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French town's empty main street tells tale of virus impact

Apr 16 2020

STIRING-WENDEL, France The COVID-19 outbreak forced Shirley Lind to close the hairdressing salon she runs in a French town near the German border. She has instead been volunteering as a porter at her local hospital.

Locked-down French care home combats loneliness with Skype chats

Apr 10 2020

BISCHWILLER, France The Skype call had to be rebooted, but after several attempts Danielle Martin, a 71-year-old locked down inside a French retirement home, could finally see her niece Nathalie via the tablet propped up in front of her wheelchair.

France sees worst daily death toll as army ferries critical virus patients

Mar 30 2020

STRASBOURG/PARIS France recorded its worst daily coronavirus death toll on Monday, exceeding 3,000 for the first time, and army helicopters transported critical patients from the east to hospitals overseas as the country battled to free up space in life-support units.

France uses army helicopters to ferry critical virus patients abroad

Mar 30 2020

STRASBOURG/PARIS, March 30 Army helicopters on Monday transported coronavirus patients fighting for their lives from eastern France to hospitals in Germany and Switzerland as the country battled to free up space in life-support units.

Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officials

Dec 14 2018

STRASBOURG/PARIS The suspected gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was shot dead on Thursday in a brief gun battle with police after being on the run for 48 hours, police sources said. | Video

At 106, tireless French cyclist hops back in the saddle

Oct 26 2018

MONTIGNY-LE-BRETONNEUX, France Centenarian cyclist Robert Marchand donned his lycra shorts again on Friday and rode cautiously around France's indoor Velodrome National, becoming by far the oldest person to take a spin on the circuit. | Video

Two years after the Paris attacks, France ends state of emergency

Nov 01 2017

PARIS Two years after militants killed 130 people in coordinated attacks across Paris, France officially ended a state of emergency, replacing it with the introduction of a new security law which critics say undermines civil liberties.

French PM Valls launches presidential bid, quits government

Dec 05 2016

EVRY, France French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared on Monday that he would seek the Socialist Party's nomination for next year's presidential election and said he was quitting the government to focus on campaigning.

Three suspected female militants seized in France, policeman stabbed

Sep 08 2016

BOUSSY-SAINT-ANTOINE/PARIS Three women arrested on Thursday in connection with a car laden with gas cylinders found abandoned near Paris's Notre Dame cathedral were likely planning an imminent attack, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Hostage-taking in French town, Hebdo suspects sighted

Jan 09 2015

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France French authorities circled a small northern town with anti-terrorist police and helicopters on Friday after at least one person was taken hostage there and the two main suspects in the Charlie Hebdo killings were sighted.

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