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  • France edge USA 3-2 in Fed Cup 21-04-2014 09:47 AM

    Caroline Garcia is still trying to figure out her recent success. The 20-year-old almost single handedly led France to a 3-2 upset of the United States in Fed Cup competition on Sunday. Garcia had a hand in all three of her country's victories. She beat the USA's Madison Keys and...
  • France, United States tied 1-1 in Fed Cup 20-04-2014 12:52 PM

    St. Louis: Madison Keys rallied for a three-set victory over Alize Cornet on Saturday, giving the United States a split of the opening two matches in their Fed Cup weekend against France. Keys dropped the first set to Cornet and then trailed 5-3 in the second before she came back...
  • Sun, celebrities, and a world-renowned film festival have made Cannes synonymous with glamour 19-04-2014 08:31 AM

    Cannes: Sun, celebrities, and a world-renowned film festival have made Cannes synonymous with glamour, guaranteed prime people-watching and a chance to relish the good life against the backdrop of palm trees and yachts. From Brigitte Bardot to Angelina Jolie, Grace Kelly to Nicole Kidman - the stars of yesteryear and...
  • Zidane wanted France manager job in 2012 15-04-2014 04:46 PM

    Zinedine Zidane sought to become manager of the French national team two years ago when Laurent Blanc refused to extend his contract after Euro 2012, the former president of the French football federation (FFF) said on Tuesday. "Zinedine Zidane would have liked to manage Les Bleus. It is clear -...
  • Beijing artist, tired of his city's choking pollution, puts up glass jar of clean air from south of France for sale 10-04-2014 11:58 AM

    Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air. He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors...
  • France beat Germany 3-2 in Davis Cup quarter-final 07-04-2014 12:01 AM

    Nancy, France: France rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Germany 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup on Sunday. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cruised past Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to help France even the tie before Gael Monfils secured the winning point by defeating Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-6 (0),...
  • Germany take 2-0 lead as Gojowczyk stuns Tsonga in Davis Cup 05-04-2014 10:00 AM

    Peter Gojowczyk marked his Davis Cup debut with a big upset, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a five-set marathon on Friday to give injury-hit Germany a surprising 2-0 lead over France in their Davis Cup quarter-final. Gojowczyk won 5-7, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (8), 8-6 after Tobias Kamke had defeated Julien...
  • France favourites against injury-hit Germany in Davis Cup quarter-final 04-04-2014 10:27 AM

    Julien Benneteau will play the inexperienced Tobias Kamke in the opening match of France's Davis Cup quarter-final against injury-hit Germany on Friday. The 12th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces Davis Cup newcomer Peter Gojowczyk in the second singles. Even without their highest-ranked player Richard Gasquet, who has a lower back injury, France...
  • Railways takes down curtains from third AC coaches 31-03-2014 11:48 PM

    New Delhi: Citing safety reasons, railways has decided to remove curtains put on pathways of all air- conditioned three-tier (3 AC) coaches of trains. However, the curtains from windows of 3 AC coaches will continue, officials said. Decision to remove curtains was taken on recommendation of Commissioner of Railways Safety...
  • Injured Gasquet out of Davis Cup quarter-finals 31-03-2014 04:39 PM

    Richard Gasquet has pulled out of France's Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Germany this week with a lower back injury, the French federation said on Monday. The FFT said in a statement that captain Arnaud Clement called up Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Michael Llodra to make up for the absence of...
  • Gasquet, Tsonga to lead France against Germany in Davis Cup 26-03-2014 12:07 AM

    Paris: Ninth-ranked Richard Gasquet and 11th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will lead France in the Davis Cup home quarterfinal against depleted Germany next week. France's two top players head the four-man lineup announced by the French Tennis Federation on Tuesday for the April 4-6 tie on indoor hard-court in Nancy. Captain Arnaud...
  • Abidal risks World Cup place after Monaco no-show 24-03-2014 03:40 PM

    Eric Abidal did his chances of earning a place in France's World Cup squad no good by going AWOL on Sunday after the defender was overlooked for Monaco's Ligue 1 game against Lille. Abidal, who was diagnosed with a cancerous liver tumour in 2011 and had a liver transplant the...
  • France has images of possible missing Malaysian plane debris 23-03-2014 11:40 PM

    Malaysia says France has satellite images of objects that could be from a passenger jet that went missing more than two weeks ago. A statement from the Ministry of Transport said Malaysia had received the images from "French authorities showing potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor." ...
  • Malaysia: France has images of possible missing plane debris 23-03-2014 03:53 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia says France has satellite images of objects that could be from a passenger jet that went missing more than two weeks ago. A statement on Sunday from the Ministry of Transport said Malaysia had received the images from "French authorities showing potential objects in the vicinity of...
  • Russia suspended from G-8 amid tensions over Ukraine: France 18-03-2014 05:23 PM

    France's foreign minister says that leaders of the Group of Eight world powers have suspended Russia's participation in the club amid tensions over Ukraine and Russia's incursion into Crimea. The other seven members of the group had already suspended preparations for a G-8 summit that Russia is scheduled to host...
  • France coach Didier Deschamps plays down 'great expectations' 06-03-2014 06:47 PM

