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Kerry and Hollande hold talks in Paris

Syria and Iran led the agenda in first official talks between new US Secretary of State John Kerry and French President François Hollande.

French political elite covet Paris mayor's office

Although current mayor Bertrand Delanoë is not due to leave office for another year, the race to fill the coveted seat is already in full swing.

Paris, Printemps and predatory finance

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The famous Printemps department store on the boulevard Haussmann in Paris (pictured) is up for sale. On the surface it is just another routine high-end Paris property transaction. But behind the scenes, reveals Mediapart, one of the current owners is preparing a 'predatory' financial deal that would see a handful of its top executives walk away with up to 500 million euros. Meanwhile the real cost of the sale will fall on the department store's staff, who could be left without a job or put on less secure work contracts. Martine Orange reports.

M&S eyes opening more outlets in France

British retailer Marks & Spencer plans rapid expansion of food shops in France after the runaway success of its recently-opened Paris stores.

Major Paris rally in support of same-sex marriage bill

An estimated 250,000 people marched through Paris on Sunday in support of a same-sex marriage bill due to go before parliament on Tuesday.

'Miniscule' Parisian apartment housed man for 15 years

A 50-year-old man had been paying rent of 330 euros a month for a flat that has a living area of just 1.56 square metres.

Protestors against gay marriage mass at Eiffel Tower

Several hundred thousand people marched in Paris to protest against French president's plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption by June.

Paris bus driver 'beaten up by police officers'

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On the face of it, the incident looked like yet another regrettable but sadly all-too common attack on a bus company employee. But in the middle of the assault on the 35-year-old in central Paris, one of the two assailants pulled out his warrant card and told onlookers he was a police officer. The police complaints authority is now investigating. However, as Louise Fessard reports, despite the attack being captured on video surveillance cameras and the fact that the attackers are readily identifiable, no arrests have yet been made.

Mind the reality gap: Grand Paris plan ‘a vain castle in the air that left people behind’

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A major urban renovation project called ‘le Grand Paris’ was launched in 2007 to modernise the Greater Paris Region with the development of new centres for economic activity, the construction of more than a million new homes and a major new inter-linking transport system. Amid soaring costs and fierce criticism from environmentalists, the plan, now estimated at 30 billion euros, is under government review. In this interview with Mediapart, Jean-Pierre Orfeuil, a specialist in mobility issues and professor at the Paris Institute of Urbanism, says the project is yet another example of how the elite ignore the real social and economic needs of the public, and argues why only a radical and visionary new approach to the transport infrastructure in and around the capital will solve its current problems.

Three Kurdish women activists killed in Paris

One of the women found dead with gunshot wounds is said to be a co-founder of the militant Kurdish separatist movement, the PKK.

Thieves steal goods worth 1M euros from Paris Apple store

Armed robbers stole goods estimated to be worth 1 million euros from an Apple store in central Paris hours after it had closed on New Year's Eve.

Dozens storm Vatican embassy in protest over homeless immigrants

Protestors briefly occupy the Vatican embassy in Paris in support of a group of homeless, hunger-striking illegal immigrants demanding legal status.

The ever-changing story of Paris

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For some people France's capital city nowadays resembles a giant museum. But in his superbly-illustrated book L'Invention de Paris, author Éric Hazan argues that the story of Paris is in fact one of constant change and motion. The work also describes how the city has always outgrown the historical and geographical boundaries that have been imposed upon it - a process that is continuing to this day. Dominique Conil sifts through this compelling volume.

Depardieu fails alcohol test after Paris scooter crash

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was unhurt, was detained and brought to a police station where he could face a misdemeanor charge.

Concorde crash: Continental Airlines cleared by French court

Ruling comes two years after another French court fined the airline and held it criminally responsible for the 2000 crash which killed 113.