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France

Wireless: French phone-tapping services go on strike
Four French companies executing the bulk of court-sanctioned electronic surveillance have refused all new requests. They are accusing the country’s justice ministry of depriving them of lucrative future spying contracts.

26.11.2014 13:31

'Nuclear reaction': French Polynesia to demand nearly $1bn from Paris over tests
In an unprecedented move, French Polynesia, an overseas territory governed by France, is to ask Paris for nearly $1 billion in compensation for damage caused by nuclear weapons tests carried out by France in the South Pacific between 1966 and 1996.

25.11.2014 09:50

Iran cuts uranium gas stockpile, complies with interim nuclear deal – IAEA
Iran has reduced its stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas to comply with the terms of the interim nuclear agreement signed with the six world powers in 2013, a report by a UN nuclear agency has said.

24.11.2014 16:44

‘They delivered cards by truckload’: Mother’s birthday appeal for Down’s Syndrome son goes viral
Manuel Parisseaux, a Frenchman born with Down’s Syndrome, received more than 30,000 cards from strangers for his 30th birthday, after his mother’s Facebook request to cheer up her son for the occasion.

24.11.2014 15:51

Grenoble bans street ads, to replace billboards with trees
The French city of Grenoble will become the first in Europe to remove all commercial advertising from its streets, with the city’s Green mayor promising to replace the signs and billboards with trees and community noticeboards.

24.11.2014 14:12

Blast from past averted: Mass evacuation in France over WWII bomb
A discovery of a massive 250kg British bomb, hidden in the ground since World War II, caused the evacuation of 3,000 people in the French city of Rennes.

23.11.2014 18:55

Christmas blessings from Russia: Moscow helps Paris fund Notre Dame X-mas tree
Christmas cheer has come to the French capital, as Notre Dame de Paris was graced with its Christmas tree, funded and set up with Russian help. This year the local parish could not reach its financial goals, so Moscow stepped in.

23.11.2014 14:02

French police unleash water cannon, tear gas against anti-brutality protesters (VIDEO)
Water cannons and tear gas have been used against protesters in Southern France. Public anger over police brutality is boiling over in France following the death of an environmental activist killed by a police stun grenade last month.

22.11.2014 21:50

French ISIS fighters burn passports, call for attacks on home soil in video
Islamic State has released a film showing the terrorist group’s French-speaking fighters burning French passports and urging others to join in the fight - in the streets of France.

20.11.2014 12:28

​Eurozone manufacturing outlook weakest for 16 months, as France, Germany lose steam
A new survey of manufacturing and service companies across the eurozone shows the area is now a step away from recession, as key economies France and Germany remain weak.

20.11.2014 15:14

2 new subatomic particles found by CERN scientists
CERN’s Large Hadron Collider scientists have discovered two new subatomic particles each made from three quarks bound together by the strong force. They were predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics.

19.11.2014 18:35

French surgeons successfully operate on 20-week fetus to correct spina bifida
French surgeons have successfully operated on a fetus in its mother’s womb – for the first time in the country. They have corrected a defect which could lead to the baby’s legs being paralyzed – a procedure available in only a dozen hospitals worldwide.

19.11.2014 15:40