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Map shows fallout from French nuke tests spread farther than claimed

PARIS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Radiation from French nuclear tests in the Sahara desert in 1960 reached Spain and west Africa despite claims the levels were low, a report says.
French President Hollande and girlfriend Trierweiler 'c'est fini'

French President Hollande and girlfriend Trierweiler 'c'est fini'

PARIS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande Saturday said he has officially split with his longtime girlfriend and France's de facto first lady Valerie Trierweiler.
French president sex scandal: Lust trumps brains

French president sex scandal: Lust trumps brains

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande's alleged secret affair comes as no surprise to me as a psychologist who has spent years helping people deal with infidelity.
JUDY KURIANSKY, UPI Outside View Commentator

Man arrested allegedly trying to extinguish eternal flame in Paris

PARIS, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A man who tried to put out the eternal flame honoring France's war dead at the Arc de Triomphe was drunk, Paris police said Wednesday.
Counterfeit ticket scam at Louvre Museum in Paris uncovered

Counterfeit ticket scam at Louvre Museum in Paris uncovered

PARIS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Thousands of high-quality fake admission tickets to the Louvre Museum in Paris were seized by Belgian customs officials, who say they suspect Chinese forgers.
Man, 84, trampled to death by escaped circus elephant in France

Man, 84, trampled to death by escaped circus elephant in France

LIZY-SUR-OUREQ, France, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A man, 84, was trampled to death by an two-ton escaped circus elephant in Lizy-sur-Oureq, France, officials said.

French mayor shocked to discover gated community is for gays

SALLELES-D'AUDE, France, July 31 (UPI) -- A French mayor said he was shocked to discover an over-50s gated community he approved is aimed strictly at homosexuals.

France's UMP still short of cash after successful fund drive

PARIS, July 30 (UPI) -- Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's political party is short of the cash it needs to repay banks despite a successful drive for donations, officials say.

Police bust fake African-art ring, arrest 22

PARIS, June 14 (UPI) -- French police arrested 22 people connected to a bogus art operation that conned people into buying fake African artwork for about $133,300, police said.

Panel votes to lift legal immunity for French MEP Marine Le Pen

BRUSSELS, June 4 (UPI) -- French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen is facing the loss her European Parliament immunity to prosecution under hate speech laws, an MEP confirmed.

Woman in France, 72, hangs herself after eviction threats

VENISSIEUX, France, April 26 (UPI) -- A 72-year-old woman hanged herself in her apartment in Venissieux, France, after she was threatened with eviction, the town's mayor said.

Parents object to 'suicide' assignment

COULOISY, France, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A class assignment to write an essay about suicide has upset parents of the students at a school in northern France, officials say.

Daft Punk signs with Columbia Records

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Columbia Records has signed French duo Daft Punk to a deal, though details about a fourth album are few, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.

French troops head north in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- French troops left the capital of Mali and headed north overnight in what appears to be an acceleration of the ground war against Islamic rebels.

France sets 'emergency measures' for solar

MAYENNE, France, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- France has instituted a series of "emergency measures" to revive its flagging solar energy industry, Energy Minister Delphine Batho said this week.
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French actor Depardieu moving to Belgium

French actor Depardieu moving to Belgium

PARIS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The mayor of the Belgian village of Nechin says French actor Gerard Depardieu has bought a house and plans to settle there.

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French nudists challenge $50 fines

TOULON, France, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A local tribunal is mulling over whether a couple of French nudists should have to pay $50 fines for not covering up in public two years ago.
Depardieu selling Paris mansion

Depardieu selling Paris mansion

PARIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- French actor Gerard Depardieu has put his Paris mansion up for sale for $65.5 million after moving to Belgium to avoid high tax rates, Le Parisien reported.

France PM walks back work week change

PARIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- France's Socialist prime minister is backtracking after suggesting the nation return to a 39-hour work-week, from its current 35 hours.
Greenpeace activist paraglides into French reactor

Greenpeace activist paraglides into French reactor

LYON, France, May 2 (UPI) -- A Greenpeace activist flew a paraglider over a French nuclear reactor Wednesday, dropping a smoke canister, in an attempt to show the site's vulnerability.
France, growth and Europe

France, growth and Europe

PARIS, April 30 (UPI) -- The French presidential election has taken on a broader meaning with France offering a growth-oriented alternative to the German-led politics of austerity.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Sedative-spiked coffee at Paris hospital

PARIS, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Six staffers at a Paris hospital slept for hours after someone put a dose of a powerful antipsychotic drug in a thermos of coffee, police said.

Luxury goods market feeling pinched

PARIS, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A decline in luxury goods markets has pressured several European companies to scale back on workforce or expansion plans, the companies said.
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