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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…

Sarkozy says ‘we have too many foreigners’ in France

President Nicolas Sarkozy declared on Tuesday that there are too many immigrants in France, as the country’s presidential election campaign became caught up in issues of religion and identity. Defending a re-election campaign promise to cut the number of new arrivals in half, Sarkozy bluntly declared that France’s attempts to…

Leading French candidate vows 75 percent tax on super rich

The Socialist tipped to become France’s next president took aim at the wealthy Tuesday with plans to slap a 75 percent tax rate on top earners. Francois Hollande said it was simply a case of “patriotism to accept to pay extra tax to get the country back on its feet again” and reverse…

‘Miss’ officially banned in France

PARIS — “Miss” is officially out in France. The office of French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday the term would be struck from official documents, along with that of “maiden name” or “married name” for women. The prime minister’s office said it would be writing to all ministries and…

British coach driver charged with manslaughter in France

REIMS, France — The driver of a British coach that crashed in northern France as it was taking schoolchildren home from a skiing trip was indicted Monday for manslaughter, a prosecutor said. The 47-year-old man, who was driving the coach that crashed in the early hours of Sunday, killing a…

Sarkozy tries to limit damage after France downgrade

President Nicolas Sarkozy struggled Saturday to contain the damage after France was stripped of its top triple-A credit rating just three months ahead of the right-wing leader’s re-election bid. He sent his prime minister to face the press and try to convince skeptical voters that Standard & Poor’s rating was…

French breast implant firm used fuel additive

MARSEILLE, France — French breast implant manufacturer PIP used a fuel additive in its now-banned implants which the company knew were defective as early as 2005, it was revealed on Monday. The growing litany of accusations against now-defunct Poly Implant Prothese has triggered a worldwide scare with several countries, including…

Turkey cuts some ties with ‘racist’ France over genocide law

Turkey reacted with fury Thursday to a vote by French lawmakersto outlaw denial of the Armenian genocide, immediately cutting military ties and warning of “irreparable damage” to relations. “This is politics based on racism, discrimination and xenophobia,” thundered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ordering home Ankara’s ambassador to Paris and banning political visits between the…

French woman faces two years in jail for wearing veil

A 32-year-old mother in France could go to jail for two years after she refused to perform 15 days of “citizenship” service for wearing an Islamic veil. Hind Ahmas was arrested outside Elysee Palace in Paris on April 11 after she disobeyed an order to remove her niqab. Magistrates in…

S&P may cut France outlook within 10 days: report

PARIS (Reuters) – Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s could change its outlook on France’s triple-A credit rating to negative within the next 10 days, a French newspaper reported on Monday, citing sources, the latest signal that France’s top-tier status is at risk. An S&P spokesperson in Paris said the…

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