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UN panel releases draft treaty banning possession and use of nuclear weapons

States would have to destroy any nuclear weapons they have and would be forbidden from transferring them A draft treaty banning the possession and use of all nuclear weapons. The draft treaty is the culmination of a sustained campaign, supported by more than 130 non-nuclear states frustrated with the sclerotic pace of disarmament, to prohibit nuclear weapons and persuade nuclear-armed states to disarm. Nine countries are known or believed to possess nuclear weapons: the US, UK, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel. None has supported the draft…

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Emmanuel Macron races to train would-be MPs

Frances new president has promised to field candidates from his new party En Marche! in all but one of the countrys 577 constituencies and he is 148 short 428 people chosen to stand as candidates for Macrons La Rpublique En Marche (Republic on the Move, or La REM) party for next months parliamentary elections, 52% are new to politics and have never held elected office. They were being given a crash course on how to run an election campaign, organise and motivate a team and deal with the press at…

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Gare du Nord evacuated in Paris after security concerns

Police were reportedly looking for three men thought to be dangerous, following similar sightings in Bordeaux and Marseille The Gare du Nord, one of Paris main transport hubs, was evacuated on Monday night as police carried out a security operation. Footage posted on social media showed a large police presence around the station and local media reported that officers were looking for three men who were thought to be dangerous. Prfecture de police (@prefpolice) May 8, 2017 French police tweeted on Monday night that they were carrying out checks. According…

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French election: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron trade insults in TV debate

Majority of French people polled feel that centrist candidate outperformed far right leader in ill-tempered clash The independent centrist Marine Le Pen traded venomous personal insults and clashed over how to fix the sluggish French economy and fight terrorism in a bruising live TV presidential debate days before the final set up his neither right nor left movement En Marche! (On the Move) a year ago. Le Pen, who took over the far-right Front National from her father six years ago, has never held a ministerial or French parliament post….

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French winemakers deploy candles, heaters and helicopters to save vines from frost

Vineyards report temperatures plunged in Champagne, Bordeaux damaging shoots already well-developed because of earlier mild weather Sharp spring frosts are damaging production in some of Frances most famous winemaking regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, posing a threat to growers incomes. Vineyards report temperatures plunged in all three regions last week, sometimes to below -7C (19F), hurting shoots already well-developed because of earlier mild weather, and growers fear a new cold snap could cause more damage. They have been using candles, heaters and even the down-draught from helicopters to try…

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Raw director Julia Ducournau on how to make a horror film as creepy as possible

The brains behind the French cannibal film that overwhelmed Toronto audiences shares her tricks for creating menacing, hair-raising body horror Julia Ducournaus debut feature film, Raw, made headlines at Toronto last year when a couple of horrified audience members The Guardians Peter Bradshaw was among many critics who praised it: What is very impressive about Raw is that absolutely everything about it is disquieting, not just the obvious moments of revulsion: there is no let up in the ambient background buzz of fear, he wrote. At the Paris press event,…

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Blaze devastates Grand-Synthe migrant camp outside Dunkirk

At least 10 people injured as prefect of French region says fire has left nothing but a heap of ashes A large fire has devastated the Grande-Synthe migrant camp outside the northern French city of Dunkirk, reducing it to a heap of ashes, according to the regions prefect. Firefighters said at least 10 people had been injured on Monday night in the blaze at the camp, which was home to between 1,000 and 1,500 people, humanitarian groups said, living in closely packed wooden huts. Fire blazes through the Grande-Synthe migrant…

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Leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon shakes up France’s presidential race

After strong performances in two debates, several new surveys show the Communist-backed candidates popularity surging The French Communist-backed presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is closing in on the frontrunners Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, according to new polls. A rally held by Melenchon drew tens of thousands of supporters on Sunday, underlining his surging popularity just two weeks from the election on 23 April and adding new drama to a rollercoaster campaign. After strong performances in two televised debates, several surveys at the weekend showed him climbing to third position,…

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‘It has been done’: Eta hands over weapons in France

The separatist group is thought to have given French authorities information on the location of arms stashes The Basque separatist group Eta, which has promised to give up all its remaining arms by Saturday, has handed over the weapons to members of civil society in France, one member of the group has said. We have the political and technical responsibility for Etas disarmament, and it has been done, Txetx Etcheverry, a Basque environmentalist, said on Friday. Eta has handed over its weapons to civil society. They are on French soil,…

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