France has made its position very clear when it comes to granting a third Brexit extension. Either the UK passes the deal negotiated with the EU, in which it can have a short prolongation to get it through parliament. Or, it will have to justify why it wants a longer extension. But it is against extending the deadline to rediscuss what was agreed on between London and Brussels. France's minister for European affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, speaking at a live Q&A on En Marche's Facebook page, said: "Things need to be clear, we won't say no to an extension, a couple of days is possible, but we won't give any more time under any kind of conditions or justifications." New elections or a second referendum are acceptable reasons for wanting a longer extension, according to de Montchalin, but "tight deadlines" are still necessary since the EU needs to be clear to its citizens on Brexit. "So either the deal is on its way to be ratified — and in that case, there's no problem granting a … [Read more...] about Could France go against all odds and veto a long extension for Brexit?
One morning in late April 1944, at 3 am, Polish Air Force (PAF) navigator Jan Stein Rosinski and his pilot Tadeusz Ciula bailed out soon after their plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Nazi-occupied France. They were part of the 305 Ziema Wielpolska PAF Polish bomber squadron, a highly-respected squadron of the Allied forces, and had taken off in their Mosquito plane from Lasham airfield in Hampshire, UK. They were tasked with the mission of striking Leeuwarden Air Base, a Nazi-occupied military airport near Amsterdam. With their aircraft significantly damaged after the strike, the aviators decided to head south, away from the English Channel and almost certain death. When they ran out of fuel, the pilots parachuted into a field near the small town of Creil, 50 kilometres from Paris. The story that follows is the result of piecing together letters, telegrams, video and photographs owned and preserved by the descendants of our protagonists, as well as historic files from the … [Read more...] about Sons of Polish navigator united with family who hid their father in Nazi-occupied France
The "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests) movement emerged out of anger over fuel price hikes in France and later snowballed to become a wider protest against social inequalities. A movement not affiliated to any political party or union and without leadership or structure, the first demonstrations sprang up on November 17 and quickly spread across the country. 'Gilets jaunes': Who are they and what do they want? | Euronews Answers First 'gilets jaunes' protests take place Protesters spanned age groups, jobs, and geographical regions, and comprised unemployed youth, retired people with very low pensions, and people who earn the minimum wage. Some far-right and far-left militants also joined the demonstrations but many protesters sought to distance themselves from these radical and violent fringe elements. As the movement rumbled on it even spread across borders, including to neighbouring Belgium. 'Gilets jaunes': which other countries have the French protest movement spread to? … [Read more...] about ‘Gilets jaunes’: How the movement escalated in France
A teenager has been killed after a suspension bridge collapsed in France this morning. The 15-year-old had been in a car with her mother when the bridge suffered a catastrophic failure. The bridge connects the towns of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn and Bessieres, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of the city of Toulouse. Several people remain missing after a truck and a car plunged into the river below, according to local reports. "We heard like a huge thunderclap," a witness said on BFMTV who lives roughly 150m from the bridge. They added:"I went outside and saw the bridge collapse with a car half out of the water." Two people are said to be in a life-threatening condition. More than 60 emergency workers are at the scene this morning and an investigation has been launched, according to the head of the Haute-Garonne department Georges Meric. At least nine people are thought to have been injured and three helicopters were called to the scene alongside emergency service first responders. … [Read more...] about France bridge collapse: Girl, 15, killed and several missing near Toulouse
France Football president Noel le Graet says Karim Benzema will never play for France again, and Benzema is furious. The head man said Saturday that Benzema will not return to the French national team, despite calls for the Real Madrid striker to make his return to the national team. Benzema has not played for France since 2015, frozen out as part of the fallout from the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape affair. It is that incident and that alone that has kept Benzema off the field for Les Blues, said le Graet. “For me, Benzema is a very good player. I have never criticised his qualities,” le Graet told RMC Sport on Saturday. “On the contrary, he is proving again this year at Madrid that he is one of the best players in his position. But the adventure with France is over.” Benzema responded soon after on social media, pleading for a chance to play again and firing back at le Graet’s suggestion that he is done. Noël je croyais que vous … [Read more...] about Le Graet says Benzema will never play for France again