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By Jenny Barchfield Associated Press PARIS -- Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle.
The prime minister announced Sunday that a ban on smoking in schools, offices and other public buildings will start in February, while restaurants, dance clubs and some bars have until 2008 to comply.
PARIS (Reuters) - Lebanon's government should guarantee the withdrawal of Hizbollah guerrillas fighting Israeli forces at the same time as sending the national army into the south of the country, France said on Wednesday.
By Laure Bretton PARIS (Reuters) - International pressure for a swift ceasefire in Lebanon mounted on Monday, with France saying Israel's pause in air strikes was not enough and Russia calling for an immediate suspension of hostilities.
ROME (Reuters) - Italy began evacuating its nationals from Lebanon Saturday while the United States, France and the Netherlands prepared to do the same as Israeli planes pounded the country. Some 410 people left Beirut in an Italian convoy of vehicles on Saturday, Italy's Foreign Ministry said.
By Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac's staunch defense of his beleaguered prime minister won him few plaudits on Tuesday as critics accused him of being out of touch, out of ideas and out of time.
By Brian Rohan PARIS (Reuters) - Despite top grades at law school, two years as an intern and success at the bar exam, Simon Caille faced the prospect only of temporary work and low-paid assistantships as a new lawyer in Paris.
By Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac stood by beleaguered Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on Monday, saying his government was producing good results despite a string of recent setbacks and controversies.
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac rebuffed pressure on Monday to sack Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and promised to stand by his conservative government despite a series of political setbacks and gaffes.
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