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Proton’s radius 4% smaller than previously thought

Scientists lobbed a bombshell into the world of sub-atomic theory on Wednesday by reporting that a primary building block of the visible Universe, the proton, is smaller than previously thought.

French Opp to boycott vote on burqa ban

France’s Socialist Opposition decided Tuesday to boycott a vote on a bill outlawing the full-face Islamic veil in protest at the sweeping ban that will apply to all public places.

L’Oreal heiress paid Sarkozy 150,000 euros for campaign?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (centre) and health minister Roselyne Bachelot visit a patient at the geriatric department

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was directly linked for the first time to L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt’s murky finances on Tuesday, with claims his presidential campaign received 150,000 euros

Jeev best among Indians at 16th

Jeev Milka Singh carded a second successive three-under 68 to notch up the best finish among Indians, signing off tied 16th even as Jyoti Randhawa slumped after faltering in the final round of the Alstom Open de France here.

French House will take up burqa ban

Mirroring moves in Belgium and Spain, legislators in France begin debate this week on a bill aimed at banning the full-face Islamic veil in the country with Europe’s biggest Muslim minority.

Jyoti at tied fifth

Jyoti Randhawa rode on a flawless back nine to card a steady two-under 69 and rise to fifth spot but SSP Chowrasia fell by the wayside after turning in a disastrous 80 in the second round of the Alstom Open de France golf tournament here.

Paris heatwave melts world’s biggest cake

A towering cake vying to be the world’s biggest lasted one day outdoors in Paris, brought down not by ravenous sweets lovers but a sweltering heatwave in the French capital, organisers said on Friday.

Gen. criticises US Afghan policy, rapped

A French general drew fire from the country’s top officer on Friday for criticising the US strategy in Afghanistan, after the American commander there was sacked for a similar reason. General Vincent Desportes was quoted by Le Monde newspaper as saying that “the situation is worse than ever” in Afghanistan, where 100 international troops were killed in June battling the Taliban.

Butler’s tapes play at L’Oreal heiress trial

They were supposed to be confidential chats between France’s richest woman and her financial advisers, with topics ranging from secret Swiss bank accounts to her gift of a private luxury island to a f

Domenech blames press for mess

Lawmakers involved in a closed-door hearing about France’s World Cup fiasco grumbled that coach Raymond Domenech refused to take any responsibility for his team’s misbehavior and offered no real explanations on Wednesday.

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