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Greeks ‘Merkozyed’ as Marseille advance

Greek dailies on Wednesday slammed what they dubbed a Franco-German backroom stitch-up, similar to the Berlin-Paris eurozone powerplay, for helping Marseille reach the Champions League
quarter-finals at the expense of Olympiakos.

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Graft inquiry into French ‘Pentagon’

French prosecutors have opened an inquiry into possible corruption over the construction of a new complex for the Defence Ministry in Paris, investigative weekly daily Le Canard Enchaîné reveals.

French towns owe €18 billion in toxic loans

French towns owe €18 billion in toxic loans

A French parliamentary enquiry has revealed that close to 2,000 towns are struggling to pay off loans that have become toxic in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Parents take teachers hostage in French school

A group of parents have a taken a school headmistress and several teachers hostage in the town of Berre l’Etang in the south of France. The parents want one of the teachers fired.

Rhino horn thieves gas Paris museum guards

Rhino horn thieves gas Paris museum guards

Thieves used stun gas to overpower guards before stealing a white rhinoceros horn from a museum in the heart of Paris on Tuesday, in the latest of a string of heists targeting the rare ivory, the museum said.

French lawmakers move to outlaw prostitution

French lawmakers move to outlaw prostitution

French lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favour of outlawing prostitution in the country, setting the stage for the introduction of a bill that would impose fines and jail time for paying for sex.