Man shot dead at Orly Airport for attempting to take soldier's gun

No-one else in the busy terminal was hurt, but thousands of travellers were evacuated and flights were diverted to the city's other airport, Charles de Gaulle.

A French official connected to the investigation confirmed French media reports that identified the attacker as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, born in France in 1978.

The Paris prosecutors' office said he did not appear in a French government database of people considered potential threats to national security but that he had already crossed authorities' radar for suspected Islamic extremism.

Murder investigation into mysterious family disappearance in France

Bloodstains found in the family's house near the city of Nantes match the DNA of three of them, officials say.

There has been no activity in any of their bank accounts or mobile phones since they went missing, they add.

Reports suggest the father once suffered from depression while his son had psychological problems.

The Troadec family - Pascal and Brigitte, both aged around 50, their son Sebastien, 21, and daughter Charlotte, 18 - were last seen on 16 February. Authorities were informed of the family's disappearance by Brigitte's sister.

France face GB on Rouen clay

The tie is scheduled for April 7-9 at the 5,000-capacity Palais des Sports de Rouen, known as the Kindarena, which previously hosted France's win against Israel in 2013.

World No 1 Andy Murray sat out Britain's 3-2 victory over Canada in the last round but has said that he expects to return to the side for the clash with France, who advanced by beating Japan 4-1 in Tokyo.

Britain last faced France in the 2015 quarter-finals and went on to lift the cup after winning that match on grass at Queen's Club.

Palais lose to France

France took a 19-5 lead at the break last night and ran in another two tries to win the match.

Lagona’s tries came in the first and second half. The 28-year-old has scored four tries in three games at the tournament.

The Palais (who are yet to win a game) will play England later today at 11.28am local time (10.28 PNG time) in the semi-finals for the Challenge Trophy at Kippax Field.

The tournament was scheduled from Feb 3-4.

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Free soda: France bans unlimited sugary drink refills

It is now illegal to sell unlimited soft drinks at a fixed price or offer them unlimited for free.

The number of overweight or obese people in France is below the EU average but is on the rise.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends taxing sugary drinks, linking them to obesity and diabetes.

Self-service "soda fountains" have long been a feature of family restaurants and cafes in some countries like the UK, where a soft drinks tax will be introduced next year.

Kim Kardashian West's Paris driver detained in jewel raid swoop

The suspects were picked up by French police on Monday for questioning over the theft at gunpoint of jewels and cash worth $10 million from Kardashian West in her Paris hotel room in October, a spokesman for the Paris prosecutor told CNN.

According to the prosecutor, those held are between the ages of 23 and 73 and can be held for up to 96 hours for questioning.

French workers get 'right to disconnect' from emails out of hours

The new law, which has been dubbed the "right to disconnect", comes into force on 1 January.

Companies with more than 50 workers will be obliged to draw up a charter of good conduct, setting out the hours when staff are not supposed to send or answer emails.

France has a working week of 35 hours, in place since 2000.

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PM O’Neill: Papua New Guineans have been the Perfect FIFA Hosts

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, has praised the public’s participation at the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup Tournament that ended in Port Moresby on Saturday.

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France disappointed over defeat in FIFA U20 WWC grand final

Coach Gilles Eyquem said after the game that it was a disappointment and unfortunately they were not able to do what was needed to fight to win the game.

“Our team had no energy left in the second half.

“The Korean team was very good with good quality players who were really intense in their attack and defensive side.”

Eyquem admitted that they lacked what they had against Japan which was a compact defense to prevent the opponent to move forward to score goals.

“We did move forward but tonight it was complicated, we had some faults in our defensive side.”

French duo Chavas and Cascarino commended for awards

Chavas received the Adidas Golden Glove award for her outstanding performance as goalie and Cascarino grabbed the Adidas Bronze Ball award.

Coach Gilles Eyquem said, after their 3-1 loss against Korea DPR in the final on Saturday, that the two players really deserved the awards.

“They should have no regrets missing out on lifting the trophy because they gave their best.

“But it was not enough as Korea was just the strongest team.

“Delphine should have had more time to recover during the competition but we had really big games and needed her,” Eyquem said.