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Strong demand for French bonds in auction

France raised more than €7.9 billion ($10.3 billion) via the sale of short-term bonds on Monday at lower rates than during the previous comparable sale and amid strong demand, the body charged with carrying out the sales said.

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The shuttered French ‘ghost factory’ where staff still turn up for work

Every morning the employees of the Sodimedical hospital supplies company in the small town of Plancy L'Abbaye in eastern France show up for work in their shuttered factory.

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Sarkozy rallies troops for final election battle

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Socialist challenger Francois Hollande staged rival street rallies for tens of thousands of supporters Sunday, one week from their presidential election.

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Free petrol at pump sparks ‘oil rush’

Drivers near Strasbourg rushed to an automated petrol station to fill up their tanks free of charge after pumps started to malfunction. Police had to battle angry drivers away.

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GDF buys up rest of British power company

International Power on Monday said it had agreed to an improved multi-billion-pound bid from French energy giant GDF Suez for the 30 percent of the British company it does not own.

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Sarkozy caught hiding watch from ‘pickpokets’ at rally

French president and candidate Nicolas Sarkozy held a massive rally in Paris on Sunday. The French press say he was caught on camera hiding his watch in fear of pickpockets.

Father wanted for family murder: ‘I’m superior’

Father wanted for family murder: ‘I’m superior’

A man believed to have killed his wife and four children last year considered himself to be part of an elite group of intelligent people, superior to 'the masses', newly discovered emails and writings show.