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Mafiosi dubbed 'Little Spider' arrested on French Riviera

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Photo from Giovanni Tagliamento's now-closed Facebook account. © DR Photo from Giovanni Tagliamento's now-closed Facebook account. © DR

Giovanni Tagliamento has lived for the past eleven years on the French Riviera, where he is considered by the Italian justice authorities to represent the Neapolitan Mafia the Camorra in their French operations. Last month he was arrested by French police on suspicion of the illegal trafficking of spirits, and placed in preventive custody. Hélène Constanty reports on a man nicknamed the 'Little Spider’.

Support for the EU dwindles in France and Italy

Survey shows that in a French referendum on EU membership a narrow majority of just 52 per cent would vote to stay in.

Dismay as France overtaken by Italy as top wine producer

Official figures also show that Spain has taken over as the world's top wine exporter - with France being its biggest customer.

French wines squeezed off top spot

Lack of rain and a heatwave led to just 1% increase in French production in 2015, meaning Italy regained top spot for amount of wine made.

Police clear migrant camp on France-Italy border

Italian town of Ventimiglia, where a camp of around 50 people remained, was a flashpoint at start of Europe's migrant crisis earlier this year.

The migrant crisis in Ventimiglia, the 'new Calais' on the French-Italian border

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French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his British counterpart Theresa May met in Calais on Thursday to announce new joint security measures to prevent thousands of migrants in the Channel port from reaching England. While the desperate situation in Calais has become the focus of headlines, the similar, less-reported plight of growing numbers of migrants blocked at France’s south-eastern border with Italy now threatens to erupt into a major crisis. Louise Fessard reports from the Italian border town of Ventimiglia.

French suffer fit of pique as Italian PM 'reclaims' Europe's highest mountain

Matteo Renzi reignites ancient row over whether France or Italy should lay claim to Mont Blanc and other Alpine peaks.

France and Italy play down migrant border drama

At joint press conference with French president, Italian premier Matteo Renzi denied tensions over migrants at frontier town of Ventimiglia.

France's Ségolène Royal apologizes for Nutella boycott call

French environment minister's climbdown came after protests from Italy where the popular chocolate and nut spread is produced.

France to create 11,000 places for refugees and asylum seekers

Ministers also plan to cut time required to handle asylum requests to nine months as number of people living in illegal migrant camps swells.

Nutella spat: France's Ségolène Royal told to leave Italian products alone

Italy’s environment minister plans to eat Nutella for dinner after French counterpart urged people to avoid product over deforestation fears.

Italian police haul away migrants at France border

Around 300 migrants had been camping out for days in Ventimigila on the frontier, sparking tension between the two countries.

Migrant standoff at French border post sparks row with Italy

While about 100 migrants continued their sit-in at the Riviera border at Ventimiglia, Italy's PM slammed French refusals to allow them passage.

Aboard a Mediterranean migrant patrol ship, and the ghost freighter that got away

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More than 300 migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea in a clandestine convoy from Libya to Italy were reported drowned this week when their boats overturned off Lampedusa, just days after 29 other seaborne migrants were discovered dead from hypothermia close to the Italian coast. The tragedies follow the narrow rescues in December and January of more than 1,200 Syrian migrants from two rusting ‘ghost’ freighters left abandoned by people smugglers to their fate. Earlier this month, Mediapart’s Carine Fouteau joined the Týr, an Icelandic coastguard ship patrolling the central Mediterranean as part of an operation mounted by the EU border-policing agency Frontex. She heard the harrowing experiences of the Týr’s proud crew who have already rescued 2,000 migrants in difficulty, and questioned Frontex officials about what is an increasingly confused mission. But she begins this report with the dramatic events she witnessed aboard the Týr, when a drifting, apparently crewless rusting freighter suspected of carrying hundreds of migrants in its hold was left to its fate overnight in strong seas - because no-one had sent out an SOS. 

The money-making machine behind Mediterranean people smuggling

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The discovery last week of two abandoned cargo ships crammed with clandestine migrants in the Mediterranean Sea has underlined a cynical change of tactics by people traffickers. Though buying the massive vessels costs money, the traffickers still stand to make millions from preying on the desire of refugees to flee war-torn Syria or the Horn of Africa for a better life in Europe. Mediapart has been reporting regularly on the plight of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean and has highlighted the new tactics being used by traffickers. Here Carine Fouteau looks at the background to people smuggling and describes just how traffickers exploit the needy – including wealthier middle class Syrians desperate to escape the ongoing war in their country.