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Macron backs EU ally Merkel in political battle on immigration

Meseberg, Germany | AFP | France’s Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday jumped to the aid of his core European partner, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is under mounting domestic pressure over the divisive issue of immigration. The French president said Paris and Berlin agreed that EU countries must be able to …

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Italy bans more migrant rescue boats

Rome, Italy | AFP | Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday warned another migrant rescue mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its “human cargo” at an Italian port. The new rightwing and anti-immigrant Italian government last week banned the French NGO operated …

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VAR makes World Cup history as France beat Australia

Moscow, Russia | AFP | France launched their World Cup campaign with victory against Australia on Saturday as the Video Assistant Referee system was used for the first time in World Cup history. The Group C match in Kazan was goalless when Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in …

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Migrant crisis on the menu as Macron meets Italian leader

Paris, France | AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Italy’s new premier Giuseppe Conte Friday to try patch up relations, after sparks flew between the two countries over Rome’s rejection of a migrant rescue ship. Despite efforts by both sides to play down their testy exchanges, the clash …

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Macron warns of risk of ‘escalation’ over Iran nuclear deal

Paris, France | AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron warned of the risk of an “escalation” in the Iranian nuclear standoff after Tehran announced plans to boost uranium enrichment capacity to pressure Europeans scrambling to save a landmark deal. At a press conference with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, …

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France to offer refugees 400 hours of French lessons

Paris, France | AFP | France is to double the number of French lessons it offers to refugees to 400 hours in order to help them integrate, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Tuesday. The extra lessons are part of immigration reforms under President Emmanuel Macron intended to balance swifter deportation …

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