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Libya Goes Head to Head with SocGen in $1.5 Billion Lawsuit

Libya's sovereign wealth fund has filed a bribery case against French bank Société Générale, adding to its $1 billion lawsuit against Goldman Sachs.

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials

A routine inventory at the prestigious French research body Institut Pasteur in Paris revealed it has lost some 2,300 tubes containing samples of the potentially deadly SARS virus.

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France's former first lady Carla Bruni declares herself as 'crazy about Israel'

France's former first lady Carla Bruni declared herself "crazy about Israel" and talked about Jewish family ties in an interview published by an Israeli daily on Friday.

French winegrower fined over refusal to use pesticide

A court in France has fined a Burgundy winemaker €500 after he refused to use pesticides on his vines in a controversial case in which the wine grower was backed by environmental groups like Greenpeace.

Hollande humbled after drubbing in French elections

The French president Francois Hollande has addressed the nation after a humiliating round of local elections which saw his Socialist Party trounced by the centre-right UMP party on the weekend. VoR's Brendan Cole spoke to the Paris-based political commentator Gérard Carreyrou.

Société Générale faces €1 billion lawsuit over Gaddafi ties

French bank Societe Generale has been hit Monday with a €1 billion lawsuit in British court for allegedly channelling bribes to allies of the son of deposed Libyan dictator Moamer Gaddafi.

Despair and poverty turn French to far-right

The far right National Front (FN) party are making footholds across France with voters saying the economic recession has prompted them to switch over to more extreme parties in advance of the nationwide local elections.

Paris Metro: 13 stations close for Chinese leader

Commuters in Paris were left furious on Thursday when authorities closed no less than 13 Metro stations during the morning rush hour for citing security reasons for the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

French police 'bust Riviera terror plot'

French anti-terrorism police believe they have foiled a plot to attack the French Riviera, Le Figaro newspaper reported on Wednesday. The planned attack, described by sources as "imminent", was reportedly being masterminded by a jihadist who had returned from Syria.

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Gérard Depardieu in 'Proud to be Russian' ad campaign

French actor Gérard Depardieu, who famously quit France in a huff over high taxes, has risked the wrath of the French president again by featuring in a luxury Swiss watch advertising campaign, which bears the slogan "Proud to be Russian".

Group of 8 Leaders Agree to Exclude Putin

President Obama and the leaders of the biggest Western economies agreed on Monday to exclude President Vladimir V. Putin from the Group of 8, suspending his government’s 15-year participation in the diplomatic forum and further isolating his country.

'Spy for us or we won’t let you become French'

A young Russian-born student named Anna, desperate to gain French citizenship has become the centre of a scandal in France, after alleging police tried to blackmail her into spying on members of France’s anti-gay marriage movement or face the prospect of being deported.

French Government gets 'total' access to data from Orange, a major telecoms firm

France’s top external spying agency has had 'unchecked' access to customer communications at French telecom giant Orange for decades, according to a British document leaked by former American intelligence worker Edward Snowden.

France May Scrap Russian Warship Deal over Ukraine Crisis

Paris will consider canceling a 1.4-billion-euro deal to deliver two Mistral-class warships to the Russian Navy if Moscow provokes further escalation in Ukraine, the French foreign minister has said.

'West created Frankenstein monster in Ukraine'

Ukraine's Right Sector members stormed and torched government buildings - and attacked unarmed police squads. They also consistently rejected the concessions offered by the Yanukovich administration, when it was trying in vain to calm the unrest. And now, they have become arguably one of the most influential groups in Ukraine. British MP George Galloway says the West needs to recognize the dangers it poses

'West created Frankenstein monster in Ukraine'

France won't recognise Crimea vote result

France will not recognise the result of a Crimean referendum on switching to Kremlin rule, President Francois Hollande said Saturday, adding the vote has "no legal basis".

France to hand back artworks stolen by Nazis

France will on Tuesday return three paintings seized by the Nazis to their rightful owners, just the tip of an iceberg in a country where nearly 2,000 such artworks remain unclaimed.

Ukraine: US and Russia hold direct talks in Paris

Paris hosted talks between Moscow and Washington on Wednesday, the first time the two nations have come face to face since Russia sparked international anger by sending troops into the Crimea. Meanwhile Ukraine insists it does not want a fight with Russia.

A homeless person dies 'every 20 hours' in France

France's growing problem of homelessness was laid bare by new figures released this week, which show that a person living on the streets dies every 20 hours. Life expectancy for homeless people is also 30 years lower than for those people with fixed homes, figures revealed.

Obama consults with Harper and Hollande on Ukraine

US President Barack Obama consulted with France and Canada's leaders Saturday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, vowing to work together on an aid package to the hard-hit country, the White House said.

Guantanamo: Paris judge asked to probe 'torture'

Two French citizens, who are former inmates at the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison camp have asked a French judge to subpoena a former prison commander thay accuse of overseeing an alleged "systematic plan of torture and ill-treatment".

France set to falter on debt pledge to EU

There was more bad news for France on the economic front on Tuesday when new figures from the EU suggested they were not going to meet a promise to cut its public deficit. But there were some reasons for Paris finance chiefs to smile.

France in US talks over Holocaust compensation

France and the US are in talks over compensation to American Holocaust victims that were transported to their deaths by France's state-owned rail company, a lawyer involved in the negotiations has said.

Ukraine: Paris and Berlin blast 'unacceptable' acts

French President François Hollande has urged the EU to impose sanctions against Ukraine's leaders over the deadly crackdown on protesters in Kiev. Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both condemned the "unacceptable" acts.

France and Germany to send brigade to Mali

France and Germany will send parts of a joint military brigade to Mali in its first military deployment to Africa, following a meeting between the two countries defence chiefs.

Swiss jets not scrambled over hijacked plane because 'airbases closed at night'

An incident with a highjacked Ethiopian passenger jet has exposed the Swiss Air Force’s inability to deal with threats in ‘off-duty’ hours. An emergency escort to the aircraft in distress was carried out by vigilant colleagues from Italy and France.

France wants European 'Robin Hood tax' agreed

France pressed its European Union partners on Tuesday to agree a controversial Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) dubbed the Robin Hood tax before European elections in May.

Map plots French Jewish children taken by Nazis

A new interactive online map has helped visualize the horror of the Holocaust for French Jews by marking the address of every one of the 11,458 Jewish children deported from France between July 1942 and August 1944.

Syria talks: UK and France blame government for collapse

The UK and France have blamed the Syrian government for the collapse of peace talks with the opposition in Geneva.

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