EU accuses UK as France seeks to ‘rapidly defuse’ Jersey fishing row

France moves to calm diplomatic waters but Brussels says Britain has breached terms of Brexit trade deal The European Union accused the UK of breaching the terms of the post-Brexit trade deal on Thursday as tensions over fishing rights in the Channel Islands were de-escalated after a dramatic 24 hours, with Royal Navy boats ordered […]

UK sends navy vessels to Jersey amid post-Brexit fishing row with France

Boris Johnson dispatches two gunboats to protect island from feared blockade Boris Johnson has dispatched two Royal Navy patrol boats to protect Jersey from a feared blockade by French fishing vessels, in an escalation of a dispute over post-Brexit access to waters around the Channel island. The move followed talks on Wednesday evening between the […]

The Guardian view on foreign policy after Brexit: growing pains

Washington is waiting for Boris Johnson to realise that he needs a constructive strategic partnership with his European neighbours It is not unusual for disputes between neighbours to be petty, but small spats express major misunderstandings. So it is with Brexit. There are tensions wherever the boundaries of the UK meet the EU. In the […]

Napoleon is part of us, Macron tells France after row over anniversary

President seeks to strike balance as he marks 200 years since emperor’s death by laying wreath at tomb Emmanuel Macron has marked the 200th anniversary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, telling France the controversial former emperor “is part of us”. The French president laid a wreath at Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides in Paris […]

France threatens to cut off power to Jersey in post-Brexit fishing row

French minister raises electricity supply as point of leverage in dispute over access to UK waters The French government could cut off the electricity supply to Jersey in an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights, a French minister has suggested. Responding to questions in the national assembly, Annick Girardin, the minister for maritime affairs, said […]

Farmer moves border stone for tractor – and makes Belgium bigger

French farmer could theoretically face criminal charges for moving 200-year-old marker The boundary between France and Belgium is believed to have been inadvertently redrawn by a farmer who found the 200-year-old border stone marking the divide in an inconvenient location for his tractor. The French farmer could theoretically face criminal charges after making Belgium bigger […]

Ronan O’Gara’s winning mentality lifts La Rochelle bid to rule Europe | Robert Kitson

A team not known for their steel have been given a new focus by the former Ireland fly-half and have Leinster in their sights Victor Vito, La Rochelle’s influential former All Black, laughs as he identifies the biggest change at the club since he first pitched up on France’s Atlantic coast five years ago. “When […]

England awarded victory over France after floodlights fail in second half

France 15-17 England Match abandoned after 62 minutes England extended their winning streak over France to nine games but in extraordinary circumstances. With 62 minutes gone, the Stadium Lille Métropole was plunged into darkness as a result of floodlight failure. The decision was then made to call the match a 17-15 win to England, with […]

Chelsea bid to buck colossal trend by overcoming Bayern Munich in last four | Suzanne Wrack

Emma Hayes’s side must turn around a deficit if they are to become only the second English team to reach the final The scale of the task faced by Chelsea, who have to overturn a 2-1 away defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Sunday, is perhaps best illustrated by […]

I’m homesick for Australia, but it isn’t mine any more. It’s an unwell country in crisis | Tara June Winch

Stranded in France, the Miles Franklin winner reflects on what her country looks like from the outside: violent, racist and in denial This is an edited version of a speech which opened the Sydney writers’ festival on 27 April I’m on the Dfat flight waitlist, but nothing is leaving Paris. We lament all this on […]

New UK ambassador to France means women hold all key postings

Menna Rawlings is UK’s first female appointee to Paris role, joining women representing others in G7 Women are to hold UK ambassadorships in all the world’s key postings after the role in Paris was given to Menna Rawlings, the first female appointee in British history. It means women will represent Boris Johnson’s government – which […]

French soldiers to face military court over letter warning of ‘civil war’

Letter signed by at least 18 soldiers as well as a number of retired military figures calls for ‘protection of civilisational values’ At least 18 soldiers who signed an open letter warning of the risk of “civil war” in France and the need to fight the “perils” of “Islamism” and “anti-racism” are to face military […]

France planning to allow use of algorithms to detect extremism online

Macron under pressure to harden terrorism laws amid growing row over security in run-up to election The French government is planning to harden counter-terrorism laws, permitting the use of algorithms to detect online extremist activity, amid a growing political row over security in the run up to next year’s presidential race. The president, Emmanuel Macron, […]

Trident could be forced overseas or halted if Scotland gains independence

Continuing UK’s nuclear deterrent would probably require help of an allied country, defence expert says Trident could be forced to the US or possibly France if Scotland became independent because there is no alternative port immediately available elsewhere in the UK, according to a retired admiral responsible for Britain’s nuclear policy. Unless Scotland were to […]

UK replaces France as Europe’s second largest electric car market

About 31,800 battery electric cars were sold in Britain in first three months of 2021 The UK overtook France to become Europe’s second largest electric car market in the first quarter of the year, amid rising demand for cars with zero exhaust emissions. About 31,800 battery electric cars were sold in the UK in the […]

