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Journalist fired over first lady ‘shag’ tweet

A radio journalist has been fired over an offensive tweet about the partner of president-elect François Hollande, Valérie Trierweiler. 

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Sarkozy cabinet meets for last time

Outgoing French leader Nicolas Sarkozy's cabinet met for a last session on Thursday as president-elect François Hollande began talks with EU leaders on his plans to refocus European policy on growth.

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Man ‘killed neighbour over dead goldfish’

A man is being held by the police over suspicions he might have killed a 55-year-old neighbour in a village near Le Mans over an incident involving dead goldfish. 

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Zero growth forecast for France

The Bank of France on Thursday forecast zero growth in the French economy for the second quarter of 2012 – the second quarter in a row of stagnation.