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Shock at Tour de France Chilean wine deal

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There was a whiff of revolt in France on Friday as news broke that the Tour de France organisers had struck a deal to promote a Chilean wine at its 2016 event.

The wine "Bicicleta" from Chile's Cono Sur is the wine in question, and will only be allowed on the promotional events outside France, in Switzerland, Andorra and Spain.

But domestic wine producers were up in arms.

"It's unacceptable to allow the Tour de France organisers to promote a wine from Chile," the Young Farmers group (JA) said on its website. 

"They should be supporting only French produce," it continued.

The group have threatened to disrupt one of the stages in the Aude region between Carcassonne and Montpellier if the partnership goes ahead.

"How did it come to this surprising end," asked Socialist Party senator Roland Courteau in a letter to Tour director Christian Prudhomme.
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French Socialist government's rifts laid bare by Aubry attack - BBC News

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"Sometimes there are truths which are disagreeable to articulate, but the time has come. Enough is enough."
So begins a devastating attack published in Le Monde this week against the government of President Francois Hollande.
The article is not the work of the president's enemies on the right. It comes from within his own Socialists. The lead signature is that of the respected former minister, now mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry.
Never before have the latent divisions inside the ruling party been so cruelly exposed.

Ms Aubry and her co-signatories list one by one the government policies which over the last four years have had them seething.
There was the so-called responsibility pact, under which businesses got relief on social charges in return for taking on new workers - "a fool's bargain," apparently.
There is the constitutional row over stripping terrorists of their nationality: a betrayal of French values, they claimed.
Two weeks ago there was the "indecent" speech of Prime Minister Manuel Valls in Munich, in which he implicitly criticised Angela Merkel for encouraging refugees.
"No," says Martine Aubry. "Madame Merkel is not naive - she has not endangered Europe, she has saved it."

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Skeletons in France May Represent 8th-Century Arab Expansion - Archaeology Magazine

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Three graves unearthed in southern France may reflect an Arab-Islamic presence north of the Pyrenees during the early Middle Ages. Yves Gleize of the French National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research and the University of Bordeaux, and Fanny Mendisco of the University of Bordeaux, examined three medieval graves in Nimes, France. The position of the bodies and the orientation of the heads towards Mecca appear to follow Islamic rites, and genetic testing of the remains suggests North African ancestry in the paternal line. Radiocarbon testing dates the skeletons to between the seventh and ninth centuries. “The joint archaeological, anthropological, and genetic analysis of three early medieval graves at Nimes provides evidence of burials linked with Muslim occupation during the eighth century in the south of France,” Gleize explained
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Migrants stranded in Greece, face eviction in France

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At flashpoints near borders on either side of Europe, authorities tried Tuesday to force back migrants desperate to begin new lives in more prosperous nations.

In Greece, police bused about 1,250 Afghans stuck at the Macedonian border back to Athens after countries further up the migrant trail wouldn't let them through. In France, authorities prepared to evict people from a shantytown known as the "jungle" in the port of Calais, where migrants wait for a chance to try to cross into Britain.

The seemingly arbitrary decision by some Balkan countries to close their borders to Afghans attempting to make their way across Europe to seek asylum has left thousands stranded in Greece, even as more continue to arrive on Greek islands from the nearby Turkish shore.
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French Anonymous hackers go on trial

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Three French Anonymous activists went on trial Tuesday for hacking a police union website, collecting contact information for hundreds of police officers and disclosing the details online in 2012. A prosecutor asked a Paris court to hand the three men, aged 22 to 27, a one-year suspended sentence and a 5,000 euro fine each.
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Uber Faces Potential Big Fine and Ban for Bosses in France

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Uber is at risk of millions of euros in damages and fines and having two top executives banned from running the ride-hailing company in France as their trial wraps up in a Paris court.

The San Francisco-based company is in trouble in France over its now-suspended low-cost UberPop service, which connected clients to non-professional drivers, infuriated French taxi drivers and prompted the criminal charges. Uber continues to operate its standard service with registered professional drivers.

Thursday is the last day of their high-profile trial. The verdict may come at a later date.

Thibaud Simphal, general manager for France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, chief for Europe,Middle East and Africa, are accused of complicity in practicing an illegal taxi activity. Charges also include deceptive commercial activity and violation of French privacy law.

 
 
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Merkel Isolated as EU Partners Slam Door on Refugee Flood

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Abandoned by France, defied by eastern Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a lonely figure in her struggle for EU “solidarity” on the refugee crisis ahead of a Brussels summit.

