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World leaders arrive in France for D-Day celebrations

Around 400 separate events will be held as American, Russian and British heads of state are among those marking 70th anniversary of landings.

Chinese police to help patrol Paris tourist destinations

Move reflects French concern over rising number of muggings aimed at Chinese tourists, of whom a million visit France each year.

Video shows French police 'stealing' a Roma family's mattress

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A video obtained by Mediapart shows three police officers removing a mattress from members of a Roma family who are living rough on a Paris street. The incident passed off without incident or even raised voices, either from the family or the officers. Indeed, the episode happened so quickly and so calmly that many passers-by walked on with barely a second glance. But as Carine Fouteau reports, with no clear legitimate reason to take the mattress, the officers are perilously close to being guilty of theft. The incident, which took place at a time when the police in a nearby district were being instructed to “evict” Roma people “systematically”, highlights what some call the regular “harassment” endured by such families.

Delayed re-opening of Picasso museum enrages artist's son

Claude Picasso says postponement of next month's re-opening of the largest collection worldwide of his father's works is 'sabotage'.

Air France senior manager and wife 'ran international prostitution ring'

The couple, suspected of shuttling young women between France and Brazil on discounted tickets, were placed under investigation and jailed.

Paris air pollution 'smogging' London

The Environmental Research Group at King’s College London claims the French capital's chronic pollution is affecting south-east England.

Paris police memo calling for Roma eviction ‘rectified’

Original memo caused row after it said Roma families needed to be 'evicted' from well-heeled district of French capital.

Thousands march in Paris against austerity, economic reforms

Demonstrators showed anger over President Holande's 'pro-business' measures with slogans such as 'When you are leftist you support employees'.

Reopened Paris zoo stresses animals' well-being and conservation

The zoo in the Parc de Vincennes which reopens this Saturday aims for the animals' environment to be as close to their natural habitat as possible.

French historians battle to save face of La Samaritaine

Critics say that new glass facade planned as part of the redevelopment of this art deco and nouveau Paris landmark will look like a shower curtain.

Kerry arrives in Paris for Ukraine talks

The US Secretary of State meets in Paris with Russian foreign minister on Sunday evening for talks at the Russian ambassador's residence.

Paris poised to elect first woman mayor

The two-horse election race between Right and Left for Paris City Hall is led by two women, with socialist Anne Hidalgo tipped to win.

Kerry to meet Russian counterpart in Paris for Ukraine talks

The US Secretary of State and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov are to meet on Sunday in an effort to defuse tensions in current standoff.

The wolf hunt returns to France as species makes a European comeback

Conservation groups furious after French government allows limited hunting of protected grey wolf amid rise in attacks on farm animals.

White, ageing and male: the profile of a typical French mayor

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Paris is about to have its first woman mayor in the city's long history. But the certainty that either socialist Anne Hidalgo or right-wing candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet will take the reins of the French capital after the two rounds of local elections that start this Sunday masks the fact that most French towns and cities will be run by a man whichever of the main parties wins the local vote. An examination of the mayoral election candidates by Mediapart has revealed that the great majority are male, white – and not very young. Lénaïg Bredoux and Ellen Salvi report on the slow progress made by the country's two major mainstream parties in making their politicians more representative of the populace.