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Corsican nationalist Yvan Colonna dies weeks after prison attack

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Yvan Colonna, 61, a militant Corsican nationalist who was attacked by a jihadist prisoner in a mainland jail this month while serving a life sentence for the 1998 shooting murder of France's top state official on the Mediterranean island, has died after several weeks in a coma.

French Epstein associate Jean-Luc Brunel found hanged in prison cell

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Jean-Luc Brunel, 76, a model agency boss suspected of trafficking underage girls for abuse by the late US financier and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and who was accused of rape by several former models, was found hanged in his cell in the Paris La Santé prison early Saturday.

French film director Jean-Jacques Beineix dies at 75

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French cinema director Jean-Jacques Beineix, whose films include Diva, The Moon in the Gutter and Betty Blue, died on Friday in Paris after a long illness at the age of 75.  

French serial killer Michel Fourniret dies, with his secrets, in hospital

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French serial killer Michel Fourniret, 79, dubbed 'the ogre of the Ardennes', who was serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for the murders of eight girls and women, who was expected to stand trial again for four other murders, including that of British student Joanna Parrish, died in a Paris hospital on Monday.

French police officer dies in anti-drugs operation in Avignon

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A 36-year-old police officer has died after he was shot during an operation against drug dealers in the centre of the south-east French town of Avignon on Wednesday.

Celebrated French stuntman Rémy Julienne dies of Covid-19

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Rémy Julienne, one of the world's most celebrated stuntmen, who worked on six James Bond films and doubled for stars Sean Connery and Roger Moore, as well as for top French actors including Yves Montand, Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo, has died in a French hospital at the age of 90 from complications due to Covid-19.

Top French military school in dock over ritual that left cadet dead

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Seven serving and former officers, including a brigadier general, from France's 198-year-old Saint-Cyr military academy were sent for trial on manslaughter charges over the death in 2012 of cade Jallal Hami, 24, who drowned during an initiation ritual for first-year recruits.

Acclaimed French 'jetman' dies in training session

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Vincent Reffet, 36, whose skydiving stunts included flying in a synchronised landing through the door of a turbo-prop plane and flying alongside a jumbo jet with engines strapped to his back, has died in training above the desert in the United Arab Emirates.

French actor Michael Lonsdale dies aged 89

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The celebrated and prolific French-British actor Michael Lonsdale, whose cinema career spanned six decades and included star roles in films by directors Orson Welles, René Clément, Marguerite Duras, Alain Resnais and Louis Malle, and who also played villain Hugo Drax in the Bond film Moonraker and deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, has died at his home in Paris aged 89.

French bus driver attacked in 'altercation over masks' dies

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A 59-year-old bus driver in the south-west French town of Bayonne who was beaten and left brain dead by a group of men passengers on Sunday allegedly in a row over their refusal to wear face masks as required by law, died on Friday in hospital.

French teen climbing star dies in '150-metre' fall in pre-Alps

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Luce Douady, 16, a French award-winning climber and who was regarded as a future adult star in the discipline, has died after a fall reported to be of about 150 metres, for reasons not yet explained, from an approach path to mountainous terrain near Grenoble in south-eastt France.  

Christo dies at 84, but lifelong project will wrap in Paris in 2021

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Following the death in New York on Sunday of Bulgarian-born contemporary artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, better known simply as 'Christo', whose installations incuded wrapping in fabric the Reichstag building in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, it was announced on his Facebook page that his plan to wrap the Arc de Triomphe monument in the French capital, a project he had said he held dear since the 1960s, will go ahead next year.

Death of French boy aged nine linked to Covid-19 virus

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The death from a heart attack in Marseille last week of a boy aged nine, who suffered an inflammatory condition with similarities to the blood vessel disorder known as Kawasaki disease, is suspected of having developed the symptoms from Covid-19 virus infection for which he tested positive to, as seen in more than 120 cases of young children in France, but also in other countries,

French Resistance heroine Cécile Rol-Tanguy dies aged 101

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Cécile Rol-Tanguy, who joined the WWII French Resistance movement against German occupation and who along with her husband Henri became a prominen tmember, died on Friday at the age of 101 at her home in central France, just as Europe commemorated the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi forces.

Death of French soldier in Mali operations raises toll to 43

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French officials have announced that Foreign Legion member Kévin Clement, 21, was killed in a firefight combat against armed groups in Mali’s Menaka region, bringing the total of fatalities among French forces engaged against jihadist forces in the north-west African country since 2013 to 43.