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France slams UK's 'lack of humanity' towards Ukrainian refugees

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French interior minister Gérald Darmanin has accused the British authorities of 'a lack of humanity' over their 'completely unsuitable' arrangements for Ukrainian refugees in the French port of Calais where, he said, a lack of consular services led to 150 refugees trying to cross the Channel being told to seek visas in Paris or Brussels.

France says it will not be 'held hostage' to UK over Channel crossings

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Speaking after a meeting in Calais on Sunday with European counterparts to discuss clandestine migration and people trafficking, following the deaths of at least 27 people trying to cross the Channel to the UK last Wednesday, France's interior minister spoke of the need to cooperate 'seriously' on the issue with London but 'without being held hostage by domestic British politics'.

Provisional toll of Channel migrant tragedy revised to 27 dead

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The latest toll of the sinking of a dinghy carrying migrants attempting to cross the Channel from France to the UK on Wednesday is at least 27 dead, including seven women, one of whom was pregnant, and three children, while two survivors are critically ill in hospital.

France 'shelves' plan to clog trade and ban UK boats from ports

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The French government has withdrawn its threat to clog cross-Channel trade by zealous checks on commercial vehicles and to ban UK fishers from landing their catches in ports after Jersey offered fast-track approval for fishing permits for up to six French vessels, according to British media reports.

UK PM Johnson says relations with France are in 'turbulence'

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said relations with France are fraught with 'turbulence' as diplomatic tensions mount in a post-Brexit dispute over the number of permits to be granted to French trawlers to fish in UK waters.

France threatens disrupting cross-Channel trade in fishing row

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France has threatened to block UK fishing boats disembarking catches in French ports and to also impose systematic sanitary checks on British exports to the continent via French ports unless London relents on the limited number of post-Brexit licences accorded to French fishing vessels operating in UK waters.

France threatens to punish UK over fishing row, urges EU to do same

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A French government minister has threatened the disruption of energy supplies to the UK, as well as cross-Channel traffic, following London's decision to severely limit licenses accorded to French fishermen, adding that France would urge reprisals at an EU level, including the proposition of limiting access for UK students to the  bloc's educational institutions. 

France slams 'totally unacceptable' UK rights for French fishermen

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French government spokesman Gabriel Attal warned that Paris could seek 'retaliatory measures' through the EU amid renewed tensions over limited post-Brexit fishing rights now granted by the UK to French trawlers.

France says Johnson asks to re-establish ties after subs row

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The French president's office said on Friday that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Emmanuel Macron to express his hopes of resuming cooperation between their two countries on defence and climate change, following a bitter diplomatic dispute over Australia's decision to cancel a 56-billion-euro order for French submarines.

Why submarine sale row shows France must re-think its role in the world

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After a phone conversation on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron appeared to have at least partly defused tensions over the new military pact between Australia, the UK and the US which entailed the cancellation of Australia’s purchase of 12 French submarines worth 56 billion euros. In this op-ed article, Mediapart’s international affairs specialist François Bougon argues that the diplomatic crisis of recent days should prompt a re-think of France’s global role and an end to the notion of its grandeur and exceptionalism, a heritage handed down from Charles de Gaulle.

France cancels defence meeting with UK over Australia subs dispute

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Paris has called off a meeting due in London this week between France's armed forces minister and her British counterpart amid a heightening row  over Australia’s decision to abandon a deal to buy 12 French diesel-electric submarines in favour of a pact with the US and UK.

French woman wrongly held at UK airport over post-Brexit red tape

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A 23-year-old French woman who has been living in Britain over the past year, and who has applied for residency status as required of EU citizens by post-Brexit regulations, was detained for more than eight hours when she re-entered the country at London's Gatwick airport last month.  

France to introduce tougher mandatory quarantine for UK

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France intends to impose a mandatory quarantine on visitors from Britain to prevent the spread of a worrying virus variant first detected in India.

EU commissioner berates France over southern England truck jams

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In an unusally strong statement posted on Twitter, the European Union's transport commissioner, Adina Valean, commenting on the massive logjam of trucks around the English port of Dover following border restrictions introduced by France after a new contagious strain of the coronavirus was found in the UK, said 'I deplore that France went against our recommendations'.

France reopens border with UK amid truck gridlock around Dover

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France has reopened its borders with the Britain – which were closed at the weekend due to fears over the spread of infections by a new coronavirus strain identified in England – on condition that travellers carry proof of testing negative for the virus, but the huge backlog of trucks that have been piling up around the normally busy port of Dover is expected to take days to clear.