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Workers install a float, with a large mannequin figure depicting the King of the Carnival during preparations for the 130th Nice carnival parade, Thursday, Feb. 13 , 2013, in Nice, southeastern France.  The 130th Nice Carnival runs from February 14 until March 4 and will celebrate the theme "King of gastronomy".

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Workers install a large mannequin depicting the King of the Carnival during preparations for the 130th Nice Carnival in southeastern France

A rescuer checks a signpost in a street flooded by the coastal river Laita in the city center of Quimperle, western France on February 7, 2014. 90 houses in Quimperle were flooded by the coastal river Laitia, which is expected to rise above 4,50 meters. Northwestern France has been hit by the winter storm Qumeira on February 6 and 7, with 36 French departments rising their alert level, notably in the Finistere.

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A rescuer checks a signpost in a street flooded by the coastal river Laita in the city centre of Quimperle, western France, on Friday. Ninety houses in Quimperle were flooded, with the water expected to rise above 4.5 metres

A picture shows a road sign in the city ...A picture shows a road sign in the city centre of Dax, southwestern France, almost entirely submerged by the rise of the Adour river, on January 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GAIZKA IROZGAIZKA IROZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A road sign in the city centre of Dax, southwestern France, is almost entirely submerged in water from the Adour river

A model displays a creation by designer Marco Zanini as part of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris, January 20, 2014.

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A model displays a creation by designer Marco Zanini as part of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris.

Members of the EU Parliament take part in a vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

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Members take part in a vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern FranceRead more

People visit the "Step into the Void" glass skywalk overlooking the French Alps on top of a 3842-metre peak in Chamonix on December 23, 2013. The installation, which opened to the public after three years of development, is made of three layers of glass and can withstand winds of up to 200kmph.

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People visit the Step into the Void glass skywalk overlooking the French Alps on top of a 3,842m peak in Chamonix on Monday. The installation, which opened to the public after three years of development, is made of three layers of glass and can withstand winds of up to 200kmph.

Workers of semiconductor manufacturer LFoundry block the access to the Industrial Zone in Rousset, near Aix-en-Provence, southern France, on December 23, 2013, after trade unions announced that a court had ordered a judicial liquidation of their factory. Over 670 jobs are at risk if the factory closes and approximately 400 workers took part in the protest and blocade of the Rousset industrial zone, as French Minister for Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg prepared to receive a delegation of workers in Paris today.

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Workers of semiconductor manufacturer LFoundry block access to the industrial zone in Rousset, near Aix-en-Provence, southern France, on Monday, after trade unions announced that a court had ordered a judicial liquidation of their factory. Over 670 jobs are at risk if the factory closes and approximately 400 workers took part in the protest and blockade.

Life-size cartoon characters of the Pink Panther and Raving Rabbit (Lapin Cretin) pose on the stairs of the Elysee Palace at the end of the Elysee Palace Christmas party, in Paris.

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Life-size cartoon characters of the Pink Panther and Raving Rabbit (Lapin Cretin) pose on the stairs of the Élysée Palace at the end of the Élysée Palace Christmas party in Paris

France's President Francois Hollande (L) and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff attend a welcoming ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia December 12, 2013.

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France’s President François Hollande and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff attend a welcoming ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia

A railway passenger walks along an empty platform during an SNCF French national railways strike at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, France, 12 December 2013. French labor unions called for a national strike that runs until 13 December, 8 am.

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A man walks along an empty platform at Gare de Lyon in Paris, France, during an SNCF national railways strike that ends Friday morning