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Nomandy winner scoops €162m lottery jackpot

A player in the northern department of Calvados won the biggest ever lottery jackpot in France on Tuesday with the only winning ticket in the nine-country Euromillions game.

‘Jew or not Jew’ app provokes outrage

‘Jew or not Jew’ app provokes outrage

An app for the Apple iPhone which lists 3,500 well-known Jewish people has sparked criticism from anti-racist organizations and Jewish associations in France.

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Hip-hop producer DJ Mehdi dies at 34

Celebrated French producer and disc jockey "DJ Mehdi" has died aged 34, his promoter Phunkster confirmed on Tuesday, as reports online suggested he had been killed in a fall during a party.

Jackie Kennedy loathed the French: interview

Jackie Kennedy loathed the French: interview

The wife of assassinated US president John F. Kennedy did not care for French leader Charles de Gaulle or India's Indira Gandhi, according to newly-released taped interviews.

French media lament poor education rating

French media lament poor education rating

French newspapers and websites were almost wholly negative about the state of the country's education system following a report from the Paris-based OECD on the state of education in countries around the world.

Court acquits Sarkozy rival over smear scandal

Court acquits Sarkozy rival over smear scandal

A French appeals court on Wednesday confirmed the acquittal of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin over a political scandal in which he was accused of smearing President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Female students are ‘main victims of hazing’

Despite being made illegal 13 years ago, the custom of initiation rites, or hazing, is still common at French universities, according to a report from anti-hazing organization CNCB (Comité national contre le bizutage).

French star Depardieu spills plane pee story

French star Depardieu spills plane pee story

French film star Gerard Depardieu said he had no choice but to relieve himself into a bottle on a plane last month after a flight attendant blocked the bathroom door, insisting "I'm not a monster."

Moody’s downgrades top French banks

Moody’s downgrades top French banks

Moody's ratings agency downgraded two top French banks in a new lurch for the eurozone crisis on Wednesday which Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski warned could destroy the European Union.