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EU court forces France to end use of ‘bee killer’ insecticide

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French agriculture minister Marc Fesneau has announced the end of a controversial exemption granted to sugar beet producers to use a family of insecticides dubbed “bee killers” and which were banned by the European Union in 2018. The move follows a ruling last week by the European Court of Justice, the EU’s supreme court, which outlaws member states from any further use of a legal loophole which allowed for "emergency" dispensation from the ban on neonicotinoids, which scientific studies have linked to a collapse of colonies of honey bees and other pollinators, and also bird populations. Amélie Poinssot reports.

How the roots of France's 'superiority complex' may lie in the Middle Ages

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Historian Jacques Krynen argues that French national pride and the country's sense of “superiority” have been passed down the ages and through various types of government and regimes to the modern era. And the legal historian believes its origins are to be found at the end of the 13th and the start of the 14th centuries, when Philip IV – better known to history as 'Philip the Fair' – was king of France. Fabien Escalona reports.

France pitches massive ‘Made in Europe’ strategy

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The idea from Paris comes as EU debates how to respond to a recent Unites States subsidy push.

Minister unveils sweeping plans to overhaul France's justice system

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The recruitment of judges, simplifying the penal procedure, modernising civil law and the crisis in French prisons are just some of the contentious topics covered in justice minister Éric Dupond-Moretti's planned reforms.

Ukraine set to get French scout ‘tanks’

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Ukraine is getting AMX-10RC armored vehicles from French stocks; the six-wheel AMX-10RC with its 105-millimeter gun looks like a tank, but without the tracks.

Covid: France to require negative tests for arrivals from China

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The negative test will be required on direct flights from China and flights with stopovers.

French family doctors call strike for increase in consultation fees

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Some of France's General Practitioners have gone on strike for an increase in standard fees, currently set at a lowest rate of 25 euros per appointment and notably highlighting their claimed workload of an average 55 hours per week, just as the country faces an epidemic of infections including flu and Covid-19.

Boy run over and killed after France win in World Cup tie

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Police in Montpellier, southern France, are hunting for the driver of a car which ran into and killed a young teenage boy during clashes which followed Wednesday evening's World Cup match between France and Morocco

France ramps up Channel migrant patrolling

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Two additional vessels are being deployed in what the French Coastguard calls an 'unprecedented' move.

France’s plan to ban short-haul domestic flights wins EU approval

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The new plan will cancel domestic flights that can be replaced by a short train journey.

UK strikes revised deal with France on Channel migrants

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UK police officers will be embedded with their French counterparts in control rooms and on beaches and the number of officers patrolling the French coast to try to stop people setting off will rise.

France-Italy migration row escalates after rescue ship docks in Toulon

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French government calls Italy ‘inhumane’ for refusing vessel but Italian PM hits back as rift deepens.

France suspends migrant deal with Italy over boat row

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Tensions between the two neighbours have escalated since Italy's new government barred the Ocean Viking ship from docking with 230 migrants.

France officially ends anti-jihadist Operation Barkhane in Africa

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In an official announcement, French president Emmanuel Macron said a new strategy would be worked out with African partners.

People rescued in Italian waters spark row between Italy and France

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French government calls Rome’s refusal to let boat carrying 234 asylum seekers dock ‘unacceptable’.