Comedian groom irks officials with pic switch

Comedian groom irks officials with pic switch

When French comedian Stéphane Guillon decided he didn't want to get married under the watchful eye of a portrait of the French president, as is traditional in France, he took dramatic action.

Budget targets deficit amid uncertain growth

Budget targets deficit amid uncertain growth

The French government on Wednesday presented a tough 2012 austerity budget, promising to balance strained public finances but warning that eurozone debt "turbulence" could yet derail timid growth.

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France to unveil austerity budget

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's government is on Wednesday to present its 2012 austerity budget as it faces stagnant growth, a soaring public deficit and the unresolved eurozone debt crisis.

France to draw up new finance plan: Fillon

France to draw up new finance plan: Fillon

Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Tuesday that France would make new proposals to stabilise the financial crisis in the eurozone once a plan to reinforce Europe's bailout fund was in place.

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Teenage lovers’ row ends in metro stabbing

A 17-year-old girl stabbed her 16-year-old girlfriend on a station platform in the Marseille metro after she accused her of cheating, reported newspaper France Soir.

Rugby club puts in blocking tackle over saucy calendar

Rugby club puts in blocking tackle over saucy calendar

The 2012 Dieux du Stade calendar featuring naked French rugby players could be under threat after a rival rugby club claimed photos of its star player should be withdrawn.

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Six dead in Paris immigrant squat fire

At least six people died in a fire on Wednesday at a squat near Paris inhabited by Libyan and Tunisian immigrants, police said.

Hollande leads ahead of 2nd Socialist TV debate

Hollande leads ahead of 2nd Socialist TV debate

With ten days to go until the first round of voting, a new opinion poll gives François Hollande an 11-point lead over his closest rival in the battle to become the Socialist party's candidate in next year's presidential elections.