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France shooting: Hostage swap officer 'fighting for life'

France shooting: Hostage swap officer 'fighting for life'

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A police officer who swapped himself for a hostage in a supermarket siege is fighting for his life in hospital, French President Emmanuel Macron says. The gendarme, whom media named as Arnaud Beltrame, helped bring an end to a gunman's shooting spree that killed three in southern France.The gunman - 25-year-old Redouane Lakdim - said he was fighting on behalf of the Islamic State group.He was shot dead by French police after mounting three separate attacks.Sixteen people were injured, two seriously, in what Mr Macron called an act of "Islamist terrorism".Lakdim is said to have been demanding the release of Salah Abdeslam, the most important surviving suspect in the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people. One person - believed to be Lakdim's partner - has been arrested i...
Six Nations 2018: Owen Farrell to captain England against France as Dylan Hartley misses out

Six Nations 2018: Owen Farrell to captain England against France as Dylan Hartley misses out

Sports
Owen FarrellThursday, March 8, 2018Dylan Hartley has been ruled out of England's NatWest 6 Nations match against France with a tight calf.Owen Farrell will captain the team in Hartley's absence in Paris on Saturday afternoon, the Rugby Football Union has announced.Hartley sustained the injury in training at the start of the week and has been forced to concede defeat in his race to be fit.Farrell starts as England skipper for the first time. Mako Vunipola has been named vice-captain with Jamie George taking over at hooker.Hartley has been ever-present under head coach Eddie Jones, starting all but one of his 26 Tests in charge and always acting as skipper."Owen will be very proud to be captain but at the same time he's disappointed for Dylan to miss out through injury. He knows the position...
Laidlaw kicks Scotland to victory over France – highlights & report

Laidlaw kicks Scotland to victory over France – highlights & report

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device 2018 Six NationsScotland (14) 32Tries: Maitland, Jones Cons: Laidlaw 2 Pens: Laidlaw 6France (20) 26Tries: Thomas 2 Cons: Machenaud 2 Pens: Machenaud 2, Serin 2Scotland put defeat by Wales behind them to overcome France at Murrayfield and revive their Six Nations campaign.The first of two Teddy Thomas tries put France into an early 10-0 lead before Sean Maitland crossed for Scotland.Thomas gathered a lucky bounce to score again but the hosts replied via Huw Jones' try, only for Maxime Machenaud's second penalty to put France 20-14 up.Greig Laidlaw kicked six penalties, to two from Baptiste Serin, to steer the Scots home in a tense second half.Scotland will next face reigning champions Englan...
Lactalis baby milk scare in France: Salmonella taint 'began in 2005'

Lactalis baby milk scare in France: Salmonella taint 'began in 2005'

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The French dairy group at the centre of a baby milk scandal, Lactalis, has admitted some of its products may have been tainted over more than a decade.Millions of boxes of powdered milk have been recalled worldwide following a salmonella outbreak last year.Researchers say that the exact same strain of salmonella was responsible for another outbreak in 2005.The company said it was possible other babies could have been affected by Lactalis products since then.In a newspaper interview published on Thursday, Lactalis CEO Emmanuel Besnier said tests had shown that a factory at the centre of the latest scare, in Craon in north-western France, was also responsible for the 2005 outbreak.Baby milk scandal explained in 100 and 500 wordsThe factory - owned by Lactalis since 2006 - was closed in Decem...
France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

Technology
Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts — and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of authoritarianism, would be impossible to enforce and is sure to backfire. Macron's stance "could be just the beginning of actually censoring freedom of speech. We believe it is a very dangerous situation," Xenia Fedorova, director of RT's newly launched French-language channel, told The Associated Press. Yet in a world where a falsehood can reach billions instantaneously and political manipulation is increasingly sophisticated, Macron argues something must be done. A congressional repo