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Oradour-sur-Glane has been deliberately left untouched as a permanent memorial to the 642 people slaughtered there on 10 June 1944

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A penetrating study of a president that captures his extravagant complexities

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Travellers faced further upheaval today as flights were cancelled following continued strikes in France.

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Stéphane Hessel, the French resistance hero, diplomat and writer who became an icon of anti-capitalist protests, died today in Paris.

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The French and German leaders joined in a celebration of unity on Sunday, hailing a relationship that has brought peace to Europe for 50 years but is suffering its most serious crisis to date.

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On 25 August 1944, following four years of occupation, Paris was finally liberated from Hitler's control.

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After years of claiming presidential immunity to avoid legal proceedings, Jacques Chirac is finally facing a court.

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Airports were closed, motorists were stranded, football matches were cancelled, politicians were blamed.... Britain? Yes, but the picture was the same in almost every other European country.

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Britain and France will today announce a landmark defence alliance ranging from military operations in land, sea and air to nuclear weapons.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a symbolic visit to London today to mark the 70th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's radio broadcast urging his nation to resist the Nazi occupation of France.

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Go-ahead for ambitious scheme to bind capital's centre to troubled suburbs

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By Tuesday morning, media intrusion of grieving relatives at Paris's main airport had become so intensive that Air France felt obliged to send a message to editors: please keep reporters and camera crews away from the hotels around Charles de Gaulle.

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