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Could Brexit help migrants get to Britain? Not so fast

Paris - Hopes that Brexit could provide a ticket to Britain for thousands of migrants languishing in squalid conditions in northern France are illusory, the French government says.

Two men killed in Marseille shooting

Marseille - Two men were killed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a 14-year-old girl seriously wounded in a shooting early Saturday in the southern French city of Marseille, Police Commissioner Laurent Nunez told AFP.

France's British expats grapple with Brexit 'shock'

Eymet - British expatriates living in a sunny corner of France they have dubbed "Dordogneshire" grappled Friday with Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union."It was a huge shock," said estate agent Terrie Simpson.

'Good riddance', bitter French tweeters tell Les Anglais

Paris - Twitter was the go-to soapbox on Friday for the French to vent their anger -- as well as predictable digs at "Les Anglais" -- over the Brexit vote.

French woman who left baby to drown gets 20 years in jail

Lille - A woman who claimed that witchcraft caused her to leave her baby to drown on a beach in northern France was on Friday sentenced to 20 years in jail.

France's Marine Le Pen hails Brexit, urges 'Frexit' vote

Paris - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday hailed Britain's decision to leave the European Union and called for a similar referendum in France."Victory for Freedom!

Brexit vote a 'grave test for Europe': Hollande

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Friday that Britain's vote to leave the EU was a "grave test for Europe" in view of the economic and financial consequences.

Pope welcomes new French envoy after gay candidate snubbed

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday welcomed France's new ambassador to the Vatican, two months after Paris abandoned its attempt to have a gay Catholic installed in the post.

France to extradite U.S. rapper Gibbs to Austria

Toulouse - A French court on Thursday ordered the extradition of US rapper Freddie Gibbs to Austria, where he is accused of rape, his lawyer Michael Malka said.

Thousands march in tense Paris labour protest

Paris - Thousands of people opposed to France's hotly contested labour reforms were back in the streets of Paris on Thursday in the first violence-free protest in weeks.

France's Jean-Marie Le Pen told to repay 320,000 euros to European Parliament

Brussels - The European Parliament is demanding the repayment of 320,000 euros from MEP Jean-Marie Le Pen over a salary it believes was wrongly paid out to a parliamentary assistant, sources said Wednesday.

Poignant video shows French woman with baby she left to drown

Lille - A hushed French courtroom on Wednesday viewed a video showing a defendant cuddling the 15-month-old girl she left to drown on a beach, in a murder she has blamed on witchcraft.

France's Hollande sees Ukraine summit next month

Paris - France believes a new four-way summit on Ukraine is possible next month in the light of "progress" in the crisis, the French government said Wednesday.At a weekly cabinet meeting, President Francois Hollande said "progress has been made and a (summit)....

Turkish prosecutors 'demand over 14 years in jail' for activists

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors have asked for three prominent activists and journalists to be handed jail sentences of over 14 years on charges of publishing terror propaganda for guest editing a pro-Kurdish daily, a report said on Thursday.

France would see Brexit as 'irreversible': Hollande

Paris - France would see Britain's exit from the European Union as "irreversible" if the Leave camp wins Thursday's referendum, President Francois Hollande said."It is the future of the European Union...

French government allows Paris march in U-turn

Paris - France's Socialist government on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a Paris march against its hotly contested labour reforms, reversing a ban announced just hours earlier.

France expels Russian football fan leader for second time

Paris - Russian football activist Alexander Shprygin was expelled by France for the second time in four days on Tuesday, as police again fired water cannon and tear gas at Euro 2016 fans.

Le Pen calls for in/out votes across EU

Paris - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen called Tuesday on all European Union members, including France, to follow Britain's example in holding a referendum on remaining in the bloc."What I'm asking for is a referendum in France.

France expels Russian football activist for second time

Paris - France moved Tuesday to expel for a second time a Russian football activist accused of stirring street violence at Euro 2016, as police again fired water cannon and tear gas at fans.

Sarkozy calls for French-German push to save Europe

Berlin - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy called Tuesday for Paris and Berlin to make a joint push for "a new European treaty" following Britain's vote on whether to leave the bloc.

French woman says killing baby like 'going shopping'

Lille - A French woman who left her baby to drown on a beach gave a chilling account of the murder Tuesday, telling a court it was as perfunctory as "going shopping".

Man held over ties to killer of French police couple

Versailles - French investigators said they had detained Tuesday a man linked to the the jihadist killer of a police commander and his partner, and were probing whether the suspect had spied on other officers.

Russian football fan agitator held after sneaking back into France

Toulouse - French police detained Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin as he watched his country play at Euro 2016 just two days after being expelled from France, the interior ministry said.

Paris soaked by wettest spring in 150 years

Paris - Parisians, never ones to suffer in silence, have had good cause to grumble of late: meteorologists confirmed Monday it has been the wettest spring in the French capital in nearly 150 years.

French police couple buried after jihadist murder

P - Hundreds of people paid a final tribute to a policeman and his partner who were buried in southern France on Monday after being knifed to death by an extremist.

French woman who left baby to drown blames 'witchcraft'

Lille - A French woman who left her baby daughter to drown on a beach said Monday she had no other explanation but "witchcraft".Fabienne Kabou, 39, went on trial for the murder of 15-month-old Adelaide which shocked the country in November 2013.

Families of EgyptAir crash victims to get compensation

Cairo - EgyptAir said Monday advance compensation payments of $25,000 will be offered to families of the 66 people killed when one of its planes crashed into the Mediterranean last month.

Belgium detains six over foiled 2015 train attack: prosecutors

Brussels - Belgian police on Monday briefly detained six people in connection with a foiled attack last year on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, prosecutors said.

Terror fears to mute French summer solstice music bash

Paris - France's annual summer solstice music extravaganza -- a party it has exported across the globe -- will be slightly muted this year amid terror fears and the Euro 2016 football tournament.

Beer, batons and lessons from battle of Marseille

Marseille - The Pizzeria du Sud was selling record amounts of beer to England fans when a group of Russians in near-military formation burst into the square near the Marseille seafront.
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