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Iran nuclear deal not dead despite US exit, France says

Iran nuclear deal not dead despite US exit, France says

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceFrance's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the Iranian nuclear deal is "not dead" despite US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw.The 2015 agreement curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions that had been imposed by the UN, US and EU.But Mr Trump argued that the deal was "defective at its core", saying he would pull out and reimpose sanctions.Other signatories to the nuclear accord say they remain committed to it.The deal was agreed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, UK, France, China and Russia - plus Germany. It was struck under Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.Iran said it would try to salvage the agreement, but would restart uranium enrichment if i...
France strike: Rail misery as three-month action tests Macron

France strike: Rail misery as three-month action tests Macron

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France's rail network has been severely disrupted, as a wave of strikes against President Emmanuel Macron's labour reforms gets under way.The start of the strike has been dubbed "Black Tuesday", but the action will spread over three months, affecting two days in every five.Staff at state railway SNCF are leading the strike, but the energy and waste collection sectors are also affected.The unrest presents Mr Macron's biggest challenge since his election last May.How is the strike taking hold?With the four main rail unions observing the strike, services have been severely curtailed. Some 77% of SNCF drivers are on strike, and 48% of all staff.Only one in eight high-speed TGVs are scheduled and only one in five regional trains.Commuter lines into Paris have also been slashed and bus services ...
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

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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

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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...