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Frenchwoman gets €13 tax bill 60 years after death

A Frenchwoman found proof of the maxim that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes when she received a bill in the name of a grandfather who died in 1949.

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False bomb threat at Israeli consulate

Israel's consulate in the southern French port city of Marseille was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday when a bomb disposal squad found a mock device placed in a van parked outside.

President leaves pregnant wife in Paris

President leaves pregnant wife in Paris

President Nicolas Sarkozy starts a series of meetings in New York on Tuesday but his pregnant wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has stayed behind in Paris.

French arts world at war over new museum

French arts world at war over new museum

Former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing tried to settle the future of one of Paris' most prestigious buildings on Monday in a saga that has pitted the arts establishment against a group of famous actors, designers and celebrities.

Aubry fights back over ‘default candidate’ charge

Aubry fights back over ‘default candidate’ charge

Martine Aubry was on the defensive on Monday after Sunday night's interview with Dominique Strauss-Kahn brought to light a "pact" the two had made that suggested only one would stand for the presidential nomination.

Writer fights back in Strauss-Kahn rape case

Writer fights back in Strauss-Kahn rape case

The French writer who says Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003 fought back on Monday, vowing to bring a civil case against the former IMF chief if there was no criminal prosecution.

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DSK accuser’s lawyer calls interview ‘a joke’

The lawyer for the New York hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape called Monday the primetime interview he conducted in France "a joke," and said the full story would come out with an upcoming deposition.

Shark kills French bodyboarding champion

Shark kills French bodyboarding champion

An experienced surfer and bodyboard champion, Mathieu Schiller, was killed by a shark on Monday off the French island of La Réunion, reported local news site ipreunion.com.