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Amid criticism from rights group, France talks tough on Calais migrants


CALAIS, France France's interior minister on Friday ruled out a new migrant reception centre in Calais and said he would deploy extra riot police to contain a new influx of people roaming the port city in search of food and shelter.


Elbit Systems says innovation key to crowded drone market 23 Jun 2017

PARIS Israeli defence electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd, is moving quickly to innovate and maintain its edge in a global market in which it faces increasing competition from China, France, Turkey and others.


Paris attack was work of jihadist with gun licence - prosecutor 22 Jun 2017

PARIS A man who died when he rammed his car into a police van in Paris this week told people he joined a gun sports club to prepare as a jihadi fighter, France's top public prosecutor said on Thursday.

French special forces not specifically targeting jihadis - chief 22 Jun 2017

PARIS The head of France's special forces said on Thursday his units were directly involved in street battles in Mosul's Old City but denied they were specifically targeting French-born jihadis fighting for Islamic State.


Macron orders French officials to show more humanity to migrants 22 Jun 2017

PARIS France has instructed local officials to show more humanity towards migrants, the government spokesman said on Thursday, after a human rights watchdog said it bore responsibility for the inhuman conditions migrants face in the Calais region.


French First Lady and Colombian drums herald new Macron government 22 Jun 2017

PARIS While President Emmanuel Macron prepared the lineup of France's new government on Wednesday, a Colombian musical ensemble played a cover version of the "Mission Impossible" movie theme tune in the yard of his Elysee Palace offices in central Paris.


France's Macron says sees no legitimate successor to Syria's Assad 21 Jun 2017

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he saw no legitimate successor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and France no longer considered his departure a pre-condition to resolving the six-year-old conflict.


Jail threat haunts unlikely lover of Calais migrant 21 Jun 2017

CALAIS, France She once supported France's anti-immigrant National Front party. She met and fell in love with Mokhtar, a teacher who fled Iran and ended up in Calais. She now risks 10 years in jail.


Eyeing Syria conflict, France courts Russia after previous tough ties 20 Jun 2017

MOSCOW France's Foreign Minister pushed for closer co-operation with Russia on Tuesday, especially over Syria, and said relations could be driven by a renewed "spirit of trust".


France's FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen says daughter must quit as party leader 20 Jun 2017

NANTERRE, France Marine Le Pen should step down as leader of France's far-right National Front (FN) after disappointing results in the presidential and parliamentary elections, her father who founded the anti-establishment party said on Tuesday.

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