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Chanel: co-opting feminism at Paris fashion week

Karl Lagerfelds parade of skinny, white women did not shake my feminist foundations, but at least he is trying to communicate the issues to a different audience Karl Lagerfelds new look for ChanelAs a brand, Chanel has always conjured evocative images:…
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Fire breaks out on Channel ferry – video

A fire breaks out on in the engine room of a Channel ferry heading from Dover to northern France. In this footage filmed by passenger Ed Sproston, large plumes of black smoke are seen billowing up into the sky as the ferry arrives in Calais. The ferry …
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Front National wins seats in French senate for first time

Marine Le Pens far-right party make third political breakthrough after strong showings in municipal and European elections Continue reading…
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Atheist church spreads to Paris

First Sunday Assembly in French capital gathers 130 people for singalongs, party games and to celebrate life Continue reading…
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Air France Pilots End Two-Week Strike

The pilots’ union said on Sunday it would end a crippling strike but stopped short of accepting management’s plans for expanding a low-cost subsidiary.
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BNP Paribas Chairman to Step Down as French Bank Seeks to Shed Stigma

Baudouin Prot is leaving in the wake of the institution’s guilty plea and fines in the United States for dealing with blacklisted countries.
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French tourist beheaded in Algeria by Isis-linked jihadis

Group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah releases video showing the beheading of 55-year-old mountain guide Hervé Gourdel

President François Hollande has confirmed that a French citizen kidnapped in Algeria was beheaded by militants linked to Islamic State (Isis), and said the murder would only serve to reinforce his determination to support efforts against the jihadists.

The group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah or Soldiers of the Caliphate released a video that appeared to depict the beheading of Hervé Gourdel, 55, a mountain guide from Nice who had only arrived in Algeria the previous day. The video was entitled Message in Blood for the French Government.

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Climate change summit: world leaders told to ‘step up ambition’

Nelson Mandelas widow Graça Machel says leaders failed to rise to challenge after day of impassioned speeches at UN

The widow of Nelson Mandela punctured the self-congratulatory mood of the UN summit on Tuesday, saying world leaders had failed to rise to the challenge of climate change.

There is a huge mismatch between the magnitude of the challenge and the response we heard here today, Graça Machel told the closing moments of the summit. The scale is much more than we have achieved.

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