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Which European city is this?

Thursday, December 29th 2016, 21:52
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Here, Madrid, Paris

Here's how Paris and Madrid have responded.
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French woman who killed husband freed after Hollande pardon

Wednesday, December 28th 2016, 19:02

French woman Jacqueline Sauvage, who murdered her husband, is freed after a presidential pardon.
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National Front mayor creates 'Rue du Brexit' in French town

Tuesday, December 27th 2016, 15:21
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Eu, Rue

A far-right French mayor has named a street in tribute to Britain's decision to leave the EU.
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Michele Morgan: French actress and glamour icon dies at 96

Wednesday, December 21st 2016, 9:18
related places: Cannes

Michele Morgan, the star who won the Cannes film festival's first best actress award, dies aged 96.
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Processed meat 'could be bad for asthma'

Wednesday, December 21st 2016, 1:28

Eating lots of ham and sausage might make asthma symptoms worse, according to French researchers.
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Christine Lagarde: IMF chief convicted over payout

Tuesday, December 20th 2016, 0:59

A French court finds IMF chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence but does not penalise her.
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French and Spanish police arrest five over 'Basque Eta arms cache'

Saturday, December 17th 2016, 16:23
related countries: Spain Spain

Police arrest five people after finding a suspected arms cache of the Basque group Eta in a French town.
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Paris fire: Migrant dies in 'suspicious' Boulogne-Billancourt blaze

Friday, December 16th 2016, 12:41
related places: Boulogne, Paris

A fire at a migrant centre in Paris in which one man died may have been started deliberately.
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Chinese imperial seal sold for record $22m at auction

Thursday, December 15th 2016, 2:42
related countries: China China
related places: Paris, Qianlong

An imperial seal owned by China's emperor Qianlong sells for a record €21m (£18m, $22m) in Paris.
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Aleppo battle: Eiffel tower lights in Paris turned off

Wednesday, December 14th 2016, 20:20
related places: Paris

The lights of the Eiffel Tower are turned off as a gesture of support for the people in Aleppo.
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Paris attacks planners 'killed in Syria'

Tuesday, December 13th 2016, 15:47
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

Two men who planned the November 2015 Paris attacks are killed in an air strike in Syria, the US says.
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France robbery: Thieves steal 70kg of gold on motorway

Monday, December 12th 2016, 15:29

Armed thieves are on the run in France after stealing 70kg of gold in a motorway heist.
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IMF chief Christine Lagarde in negligence trial in France

Monday, December 12th 2016, 13:24

IMF chief Christine Lagarde goes on trial in France for negligence in a long-running cronyism case.
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Christmas tree camera catches nanny 'abuse'

Monday, December 12th 2016, 11:52

A camera under a Christmas tree allegedly shows a nanny in France abusing a child in her care.
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Paris attacks: State of emergency 'to protect elections'

Saturday, December 10th 2016, 11:54

France's state of emergency must be extended to protect elections next year, PM Cazeneuve says.
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Paris attacks: Two jailed in Grasse for fake claim

Friday, December 9th 2016, 10:41
related places: Grasse

France jails a couple who defrauded a fund for survivors of the 2015 Paris attacks.
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Cameroon protests: 'People have been gassed, shot and flogged'

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 18:07
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon
related places: Bamenda

A resident in Bamenda describes ongoing clashes after weeks of protests against the use of French in courts and schools in English-speaking parts of Cameroon.
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Marine Le Pen: No free school for illegal migrants in France

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 14:01

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen calls for an end to free education for illegal immigrants.
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France tax case: Jerome Cahuzac, ex-budget minister, jailed for fraud

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 12:21

French ex-minister Jerome Cahuzac, appointed to clamp down on tax evasion, is jailed for tax fraud.
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Paris starts 'alternate day' car scheme

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 11:10
related places: Paris

Paris is suffering from the worst smog for a decade. To reduce pollution, motorists can only use their cars on alternate days this week.
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Paris closes parks in major anti-rat campaign

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 11:09
related places: Paris

Paris city hall temporarily closes the French capital's parks in a drive to cut the rat numbers.
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Brexit: French financial regulator wooing London banks

