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A participant in the Mud Day event throws a bucket of mud at a friend during the Mud Day run in Beynes, west of Paris, Thursday, May 8, 2014. Thousands of runners seeking a challenge competed in a circuit of approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) with over 20 obstacles, most of them set in mud.

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A participant in the Mud Day event throws a bucket of mud at a friend during run in Beynes, west of Paris on Thursday. Thousands of runners seeking a challenge competed in a circuit of approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) with over 20 obstacles, most of them set in mud.

Topless activists of the Ukrainian women movement Femen raise their fists during a "Fascist's epidemic" protest, on April 22, 2014 in Paris, to disturb a press conference of French far-right National Front (FN) party, marking the start of the FN's electoral campaign for the European elections. The European Parliamentary elections will take place from May 22 to May 25, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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Activists of the Ukrainian women movement Femen raise their fists during a “Fascist’s epidemic” protest in Paris, to disturb a press conference of French far-right National Front (FN) party, marking the start of the FN’s electoral campaign for the European elections. The European Parliamentary elections will take place from May 22 to May 25, 2014 Read more

An employee of the "Seita-Imperial tobacco" plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book hero Asterix during a protest at the entrance of the factory on April 16, 2014. Imperial Tobacco yesterday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs, citing declining sales in Europe, tougher anti-smoking measures and the growth of contraband sales. The two factories concerned are Carquefou's one, where 327 people are employed, and Nottingham in central England, which has 540 staff.

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An employee of the Seita-Imperial Tobacco plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book hero Asterix during a protest at the entrance of the factory. Imperial Tobacco on Tuesday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs.

A bird perches on one of the 16,142 graves of the Douaumont cemetery near Verdun, northeastern France

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A bird perches on one of the 16,142 graves at Douaumont cemetery near Verdun, northeastern France. The cemetery is the largest single French military burial place of the first world war.

France's newly appointed Prime minister Manuel Valls (L) speaks with French President Francois Hollande before the first cabinet meeting of his government, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on April 4, 2014.

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Manuel Valls (left), France’s newly appointed prime minister, meets President François Hollande before the first cabinet meeting of his government, at the Élysée Palace in Paris.

France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Ma...France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) waves as he leaves the Hotel Matignon after the take over ceremony, on April 1, 2014 at in Paris. France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls faced a delicate balancing act as he set about forming a new government tasked with reviving the economy and reining in public financesAFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover ceremony in Paris. He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low. Read more

TOPSHOTSAn employee of the Bodet Compan

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A Bodet worker carries a clock at a plant in Trémentines, western France. Bodet has manufactured clocks since 1868 for churches, stations, sports halls and employs 630 workers in France.

the Eiffel tower in central Paris through a haze of pollution.

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Eiffel Tower in central Paris through a haze of pollution. More than 30 departments in France have been hit by maximum level pollution alerts since Thursday, prompting the ecology minister to say air quality was “an emergency and a priority for the government”.

Rehearsal Ahead Of The Reburial Ceremony Of British World War I Soldiers...LOOS-EN-GOHELLE, FRANCE - MARCH 13:  Members of The 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland  rehearse for a re-burial ceremony amongst World War One headstones in Loos British Cemetery on March 13, 2014 in Loos-en-Gohelle, France. Almost 100 years after they were killed in action in the World War One battle of Loos in 1915, twenty British soldiers will be re-interred in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Loos British Cemetery in Northern France. Private William McAleer, from the 7th Battalion the Royal Scottish Fusiliers, was found with his identity disc, but others found with him remain unidentified and will be buried as soldiers Known unto God.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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Members of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland rehearse for a re-burial ceremony in Loos British Cemetery in Loos-en-Gohelle, France. Twenty British soldiers will be re-interred almost 100 years after they were killed in action during the battle of Loos in 1915 Read more

A horserider gallops on the beach of the...A horserider gallops on the beach of the Blanc-Nez cape, near Sangatte, northern France, on March 7, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

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A horserider gallops on the beach of the Blanc-Nez cape, near Sangatte, northern France Read more