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France’s ex-president to face corruption trial

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to face trial for corruption and influence peddling, prosecutors say. The case centres on wiretapped phone-calls in 2014, in which Mr Sarkozy allegedly sought to influence a judge who was looking into suspected illegal funding of his 2007 campaign. The judge and Mr Sarkozy’s lawyer have also been ordered to stand trial. They have ...

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French referee banned 6 months for kicking player

A referee who aimed a kick at a player then sent him off has been banned for six months, half of which is suspended. Tony Chapron fell to the ground when his heels were clipped – apparently accidently – by Nantes’ Diego Carlos during a league match last month. Chapron, 45, kicked out at the player, then booked him for ...

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France train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two

A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in southern France, leaving at least four children dead and many other people injured. Twenty people were injured and 11 of them were in a critical condition, after the crash on a level crossing between Millas and Saint-Féliu-d’Amont. The bus had picked up pupils, aged between 13 and 17, from ...

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France wildfires force mass evacuation

Wildfires in south-eastern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, officials say. Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimoses, in the country’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. France earlier asked its EU neighbours for more help fighting the fires. Some 4,000 hectares (15.4 sq miles) of land have burned along the Mediterranean coast, in the ...

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France to ban petrol and diesel vehicles

France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the country’s new environment minister has announced. Nicolas Hulot made the announcement as he unveiled a series of measures as part of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make the country carbon neutral by 2050. Mr Hulot said he recognised the target would put pressure on France’s car ...

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Vietnam blogger deported to France

A French-Vietnamese dissident blogger has been deported to France after losing his nationality of birth. Pham Minh Hoang served a jail sentence after being convicted in 2011 over articles that “blackened the image of the country”. Hoang, 62, was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday after losing his appeal against deportation. It is rare for dual-nationals to lose ...

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Cordon in Paris after car hits police van

A car has crashed into a police van before bursting into flames around the Champs Élysées area of central Paris, police officials say. The driver, who had a weapon inside the car, was knocked unconscious and is seriously injured, French media report. Police say the situation is now under control, and neither law enforcement officers nor civilians were injured. France ...

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Attacker shot outside Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral

A man has been shot by police outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris after he tried to attack an officer using a hammer, police say. The suspect has been wounded in the chest, French media report. Officials say this is a “terrorist incident”. Some 900 people are still inside the cathedral. Pictures on social media show some holding their ...

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France’s Macron set for ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron will shortly hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Paris, amid tensions over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. They will meet at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles. Mr Macron says he expects some tough words. It could be an awkward meeting, the BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Paris reports. Recently Mr Macron’s ...

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Macron arrives in Mali for visit to French troops

Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Mali to meet French troops, less than a week after his inauguration as president. Mr Macron’s plane touched down at a French airbase in the north of the country just before 10:00 GMT (11:00 BST). He is due to speak with Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita during his short visit. French soldiers have been fighting ...

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