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Woman poisons four senior men in France

NICE: A French woman dubbed the “Black Widow of the Riviera” for allegedly seducing and poisoning wealthy elderly men, leading to the deaths of two of them, faces a life sentence as her trial gets under way on Monday. Patricia Dagorn, 57, is already serving a five-year prison term for theft, fraud and sequestration involving…

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List of serial Killers as a Russian kills 59 women

PARIS: A former Russian policeman convicted of killing 22 women went on trial on Wednesday for 59 more murders in a case that could make him Russia’s most prolific serial killer in recent history. If Mikhail Popkov is found guilty, he will join the list of the world’s most notorious serial killers over the past…

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Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat evicted from Paris flat over unpaid rent

Paris: A French court has ordered that Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat be evicted from an apartment in a posh part of Paris for failing to keep up with the rent. In a December 14 ruling seen by AFP on Tuesday, the court told Sherawat and her French husband Cyrille Auxenfans to pay 78,787 euros ($94,000) in…

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Macron endorses China’s Silk Road but warns against ‘hegemony’

NEWS DESK: French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe Monday to take part in China’s massive Silk Road infrastructure project but warned against “hegemony”, saying both sides should share the benefits, reported AFP. Macron, on the first day of a state visit, also called on Europe and China to team up on curbing climate change in…

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Paris fashion house breaks 112-year record with huge turnout

PARIS: More than 700,000 people flocked to a record-breaking Paris exhibition dedicated to the Christian Dior French fashion house, its organisers said Monday. The six-month-long show which ended on Sunday was the most popular ever held at the city’s Museum of Decorative Arts, with visitors queuing for an average of four hours to see some…

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French PM wants controversial anti-Semitic pamphlets published

NEWS DESK: The planned publication of anti-Semitic pamphlets written by a revered novelist has sparked a fierce row in France, with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe weighing in on the debate in favour of their release, reported AFP. Three racist 1930s texts by Louis-Ferdinand Celine are set to appear in a volume by leading French publishing…

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British actress Jane Birkin to publish her diaries

BORDEAUX: British actress and singer Jane Birkin, whose voice accompanied French crooner Serge Gainsbourg on some of his biggest hits, will publish in September the diaries she has kept since she was 12, she said in an interview published Friday. “It will certainly not be an autobiography. I’m in the process of translating them myself,”…

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Samsung becomes world’s biggest chip maker: study

PARIS: South Korea’s Samsung has overtaken US rival Intel as the world’s biggest maker of semi-conductors as sales in the sector boom, a study published by consultancy Gartner showed on Thursday. Samsung Electronics “gained the most market share and took the number one position from Intel -— the first time Intel has been toppled since…

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Here is list of past ten presidents of Cannes Film Festival jury

PARIS: Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett was Thursday named president of the Cannes Film Festival jury. Here are the 10 previous heads of the prestigious panel: – 2017: Pedro Almodovar, Spain’s most celebrated living movie director, who won Oscars for “All About My Mother” (1999) and “Talk To Her” (2002) – 2016: George Miller, the Australian…

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Actress Cate Blanchett finds lead role in Cannes film festival

PARIS: Cate Blanchett, the double Oscar-winning actress leading a Hollywood campaign to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. Australian Blanchett, 48, who helped launch the “Time’s Up” initiative this week following a string of sexual assault accusations against prominent men in…

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Two arrested in separate terror swoops in France

A 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested in France last week for planning to commit terror attacks, a judicial source said Thursday. The pair — who have no apparent connections — were both charged with criminal conspiracy in connection to a terrorist enterprise, the source said. The man was planning to attack soldiers,…

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France to probe Lactalis baby milk salmonella scare

French prosecutors have opened a probe into salmonella contamination and a major international recall of baby milk produced by dairy giant Lactalis, a legal source told AFP on Tuesday. The investigation will focus on possible charges of causing involuntary injuries and endangering the lives of others but also possible cheating and failures in carrying out…

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France to ban all oil and gas production from 2040

NEWS DESK: France is to ban all drilling for oil and natural gas by 2040 after its Parliament approved part of President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to cut the use of fossil fuels, reported The Independent. It will become illegal to produce or look for oil and gas in the country and its overseas territories. Existing…

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Nobel prize winner’s book turned down by 19 publishers

PARIS: The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans. Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon’s 1962 novel, “The Palace”, set during the Spanish Civil War, to 19 French publishers. The verdict was…

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Macron asks Netanyahu to make gestures to break peace impasse

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron told Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that he needed to make gestures to the Palestinians to enable to break the impasse between the two sides, reported Reuters. Netanyayu was in Paris ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers on Monday when they will try present a unified…

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Ronaldo is greatest player ever, says Zidane

MADRID: After seeing Cristiano Ronaldo pick up a fifth Ballon d‘Or on Thursday, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described the Portuguese forward as the greatest player ever. “Yes. His numbers speak for it, both in terms of what he has done and what’s still to come,” Zidane said when asked if he felt his number…

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All you need to know about Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem move

For centuries now, Jerusalem has been at the heart of many conflicts and wars. The city holds special importance and is revered by the three most important religions in the world–Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Which is exactly why Trump’s hasty decision to declare Jerusalem (all of it) as Israel’s capital and his announcement to shift…

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World, bar Israel, condemns Trump Jerusalem announcement

PARIS: Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has drawn sharp criticism, with the significant exception of Israel. Here are key reactions from around the world: – Israel salutes ‘historic’ day – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s recognition as “historic” and a “courageous and just decision”. Netanyahu also pledged no…

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Five facts you may not know about rockstar Johnny Hallyday

PARIS: He was an enormous star in France, but Johnny Hallyday, the “French Elvis”, whose death was announced by his wife Laeticia Wednesday, was almost unknown in the English-speaking world. Here are five key things to know about the biggest rock star you have probably never heard of: – He wasn’t called Johnny – Johnny…

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French rockstar Johnny Hallyday passes away

PARIS: France’s best-known rock star Johnny Hallyday has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer, his wife Laeticia told AFP on Wednesday. The leather-clad would-be Elvis, known simply as Johnny, announced in March he had been diagnosed with the disease and would undergo treatment. “Johnny Hallyday has left us. I write these words…

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Pope says he ‘wept’ while meeting Rohingya refugees

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday said he wept hearing the plight first-hand of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, adding that this meeting was a condition set for his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Rohingya meeting was a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar, and the pontiff told…

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