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French government raises possibility of 'autonomy' for Corsica

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French interior minister Gérald Darmanin, visiting Corsica where rioting has followed the serious assault in a mainland jail of a nationalist figure by a fellow prisoner, has said that Emmanuel Macron, if re-elected in  presidential elections next month, could offer autonomy to the Mediterranean island which has been under rule from Paris since the 18th century.

Paris sends police reinforcements to Guadeloupe as riots continue

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France has sent police reinforcements, including elite units, to its Caribbean island La Guadeloupe after a week of riots escalated this weekend, amid protests against the introduction of restrictions on movement to counter the coronavirus epidemic, and to a background of long-simmering social unrest. 

France advises nationals to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protests

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French nationals have been advised to leave Pakistan due to violent demonstrations after the arrest of the leader of a hardline political party calling for  France's ambassador to be expelled over his government's defence of the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Fairground workers run riot in Le Mans

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Hundreds of fairground workers in Le Mans in north-west France, , some carrying baseball bats and shields, mounted a violent attack on the mayor's offices on Monday after he banned their business from operating in the town centre.  

French supermarket riots erupt over cut-price Nutella campaign

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There were scenes of fighting and chaos in a number of stores of the Intermarché retail chain around France on Thursday as crowds of shoppers, some described as behaving 'like animals', grabbed jars of the popular chocolate hazelnut spread Nutella being offered at knock-down prices.

Violent protests near Paris over death of black man in police van

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Cars were torched and public buildings attacked in a second night of violence in Paris suburb after 24-year-old died during transportation to gendarmerie station.

French government tries to conquer suburbs ten years after riots

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No fewer than 18 government ministers turned out in force in one of France's troubled suburbs to show state is on their side after 2005 riots.

'Nothing's changed': 10 years after French riots, suburbs remain in crisis

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Residents of deprived areas in France that erupted into violence in 2005 are still waiting for things to improve and some fear unrest could return.

French prime minister promises crackdown after cars burned in riot

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Manuel Valls condemned burning of cars and blocking of road as protesters vented anger over refusal to let jailed man attend brother's funeral.

French police officers acquitted of 2005 teen deaths

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The two officers were accused of failing to help two boys who fled from them into a power substation near Paris in 2005, sparking weeks of riots.

French police officers stand trial for 2005 teen deaths

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The two officers are accused of failing to save two boys fleeing them who were electrocuted in a power substation, prompting nationwide riots.

Paris suburb pro-Palestinian rally rioters jailed

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Three men were jailed and another received a suspended sentence for their part in riots that erupted on Sunday in Sarcelles.

French court convicts Islamic veil-wearing woman

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Cassandra Belin fined for 'wearing clothing that hides the face' and given suspended jail term for threatening police in arrest that led to riots.

Police officers to stand trial over deaths that led to French riots of 2005

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On October 27th, 2005, two police officers chased three teenagers into an electricity sub-station in a Parisian suburb where two of them died after being electrocuted. Their deaths provoked major riots around Paris and across France. Nearly eight years later a French court has ruled that the two officers should stand trial, on charges of failing to provide assistance to persons in danger. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports on the complex background to this high-profile case.

The reality of France's troubled 'banlieues', as told by those who live there

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The Paris suburb of Le Blanc-Mesnil is typical of dozens of socially-deprived agglomerations that surround the capital’s northern perimeter, characterized by zones of high-rise public housing estates, higher than average unemployment, especially among the young, and a significant population of North and West African origin who complain of being stigmatized and discriminated against. While the stereotypes of those who live in what are commonly called les banlieues are reinforced by regular incidents of violence, drug dealing and social unrest, local inhabitants are rarely offered a public stage to challenge the narrow perceptions that ignore the broader realities of their community. But now, in a rare and insightful book published last month, a group of women residents of Le Blanc-Mesnil recount with frankness and simplicity their everyday experiences, both positive and negative, of life amid the troubled suburbs. Carine Fouteau reports.