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France’s Emmanuel Macron acknowledges widespread discontent after defeating far-right challenger

President Emmanuel Macron beat far-right challenger Marine Le Pen with a solid margin 58.54% of the votes, but well below his 66.1% victory against Le Pen in their first duel in 2017, and very far from the 82% secured by conservative Jacques Chirac in 2002. President Macron showed no triumphalism as he acknowledged widespread discontent […]

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French skier investigated after fatal collision with five-year-old British girl in the Alps

A skier who was involved in a fatal collision with a five-year-old British girl in the French Alps has been placed under investigation. The girl, named locally as Ophélie, was taking part in a group lesson at the weekend in Flaine in Haute-Savoie. She received immediate first aid from the man himself, who is a […]

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‘Havana syndrome’: More US diplomats in Geneva and Paris fall ill with mysterious neurological illness

Four more US diplomats working in Geneva and Paris have fallen ill with a suspected neurological illness known as “Havana syndrome”, US media report. Three diplomats became sick in the Swiss city and one in the French capital last summer, with some 200 people affected over five years. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the […]

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France: New law forces car ads to tell people to walk, cycle, carpool or use public transport

A new law in France is forcing carmakers to supplement ads with messages about greener transport alternatives. The law requires the mention of one of three statements in any given advert. Roughly translated, these are “For short journeys, walk or cycle,” as well as “think about carpooling” and “Take public transport daily.” These messages must […]

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EU flag removed from Arc de Triomphe in Paris after right-wing criticism

Giant European Union flag displayed at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to mark France taking on the bloc’s presidency has been removed after it was criticised by right-wing politicians. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen said “replacing” the French flag at the monument was an attack on the country’s identity. A government minister said the […]

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At least 874 cars set ablaze during New Years Eve celebrations in France

A total of 874 cars have been set alight during New Years Eve celebrations in France, police say. However, the interior ministry said the number was much lower than in 2019. Authorities also reported a rise in the number of people stopped and detained. A curfew to tackle Covid-19 meant no significant disruption took place […]

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France records 208,000 new confirmed Covid-19 cases — the highest one-day tally

France reports a record high of 208,00 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period on Wednesday, one of the highest one-day tallies worldwide since the start of the pandemic. It is the highest number of new daily infections in Europe, according to data. Since the start of the pandemic, only the United States and […]

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World’s first SMS has been bought as NFT for $149,729 at auction in Paris

The world’s first SMS has been sold as a non-fungible token (NFT) for $149,729 at auction in Paris, according to the auctioneer Aguttes. Reading “Merry Christmas,” the message was sent by British programmer Neil Papworth from his computer on December 3 1992 to Richard Jarvis, then director of UK telecommunications company Vodafone. Jarvis received the […]

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Woman who caused huge crash at Tour de France by waving cardboard sign on riders’ path fined €1,200

The woman who caused a huge crash at the Tour de France by waving a cardboard sign in the riders’ path has been fined €1,200. The peloton was 45km from the end of the first stage, when her sign clipped German rider Tony Martin. He fell to the ground and caused dozens of other riders […]

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France investigates alleged rape of soldier at presidential palace in Paris

French authorities have opened an investigation into the an alleged rape at the presidential palace in Paris. Local media report a female soldier, has said she was sexually assaulted after a drinks reception at the Élysée palace in July. President Emmanuel Macron had earlier attended the event, held for departing staff. The accused, also a […]

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Aminata Diallo: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder arrested for attacking teammate

Paris Saint-Germain and France midfielder Aminata Diallo has been taken into police custody in connection with an attack on a teammate, the French club said on Wednesday. In a statement, PSG said: “Paris Saint-Germain can confirm that Aminata Diallo was taken into custody this morning by the Versailles Regional Police Service as part of the […]

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French ambassador leaves Belarus after President Lukashenko’s government expels him

France’s ambassador to Belarus has left the country after the Belarus government ordered him out. An embassy spokesperson told AFP that ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste left the country on Sunday. He had been told to leave by Monday. Mr de Lacoste, who is 57, was posted to Minsk late last year. Local media have suggested […]