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Paris wants to host Olympic surfing competitions on Tahiti

Polynesian island is suggested as alternative to Atlantic coast locations of French mainlandFrance is proposing to hold the 2024 Olympic surfing competitions on the island of Tahiti.Paris, which will host the summer Games, has reportedly suggested the …

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Olympic committee’s deal with Airbnb angers Paris authorities

Mayor of 2024 host city has promised to rein in website, blamed for pushing up rentsParis city authorities have reacted angrily to what they call a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term tourist rental company Airbnb.Officials in…

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Euro 2016 ‘ultra-nationalist’ attacks thwarted, Ukraine says

Security service says man detained on Ukrainian-Polish border in May had been planning string of attacks in France

Ukrainian police have arrested a Frenchman who officials have alleged was plotting a string of terror attacks before and during Euro 2016.

The 25-year-old man, who Ukraine’s state security service had been following since December, was discovered with an arsenal of weapons and explosives near Ukraine’s border with Poland, officers said.

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French unions threaten to disrupt Euro 2016 with strikes

Industrial action planned throughout month-long football tournament over divisive employment legislationFrench unions have called for strikes in cities across the country to disrupt the Euro 2016 tournament.After weeks of clashes between police and pro…

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Rafael Nadal has court of French opinion on his side at start of 10th title tilt

Despite taking legal action against a former sports minister over drug allegations, the Spaniard remains a popular figure among the country’s tennis fans

Rafael Nadal is eagerly awaited on court – as opposed to in court – in France for the first time since starting legal action against one of the country’s former sports ministers over doping allegations.

The Spanish player, competing for his 10th Roland Garros title, is suing Roselyne Bachelot for alleging he had dropped out of the sport in 2012 to conceal the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Rafael Nadal has court of French opinion on his side at start of 10th title tilt

Despite taking legal action against a former sports minister over drug allegations, the Spaniard remains a popular figure among the country’s tennis fans

Rafael Nadal is eagerly awaited on court – as opposed to in court – in France for the first time since starting legal action against one of the country’s former sports ministers over doping allegations.

The Spanish player, competing for his 10th Roland Garros title, is suing Roselyne Bachelot for alleging he had dropped out of the sport in 2012 to conceal the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Brussels terror cell ‘planned to attack Euro 2016 tournament’

Jihadi group never intended to target Belgian capital but was lining up an attack this summer in France, says Libération

The terror cell that carried out attacks in Paris and Brussels was reportedly planning to target the Euro 2016 football championships in France this summer.

French newspaper Libération claimed Mohamed Abrini, a jihadi suspect arrested on Friday, had told Belgian investigators the Islamist group had never intended to target Brussels.

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French television drops Arsenals Arsène Wenger as commentator

Wenger surprised to learn TF1 not renewing contract Arsenal manager ends 10-year stint on television channel Continue reading…

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Clermont Foot chief makes sexist remark after Helena Costa resignation

Claude Michy blames resignation on Costa being a woman Costa left post on Tuesday before taking first training session Continue reading…

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Adieu to female football coach Helena Costa on her first day

The first female manager of a professional French men’s football club quits at Clermont Foot 63 before first trainingJust hours after arriving to take up her post as the first female manager of a professional French men’s football club, Helena Costa ha…

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Michael Schumacher shows ‘moments of awakening’ from coma

Formula One driver said to be making progress but medical experts say lack of detail tempers optimism Continue reading…