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2018

09

Aug

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French police harassed aid volunteers at refugee camp over 600 times, report says

Volunteers distributing food and water to homeless refugees and migrants in Calais are systematically being harassed and intimidated by French police, according to a report submitted to France’s human rights ombudsman. Four associations working to distribute aid on the northern French coast, including the British group Help Refugees, published a report on Wednesday saying that between November 2017 […]

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Country: France
Source: The Guardian

08

Aug

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French cop caught on CCTV forcing bar owner to kiss his feet

A high-ranking French police officer has been caught on camera forcing the owner of a bar on the outskirts of Paris to kiss his boots. The bar in Le Bourget commune 10 km from central Paris had been under police surveillance for nearly two years when the incident took place, French magazine Le Point revealed. Police in […]

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Country: France
Source: The Local , Star

24

Jul

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Macron lies low as French anger grows over rogue bodyguard

French President Emmanuel Macron remained out of sight on Monday as his team tried to contain the fallout after a controversial aide was caught on camera striking a protester at a May 1 rally in Paris. After going to ground all weekend, the head of state canceled plans to join crowds watching Wednesday’s stage of […]

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Country: France
Source: Bloomberg

19

Jul

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Four activists held in France for escorting migrants over border

Four people accused of illegally helping migrants cross the border into France were being questioned by police on Tuesday, the latest case over aid provided to refugees on the move through Europe. The activists, part of the “Tous Migrants” association, took part in a solidarity march of 100 activists escorting some 20 migrants over an […]

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Country: France
Source: The Local , Sputnik

19

Jul

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French ambassador Gerard Araud slams Trevor Noah for saying ‘Africa won the World Cup’

The French ambassador to the U.S. slammed comedian Trevor Noah on Wednesday for saying Africa deserved credit for France’s 2018 World Cup victory due to the large number of black players on the team. Gerard Araud wrote a strongly worded letter addressed to Noah on Wednesday, accusing the late-night comedian of “legitimizing” racist ideologies and denying the players’ […]

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Country: France
Source: ABC News

16

Jul

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Calls for France to end xenophobia, Islamophobia as migrant, Muslim players clinch World Cup win

As France clinched its second-ever World Cup win over Croatia thanks to goals by migrants and a Muslim, fans and onlookers quickly pointed out the need for the country to apply its victories on the field to life off the field. Often in the spotlight for its xenophobic and Islamophobic social policies, France didn’t seem […]

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Country: France
Source: A News , Utanç Günlüğü

10

Jul

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Sharp rise in children in French migrant detention

The number of foreign children held in detention in France pending deportation rose sharply in 2017, according to a report from six migrant aid groups. Some 304 children in 147 different families were detained in 2017, up from 179 children in 2016, the report said. It is the highest number reported by the groups since […]

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Country: France
Source: A News , Dünya Bülteni

28

Jun

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Thousands of migrants turned away by France in 2017

The number of migrants not admitted at the French borders, in particular in the Alps, rose sharply from 2015 to 2017, from some 16,000 to over 85,000, a French NGO said in a report on Wednesday. Based on data from the border police, the number of “non-admissions” in 2017 was 34 percent more than in […]

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Country: France
Source: Anadolu Agency

19

Jun

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French police cut soles off migrant children’s shoes, claims Oxfam

French border police have been accused of detaining migrant children as young as 12 in cells without food or water, cutting the soles off their shoes and stealing sim cards from their mobile phones, before illegally sending them back to Italy. A report released on Friday by the charity Oxfam also cites the case of a […]

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Country: France
Source: The Guardian

19

Jun

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French President Emmanuel Macron scolds teen for calling him ‘Manu’

President Emmanuel Macron was attending a ceremony in northern France to commemorate General Charles De Gaulle’s call for popular resistance during World War II. The young man, who looked to be in his mid-teens, was standing behind a barrier as Mr Macron passed along the crowd. He was captured on LCI television singing the words of […]

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Country: France
Source: ABC , Sputnik