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Sep 22, 2015

OECD tells Europe to act fast on migrants, adapt long-term too

PARIS (Reuters) – Europe must urgently produce a co-ordinated response to the mass exodus of refugees from Syria and Iraq, and whatever measures are agreed will need to be extended and beefed up as part of a wider adjustment in long-term migration policy, the OECD said.

In an appeal made as EU countries try again to bridge deep differences on the matter at emergency talks in Brussels, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said one million people could request asylum in Europe this year, more than at any time since World War Two.

Sep 16, 2015

Sarkozy calls for tougher French line on migrants

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy asked members of his opposition party on Wednesday to vote for proposals to reduce immigrants’ access to welfare payments and citizenship.

Sarkozy, tipped to run for president in 2017, said the French welfare system made the country too attractive to asylum-seekers and that automatic access to free healthcare and housing aid should be scrapped.

Sep 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo stirs new controversy with migrant cartoons

PARIS (Reuters) – French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is courting controversy again by running cartoons deriding the response of predominantly Christian European countries to a flood of migrants from mainly Muslim war zones such as Syria and Iraq.

The magazine became a symbol of freedom of speech after it was the target of a deadly attack by Islamist militants in January for publishing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad.

Sep 10, 2015

French opinion rapidly swings in favor of refugees, poll shows

PARIS (Reuters) – French public opinion has swung dramatically to majority support for an intake of more migrants from war zones like Syria, a new poll showed as the country welcomed further busloads of asylum seekers on Thursday.

The Elabe polling agency said support had risen to 53 percent from 44 percent only a week ago when it ran the same poll, suggesting that people changed tune after seeing harrowing images of drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi and the warm welcome that Germany has extended to droves of asylum-seekers arriving there.

Jun 30, 2015

France pursues terrorism charge against beheading suspect

PARIS (Reuters) – A man who beheaded his boss, pinned the head on a fence and tried to blow up an industrial gas plant will be investigated on terrorism charges, France’s chief public prosecutor said on Tuesday, dismissing the suspect’s claim that his act was not motivated by connections with Islamist militants.

Prosecutor Francois Molins announced the news at the end of a 96-hour custody period following the arrest of Yassin Salhi, 35, at the scene of the crime near the southern city of Lyon.

Jun 23, 2015

French economy firing up as private sector nears four-year high

PARIS (Reuters) – French private sector business activity grew at its fastest in almost four years in June as the manufacturing sector pulled out of recession, suggesting the second-largest euro zone economy is finally beginning to recover.

Data compiler Markit said its preliminary composite

purchasing managers index (PMI) — covering both manufacturing and the dominant services sector — rose to 53.4, well clear of the 50 mark that separates contraction from expansion and higher than any time since August 2011.

Jun 12, 2015

Strauss-Kahn acquitted in French vice trial

LILLE, France (Reuters) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn was acquitted of sex crime charges on Friday by a French court which ruled the sexual escapades with prostitutes of a man once tipped to be French president did not amount to “aggravated pimping”.

The verdict came four years after sex assault accusations by a New York hotel maid ended his political ambitions and forced him to step down as head of the International Monetary Fund.

Jun 12, 2015

Strauss-Kahn awaits Friday vice trial verdict

PARIS (Reuters) – A French court rules on Friday whether former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is guilty of sex crimes and if the man once tipped to become president of his country goes to prison.

Four years after sex assault accusations by a New York hotel maid ended his political ambitions and a stellar career as head of the International Monetary Fund, Strauss-Kahn learns whether another vice case in his home country has led to his conviction.

Jun 5, 2015

Frenchman in coma can be taken off life support – Euro court

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights on Friday allowed France to take a man in a coma off life support, in a case that has torn a family apart and could influence the extent to which euthanasia is endorsed by law across the continent.

The European court upheld a ruling by France’s top administrative court that authorized doctors to put an end to the intravenous feeding and hydration keeping car crash victim Vincent Lambert alive.

May 19, 2015

French attack survivor Luz says he leaving Charlie Hebdo

PARIS, May 19 (Reuters) – One of the few cartoonists to
survive an Islamist militant attack on France’s Charlie Hebdo
journal is leaving the publication, saying he can no longer bear
the pressure.

Renald Luzier, better known simply as Luz, announced his
decision in an interview in Liberation, the newspaper that has
housed Charlie Hebdo and helped it publish since an attack in
which most of his cartoonist colleagues were killed.