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Tear gas fired as hundreds arrested in violent French protests

Tear gas fired as hundreds arrested in violent French protests

World
Tear gas and water cannon have been used on thousands of people across France as protests continued against taxes and President Emmanuel Macron. Parts of central Paris were placed on lockdown and 89,000 security officials were deployed across the country amid fears of a repeat of rioting a week ago which damaged a major monument and injured 130 people.Paris Metro stations and tourist attractions including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Musee d'Orsay are closed, as 8,000 security personnel in the capital alone try to quell the rising fury.Earlier, tear gas was fired by officers as protesters stormed towards steel barriers and police trucks stationed outside the presidential palace. ...
French president requests respect following Trump's tweets

French president requests respect following Trump's tweets

World
French President Emmanuel Macron said France and the United States must respect each other, in a response to a flurry of critical tweets by Donald Trump. Macron said in an interview Wednesday with French television TF1 from the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier off the coast of southern France that "the French don't expect from me to answer to tweets." Trump lit into Macron Tuesday over his suggestion for a European defense force, French tariffs on U.S. wine and even Macron's approval ratings. Asked whether Trump's four tweets were unpleasant and inelegant, the French leader answered: "you summed up everything." He said he thinks that Trump "is doing American politics and I let him do American politics." "To be honest, I don't do diplomacy or politics through tweets and comments", he ad...
Scallop wars: British and French fail to reach deal

Scallop wars: British and French fail to reach deal

Business
British and French fishermen have failed to reach a deal to end the scallop wars in the English Channel. Talks broke down in Paris on Friday, with industry bosses unsuccessful in an attempt to agree a compensation package that would address recent skirmishes.Tensions rose last week when five British vessels sparred with dozens of French boats in the Seine Bay - with footage showing fishermen from both sides ramming each other. 1:05 Video: French v Brit Channel clashes ...
Trade war a reality, French finance minister warns

Trade war a reality, French finance minister warns

Business
A trade war is now a reality, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned as G20 ministers gather for a summit in Argentina. The current US trade policy of imposing unilateral tariffs is based on "the law of the jungle", he said. But US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the tariffs and urged the EU and China to open their markets to allow free competition.Last week, US President Donald Trump described the EU as a "foe" on trade.Mr Trump later threatened to impose tariffs on all $ 500bn (£380bn) of Chinese goods entering the US in a growing trade row.The US has large trade deficits with both the 28-member EU and China.The two-day talks in Buenos Aires bring together finance ministers and central bankers of th...
Greenpeace drone, toy plane crash into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace drone, toy plane crash into French nuclear plant

Technology
Greenpeace activists say they have crashed two remote-controlled aircraft — a drone and a tiny radio-controlled plane — into a French nuclear plant to highlight the lack of security around the facility. The drone, which was decorated like a miniature Superman, slammed into the tower in Bugey, 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the eastern city of Lyon, according to a Greenpeace video Tuesday. A short time later, the group released a video showing a small remote-controlled plane heading to a crash at the same wall. The environmental group says the aircraft were harmless but showed the lax nuclear security in France, which uses atomic power for about 75 percent of its energy needs. Last week 19 Greenpeace activists were handed suspended sentences for breaking into another nuclear pl...