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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

Horse mounted policemen patrol oyster cultures to protect them from thieves on December 10, 2013 in G fosse-Fontenay, northwestern France.

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Horse-mounted policemen patrol oyster cultures to protect them from thieves on in Géfosse-Fontenay, France

French President Francois Hollande

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French president François Hollande speaks during an awards ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace on Tuesday in Paris

A woman protests against the school refo...A woman protests against the school reform as teachers, assistants and parents demonstrate on November 14, 2013 in Marseille, southern France, during a nationwide day of strike to protest against the government's reform in the duration of classes and extracurricular activities, making children attend classes five days a week, instead of four in nursery and primary schools. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVATBORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images

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A Marseille woman protests during a nationwide strike against French education reforms. Proposals aim to change the duration of classes and extracurricular activities, making children attend classes five days a week, instead of four in nursery and primary schools.

The restored statue archange Saint Michel (Saint Michael Archangel) is lifted up next to the spire of the Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) in Paris November 14, 2013. The reinstallation of the statue is part of the restoration of  the Chapel, located within the Palais de Justice complex on the Ile de la Cite in Paris, which has started in 2008 and will finish at the end of 2014.

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A restored statue of the archangel Saint Michael is raised at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Work on the chapel, within the Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cite, started in 2008 and will finish in 2014.

A horse draped with a French tricolour is seen amid protesters in Paris during a demonstration against a new government bill increasing VAT from 7 percent to 20 percent for equestrian centres.

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A protester leads a pony through the Paris streets on Monday during a demonstration against a French government bill increasing VAT from 7 per cent to 20 per cent for equestrian centres.

French veterinaries demonstrate toward the Health ministry, on November 6, 2013 in Paris, to ask for the removal of a provision in an agriculture bill planned by the government which will restrict drug delivery by practitioners.

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French veterinarians march to the health ministry in Paris on Wednesday to seek the removal of a provision in an agriculture bill that will restrict drug delivery by practitioners

Umbrella handles on show at the French Maison Heurtault, umbrella and parasol creator in Paris. Maison Heurtault, was founded by Michel Heurtault in 2008 and makes luxury haute couture umbrellas and parasols in the finest materials for individuals and for the cinema industry. Customers can order custom-made umbrellas, choosing different handles, motives and textiles.

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Umbrella handles at Maison Heurtault, a well-known umbrella and parasol creator in Paris.

Guests gather at dinner tables set up with the Marina Bay Sands and the financial skyline as a backdrop, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at the Marina Barrage in Singapore. Diner en Blanc or "White Dinner" which started in Paris 25 years ago, is into its second year in Singapore. The guests are expected to dress in only white and bring their own food, tables and chairs for a fine dining flash mob style gathering in a secret location made known to them only minutes before the event.

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Guests dressed in white gather at the Marina Barrage dam in Singapore for Diner en Blanc, an event that started in Paris 25 years ago and is in its second year in Singapore. Diners bring their own food, tables and chairs for the flash-mob style gathering, the location of which is made known to them just minutes before the event. Marina Bay Sands and the financial skyline are in the background.

A Roma child is carried by its mother at the Roma neighborhood in Tinca village. A centre for Roma people built by the local authorities from Lyon, France, will be opened in the village.

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A Roma child is carried by its mother in the Roma area of Tinca village. A centre for Roma people built by the local authorities in Lyon, France, will be opened in the village.