Model’s ‘hands off my hijab’ post sparks protest over France’s proposed ban

Rawdah Mohamed, whose Instagram selfie went viral, says she wants to fight ‘deeply rooted stereotypes’ A Somali-Norwegian model whose Instagram post criticising a proposed ban on the hijab in France went viral has said she wants to fight “deeply rooted stereotypes” against Muslim women. Rawdah Mohamed posted a selfie on Instagram with “hands off my […]

Protests in France as man who killed Jewish woman avoids trial

Decision not to try Kobili Traoré over 2017 killing of Sarah Halimi, 65, has provoked international outrage Thousands of protesters have rallied in Paris and across France after the killer of a Jewish woman was declared unfit to stand trial because he was judged to have suffered a psychotic episode caused by cannabis use. Kobili […]

Women’s Six Nations final: Poppy Cleall powers England to title against France

England 10-6 France Cleall’s first-half try proves difference in tense final There was no chance of a third successive grand slam in this tournament with its new format but in the glorious Twickenham sunshine England clung on to their Six Nations title. They were mightily lucky, though, with Poppy Cleall scoring the only try of […]

France ‘did nothing to stop’ Rwanda genocide, report claims

Report by US law firm commissioned by Kigali says France bears ‘significant responsibility’ for deaths France “bears significant responsibility” for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 because it remained “unwavering in its support” of its allies even though officials knew the slaughter was being prepared, a report […]

Ben Spencer’s last-minute kick snatches dramatic Bath win over Leicester

Bath 21-20 Leicester Mercer shines; Spencer’s conversion keeps play-off hopes alive Zach Mercer will turn his back on English rugby when he leaves Bath for Montpellier this summer and on the evidence here, he will be a huge miss for his current club and country. Many have questioned some of Eddie Jones’s selections after England’s […]

‘We love foie gras’: French outrage at UK plan to ban imports of ‘cruel’ delicacy

UK officials are exploring restrictions on product after minister described it as ‘unbearably barbaric’ The head of France’s foie gras producers’ association has said she is “shocked and outraged” that the British government is considering banning imports of the product. And she has invited MPs to visit French farms producing foie gras to see the […]

France toughens age of consent laws to define sex with under-15s as rape

The country’s prosecutors had to previously prove that sex was non-consensual for a rape conviction The French parliament has adopted legislation that characterises sex with a child under the age of 15 as rape and punishable by up to 20 years in jail, bringing its penal code closer in line with many other western nations. […]

Coronavirus live news: France to administer J&J vaccine as planned while Sweden pauses rollout

France will use Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine despite its suspension in US while Sweden said it would await the findings the EMA UK study on mixing Covid vaccines between jabs to be expanded A tsunami of cases’: desperation as Covid second wave batters India Australia should make vaccine rollout ‘top priority’, Anthony Fauci says A […]

France, Germany and UK raise concern over Iran’s nuclear plans

Three European countries say there is no ‘credible civilian need’ for enriching uranium to 60% France, Germany and the UK have warned that Iran took a dangerous step towards the production of a nuclear weapon by enriching uranium to levels for which there is no “credible civilian need”. Tehran, which claims its nuclear ambitions are […]

France’s ban on short flights should be a wake-up call for Britain | Leo Murray

Instead of stopping unnecessary air travel, the UK is considering measures that would make it cheaper This week the French national assembly voted to ban domestic flights on routes that could be travelled via train in under two and a half hours. The new rule, which is the result of a French citizens’ climate convention […]

Why is Macron abolishing France’s school for the political class? | Philippe Marlière

With Marine Le Pen rising in the polls, the president has turned his attention to the ENA, a symbol of inequality On Thursday 8 April, Emmanuel Macron announced the closure of the prestigious École Nationale d’Administration, France’s elite school for turning out senior civil servants and politicians. The president’s announcement sounded familiar – he had […]

England’s Lucy Bronze may miss Canada friendly with groin injury

‘She is doing better,’ says interim manager Hege Riise Riise tells players to improve response to counterattacks Hege Riise, England’s interim manager, has said Lucy Bronze may not feature in the friendly against Canada on Tuesday evening because the right‑back is still struggling to return from a groin injury. Riise said of Bronze: “She stayed […]

France to ban some domestic flights where train available

MPs vote to suspend internal flights if the trip can be completed by train within two and a half hours instead French MPs have voted to suspend domestic airline flights on routes that can be travelled by direct train in less than two and a half hours, as part of a series of climate and […]

France and Germany’s Covid vaccination programmes pick up speed

As daily inoculations hit record figures, warning comes of new delays Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccine rollouts in France and Germany have finally begun to pick up speed, after a slow start and problems with supplies and bureaucracy. France continues to struggle to contain a third Covid-19 wave, but announced […]

England Women’s defence exposed in friendly defeat by France

France 3-1 England Sandy Baltimore’s dribbling highlight for home side England’s now familiar defensive shortcomings undid them once again as a supposedly weakened France revelled in bisecting Hege Riise’s backline in Caen where Sandy Baltimore’s dribbling skills lit up the dark Normandy night. After a minute’s silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, England […]