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Latest update : 2011-06-16

Cults in France predict the end of the world in 2012

Today's look at some of the stories in the French media: we focus on the growing influence of cults in France as the Parliament publishes a report on the matter. Also: will cannabis be legalised in France? And the country's biggest TV channel, TF1, is to get rid of its reality TV shows.

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2014-10-20 sculpture

Provocative sculpture 'unplugged'

We take a look at buzz over the weekend about an art installation for the Paris Contemporary Art Fair that was vandalised because it looked liked a sex toy. The inflatable...

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2014-10-21 television

Armed clowns terrify the north of France

A bizarre story from the north of France has done the rounds of the world's media: armed clowns have been terrorising various towns. A youth was handed down a suspended sentence...

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2014-10-17 Michelle Obama

Might #BringBackOurGirls have worked?

With a potential breakthrough on the horizon for the release of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, we look at whether the online campaign #BringBackOurGirls may have helped. We...

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2014-10-16 Emmanuel Macron

'Ebola psychosis': Is the media partly to blame?

Fox News and other media have been accused of contributing to paranoia about an Ebola pandemic - we take a look at some of the criticism. Elsewhere, France's Economy Minister is...

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2014-10-15 Islamic veil

Former minister confronts woman wearing full Islamic veil

Nadine Morano, a minister under Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency, has spoken out on social media about an altercation she had with a woman wearing the full Islamic veil in public. We...

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