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François Fillon: The Long Distance Driver Of French Politics

Lord Ricketts | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Ricketts

What did the voters see in Fillon? I think it was partly his reputation, straight-talking and honesty. Partly his style: he looks presidential and exudes calm and confidence. And partly his programme, crafted during his long road trip around France. He is the only presidential candidate I can remember who has had the courage to tell French voters that France needs serious economic reform.

Boulangerie Creates 'Bent Baguettes' To Solve Most French Problem Ever

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A boulangerie has come up with the perfect solution to the most French problem ever: how to get a baguette safely home on your bicycle. Usually, the F...

When France Falls

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

If France falls to Le Pen, the European project will likely unravel. It might be a shock to the system that is greater than a President Trump. In a recent essay, I predicted that France would have a National Front president by around 2035. I may have been far off. The date may be 2017.

Life After Calais For The Kids Of 'The Jungle'

Benny Hunter | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
Benny Hunter

Every day that they hear nothing draws them closer to despair. Without hope of reaching the UK by legal routes, more vulnerable children like Dawit will decide to take their fate into their own hands, leaving them homeless in Europe during the freezing Winter months.

Marr Is Right – We Need To Listen To Marine Le Pen. Only Then Can We Really Challenge Her

Andrew Grey | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Grey

We can't keep shutting ourselves off from these views and hoping they'll go away. If we do, and we try to censor them, they'll only grow, and the world will move even further away from where we want it to be. However uncomfortable we find it, it's only by listening to people with these views that we can see where they come from, understand their appeal, and ultimately defeat them..

Sting To Reopen Bataclan Concert Hall One Year After Paris Attacks Left 130 Dead

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 12.11.2016 | UK

British singer Sting will mark the reopening of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Saturday night in a sell-out concert one year after terrorists s...

The Central African Republic And Its Legacies Of Abuse

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The French mission in the Central African Republic is over. The official ceremony marking its end took place earlier this week. I have been investigat...

We Showed Refugee Children In Calais A Better Side To Europe

Julian Sayarer | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Julian Sayarer

In among the chaos and the dismal conditions of Calais, there were glimmers of a better version of Europe than these Syrians, Afghans, Eritreans and other nationalities were treated to behind the razor wire fencing

Children Pictured Sleeping On 'Cold Industrial Estate', After Being 'Completely Abandoned' In Calais

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK

Children are being abandoned and left to sleep alone and without shelter after French authorities demolished the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp and did not ...

Why Do Many Calais Migrants Want To Come To Britain?

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK

As the demolition of ‘The Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais began on Monday, the plight of the some 6,500 refugees living there was brought into fres...

British 'Anarchists' Accused Of Stoking Unrest During Calais 'Jungle's' Destruction

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

French officials dismantling ‘The Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais have said British anarchists threatened their efforts more than the migrants bein...

Yvette Cooper Warns Calais Refugee Children At Risk of Trafficking As Camp Demolished

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

Yvette Cooper has warned that child refugees risk slipping into the hands of smugglers as the Calais “Jungle” camp is demolished. After violence o...

On Behalf Of 'My' Country, I'm Sorry Too

Gina Lyons | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Gina Lyons

To anyone thinking you are above this, that your life is worth more, that you don't want or need to help anyone in this world, I pity you. This is one world, just the one. And we're breaking it. Now, I know I can only talk for myself on this one. I know I don't have all the answers on what we can do to stop all this, but to to all the refugees in the world, I am sorry too.

Gonzo GoPro: Joining the Action In Le Tour

David J Constable | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Sport
David J Constable

'Would you like to ride in the Tour de France?' 'What?' 'The Tour de France. Would you like to ride in it?' 'But don't you have to be like, you kno...

A Week In The Jungle - Volunteering At The Refugee Camp In Calais

Santosh Carvalho | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Santosh Carvalho

I feel I have a moral duty to speak out about what I've experienced in the "jungle". I'm pragmatic enough to know that solving the entire refugee crisis at Calais will need collective political and social action in Europe. However, it is in our gift to do something about the unaccompanied children and orphans in the camp.

Brexit could be like the Greek bailout

Mark Watts | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Watts

John. F. Kennedy said with reference to the Soviet Union "We cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable,"...

The Wild Washerwomen Of Calais

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

By hiking into Calais town to use the launderettes there, asking French men in bars to use their washing machines (haha), and using everything imaginable as clothes horse's, our lovely Wild Washerwomen, against all odds, washed wildly, and continue to wash!

I Watch The Growing Puritanical Attitudes Of Young Muslims With Apprehension

Shazia Awan | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Politics
Shazia Awan

I've lived all over the UK but South Wales is where my heart is.I was born in Caerphilly and grew up in Cardiff, I love going to the rugby, scoffing Welsh cakes and going out with mates. Cardiff is a vibrant city, we Welsh are some of the funniest, kindest people I have met and I am proud to say I am Welsh and call Cardiff my home.

Data Shows Why Building A Wall In Calais Is Bound To Fail

Natalie Stanton | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Natalie Stanton

If policymakers are serious about resolving the crisis in Calais, they need to take immediate steps to fix this broken system. It has become clear that no progress will be made until funds are invested in educating and empowering the camp's residents, rather than continuing to segregate and dehumanise them.

France Becomes First Country To Completely Ban Plastic Cups, Plates And Utensils

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Tech

If your idea of a perfect summer holiday was picnicking on the French Riviera, then you can bid adieu to your convenient plastic dishware. France has ...

Burkini-Wearing Australian Muslim ‘Threatened And Chased Off French Beach’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK

A Muslim woman from Australia has revealed how she was forced off a French beach – for wearing a burkini. Though the ban on burkinis was overturned ...

Alain Juppé: The Cold, Septuagenarian Conservative May Be The Best Option For French Progressives

Jasper Cox | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jasper Cox

Traumatised by terrorist attacks, depressed by continued economic malaise, desensitised to political scandals, France desperately needs someone who can channel the powerful spirit of de Gaulle, who was caricatured by the magazine Le Canard Enchaîné as the Sun King, Louis XIV. Of the current crop, Alain Juppé looks most able to wear the crown.

The Latest Court Decision On The Burkini In France Is Victim Blaming At Its Finest

Nathalie Greenfield | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nathalie Greenfield

Such targeting and marginalisation can only lead to increased religious intolerance; as the presidential elections of 2017 loom and debates surrounding Islam in France become ever-more intensified, France needs to find a way of moving towards a more inclusive model of national identity.

17 Horrifying Alternatives To The 'Great Wall Of Calais' As Suggested By The Public

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK

The UK appears to have taken inspiration from Donald Trump with the announcement a “great wall” is to be built in Calais to prevent refugees and m...

The UK Has Gone Full Trump And Is Going To Build A Wall To Keep Migrants Out

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK

A “a big, new wall” is to be built in Calais in an effort to halt the flow of refugees and migrants crossing the Channel to the UK aboard lorries....