Ex-minister cleared of racism on appeal

Ex-minister cleared of racism on appeal

An appeals court overturned former French interior minister Brice Hortefeux's racism conviction on Thursday, a legal victory for one of President Nicolas Sarkozy's closest political allies.

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Hermes family free to fight LVMH takeover

A French appeals court on Thursday ruled that the Hermes family does not have to buy up the outstanding shares in the luxury goods company, freeing them up to fight off rival giant LVMH.

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Lille let it slip as Russians pinch a point

French champions Lille threw away two points in their Champions League Group B opener at the Stadium Nord on Wednesday, gifting two late goals to Russian visitors CSKA in a 2-2 draw which
threatens to cost the French dear.

‘Jew or not Jew’ app pulled by Apple in France

‘Jew or not Jew’ app pulled by Apple in France

Apple said on Wednesday that an iPhone application called "Jew or not Jew" which drew criticism from anti-racism and Jewish groups has been removed from the App Store in France.

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83-year-old woman drove taxi without licence

A random check on an ageing Peugeot 306 led to the discovery that its driver was an 83-year-old woman who had no driving licence and was running her own taxi business.

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Muslims agree to stop praying on Paris street

Muslim community leaders reached an agreement with police on Wednesday to open a mosque in the north of Paris, aimed at bringing to an end prayers in the street in the Goutte d'Or quarter of the city.

GI Joe and tea sets: toy stories on show in Paris

GI Joe and tea sets: toy stories on show in Paris

When anti-war crowds marched to end the Vietnam conflict in the 1970s, the makers of GI Joe decided it was time to pack up his army fatigues and dress the doll for civilian life.

Nathan and Emma: France’s most popular baby names

Nathan and Emma: France’s most popular baby names

Emma, Jade, Zoé and Nathan, Lucas, Jules are the most favoured names for new babies in France, according to the latest statistics published in the annual guide to first names, L'Officiel des Prénoms.

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Socialists line up for first TV debate

Six Socialist candidates who are aiming to be chosen as the party's candidate for presidential elections in the spring of 2012 will face each other in a first televised debate on Thursday evening.