Keyword: France

Just one-in-three French army helicopters operational: report

A French Senate report has found that last year 300 helicopters out of France's total military fleet of 467 were 'immobilized', a problem the report said 'prevented the conduct of certain missions, particularly in France', while warning that the pressure on service personnel is leading to their exhaustion.

The lessons from the past as France celebrates its football champions

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A man celebrates France's victory in the World Cup on Sunday in the Goutte d'Or neighbourhood of Paris. © Rachida El Azzouzi A man celebrates France's victory in the World Cup on Sunday in the Goutte d'Or neighbourhood of Paris. © Rachida El Azzouzi

After winning the football World Cup tournament in Russia, France’s national football team arrived home on Monday, when rejoicing crowds turned out to applaud them riding a double-decker bus along the Champs-Elysées avenue in central Paris, before a reception at the presidential palace. Since France’s victory over Croatia in the final on Sunday, streets across the country have been swamped in a flag-waving, car-horn blazing party of multi-coloured jubilation. But, warns Mediapart political commentator Hubert Huertas, while this temporary moment of collective joy is one to embrace, it heralds no change for the country’s underlining social, political and economic problems.

France's World Cup win and the glories of immigration

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik argues that 'the French team, now the finest in the world’s most popular sport, is entirely dependent for its greatness on immigration, on the extraordinary things that only a cosmopolitan civilization can achieve'.

Suffocating jails, torture and forced labour: rescued migrants recount the hell of Libya

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Rescued migrants on board the MV Lifeline shortly before disembarking in Malta. © Reuters Rescued migrants on board the MV Lifeline shortly before disembarking in Malta. © Reuters

Late in June, after days of diplomatic wrangling, 234 migrants rescued off the Libyan coast while attempting to reach Europe in flimsy dinghies were finally allowed to disembark in Malta after several countries agreed to receive quotas from the group. Earlier this month, 51 of them arrived in France. Mediapart travelled to Toulouse, where some were given provisional accommodation, to listen to the harrowing stories of their experiences in Libya, where black Africans are subject to endemic racism and many become the prey and prisoner of vicious local militias. “If an Arab catches you, he sells you,” said one of the survivors. “When you are black, you are a commodity, you’re bought and sold on.” Mathilde Mathieu reports. 

Paris streets overflow as vast crowds celebrate World Cup win

Mirroring scenes in towns and cities across the France, the Champs-Elysées avenue and other thoroughfares in central Paris were filled on Sunday evening by tens of thousands of jubilant and chanting supporters of the national football team after its victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow.

France lift second World Cup title in 4-2 victory over brave Croatia

In the final of the football World Cup tournament held this summer in Russia, a largely young France team brimming with individual talent beat a hard-fighting but unlucky Crotia by four goals to two in a highly entertaining match marked by questionable refereeing decisions. 

France re-organises counter-terrorism agencies

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Friday announced a raft of new measures aimed at improving the efficiency of its anti-terrorism apparatus, including the creation of a dedicated counter-terrorism public prosection service and placing the management of investigations in the hands of the country's domestic intelligence agency, the DGSI.

France struggles with tourist numbers as record numbers arrive

Tourists urged to make online bookings up to three months in advance to see sights without having to battle through huge crowds.

French call for nuclear safety improvements

Parliamentary report puts pressure on state-backed power utility EDF which operates nuclear plants and faces massive bill to extend their life.

Suspects in France bomb plot to be sent to Belgium

The men, including an Iranian diplomat,will face claims they were involved in a plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally on the outskirts of Paris.

Macron brings back national service

It will cover all 16 year olds and will be divided into two distinct phases; a one-month compulsory stage and a three-month voluntary period.

Butchers in France demand protection from vegans

Shops have been stoned or defaced with anti-meat graffiti and stickers, Federation of Butchers says, and 15 shops splashed with fake blood.

France to lead joint fighter jet program with Germany

New combat jet intended to replace French Rafales made by Dassault Aviation and German Eurofighters from 2040. 

Oxfam reports French border police 'abuse' of child migrants

A report published by NGO Oxfam says its interviews with migrant children trying to cross from Italy to France on the Riviera border found complaints of being 'physically and verbally abused, and detained overnight in cells without food, water or blankets and with no access to an official guardian', and also claims that some children had the soles of their shoes cut off before being sent back to Italy.

The Aquarius odyssey: do migrants have a 'vocation' to die?

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Some of the migrants rescued by the Aquarius were transferred to Italian coastguard ships in a convoy heading for Spain. © Karpov / SOS Méditerranée Some of the migrants rescued by the Aquarius were transferred to Italian coastguard ships in a convoy heading for Spain. © Karpov / SOS Méditerranée

The odyssey of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius offers a new example of the violence of Europe-wide immigration policies, and not only those of the far-right in power in Italy, writes  Mediapart co-editor Carine Fouteau. For the migrants onboard the Aquarius, who will eventually arrive in a state of exhaustion in Spain, the ship’s long and deviated route for a safe haven is yet further confirmation that they and others like them are simply considered as a burden by European countries – if, that is, they manage to arrive alive on the continent’s shores.