Category Archives: France

Google doodle marks day Eiffel tower was opened to public

It’s 126 years since work was compelted on Gustave Eiffel’s famous structure – still the tallest building in Paris

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Hollande left bruised as Sarkozy and Le Pen triumph in French local elections

Front National’s strong gains mark turning point for far right in expanding grassroots presence, while win for Sarkozy prefigures likely presidential run

The French right has made large gains in the country’s local elections, handing President François Hollande’s ruling Socialist party its third electoral drubbing in a year and raising fears for the future of the left.

Nicolas Sarkozy’s rightwing UMP party, in coalition with centrist allies, took the largest share of seats, wresting control of many traditional leftwing bastions from the Socialists.

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Tunisian and French presidents attend unity rally after Tunis museum attack

Hundreds of thousands of people join longer march from old city to Bardo Museum, scene of attack in which 22 people were killed Continue reading…
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Front National set for large gains in French local elections

Anti-immigration party could win up to 220 seats, and Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP and its centrist allies are expected to top poll

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The mystery of flight 9525: a locked door, a silent pilot and a secret history of illness

When the Germanwings Airbus disappeared, Europe was united in grief. Then, as the troubling facts behind the crash emerged, shock and incredulity took over Continue reading…
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Don’t stigmatise depression after Germanwings crash, says top doctor

President of Royal College of Psychiatrists urges caution over calls for people suffering from depression to be prevented from working as pilots

Britain’s most senior psychiatrist has warned airline authorities to avoid a kneejerk reaction to the crash of the Germanwings flight, insisting that depression should not lead to a lifetime ban for commercial airline pilots.

The intervention came as it was reported that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot believed to have deliberately guided Flight 4U9525 into the Alps, killing all 150 on board including three Britons, had secretly sought treatment for vision problems that may have been linked to his history of mental illness.

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Germanwings crash: ‘The overriding feeling among recovery teams is of injustice. These people didn’t deserve to die’

Colonel Patrick Touron of the team recovering the remains of Germanwings 4U9525 says the work is physically exhausting, perilous and psychologically draining Continue reading…
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Don’t rush to judge death crash pilot, urge grieving Germans

As a grim search for bodies goes on in the French Alps, Andreas Lubitz’s fellow pilots, and those in his home town who knew the first officer and his family, condemn the world’s hasty judgments Continue reading…





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Andreas Lubitz’s hometown condemns rush to judge Germanwings co-pilot

Residents and pilots’ organisations say French investigators have rushed to blame Lubitz for crash in which 150 people died before full facts are known

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Andreas Lubitz’s hometown condemns rush to judge Germanwings co-pilot

Residents and pilots’ organisations say French investigators have rushed to blame Lubitz for crash in which 150 people died before full facts are known

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