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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.
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".
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.
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 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.
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.
The first "burqa fine" has been handed out to a woman in France who defied its new ban on wearing the veil.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, warned Italy yesterday to prepare to "accept half of the world population" if it starts taking in economic refugees.
The trial of former President Jacques Chirac over misuse of public funds was postponed by a French court yesterday while it sought advice on a constitutional challenge that will hold the case up for months.
France's foreign minister yesterday promised never to accept a private jet trip again, as she faced calls to quit for holidaying in Tunisia during the uprising against president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and flying around on a businessman's jet.
FEARS that France is losing its leading position in the world of gastronomy has prompted a fightback by 15 of its top chefs.
FRANCE'S far-right National Front party has elected Marine Le Pen as its new leader and likely presidential candidate, replacing her 82-year-old father Jean-Marie Le Pen.
THE City of Lights could soon become the city without SUV's.
The future face of far-right politics in France may soon be a blonde, twice-divorced mother of three with a penchant for chic suits - and one who wants to soften her party's anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim image.
FRANCE'S industry minister yesterday said a suspected incidence of industrial espionage targeting Renault's electric cars amounted to "economic warfare".
Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model whose emaciated image in a shock Italian ad campaign helped turn global attention to the problem of anorexia in the fashion world and beyond, has died at the age of 28.
After its successful bike-sharing programme, Paris is moving into higher gear, preparing to lend out 3,000 electric cars across the City of Light to fight air pollution.
Masked French gendarmes detained a 17-year-old who took a class full of nursery children hostage yesterday, releasing all the children safely after hours of tense negotiations that drew nationwide attention.