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French police break up camp where Channel tragedy victims stayed

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Armed French police have broken up a makeshift migrant camp outside Dunkirk where the 27 people who died at sea last week stayed before they drowned in the Channel. The basic site, by a canal outside the Grand-Smythe ...

French ex-minister Nicolas Hulot accused of rape and sexual assault

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A popular French environmentalist and former government minister faces new allegations of rape and sexual abuse after several woman came forward in a TV documentary to testify that he had assaulted them. The claims co...

French fishers block boat at Saint-Malo as they launch Brexit protests

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French fishers blocked off the Normandy Trader boat at the port of Saint-Malo on Friday as they started a day of protests to mark their anger over the issue of post-Brexit fishing licences. The fishers lit red flares ...

French coastguard’s mayday call after boat capsized – audio

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The French coastguard mayday call emerged on Thursday after 27 people drowned trying to cross the Channel. All ships were alerted in the area about "approximately" 15 people being overboard and to report information t...

French fishers to block Channel tunnel in Brexit licences row

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French fishers are threatening to block access to the Channel tunnel and the ferry port in Calais on Friday as part of an ongoing dispute over access to the waters between France and the UK in the wake of Brexit. They...

Thirty-one people drown after refugee boat capsizes in Channel, French minister confirms – latest

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French interior minister Gérald Darmanin says five women and one young girl among those who have drowned

French footballer Karim Benzema guilty in sex tape extortion scandal

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The French international footballer Karim Benzema has received a one-year suspended jail sentence and been fined €75,000 (£63,000) for his involvement in a sex tape extortion scandal that shocked French sport. A Versa...

Fishnets, French kisses and fireworks: inside Moulin Rouge! The Musical

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You’ve never seen so much red velvet. Crimson drapes across the ceiling of London’s Piccadilly theatre, past the crystal chandeliers, the lit-up windmill, the blue jewelled elephant and the neon sign that reads: Mouli...

French fishers plan to block freight to UK in Brexit licences dispute

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French fishers are set to take action within days, including blocking road and sea freight bound for the UK through Calais and other Channel ports, as a months-long dispute over licences to operate in British waters i...

Two of Us: French domestic thriller a nuanced portrayal of mature queer love

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Don’t be fooled by the sweet promotional image: Filippo Meneghetti’s 2019 debut feature film Two of Us is no gentle twilight-years romance. Both a tender depiction of a relationship pushed to its limits and an edge-of...

French dictionary accused of ‘wokeism’ over gender-inclusive pronoun

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A French reference dictionary has defended its official recognition of a gender-inclusive pronoun, after traditionalists pounced on what they called the latest incursion of US-inspired “wokeism”. While the everyday us...

French presidential hopeful Éric Zemmour begins race hate trial

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Éric Zemmour, the far-right TV pundit who is preparing to run for French president claiming that Islam and immigration are destroying France, has gone on trial in Paris on charges of incitement to racial hatred. The c...

French couple wins legal fight over wind ‘turbine syndrome’

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A French court has recognised “turbine syndrome” after a couple complained their health was damaged by living near a windfarm. In what is believed to be the first judgment of its kind in France, Belgians Christel and ...

French bishops kneel in penance over Catholic church’s role in child abuse

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Senior members of France’s Roman Catholic hierarchy knelt in a show of penance at the shrine of Lourdes on Saturday, a day after bishops accepted the church’s responsibility for decades of child abuse. But some of the...

Son defends French former al-Qaida hostage’s return to Mali

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The son of a former al-Qaida hostage has struck back at French government claims that she has put herself and others in danger by slipping back into Mali where she was held for four years. Sophie Pétronin’s return to ...

French ambassador accuses Australia of deceit and acting ‘out of this world’ as submarines rift deepens

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The French ambassador has condemned the Australian government over its handling of the Aukus nuclear submarine deal, declaring it had treated France in a deliberately deceitful manner and that “alarm bells should have...

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