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French investigating judges plan to seize hundreds of millions of euros worth of assets and bank accounts belonging to the business tycoon Bernard Tapie.

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The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen faces prosecution for “inciting religious hatred” after a European Parliament committee decided to lift her parliamentary immunity.

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French prosecutors want to drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn case

Prosecutors in northern France want to abandon the final outstanding legal action against the disgraced former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

French president Francois Hollande tells Japan that eurozone crisis is over

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