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French air traffic control strike leads to flights being cancelled

Ryanair said it has scrapped 70 flights on Thursday and some easyJet flights are also affected by protest over labour law reforms.

EDF's own engineers oppose Hinkley Point nuclear project

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Plans by French energy giant EDF to build two European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) at the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in south-west England have already triggered the resignation of the company's finance director, led to opposition from unions and raised doubts from France's financial watchdog. Now, Mediapart can reveal, in an unprecedented move a number of EDF's own engineers have also expressed their deep misgivings about the multi-billion euro project and called for it to be delayed. As Martine Orange reports, the engineers fear the Hinkley Point construction could threaten the group's plans to renew France's own nuclear power stations in the near future.

Flights cancelled as French air traffic controller strike bites

Marseille said to be worst affected but other airports hit include Toulouse, Bordeaux, Orly, Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, Lyon and Nice.

France will not open borders if UK leaves EU says interior minister

Bernard Cazeneuve contradicted claims about impact of Brexit saying: 'We don't need statements that create buzz we need long-term action.'

France and Britain unveil drone plans ahead of 'terror' summit

Paris and London to spend £1.5bn developing next generation of drones, as summit in France discusses security and Calais migrant crisis.

France leads resistance to UK push for its banks to dodge euro regulations

As diplomatic efforts to keep UK in the EU gather pace before key Brussels summit this week, France heads campaign against City of London perks.

French finance minister blasts UK's £130m Google tax deal

Michel Sapin said UK's settlement with internet giant 'seems more the product of a negotiation', and pledged France would apply 'the law'.

Ex-UK soldier on trial in France for helping Afghan girl reach England

Rob Lawrie, 49, stands trial in Boulogne on Thursday for trying to smuggle young Afghan girl from miserable migrant camp to join her aunt in UK. 

France to build first official refugee camp for 13 years

The £1.1 million migrant centre will be built near existing shanty town at Grande-Synthe, just five miles from the ferry port at Dunkirk.

French government closely watching UK parliament vote on Syria airstrikes

As MPs debate joining attacks on Islamic State group in Syria, France regards a 'yes' vote as being of high military and diplomatic importance. 

Numbers of French owner-occupied homes now overtakes those in UK

Last year 64.8 percent of UK homes were owner-occupied compared to 65.1 percent in France, a first-ever reversal of ranks since 1995.

France, Germany and Britain demand urgent EU meeting on migrant crisis

The three nations want a special meeting of justice and interior ministers within two weeks to find 'concrete steps' to tackle situation.

France and Britain sign deal to beef up security to contain migrants in Calais

Migrants in Calais chanted 'We are not animals' as French, UK ministers announced new measures including a joint 'control and command centre'.

UK, France ministers to sign Calais migrant security agreement

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his UK counterpart will meet in Calais on Thursday over new deal to contain migrant crisis.

French warn Britain: Brexit could be your Waterloo

As commemorations begin for 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat in 1815, Le Monde tells UK of the dangers of leaving the EU.