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    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more A fin whale, which weighed 15 tonnes and was 19 meters long, died after reportedly getting beached due to an injury. Jacky Karpouzopoulos of the CMNF animal protection group, said, “It is a female, about 30 years old, who ran aground on Saturday. She was sick, but she reached the port of Calais still alive, then she went too close to the rocks, and she ran aground.” How the whale was injured is still a mystery. Hopefully, the autopsy will provide more information. It will have to be done on the beach as the whale is much too large to transport. Fin whales are the second largest whale species next to the blue whale and are enlisted as being an endangered species. Many whale species live in French waters, and a humpback whale was also discovered washed up on land earlier this year. It is sad that this whale’s story had to end this way, especially when the fin whale population is so delicate. Many whales are on the brink of...
    BRITAIN and the EU are heading for a fresh row over Northern Ireland after Unionists threatened a war against Brussels border checks. The DUP said it will collapse the Stormont Assembly within weeks if Eurocrats do not agree to a Brexit renegotiation. 1Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said: 'It would be an absolute act of folly to believe that the anger has receded or the danger has passed'Credit: Pacemaker Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said that will mean laws needed to keep the NI Protocol operating will not be passed. His furious speech also warned the EU it will be responsible if its stubbornness sparks violence. Sir Jeffrey fumed: “It would be an absolute act of folly to believe that the anger has receded or the danger has passed.” The DUP yesterday withdrew from bodies on North-South cooperation set up in 1998’s Good Friday Agreement. Barni's Frexit barney MICHEL Barnier has sparked uproar by saying France needs to throw off the shackles of EU judges and control its borders. The ex-Brexit negotiator parroted Vote Leave’s UK rallying cry and called on his country...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s interior minister was meeting her French counterpart on Wednesday amid a surge in the number of people making risky journeys across the English Channel in small boats. Thousands of migrants have landed on beaches in southeast England in recent days of calm, summery weather, with 785 arriving on Monday alone, according to Britain’s Home Office. More than 12,000 have made the crossing this year, according to a count by Britain’s Press Association news agency. In 2020, about 8,500 people made the journey, and several died in the attempt. Migrants have long used northern France as a launching point to reach Britain, either by stowing away in trucks or on ferries, or — increasingly since the coronavirus pandemic disrupted international travel — in dinghies and other small boats organized by people smugglers. The British and French governments have worked for years to stop the journeys, without much success. Earlier this year, Britain agreed to give France 54 million pounds ($74 million, 63 million euros) to help fund a doubling of the number of police patrolling French...
    Thursday At Galgorm Castle & Massereene Golf Courses Co Antrim, Northern Ireland Purse: $1.5 million Galgorm Castle Course Yardage: 7,005; Par: 70 Massereene Course Yardage: 6,827; Par: 70 a-amateur First Round Jordan Smith, England 33-29_62 Matthias Schmid, Germany 33-31_64 David Drysdale, Scotland 32-32_64 Masahiro Kawamura, Japan 34-31_65 Matthew Baldwin, England 34-32_66 Eddie Pepperell, England 33-33_66 Alejandro Canizares, Spain 31-35_66 Max Schmitt, Germany 33-33_66 Nacho Elvira, Spain 33-33_66 Calum Hill, Scotland 32-34_66 David Law, Scotland 34-33_67 Tom Mckibbin, Northern Ireland 33-34_67 Jacques Kruyswijk, South Africa 32-35_67 James Morrison, England 32-35_67 Dale Whitnell, England 33-34_67 Callum Shinkwin, England 32-35_67 Daniel Hillier, New Zealand 33-34_67 David Horsey, England 34-33_67 Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand 33-34_67 Andy Sullivan, England 31-36_67 Oliver Farr, Wales 32-35_67 Eduardo De La Riva, Spain 32-35_67 Hugo Leon, Chile 33-34_67 Sihwan Kim, United States 32-36_68 Bradley Dredge, Wales 33-35_68 Jack Senior, England 34-34_68 a-Mark Power, Ireland 34-34_68 Ashley Chesters, England 33-35_68 Garrick Porteous, England 35-33_68 Richard Mcevoy, England 34-34_68 Scott...
