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French workers 'pay the most taxes in Europe'

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French workers 'pay the most taxes in Europe'
The French are paying the most taxes out of all of Europe's workers, an annual report shows, but are they getting value for money?

The French will be forgiven for celebrating the Friday feeling more than usual this week, given that they will be free from the clutches of the French tax man.
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France's wildest festival gets underway amid tight security

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France's wildest festival gets underway amid tight securityOne of France's most famous festivals kicked off on Wednesday and promises to be as wild and raucous as ever, despite the tight security. We take a closer look at the Fêtes de Bayonne.
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Clashes in Paris suburbs after man dies in police custody

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Clashes in Paris suburbs after man dies in police custody
Violence erupted in the northern suburbs of Paris for a second night in a row, with 15 cars set ablaze by residents furious over the death of a young man in police custody, officials said Thursday.
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Treasures of Versailles to go on display in Australia

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Treasures of Versailles to go on display in Australia
Riches from the Palace of Versailles including a harp belonging to Marie Antoinette will travel to Australia, the country's national gallery said Monday, as part of a display never seen outside France.
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Thousands of travellers face seven-day Air France strike

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Thousands of travellers face seven-day Air France strikeIn the middle of prime holiday season, Air France stewards and stewardesses are set to go ahead with a week-long strike starting on Wednesday and up to 130,000 passengers could be affected.

Air France stewards threaten week-long summer strike
The SNPNC and the Unsa-PNC unions, which represent around 45 percent of the company's stewards and air hostesses, look set to go ahead with their planed from July 27th to August 2nd strike after failed negotiations with Air France chiefs.
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Air pollution in France kills 48,000 people each year

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Air pollution in France kills 48,000 people each year
It's no secret that pollution is a huge problem in the major cities in France, but it appears the problem runs a lot deeper, according to a new study by France's national health agency.

Indeed, air pollution kills 48,000 people each year - or 9 percent of the total number of people who die each year.
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French businesses plead with 'British friends' to stay

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French businesses plead with 'British friends' to stay
France's biggest businesses, from Airbus to Michelin, have implored their "amis britanniques" to stay in the European Union in a cross-Channel love letter published in several British dailies.
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France Girds for Security Challenges at Euro 2016 Soccer Championship

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France Girds for Security Challenges at Euro 2016 Soccer Championship
PARISWhen soccer fans set off smoke bombs and firecrackers at the Stade de France last Saturday, the explosions did more than add to the drama of a French cup final between bitter rivals. They exposed gaps in Frances efforts to tighten security just two weeks before hosting Euro 2016, the continents largest sporting event.

Still in a terror-induced state of emergency after 130 people were killed in the November attacks, French authorities are preparing to manage 8 million fans and secure around 100 locations for the European soccer championships.
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Paris Bridge of Love Locks Now One of Sculptures

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Paris Bridge of Love Locks Now One of Sculptures
PARIS For years, lovestruck visitors to Paris had affixed locks, often inscribed with their initials or names, to the wire mesh panels along the Pont des Arts, flinging the keys into the Seine River below. But last year, after a section of the bridges railing collapsed under the weight of some 700,000 declarations of fidelity, the city removed the locks, citing reasons of aesthetics and security.
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