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Roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds booming in France


PARIS Banned in much of Europe, roe-deer hunting on horseback with hounds is enjoying such renewed interest in France that some companies are marketing one-off outings to non-specialists, some riding in carriages.


S&P raises rating outlook on France in boost to Hollande 21 Oct 2016

PARIS S&P raised its outlook on France's "AA" long-term sovereign credit rating to "stable" from "negative", citing labour and tax reforms introduced in the last two years, in a boost to President Francois Hollande's Socialist government.


Banks warn share tax hike threatens Paris' post-Brexit appeal 21 Oct 2016

PARIS A proposed increase in France's share tax flies in the face of efforts by the government and the financial industry to lure banking jobs from London, financial sector lobbies have warned.


France to start dismantling 'Jungle' migrant camp on Monday 21 Oct 2016

PARIS France will start removing migrants on Monday from a squalid north-coast camp known as the Jungle and expects to dismantle it in the space of a week, an interior ministry official said on Friday.


France's Juppe says Anglo-French border should be moved to England - Guardian 21 Oct 2016

LONDON France's Alain Juppe will move the border with Britain from Calais to southern England if he wins power next year, setting up a potential battle with London over immigration following the Brexit vote, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Belgium steps up border area checks before Calais camp is shut down 20 Oct 2016

BRUSSELS Belgium will strengthen its police force in the west of the country to preempt the closure of a migrant camp in France's Calais, which authorities believe could lead to a surge in migrants seeking to use Belgian ports to reach Britain.


Four-way talks move ahead on Ukraine, scant progress on Syria 20 Oct 2016

BERLIN Germany and France pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to extend a pause in air strikes in Syria and halt the "criminal" bombardment of civilians, but said four-way talks aimed at ending violence in eastern Ukraine made some progress.


Russia, brushing off diplomatic snub, inaugurates Paris cathedral 19 Oct 2016

PARIS Russia inaugurated its most visible landmark in France on Wednesday, brushing off a diplomatic snub by Francois Hollande's government as bilateral tensions simmered over the war in Syria.


France says ready to keep troops in W.Africa for as long as needed 19 Oct 2016

PARIS France appeared on Wednesday to accept that it would need to keep thousands of troops in Africa's Sahel region for an indefinite period given the ongoing instability and preponderance of Islamist militants.

France to increase levy to boost compensation fund for attack victims 19 Oct 2016

PARIS France plans to increase a levy on property insurance policies to 5.9 euros from 4.30 euros per contract to bolster a fund that provides compensation to victims of attacks or other criminal acts.