Thursday, December 8th 2016, 0:05
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London, Paris

Banks are in advanced stages of planning to shift some operations from London to Paris, says France's leading financial regulator.
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Numbers game

Wednesday, December 7th 2016, 13:18
related places: Paris

For a second day, Paris is cutting car numbers according to odd or even licence plates. Do such schemes work?
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French Interior Minister Cazeneuve replaces Valls as PM

Tuesday, December 6th 2016, 12:33

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve becomes PM, replacing presidential candidate Manuel Valls.
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France election: PM Manuel Valls to run for president

Monday, December 5th 2016, 22:03

French Socialist PM Manuel Valls announces he is standing in next year's presidential election.
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Australian charged with murder over death of French tourist

Sunday, December 4th 2016, 2:48
related countries: Aruba Aruba

An Australian man is charged with murder over the death of a French tourist in the outback.
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French town told park's Virgin Mary statue must go

Sunday, December 4th 2016, 0:41

A French town is told to remove its park's Virgin Mary statue as it breaks national secularism rules.
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Could a railway force Chanel No 5 out of its historic home?

Friday, December 2nd 2016, 5:57

Chanel says it will leave a historic French perfume site if plans for a high-speed train line go ahead.
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France presidency: Francois Hollande decides not to run again

Thursday, December 1st 2016, 23:30

In a surprise move Francois Hollande says he will not stand for a second term as French president.
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Stepping aside

Thursday, December 1st 2016, 23:06

Francois Hollande's decision not to stand again comes as a huge relief to France's Socialist Party.
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Rachida Dati: 'Powerful women have betrayed the poor’

Thursday, December 1st 2016, 0:24
related places: Born

Born to North African parents, Rachida Dati has risen to become one of the most high profile, yet controversial, female politicians in France.
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Gun that wounded French poet Rimbaud sold at auction

Wednesday, November 30th 2016, 20:37

The revolver used to wound French poet Arthur Rimbaud fetches over €430,000 at auction.
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Three Air France shirt ripping protesters found guilty

Wednesday, November 30th 2016, 11:39

A French court finds three former Air France employees guilty of ripping two executives' shirts off.
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Kirkorov plagiarism row: French disco musician held in Russia

Wednesday, November 30th 2016, 10:38
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

French disco musician Marouani is held in Moscow in a row over claims of plagiarism by Russian star.
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Rwanda genocide: French officials face investigation

Tuesday, November 29th 2016, 23:43
related countries: Rwanda Rwanda

Rwanda opens an inquiry into 20 French officials it suspects of involvement in the 1994 genocide.
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France election: The key issues

Monday, November 28th 2016, 22:01

Elaine Jung looks at the challenges Francois Fillon and France's other presidential candidates will face in their bid to win 2017's election.
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France election: Socialists scramble to avoid split after Fillon win

Monday, November 28th 2016, 11:41

France's ruling Socialists scramble to avoid a damaging split over the spring presidential election.
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France election: Fillon floors rival in conservative primaries

Monday, November 28th 2016, 10:09

Francois Fillon takes the conservative ticket in France's presidential election by a landslide.
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'Fire under the ice'

Sunday, November 27th 2016, 20:34

Known for his quiet nature and love of motor-racing, who is Francois Fillon, tipped as France's next president?
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France presidential race: Fillon and Juppe face off in poll

Sunday, November 27th 2016, 19:07

Voters in France choose between Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe for their centre-right presidential candidate.
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Fillon and Juppe: Who are the French centre-right rivals?

Saturday, November 26th 2016, 23:55

Hugh Schofield looks at the two rivals for the centre-right French presidential nomination - Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe.
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UK photographer David Hamilton dies at 83 amid rape scandal

Saturday, November 26th 2016, 18:36
related countries: Bermuda Bermuda, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Paris

British photographer David Hamilton dies in Paris days after being accused of rape by former models.
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French terror suspects 'were planning attack on Paris'

Friday, November 25th 2016, 14:27
related places: Marseille, Paris, Strasbourg

Prosecutors say five men arrested in Strasbourg and Marseille planned to attack Paris next week.
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France presidential election: Conservative rivals clash

