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French teacher dies after setting self on fire

A French maths teacher who doused herself in petrol and set herself on fire in front of pupils, died on Friday of her injuries, police and a hospital source said.

In-form Wales out to derail France

In-form Wales out to derail France

Wales go into their World Cup semi-final against France as favourites having hit a rich vein of form that mixes defensive nous with attacking flair.

Third-placed Socialist to vote for Hollande

Third-placed Socialist to vote for Hollande

The third-placed candidate in the first round of the French Socialist primary said on Friday he would vote for frontrunner Francois Hollande in the final vote but was not urging his supporters to follow suit.

Banon ‘pushed back’ so ‘I released my grip’: DSK

Banon ‘pushed back’ so ‘I released my grip’: DSK

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn told police he grabbed the young woman who has accused him of attempted rape, but released her when she resisted, according to a transcript seen by AFP.

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Pupils get help after teacher’s self-immolation

A psychological crisis cell was treating shocked students at a high school in southern France on Friday after a depressed maths teacher dramatically set herself on fire in the playground.

Montebourg hesitates on backing candidate

Montebourg hesitates on backing candidate

Socialist politician Arnaud Montebourg, who caused a surprise when he finished third in the first round of voting to select the party's presidential candidate, has still not offered public support for either François Hollande or Martine Aubry in Sunday's final vote.

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Son goes to prison for causing mother’s suicide

A 47-year-old man from Evron in the western Loire region was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday for causing the suicide of his own mother.

Starbucks withdraws controversial poster

Starbucks withdraws controversial poster

Starbucks France has run into trouble with an anti-pickpocketing poster which some customers found racist.

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‘What’s happening?’: final words on stricken flight

A controversial new book has revealed the final words of pilots on the flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris which crashed off the coast of Brazil in June 2009.