French father put photo of his beaten baby on Facebook 'for a laugh'

French police have charged a father with child abuse after he allegedly shook and beat his month-old baby because he could not bear the infant's crying – and then posted a photo of the baby's bruised face on Facebook "for a laugh".

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French mayor ditches anti-gay marriage stance to preside at son's wedding

Raymond Bardet, mayor of Haute Savoie village of Ville-la-Grande, says he made exception for son, but 'it won't happen again'

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WWII veteran on D-day 70th anniversary: 'I remember every detail of the landing even now'

They stood to attention as straight as their creaking backs would allow and saluted briskly as a lone bugler high up on the old Pegasus Bridge played the Last Post. A minute's silence followed; the men bowed their heads, dabbed their eyes and remembered the fallen.

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France's far-right National Front projected to win European parliament elections in France

France's far-right National Front was projected on Sunday to win European parliament elections in France with around 25% of the vote, with President François Hollande's Socialists in third place behind the centre-right UMP, three exit polls showed.

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History of tattoos stretches back 5,000 years: Even Otzi, the frozen Neolithic man, had 57

Once considered the mark of an underclass of criminals, prostitutes, bikers, seafarers and those inhabiting the margins of society, the tattoo is now à la mode. Samantha Cameron, the British prime minister's wife, has one – a dolphin just below the ankle; Charlize Theron has a fish on her leg and a flower on her foot; Angelina Jolie and David Beckham have too many to mention.

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Teen spirit: Meet the fifth-wave feminists

It is still sometimes asserted, quite confidently, that teenagers aren't interested in feminism – but the idea has never seemed more laughable. Over the last few years, teenagers and twentysomethings across the UK have been organising, setting up hundreds of feminist groups in schools, universities and online, running campaigns against female genital mutilation and the detention of asylum seekers, while also petitioning for better sex education. This generation is determined to change the world, and they're both intellectually curious, and exceptionally practical.

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Celebrated philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy urges French voters to reject far-right Front National

Philosopher publishes list of allegations against FN candidates and says far-right party has not changed

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Albert Camus will always be 'L'Étranger' – and I'm proud of that, says writer's daughter

There is no national French celebration of the Nobel winner's centenary. But he wouldn't want one, Catherine Camus says

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Right-wing French air force officer arrested over planned Ramadan mosque attack

Sergeant remanded in custody accused of planning to attack Lyon mosque as worshippers celebrated end of Ramadan

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French anti-terrorism police hunt man who stabbed soldier

French anti-terrorism investigators are hunting for a bearded man who was reported to have been praying before he stabbed a French soldier outside a busy train terminal.

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Mystery of Henri IV's missing head divides France

Book claiming mummified skull found in the attic of a retired tax collector is that of 'good king' Henri IV provokes fierce debate

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Moody's downgrades France's credit rating

Moody's credit rating agency has stripped France of its coveted AAA rating and declared that the country's economic outlook remains "negative".

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French doctors stand trial for covering up deadly radiation overdoses

Two hospital doctors and a radiologist accused of giving hundreds of cancer patients potentially deadly radiation overdoses and then destroying evidence to cover up the mistake, have gone on trial for manslaughter.

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Topless warriors start boot camp for global feminism

Activists set up an international training center in Paris to teach women the art of naked protest

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French doctors: Half of all prescribed medicines are 'useless or dangerous'

Half of all medicines being prescribed by doctors in France are either useless or potentially dangerous for patients, according to two eminent medical specialists. They blame the powerful pharmaceutical companies for keeping these drugs on sale at huge expense to the health system and the taxpayer.

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