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Five skiers die in avalanches in French and Swiss Alps

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A cross-country skier was the 28th person killed by avalanches in the French Alps this winter, while four Italians died on slopes in Switzerland.

Four dead, three missing in floods in southern France

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Days of heavy rainfall followed by violent storms have caused flash flooding, with the southern Var département (county) hit worst.

Two base jumpers die in separate accidents in French Alps

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A 33 year-old Australian died after jumping from a 2,600-metre peak, while a 52 year-old Frenchman is thought to have hit a rockface.

July road deaths hit 60-year low in France

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A total of 304 people were killed in accidents on France's roads last month compared with 344 in the same period in 2013.

'Hundreds' of homeless dying on French streets

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A French charity reports that at least 453 homeless died around France in 2013, calling for a public remembrance ceremony on March 18th.

More than 21,000 birds found dead after fierce storms in France

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The 21,341 recorded bird deaths were mostly Atlantic puffins, guillemots and razor-billed auks which starved after winds blew them off course. 

Deadly avalanches sweep French Alps

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At least 24 people have died in avalanches in France and Switzerland since Christmas; a similar number have escaped, many with serious injuries.

France recalls nutrient bags that killed 3 newborns in December

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Several unused IV nutrient bags from the same batch given to the newborns who died were found to have traces of bacteria, says hospital.

Man and woman die after shooting in Paris bar

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The young couple were shot at close range as they sat at a café terrace in a southern district of the capital, the gunman escaping.

Hollande arrives in CAR after French soldier’s deaths

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President visits Central African Republic following killing of two soldiers in firefight near main airport during French troops' bid to restore calm.

France fears extremists will 'take advantage' of Egypt violence

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French foreign minister Laurent Fabius urges Egyptian military and police to show 'maximum restraint' in face of protests by Muslim Brotherhood.

Seven drown off southern French coast

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Seven men drowned over the weekend off six different beaches on France's Mediterranean coast amid high winds and strong currents.

Two children in social care found dead in pond north of Paris

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Three other children among a group aged three to eight were found unconscious in a pond by a hotel where they lived in temporary accomodation.

Thousands of deaths per year in France because of medication

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Expert says 18,000 people die as a result of the side effects of certain medications, many of which are handed out under unjustified prescriptions.

Fifth French soldier killed in Mali

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The victim was a French corporal who was tracking down jihadist fighters in their northern Mali mountain bastions, officials said.