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A LOOK over the headlines from France.

France gets EU backing on Mali, offers of military aid
France won support from European Union nations Thursday for its military campaign in Mali and offers of military aid, possibly including troops, at emergency talks on the crisis.

Algeria hostage crisis sparks fears of escalation across region
Sahel and Sahara region is home to a tangled mix of social and economic problems which shift seamlessly across borders

Tens of thousands gather in Turkey for Kurd activists' funeral
Tens of thousands of Kurds gathered in a square in the main city of Turkey's Kurd-majority southeast on Thursday to pay a final tribute to three Kurdish activists who were assassinated in Paris last week.

French official inflation averages 2.0% in 2012
French inflation averaged 2.0 percent last year pushed by food and energy prices, slightly down from 2.1 percent in 2011, the national statistics office said on Thursday.

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