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Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot | Reuters

Updated : Dec 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot | Reuters

By Aziz El Yaakoubi | RABAT RABAT Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspected militant accused of acting as an intermediary between Islamic State commanders and a cell dismantled by French authorities last month, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.France said late last month it had foiled a possible attack after detaining seven people, including some who had been in the ranks of Islamic State in Syria."For his mission (the suspect) met Islamic State messengers on the Turkish-Syrian border and he received instructions ... to pass on to the group that has been arrested on French soil," the Moroccan ministry said in a statement.The suspect was supposed to travel to France via Germany using a forged passport, the ministry added. It gave no details about the suspect but a security source told Reuters he was a Moroccan national who lived in Spain. #Islam #France #Middle East #Africa #Iraq #French
High turnout as French conservatives choose candidate to battle far-right for presidency | Reuters

Updated : Nov 27, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

High turnout as French conservatives choose candidate to battle far-right for presidency | Reuters

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Marine Pennetier | PARIS PARIS Two former prime ministers went head-to-head on Sunday in a runoff vote for France's centre-right presidential nomination, with the victor expected to face a showdown against a resurgent far-right in May.The winner, either Francois Fillon or Alain Juppe, will most likely represent the entire French political mainstream against the National Front's Marine Le Pen, in another test of the anti-establishment anger in Western countries that saw Britain vote to leave the EU and Americans elect Donald Trump as president. Opinion polls show Fillon, a social conservative with a deep attachment to France's Catholic roots, as the clear favourite after stunning his more centrist challenger with a surge in support just before the Nov. #United States #India #France #Russia #French
High-profile French police site among terrorist suspects' targets - sources | Reuters

Updated : Nov 24, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

High-profile French police site among terrorist suspects' targets - sources | Reuters

PARIS A high-profile police site was among the potential targets in a foiled terrorist plot, according to a person arrested in France in connection with the plot, two sources close to the investigation said on Wednesday.France has been under a state of emergency since a wave of Islamist attacks last year, giving police wider powers, and the arrests come at a sensitive time ahead of next spring's presidential elections in which security will be a major theme.The sources said the information, for the moment highly tentative, came from one of five people still in custody after simultaneous police swoops in southern port city of Marseille and Strasbourg in northeast France last Saturday night.One of the sources said the police have also found Internet searches, by some of the suspects, for possible targets, including a theme park in the Paris region.Two suspects arrested in Marseille - an Afghan and another person - have been released, she said. Both sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said one of the suspects had begun to talk to interrogators, notably on the subject of possible targets.French officials are worried that Islamic State, which is fighting to defend territory it seized in Syria and Iraq, will call on its followers and jihadists returning from the region to increase attacks in the West.More than 230 people have been killed in attacks on French soil since January 2015, including 130 in coordinated gun and suicide bomb strikes in Paris last November. #Business #Syria #Islam #Europe #Crime #military #French
Putin praises French presidential contender Fillon | Reuters

Updated : Nov 23, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Putin praises French presidential contender Fillon | Reuters

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he welcomed intentions to improve ties with Russia that have been voiced by contenders to be the French centre-right's presidential candidate.Putin said he has good personal relations with one of the contenders, Francois Fillon, calling him an "upstanding person." Speaking to reporters, Putin also said that Moscow hopes that Western moves to counter Russian media will not result in serious restrictions. (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Christian Lowe) #United States #Business #France #science #Argentina #French
France says it has foiled another attack, arresting seven | Reuters

Updated : Nov 21, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

France says it has foiled another attack, arresting seven | Reuters

PARIS France said on Monday it had foiled a terrorist plot and arrested seven people, a year after a state of emergency was imposed to counter a wave of Islamist attacks.Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the seven people of French, Moroccan and Afghan origin, aged 29 to 37, were detained on Sunday. One of the detentions followed a tip-off from a foreign government, he said.Two were arrested in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille and four in Strasbourg in the northeast. Cazeneuve did not say where the seventh was arrested."Yesterday, a terrorist act on our soil that was being prepared for a long time was foiled thanks to the work of the DGSI," Cazeneuve said in a statement, referring to the internal intelligence service."The scale of the terrorist threat is enormous and it is not possible to ensure zero risk despite everything we are doing." The minister gave no information on the target of the planned attack #India #Business #Syria #markets #United Kingdom #Iraq #French
UK must manage asylum seekers on its own soil, French presidential hopefuls say | Reuters

