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France will arrest visitors to Afghan terror camps

France's left-wing government tabled legislation yesterday that will allow police to arrest people who visit combat training camps in countries such as Pakistan or Afghanistan. The move came in response to a killing spree six months ago by a gunman inspired by al-Qa'ida.

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The French government announced a €2.3bn programme to create jobs for 150,000 young people without skills today as President François Hollande attempts to end a steep slide in his popularity.

France promises new measures to help its 15,000 Roma gypsy immigrants to find jobs and permanent camp-sites

France reached out to its 15,000 Roma gypsy immigrants today promising new measures to help them to find jobs and permanent camp-sites.

France's 'First Lady' Valérie Trierweiler sends letter to her employer Paris Match threatening legal action if they print photos of her in a bikini

It was the snap that France’s celebrity glossies had been waiting for - the presidential couple in their smalls on their summer break.

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France plans holiday homes tax

Ministers are poised to challenge a tax grab on British owners of holiday homes in France, it emerged today.

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Sarkozy's home is raided by police in funding probe

The former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, suffered the indignity of a "raid" on their home yesterday by police investigating illegal campaign financing.

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French prime minister vows to cut budget deficit in five years without draconian public spending cuts

French President François Hollande enjoyed a moment of light relief at a military ceremony in the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris yesterday as his Prime Minister tended to the serious matter of how the nation will attempt to plug the €40bn black hole in its finances over the next 18 months.

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French centre-right threatens to tear itself apart after poll defeat

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David Cameron urged to sign up to 'banking union'

Brussels is urging David Cameron to sign Britain up to a European "banking union" that will form a crucial part of the plan to solve the eurozone crisis.

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French voters are choosing a new parliament that will determine how far Socialist president Francois Hollande can go with his push for government-sponsored stimulus around Europe.

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