Louvre-Lens set to open in former mining town
French economy buckles as car sales collapse

News stops: Church asked to open buildings to homeless

HERE is a look over the news headlines from France.

French housing minister asks church to open its unoccupied buildings to homeless
France's housing minister is asking the Roman Catholic Church to open its unused buildings to the homeless as winter looms.

Two arrests in south-west France 'over Merah case'
Police in south-western France have reportedly arrested two people suspected of acting as accomplices of Islamist killer Mohamed Merah.

French charity workers stand trial on kidnap charges over 'Darfur orphans'
Six accused of taking 103 children from Chad for adoption by French families, saying they were left parentless by conflict.

Lakshmi Mittal emerges as winner in battle with French heavyweights
Lakshmi Mittal has emerged as a clear winner in his battle with the heavyweights of French politics according to ringside observers of the Indian tycoon's bruising bout over the future of a threatened steel plant.

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