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British and French forces in naval exercise off Scotland

Personnel from a British and French Combined Joint Expeditionary Force, created in 2010, have been taking part in a naval exercise off north-west Scotland as part of wider exercises under the umbrella of NATO.

Paris warns Johnson against ban of French fishermen in UK waters

French agriculture minister Didier Guillaume has warned newly appointed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that in the event of a hard Brexit there must be no refusal of access to Britain's waters for France's fishing industry.

The repercussions for France of Chagos islands battle

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In May this year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a motion that condemned British rule over the remote Indian Ocean archipelago of the Chagos Islands and which gave London a six-month deadline to return their sovereignty to Mauritius. That followed an advisory judgment in February by the International Court of Justice that Britain’s annexation of the islands after Mauritian independence in 1968 was illegal. Central to the case is the brutal deportation of islanders to make way for a US military base on the archipelago, at Diego Garcia. As Julien Sartre reports, the developments also have ramifications for France, whose occupation of Indian Ocean islands, notably those surrounding its former colony Madagascar, is under heightened dispute.

French farmers' union voices fears over 'hard Bexit'

French farmers' union, the FNSEA, has voiced its concern at the possibility of a withdrawal from the EU by the UK, to which France exports a yearly 3 billion euros-worth of agricultural goods, without a trade deal.

France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal

President Macron and heads of other member states fear Britain could gain advantage over them by undercutting EU environment law.

France and UK announce agreement to end 'scallop wars'

After talks with fishing industries, British fishing boats will receive compensation in return for staying out of the Baie de Seine off Normandy.

France plots new non-EU European military crisis force

New force would not be within the European Union and would allow non-EU, such as Britain, to be part of it, said French defence source.

France backs Britain in crisis with Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron Thursday said the poisoning in Britain of exiled Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia apeared 'attributable' to the Russian authorities, describing it as an 'unacceptable attack on the soil of an allied country' and pledged to announce retaliation measures 'in the coming days'.

Macron offers 'close coordination' with UK over Russia tensions

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said French President Emmanuel Macron agreed that their two governments 'should coordinate closely' over the growing crisis between London and Moscow following the poisoning of a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in an English town earlier this month.

'We want to work': refugees tell France why UK is so attractive

New arrivals in France lack rights and help in navigating minefield of bureaucracy, French MPs have been told.

Coal-fired UK energy plants export electricity to France

Britain, which usually imports power from France, has been exporting it across the Channel in November, as operators of the eight remaining British coal power stations appear to be taking advantage of higher purchase prices and outages of French nuclear reactors.

UK Border Force officer held in France in arms and drugs ring probe

An 36-year-old officer with the British border control agency Border Force was arrested in northern France along with three other Britons when handguns, ammunition, cocaine and heroin were found in their posession, in a joint operation into a suspected weapons and drugs smuggling ring by police in France and Britain. 

Vietnamese migrant-smugglers' camp is disused coalmine in N France

Anti-human trafficking ONGs have raised the alarm over a camp in northern France known as Vietnam City where, hidden in woodland on the site of an old coalmine, they say up to 100 Vietnamese migrants, some of them minors, are housed in poor conditions awaiting passage to the UK to work illegally in cannabis farms, nail bars and restaurants.

France won't scrap border controls in Calais but UK 'must pay more'

Interior minister Gérard Collomb said returning border to England would be 'complex' but Paris wants more 'favourable conditions' over costs. 

Macron tells May still chance 'to reopen the door' with EU

At a press conference following the meeting in Paris on Tuesday evening between French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the French head of state, who has previously warned May that a tough deal awaits Britain's referendum decision to leave the EU, said of the so-called Brexit negotiations that until they come to an end 'there is always a chance to reopen the door'.