Keyword: Poland

French police violence back under spotlight amid Paris-Warsaw row

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A police officer takes aim with a rubber bullet weapon during a 'yellow vest' protest in Paris, December 8th 2018. © Karl Laske A police officer takes aim with a rubber bullet weapon during a 'yellow vest' protest in Paris, December 8th 2018. © Karl Laske

Visiting Poland this week, French President Emmanuel Macron slammed the country’s government over its moves to take control of the judiciary, denouncing a “negation of European political principles”. In a tit-for-tat move, Polish members of the European Parliament launched a petition denouncing French police violence in recent demonstrations as “unjustified brutality against protestors exercising their civil rights”. The row has escalated through the week, and returned the spotlight to crowd policing methods in France, already the subject of outspoken concern from international bodies, and which over the past year have left hundreds injured, many seriously. Ellen Salvi reports.

Macron seeks to sooth strained ties with Poland

Following talks in Warsaw with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, French President Emmanuel Macron said he hoped his visit 'will mark a real turning point' in bilateral relations because following Brexit 'fragility and doubt' had gained the EU, in a move to appease previously strained ties with Poland's right wing populist government over judicial reforms, climate goals and criticism of the bloc's powers.

Poland's past colonial dreams shed light on East and Central European regimes of today

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An exhibition in Paris reveals Poland's now forgotten colonial ambitions in the 1930s. In doing so, it makes a link between past Polish attitudes to colonies and other peoples and the racist reflexes of some governments in Central and Eastern Europe today. Ludovic Lamant reports.

Paris, Berlin add pressure on Warsaw over Polish judiciary reforms

At a meeting of European Union (EU) ministers on Tuesday, France and Germany said they were concerned over reforms of the Polish judicial system, which are regarded as politically intimidating for the country's courts and a threat to their independence, voicing their support for EU Commission infringement procedures which could in theory result in Poland losing its EU voting rights.

French ambassador 'shocked' at Polish FM's 'sick man' comment

The French ambassador to Poland, Pierre Levy, has said he was 'shocked' at comments made by Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz in which he said recent social unrest in France and the slowdown of President Emmanuel Macron's timetable of reforms had made the country 'the sick man of Europe, dragging Europe down'.

France and Poland clash over removal of cross from Jean Paul II statue

Poland pledges to save work from 'dictates of political correctness' after French court order to remove cross because it breaches secularism rules.

Poland slams France's Macron over 'arrogant' remarks

Polish PM highlights Emmanuel Macron's lack of political experience for his disparaging comments about Poland over labour reforms.

Poland hits back at Macron’s ‘supermarket’ jibe

Polish finance minister responds to French president’s claim that the EU is being used ‘like a supermarket’.

Airbus row: Polish official says 'we taught French to use the fork'

After furious reaction from France to a last-minute decision by Poland not to buy 50 Airbus-built helicopters, the Polish deputy defence minister slammed Paris for disinviting Poland from an arms fair and claimed his country taught the French how to use cutlery. 

Hollande scraps Poland trip in 'anger' over lost Airbus deal

French president said to be dismayed that Warsaw has ditched plans to buy 50 Caracal helicopters, claiming deal was not in Poland's interests.

The grim battle for survival facing France's dairy farmers

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One of the protesters, Adrien, in front of the headquarters of dairy group Lactalis. © Laurent Geslin One of the protesters, Adrien, in front of the headquarters of dairy group Lactalis. © Laurent Geslin

After a bitter dispute lasting more than a week, the giant French dairy group Lactalis has finally agreed to pay its dairy farmers higher prices for their milk. However, the anger of the protests has once again highlighted the desperate plight of many dairy farmers in France. As Laurent Geslin reports, an entire way of life is in danger of disappearing as smaller-scale farmers find it increasingly hard to make a living.

'Eat French' say fed-up farmers in country-wide protests

Farmers fear that falling prices linked to Russia's import embargo and big harvests in the European Union this summer will cut incomes.

French gay marriage laws exclude some foreigners

Gay couples where one of them is from certain countries that do not recognise same-sex unions have discovered they can't get married in France.

France and Poland mark 68th Victory in Europe day in Paris

French President Francois Hollande speaks about the continuing need for compromise between France and Germany.

Scandal of the 'low cost' European workers in France

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 © Rachida El Azzouzi © Rachida El Azzouzi

From Portuguese builders to Romanian welders, the number of European workers who are brought in on 'temporary assignment' to French building sites is increasing all the time. In theory all these foreign staff should benefit from the same wages and social rights as their French counterparts. But the grim reality is that unscrupulous employers in France's construction industry and other sectors are getting around the law to pay the workers pitifully low wages and deprive them of their social rights. Rachida El Azzouzi met some of the union officials trying to fight against this growing form of exploitation.