Tepid response to French bond auction

Tepid response to French bond auction

France successfully raised €7.96 billion ($10.23 billion) in new long-term bonds on Thursday despite lower demand, but was forced to pay higher interest amid fears over the country's credit rating.

DSK wife to write family memoir

DSK wife to write family memoir

Former television journalist Anne Sinclair, also known as the wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been giving more details of a memoir she is preparing.

Louvre readies to open new Islamic wing

Louvre readies to open new Islamic wing

With a roof designed to look like a floating sheet of silk, a reference to the Islamic headscarf, a new wing of the Louvre housing Islamic art is nearing completion.

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French still gloomy about future

French consumer confidence remained stuck at a three-year low in December, with the French more fearful for their financial outlook, according to official data released Thursday.

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Teenagers go on three-day crime spree

Three teenagers, aged from 14 to 16, carried out a series of violent attacks on women and a string of house burglaries over three days close to the southern city of Montpellier.

Road deaths close to 4,000 a year

Road deaths close to 4,000 a year

3,970 people lost their lives on French roads in 2011, a slight improvement on the 2010 total but still far away from President Nicolas Sarkozy's ambition to get the annual level below 3,000.

Mail order catalogue’s naked man goes viral

Mail order catalogue’s naked man goes viral

One of France's best-known mail order catalogues apologised on Wednesday after web users noticed a naked man in the background of an advertising photo published on the children's section of its website.

Iran embargo decision by ‘end of January’

Iran embargo decision by ‘end of January’

A decision on a European embargo on Iranian oil could be taken at an EU foreign ministers' meeting on January 30th in Brussels, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said on Wednesday.