Updated : Nov 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

UK must manage asylum seekers on its own soil, French presidential hopefuls say | Reuters

PARIS Britain must handle asylum seekers on its own territory rather than leave that to France, conservative candidates for France's presidential election said in a TV debate, highlighting that Franco-British tensions on the issue will not go away next year.Opinion polls show whoever wins a two-round primaries vote later this month to become the conservative candidate in the presidential election has strong chances of becoming France's next leader on May 7.Under a deal on cross-Channel border controls called the Touquet accords, British officials check passports in France and vice versa, so asylum seekers wishing to reach Britain are held up in France and handled by authorities there.The border question has taken centre-stage in the election campaign as France last week evacuated thousands of migrants from the "Jungle" camp in Calais, where more than 6,000 people were living, most in the hope of making it across to Britain. "On May 7, we must go to Britain and negotiate with (British Prime Minister) Theresa May the opening up of a hotspot, a centre, so that the British decide themselves who they want to take in," former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who negotiated the current arrangement, said during Thursday's debate. #United States #France #Middle East #Europe #French
French Socialists celebrate Mitterrand and slam Hollande | Reuters

Updated : Oct 27, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

French Socialists celebrate Mitterrand and slam Hollande | Reuters

By Ingrid Melander | PARIS PARIS The same first name and title seemed to be the most that embattled French President Francois Hollande had in common with Francois Mitterrand on Wednesday as he marked the 100th anniversary of his late predecessor's birth.Mitterrand, who exercised iron-fist control over his party and government, finished his first term in 1988 with high popularity ratings thanks to landmark policies that pleased his voters. He was easily re-elected and served until 1995.Hollande, by contrast, is the most unpopular leader in French polling history. #United States #Business #Middle East #Argentina #French
French Socialists celebrate Mitterrand and slam Hollande | Reuters

Updated : Oct 27, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

French Socialists celebrate Mitterrand and slam Hollande | Reuters

By Ingrid Melander | PARIS PARIS The same first name and title seemed to be the most that embattled French President Francois Hollande had in common with Francois Mitterrand on Wednesday as he marked the 100th anniversary of his late predecessor's birth.Mitterrand, who exercised iron-fist control over his party and government, finished his first term in 1988 with high popularity ratings thanks to landmark policies that pleased his voters. He was easily re-elected and served until 1995.Hollande, by contrast, is the most unpopular leader in French polling history. As his first term nears its end next spring, even his closest allies openly criticise him and polls forecast that he has no chance of being re-elected.The two are the only Socialist presidents elected during France's Fifth Republic, founded in 1958. #India #Business #Europe #markets #President #Entertainment #French
As Calais 'Jungle' closes, women migrants in smaller camps fear influx | Reuters

Updated : Oct 25, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

As Calais 'Jungle' closes, women migrants in smaller camps fear influx | Reuters

By Lin Taylor and Sally Hayden NORRENT-FONTES, France (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At a small, muddy makeshift migrant camp in the quiet countryside of Norrent-Fontes, some 70 kilometres (43 miles) from Calais in northern France, Ethiopian and Eritrean women prepare to cook injera, a type of flatbread, for their lunch.Inside a wooden shack lined with mattresses and belongings hanging in plastic bags overhead, Ethiopian migrant Sara, 26, stirs carrots, lentils and potatoes into a stew she is cooking for the 60 women in the camp. #United States #Europe #Argentina #United Kingdom #Turkey #French
French police stage fifth night of protest, Hollande pledges meeting | Reuters

Updated : Oct 22, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

French police stage fifth night of protest, Hollande pledges meeting | Reuters

PARIS French police staged protests in Paris and other cities for a fifth night on Friday, in a movement showing no sign of abating despite President Francois Hollande's government attempts to defuse tensions just months before a presidential election.Police say they are no longer sufficiently equipped even to defend themselves and have staged five nights of unauthorised demonstrations. Some 3,000 of them took to the streets on Thursday night, they said.Hundreds of officers protested on Friday night in front of Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris, just opposite the central police headquarters. Other protests took place in Calais, Lille, Toulon and other cities.Speaking from a European Council meeting in Brussels, Hollande said he would meet police representatives at his office early next week to hear their grievances. #United States #Islam #Middle East #Europe #Cities #French