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Northampton 34-21 Clermont Auvergne: Five tries from Saints secures win over French side in Champions Cup

Northampton secured back-to-back wins in all competitions for the first time since September as they inflicted a first Champions Cup defeat of the season on Clermont Auvergne. Saints – already out of Europe following four straight reversals – ran in five tries courtesy of Teimana Harrison, Nafi Tuitavake, Ben Foden, Ken Pisi and Cobus Reinach in a 34-21 victory at a buzzing Franklin’s Gardens. The loss for Clermont, last season’s runners-up, also means they must wait until next weekend to secure qualification for the knockout stages. It had been plain…

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Sophie Lionnet death: Couple admit burning French nanny's body

A couple who deny murdering a French nanny have admitted they tried to dispose of her body by burning it. The charred remains of Sophie Lionnet, 21, were discovered in the garden at a house in Southfields on 20 September. Police were initially unable to identify the body but later confirmed it was Ms Lionnet, originally from Troyes in north-east France. Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. At the Old Bailey, the pair, of Wimbledon Park Road, Wandsworth, south…

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French women don't get catcalled

“Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.” So co-signs Catherine Deneuve who, along with 99 other prominent French women whose names appear on an open letter about the #MeToo movement published in Le Monde, is just sick to the back teeth of this hysterical feminism and the…

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100 Influential French Women Denounce #MeToo 'witch hunt'

A collective of 100 women have published a letter in the French publication Le Monde rejecting the so-called “Puritanism” of the anti-sexuial harassment movement Influential women, including actress Catherine Denevue, writer and curator Catherine Millet and actress Ingrid Caven, voiced their concern that men accused of sexual assault were being sent like “pigs” to the slaughter” without proper oversight. French actress Catherine Deneuve  Photo: AP “Rape is a crime,” the letter begins. “But insistent or clumsy flirting is not a crime, nor is chivalry a machismo aggression.” The group of actresses, writers, researchers and journalists have publicly…

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French school bus in fatal train crash

A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in south France, leaving at least three dead, reports say. Another nine people were reported to be injured on the bus, seven of them seriously in the incident between Millas and Saint-Feliu-d’Amont. The students on the bus are reported to be between the ages of 11 and 15. “All emergency services have been mobilised and a crisis co-ordination unit set up,” a local official told Reuters. Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne called the crash a “terrible accident” and said on Twitter…

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News: Paris Convention Centre brings world-beating facilities to French capital

Paris Convention Centre has been inaugurated in the presence of Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France Regional Council, Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, and Michel Cadot, prefect of police for Paris. The centre is located within the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition complex, which is undergoing a ten-year renovation project (2015–2025). It is the result of an extraordinary architectural effort, and was designed to host the very biggest international conferences. With Europe’s largest conference centre, Paris will stay at the forefront of the business tourism market and retain its…

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Encounters: French Montana Shops for Tracksuits and Timberlands in the Bronx

Advertisement Style Supported by Encounters French Montana Shops for Tracksuits and Timberlands in the Bronx The rapper made a homecoming to the borough where he was raised, visiting the spots where he and his friends would shop and try to talk to girls. ImageFrench Montana returned to Sammy’s Fashion, a street wear emporium in the Bronx where he and his friends used to shop for Timberland boots and Vanson jackets.CreditGeorge Etheredge for The New York Times Karim Kharbouch, better known by his stage name French Montana, was getting dressed at…

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