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Emmanuel Macron eyes France-UK border agreement


Emmanuel Macron eyes France-UK border agreement

French president Emmanuel Macron is set to discuss reforming a bilateral border agreement with UK prime minister Theresa May on Thursday (18 January) amid pressure to prevent migrants from settling around the port city of Calais.

The Le Touquet agreement from 2003 allows British border controls to take place in Calais as well as similar French controls in the UK.

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UK to join forces with France to fight Islamist militants in north Africa


UK to join forces with France to fight Islamist militants in north Africa

The UK will deepen its cross-Channel military ties by sending military helicopters to help the French fight Islamists in north Africa, it has been reported.

The UK had offered the aircraft to bolster French helicopter numbers and will help the 4,000 French troops engaged in a counter-terrorism campaign in southern Sahara, the Telegraph reported.

France is helping governments in Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso to fight Islamists such as al-Qaida.

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Macron has vowed not to allow another migrant 'Jungle' camp to be set up in Calais


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French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed not to allow another migrant “Jungle” camp to be set up in Calais.

The pledge came as he visited the Channel port ahead of Thursday's UK-France summit where he is expected to try and shake-up Britain’s role in dealing with migrants bidding to come to the UK.

Hundreds of asylum seekers hoping to cross the Channel remain in the area, more than a year after authorities dismantled the town’s sprawling Jungle camp.

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France’s Emmanuel Macron set to push UK into joining ‘Army of Europe’ after Brexit


France’s Emmanuel Macron set to push UK into joining ‘Army of Europe’ after Brexit

The French centrist is set to call on the UK to join European powers in a bid to foster ever-closer integration of the continent’s militaries.

`French president Emmanuel Macron announced his plans for the European Intervention Initiative (EII) last September as part of his proposals for sweeping reforms to the European Union.

Now the French centrist is set to call on the UK to join European powers in a bid to foster ever-closer integration of the continent’s militaries.

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French dairy group Lactalis:83 countries affected by Lactalis tainted baby milk


 French dairy group Lactalis

French dairy group Lactalis, 83 countries have been affected and 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk are now being recalled.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the scandal broke, Lactalis boss Emmanuel Besnier said the consequences of the health crisis for consumers, including babies under six months, were at the forefront of his mind.

Two brands, Picot and Milumel baby milk, were the subject of international recalls issued in mid-December after dozens of children fell ill.

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France Awards Contract for Drone Helicopters Deployed From Warships


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The French government has awarded a contract to two European firms to develop technology for rotary wing drones to take off from French navy vessels.

The Airbus Helicopters consortium and the Naval Group were selected as primary contractors for the program by France's Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), Airbus Helicopters announced Friday. The two firms are tasked with completing a study to identify technical risks "for initiating and realizing the program," the company said.

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Air France to fly daily from Cork to Paris


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 Air France is to begin services out of Cork Airport from May, with a new Cork to Paris-Charles de Gaulle route.

The new daily service will bring an additional 33,750 available seats, commencing May 26th and running through to October 27th next.

Welcoming the new addition to the schedule, Niall MacCarthy, managing director at Cork Airport said the route was great news, not only for those seeking to travel to France, but also for passengers wishing to venture further afield.

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French energy company EDF to replace coal in China


French energy company EDF to replace coal in China

An energy service contract for a municipality in China means its residents won't have to use coal-fired options, French company EDF said Tuesday.

A subsidiary of the French company two years ago took an 80 percent stake in UPC Asia Wind Manage, which runs wind power plants in the second-largest economy. Its work covers four wind power plants with a net capacity of 66 megawatts and EDF has one, a 40MW plant, under construction.

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French carmaker PSA uses Macron reforms for 1,300 redundancies


French carmaker PSA

French carmaker PSA said Tuesday that it would make 1,300 people redundant under labour reforms pushed through by President Emmanuel Macron, the first big company to take advantage of the looser layoff laws.

Macron ran his campaign on a pledge to make businesses more competitive by making it less expensive to hire and fire workers, part of the former investment banker's push for a "French renaissance".

In September, he used executive decrees to shake up collective bargaining rules, overcoming the resistance of the far left and some labour unions.

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Emmanuel Macron insists France is committed to two-state solution in Jerusalem after Trump reversal


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Macron reaffirmed France’s commitment to a two-state solution in Jerusalem, saying it remained the only viable option to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the French presidency said

Palestinian leaders must continue “calling for calm and dialogue” if they are to pave the way for future peace negotiations with Israel, the 40-year-old centrist said during a meeting with members of the Palestinian Central Council.

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