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Italians block motorway in French rail link demo

Protesters in northern Italy held rallies and staged sit-ins on Wednesday against land seizures for the construction of a controversial high-speed rail link between Lyon and Turin.

Réunion issues tsunami alert after quake

Réunion issues tsunami alert after quake

The French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean issued an orange tsunami alert on Wednesday after a massive earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island, the local prefect's office said.

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Fears for Spain overstated – French minister

French Budget Minister Valérie Pécresse said on Wednesday that market fears over Spain's finances were "excessive".

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Sarkozy: vote for me or face financial crisis

French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared on Wednesday that a win for his Socialist rival Francois Hollande in next week's presidential vote would plunge France into financial crisis.

French Resistance hero dies at 97

French Resistance hero dies at 97

Raymond Aubrac, one of the last surviving senior leaders of the French Resistance, has died aged 97 in Paris, his family said on Wednesday.

Air France fined over CityJet Irish contracts

Air France fined over CityJet Irish contracts

A French court on Tuesday fined Air France €100,000 ($131,000) and ordered it to pay compensation after its CityJet subsidiary paid employees based in France under Irish contracts.

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Pastor held over church deaths

The pastor of a church has been held by police after two people died following the collapse of part of the building during an Easter Sunday service.

300 women fined under full-face veil ban

300 women fined under full-face veil ban

One year after France introduced a law banning women from wearing full-face veils in public, officials report that around 300 have been fined.

Arab nudes defy taboos in Paris show

Arab nudes defy taboos in Paris show

The naked body in Arab art is the theme of a new Paris exhibit meant to broaden views of Arab culture, spotlighting the many artists willing to break taboos and depict nudity in all its forms.

McDonald’s tempts French with ‘McBaguette’

McDonald’s tempts French with ‘McBaguette’

The French branch of US fast food giant McDonald's said on Tuesday it was to introduce a "McBaguette" sandwich in a bid to cater to local tastes.

Policeman killed in shopping centre attack

Policeman killed in shopping centre attack

A 32-year-old policeman was killed early on Wednesday morning as he attended a burglary at a large electrical goods store.