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‘Islam compatible with democracy’ – Juppé

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé argued on Thursday that Islam and democracy are not incompatible, insisting that the Arab Spring, which has already toppled three dictators, should open the way to political pluralism.

French bank chief: downgrade Brits first

French bank chief: downgrade Brits first

The head of the French central bank criticised the British economy on Thursday, arguing that ratings agencies are targeting the wrong country for a debt downgrade.

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Brits should be downgraded before France – bank chief

The head of the French central bank criticised the British economy on Thursday, arguing that ratings agencies are targeting the wrong country for a debt downgrade.

French blockbuster star snubs Sarkozy

French blockbuster star snubs Sarkozy

French actor Omar Sy, co-star in the French blockbuster "Intouchables", has declined to meet President Nicolas Sarkozy for lunch. Officially, Sy was shooting a film on poor Parisian suburbs.

Eight new cancer cases in breast implant scandal

Eight new cancer cases in breast implant scandal

Eight women who have received faulty breast implants are suffering from cancer, says the French Health Ministry. It is feared 44,000 women carry defective breast implants which were produced in the south of France.

Chirac escapes jail after guilty verdict

Chirac escapes jail after guilty verdict

Popular former French president Jacques Chirac was convicted of graft on Thursday but escaped jail when he was handed a two-year suspended sentence for running ghost workers at Paris city hall.

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Weather warning issued as coast braces for storm

Violent winds and massive waves are battering the Britanny coast and expected to hit the west of France over the next 24 hours. Eleven French departments have been put on orange alert.

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Amorous Brit floods squatted Riviera villa

A British fantasist who sneaked into a French luxury villa to prepare it for a romantic night ended up facing charges after flooding the property, police said Wednesday.

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Photographer charged over L’Oreal heiress relationship

A French court Wednesday charged a celebrity photographer with abusing his relationship with aged L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt after he was named a beneficiary in her will.

French court to rule in Chirac corruption trial

French court to rule in Chirac corruption trial

Paris judges are to give their verdict on Thursday in the unprecedented corruption case against aged ex-leader Jacques Chirac, the first time a former French president has faced charges in court.