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French nuclear plants to beef up security

France will beef up security at its nuclear plants after Greenpeace activists broke into two facilities, the head of energy firm EDF said on Friday, denouncing the stunt as "stupid".

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Bardot protests New Jersey bear hunt ‘carnage’

French actress turned animal rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot on Friday urged authorities in New Jersey to halt what she called the "scandalous carnage" of an annual bear hunt.

Juppé: attack on peacekeepers was ‘vile’

Juppé: attack on peacekeepers was ‘vile’

Foreign Minister Alain Juppé condemned Friday's bomb attack on a UN peacekeeping patrol in Lebanon in which five French troops were wounded, saying France would not be intimidated by such "vile acts".

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French budget deficit falls by a quarter

France's state budget deficit fell by a quarter in October on a 12-month basis, to €99.4 billion from €133.1 billion a year earlier, the budget ministry said on Friday.

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Marseille police get pump shotguns to fight crime

French President Nicolas Sarkozy told police working in the south of France they would be allowed to use pump shotguns to tackle the city's a crime spike. In November, a policeman was shot while trying to intercept suspected burglars on the run.

Green candidate Eva Joly fined for slander

Green candidate Eva Joly fined for slander

A French court has fined presidential candidate Eva Joly €1,000 for slander. In 2009, the judge-turned-politician accused Sports Minister David Douillet of holding accounts in a tax haven.

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Probe into Disneyland Paris after boy paralysed

A 12-year-old Argentinian child has been left paralysed from the neck downwards after taking several rides at Disneyland Paris. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the boy’s spinal cord was damaged at the amusement park.