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France Checking Identity of Murder Suspect Held in Scotland

The French authorities said Saturday they were checking the identity of a man arrested in Scotland and believed to have vanished eight years ago following the murder of his wife and four children.

French judicial sources had said Friday that police at Glasgow airport had arrested Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes, who was subject to an international arrest warrant for the 2011 killings which transfixed France.

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New Caledonia to Hold New Independence Poll from France in 2020

France's Pacific island territory of New Caledonia will hold a second referendum on independence next year, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Friday.

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France Summons Turkish Ambassador over Syria Offensive

France's foreign ministry on Thursday summoned the Turkish ambassador to Paris over Ankara's air and ground offensive into Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria, a diplomatic source said.

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Fire at French Chemical Plant Extinguished

Firefighters said Friday they have extinguished a huge blaze that broke out at a chemical factory in northern France and forced authorities to close schools and warn of pollution risks for the river Seine.

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Former French President Chirac Dies at 86

Former French president Jacques Chirac, a colossal figure in France's politics for three decades, has died at the age of 86, his family told AFP on Thursday.

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Thousands of Paris Police Deployed over 'Yellow Vest' Clash Fears

More than 7,000 police officers are to be deployed for rallies in Paris on Saturday over fears that yellow vest protesters and their radical, anarchist "black blocs" could try to infiltrate a march against climate change in the French capital.

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Reduce Waste, Save Money: France's Poorest City Goes Green

At her home in Roubaix, a former industrial centre in northern France that is now the country's poorest city, Magdalene Deleporte is making her own deodorant.

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France Says 'Time Has Come' to Ease Tensions with Russia

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for easing tensions with Russia as top French ministers met their counterparts in Moscow on Monday.

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Macron Warns 'Trade Tensions are Bad for Everyone'

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Saturday that "trade tensions are bad for everyone," after US President Donald Trump imposed fresh tariffs on China and warned again that French wines could be targeted.

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Iran Says Foreign Minister Zarif to Visit Macron in France

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to visit Paris and meet with his counterpart and the French president on Friday, state news agency IRNA reported.

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