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France calls for sanctions as Italy defiant on stranded migrant ship

France calls for sanctions as Italy defiant on stranded migrant shipEU states that refuse to accept migrants should face financial penalties, French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday, prompting a furious response from Rome on the eve of an emergency mini-summit in Brussels about the escalating crisis dividing Europe. Macron’s comments came after Italy’s new populist government defiantly declared that its ports were closed to foreign-flagged rescue ships, after accusing fellow EU members of failing to share the burden of migrant arrivals.



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Italy and France try to patch up migrant row, draw papal rebuke

Italy and France try to patch up migrant row, draw papal rebukeBy Steve Scherer and Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME (Reuters) – Italy and France tried to patch up a row over immigration on Thursday as Pope Francis urged politicians everywhere to work together on helping refugees and respect their dignity. Italy summoned France’s envoy on Wednesday and demanded an apology from President Emmanuel Macron, who had said Rome’s move to block a migrant rescue ship from its ports was an act of “cynicism and irresponsibility”. Macron, in a phone call late on Wednesday with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, said he did not mean to offend “Italy and the Italian people”, according to a statement.



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Anthony Bourdain found dead of apparent suicide in France

Anthony Bourdain found dead of apparent suicide in FranceThe popular culinary personality and host of CNN's "Parts Unknown" was found dead in his hotel room in France while on a shoot.



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France offers citizenship to Malian immigrant who scaled building to save child

France offers citizenship to Malian immigrant who scaled building to save childFrance on Monday offered citizenship to an illegal immigrant from Mali who scaled the facade of a Paris apartment block to save a boy who was about to fall from a fourth-floor balcony, President Emmanuel Macron said. Video shows Mamoudou Gassama, 22, risking his life on Sunday as he climbed up the balconies to rescue the four-year-old who is clinging to a railing and glancing at the ground below, while horrified onlookers watched. The video went viral and Gassama, who has been nicknamed “Spider-Man” for reaching the boy in the nick of time, was swiftly granted a meeting at the Elysee Palace.



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France grants honorary citizenship to hero ‘spiderman’ migrant who scaled Paris building to save four-year old

France grants honorary citizenship to hero ‘spiderman’ migrant who scaled Paris building to save four-year oldA Malian migrant hailed a national hero for scaling a building to save a four-year old dangling from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris is to be granted French nationality and given a job as a fireman. A video of Mamoudou Gassama's spectacular rescue went viral on social media and has been viewed millions of times. With a crowd below cheering him on from the street, the migrant  pulled himself from balcony to balcony at risk of life and limb, and managed to grab the four-year-old as a neighbour unsuccessfully tried to reach the boy from the nearest flat. President Emmanuel Macron invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace on Monday morning to personally thank him. During their filmed conversation, Mr Gassama said that he was trembling like a leaf after his courageous act. French President Emmanuel Macron to grant Malian  migrant who save child French nationality Credit: AP POOL Afterwards, Mr Macron announced that he would be granted French citizenship and join the French fire brigade. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also lauded the 22-year-old's heroism, and said she had called him to thank him in person. She hailed him as the "Spiderman of the 18th”, a reference to the Paris district where the rescue took place. "Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child," Ms Hidalgo tweeted. "He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here. ������VIDÉO – Un homme a escaladé à mains nues la façade d'un immeuble hier après-midi dans le 18ème à #Paris pour secourir un petit garçon de 4 ans accroché à un balcon. (Snapchat) pic.twitter.com/xTHvHJQD1D— Brèves de presse (@Brevesdepresse) 27 May 2018 "I replied that his heroic gesture was an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France.” Hinting that he could expect a fast track to residency, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux tweeted: “This huge act of bravery, faithful to the values of solidarity of our Republic, must open the doors to our national community.” A petition has been launched online. Rights group SOS Racisme said: “Mamoudou Gassama serves as a useful reminder to us that people without papers are human beings with…great bravery that many have shown in their perilous journey to Europe – bravery that they often continue to display here.” The drama took place on Saturday evening on a street in the north of the French capital. Mr Gassama told journalists he had been in the vicinity when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building. “I saw lots of people shouting and cars beeping. I saw that the child was going to fall from the balcony.  I did it because it was a child,"BFM TV quoted him as saying. "I climbed… Thank God I saved him.” He added: “When I got the child, he was crying. I asked him where his mother was. He replied that she was at a party.”  Cet homme aussi téméraire que courageux a sauvé la vie d’un enfant au péril de la sienne. Je souhaiterais, comme nombre de Parisiens, savoir qui est le Spiderman du 18ème pour le féliciter. �� t.co/nagKekpL9O— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) 27 May 2018 Once safely inside, he said his legs felt like jelly and he collapsed on the sofa. The Parisian fire service said crews had arrived to find the child had already been rescued. "Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child," a spokesman told AFP news agency. Local authorities quoted by French media said the child's parents were not at home at the time. The mother was not in Paris at the time, it is believed. The father has been questioned by police on suspicion of leaving his child unattended, judicial sources say.  He faces charges of “dereliction of parental duty”, a crime that carries a maximum two-year prison term. The child has been placed into care for the time being. This is not the first time an undocumented migrant has been hailed a hero in France. Lassana Bathily, a Malian Muslim, was awarded French citizenship after helping save the lives of several customers during a terrorist hostage drama in a Jewish supermarket in Paris in 2014 in which four people were killed, as well as the assailant. The 24-year-old shop assistant was in the underground stockroom of the Hyper Casher store when gunman Amédy Coulibaly burst in upstairs, firing from a Kalashnikov. He hid many in a freezer, which he switched off.



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France to make Malian 'hero' legal for scaling building to save child

France to make Malian 'hero' legal for scaling building to save childFrance will give residence papers to an illegal immigrant from Mali who scaled the facade of a Paris apartment block to save a boy who was about to fall from a fourth-floor balcony, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday. Video shows Mamoudou Gassama, 22, risking his life on Sunday as he climbed up the balconies to rescue the four-year-old who is clinging to a railing and glancing at the ground below, while horrified onlookers watched. The video went viral and Gassama, who has been nicknamed “Spider-Man” for conducting the rescue in less than a minute, was swiftly granted a meeting at the Elysee Palace.



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Britain, France and Germany agree on support for Iran nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany agree on support for Iran nuclear dealBritain, France and Germany have agreed that the nuclear deal that U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap remains the best way of stopping Tehran getting nuclear weapons, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said on Sunday. May had phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel where they agreed the deal may need to be broadened to cover areas such as ballistic missiles, what happens when the deal expires, and what they consider Iran’s destabilizing regional activity, a statement said. “They committed to continue working closely together and with the U.S. on how to tackle the range of challenges that Iran poses – including those issues that a new deal might cover,” the statement said.



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Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner

Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinnerWASHINGTON (AP) — Now it's President Donald Trump's turn to pull off the ultimate charm offensive.



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France urges immediate access for Syria chemical inspectors

France urges immediate access for Syria chemical inspectorsFrance urged the Syrian regime and its ally Moscow on Friday to grant weapons inspectors immediate access to the site of an alleged chemical attack, accusing them of “obstruction” aimed at eroding the quality of the evidence. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who arrived in Damascus last Saturday, needed “full, immediate and unhindered access” to the site in the town of Douma.



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Russian presence in Syria a concern as US, UK, France attack

Russian presence in Syria a concern as US, UK, France attackKeir Simmons, NBC News foreign correspondent, reports live from Moscow on the Russian concerns in Syria and considerations made of the Russian presence by the joint strike by U.S., Britain, and France.



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