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Europe via the Indian Ocean? New wave of illegal immigration hits France's Mayotte

5 hours 12 min ago
French President Emmanuel Macron is currently visiting Mayotte, France's most impoverished department. Located in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique, the island is faced with daunting challenges: scarce water resources, sky-high birth rates, poverty, crime plus illegal immigration from neighboring Comoros. What's new is that asylum seekers from various war-torn regions now see Mayotte as a viable entry point into Europe, one that is thought to circumvent the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean. Our team reports.

Seek and destroy: French customs' war on counterfeit goods

Fri, 18/10/2019 - 11:59
The global counterfeit goods market is worth an estimated €460 billion yearly, according to OECD and EU figures. In France, demand for cheap counterfeit goods is on the rise. Last year alone, French customs police seized almost 5.5 million knock-off replicas of branded products - everything from trainers to medication. Authorities are facing an uphill battle, with increasing volumes of international freight and ever-adapting criminal groups. Our team reports.

French Epstein associate accused of sexual harassment

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 13:44
A French modelling agent suspected of procuring young women for the disgraced US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has been formally accused of sexual harassment, French judicial sources said Thursday.

Italian court rejects bid to halt loan of da Vinci work to Louvre

Wed, 16/10/2019 - 17:26
An Italian court on Wednesday rejected a last-minute bid to halt the loan of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Vitruvian Man drawing and other works to France's Louvre museum, ending a bitter cultural row.

French supermarkets blasted for binning food on national no-waste day

Wed, 16/10/2019 - 16:36
Two French supermarket chains came under fire Wednesday after a lawmaker staged raids on Paris trash cans that uncovered packages of food within their use-by dates as France marked its national anti-food waste day.

France says Turkey’s Syria offensive ‘currently’ no threat to jihadist jails

Wed, 16/10/2019 - 09:28
France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that Kurdish-run prisons holding suspected jihadists in Syria are “currently” not threatened by a Turkish offensive, adding that he would travel to neighbouring Iraq to discuss ways to put them on trial there.

France denied early Euro 2020 qualification with Turkey draw

Tue, 15/10/2019 - 01:38
France drew 1-1 with Turkey in Euro 2020 qualifying on Monday in a match played against a backdrop of diplomatic and security tensions after Paris condemned Ankara for its military offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria.

Two women convicted in failed 2016 Notre Dame car bomb plot

Mon, 14/10/2019 - 22:29
A French court on Monday sentenced five members of an all-female jihadist cell to between five and 30 years in prison over a failed bid to detonate a car bomb outside Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

France's troubled conservatives elect new leader

Sun, 13/10/2019 - 20:38
France's rightwing Republicans (LR) on Sunday elected Christian Jacob, the current head of the troubled party's parliamentary group, to steer them to municipal elections in March.

Did Charles de Gaulle foresee Brexit?

Sun, 13/10/2019 - 14:06
With no end to the Brexit drama in sight, FRANCE 24 goes back to the past to elucidate the present. In 1963, France’s revered President Charles de Gaulle famously said “non” to the UK joining what was then the EEC. For some observers, his arguments for keeping Britain out were prophetic.

Is the French tuition fees ruling a victory for foreign students?

Sun, 13/10/2019 - 13:46
France’s Constitutional Council ruled on Friday that free access to public higher education is a constitutional right, throwing into doubt a planned surge in tuition fees for foreigners studying at French universities. But questions remain over the fate of overseas students in France.

Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès: Murder, mystery and an 8-year manhunt

Sat, 12/10/2019 - 13:18
A man believed to a French fugitive accused of killing his wife and four children in 2011 was arrested in Scotland Friday only to be later released in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. It is the latest twist to a case that has stumped authorities and gripped the French public for the past eight years.  

‘A lesson in humility’: Macron lambasted at home after European Commission fiasco

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 16:17
A debacle, a cold shower and a slap in the face: French commentators spared no hyperbole in describing the rejection of France’s nominee for the European Commission, Sylvie Goulard, claiming Emmanuel Macron had been punished for his arrogance.

New Caledonia to hold second independence referendum in 2020

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 02:00
France's Pacific island territory of New Caledonia will hold a second referendum on independence next year, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Friday.

Georgians benefit from French health service via asylum claims

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:21
As part of a broader debate on immigration, French MPs are debating free medical care given to asylum seekers. Since 2007, Georgians no longer need a visa to visit France. Critics say many of them take advantage of the law to apply for asylum and benefit from free healthcare. Last year saw 7,000 Georgians claiming asylum in France - a higher number than Syrians or Iraqis. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Luke Shrago.

French kissing culture: The ins and outs of 'la bise'

Wed, 09/10/2019 - 15:09
It’s a fundamental part of living in France that can leave foreigners a little flummoxed. "La bise" is the way people greet each other by exchanging kisses on the cheek. Where does this beloved tradition come from? And what are the rules? Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot teach you the basics of "bise etiquette" and how to avoid giving an unintentional French kiss.

Live coverage: Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to officers killed in Paris police HQ knife attack

Tue, 08/10/2019 - 08:28
French President Emmanuel Macron is paying tribute on Tuesday to the four police officers killed by a colleague at police headquarters in central Paris last week.

Paris knife attacker's colleagues spotted 'signs of radicalisation' in 2015, internal report says

Mon, 07/10/2019 - 09:40
An internal report on the man who killed four police colleagues in Paris last week says the 45-year-old computer expert, who was hearing disabled and had converted to Islam, showed signs of radicalising in 2015 but “no problem” since.

French minister fends off calls to resign over Paris police killings

Sun, 06/10/2019 - 14:51
France’s interior minister acknowledged Sunday that officials should have kept a closer eye on the Paris police employee who stabbed four colleagues to death last week, after investigators found evidence he had supported an extreme version of Islam.

France survive Tonga scare to reach Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

Sun, 06/10/2019 - 09:59
France qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with a nailbiting 23-21 win against Tonga that sets up a winner-takes-all clash with England to top Pool C.