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France’s parliament approves allowing same sex couples to adopt

France’s National Assembly voted Tuesday by a clear majority to adopt legislation allowing homosexual couples to marry and adopt children, and the law will now go for approval by the upper house of parliament. The formal vote came 10 days after lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of its key article…

France seeks Mali exit, handover to UN peacekeepers

Nearly a month after launching an offensive in Mali to drive out Islamist extremists, France mulled the withdrawal of its troops Thursday after asking the UN to prepare a peacekeeping force to take the baton. France’s 28-day-old intervention has largely driven the Al-Qaeda-linked rebels, who controlled northern Mali for 10…

French nuclear reactor shut down after fires

RENNES, France — A French nuclear reactor shut down automatically Thursday after two small fires at the installation in the north of the country that firefighters quickly extinguished, officials said. EDF, the operator of the power plant in Penly on the English Channel near the port of Dieppe, said the…

NYPD investigates mysterious death of the Sciences-Po head Richard Descoings

New York police were Wednesday attempting to piece together the final hours of the director of one of France’s most elite colleges, as they awaited the medical examiner’s report on the cause of death. The mysterious demise of Richard Descoings, 53, whose naked body was found in his Manhattan hotel…

French police swoop on suspected Islamists

French police swooped down on suspected Islamist networks Friday, arresting 19 people as President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed a crackdown would continue after an extremist gunman’s killing spree. The arrests took place in several cities including Toulouse, whereMohamed Merah was shot dead by police last week after a series of cold-blooded shootings in southwestern France that left…

France’s Strauss-Kahn charged in vice ring

LILLE, France — Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged Monday with involvement in an organised vice ring that procured prostitutes for top-class clients, lawyers said. Prosecutors said the 62-year-old former Socialist finance minister and one-time presidential favourite had been released on 100,000 euros ($135,000) bail following the charges.…

France suspect dead after resisting arrest: police source

The alleged Al-Qaeda militant believed responsible for a killing spree is dead, a police source said Thursday, after he resisted a raid on his besieged home in southern France. Three police were wounded in the assault, one “fairly seriously”, with journalists able to hear sustained gunfire from at least two…

WATCH LIVE: French police surround suspected gunman

French police have surrounded a house in Toulouse, France where a man suspected of a series of deadly shootings is holed up. France 24 has been covering the siege in their English-language broadcast throughout the day along with other news. Watch this live video from France 24, broadcast March 20,…

Gunman kills four at French Jewish school

A gunman burst into a Jewish school in France on Monday, shooting dead three children and a teacher in the third deadly gun attack in a week by a man who made his escape on a motorbike. The children, aged three, six and 10, and a 30-year-old religious education teacher were mowed down…

Did Stone Age cavemen talk to each other in symbols?

By Robin McKie– Previously overlooked patterns in the cave art of southern France and Spain suggest man might have learned written communication 25,000 years earlier than we thought. Visit the caves of Pech Merle, Font-de-Gaume and Rouffignac in southern France and you will witness some of the most breathtaking art…

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