Merkel is battling for a deal that will see refugees more evenly spread around the European Union after Germany welcomed 1.1 million asylum seekers last year.

But instead, eastern European countries are planning new razor wire fences, and even Paris — traditionally Berlin’s closest EU ally — has shown little enthusiasm for Merkel’s welcome policy.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Saturday that the mood in France was “not favourable” to Merkel’s call for a permanent quota system.

“Europe cannot take in all the migrants from Syria, Iraq or Africa,” Valls told German media. “It has to regain control over its borders, over its migration or asylum policies.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry praised Merkel for showing “great courage in helping so many who need so much” amid “the gravest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II”.

But he also told the Munich Security Conference that the mass influx spells a “near existential… threat to the politics and fabric of life in Europe”

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Calais Jungle refugees are being “terrorised by“an armed far-right militia

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Members of an armed far-right militia are attacking Calais migrants in an unprecedented, brutal campaign of violence, according to evidence seen by this newspaper. In a series of incidents in recent weeks, refugees living at the Jungle camp claim to have been targeted by organised thugs – sometimes in uniforms. 
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A law to strip dual-citizen terrorists of French nationality moves a step forward

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THE French government has undertaken a raft of counter-terrorism measures since last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris. But one of them has absorbed the country’s political energy and divided its political parties like no other: a proposal to strip French-born dual citizens convicted of terrorism of their French nationality. So there was relief in government on February 10th, when the proposal passed its first legislative hurdle. France’s lower house of parliament approved, by 317 votes to 199, a bill to write such a change for French-born dual citizens into the constitution. Yet several more steps remain before the bill can become law, and the political furore it has created is far from abating

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The amendment is still far from passing into law. Devised by a Socialist government, the bill now has to go to the Senate, where the centre-right holds a majority. Even if it clears parliament, the real test lies later on: the French constitution cannot be changed without the approval of three-fifths of votes at a joint sitting of the lower and upper houses, which would take place in Versailles.

Judging by yesterday’s vote, President François Hollande, already the most unpopular president in modern France, may have real difficulty obtaining this. The vote split both the ruling Socialists and the centre-right opposition. Fully 119 of the 287 Socialists deputies either voted against, or abstained. On the centre-right, despite a call from Nicolas Sarkozy, leader of the opposition Republican party, to back the bill, 74 deputies voted against. Among them was Mr Sarkozy’s former prime minister, François Fillon, who has denounced the proposal as political posturing and constitutional “DIY”.

In an effort to appeal to public opinion, which broadly supports the nationality-stripping proposal, Mr Hollande has invited himself to appear simultaneously on both main French network television news shows on Thursday evening. This will also give him a chance to explain the government reshuffle, which took place on Thursday following the departure of Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister. After nearly four years in the job, and a successful global climate deal on his watch, Mr Fabius quit on Wednesday in order to preside over the country’s constitutional council, its highest court. He has been replaced, unexpectedly, by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Mr Hollande’s (German-speaking) former prime minister.

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Cologne Police Have Now Received over 1,000 Complaints after New Year's Eve Sex Assaults - Breitbart

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Six weeks after the mass sex assaults on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, the number of reported incidents continues to rise and has now surpassed 1,000.

Ulrich Bremer of the Cologne public prosecutor’s office told German daily Die Welt they had “so far received 1,054 complaints” from the night. Almost half of those (454) are for sexual assault, while a further 372 are reported thefts.

Mr Bremer added that the total number of victims now stood at 1,108 – the number of victims being higher as some people sought police help together. Only one complaint has so far been discovered to be unfounded.

Police have identified 59 suspects, the majority of whom are of Moroccan or Algerian origin. Only 13 people have been detained, however.

Police documents from the night show the majority of incidents happened between 11pm and 1am, with two thirds of incidents happening around the train station and on the station forecourt. Police started to evacuate the station around midnight, but the situation did not calm down for at least another hour.
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France 24 Explains ‘Laicité’: The Ins and Outs of State Secularism

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France’s brand of secularism or ‘laicité’ – designed fully to separate Church and State and private from public manifestations of faith  — is quite particular and controversial and some fear is being undermined
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The End Is Nigh For Europe As Officials Mull 2 Year Schengen "Suspension" | Zero Hedge

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With Europe at a complete and total loss as to how to deal with the bloc's worst refugee crisis since World War II, countries have increasingly adopted their own, ad hoc "solutions" which include razor wire anti-migrant fences in Hungary and the suspension of Schengen in Austria, where the backlash against asylum seekers is growing more palpable by the day. 