    Thursday At Galgorm Castle & Massereene Golf Courses Co Antrim, Northern Ireland Purse: $1.5 million Galgorm Castle Course Yardage: 7,005; Par: 70 Massereene Course Yardage: 6,827; Par: 70 a-amateur First Round Jordan Smith, England 33-29_62   -8 Matthias Schmid, Germany 33-31_64   -6 David Drysdale, Scotland 32-32_64   -6 Masahiro Kawamura, Japan 34-31_65   -5 Matthew Baldwin, England 34-32_66   -4 Eddie Pepperell, England 33-33_66   -4 Alejandro Canizares, Spain 31-35_66   -4 Max Schmitt, Germany 33-33_66   -4 Nacho Elvira, Spain 33-33_66   -4 Calum Hill, Scotland 32-34_66   -4 David Law, Scotland 34-33_67   -3 Tom Mckibbin, Northern Ireland 33-34_67   -3 Jacques Kruyswijk, South Africa 32-35_67   -3 James Morrison, England 32-35_67   -3 Dale Whitnell, England 33-34_67   -3 Callum Shinkwin, England 32-35_67   -3 Daniel Hillier, New Zealand 33-34_67   -3 David Horsey, England 34-33_67   -3 Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand 33-34_67   -3 Andy Sullivan, England 31-36_67   -3 Oliver Farr, Wales 32-35_67   -3 Eduardo De La Riva, Spain 32-35_67   -3 Hugo Leon, Chile 33-34_67   -3 Sihwan Kim, United States 32-36_68   -2 Bradley Dredge, Wales 33-35_68   -2 Jack Senior, England 34-34_68   -2 a-Mark Power, Ireland 34-34_68   -2 Ashley Chesters, England 33-35_68   -2 Garrick Porteous, England 35-33_68   -2 Richard Mcevoy, England 34-34_68   -2 Scott...
    Michel Barnier warned against the dangers of populism and Brussels appearing too remote at an event in Marine Le Pen’s political stronghold of Northern France. – EPA Michel Barnier has warned that France could follow the UK out of the EU, as polls show growing support for the Eurosceptic Marine Le Pen. He said there was “social unrest and anger” over immigration and Europe’s failure to defend its borders and for the “red tape and complexity” of the EU. “We could draw some lessons from Brexit for ourselves. It’s now too late for the UK but not for us,” the former EU chief negotiator said. “We can find, not just in the UK, but here in France, in the northern regions […] citizens who want to leave the EU,” Mr Barnier, who has returned to domestic politics, said. He added, “It is our responsibility to understand why the British left […] it’s important for us to listen to the anger that was expressed in the UK, and to implement the kind of changes that are necessary to better understand and...
    PARIS (AP) — France is set to announce new coronavirus restrictions on Thursday, including a potential lockdown in the Paris region and in the north of the country, as the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units spikes. “We will make the decisions we need to make,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday while visiting the hospital of Poissy and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris. He added the new measures will be “pragmatic, proportionated and targeted.” Prime Minister Jean Castex is scheduled to detail the restrictions on Thursday evening. The virus is rapidly spreading in the Paris region, where the rate of infection has reached over 420 per 100,000 inhabitants and ICUs are closed to saturation. France’s nationwide infection rate is about 250 per 100,000. As during previous infection peaks, health authorities have organized transfers of critically ill patients to less-affected regions to ease some of the pressure on hospitals in Paris and in northern and southern France. People in France have been under a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nationwide curfew for two months....
    OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen killed nine people and wounded nine more in a road ambush in northern Burkina Faso on Thursday morning, security sources and local sources said. The attack happened between the towns of Markoye and Tokabangou, where residents were on their way to a weekly market across the nearby border in Dolbel, Niger, said three security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. An initial death toll of eight was revised up after one person died of injuries. Attacks are common in the tri-border area of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, where Islamist groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State have exploited ethnic grievances and expanded their reach in recent years. This week Chad announced it would deploy 1,200 troops to the area to complement France's 5,100-strong Barkhane counter-terrorism force, as leaders of the five Sahel countries and their allies met to assess the security situation. France is seeking an exit strategy after eight years of battling Islamist militants in the region, but French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out an immediate troop reduction on Tuesday,...
    Everything is good. In any case, it is with this philosophy that the Hauts-de-France business community wanted to approach Brexit, leaving behind fears and apprehensions. As early as May 2017, a delegation of 250 northern decision-makers went to meet their British counterparts in London. The image of the departure of the Eurostar had been repeated in all the media: the train took on board the president of the region Xavier Bertrand, the president of the European metropolis of Lille, Damien Castelain, and the mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry . but also the Greater Lille Committee and Entreprises & Cité, a northern entrepreneurial campus. Watchword ? May this divorce between Europe and Great Britain benefit its closest neighbors, namely Hauts-de-France. Actions in the regions then multiplied, with a view to ” win-win In order to continue working with the British. And, why not, welcome a few companies along the way. An advertising campaign, called Welcome Home, notably displayed in the London Underground, had precisely targeted investors across the Channel, looking for a geographic and logistical solution and above all a...
    CALAIS, France (Reuters) - Moments after Britain completed its divorce with the European Union, the first trucks hauling goods across the new customs border presented their clearance documents to French agents before loading onto a train to pass through the Eurotunnel. A barcode on Romanian driver Toma Moise's paperwork was scanned and approved in seconds. "The future, I don't think it will be difficult," he said in broken English before continuing his journey towards Britain. Cast as the dawn of a newly independent "global Britain", its exit from the world's biggest trading block means the return of customs formalities on the island nation's frontier with Europe for the first time in several decades. Freight flows through the Eurotunnel's Calais terminal were extremely light in the early hours of the New Year. British and European businesses have warned of carnage at the border as they learn to navigate a wall of red tape and paperwork that threatens to disrupt the smooth flow of nearly 1 trillion euros in annual trade. Yann Leriche, chief executive of Getlink which operates the Eurotunnel, told...
