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

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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.

Anglo-French deal rewrites military history

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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Daughter of the Right lays out for John Lichfield the future course of a party she says was 'misunderstood'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets Prince Charles on wartime broadcast anniversary

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Sarkozy seeks to railroad his grand vision for Paris

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

Simon Calder: Air France tragedy calls for real risk assessment

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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