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Storms leave deaths and havoc across France

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Days of unusually heavy rainfall across France, forecast to ease as of Wednesday, have left four dead in weather-related accidents and several people injured after a waterlogged embankment collapsed causing a Paris suburban train to tip over, while homes in parts of the north-east of the country were damaged by flooding.

Guide in custody after four skiers die in avalanche in French Alps

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Guide held in police custody and an investigation launched into possible manslaughter and unintentional harm after tragedy in Entraunes area.

Two British skiers dead after fall in French Alps

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The men, ages 25 and 30, fell hundreds of metres after apparently slipping on rocks while skiing off-piste near Chamonix.

England seemed so close for refugee boy crushed to death in Calais

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Abdullah Dilsouz, a 15-year-old Afghan who had a legal right to enter the UK under family reunification legislation, was one of three asylum-seekers to be killed over recent weeks on the roads around the French port, as NGOs say migrants are taking increasing risks to cross the Channel amid worsening living conditions.

The hidden tragedy of migrants crossing north through Africa

International

Behind the fate of thousands of migrants who have died while attempting to cross by sea to Europe lies the even greater tragedy of those who perish on the overland journey through Africa to reach the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, according to estimates of UN agency the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Those who survive the trying conditions of the clandestine routes north from sub-Saharan countries face further danger in Libya, where many are herded into detention centres amid appalling conditions, while others fall victim to kidnappers. Carine Fouteau reports.

Autopsy explains mystery of two men's death over dinner in rural France

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An autopsy has apparently revealed the mystery of how two men, one aged 69 and the other 38, were both found dead after sharing a meal in a garden belonging to one of them in north-west France, after it found that Olivier Boudin suffered a heart attack after seeing his close friend Lucien Pérot die when he was choked on a beef rib after the two had drunk a considerable amount of alcohol.

Four die as apartment balcony collapses in Angers

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The dead were attending a housewarming party in the town in north-west France when the third-floor balcony, reportedly filled with 18 people at the moment of the accident, sheared off and crashed to the ground about nine metres below.

French special forces wounded in Iraq by exploding Islamic State drone

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Two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed and two French troops seriously wounded when a booby-trapped drone crashed to the ground near them north of the beseiged town of Mosul held by the Islamic State group group.

French soldiers' deaths in Libya spark diplomatic row

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Libya's UN-recognised government demands explanation from Paris after deaths of three French troops near Benghazi showed a 'violation' of its sovereignty.

Four French nationals killed in Ivory Coast beach resort attack

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President Hollande confirmed four French deaths among the 18 people killed by gunmen in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Five French foreign legion soldiers die in Alps avalanche

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Six other members of a group of about 50 troops were injured after an avalanche hit their skiing exercise at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres.

At least two French nationals killed in Burkina Faso terrorist attacks

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Up to 27 people are feared dead and 33 wounded after suspected Islamist gunmen attacked a hotel and bar in the West African state's capital.

Two migrants die in separate Calais accidents

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After a man believed Syrian was hit by a car on a local motorway Thursday, another person died after being hit be a Channel Tunnel freight train.

Man and woman found dead in French castle moat after 'lovemaking' fall

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Police said the bodies were at the foot of Vauban Fort on the French Channel island of Chausey, and suspected they had slipped while having sex. 

French police officers acquitted of 2005 teen deaths

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The two officers were accused of failing to help two boys who fled from them into a power substation near Paris in 2005, sparking weeks of riots.