An ill-fated quota system devised by Berlin and Brussels proved more divisive than it did helpful and the wave of alleged sexual assaults that swept through the region on New Year's Eve threatens to derail the settlement effort altogther.

"We have until March, the summer maybe, for a European solution," one unnamed German official told Retuers last month. "Then Schengen goes down the drain."
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Hollande likely to shake-up Cabinet

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French President Francois Hollande is expected to set in motion Wednesday a government reshuffle aimed at boosting his appeal to voters ahead of a bid for a second term in 2017. It is likely that foreign minster Laurent Fabius  will step aside as Hollande seeks fresh political momentum with just 15 months left in office.

Hollande's popularity rose after he took a tough approach on security following the November 13 jihadist attacks on Paris which killed 130 people.

But three months later, the problem that has plagued him since he came to power in 2012 -- France's stubbornly high unemployment -- has dragged him back down to popularity ratings of around 19 percent.
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Weather wreaks havoc on French truffles

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The key Tricastin market for black truffles in southeastern France is closing two weeks early because of "catastrophic" underproduction blamed on a hot summer and a mild winter, the industry said Thursday.

"The weather has been catastrophic. The summer was very hot and dry, and there wasn't the desired moisture," said Michel Courvoisier of the French truffle growers federation FFT.

"In the autumn we didn't have rain at the right time and the winter was mild," he added.

Southeastern France accounts for nearly three-quarters of national production of the "black diamond", which can fetch some 500 euros ($550) a kilo (2.2 pounds).

According to the FFT's estimates, this season's output from the region was around 29 tonnes, compared with last year's 40 tonnes.

Overall production of the delicacy is projected at just 35 tonnes this year, compared with 56 tonnes in 2015.
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Angry French farmers heckle Hollande at Paris Agricultural Fair | France 24

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Angry farmers heckled President François Hollande before tearing down a government stand Saturday as France's annual agricultural fair kicked off against the backdrop of the "worst crisis ever" facing the country's farmers.
Livestock farmers booed and whistled as Hollande and Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll made their way through the vast hall in southern Paris, walking past a large banner reading: "I am the best in my profession but my passion is no longer enough"

Hollande acknowledged that the crisis facing farmers is "exceptionally hard, exceptionally long, exceptionally generalised".

He added: "To come and exhibit in the context of so much difficulty and pain is a lovely act of patriotism. It is not compliments that farmers want but lasting policies."

Laurent Pinatel, spokesman of the national small farmers group Confederation Paysanne, told AFP earlier: "Agriculture is experiencing its worst crisis ever."

FNSEA head Xavier Beulin said he would "remind (Hollande) of the depth of the crisis".

"There is a lot of worry on the farms, a lot of people are quitting (because) they feel there is no future," Pinatel said, noting that 5,000 farmers are leaving the sector each year.

The beef, pork and milk sectors have seen prices collapse because of declining sales to China and especially the Russian embargo on most Western food imports in retaliation for sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

Grain and vegetable farmers are also feeling the pinch, especially wheat producers hit hard as world prices nosedive.

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France court gives green light to raze part of Calais migrant camp known as the "jungle"

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CALAIS, France -- A French court on Thursday gave the state the green light to raze tents and lean-tos sheltering hundreds of migrants in a sprawling slum camp in Calais, where thousands dream of getting to Britain.

The camp in the northern port city - known as the "jungle" - has been an embarrassing and often shocking chapter in Europe's migrant crisis, and the state announced this month that the densely populated southern half would be razed.

Associations protesting the move took the issue to court seeking a postponement of a deadline reached last Tuesday for migrants to move out.

The court in Lille ruled that the makeshift shelters used by the migrants can be destroyed - but that common spaces like places of worship, schools and a library must stand.

Demolition crews have been poised to start what officials say will be a better solution for migrants trapped in Calais with borders all but sealed by increasing security.

Officials estimate the number of migrants who will be affected at around 800 to 1,000. Humanitarian organizations say over 3,000 migrants live there.


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Moving the migrants out of the mini-slum will be the most dramatic step by the French state to end Calais' years-long migrant problem, which has transformed the northern city into a high-security tension point, fueled far-right sentiment and defied British and French government efforts to make it go away.

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Historic Finding of Oldest Restaurant Ever in Southern France

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Romans had orgiastic parties in the tavern, according to remains found by archaeologists, while workers went there for a cheap quick meal.
Archeologists in southern France have discovered what is believed to be the oldest restaurant ever found dating back over 2,100 years.

