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The widow who asked eight French presidents for the truth

Josette Audin spent more than 60 years asking French leaders to admit responsibility for her husband’s death in Algeria. Finally, last year, Emmanuel Macron acknowledged that he had been tortured and killed in custody. At the same time, he said the archives would be opened to researchers – was this an empty promise? “This is the university where we were studying in Algiers,” says Josette Audin, pointing at a photograph of a grand building with classical columns on a tree-lined square. The 87-year-old is telling me about her life with…

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German WW1 submarine emerges off French coast

Image copyright AFP Image caption The wreck is attracting curious visitors at low tide The wreck of a World War One German submarine is gradually resurfacing on a beach in northern French after decades of being buried in the sand. Shifting sand off Wissant, near Calais, is exposing the remains of the UC-61 which was stranded there in July 1917. The crew flooded the vessel and abandoned it and by the 1930s the submarine had largely been buried. It is now becoming a tourist attraction again, although the local mayor…

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Amazon to invest in French firm’s technology for self-driving forklifts

FILE PHOTO: A worker uses a forklift to retrieve products stored inside of a large Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, U.S., November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo (Reuters) – Amazon (AMZN.O) could build a stake of almost a third in warehouse robotics firm Balyo (BALYO.PA) in the next seven years, as part of a deal that could boost sales of the French company’s technology for self-driving forklift trucks. Warehouse automation is a key element in efforts by Amazon to cut costs and speed up deliveries. The world’s biggest…

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French Alps skiers rescued in dramatic helicopter manoeuvre

Footage has emerged of the heart-stopping helicopter rescue of a group of skiers from the Pass of Anterne in the French Alps. One of the skiers was struggling with a knee injury, and were able to call for help using a mobile phone. The pilot said the rescuers chose to perform the manoeuvre, known as a “skate support”, because of the weather conditions during the incident, which took place on 2 January. Source link

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NXP teams with French company on self-driving car chips

(Reuters) – Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV said on Tuesday it will team up with French chip firm Kalray SA to craft computers for self-driving cars, in an effort they hope will ease the path to winning future approval of their computers from safety regulators. FILE PHOTO: The CES logo is shown at the Las Vegas Convention Center as workers prepare for 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 6, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Marcus NXP has long supplied chips to the automotive market and boasts deep ties in that industry,…

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French author Yann Moix says women over 50 ‘too old’ to love

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Yann Moix is well-known in France, where he also presents and directs A French writer is being criticised after saying he would be “incapable” of loving a woman aged 50 or above… despite being 50 himself. Yann Moix told Marie Claire magazine he found women of that age “too old”. “I prefer younger women’s bodies, that’s all. End of. The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary. The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all,” he said. The comments have…

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French Gilets Jaunes: Ministry broken into amid fresh protests

Image copyright EPA Image caption Barricades, bins and motorcycles were burned during the protests A French government spokesman was evacuated from his office as violence broke out during “yellow vests” protests in Paris and other cities. Benjamin Griveaux said he and his team had had to escape through a back door after a construction vehicle was used to ram the building’s entrance. There were clashes between police and protesters on what was the first protest of the new year. President Emmanuel Macron condemned the violence, urging “debate and dialogue”. What…

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Catalans Dragons: French club may not defend Challenge Cup over £500k deposit

Catalans beat Warrington to win first ever Challenge Cup Challenge Cup holders Catalans Dragons are considering their place in the 2019 competition after being ordered to pay a £500,000 deposit to enter. The French club became the first team from outside England to win rugby league’s oldest trophy. Catalans have asked the Rugby Football League to “reconsider its demand”, which applies to all non-English teams. Owner Bernard Guasch said they want to defend the cup, but added “it would be irresponsible to accept” the decision. “The players would be very…

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French scientists dismiss Russian claims over age of world’s oldest person

PARIS (Reuters) – Two French scientists who validated Jeanne Calment’s status as the oldest person ever to have lived, have dismissed claims by Russian researchers who say that she didn’t really survive to 122. Mathematician Nikolay Zak and gerontologist Valery Novoselov claim that Calment’s daughter, Yvonne Calment, assumed her mother’s identity decades earlier. The Russians analyzed photographs, official documents and interviews to produce a body of evidence they acknowledge is circumstantial. Gerentology is the scientific study of old age. Jean-Marie Robine, one of the two French scientists who validated Calment’s…

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Channel migrants: French police stop 14 at port

Image copyright Reuters French police say they have stopped 14 migrants from crossing the Channel on a stolen fishing trawler after they were found in the port of Boulogne. A local prosecutor told AFP that police were called when “those seeking to help them on their way” were seen breaking into a boat on the French coast. The migrants, including a mother and two children, said they came from Iraq. The authorities are still looking for two people they suspect of being people smugglers. It comes days after UK Home…

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