Tag Archives: France

France wildfires force mass evacuation


Wildfires in south-eastern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, officials say. Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimoses, in the country’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. France earlier asked its EU neighbours for more help fighting the fires. Some 4,000 hectares (15.4 sq miles) of land have burned along the Mediterranean coast, in the ...

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France to ban petrol and diesel vehicles


France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the country’s new environment minister has announced. Nicolas Hulot made the announcement as he unveiled a series of measures as part of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make the country carbon neutral by 2050. Mr Hulot said he recognised the target would put pressure on France’s car ...

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Vietnam blogger deported to France


A French-Vietnamese dissident blogger has been deported to France after losing his nationality of birth. Pham Minh Hoang served a jail sentence after being convicted in 2011 over articles that “blackened the image of the country”. Hoang, 62, was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday after losing his appeal against deportation. It is rare for dual-nationals to lose ...

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Cordon in Paris after car hits police van


A car has crashed into a police van before bursting into flames around the Champs Élysées area of central Paris, police officials say. The driver, who had a weapon inside the car, was knocked unconscious and is seriously injured, French media report. Police say the situation is now under control, and neither law enforcement officers nor civilians were injured. France ...

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Attacker shot outside Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral


A man has been shot by police outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris after he tried to attack an officer using a hammer, police say. The suspect has been wounded in the chest, French media report. Officials say this is a “terrorist incident”. Some 900 people are still inside the cathedral. Pictures on social media show some holding their ...

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France’s Macron set for ‘tough’ talks with Putin near Paris

The first Macron-Putin tete-a-tete is taking place in the royal splendour of Versailles

French President Emmanuel Macron will shortly hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin near Paris, amid tensions over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. They will meet at the ornate Grand Trianon Palace at Versailles. Mr Macron says he expects some tough words. It could be an awkward meeting, the BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Paris reports. Recently Mr Macron’s ...

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Macron arrives in Mali for visit to French troops


Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Mali to meet French troops, less than a week after his inauguration as president. Mr Macron’s plane touched down at a French airbase in the north of the country just before 10:00 GMT (11:00 BST). He is due to speak with Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita during his short visit. French soldiers have been fighting ...

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Macron vows new start after inauguration


Emmanuel Macron has promised to restore France’s global standing, as he was officially inaugurated as the country’s youngest president at the age of 39. “My mandate will give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves,” President Macron said at the elaborate Élysée Palace ceremony. He vowed to see the EU “reformed and relaunched” during his time in office. ...

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Le Pen concedes defeat after easy Macron win


Emmanuel Macron has comfortably won the French presidential election, projections show. The centrist candidate has won more than 60% of the vote, according to numerous estimates, comfortably beating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who swiftly conceded defeat. Addressing supporters in the east of Paris, she said she had already called Mr Macron to congratulate him, adding the French people had ...

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Macron wins French presidency by decisive margin over Le Pen


The pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency with a decisive victory over the far-right Marine Le Pen that his supporters hailed as holding back the tide of populism. Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 65.1% to Le Pen’s 34.9%, ...

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