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Hollande the salesman visits new Chinese president

French President Francois Hollande has become the first foreign head of state to be received by new Chinese leader Xi Jinping. While his predecessor irked China over issues such as Tibet, Hollande is seeking to forget the past and start relations afresh - not least to boost the French economy. His hopes of launching new trade ties are helped by the fact that Shanghai is home to the largest community of French expatriates in China... and that the Chinese love all things French.

By Baptiste FALLEVOZ , Duncan HEWITT

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2014-07-14 France

Bastille Day: youth pays hommage to ancestors who fought 'Great War' (1914 - 1918)

Bastille Day marks the birth of the French Republic more than 200 years ago. Every year on July 14th there's a huge parade down the Champs Elysees in Paris. This year around 80...

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2014-07-11 Burma

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2014-07-10 women

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2014-07-09 UK

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2014-07-08 environment

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