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Air France Paris-Rio crash due to 'human error'

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June 2009 crash which killed all 228 people on board 'could have been avoided if the crew had taken appropriate action' says expert report.

France denies report it paid 18M-dollar ransom for Syria hostages

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German magazine Focus cited NATO sources in a report that Paris paid the kidnappers of four French journalists freed earlier this month.

Yasser Arafat 'was not poisoned' - leaked French report

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Experts in Paris reportedly reject suggestions the PLO leader may have died from polonium poisoning, saying he had a 'generalised infection'.

French fracking ban 'should be eased to assess shale reserves'

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Dozens of exploration wells could be drilled in regions where seismic data has indicated promising reserves, a parliamentary commission said.

French official report slams 'absurd' norms regulations

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Rules on the length of a baguette or the composition of pavement concrete cost France an estimated 2 billion euros between 2008-2011.

Hollande has unique chance to overhaul French economy, says OECD

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Political timetable offers opportunity for president to put in place an ambitious reform strategy on pensions, unemployment benefit and health.

Government-commissioned report says France must slash labour costs

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President François Hollande is urged by both a government-commissioned report by former EADS boss, and by the IMF, to slash employment costs.

Toulouse gunman: the blunders of France's domestic intelligence

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French interior minister Manuel Valls last week presented the findings of a damning official police internal investigation into the handling of the case of Toulouse gunman Mohammed Merah, a self-confessed jihadist who shot seven dead in a ten-day rampage in south-west France in March, and in which France’s intelligence services have been accused of deliberately hiding their role. Louise Fessard examines the report’s findings.  

How Sciences-Po management clan spent public funds on behind-doors pay hikes and perks

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Just six months after the death in mysterious circumstances of Richard Descoings, head of one of France’s most prestigious higher education institutions, the Paris Institute of Political Studies, whose body was found in a New York hotel, the venerable school has been rocked again, this time by a scathing report from France’s national audit office slamming gross financial mismanagement by Descoings and a group of his senior colleagues who paid themselves a gravy-train existence of massive salary hikes, bonus awards and other perks. Jade Lindgaard reports.

Official watchdog slams overcrowded French prison conditions

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The official watchdog for the maintenance of the fundamental human rights of people in detention in France presented its latest yearly report on Wednesday. The 326-page document is a compilation of its investigations and findings for the year 2011, in which it notably denounced increasing prison overcrowding, the practice of humiliating body searches and an emphasis on security rather than reinsertion. Michel Deléan reports.

Air France Rio-Paris crash report for Friday

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French air accident investigation agency BEA will on Friday release "exact circumstances" of the 2009 crash of Air France flight in 2009.