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  • French companies evince keen interest in bullet train project July 9, 2014

    Mumbai: A day after the Centre announced plans to introduce a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and to allow foreign direct investment into the railways sector, a number of French companies have come forward to participate in the project. The government had unveiled these plans in the Railway Budget, 2014-15...
  • French rail disaster probe finds tracks in state of disrepair July 7, 2014

    Paris: Experts tasked with investigating one of France's worst train accidents found "a state of disrepair never seen before" on the rail network. Michel Dubernard and Pierre Henquenet, appointed by a court to find the cause of the July 2013 Bretigny-sur-Orge derailment that left seven people dead, ruled out a...
  • Mom would have been extremely happy: Shah Rukh Khan on being conferred French honour July 3, 2014

    Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was Tuesday conferred the Knight of the Legion of Honour, France's highest honour, said it was his mother's birthday and if she were alive, she would have been extremely happy. "It's my mother's birthday. If she was alive, apart from being extremely old, she...
  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius calls on Narendra Modi July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in key areas such as defence, trade and investment with India expressing keenness on setting up industrial bases for it to boost ties. The visiting minister also extended his...
  • Will discuss two-way trade between India and France: French Foreign Minister June 30, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Amrita Tripathi, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday said that he will discuss the two-way trade between India and France with his Indian counterpart. ...
  • PSLV C23 launch cleared; 49-hour countdown begins on Saturday June 27, 2014

    Chennai: A 49-hour countdown for the June 30 launch of PSLV C23 carrying French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7 and four co-passenger spacecraft from the spaceport of Sriharikota will begin at 8.52 AM on Saturday. The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB), which met Friday at Sriharikota, cleared the launch, paving the way for...
  • Now, French filmmaker to make documentary on Anand Kumar's 'Super 30' June 13, 2014

    A French filmmaker has landed here to make a documentary on Anand Kumar, the founder of the Super 30 free coaching centre that nurtures talent from underpriveleged families and mentors them to crack the prestigious IIT-JEE - the joint entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology. Award winning filmmaker Pascal...
  • Rafael Nadal closes in on Roger Federer's hoard June 9, 2014

    When Roger Federer won his 17th grand slam title in 2012, it seemed his record haul would last forever as it took more than a century of trying for a super-human male athlete to come along and win that many major trophies. Yet only two years later, a younger, fitter, hungrier...
  • Rafael Nadal on cloud nine after soaring to new heights June 9, 2014

    Paris: One man's despair was another man's ecstasy as the most inopportune of double faults propelled a world-beating Rafa Nadal into a nine-times French Open champion on Sunday. Waiting to launch into a second serve on match point down, a yell from the stands, followed by another, left a distracted Novak...
  • France, Indian Air Force chiefs to take part in 'Garuda-5' June 8, 2014

    French Air Chief General Denis Mercier with his country's Ambassador Francois Richier and French defence attach Group Captain Benedict Smith along with Indian Air Force Chief Arup Raha will arrive in Jodhpur on Monday to participate in the ongoing fifth Indo-French air exercise 'Garuda-5'. The main attraction of the day...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win ninth French Open title June 8, 2014

    At the French Open, there's just no one better than Rafael Nadal. The "King of Clay" proved that again on Sunday, winning the title at Roland Garros for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Nadal improved his...
  • Peng Shuai-Hsieh Su-wei win French Open women's doubles June 8, 2014

    Top-seeded Peng Shuai of China and Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan won their second Grand Slam title together by defeating Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the French Open women's doubles on Sunday. Peng and Shuai also won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon and...
  • French Open: Benneteau, Roger-Vasselin win men's doubles June 8, 2014

    Paris: Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin won their first Grand Slam title by defeating Spaniards Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers 6-3, 7-6 (1) in the men's doubles final of the French Open on Saturday. They became the first French team to win the men's doubles at Roland Garros since Yannick Noah...
  • Sharapova beats Halep to win French Open for second time June 7, 2014

    Paris: Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years, overcoming some shaky serving on Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final. Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she...
  • Nadal faces pressure test against rival Djokovic in French Open final June 8, 2014

    Rafael Nadal knows he will have to find a way of dealing with Novak Djokovic's pressure game if he is going to beat his great rival and win a ninth French Open title, the Spaniard said on Friday. Premature predictions that now might be a good time to face Nadal...
  • Nadal thrashes Murray to meet Djokovic in French Open final June 6, 2014

