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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

Davis Cup: Sweden, France on song but Australia lose to Croatia on opening night
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Davis Cup: Sweden, France on song but Australia lose to Croatia on opening night

Sweden were in imperious form in the Spanish capital against the Canadian 2019 finalists who went into battle without their top two players Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov.

Germany latest country to pass the grim 100,000 COVID-19 deaths milestone
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Germany latest country to pass the grim 100,000 COVID-19 deaths milestone

Officials say 68.1 percent of Germany’s 83 million inhabitants are fully vaccinated, far below the minimum level of 75 percent the government has aimed for

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

IAF gets two more Mirage 2000 jets: How Dassault Aviation-made jets are adding to India's air power
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IAF gets two more Mirage 2000 jets: How Dassault Aviation-made jets are adding to India's air power

The aircraft will be upgraded to the latest standards under a programme that has been undertaken by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

At least 31 dead after migrant boat crossing from France to England capsizes in English Channel
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At least 31 dead after migrant boat crossing from France to England capsizes in English Channel

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 34 people were believed to have been on the boat. Authorities found 31 bodies — including those of five women and a young girl.

France's Karim Benzema gets one-year suspended term in sex tape case
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France's Karim Benzema gets one-year suspended term in sex tape case

The sentence was tougher than that sought by prosecutors against the 33-year-old player over the 2015 extortion attempt, which led Benzema to be cast out of the France team for five-and-a-half years.

Qatar accused of ignoring women after 'traumatic' airport searches; terrified of travelling, says passenger
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Qatar accused of ignoring women after 'traumatic' airport searches; terrified of travelling, says passenger

Women on 10 Qatar Airways flights from Doha were subjected to the searches, including citizens of France, New Zealand and Australia, where the legal case is now being brought

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

UN Security Council reflects the global power structure from 1945, not today’s
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UN Security Council reflects the global power structure from 1945, not today’s

The US, UK, France, Russia, and China make most decisions among themselves because each can veto any council position for any reason. This unchecked power has undermined the Security Council’s credibility

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Four-goal Kylian Mbappe fires France into finals, Belgium also qualify
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Four-goal Kylian Mbappe fires France into finals, Belgium also qualify

The French will be joined at the finals by neighbours Belgium as the world's top-ranked team saw off Estonia 3-1 in Brussels to ensure top spot in Group E

Premier League: Paul Pogba expected to miss 'several upcoming matches' for Manchester United following injury
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Premier League: Paul Pogba expected to miss 'several upcoming matches' for Manchester United following injury

The injury potentially rules Pogba out of United's final two Champions League group games and meetings with Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia in showdown games
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia in showdown games

Three groups are set to be decided when the top two teams meet in a last-game showdown. Winners will go to Qatar and losers head for the playoffs in March, needing to get past two more opponents to qualify.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Paul Pogba to miss France matches due to thigh injury
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Paul Pogba to miss France matches due to thigh injury

France host Kazakhstan on Saturday knowing victory would secure a place at next year's World Cup, before their final Group D game in Finland next week.

French journal Mediapart makes fresh claims of kickbacks in Rafale deal
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French journal Mediapart makes fresh claims of kickbacks in Rafale deal

Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation and India's defence ministry have previously trashed allegations of any corruption in the contract

NSA Doval and French foreign minister hold talks on India-France strategic partnership, maritime security in Indo-Pacific
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NSA Doval and French foreign minister hold talks on India-France strategic partnership, maritime security in Indo-Pacific

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reinstated France's commitment to strengthen ties in the areas of defence, space, civil nuclear energy and security with India to National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval

Billie Jean King Cup: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova leads Russia to semi-finals as holders France knocked out
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Billie Jean King Cup: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova leads Russia to semi-finals as holders France knocked out

Pavlyuchenkova, the world number 12, beat 59th-ranked Cornet 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to secure the decisive point Russia needed to win Group A and send France home.

Submarine deal fallout: France says Australia hits 'new low' leaking Macron texts
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Submarine deal fallout: France says Australia hits 'new low' leaking Macron texts

French Ambassador Thebault said Australia leaking Macron's text messages was a warning to other world leaders that their private communications could be weaponized and used against them

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