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Mine-clearers tackle deadly WWI legacy in France one hundred years later

At the foot of the Vosges mountain range in northeastern France, a key battleground during World War I, a mine-clearance team is cautiously inspecting a cylinder of rusted metal nestled in a stone case covered with mould and barbed wire. "Look at that……

Landmark Rwandan genocide trial opens in France

The landmark trial of a former Rwandan army captain charged with complicity in the genocide that left 800,000 dead opened Tuesday in Paris, the first of its kind in France. The trial of Pascal Simbikangwa -- who denies all accusations against him --……

World War I death count ‘too low by one million,’ French historian says

The number of soldiers killed in World War I has been vastly underestimated, says French historian Antoine Prost. He tells FRANCE 24 how some nations failed to count all their dead and how governments differed over the burial of lost soldiers. For years, historians of the Great War have settled…

Anti-semitic French comic backs down and will introduce new routine

France’s firebrand comedian Dieudonné has cancelled a stand-up show after it was banned in three cities in as many days because of its anti-Semitic remarks. He pledged to soon present a new act that avoids the same kind of controversial content. “One must accept the laws and rules that govern…

France-Africa summit opens in shadow of Nelson Mandela’s death

A two-day summit that has brought 40 African leaders to France opened here on Friday against the sombre backdrop of a world in mourning over the death of Nelson Mandela. Flags above the presidential Elysee Palace were flying at half-mast and participants were to observe a minute’s silence in memory…

France will increase penalties for ivory traders

President Francois Hollande said Thursday France would increase fines for illegal trading in ivory and endangered animal species. Speaking at a round table on poaching that gathered French and African leaders, Hollande said he had asked Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to ramp up action against trafficking in imperilled species and…

French lawmakers approve new penalties for sex workers’ customers

French lawmakers on Saturday adopted a highly controversial provision in a bill that punishes clients of prostitutes amid fierce argument that the new measure will be counterproductive. Under the new provision, buying sex acts will be punishable by a 1,500-euro ($2,000) fine. Repeat offenders risk a fine of 3,750 euros.…

French bill to crack down on prostitution sparks protests

French lawmakers on Friday started debating a bill punishing clients of prostitutes that has sparked fierce debate in a country known for its liberal attitudes to sex. Dozens rallied both for and against the bill as debate began in the lower house National Assembly, which is expected to vote on…

France evicts 800 Roma immigrants from campground

French authorities on Wednesday cleared one of the country’s largest Roma camps, evicting some 800 migrants from a shantytown north of Paris. France has in recent years pursued a controversial policy of evicting Roma migrants from camps outside major cities, often paying them to return to their countries of origin,…

SAS resistance hero and French ‘father of the pill’ dies

Lucien Neuwirth, the Gaullist politician responsible for the 1967 legalisation of the contraceptive pill in France, died Tuesday at the age of 89. News of his death, from a lung infection, topped the morning news bulletins as commentators reflected on the impact of a landmark reform that was hugely controversial…

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