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Fake clown stalking

Fake clown stalking

French police are on high alert after fake clowns caused panic across France in a spreading phenomenon that has led to violence and a response by vigilantes. Fourteen teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats were arrested out side a school in Agde, southern France, on Saturday. One provincial newspaper,...

Total's CEO dies in Moscow plane crash

Total's CEO dies in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, has died in an air crash in Moscow. .@Total confirms that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow pic.twitter.com/1VuWDyl9jJ — Michael Rusch (@weeddude) October 21, 2014 Airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said: "Tonight, a plane crashed when...

Earth's magnetic field could flip faster than we thought

Earth's magnetic field could flip faster than we thought

Imagine the world waking up one morning to discover that all compasses pointed south instead of north. It’s not as bizarre as it sounds. Earth’s magnetic field has flipped -- though not overnight -- many times throughout the planet’s history. Its dipole magnetic field, like that of a bar magnet, remains about the same...

IMF's Christine Lagarde 'under investigation'

IMF's Christine Lagarde 'under investigation'

International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged. She has been questioned several times about her role in a 400m euro (£318m; $527m) compensation payout to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008. Lagarde, 58, was finance minister...

French PM presents govt resignation

French PM presents govt resignation

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls presented the resignation of his government to the president on Monday, Francois Hollande's office said in a statement. The statement said a new government would be formed on Tuesday in line with the "direction he (the president) has defined for our country." The move comes a day after leftist Economy...

No survivors in Air Algerie crash

No survivors in Air Algerie crash

France yesterday announced there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali, saying bad weather was the likely cause of the disaster. "Sadly, there are no survivors," President Francois Hollande said on television, a day after flight AH017, carrying 51 French nationals, went down shortly...

WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL: GER VS FRA

Hummels breaks French hearts

Hummels breaks French hearts

A first half header from Mats Hummels fired Germany into the semi-finals of the World Cup with a narrow 1-0 win over France. The Borussia Dortmund defender missed the last-16 victory over Algeria as a result of flu-like symptoms, with the bug having also affected a number of the squad in the build-up to...

Algerians win hearts

Algerians win hearts

Algeria's battling display against Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup on Monday will not only have won them many new admirers but also marks them out as one of the favourites for next year's African Nations Cup. Africa's last team standing after Nigeria's defeat by France earlier in the day, Algeria...

Loew demands improvement

Joachim Loew insists Germany must improve for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against France after a below-par performance in their 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria in the last 16. Late goals by Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil sealed victory in con Monday to put three-time winners Germany into the last eight. Didier Deschamps' France lie in wait at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium, but Loew says his side must remedy their poor finishing and defensive errors against Algeria. "We must be better for...

'Giroud should have seen red'

John Obi Mikel said Olivier Giroud should have seen red for elbowing him during Nigeria's 2-0 defeat to France in their second round World Cup clash. The Chelsea midfielder claimed referee Mark Geiger saw Giroud strike him in a tangle around the half hour mark, but opted against showing the Arsenal man a card before France battled to victory with two late goals to secure a place in the quarterfinals. The 27-year-old criticised the referee for his failure to act on...

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