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Local opposition sinks Sponge Bob sea statue plans

Plans to place giant statues of the cartoon character Sponge Bob in the sea off one of France's top natural sites have been scrapped in the face of stiff local opposition.

Ginola loses “bastard” defamation case

Ginola loses “bastard” defamation case

A court in Toulon has rejected David Ginola's claim for damages against former France coach Gerard Houllier over remarks concerning Ginola's role in France's failure to reach the 1994 World Cup.

French gay Muslims: Muhammad would approve of our marriage

French gay Muslims: Muhammad would approve of our marriage

A Muslim who became the first French man to marry his same sex partner in an Islamic religious ceremony has said that if the prophet Muhammad were alive today he would be happy to marry same sex couples.

Angry train passengers spend night in tunnel

Angry train passengers spend night in tunnel

Passengers on a high speed TGV train from Nice to Paris had to spend most of the night in a tunnel outside Marseille after their train broke down on Tuesday night.

10 arrested in new radical Islamists raids

10 arrested in new radical Islamists raids

French police swooped in on suspected radical Islamists in pre-dawn raids in several cities on Wednesday, arresting at least 10 people, a source close to the investigation said.

Police probe New York death of top prof

Police probe New York death of top prof

New York police Tuesday were investigating the death of a prominent French academic and the director of one of France's most elite colleges after his naked body was found in his hotel room.

Sarkozy denies 2007 illegal campaign funding

Sarkozy denies 2007 illegal campaign funding

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday vehemently denied new accusations of illegal party financing that are threatening to overshadow his re-election campaign.