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US high court turns down WWII French rail case

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal against French railways firm SNCF over its role in deporting Jews during World War II, blocking descendants of deportees from suing in US courts.

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French dad’s 30-year hunt ends in murder trial for doctor

A French father's 30-year quest for justice for a murdered daughter came a step closer to an end on Tuesday when a German doctor he had had kidnapped went on trial in France.

Dexia account-holders pull €300m from bank

Dexia account-holders pull €300m from bank

Account-holders in the troubled Franco-Belgian Dexia bank on Tuesday withdrew €300 million, Belgian economic daily De Tijd said on Wednesday.

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Raucous mayor forces villagers to join his anniversary celebrations

1,000 villagers were unwitting participants in their mayor's celebrations of his 40th wedding anniversary when he woke them up by letting off fireworks and sounding the village church bells at midnight.

France says Dexia bailout won’t hurt credit rating

France says Dexia bailout won’t hurt credit rating

French officials scrambled on Wednesday to defend their plan to save struggling Franco-Belgian bank Dexia, insisting it is a one-off action and poses no threat to the state's own credit rating.

Anger over probe into girlfriend of top Socialist

Anger over probe into girlfriend of top Socialist

The glamorous journalist girlfriend of top Socialist François Hollande was the subject of a Paris police investigation into her background and network, according to a report in L'Express.

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Life expectancy up but class gap remains

French men and women can expect to live longer now than ever before but professional workers have longer life expectancy than their blue collar colleagues.

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Metro death suspect held by Paris police

Police have caught up with the leading suspect in the case of a 33-year-old Indian man who died when he ended up on the tracks of a metro line.