestors, officials said on Friday.

Chirac and Sarkozy: Paradise lost

Chirac and Sarkozy: Paradise lost

Former French president Jacques Chirac once described Nicolas Sarkozy as “the most gifted politician of his generation”. But, as The Local’s Martin Untersinger explains, the light of love has long since disappeared from a relationship that once crackled with mutual admiration.

Paris exhibition honours the Smurfs’ creator

Paris exhibition honours the Smurfs’ creator

The self-taught Belgian cartoonist behind the Smurfs is getting some long-awaited recognition with a first-ever retrospective of his work that opened in Paris on Thursday, some weeks after the publication of a controversial book by a French scholar.

French court delays ruling on IMF’s Lagarde

French court delays ruling on IMF’s Lagarde

A French court on Friday delayed its ruling on whether the new head of the IMF, former French finance minister Christine Lagarde, will face a criminal probe over her handling of a tycoon's lawsuit.

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French paraglider found dead in Peruvian Andes

French paraglider Xavier Murillo was found dead on Thursday high up in the Peruvian Andes after disappearing for six days, police said. The 55-year-old's body was found tangled up with his glider.

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Divers recover woman’s body from French lake

Police divers recovered on Thursday the body of a 20-year-old South Korean woman who went missing on a French lake earlier this week, emergency services said.

French prosecutors probe DSK rape claim

French prosecutors probe DSK rape claim

French prosecutors began Friday a preliminary inquiry into an allegation by a young writer that former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003, judicial sources said.

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Pro-Palestinians turned back at Paris airport

Eight pro-Palestinian activists were turned back on Thursday after a request from Israel as they tried to take a flight from Paris to Tel Aviv, sources said.