Former partner Royal backs Hollande

Former partner Royal backs Hollande

The frontrunner in the race to lead France's Socialists against President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential vote won a key endorsement on Wednesday ahead of a last and crucial primary debate.

Paris plans to give Eiffel Tower a face lift

Paris plans to give Eiffel Tower a face lift

City authorities in Paris announced a €25 million ($34.4 million) plan to cheer up the first floor of the Paris landmark on Tuesday, including a 300-seater auditorium, shops, a museum and a glass floor for visitors to walk on.

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France saved by half-time wake-up call: Blanc

Laurent Blanc said a half-time reality check was the key to the second-half resurgence that saw France rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday that secured their ticket to Euro 2012.

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France to immigrants: you must learn French

France said on Wednesday it was tightening immigration rules to require would-be citizens to provide written proof that they speak enough French to manage their daily lives.

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Plot thickens over metro death

New evidence has cast doubt on the story of a 33-year-old Indian man who died after going to the aid of a woman being mugged on a metro train.

Banon publishes novel about ‘pig’ DSK

Banon publishes novel about ‘pig’ DSK

Tristane Banon, who has accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, is launching a book on Thursday which sets out her version of events.

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Language police go online to fight English invasion

The body charged with protecting the French language has introduced a new section to its website to help it fight the ever-increasing encroachment of English.