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Nicolas Sarkozy refuses to answer questions at trial of former aides
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Nicolas Sarkozy refuses to answer questions at trial of former aides

Nicolas Sarkozy has appeared in court as the first former French president to be ordered to testify as a witness – but refused point blank to answer any questions. “It is an essential principle of democracies known as the separation of powers, and as president of the Republic I do not have to account for...

Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row
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Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row

France has said it is recalling its ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations, in protest at a security deal which also includes the UK. The French foreign minister said the “exceptional decision” was justified by the situation’s “exceptional gravity”. The alliance, known as Aukus, will see Australia being given the technology to build...

Europe’s unluckiest train station gets new lease of life as hotel
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Europe’s unluckiest train station gets new lease of life as hotel

It earned the nickname “Titanic of the mountains”, but now the monumental and ill-fated train station at Canfranc is to get a new life as a five-star hotel, 51 years after the international rail link across the Pyrenees closed. The story of Canfranc, a village more than 1,000 metres (3,280ft) above sea level on the...

France reports rush for vaccines after Macron tightens Covid rules
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France reports rush for vaccines after Macron tightens Covid rules

More than 20,000 French people a minute booked vaccine appointments in the hours after Emmanuel Macron announced that cafes, restaurants, shopping malls and trains would be out of bounds for unvaccinated customers from next month. “We’ve broken all records since the start of the vaccination campaign, and it’s continued during the night and into this morning,” Stanislas...

Mother killed children’s abusive father to save them, French court hears
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Mother killed children’s abusive father to save them, French court hears

To their neighbours in the small village of Baudemont, in the Burgundy region north of Lyon, the Polette family seemed perfectly normal. They were discreet and did not socialise, but when they did villagers remarked that the four Polette children were well brought up and polite. Inside their home it was another story, a court...

NGOs seek to convict French state of failing to tackle climate crisis
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NGOs seek to convict French state of failing to tackle climate crisis

A Paris court has been asked to convict the French state for its alleged failure to act to halt the climate crisis. The historic legal case, being brought by four environmental groups after a petition signed by more than 2 million citizens, seeks to hold the country responsible for ecological damage and its subsequent detrimental...

Macron forced to apologise for ‘raising voice’ after losing cool at EU rivals
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Macron forced to apologise for ‘raising voice’ after losing cool at EU rivals

During a televised Q&A session, the French President was accused of turning the country into an authoritarian state. But Mr Macron lashed out at the claims, saying they are not “Hungary or Turkey”. Speaking to Brut, Mr Macron said: “We’re not Hungary, Turkey or others! “Let’s not let France be caricatured. “I think we’re letting...