The restaurant was found in the town of Lattes, 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) away from Montpellier, which is about 750 kilometers (some 470 miles) north of Paris.

The archeologists found a tabun oven that is still used today to bake pita bread in the Middle East, as well as an indoor mill for grinding grains.

The experts first thought the site was a bakery, but benches placed against the walls and charcoal-burning hearth suggested that the place was actually a sit-in restaurant.

Moreover, because the quantity of drinking bowls found in the place largely exceeded the eating bowls, researchers concluded that the Romans had lavish parties in the tavern, involving at least as much — if not more — alcohol than food.

“Public taverns and dining halls were the locus of socializing among the various social classes of Roman society, and were also an important means for laborers and artisans to obtain a quick and easy daily meal,” said Prof. Benjamin Luley, head of the excavations and the Gettysburg College anthropology department.
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France makes £1.3bn tax demand on Google as Sundar Pichai lands in Paris

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France has asked Google to pay €1.6bn ($1.8bn, £1.3bn) in back taxes, which is far more than the settlement reached between the search giant and the UK in January. France, Britain and many other countries have criticised the company over its use of complex corporate structures to minimise its taxes.

"As far as our country is concerned, back taxes concerning this company amount to 1.6 billion euros," an official at the finance ministry told Reuters. A Google France spokeswoman declined to comment on the amount but said the company has always followed tax rules in countries where it operates.


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The news about the tax demand broke on 24 February, when Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai landed in France to meet Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron. Before the news broke, Pichai had defended the company's tax practices.

"We're a global company. We have to abide by tax laws everywhere, we do abide by local tax laws in every single country," Pichai said. "We're advocating strongly for a simpler global tax system," he said.

It is not known whether Pichai and Macron will discuss the tax demand at a scheduled meeting on Thursday 25 February. However, in January, France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin had ruled out a deal with Google. Sapin had said the sums at stake in France were "far greater" than those in Britain, which struck a deal with the company for £130m covering a 10-year period.
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Miss Marple and the Problem of Modern Identity

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Agatha Christie’s famous amateur sleuth uses her knowledge of human nature to discern if people really are who they say they are — one of the central problems of modernity. Alan Jacobs reflects on the differences between being known by one's neighbors and being known by the state...

in the international sphere, France, in addition to providing the language of diplomacy, was among the strictest European nations in requiring foreigners to present passports before being allowed within the country’s borders — especially during the revolutionary years, and then again following the fall of Napoleon and the restoration of the monarchy. Moreover, in its anxiety to keep track of any persons who might disturb its stability, the Bourbon government mandated that all inns keep detailed records of guests, which typically meant that foreigners would need to present passports to innkeepers as well.

In a fascinating article on the development of the modern British passport, Martin Anderson notes that this French practice — and other countries’ increasingly strict passport regulations — caused considerable annoyance among many British subjects and their political leaders. Would-be travelers discovered that it was easier to get appropriate passports from the foreign embassies in London than from their own Foreign Office, in part because British passports lacked the informational detail increasingly required for travel on the Continent:

The [British] passport provided the name of the bearer but did not describe the bearer or have a space for the bearer’s signature. More than one person could be covered by a single passport. Reflecting the aristocratic notion of deference to persons with social status, servants and family members (often described only as such) were usually included on the passport of a single (generally adult male) individual. While the date the passport was issued was given, no time limit was stated. Passports did not indicate whether the bearer was a British subject.

By contrast, passports prepared at a French embassy provided suitable detail and specificity — and were done gratis, whereas the Foreign Office charged a fee, and a stiff one at that. As a consequence, by mid-century the “vast majority” of Britons abroad “traveled on foreign passports.” One Member of Parliament complained in 1850 that it was not “consistent with the dignity of England that her subjects should travel under foreign passports.”

The reluctance of the British government to reform its passport procedures despite this awkward state of affairs reflected a deep resistance among some officials to the whole practice. “The whole System of Passports,” said Lord Palmerston during one of his terms as Foreign Secretary, is “repugnant to English usages.” A

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Schengen: EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel - AP

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BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule to keep some border controls for two more years because of the migration crisis and Greece's troubles in controlling its border, according to EU documents seen by The Associated Press. The switch would reverse a decades-old trend of expanding passport-free travel in Europe. Since 1995, people have been able to cross borders among Schengen Area member countries without document checks. Each of the current 26 countries in the Schengen Area is allowed to unilaterally put up border controls for a maximum of six months, but that time limit can be extended for up to two years if a member is found to be failing to protect its borders. The documents show that EU policy makers are preparing to make unprecedented use of an emergency provision by declaring that Greece is failing to sufficiently protect it border. Some 2,000 people are still arriving daily on Greek islands in smugglers' boats from Turkey, most of them keen to move deeper into Europe to wealthier countries like Germany and Sweden. A European official showed the documents to the AP on condition of anonymity because the documents are confidential. Greek government officials declined to comment on the content of documents not made public.

