World leaders put Italy under watch

World leaders put Italy under watch

Leaders of the world's top economic powers on Friday pushed Europe into acting to stop Italy following Greece into a debt vortex and undertook measures to boost sluggish global growth.

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Rights group slams Facebook for Muhammad weekly censorship

Rights group Reporters Without Borders slammed Facebook on Friday for threatening to terminate the account of a French weekly whose offices were firebombed after publishing images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

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One year’s worth of rain in four days

Heavy rain and strong winds have caused major disruption across many parts of southern France with almost a year's worth of rain falling on the Hérault department, home to the Mediterranean towns of Montpellier and Béziers.

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Heart attack kills man trying to save heart attack victim

A man in France dropped dead from a heart attack as he was calling emergency services to tell them that a neighbour had just suffered the same fate, police said Friday.

Sarkozy and Obama to give joint interview

Sarkozy and Obama to give joint interview

US president Barack Obama will appear alongside French president Nicolas Sarkozy on both main 8pm nightly news programmes in France on Friday evening for a 15-minute interview.

‘Misunderstanding’ over Le Pen meeting with Israeli ambassador

‘Misunderstanding’ over Le Pen meeting with Israeli ambassador

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen seized on the attendance of an Israeli ambassador at a lunch she hosted on Thursday at the United Nations to counter her party's xenophobic image.

France slips in corruption rankings

France slips in corruption rankings

A survey of corrupt businees practices has put France in 11th place out of a total of 28 countries, a fall of two places since the last survey in 2008.

French actress to play new Bond girl

French actress to play new Bond girl

James Bond's next outing will see him grappling with a French Bond girl, or Bond "lady", as the film's director Sam Mendes described her.

G20 partners in Cannes warn Europe to fix crisis

G20 partners in Cannes warn Europe to fix crisis

Leaders of the world's top economies urged Europe to put its house in order on Thursday as a G20 summit supposed to be about boosting fragile global growth was hijacked by the eurozone debt crisis.