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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.