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China's Xi kicks off French trip with wine and cheese

Chinese leader Xi Jinping kicked off his trip to France Tuesday with a selection of Beaujolais wine, saucisson and cheese shortly after arriving in Lyon, the country's gastronomic capital. Xi headed to Lyon's stately town hall soon after landing Tuesday evening for a lavish three-course meal accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan, a famous singer who wore a black and grey traditional Chinese dress and a black shawl wrapped around her shoulders.

Lyon in lockdown mode for Chinese President Xi's visit

Road, tunnel and subway closures; spot checks for residents; maximum security: The French city of Lyon was in lockdown mode Tuesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on a state visit. Xi chose to kick off a lavish three-day French trip with a whistle-stop tour of a city which, as a former silk centre, forged links with China from the 16th century that have endured until today. And while the Chinese leader and his glamorous wife Peng Liyuan were only staying just over 16 hours before travelling up to Paris to sign major deals, authorities had left nothing to chance.

Football: Monaco edge Lyon as ref leaves his mark

Monaco beat Lyon 3-2 in a game marked by a series of dubious calls from the referee notably with all Monaco's goals resulting arguably from off-side situations. This win at Lyon's Stade Gerland lifted Claudio Ranieri's side to within five points of Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain, who take on Saint Etienne in Sunday's late game. For Lyon this result ended a five-match unbeaten run in the league and the former multiple French champions remain in fifth place.

Italian police clash with anti-train protesters

Protesters seeking to block a high-speed rail link between France and Italy that they call a waste of public money clashed with police Wednesday in Rome, where the two countries' leaders were meeting. Demonstrators threw stones, smoke grenades and firecrackers at riot police after baton-wielding officers fought them back when they tried to break through a security cordon to stage an unauthorised march near the French embassy.

RugbyU: Lyon set to appoint Aussie Lane as coach

Vastly-experienced Australian rugby coach Tim Lane is set to be named coach of French second tier side Lyon according to a source close to the club. The 53-year-old - who was backs coach in Australia's 1999 World Cup winning side - is in advanced talks with the club, who were relegated from the Top 14 last season and are presently sixth in ProD2. Lyon have had a disappointing season under coach Xavier Sadourny despite possessing a budget of 15million euros, the largest ever in the history of the second tier.

Soccer-Three held for questioning after clash in Lyon

LYON, France, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Three Frenchmen, one a member of a far-right organisation, were held for questioning after allegedly assaulting Tottenham fans ahead of the London-based team's Europa League match against Olympique Lyon, police said on Thursday. Rhone police prefect Jean-Pierre Cazenave-Lacrouts told reporters that the incident occurred on Wednesday night, the eve of the last-32 first leg at Gerland stadium. "One of them belongs to the identity movement, the other two are Olympique Lyon hooligans," he said.

French city Lyon briefly evacuates metro on bomb alert

LYON, France, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The southeastern French city of Lyon temporarily shut and evacuated its underground railway system due to a bomb alert, local officials and the city's transport operator said. The metro was later reopened and traffic returned to normal after security experts carried out checks, the operator said.
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