Friday, November 25th 2016, 11:43

Two rivals for the centre-right French presidential ticket clash over how much change they will bring.
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One dead in attack at French retired missionaries' home

Friday, November 25th 2016, 11:09

French police hunt for a man who attacked a home for former missionaries, with terrorism ruled out.
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One dead in attack at French home for retired missionaries

Friday, November 25th 2016, 0:55
related places: Montpellier

A woman has been found dead after an armed man entered a retirement home for missionaries in France.
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Storm over local ban on French gay safe-sex posters

Thursday, November 24th 2016, 13:46

French mayors face court ruling over local bans on gay safe-sex posters.
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Bamenda protests: Mass arrests in Cameroon

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016, 19:10
related countries: Cameroon Cameroon

Some 100 people are arrested after protests against using French in Cameroon's English-speaking region.
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French heir finds $3.7m gold hoard underneath furniture in house

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 20:22

An astonished Frenchman finds 100kg of gold hidden underneath furniture in a house he inherited.
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France's Francois Fillon under fire over women's rights

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 13:52

French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon faces questions over his stance on abortion and discrimination.
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Qatari sisters robbed of 5m euros in France road hold-up

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016, 11:34
related countries: Qatar Qatar

Masked men rob two Qatari women of valuables worth €5m in a Bentley on a motorway near Paris.
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France's next president?

Monday, November 21st 2016, 16:34

What divides the French conservative rivals vying to run for president? The BBC's Laurence Peter investigates.
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France Sarkozy: Ex-president exits after defeat

Monday, November 21st 2016, 10:50

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy is knocked out of the centre-right presidential primary.
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French Republican primary: Sarkozy facing defeat

Sunday, November 20th 2016, 20:46

French conservatives vote on a presidential candidate, with ex-President Sarkozy facing defeat.
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High turnout in French presidential primary

Sunday, November 20th 2016, 17:10

There is a large turnout in the vote to choose a Republican Party candidate to run in next year's French presidential election.
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Tintin drawing sells for record €1.55m at auction

Saturday, November 19th 2016, 14:57
related places: Paris

An original comic strip depicting Tintin sells for a record €1.55m at a Paris auction.
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En garde

Saturday, November 19th 2016, 0:48

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen haunts France's Republicans as they hold a presidential primary.
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French confectioners battle Chinese firm over Calissons d'Aix

Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 22:23
related countries: China China
related places: Aix

A Chinese firm has trademarked the name of the marzipan Calissons d'Aix sweet, angering the French.
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Part of an Eiffel Tower staircase up for auction

Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 19:46
related places: Paris

A segment of an Eiffel Tower staircase has gone on display at a Paris auction house.
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France's Macron joins presidential race to 'unblock France'

Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 14:51

Ex-economy minister Emmanuel Macron says he will revolutionise French politics if elected president.
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Paris bomber's lost mobile found under paperwork in police station

Tuesday, November 15th 2016, 19:31
related places: Paris

Officers discover Paris bomber Brahim Abdeslam's lost mobile under paperwork in police station.
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US envoy says climate deal is bigger than any one head of state

Tuesday, November 15th 2016, 1:55
related countries: United States United States
related places: Paris, Trump

The Paris climate agreement will survive a Trump presidency, says the US climate change envoy.
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Paris attacks: France state of emergency to be extended - PM Valls

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 18:33

France's emergency measures are to be extended, PM Valls says, as Paris marks the attacks a year ago.
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Plaques unveiled to mark anniversary of Paris attacks

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 12:54
related places: Paris

French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo have been unveiling plaques around Paris, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the city last year.
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Marine Le Pen: Trump win boosts my chances

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 10:24
related countries: United States United States
related places: Trump

The US election has boosted the chances of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, she tells the BBC.
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Bataclan terror attack: Survivor returns to concert hall

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 6:00
related places: Paris

A survivor of last year's Bataclan terror attack in Paris, Stephane Toutlouyan, explains why he returned to the scene.
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Theatre of nightmares

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 0:58
related places: Paris

The Bataclan reopens on the eve of the Paris attacks anniversary, but its wounds are not yet closed.
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Sting tribute for Bataclan victims

