Keyword: France

In saving migrants we save ourselves

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Migrants blocked at the railway station at Vintimille on the French-Italian border, June 15th, 2015. © LF Migrants blocked at the railway station at Vintimille on the French-Italian border, June 15th, 2015. © LF

The migrant issue has become a decisive test for all those on the Left who campaign for the emancipation of the people and equal rights for all. Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel argues that far from protecting existing rights, any concession to the politics of rejection, to the favouring of one nationality over others or to policies based on borders and identity, will simply help the cause of the extreme right.

Man who slapped woman's bottom fined under French 'cat-call' law

The man, drunk when he boarded the rush-hour bus, smacked the 21-year-old on the buttocks and made an insulting comment about her breasts.

Macron honours Algerians who fought for colonial France

President Emmanuel Macron has announced the bestowing of national honours to members of the community known as the Harkis, the Algerians who fought alongside the French army in the North African country's bloody war of independence, in his continuing bid to soften the still bitter divisions of left over from the Algerian war. 

France offers financial incentives for cinema to hire more women

French culture minister Françoise Nyssen has announced that film productions with a minimum of four women in key professional roles will be eligible to greater financial subsidies than others, in a drive to reach greater gender parity in the industry.

French government unveils health service reforms

A four-year programme of reform of France's healthcare services, costed at 3.4 billion euros, was unveiled by President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, which involves the reorganisation of hospitals, the recruitment of hundreds of doctors in so-called 'medical deserts', and the use of digital technologies.

At last the truth about France's use of torture in Algeria

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Maurice Audin, tortured and murdered by the French military. © DR Maurice Audin, tortured and murdered by the French military. © DR

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday issued a landmark statement officially recognising for the first time the systematic use of torture by French forces during the 1954-1962 Algerian war of independence. The admission was made alongside a letter presented to the widow of Maurice Audin, a 25-year-old mathematician and militant for Algerian independence who disappeared after his arrest by the French military in 1957, and who Macron acknowledged had died after he was tortured in detention. Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel sets out here why the move is as historically significant as the recognition in 1995 by then president Jacques Chirac of the responsibility of France in the deportation of Jews to German death camps during WWII, and why it may herald a reconciliation of sorts after six decades of denial.               

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 opts to automatically deduct income tax

After days of speculation, President Macron has ruled that automatic income tax deduction will be implemented from January 1st, 2019.

France partly to blame for Libya crisis says Italian minister

Defence minister said it was 'undeniable' Libya is in crisis because in 2011 someone put their own interests ahead of those of Libyan people.

France bans all five pesticides linked to bee loss

Move to ban five so-called neonicotinoids hailed by beekeepers but farmers warn it could leave them all but defenceless in protecting crops.

France proposes UN sanctions for groups delaying Mali peace deal

French official has already submitted names of individuals to UN Security Council committee set up last year to deal with Mali sanctions.

French baguette faces pinch from anti-salt MPs

French politicians looking into health risks of additives are set to propose laws forcing bakers and processed food makers to slash salt content.

Italy's Salvini tells Macron to stop sending migrants back to Italy

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has called on France to stop turning back migrants who succeed in crossing into the country from Italy at the Rivierra town of Ventimiglia, adding that French President Emmanuel Macron 'is the first who should show solidarity and sensibility by reopening the border'.

French farms hit by worst anthrax outbreak in two decades

Authorities in France's south-east Hautes-Alpes region said more than 50 cows, sheep and horses have died from an outbreak of anthrax, which can spread to humans and is deadly in its rarest forms, after it spread spread to 28 farms in the area since June.

More than 800 French bridges 'risk collapse' if not repaired

A report commissioned by the French transport ministry in July, before this month's collapse of a motorway bridge above the Italian port of Genoa which left at least 43 people dead, found that around 840 bridges in France were at risk of collapse unless repair work was soon carried out, French media have revealed.