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France

2017

20

Sep

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French police clear 557 people including 60 children from makeshift migrant camp

French police yesterday encircled a makeshift migrant camp in a wooded area near Dunkirk, clearing out 557 people. It was the second such operation in two days in northern France, where asylum-seekers and migrants gather in hopes of making it across the English Channel to Britain. Sixty children were among the people removed from the camp […]

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Country: France
Source: Daily Mail

16

Sep

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France’s top court bars access to Rwanda genocide files

France’s top constitutional authority says presidential archives on Rwanda should remain secret, thwarting a genocide researcher. In 1994 France backed Rwanda’s ethnic Hutu leaders at the time of the genocide by Hutu militias. Some 800,000 people – mostly Tutsis – were killed. The Constitutional Council says a 25-year block on ex-president François Mitterrand’s documents is […]

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Country: France
Source: BBC

14

Sep

A plain-clothes policeman arrests a man during a national strike and protest against the government's labour reforms in Nantes, France, September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

French police used excessive force in Paris protests

Police have used water cannons and tear gas on several hundred hooded youths who joined a protest march in Paris against French President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business labour policies. The youths who showed up near the end of the march pelted security forces with objects, briefly halting the event held by unions and other groups. While […]

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Country: France
Source: Evening Express

14

Sep

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French court bans couple from using ‘ñ’ in baby’s name

A French court on Wednesday banned a couple from giving their baby a name containing a tilde, ruling that the “n with a squiggle over it” was incompatible with national law. The couple from Brittany wanted to call their newborn baby boy Fañch, a traditional name in the northwestern region which has its own language. “The principle according to […]

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Country: France
Source: Enca

18

Aug

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Paris police evacuate 2,000 migrants

French police moved out around 2,000 migrants from a makeshift camp in an area north of Paris on Friday, the 35th evacuation operation in two years in the capital. A similar roundup of the mostly Afghan and African migrants around the Porte de la Chapelle area in July saw 2,800 moved from the streets into […]

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Country: France
Source: FRANCE24

17

Aug

French President Emmanuel Macron looks on as he visits a recreational centre for children in Moisson, on August 3, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron files lawsuit against photographer

The French president’s complaint alleges ‘harassment and attempted invasion of privacy.’ French President Emmanuel Macron filed a complaint for “harassment and attempted invasion of privacy” against a photographer who followed him on his holiday in Marseille, the Elysée said in a statement quoted by Le Monde on Tuesday. The legal action was initiated following the alleged trespassing by the man last Sunday […]

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Country: France
Source: POLITICO

11

Aug

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Frenchman who aided refugees gets suspended jail term

A French farmer who helped around 60 African refugees cross from Italy to France in 2016 on Tuesday received a four-month suspended jail sentence. The Court of Appeal of Aix-en-Provence convicted Cedric Herrou, 37, of assisting the entrance of illegal migrants and housing them, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail. The […]

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Country: France
Source: Anatolian News Agency

01

Aug

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Top court tells France to meet Calais migrants’ needs

France’s highest court — the Council of State — on Monday said the French government and the local authorities in the northern port of Calais must provide water and sanitation facilities for hundreds of migrants sleeping rough. The court rejected a government appeal against an earlier, similar order and said in a statement the state’s […]

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Country: France
Source: Anatolian News Agency , France24

29

Jul

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Desperate plight of Calais migrants

Nine months after Calais’ so-called ‘Jungle’ camp was razed to the ground, migrants have returned – and are even more desperate to get across the Channel to England. What had become a vast shanty town, sheltering up to 10,000 people, was destroyed by French authorities last October. In an exclusive report, Euronews has discovered that’s […]

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Country: France
Source: Euronews

28

Jul

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French police face claims of abusing migrants

A human rights group on Wednesday slammed French police in the northern port of Calais for “routinely” using pepper spray on both underage and adult migrants. The report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) also accused the French authorities of turning “a blind eye to the widespread reports of the abuse”. Calais was the main transit […]

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Country: France
Source: Anatolian News Agency