Sunday, November 13th 2016, 0:19

Pop star Sting played a concert to mark the reopening of Paris' Bataclan venue, a year after the terrorist attack there.
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Paris attacks: Bataclan reopens with Sting concert

Saturday, November 12th 2016, 23:22
related places: Paris

The iconic Bataclan theatre reopens with a Sting concert, a year after the Paris massacre.
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Paris attacks: Sting prepares for Bataclan concert

Saturday, November 12th 2016, 19:33
related places: Paris

Sting warms up for his concert which will reopen the Bataclan in Paris for the first time since the 2015 terror attack.
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A changed man

Saturday, November 12th 2016, 0:47
related places: Paris

On the anniversary of the Paris attacks, survivor Michael O'Connor explains how the atrocity changed his life.
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French opposition MPs seek to impeach President Hollande

Friday, November 11th 2016, 18:11

Dozens of French MPs launch an attempt to impeach the country's president, Francois Hollande.
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Bataclan attack: 'You live it again and again'

Thursday, November 10th 2016, 18:01
related places: Paris

Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann is commemorating the Paris attacks
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Belgian jihadist Atar 'co-ordinated' Paris and Brussels attacks

Tuesday, November 8th 2016, 19:46
related countries: Belgium Belgium, Syria Syria
related places: Brussels, Paris

A jihadist in Syria is thought to have organised the attacks on Paris and Brussels, sources say.
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Hands off!

Tuesday, November 8th 2016, 1:15

A French watchdog calls for the suspension of a database that could hold the details of 60 million.
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Working for nothing

Monday, November 7th 2016, 17:59

French women were urged to walk out of work at 16:37 local time to highlight the gender pay gap.
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Adieu, murals

Sunday, November 6th 2016, 0:21

Adverts painted on walls used to be a common sight in France. But the art of sign-writers is now in decline.
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Migrant crisis: Police clear Paris's 'Stalingrad' camp

Friday, November 4th 2016, 12:07
related places: Paris

French authorities clear a migrant camp housing more than 3,000 people in Paris.
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Sting to reopen Paris's Bataclan before attack anniversary

Friday, November 4th 2016, 9:48
related places: Paris

Pop star Sting will reopen the Bataclan in Paris to mark the anniversary of the attack on the venue.
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Lucky rabbits

Friday, November 4th 2016, 0:07

The French are renowned as enthusiastic hunters, but their enthusiasm is waning fast, reports John Laurenson, as younger generations baulk at causing harm to animals.
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Calais 'Jungle': Last remaining children evacuated from camp

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, 13:49

France begins moving 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children from the Calais "Jungle" camp.
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Last children evacuated from Calais camp

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, 12:57
related places: Calais

French authorities have begun moving 1,500 migrant children from the Calais "Jungle" camp, a week after demolition began.
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Calais migrants: France's Hollande vows no return to camp

Tuesday, November 1st 2016, 11:37

No-one will be let back in the dismantled "Jungle" camp, says French President Francois Hollande.
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Unusual suspects

Monday, October 31st 2016, 12:30

Who are the main suspects in last week's kidnap of a wealthy hotel owner on the French Riviera?
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Gravel shipment causes French Polynesia radiation fears

Monday, October 31st 2016, 10:59
related countries: French Polynesia French Polynesia

Pacific island campaigners say materials for road building could contain plutonium.
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On with their heads

Saturday, October 29th 2016, 23:53

Despite officially not existing, the French nobility continues to endure and often thrive in the 21st Century.
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Calais 'Jungle': France urges UK to take more children

Saturday, October 29th 2016, 18:26
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

France's president says the UK should take in more migrant children after the Calais "Jungle" shuts.
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Inside France's new homes for Calais migrants

Thursday, October 27th 2016, 15:42
related places: Calais

The camp at Calais has been demolished, but its inhabitants have been moved to other centres in France.
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Not welcome

Wednesday, October 26th 2016, 21:40
related places: Calais, Charleville, Mezieres

There is a sense of anger in a new host town for some of the migrants from the dismantled Jungle camp in Calais, writes the BBC's Kevin Connolly in northern France.
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