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Neighbour films final assault on Toulouse killer's home

 
On Wednesday, we published a video filmed by the Toulouse killer's neighbour of the police moving in on the gunman's home. The same neighbour, Nicolas B., filmed another video Thursday, as the police moved in for its final assault. Watch video...
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Close-up footage of Toulouse ‘gunman’ siege

 
Nicolas (not his real name) lives in Toulouse, just a few dozen metres from 17, rue de Sergent Vigné, where the suspected killer of three Jewish children, a rabbi and three paratroopers has been besieged by police since early this morning. Nicolas managed to capture the moment French special forces entered the building through the back door on camera as the siege continued.  Watch the video...
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Toulouse "gunman" suspected of training in Pakistan

 
According to French authorities, the suspect in the killings of three Jewish children, a rabbi and three paratroopers in the south of France has links to jihadists, and has spent time in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past. Read more...

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Half a century after independence, Algerians who fought with the French are still stigmatised

 
This month, as Algeria celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Evian Accords, which brought an end to the Algerian War, the painful issue of the the Algerians who fought with the French army has resurfaced. Harkis, as they are known, are still considered by many in Algeria as traitors. Read more...

Protests against new high-speed train turn ugly

 
Protests against the construction of a new high speed train line linking the cities of Lyon, France and Turin, Italy are escalating, even as construction begins on the Italian side of the border. Our Observer tells us why he fiercely opposes the train line. Read more...
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Three nights of riots in Reunion Island: Why "the Cauldron" is boiling over

 
For three nights in a row, Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, has been wracked by violent riots over high costs of living. The neighbourhood of Chaudron – literally “the Cauldron” – in the French overseas department’s capital has been the epicentre of clashes between rioters and police. Our Observer explains why social unrest has flared time and time again in this neighbourhood. Read more…
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How is Sarkozy viewed around the world?

 
Following French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s announcement that he will run for re-election, we asked our Observers around the world what they think of France’s foreign policy over the past five years. Here are their answers. Read more…
 

Six French citizens share their hopes and opinions on the 2012 presidential elections

 
As France’s presidential elections quickly approach, we asked our Observers in France to share what issues they would like to see take centre stage during the campaign. Read more…

Botzarileaks: How French public funds were funnelled to Ben Ali party

 
As new information emerges in the "Botzarileaks scandal", FRANCE 24 has discovered that the party of former Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali benefited from thousands of euros in French public funds. Read more...
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