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Auto giant Renault to hire 1,000 employees in France

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French carmaker Renault said Friday net profit for 2015 was up nearly 50 per cent to 2.96 billion euros despite its Russian subsidiary Avtovaz getting hit by the economic slowdown in Russia.

The French automobile giant Renault saw its turnover grow by 10.4 percent to 45.3 billion euros last year. The success of new models such as Captur and Kadjar SUVs allowed the French company to hit profitability targets two years in advance.

CEO Carlos Ghosn said 2015 had been a good year. "On the basis of these results, we can look forward to 2016 with a certain degree of confidence," he added.

Ghosn said he was confident the global car market would grow between 1.0 and 2.0 percent this year and said he was counting on Russia and Brazil - another developing market that slumped in 2015 - picking up.

 

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French parliament passes controversial constitutional reforms | DW.COM |

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France’s National Assembly passed a series of constitutional amendments that would, among other things, allow the state to strip convicted terrorists of their French citizenship.
The measures, which were introduced by Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls, come in response to the November terror attacks in Paris, which left 130 people dead.
The broad vote for constitutional reform passed 317-199, but there were more contentious votes along the way. The most controversial measure, to strip convicted terrorists of nationality, narrowly passed 162-148, with 22 abstentions, after weeks of intense debate.

The nationality measure has strong public support but has deeply divided President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party.
Some 60 left-wing MPs boycotted the broader vote, and Justice Minister Christian Taubira resigned last month in protest.
Whether the reforms eventually become law remains to be seen. The bill now goes to the Senate, and if passed there must then pass the full Congress – a joint session of both houses - with a three-fifths majority.

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Polish muscleman vents against Calais migrants

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Champion strongman accuses migrants in France of attacking his trucks.

A Polish five-time World’s Strongest Man champion wants to introduce migrants to his baseball bat — a sentiment that now has him in the sights of Poland’s prosecutor’s office.

Mariusz Pudzianowski posted a Facebook picture of a baseball bat with the comment that he would await refugees gathered in Calais on a ferry to prepare them for an “accelerated lesson in assimilation.” The January post was liked by over 27,000 people.

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EU agrees Greece border demands, heralding Schengen suspension

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European Union envoys agreed a new set of demands for Greece to fix its handling of irregular migrants on Wednesday, moving forward a process that could see frontier checks in Europe's passport-free Schengen zone extended for up to two years.

EU diplomatic sources said a meeting of ambassadors from the 28 member states approved a second set of recommendations to Greece to end serious deficiencies in its control of its part of the Schengen area external border within three months.

Should it fail to implement all the measures, which few expect Athens to be able to do, an unprecedented measure under the Schengen treaty would allow states inside the zone to impose checks on their own borders -- as some including Germany have already done in response to movements of migrants from Greece.

Some derogations from the treaty already granted expire in May. The new procedure is intended to trigger a longer-term possibility of reimposing border checks for up to two years.

The three-month countdown is likely to begin on Friday when diplomats expect EU member state governments formally to endorse the envoys' decision
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French lower house approves proposal to strip nationality

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Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday narrowly voted through a highly controversial proposal to amend the constitution to strip people convicted of terrorist offences of their French nationality.

The measure, passed by 162 votes to 148 with 22 abstentions, followed weeks of debate after it was proposed as part of a set of measures by President Francois Hollande in the wake of the jihadist attacks in Paris on November 13 that killed 130 people.

The nationality measure has strong public support but has deeply divided Hollande's ruling Socialist Party.

Christiane Taubira resigned as justice minister late last month over her opposition to it and Hollande's former prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has publicly condemned the amendment.

Socialist lawmakers, those from former president Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing Republicans party and the centrist party UDI party, voted in favour of the measure, but Socialist fringe parties and most of the ecologist lawmakers were opposed.

Lawmakers will vote on Wednesday on the collective package of measures proposed by Hollande. They voted on Monday in favour of the other key measure in the package, the move to enshrine the state of emergency in the constitution, giving the security forces greater powers.
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