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French astrophysicist who discovered Neptune's rings dies at 73

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André Brahic was an expert on the solar system who in 1984 launched a programme which led to discovery of three of the planet's rings.

Top French fashion brands set to become Chinese-owned

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Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot’s parent company announces deal that underlines growing Chinese presence in French fashion industry.

French minister compares veil wearers to 'negroes who accepted slavery'

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Laurence Rossignol sparked a row after she appeared on French TV and criticised fashion brands that market hijabs as 'irresponsible'.

Dutch police arrest French citizen over 'terror attack plans'

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The 32-year-old was arrested in Holland at the request of the French authorities and is suspected of planning attacks in France.

French prime minister calls for tighter border security

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Manuel Valls urged extra vigilance to stop people entering Europe on false passports as IS has 'stolen a large number of passports in Syria'.

French PM says 600-plus people have left France for Syria or Iraq

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Figures show little let-up in numbers joining Islamic State despite bombing of IS strongholds and crackdown by authorities within France.

French, Belgian police in Brussels raids over Paris terror attacks

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Three officers were reportedly wounded in shoot-out during raid to arrest November 13th Paris attacks suspects, while at least two men fled the scene. 

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.

France's Hollande warns of Brexit 'consequences'

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Asked about impact of EU exit by UK on border controls in Calais, president said: 'I don't want to scare you .. but there will be consequences.'

Changes to spellings of over 2,000 French words sparks outrage

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Change that has sparked most fury is removal of traditional circumflex accent, which will vanish above vowels 'i' and 'u' in certain words.

France makes final attempt to salvage stricken freighter

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Freighter Modern Express, adrift for six days, has 300 tons of fuel on board and is expected to hit French Atlantic coast within 24 hours.

Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director, dies at 87

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Though Rivette never achieved celebrity status of François Truffaut or Jean-Luc Godard his often enigmatic work was revered by film fans.

Hollande defiant after IS release video of Paris attackers

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President says threats will not weaken French resolve after video shows attackers training, beheading and shooting captives in IS territory.

French designer Courrèges dies aged 92

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André Courrèges, who battled Parkinson’s disease for 30 years, revolutionized fashion in the 1960s and helped popularise miniskirts.

French daredevil falls to his death preparing for stunt

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Renowned stuntman Tancrede Melet accidentally fell 98ft while holding onto a hot air balloonin in southern France.