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French court refuses to release Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan


French court refuses to release Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan

A French court on Thursday dismissed a bid by Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss Islamic scholar detained on rape charges, to be released on health grounds.

Ramadan's lawyers had pushed for his release since he was detained on 2nd of February, arguing his multiple sclerosis and nerve damage could not be adequately treated behind bars.

The Britain's Oxford University professor denies charges that he raped two women in France.

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Macron is proposing a controversial crackdown on migrants in France


Emmanuel Macron

French president Emmanuel Macron unveiled a controversial crackdown on migrants this week.

The French president gave his approval (paywall) to a bill that doubles the amount of time undocumented migrants can be detained, to 90 days from 45. It also shortens the deadlines to apply for asylum—a migrant now must apply 90 days after they arrive in France—and criminalizes crossing the Alps from Italy to France. Migrants who undertake the dangerous journey could face up to one year in jail.

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French President Macron offers tough love for farmers ahead of Paris show


French President Macron offers tough love for farmers ahead of Paris show

French President Emmanuel Macron staked out a middle ground on Thursday ahead of a major farm show, urging farmers to invest more rather than complain about overseas competition, while also promising to protect them from foreign land buyers.

Macron invited hundreds of young farmers to the Elysee presidential palace before the annual Paris farm show this weekend, a politically important event which takes place just after farmers staged protests across France.

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Air France pilots and stewards strike for pay rise


Air France pilots and stewards strike for pay rise

Half of Air France's long-haul flights out of Paris were cancelled on Thursday (Feb 22) due to a strike over pay by pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.

"No cash, no planes," staff chanted as they marched noisily through Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle airport, wearing flourescent jackets and waving union flags.

Riot police twice used tear gas outside the terminal but the demonstration by hundreds of staff was otherwise peaceful and had finished by mid-afternoon.

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Marion Maréchal-Le Pen Sounded a Lot Like Trump at CPAC


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Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, a rising star in the French far-right movement, drew explicit parallels between her worldview and President Donald Trump’s when she took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

“I’m not offended when I hear President Donald Trump say ‘America first,'” Maréchal-Le Pen said Thursday. “In fact, I want America first for the American people, I want Britain first for the British people, and I want France first for the French people.”

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Two French soldiers killed vehicle struck a mine in Mali


Two French soldiers killed vehicle struck a mine in Mali

Two soldiers from France's counter-terrorism force in West Africa were killed and another was hurt Wednesday when their vehicle struck a mine in northeast Mali.

The French army said the attack took place near Mali's borders with Niger and Burkina Faso, a bastion of jihadist activity where three French soldiers were injured in an attack last month.

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French police clear nuclear waste protest site in pre-dawn swoop


French police clear nuclear waste protest site in pre-dawn swoop

French police launched a surprise operation at dawn on Thursday to evict protesters from a site earmarked for storage of nuclear waste in the Bure area of eastern France.

The interior ministry announced the evacuation after it was underway, with scores of police in body armour moving in before daylight to evict activists occupying the zone, backed up by an earthmover.

The plan to store long-life nuclear waste 500 metres below ground in impermeable clay has not yet got government approval and is strongly opposed by local groups and environmentalists.

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French President Macron among global leaders to attend first ISA meet on March 11


French President Emmanuel Macron

The first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit on March 11, which will be attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, sources told on Wednesday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid will be among several other leaders to attend the global summit, to be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Paris Counts 3,000 People in First-Ever Homeless Census


Paris homeless Census

At least 3,000 people sleep rough on the streets of Paris, according to figures from the city’s first ever homelessness census which authorities warned Wednesday were likely a serious underestimate.

Some 1,700 Parisian volunteers and 300 officials carried out the census last Thursday night, going street by street counting the number of people huddled in sleeping bags in doorways or camped out in tents.

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French FM to visit Russia, Iran for talks about Syria


French FM to visit Russia, Iran for talks about Syria

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has scheduled a trip to Moscow and Tehran, planning to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

“We’re heading towards a humanitarian cataclysm in Syria if nothing is done,” Reuters quoted Le Drian.

His trip comes amid a new phase of the crisis in Syria as the Turkish assault against the Syrian Kurds in Afrin is ongoing.

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