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Chris Froome expects to be Team Sky's lead rider at the Tour de France

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A pro gay marriage militant is arrested by anti-riot police officers during a demonstration by supporters of the anti-gay marriage movement 'La Manif Pour Tous' (Demonstration for all!) in Nantes, western France. The final vote on France's landmark bill allowing gay marriage has been fast-tracked to next week and has proved hugely controversial in a country that is officially secular but predominantly Catholic (AFP)

French politicians scuffle over same-sex marriage legislation

Scuffles broke out in the French parliament in the early hours of as right-wing opposition to a gay marriage law becomes increasingly strident and ill-tempered.

1944: A civilian and a member of the French underground guerrilla band the Marquis exchange a greeting in the street after the Liberation of Paris.

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The author of Eleven Days in August remarks on the contrast between revolutions in the digital age and those decades ago. But some things haven't changed, says Matthew Cobb

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David Beckham will pass PSG wages to Paris children’s charity

The Independent had pointed out that there had been no public follow-up on the promise to donate the former England captain's wages to chairt

The injured Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins of Wales lift the Six Nations Championship trophy

Friday night matches return as Six Nations dates for 2014 and 2015 are announced

Wales host Italy in the opening game of the 2014 tournament

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Rise in homophobic attacks mark passage of French gay marriage law

The French Senate voted today to legalise same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer.

David Beckham: Former England captain has indicated he would like to stay on at PSG

Mystery surrounds David Beckham's wages pledge as Paris children's charities are left waiting by PSG

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Lagerfeld: 'I love what I do. That's the best motivation there is'

Karl Lagerfeld set to open first store in Britain

The fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, known for his eccentric style and controversial opinions, is close to agreeing a deal to open his first store in the UK.

President Hollande was given the first camel in February

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There was, finally, some good news for President François Hollande today.

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Whatever befalls England's representatives in the Heineken Cup, the three English clubs in the Amlin Challenge Cup have endured a woeful weekend. Despite home advantage, Gloucester, London Wasps and, yesterday, Bath have been outclassed.

The actor Gerard Depardieu who failed to turn up to a court date on drunk driving charges

Gerard Depardieu fails to show up for Paris court appearance on drunk driving charges

Gerard Depardieu again couldn't make it to trial to face drunken driving charges, but a lawyer for the combative French actor wrested yet another court date today.

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