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France’s Macron urges future with Algeria beyond ‘painful’ history

France’s Macron urges future with Algeria beyond ‘painful’ history

PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron indicated France and Algeria should move beyond their "painful" shared history and look to the future at the start of a three-day visit to the North African country. The trauma of French colonial rule in Algeria and the bitter independence war that ended it in 1962 has haunted relations between the two countries for decades and played into a diplomatic dispute that erupted last year. "We have a complex, painful common past. And it has at times prevented us from looking at the future," Macron said after meeting Algerian counterpart President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Standing alongside Macron in…
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Mali accuses France of arming Islamist fighters in letter to U.N.

Mali accuses France of arming Islamist fighters in letter to U.N.

MALI says France has violated its airspace and delivered arms to Islamist militants in an attempt to destabilise the West African country, the latest in a barrage of accusations that have marked the bitter end to their once close relations. In a letter to the head of the United Nations Security Council dated Monday, Mali's foreign affairs minister, Abdoulaye Diop, said its airspace has been breached more than 50 times this year, mostly by French forces using drones, military helicopters and fighter jets. "These flagrant violations of Malian airspace were used by France to collect information for terrorist groups operating…
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Wildfires rage in France and Spain as heatwaves sear Europe

Wildfires rage in France and Spain as heatwaves sear Europe

LAYLI FOROUDI and SERGIO GONCALVES WILDFIRES raged in southwestern France and Spain, forcing thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes as blistering summer temperatures put authorities on alert in parts of Europe. More than 12,200 people had been evacuated from France's Gironde region by Saturday morning as more than 1,000 firefighters battled to bring the flames under control, regional authorities said in a statement. "We have a fire that will continue to spread as long as it is not stabilised," Vincent Ferrier, deputy prefect for Langon in Gironde, told a news conference. Wildfires have torn through France in…
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Blame game in France after ‘chaotic’ Champions League final

Blame game in France after ‘chaotic’ Champions League final

CHAOTIC scenes at the French national stadium before and during Saturday night's Champions League final were branded a national embarrassment, while French ministers blamed Liverpool fans for the trouble. The final between Liverpool and Real Madrid kicked off with a 35-minute delay after police tried to hold back people attempting to force their way into the Stade de France without tickets, while some ticket holders complained they were not let in. Television footage showed images of young men, who did not appear to be wearing the red Liverpool jerseys, jumping the gates of the stadium and running away. Other people…
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Mali to France: “Keep colonial reflexes to yourself”

Mali to France: “Keep colonial reflexes to yourself”

JOHN IRISH and TIEMOKO DIALLO France needs to stop interfering in Mali's affairs and keep its "colonial reflexes" to itself, the transitional junta government's spokesman said, rejecting claims Mali had wrongfully asked Denmark to pull its troops from the country. Relations between France and its former colony have soured since the junta has clung to power and brought Russian mercenaries into the country. "We invite (Armed Forces Minister Florence) Parly to show restraint and respect the basic principle of not interfering in the domestic affairs of a state," Abdoulaye Maiga told national news broadcaster ORTM1 late on Wednesday. Maiga's comments…
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Romain Grosjean’s special return to F1

Romain Grosjean’s special return to F1

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER ROMAIN Grosjean’s dream of ending his Formula 1 career the way he wanted is coming true. Grosjean and Mercedes-AMG Petronas announced that Grosjean would return to the F1 cockpit to complete a once-off test for the six-time winning champions in France.    In seven months to the day since his crash, Grosjean will drive Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 championship-winning W10 in a full-day test at French Grand Prix venue Circuit Paul Ricard on June 29. He will also pilot the car for a series of demonstration laps ahead of his home race at the same venue two days earlier.…
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Germany, France worried about Mali plan for Russian mercenaries

Germany, France worried about Mali plan for Russian mercenaries

GERMANY has joined France in expressing concern about an agreement between Mali's military rulers and a Russian security company that would bring Russian mercenaries into the African country. Diplomatic and security sources have told Reuters that mercenaries hired by the Wagner Group would train the Malian military and provide protection for senior officials. The deal is close to being agreed on, they said, "We find this extremely worrying," a German foreign ministry spokesperson said. France's foreign minister on Tuesday criticised the plans, saying such a move was "incompatible" with the French military presence in its former colony. France is worried…
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France,  SA to increase vaccines access

France, SA to increase vaccines access

FRANCE has decided to work with South Africa to help African countries to get access to vaccines, French President Emmanuel Macron told a news conference on Thursday ahead of a G7 summit. Macron also said that having access to vaccines should not be blocked by disputes over intellectual property rights.
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France donates 184,000 doses to Senegal

France donates 184,000 doses to Senegal

FRANCE has donated 184,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to Senegal through the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility, the programme's sponsors said in a statement. This is the second batch of COVID-19 vaccines Senegal has received through the global scheme after an initial 324,000 AstraZeneca doses arrived in March. The arrival of the latest batch is timely. Senegal's supply of vaccines is running low just as thousands of people are due for their second jabs. Most of the country's 16 million citizens have yet to receive a first dose. Around 456,000 people in Senegal had been vaccinated as of Tuesday, programme sponsors…
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Macron pledges help for Africa

Macron pledges help for Africa

PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron has announced that France would invest in boosting the production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, to help close a gap in the availability of the shots between African and Western nations. Speaking at a joint news conference with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria, Macron said Africa made up around 20% of the world's need for vaccines but only 1% of vaccine production. "How do we boost the production of vaccines on the African continent?" he said. "On this, we will this afternoon have an investment strategy to help these industrials produce more, and quite quickly."…
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