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Use ‘overwhelming force’ to fix crisis, US tells EU

The United States urged Europe on Thursday to use "overwhelming force" to fix the sovereign debt crisis threatening to tip the world economy into recession.

Paris versus New York in pictures

Paris versus New York in pictures

When Parisian artist Vahram Muratyan moved to New York in September 2010 he had little idea that his illustrations would lead to a hit blog, an exhibition in one of Paris' most fashionable stores and a publishing deal. 

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Scientology church launches court appeal

The church of Scientology opened its appeal against a 2009 conviction for fraud in a Paris court room on Thursday.

Obama congratulates Sarkozy on birth of daughter

Obama congratulates Sarkozy on birth of daughter

US President Barack Obama congratulated France's Nicolas Sarkozy on the birth of his daughter on Thursday amid signs of a thaw between two leaders with a history of tense relations.

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ECB in surprise interest rate cut

The European Central Bank on Thursday unexpectedly cut its prime interest rate by a quarter of a point to 1.25 percent, in an apparent attempt to bolster Europe’s economy amid the Greek debt crisis.

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Record French bond gap shows eurozone tensions

The gap between German and French sovereign borrowing rates widened to a record on Thursday and the 10-year cost of borrowing for Italy reached a record briefly above 6.402 percent.

Strauss-Kahn ancestor ‘ran a whorehouse’

Strauss-Kahn ancestor ‘ran a whorehouse’

A book published on Wednesday has delved into the family trees of some of France's leading politicians to reveal some surprising facts about their ancestors and family ties.

Oldest Paris metro line gets driverless trains

Oldest Paris metro line gets driverless trains

The first metro line to be built in Paris, and still its busiest, takes delivery of eight new driverless trains on Thursday.

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Marine Le Pen defends US visit

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday her trip to the United States remained a success despite scoring meetings with only a small handful of political figures.

Firebombed paper reacts from temporary home

Firebombed paper reacts from temporary home

Cartoonists from a French satirical weekly which was firebombed as it published an edition featuring the Prophet Muhammad as "guest editor" on the cover hit back in another newspaper on Thursday.