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Guerlain guilty of racism

A Paris court on Thursday found Jean-Paul Guerlain, the former "nose" behind the world-famous perfume brand, guilty of racial insults after televised remarks he made about "negroes" and fined him.

Algeria refuses to take gunman Merah’s body

Algeria refuses to take gunman Merah’s body

The Islamist gunman branded a "monster" by President Nicolas Sarkozy will be buried in France because Algeria refused to let him be buried there, a Muslim official said Thursday.

French luxury shops face curfew

French luxury shops face curfew

Luxury shops in Paris will soon have to switch off their lights at night to save electricity. The French government is introducing new measures to cut energy consumption. 

Fury as executioner’s torture collection is sold

Fury as executioner’s torture collection is sold

A French auction house is auctioning several hundred torture and execution devices, including hanging ropes and hand crushers, collected by one of France’s last executioners. Rights groups have condemned the show as "shocking".

Girl sent home from school – skirt too long

Girl sent home from school – skirt too long

A secondary school student near Paris was accused of wearing provocative clothing and sent back home. The school thought her skirt was too long, and conveyed religious values.