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Diamond Thief Gets 15 Years in Paris Heist

A French court concluded that Daoudi Yahiaoui, a convicted drug trafficker, was the brain behind a $100 million diamond heist at a Harry Winston jewelry store in 2008.
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Body of young woman found inside snow machine at French ski resort

Police say investigation is under way into incident on Friday at Les Angles in the Pyrenees-Orientales region Continue reading…
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Madonna attacks intolerance and says Europe ‘feels like Nazi Germany’

Singer says antisemitism at an all-time high and laments France’s lost tradition of welcoming diversity

Madonna has lashed out at intolerance in Europe, saying it is now so high in France and across the continent that “it feels like Nazi Germany”.

Speaking to French radio station Europe 1 in an interview to be aired on Friday morning, Madonna said “antisemitism is at an all-time high” in France and elsewhere in Europe, and likened the atmosphere to the period when German fascism was on the ascent.

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French police investigate mystery drone flights over central Paris

Various types of drones spotted near US embassy, Elysée palace, Invalides military museum and Eiffel Tower over two nights this week

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Mystery drones flown over Paris for second night

Authorities remain unable to catch the operators or determine whether the illegal flyovers are malicious Unidentified drones have flown over Paris for a second night in a row in the latest mystery appearance of unmanned aircraft over the French capital…
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France awaits landmark ruling on ‘racial profiling’ ID checks

In the wake of last month’s terror attacks, French people of ‘Muslim appearance’ complain of being arbitrarily stopped by police

The strained relationship between French police and the country’s non-white population is under fresh scrutiny in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks as a Paris appeals court considers a landmark case brought by black and Arab men who say they were openly stopped by officers for no other reason than their skin colour.

Racial profiling – in which French people of black and north African origin are routinely pulled over on the street and asked to show their identity papers with no explanation – has long been a fraught issue in France, contributing to tension and urban rioting on housing estates.

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Four Australian second world war veterans awarded the Légion d’honneur

French ambassador tells gathering in Melbourne: ‘The four of you before me are true knights of an epic tale’

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In France, a Baby Switch and a Test of a Mother’s Love

When a woman learned that a girl she had raised as her daughter was not her biological child, she discovered a new meaning of family.
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Mystery drones spotted flying over Paris

French police investigate after small aircraft seen over tourist sites such as Louvre and Eiffel tower, as well as US embassyParis police say they have spotted at least five drones flying over the French capital overnight, and an investigation is under…
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France seizes passports of six alleged jihadis with plans to join fight in Syria

Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 40 more seizures planning after first use of measure in anti-terrorism bill passed by parliament in November Continue reading…
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