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June 18, 2017 7:32 am gmt |
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France votes in the second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, in a run-off between the top candidates from last Sunday’s first round. President Emmanuel Macron is hoping to obtain a strong mandate in parliament to help him pursue his reform plans. His La République en Marche (Republic ...
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May 7, 2017 4:49 am gmt |
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French voters are to choose their next president after an unpredictable campaign that has divided the country. The second round contest pits centrist Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, against the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, 48. Citizens in some overseas territories and...
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April 23, 2017 4:47 am gmt |
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France is preparing to vote in presidential elections on Sunday, amid high security after a fatal assault on a Paris policeman three days ago. About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed around the country after Thursday’s attack by a gunman. Eleven candidates are vying to be the ...
In Europe
April 21, 2017 10:01 am gmt |
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France has fully mobilised its security forces, including elite units, to ensure citizens’ protection during the forthcoming presidential election following Thursday (April 20) night’s shooting in central Paris, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Friday (April 21). Speaking after an...
In Europe
April 2, 2017 7:43 am gmt |
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Ensuring the safety of Chinese people living and traveling around France is a huge priority for police in Paris, said the Paris police prefect on Saturday. The police prefect Michel Cadot said so during his meeting with China’s ambassador to France on Saturday after a Chinese father was shot de...
In Britain
March 31, 2017 10:55 am gmt |
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Britain and France have signed an agreement to jointly develop long range missiles for future use by their navies and air forces. British Minister for military purchases Harriett Baldwin and her visiting French counterpart Laurent Collet-Billon agreed in London on Tuesday to invest €50 million (£43 m...
In Britain
December 28, 2016 7:42 am gmt |
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly called off a meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May after the UK’s vote in favor of a recent UN measure against the illegal Israeli settlements. May and Netanyahu were slated to meet on the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum...
In Europe
December 14, 2016 7:49 am gmt |
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Around 140 workers at the Eiffel Tower went on strike on Tuesday (December 13), demanding higher pay and fair working conditions. Paris’s iconic attraction was closed to tourists, as personnel representatives met with management over their demands. “We are on strike because we have a mana...
In Europe
December 11, 2016 7:26 am gmt |
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The state of emergency imposed in France after the Paris attacks must be extended to protect elections next year, PM Bernard Cazeneuve has said. He said he was seeking the extension until 15 July, covering presidential and parliamentary polls from April to June, and Bastille Day on 14 July. Parliamen...
In Europe
November 30, 2016 8:16 am gmt |
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Foreign minister-level talks are being held in the Belarussian capital between Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France — a meeting that is not expected to produce any significant breakthrough towards a lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Foreign ministers of the participating countries posed for ...
In Europe
November 20, 2016 11:26 am gmt |
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People in France are due to take part in a US-style primary to choose a centre-right candidate who will run in next year’s presidential election. Seven candidates are competing to represent the Republican Party. The forerunners include ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy and ex-Prime Ministers Alain J...
In Europe
November 13, 2016 10:52 am gmt |
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France’s state of emergency imposed after last year’s terror attacks in Paris is likely to be extended, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has told. He said the measures were needed to “protect our democracy”. Mr Valls was speaking on the first anniversary of the attacks by Islamist ...
In Europe
September 18, 2016 8:16 am gmt |
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Paris on Thursday (September 15) and was welcomed by French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace. The two met for a working lunch in Paris ahead of a crucial informal meeting of EU leaders in Bratislava on Friday (September 16), where 27 member s...
In Europe
September 7, 2016 8:21 am gmt |
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Paris will open its first two centers for refugees as part of plan to better receive thousands of asylum seekers fleeing from war and poverty in their native countries, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Tuesday. The Mayor released the details of the projects at a press conference and said the two cent...
In Europe
August 31, 2016 4:21 am gmt |
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French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron has resigned from the government ahead of an expected centrist bid for the presidency in next year’s election. The 38-year-old former investment banker is the head of the “En Marche” (On the Move) movement, which he founded earlier this year to the chagri...
In Europe
August 30, 2016 12:38 pm gmt |
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Migrants in Calais seeking asylum in the UK should be allowed to lodge their claim in France, the president of the region Xavier Bertrand has said. He said people living in the camp known as the Jungle should be able to apply at a “hotspot” in France rather than waiting to reach Britain. ...
In Europe
August 30, 2016 12:30 pm gmt |
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Current Transatlantic trade talks should be halted and a new set started, France’s trade minister Matthias Fekl  said on Tuesday (August 30), adding his voice to German calls for an end to the negotiations. Matthias Fekl said he would request a halt to negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade ...
In Europe
August 30, 2016 12:19 pm gmt |
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French President Francois Hollande said today, that talks on Britain exiting the European Union had to be concluded by 2019 and that the decision to leave the bloc was irreversible. “This choice means that Britain, once it leaves, cannot take part in European decisions. It will not be able to a...
In Europe
August 18, 2016 11:32 am gmt |
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Eight people were badly injured when an intercity train travelling at 140 Km per hour (85 Mph) hit a fallen tree near the southern French city of Montpellier on Wednesday, according to SNCF, the state rail company. The train was travelling at the usual speed for the stretch of track near the village ...