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Human traffickers 'used fake rugby tour to smuggle boys to France'

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Once the boys arrived in France in early 2016 they were reportedly taken to a Sikh temple in Paris and stripped of their passports.

Toll rises in crash between school bus and train in southern France

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The death toll from the level-crossing collision on Thursday afternoon between a coach carrying secondary school children and a passenger train near Perpignan in southern France has risen five, while six of those injured remained in a critical condition, announced a Marseille public prosecutor late Friday.

Huge rise in accidental marijuana intoxication among French children

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A study published in the journal Pediatrics reports that emergency medical treatment of children after their accidental intoxication from marijuana has risen by 133% over the past 11 years in France, the country where consumption of the drug is the highest in Europe.

French plan for mandatory 11-vaccine shot meets with public mistrust

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The French parliament will later this year debate a health ministry proposal to make compulsory the vaccination of young children against 11 different ingectious diseases, only three of which are currently mandatory, but the move divides public opinion of which, opinion surveys show, a large minority consider vaccines unsafe.

French bishop resigns over 'inappropriate behaviour' towards youths

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Bishop of Dax's deputy told a news conference that three young people had come forward with allegations but 'it's not about paedophile acts'.

Three French schoolchildren injured in London attack

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The victims, part of a school group from Brittany on a visit to London, were mowed down when the driver of a vehicle mounted a pavement on Westminster Bridge and rammed into pedestrians, killing at least two people and injuring about 20 others.

The long path to reparations for lost children sent to repopulate rural France

France

For several decades, it remained one of the most shameful secrets of post-war France: from 1963 to 1982, more than 2,000 children were  deported from the French-governed Indian Ocean island of La Réunion to mainland France in a government programme to repopulate deserted rural areas in the centre of the country. It was only in 2002 that the scandal first came to public attention, beginning a long campaign for justice. That finally resulted in an official commission of enquiry which this week presented its initial findings, when it formally recognised the displaced children’s suffering, including maltreatment and racism. But the victims, a number of whom are now in their 50s and 60s, are still waiting for proper reparation.

'No charges' for French troops over child sex claims in Africa

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Investigating judges have found no evidence to warrant further investigation into claims of abuse in the Central African Republic, the BBC says.

France and UK bicker over child migrants in Calais

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French ministers have hit back at apparent British criticism of way migrant children are being treated while Calais camp is dismantled.

The shocking story of La Réunion island's children stolen by France

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More than 2,000 children were removed from the Indian Ocean island between 1963 and 1982 as part of a French government programme to repopulate rural postwar France, where Jean-Thierry Cheyroux, now 56, was sent in 1967 to work on the farm of his adoptive parents.

France says Britain has 'moral duty' to accept Calais child migrants

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France's interior minister said ahead of a meeting on Monday with his British counterpart that he was 'solemnly asking Britain to assume its moral duty' to grant asylum to hundreds of children living in the makeshift migrant camp in the French Channel port.

French parents 'could be jailed' for posting children’s photos online

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Parents told they could be sued by their grown-up children for posting photos of them on social networks, leading to fines or imprisonment.

France's Front National 'waging culture war on artists'

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Far-right mayor angers artists with plans to make them earn their subsidised rent by looking after primary school children for free.

Surrogate children get legal recognition in France

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Though surrogacy remains banned in France, children born abroad will now be legally tied to their parents and will be granted birth certificates.

French soldiers accused of sexual abuse of minors in Africa

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French military say they informed French judicial authorities and have begun moves to suspend the troops, who are serving in Ouagadougou.