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French right chooses Valerie Pecresse as Paris region chief to challenge Emmanuel Macron
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French right chooses Valerie Pecresse as Paris region chief to challenge Emmanuel Macron

Members of The Republicans (LR) in the primary run-off vote chose Valerie Pecresse, who will be its first-ever female presidential candidate and presents herself as a voice of moderation

Eric Zemmour, French far-right pundit with multiple hate-speech convictions, launches presidential run
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Eric Zemmour, French far-right pundit with multiple hate-speech convictions, launches presidential run

He already warned his supporters that they will likely be called racists for backing his anti-immigration and anti-Islam views that have already shaken up the election campaign.

Europe seeks new leader as bloc prepares for post-Angela Merkel era
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Europe seeks new leader as bloc prepares for post-Angela Merkel era

Analysts have warned that none may be immediately capable of assuming the task, given the European Union's myriad challenges — ranging from internal disputes to the after-shocks of Brexit

France to host meet on people-smuggling today but Britain off the list of invitees
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France to host meet on people-smuggling today but Britain off the list of invitees

At least 27 people drowned in frigid waters off the coast of France on Wednesday after a boat carrying migrants trying to reach Britain capsized in the English Channel

Boris Johnson asks French president Emmanuel Macron to take back Channel-crossing migrants
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Boris Johnson asks French president Emmanuel Macron to take back Channel-crossing migrants

Taking back migrants "would significantly reduce — if not stop — the crossings, saving thousands of lives by fundamentally breaking the business model of the criminal gangs" behind the trafficking, he said in a letter sent to Macron on Thursday evening

Channel migrant tragedy: Five suspected traffickers arrested; France and UK vow action
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Channel migrant tragedy: Five suspected traffickers arrested; France and UK vow action

The boat had set off from the coast at Dunkirk before hitting trouble off Calais to the west, a source close to the investigation said

Two shades of blue: Emmanuel Macron makes subtle changes in French flag, goes unnoticed for three years
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Two shades of blue: Emmanuel Macron makes subtle changes in French flag, goes unnoticed for three years

The French red-white-and-blue tricolour now has a darker navy blue rather than the previous bright blue to reflect the country's heroism

'Won't cop sledging of Australia': Morrison responds to Macron's accusation of lying on submarine deal
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'Won't cop sledging of Australia': Morrison responds to Macron's accusation of lying on submarine deal

Morrison attacked the credibility of Macron as a newspaper quoted a text message that suggested France anticipated 'bad news' about a now-scuttled submarine deal

Emmanuel Macron accuses Scott Morrison of lying over submarine deal; 'not like we defaced Eiffel Tower', says Australia
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Emmanuel Macron accuses Scott Morrison of lying over submarine deal; 'not like we defaced Eiffel Tower', says Australia

In September, Australia had dropped a five-year-old contract with a French naval group to build 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines, and formed an alliance with Britain and the US to acquire a fleet of eight nuclear-powered submarines

UK-France fish spat deepens despite talk between Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson on G20 sidelines
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UK-France fish spat deepens despite talk between Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson on G20 sidelines

The post-Brexit spat over the granting of licenses to fish in Britain’s coastal waters threatens to escalate within days into a damaging French blockade of British boats

President Emmanuel Macron wants Paris Olympics 2024 to turn France into a sportier nation
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President Emmanuel Macron wants Paris Olympics 2024 to turn France into a sportier nation

"The aim is not simply to get medals, it will be to put sport at the heart of the nation," Macron said, as he visited Olympic building sites and existing sports facilities in northern Paris.

Pope Francis expresses ‘shame’ over French Church sex abuse scandal, urges clergy to ensure situations 'not repeated'
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Pope Francis expresses ‘shame’ over French Church sex abuse scandal, urges clergy to ensure situations 'not repeated'

The pope spoke during his regular audience at the Vatican about a report released Tuesday that estimated some 330,000 French children were abused by clergy and other church authority figures dating back to 1950.

France and US edge closer towards rapprochement after Washington's exclusion of Paris from AUKUS
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France and US edge closer towards rapprochement after Washington's exclusion of Paris from AUKUS

French President Emmanuel Macron and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met in Paris to explore ways to overcome the rift that led France to take the unprecedented step of recalling its ambassador to the US.

France cuts back on visas for Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco in row over immigration policy
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France cuts back on visas for Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco in row over immigration policy

Starting in a few weeks, the French government plans to slash the number of visas given to Algerians and Moroccans by half, and to Tunisians by 30%, according to government officials.

Leaders' summit showed Quad is playing long game, and it won’t suffer a collapse even if China challenge subsides in future
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Leaders' summit showed Quad is playing long game, and it won’t suffer a collapse even if China challenge subsides in future

The Quad may struggle to meet the mountain of ever-changing expectations placed on its shoulders but readings of its inefficacy gloss over the incredible distance the coalition has covered since its resurrection in 2017

Submarine deal row: How France was sacrificed at the altar of Australia's changing need
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Submarine deal row: How France was sacrificed at the altar of Australia's changing need

Australian concerns about the deal were a matter of public record, with worries focused on cost over-runs and delays and whether the submarines would be fit for purpose once they entered service

PM Modi, Emmanuel Macron discuss Indo-Pacific cooperation amid submarine dispute
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PM Modi, Emmanuel Macron discuss Indo-Pacific cooperation amid submarine dispute

In telephone talks, both leaders said they would 'act jointly in an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific area', days after Australia pulled out of a submarine contract with France

Australia dismisses France's accusations, says concerns over submarine deal 'raised some months ago'
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Australia dismisses France's accusations, says concerns over submarine deal 'raised some months ago'

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the capability being delivered by France's Attack Class submarine was not going to meet their strategic interests

Submarine deal row: France accuses Australia, US of lying and duplicity
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Submarine deal row: France accuses Australia, US of lying and duplicity

The move comes after Australia's decision to break a 2016 deal for French submarines in favour of American nuclear-powered vessels

France recalls its ambassadors to US and Australia over AUKUS alliance
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France recalls its ambassadors to US and Australia over AUKUS alliance

The move comes after Canberra ditched a deal to buy French submarines in favour of US vessels