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French actor Michael Lonsdale dies aged 89

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Veteran French pop balladeer Christophe dies at 74

Celebrated French 'chanson' singer Christophe, who first found fame in the 1960s and whose last album was released in 2016, has died in hospital at the age of 74 from emphysema, his family has announced, while press reports had previously suggested he was being treated for infection from the Covid-19 virus.

Veteran screen actor Max von Sydow dies at home in France

Swedish-born cinema actor Max von Sydow, who began his remarkably prolific career by starring in several landmark films by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and who took French nationality in 2002, has died at his home in southern France at the age of 90, his wife has announced.

France announces first coronavirus death in Europe

French health minister Agnès Buzyn on Saturday announced that an 80-year-old Chinese tourist who had been hospitalized in Paris since January 25th after being diagnosed as carrying the coronavirus had died, while his daughter, who also fell ill with the virus, had recovered and would be leaving hospital soon.

Book claims French Nobel laureate Albert Camus was killed by KGB

An Italian writer who has extensively researched the death in 1960 at the age of 46 of the politically engaged French author, journalist and philosopher Albert Camus claims in a recently published book that the car crash that killed him was planned by the KGB.

Former French president Jacques Chirac dies at 86

Jacques Chirac in December 2010. © Reuters Jacques Chirac in December 2010. © Reuters

Former French president Jacques Chirac, the Gaullist conservative who served two terms as head of state and twice as prime minister, who was for 18 years mayor of Paris and who was convicted of corruption after leaving office, has died at the age of 86. Graham Tearse reports.

Smuggling gangs step up lucrative clandestine Channel crossings

After an Iranian woman became the first migrant known to have died crossing the Channel from France to Britain, a clandestine route that has been attempted by more than 1,200 people, organised crime groups are said to be taking control of the crossing they regard as highly lucrative.

Death of man at centre of French right-to-die case

The death of Vincent Lambert, 42, who had been in a persistent vegetative state since a motorcycle accident 11 years ago, was announced on Thursday, one week after doctors began withdrawing his life support at the end of a lengthy legal battle that bitterly divided his family.

High-profile French jihadist Fabien Clain 'killed' in Syria air strike

Fabien Clain, 41, aka 'brother Omar', a veteran leading member of the so-called Islamic State group, who claimed its responsibility for the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, has been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria which also wounded his brother Jean-Michel, according to French media reports.