    Paris: Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic. Nadal is already a record eight-time champion with a lifetime 65-1 record at Roland Garros. One more victory on the red clay will make him the first man...
  • Djokovic beats Gulbis to enter French Open final June 6, 2014

    Paris: Novak Djokovic worked his way back into the French Open final, taking care of Ernests Gulbis and his big serve 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Friday on the first sunny day of this year's tournament. The second-seeded Serb was able to control the pace of the match on Court Philippe...
  • Maria Sharapova awaits Halep in French Open final June 7, 2014

    Paris: Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that's carried her to a third consecutive French Open final. "It's not how you finish a first set," Sharapova said, "it's how you finish the last set." Right now, no one is a...
  • Simona Halep advances to French Open final June 5, 2014

    Paris: Simona Halep of Romania advanced to her first Grand Slam final, beating Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Thursday. Halep will face Maria Sharapova in Saturday's final. Halep, seeded fourth at the French Open, has been steadily improving at major tournaments. She reached the fourth round at last year's...
  • Maria Sharapova makes it back to French Open final June 5, 2014

    Paris: Maria Sharapova made it back into the French Open final for the third straight year, beating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday. The seventh-seeded Russian lost the first set for the third straight match, but again managed to turn things around. Sharapova has now won 19 straight...
  • Rojer, Groenefeld win French Open mixed doubles title June 5, 2014

    Paris: Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany won the mixed doubles title at the French Open by defeating eighth-seeded Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Julia Goerges of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 on Thursday. Rojer was playing his first Grand Slam final while Groenefeld won the mixed doubles...
  • Sharapova on verge of third Paris final in a row June 5, 2014

    Paris: Clay has long been Maria Sharapova's least favoured surface, but the Russian, who takes on Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday, is on the brink of reaching her third successive French Open final, a feat she has never achieved in the other grand slams. Sharapova, who won the title in Paris in...
  • Murray beats Monfils to reach French Open semi-finals June 5, 2014

    Briton Andy Murray ended home hopes by beating Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0 in a race to beat the fading light in front of a roaring crowd on Wednesday to reach his first French Open semifinal since 2011. The last Frenchman standing in Paris sent the decibels soaring...
  • Nadal back in French Open semi-finals for ninth time June 5, 2014

    Paris: Rafael Nadal rallied to advance to the French Open semi-finals for the ninth time, beating David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday. The eight-time champion at Roland Garros dropped a set at this year's tournament for the first time, but then seemed to race through the next three...
  • Andrea Petkovic, Simona Halep reach French Open semi-finals June 4, 2014

    Paris: Andrea Petkovic and Simona Halep completed the French Open semi-final pairings with straight-set wins Wednesday, and one of them will be in a Grand Slam final for the first time. Petkovic, a 28th-seeded German, beat 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-2. The fourth-seeded Halep defeated 2009...
  • Gael Monfils takes centre stage in Paris ahead of Nadal June 4, 2014

    Rafael Nadal has won more Roland Garros titles than anyone yet he has been shunted off the main showcourt on Wednesday to make way for Frenchman Gael Monfils who has never made a grand slam final in almost a decade of trying. Nadal will continue his pursuit of a record-extending ninth...
  • Sharapova-Bouchard, Djokovic-Gulbis in French Open semi-finals June 4, 2014

    This is what Maria Sharapova does. She digs herself a big hole in a match, then figures a way out, no matter what it takes. She hits shots left-handed. Takes her time between points. Pumps her fists and screams "Come on!" after her opponent's mistakes. And wins. Did it in the fourth...
  • Gulbis prepares for French Open semi-final against Djokovic June 4, 2014

    Paris: If tennis weren't finally going so well for Ernests Gulbis, he could probably make a living as a comedian. Or a philosopher. Or maybe even a basketball player. It doesn't really matter at this point because tennis is his job. And his next task is Novak Djokovic in the French...
  • Novak Djokovic makes it back to French Open semi-finals June 4, 2014

    Paris: Novak Djokovic advanced to the French Open semi-finals for the sixth time in his career, and he'll be looking for only his second win at that stage. The second-seeded Serb beat eighth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-4 Tuesday on Court Philippe Chatrier, the main stadium at Roland...
  • Maria Sharapova advances to French Open semi-finals June 3, 2014

    Paris: Maria Sharapova again showed her resilience when she recovered from a poor start to down up-and-coming Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 1-6 7-5 6-1 on Tuesday and reach the French Open semi-finals. The 2012 champion and last year's runner-up, who will meet Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the last four, lost the...