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France election: National Front won’t get any cabinet posts from me, says Sarkozy

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has ruled out any alliance with the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen – backed by one in five voters in the first round of the presidential election – that would give it cabinet jobs or seats in parliament.

Hollande leads in Socialist party polls

France’s Socialists held the first round of voting yesterday to determine which of six candidates will take on unpopular president Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential elections.

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Socialist tops Sarkozy in poll

French Socialist presidential hopeful François Hollande is pulling further ahead in the race for next year’s election, according to a poll that showed Nicolas Sarkozy trailing.

France will block convent move for killer's ex-wife

Paris will not allow the ex-wife of Belgian paedophile killer Marc Dutroux to move into a French convent, France's justice minister said yesterday after news that she was to be released early from a Belgian prison.

Judges halt seabed recovery of bodies from Air France jet

THE remarkably preserved remains of up to 100 victims of the worst crash in Air France's history must not be recovered from the seabed because it is too traumatic for their families, judges have ruled.

Cancellation boosts Carla Bruni baby talk

France's first lady, Carla Bruni, has cancelled a red-carpet appearance at the Cannes film festival because of "personal reasons", feeding rumours that she might be pregnant.

Germany backs Schengen drive

Germany backs France's push for countries to be able to overrule Europe's Schengen border treaty in special circumstances to control sudden inflows of non-European Union immigrants, the German interior minister said.

Football coach cleared, but comments 'borderline racist'

France's sports minister yesterday cleared national team coach Laurent Blanc of race discrimination claims, but criticised comments made in a meeting discussing possible quotas in the country's football academies as "borderline tending toward racist".

Dominique de Villepin in court over plot

Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin went back on trial yesterday, accused of condoning a plot to discredit conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy in the run-up to the 2007 presidential election.

Marine Le Pen pitches for France before Europe as voters hear call to unify

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen sought a unifying, presidential tone in a labour day speech yesterday as she tried to bring her party closer to the political mainstream ahead of a general election due next April.

Lilian Thuram: 'It's not because you're black that you run faster'

FRENCH football star Lilian Thuram feels "hurt" that his former team mate Laurent Blanc and members of the French Football Federation (FFF) may have agreed to limit the number of black and Arab players in national training programmes.

France keeps border shut as refugee crisis grows

France has defended its decision to temporarily shut its borders to trains from Italy, in a sign of a deepening conflict in the European Union over its response to a refugee crisis in North Africa.

Looted Korean histories returned by France

A COLLECTION of centuries-old Korean royal documents, taken by French troops when they invaded an island off the peninsula nearly 150 years ago, are being returned after a presidential agreement.

French opt to send back Tunisian migrants

AN INTERNATIONAL dispute over a surge of Tunisian immigrants has escalated after the French foreign minister told Italy to send the migrants home instead of allowing them to travel to neighbouring nations.

First Muslim fined €150 for breaking burqa ban

The first "burqa fine" has been handed out to a woman in France who defied its new ban on wearing the veil.

Two detained at protest over French ban on full face veils

France's new ban on Islamic face veils was met with defiance yesterday, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained.

Robots find remains of jet 2.4 miles down

Specialists could start pulling up bodies and wreckage from an Air France plane found on the Atlantic Ocean floor inside a month, after a stunning deep-water discovery of debris raised fresh hope of determining the cause of the 2009 crash.

Chinese rebuke for Sarkozy

Chinese president Hu Jintao admonished visiting French president Nicolas Sarkozy in Beijing yesterday over the western bombing campaign in Libya, saying force would not resolve the conflict.

Faith debate 'could fuel prejudices'

Leaders of the six main religions in France have warned the government against a planned debate on Islam they say could stigmatise Muslims and fuel prejudice as the country approaches national elections next year.

29 years after alleged killing, doctor kidnapped by father appears in court

A RETIRED German doctor who was kidnapped and left in front of a French courthouse on the orders of a grieving father went on trial in Paris yesterday charged with killing a teenage girl 29 years ago.

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