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Sarkozy in crisis meeting after Afghan killings

President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday held an emergency security meeting as yet another French soldier was killed in Afghanistan, a day after five others died in a suicide attack there.

France primed for Bastille Day celebrations

France primed for Bastille Day celebrations

Celebrations of France’s national day kicked off on Thursday with a military parade down the Champs-Elysées in Paris. All around the country, concerts, marches, fireworks and other events are marking the storming of the Bastille prison that set off the French Revolution.

Ikea opens free hotel for sleepy drivers

Ikea opens free hotel for sleepy drivers

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has opened a temporary hotel at a rest stop on one of France’s busiest motorways offering free rooms for 20-minute naps. The goal is to help drivers who have become sleepy at at the wheel, as well as selling a mattress or two.

Banon gives first TV interview over DSK affair

Banon gives first TV interview over DSK affair

Tristane Banon, the French writer who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, has given her first television interview since filing her criminal complaint. She said pressing charges was the only way to finally put the incident behind her.

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‘Fiance’ defends DSK accuser as ‘honest lady’

An Arizona inmate identified as the fiance of the woman accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, defended her in an online interview on Wednesday, saying she would have had no cause to invent her story.

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Air Algerie strike leaves thousands stranded

A strike by Air Algerie cabin crew who want a 106-percent pay rise left thousands of angry travellers stranded in Paris, Marseille and Nice airports on Wednesday, France's transport minister said.

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Marseille tighten security after player burglaries

Marseille have set up security patrols outside the homes of their players after defender Vitorino Hilton became the latest victim of burglaries targeting the club's playing staff.

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India approves $2.4 billion French jet upgrade

India has approved a $2.4-billion deal for French defence groups to upgrade 51 ageing Mirage fighter jets, officials said Thursday, as the country takes further steps to boost its military capacity.