Keyword: Normandy

Macron to Trump at D-day ceremony: fulfil the promise of Normandy

French president praised the multilateralism of NATO and the EU while offering gratitude to the United States.

Macron derides section of poor at launch of national debates

French President Emmanuel Macron held a marathon seven-hour conference with local mayors in Normandy on Tuesday, the start of a national consultation on policy issues follwing the rolling 'yellow vest' protests, but caused controversy with disparaging comments about some in economic difficulty.

The real agricultural crisis behind film on the naked farmers of Normandy

By Caroline Trouillet
Farm film star Sébastien Cœuré. © CT Farm film star Sébastien Cœuré. © CT

A recently-released film 'Normandie nue' or 'Naked Normandy' uses comedy to depict the crisis facing the world of farming in France. The movie, which stars 'The Intouchables' actor François Cluzet, features real farmers from a village in northern France who agree to strip naked for the film. But behind the film's slapstick moments the crisis and hardship are real enough. Caroline Trouillet met some of the farmers involved.

Acquaintance of French priest killer detained days before attack

A 17-year-old who tried to reach Syria last year with one of two men who attacked a church in Normandy was detained in Geneva and deported to France, reports say.

Church aassailant spoke of 'knife carnage' weeks before attack

Adel Kermiche, 19, used encrypted messaging service Telegram to tell fellow jihadists 'You take a knife, you go to a church, you make carnage'.

Priest murdered in Normandy church attack claimed by Islamic State: update

The scene close to the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday morning. © Reuters The scene close to the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday morning. © Reuters

A priest was murdered and one of his parishioners left in a critical condition by two knife-wielding men acting in the name of Islamic State group (IS) who attacked a Normandy church during a celebration of Mass on Tuesday morning. IS later claimed responsibility. The assailants, who had cut the 85-year-old priest’s throat in front of a small group of nuns and worshipers, and who attempted to cut the throat of a parishioner, were shot dead by police as they came out of the church in what is believed to be the first attack on a Catholic place of worship in Europe by Islamic extremists. Paris public prosecutor François Molins provided further details about the attack on Tuesday evening. Graham Tearse reports.

Fuel shortage concerns as workers at French oil refinery halt production

CGT union votes to stop production at Total's Normandy refinery in north-west France as workers seek withdrawal of labour reform bill.

Neighbour arrested over death of retired British expat in Normandy

A 28-year-old man has been arrested after the body of David King, 70, who went missing last October, was found in a well in his garden.

Neanderthal remains dating from 200,000 years ago found in Normandy

The three long bones unearthed at a quarry at Tourville-la-Rivière are an extremely rare find in northwestern Europe.

French builders accused of treasure theft

Three workman are to be tried for the theft of more than 900,000-euros worth of buried gold they found while building a house extension.

D-Day: Francois Hollande's plea to fight threats to peace

French president urges people to fight current threats to peace with 'same vision, the same courage' as those who took part in Normandy landings.

World leaders arrive in France for D-Day celebrations

Around 400 separate events will be held as American, Russian and British heads of state are among those marking 70th anniversary of landings.

France’s Hollande to discuss BNP fine with Obama

French president says he will raise issue with US president who is flying in for talks in Paris ahead of Friday's D-Day commemorations.

Queen Elizabeth II to make state visit to France

The British monarch will attend commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy in north-west France.

How barren is my valley: an everyday story of France's disappearing industrial fabric

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It’s a story of everyday France, of a provincial region slowly dying through disindustrialisation, with mounting unemployment and a young population that sees no future worth planning for. In the Andelle valley in Normandy, factories once flourished. Now, the plants that haven’t yet closed are either scaling down the workforce or hiring mostly temporary staff. In a region just 90 kilometres from Paris, 25% of young men aged 15-24, and 35% of young women, are unemployed. Without transport, public or private, to travel farther afield for work, many young adults are caught in a spiral of odd-jobbing and signing on the dole. Liza Fabbian reports from a region that illustrates the grim reality of France’s disappearing industrial fabric.