    FASHION legend Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98 - after vowing catwalks for decades. The world-famous designer died in a hospital in Neuilly in the west of Paris, his family later confirmed.  5Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98Credit: AFP or licensors 5Cardin was one of the biggest names in the world of fashionCredit: Rex Features Cardin, who cut his teeth working at top couture houses such as Christian Dior, went on to launch his own brand and pioneered the use of licensing in fashion, plastering his label's name on products of all kinds. He was born to a low-income family in northern Italy but became a France-based fashion superstar. "It is a day of great sadness for all our family. Pierre Cardin is no more," the statement said. It said after a lifetime spanning a century he had left France and the world a "great unique artistic heritage" and not only in fashion. Born into poverty in 1922 near Venice in northern Italy, his family emigrated to France when he was a small child....
    PARIS (Reuters) - At least three people were missing and a search operation was underway after a boat carrying about 20 migrants capsized off the coast of Loon-Plage near Dunkirk, northern France, local firemen said on Tuesday. Another 15 people were rescued, with eight suffering from hypothermia and two in cardiac arrest. Emergency and medical crews attended the scene, along with a French Navy helicopter. Several thousand migrants have attempted the dangerous crossing of the English Channel this year, often paying people traffickers to help them through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in overloaded rubber dinghies. Britain has repeatedly pressed President Emmanuel Macron’s government to do more to prevent the migrants leaving France. (Reporting by Pascal Rossignol; Writing by Aominique Vidalon, editing by Ed Osmond) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: France, United Kingdom, Europe
    ROME (Reuters) - Five bodies were discovered in northwestern Italy on Sunday, including four washed up on the shore close to the border with France, officials said, in deaths thought to be caused by severe storms in the region. At least some of the corpses might have been swept down the coast from France. Officials said on Saturday that two people died and nine were missing after fierce rains and strong winds lashed the border areas linking the two countries since Friday. Four of the bodies were found on a stretch of coast between the border town of Ventimiglia and Santo Stefano al Mare, police said. The fifth body was discovered slightly inland near to a river. None of the corpses were immediately identified. The bad weather caused millions of euros of damage, with several road bridges swept away in Italy, and streets in some towns littered with debris, mud and overturned cars. Officials in the Piedmont region reported a record 630 mm (24.8 inches) of rain in just 24 hours in Sambughetto, near to Switzerland -- more than half...
    By SYLVIE CORBET and COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Flooding from record rains in the mountainous region that spans France and Italy killed an Italian firefighter and left at least 25 people missing Saturday. A storm that moved overnight across southeastern France and then northern Italy caused major flooding on both sides of the border, destroying bridges, blocking roads and isolating communities. In Italy, a firefighter was killed during a rescue operation in the mountainous northern region of Val d’Aosta. Authorities were searching for 17 people missing in the neighboring Piedmont region, mostly people who were traveling in cars in the Col de Tende high mountain pass between France and Italy, according to civil protection authorities. They include two people from Germany driving with their 11-year-old and 6-year-old grandchildren, and a pair of brothers returning from France. One man was reported to have been swept away by a swollen river after exiting his car in the province of Vercelli. Unrelenting rainfall overnight hit levels not seen since 1958 in northern Italy's Piedmont region, where with as much as...
    PARIS (Reuters) - A 16-year-old Sudanese boy has been found dead on a beach in the city of Sangatte in northern France, French Citizenship Minister Marlene Schiappa said on Wednesday. Schiappa said on Twitter that the young boy had disappeared at sea last night. Local police were not immediately available to give further details on the circumstances of his death. "This unbearable tragedy mobilizes us still more with (Interior Minister) Gerald Darmanin against smugglers," Schiappa said. British interior minister Priti Patel also said on Twitter: "This horrendous incident serves as a brutal reminder of the abhorrent criminal gangs and people smugglers who exploit vulnerable people." Britain and France said last week that the two countries would work "at pace" to finalise a new plan for shutting down a migrant route across the Channel. Hundreds of people, including some children, have been caught crossing to southern England from makeshift camps in northern France, many of them navigating one of the world's busiest shipping routes in overloaded rubber dinghies. (Reporting by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Jan Harvey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By Antony Paone | Reuters LE HAVRE, France – A gunman took six people hostage in a bank in northern France on Thursday and was still holding two by late evening, police sources and media said. The hostage-taker was believed to have Islamist sympathies, two police union officials said. An elite police tactical unit was at the scene in the port of Le Havre, police said, and a bomb disposal squad had also been deployed, according to one of the union officials. French broadcaster BFMTV reported that a police negotiator had made contact with the assailant. The 34-year-old man with a history of mental health problems was armed with a handgun and initially took six people, a national police representative told Reuters. But four were subsequently released, according to French media and Denis Jacob of the Alternative police trade union. Militant attacks have shaken France in recent years, with four police officers killed in an October 2019 knife rampage in Paris and 130 people killed by coordinated bombings and shootings in the capital in November 2015. Yves Lefebvre, head...
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