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Explosives stolen from French army base

Theft of explosives, detonators and grenades from Miramas site comes despite increased security following attack on Lyon chemical plant last monthA pile of explosives, 180 detonators and about 40 grenades have been stolen from an army base in the south…
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Greece’s vote edges it towards euro exit, but the odyssey is far from over

Creditors may now be tempted to let Greece sweat it out a bit in a cashless economy, but to avoid a Grexit tragedy they should try less stick and more carrot

Greece’s membership of the euro hangs by a gossamer thread after the victory for the no side in the country’s referendum. The cash machines are running out of money and the economy is in freefall.

The fate of the home of democracy is not in its own hands. If it chooses to do so, the European Central Bank could force Athens to default on its debts and issue its own currency on Monday morning by withdrawing emergency support for the Greek banking system.

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France and Germany intervened over World Cup votes, says Sepp Blatter

The German football body was told to vote for Qatar for ‘economic reasons’, Fifa president tells a newspaper, adding that he is ‘tired of taking the blame’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said that France and Germany applied political pressure before the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.

Blatter told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that “there were two political interventions” from former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his German counterpart Christian Wulff before the hosts were announced on 2 December 2010.

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Migrants try to storm Channel tunnel at Calais, sparking further delays

Eurotunnel services disrupted after about 150 migrants try to enter restricted areas of terminal in CalaisChannel tunnel services have been disrupted after about 150 migrants tried to storm the terminal in Calais in a bid to board UK-bound freight.Euro…
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World Briefing | Europe: France: Surrogate Children Win Legal Recognition

France’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Friday granted legal recognition to surrogate children, in a major turnaround that will make their daily lives easier.
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Theresa May to hold crisis talks on ferry strikes with French counterpart

Home secretary to meet Bernard Cazeneuve to discuss disruption of cross-Channel services and worsening migrant situation in CalaisTheresa May is due to hold talks in Paris about the continuing cross-Channel disruption caused by striking French ferry wo…
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France suspends two of its soldiers in Burkina Faso over child sex abuse

Allegations include abuse of five-year-old girl, police say, and follow alleged sex abuse scandal involving French troops in Central African Republic

France has suspended two soldiers over allegations of child sex abuse, including of a five-year-old girl, in the west African country of Burkina Faso, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.

“Two French soldiers on mission in Burkina Faso were suspected … of engaging in acts of a sexual nature with two children,” France’s defence ministry said in a statement.

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2 Uber Executives Questioned by Police in Paris

The police acted in connection with a months-old investigation into the company’s low-cost UberPop service, which taxi drivers protested last week.
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French Minister Suggests Group to Push Middle East Talks

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France described his idea as an alternative to the Middle East quartet to spur Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
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