Harry Potter ‘quidditch‘ phenomenon hits France

Harry Potter ‘quidditch‘ phenomenon hits France

University students in Nantes have taken up “quidditch,” or at least a non-wizarding version of the sport made popular in the Harry Potter books and movies. The last instalment of the saga hits the big screen in France on Wednesday.

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Peugeot-Citroen logs stable first-half sales

France's biggest car maker CSA Peugeot Citroen logged stable worldwide sales of 1.86 million vehicles in the first half of 2011, with a weakened performance in Europe, it said on Tuesday.

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France ‘in contact, not negotiating’ with Libya

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday that France had had "contacts" with the Libyan regime concerning the departure of leader Muammar Qaddafi but no real negotiations had taken place.

France cracks down on illegal downloading

France cracks down on illegal downloading

The agency charged with implementing France’s tough digital piracy laws has sent out third-strike warnings to people accused of illegally downloading or sharing copyrighted material. Those targeted could face the loss of their internet connections and fines.

French soda Orangina marks 75 years of ad fizz

French soda Orangina marks 75 years of ad fizz

Orangina, a Mediterranean soft drink story from post-war France and now a global brand with decades of powerful advertising, is marking 75 years of fizz.

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Sarkozy attacker apologizes to president

Hermann Fuster, the man who assaulted Nicolas Sarkozy in June, has apologized in the media, saying he never meant to attack the president. He has said the incident has convinced him to stop smoking marijuana.

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France says 1,000 troops to leave Afghanistan

President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday that France would withdraw a quarter of its 4,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year, becoming the latest NATO power to downsize its combat mission in the war-torn country.

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France to open liaison office in N. Korea: report

France will open a cooperation bureau in North Korea, Le Monde newspaper said on Tuesday, but underscored that Paris was not launching diplomatic relations with the reclusive Stalinist state.

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US, French officials press on with DSK probes

Police questioned a French writer on Monday over her claim that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003, while the former IMF head's next court appearance in his New York sex assault case was delayed until August 1st.

Rhinoceros head stolen from French museum

Rhinoceros head stolen from French museum

Thieves stole a rhinoceros head from a museum in France, the latest in a string of raids thought to be fuelled by an international trade, police and museum sources said on Monday.

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Angry mob storms French embassy in Syria

Angry mobs stormed the French and American embassies in Syria on Monday, after the two Western envoys visited the city of Hama, a flashpoint for protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.