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Woman, 73, badly injured in French police charge against 'yellow vests'

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While the 19th nationwide day of action on Saturday by France's so-called 'yellow vest' anti-government protest movement passed off largely without violence, a 73-year-old woman taking part in a banned rally in the south-east city of Nice received life-threatening head wounds in a charge by riot police.

Trial opens in France of ten accused over killing of Monaco billionaire

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The trial has opened in the southern French town of Aix-en-Provence of ten people accused of taking part in the killings in the Rivierra city of Nice four years ago of Monaco multi-billionaire Hélène Pastor and her chauffeur, including Pastor's son-in-law who is alleged to have hired two hitmen with the aim of inheriting the property owner's huge fortune.

Mother jailed as mayor seeks to clear beggars off Nice's streets

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A pregnant young Roma mother has been jailed for a year in Nice after being convicted of mistreating her children on the Mediterranean city's streets. Human rights and Roma groups see a worrying link between the woman's arrest and conviction and a campaign by the right-wing mayor Christian Estrosi to clean up the city's streets for the tourist season, and claim the authorities have sought to make an example of her. Louise Fessard reports.

Alleged mastermind of spectacular 1976 Nice bank heist stands trial

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Jacques Cassandri, 74, used a pseudonym in a book published in 2010 in which he declared himself to be the organiser of an elaborate robbery in the Rivierra city 42 years ago when a gang tunnelled their way into a bank's vault of safeboxes and escaped by boats through sewers to the open sea with loot worth almost 30 million euros. 

French Muslim singer quits TV show amid row over online posts

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Mennel Ibtissem, 22, who starred in French version of The Voice, had expressed doubts about the terrorist nature of the 2016 Nice lorry attack.

Russian billionaire senator placed under investigation in France

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Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian senator whose family Russia’s biggest gold producer, Polyus, has been released on bail of 5 million euros and had his passport confiscated by magistrates in Nice who have placed him under investigation for suspected money laundering and tax fraud in connection with property deals on the French Riviera.

Train passengers stranded as southern France wildfires halt services

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Thousands of passengers were forced to sleep in their trains overnight Saturday after rail services linking Marseille and Nice were halted as a  precautionary measure when weekend wildfires, which left three firefighters and an elderly woman in need of medical treatment, surrounded tracks.

Court orders magazine Paris Match not to further publish Nice photos

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A Paris court has refused a public prosecutor's demand that the latest issue of French weekly Paris Match be withdrawn from sale over its publication of gruesome CCTV images of the 2016 Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice when a truck ploughed into seafront crowds, killing 86 and injuring hundreds more, but has ordered the magazine not to republish the photos.

France pays tribute to victims of Nice July 14th terrorist rampage

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President Emmanuel Macron, joined by his predecessors François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, travelled to the Riviera city of Nice on Friday to take part in commemorations of the terrorist attack committed last year by a Tunisian national, and claimedt in the name of the Islamic State group, who drove a heavy truck into seafront crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86 people and injuring more than 450 others.

Move to pull Paris Match from newsstands over Nice attack photos

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The Paris public prosecutor's office has asked for a court order to remove the weekly magazine from sales points in France on Thursday over its publication of gruesome images from CCTV footage of the terrorist attack in the Rivierra city in July last year when a man acting in the name of Islamic State drove a truck into seafront crowds killing 86 people and injuring more than 450 others. 

Front National suspends Riviera party official over Holocaust denial

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The head of the far-right party's branch in Nice, Benoît Loeuillet, was recorded in an undercover interview for a TV documentary as saying that the mass extermination of six million European Jews during WWII did not happen.

France arrests 11 over Bastille Day truck attack in Nice

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Ten suspects, including one or more Albanians, were arrested in various parts of Nice and another was detained in the western city of Nantes.

French businesswoman kidnapped in Nice

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Police say Jacqueline Veyrac, 76, president of Cannes’s five-star Grand Hotel, was seized from her car near her home by an organised gang.

France pays hommage to Nice attack victims

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French President François Hollande led a ceremony in the Riviera town of Nice to honour the 86 people, aged between 2 and 92, who died on July 14th when a Tunisian man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group drove a heavy truck into Bastille Day crowds walking the seafront.

More attacks foiled on French Riviera since Nice carnage says prosecutor

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Attacks have been aimed at sporting events, schools and religious sites following the killing of 86 people at Nice in July.