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FIFA boss Sepp Blatter says France to blame for US losing 2022 World Cup

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Blatter claims that French government under President Nicolas Sarkozy helped turn the vote in favour of Qatar.

French to lead initial probe of suspected flight MH370 debris

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Officials from Malaysia, China, Australia and France hold meeting in Paris to discuss progress of investigation into missing plane.

Why is France's UMP party changing its name?

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The New Yorker considers the reasoning behind the move by Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing party to brand itself Les Républicains.

France is 'replacing UK as America’s top ally in Europe'

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Two US experts argue France is only big NATO  power in Europe with military capability and political will to tackle threats to Atlantic Alliance.

US and France strike deal over SNCF role in the Holocaust

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American Holocaust survivors who were deported to death camps by French state rail firm SNCF will get compensation from €49m fund.

Luc Besson's Lucy breaks French film foreign box office record

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The thriller starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman has already been seen by more than 52 million people around the world.

Key French jihadist believed dead in Syria airstrike

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Muslim convert David Drugeon, 24, was a bomb-maker said to be working with al-Qaeda veterans accused of plotting attacks on the West. 

France 'will have to pay US' for military aid in Africa

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US defence officials say they will ask for cost of helping France fight insurgents in Sahel region of Africa to be 'reimbursed'.

France says it's ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

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Foreign minister calls for international mobilization against militants from Islamic State group whom he described as a 'transnational danger'.

France remains the world’s favourite holiday destination

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Study shows France welcomed 84.7 million foreign visitors in 2013, more than in 2012 and well ahead of the United States and Spain.

US set to unveil record fine for France's BNP bank

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American Justice Department expected to announce a record fine of nearly $9 billion over alleged sanctions violations by France's biggest bank.

France seeks Germany’s support on BNP Paribas case

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President Hollande talks with Angela Merkel amid fears that 'disproportionate' action against its biggest bank could pose risks to banking system.

BNP Paribas '$10bn' US fine unreasonable, says France

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Foreign minister Laurent Fabius said proposed fine for alleged sanctions busting by French bank was an 'unfair and unilateral decision'.

US becomes world's top wine market as France's consumption drops

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American consumers bought 29.1 million hectolitres of wine in 2013, while French consumption fell nearly 7 percent to 28.1 million hectolitres.

The timebomb hidden within the future EU-US trade treaty

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As the campaigning heats up for the European elections to be held later this month, critics of the European Commission’s handling of discussions over the future landmark European Union-United States free trade treaty have been making their voices heard. Of all the different concerns, the most controversial political issue now emerging is the intended inclusion in the deal of a provision whereby foreign corporations can sue governments before arbitration tribunals for damages in the event that their investments are undermined by future changes in laws, such as those concerning the environment or public health. Mediapart’s Brussels correspondent Ludovic Lamant reports.