Protesters march in French city of Nantes against pension reform | AFP

Several thousand people march in the streets of Nantes in western France against pension reform, on the 7th day of national strikes and as the bill is presented to the Council of Ministers. IMAGES

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French union holds torch-lit protest in Paris against pension reform | AFP

France’s CGT union holds a torch-lit protest on Place de la République in Paris, on the eve of a seventh nationwide day of protests against pension reform. IMAGES

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Hundreds evacuated in south of France due to flooding | AFP

More than 250 people have been evacuated from Carcassonne district overnight, joining 1,500 people in the neighbouring region forced to leave their homes as flooding continues to affect people in the south of France following Storm Gloria. IMAGES

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River levels being closely monitored in Argelès-sur-Mer after powerful storm | AFP

A river at risk of bursting its banks in the south of France is being closely monitored by local authorities in Argelès-sur-Mer. Storm Gloria has lashed the coast during the past few days, bringing high seas, heavy rain and localised flooding. Town mayor Antoine Parra said they were “prepared as far as possible”.

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Former conjoined twins return to Cameroon | AFP

Twin girls Bissie and Eyenga Merveille who were born as conjoined twins attached at the abdomen and then separated in an operation in France, return home to Cameroon.

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Huge waves as powerful storm batters coastal areas in southern France | AFP

Huge waves batter the coastal town of Argelès-sur-Mer as Storm Gloria arrives in the south of France, bringing torrential rain and flooding. (COMPLETES VID1O26VF_EN) IMAGES

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Highlights of Today in History: France’s King Louis XVI executed; Vladimir Lenin dies; Alger Hiss found guilty of lying to grand jury; President Jimmy Carter pardons Vietnam draft evaders; Concorde begins service. (Jan. 21)

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French president welcomes Coca-Cola and Netflix to Chateau de Versailles for investment forum | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron talks to Coca Cola’s chief executive James Quincey, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings at the “Choose France” investment forum at the Château de Versailles. CEOs from all over the world were invited to the event, designed to attract more foreign businesses — despite the country’s strikes and weekly anti-government protests. IMAGES

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Protesters gather outside Paris theater where Macron attended play | AFP

Dozens of protesters gather outside the Bouffes du Nord theater in Paris where French President Emmanuel Macron attended a play. Demonstrations against a government plan to overhaul the pension system have roiled France for several weeks. IMAGES

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France’s Louvre Museum closed to public due to staff strike against pension reform | AFP

The Louvre museum in Paris shut down Friday after striking workers blocked the entrance, management said, in the latest protest against plans to overhaul France’s pension system. Hundreds of disappointed visitors massed in front of the entrance to the world’s most visited museum, some hurling insults at the striking workers, according to an AFP reporter at the scene. IMAGES

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Ski mountaineering, on its way to the Olympics | AFP

Ski mountaineering is on the programme for the first time this year at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Lausanne. Formerly a means of getting around in the mountains in winter, the practice spread to the leisure sector with ski tours, and has moved on to competition with legendary races such as the Patrouille des Glaciers in Switzerland or the Pierra Menta in France.

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Paris rail travel nearly normal despite another day of planned demos | AFP

France’s transport strike seems to be running out of steam with Gare de l’Est in Paris almost back to normal this morning, despite another day of planned demonstrations across the capital. IMAGES

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Clashes and fires at the end of Paris pension reform protest | AFP

Police disperse protesters demonstrating against pension reform, in Paris, as France’s government offered to withdraw the most contested proposal that would in effect have raised the retirement age by two years to 64. IMAGES

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Protesters start fire during protest against France pension overhaul | AFP

A fire is set by demonstrators in Paris’ 12th district during the protest against the government’s pension reform project on the 38th day of strike. IMAGES

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Protest against French military presence in Mali | AFP

Protesters burn a French flag at a rally held against the presence of the French military in Mali. The protest comes ahead of a summit in France for heads-of-state concerning deteriorating security in Sahel. IMAGES

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Lawyers protesting pension reform throw their robes onto courthouse steps | AFP

Dozens of lawyers from the Bordeaux Bar Association demonstrate against pension reform by symbolically throwing their robes on the ground on the steps of the city’s courthouse. Protests are being held throughout France today IMAGES

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France’s winter sales get underway amid crowds keen to snap up a bargain | AFP

Crowds flock to the opening of the doors of the Printemps Haussmann department store in Paris for the kick-off of the winter sales. Retailers were hit hard in the run up to Christmas by the transport strike in the capital, so shopkeepers hope that the four weeks of promotions will help replenish their cash registers. IMAGES

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EU Foreign Policy chief meets key EU foreign ministers for talks on Libya | AFP

The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell meets with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy and the UK in Brussels for emergency talks on Libya. IMAGES of group photo and roundtable

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French pension talks resume as government seeks to end standoff | AFP

France’s government is meeting today with unions and employers for a fresh round of talks to try and resolve the standoff over a pension overhaul that has sparked the country’s longest transport strikes in decades. Unions say the reform would force millions of people to retire later. The government insists the measure is necessary for ensuring sufficient financing for the deficit-plagued system. IMAGES

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