    Paris: France coach Didier Deschamps is wary of increased expectations after his team hit form to beat Netherlands in a friendly on Wednesday. First-half goals from Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi set up a 2-0 victory at the Stade de France that seemed to confirm something had clicked in the...
  • Ukraine peace deal halts violence but crowds still angry 22-02-2014 07:10 AM

    Kiev: A breakthrough peace deal for Ukraine halted two days of violence that had turned the center of the capital into a war zone and killed 77 people, bringing sweeping political change that met many demands of the pro-European opposition. Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich agreed to give up powers, hold...
  • Naxals have close links with foreign Maoist groups: RPN Singh 19-02-2014 02:32 PM

    New Delhi: Naxals have close links with foreign Maoist organisations in Philippines, Turkey and a few other countries and possibility of their front outfits getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. "The CPI(Maoist) have close links with foreign Maoist organisations in Philippines, Turkey etc....
  • Monfils beats Gasquet in Open Sud de France final 09-02-2014 09:17 PM

    Montpellier: Gael Monfils beat top-seeded defending champion Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4 Sunday in the final of the Open Sud de France for his fifth career title. Monfils captured his first title of the season and his first since winning the Stockholm Open in 2011. In an all-French match, Monfils did...
  • Monfils beats Nieminen to reach Open Sud final 08-02-2014 10:27 PM

    Montpellier, France: Fifth-seeded Gael Monfils of France fired 15 aces and overcame a second-set wobble to beat sixth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on Saturday and reach the Open Sud de France final. Monfils improved to 4-0 in career head-to-heads against his Finnish opponent. He looked set for a comfortable...
  • Richard Gasquet advances to Open Sud de France semis 08-02-2014 07:45 AM

    France: Top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France was hardly troubled by countryman Albano Olivetti as he won 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to reach the Open Sud de France semi-finals and stay on course to defend his title. Although Olivetti, a qualifier, had 13 aces, he failed to force a single break-point...
  • Richard Gasquet beats Mathieu to reach Open Sud quarters 07-02-2014 11:13 AM

    France: Top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France easily advanced to the Open Sud de France quarter-finals after beating countryman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday. Gasquet, the defending champion, saved all seven break-point chances he faced and broke Mathieu's serve twice in each set. He next faces another countryman, qualifier Albano...
  • Marc Gicquel beats Michael Llodra at Open Sud de France 05-02-2014 10:14 AM

    Montpellier: Marc Gicquel of France advanced to the second round of the Open Sud de France after beating countryman Michael Llodra 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Tuesday. Llodra had won their only previous meeting, five years ago in Lyon, but this time Gicquel was more clinical, converting two of his five...
  • Mathieu reaches 2nd round of Open Sud de France 03-02-2014 11:39 PM

    Montpellier: French wild-card entry Paul-Henri Mathieu reached the second round of the Open Sud de France when compatriot Nicolas Mahut retired while trailing 6-1, 3-0 on Monday. Ranked 140th in the world, Mathieu earned his first victory in the main draw of a tournament this year to set up a...
  • Pavlyuchenkova beats Errani in Paris final 02-02-2014 10:44 PM

    Paris: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday in the final of the Open GDF Suez for her sixth career title. Pavlyuchenkova captured her first title of the season and her first since winning the Portugal Open in May 2013. Errani won...
  • Germany, France, Swiss advance to Davis Cup quarters 02-02-2014 10:41 AM

    Germany knocked out Spain in the Davis Cup on Saturday and was rewarded with an even bigger hurdle against France in the quarter-finals in April. Since Germany's last title in 1993, Spain had won the cup five times. But without top-five players Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, Spain exited in...
  • France advance to Davis Cup quarter-finals 01-02-2014 10:21 PM

    LA ROCHE SUR YON: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet beat Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 7-5 Saturday to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead over Australia and a place in the Davis Cup quarter-finals. The Australian pair rallied from a 3-0 deficit and won the opening...
  • Ribery and Benzema discharged in sex trial 30-01-2014 07:20 PM

    Paris: France soccer internationals Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema have been discharged of solicitation of an underage prostitute, the Paris Correctional Tribunal said on Thursday. Real Madrid striker Benzema and Bayern Munich forward Ribery, who did not attend their trial, were being tried on charges of paying prostitute-turned-fashion model Zahia...
  • Shock over affair, says French ex-first lady Valerie Trierweiler 30-01-2014 03:30 PM

    France's former first lady says she and the president had grown detached recently but she was caught totally by surprise by his affair with an actress. Valerie Trierweiler gave interviews to two French publications coming out this week describing for the first time some of what led to their breakup...
  • French President Hollande announces separation from Trierweiler 26-01-2014 07:34 AM

    Paris: French President Francois Hollande announced his separation from first lady Valerie Trierweiler on Saturday following a media storm over allegations he is having an affair with an actress. "I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler," he said. Hollande sought to put...