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RFI : France
01  juillet     15h28
France bans ’steak’ and ’sausage’ labels on vegetarian meats
RFI    France is to become the first EU country to stop vegetarian plant based protein foods from describing themselves as steak or sausage in a bid to counter increasingly popular meat alternatives
Czechs take over European Presidency from France as war rages at EU’s doorstep
RFI    On July France passed the baton of the EU presidency to the Czech Republic The rotating presidency involves setting the European Union s agenda for a period of six months with all EU member states holding that position once every thirteen and a half years
Paris airport strikes disrupt flights at Charles de Gaulle, Orly
RFI    Several French airports including Charles de Gaulle and Orly near Paris are being hit by fresh strikes as the peak tourist season gets underway with one in five flights cancelled this weekend
30  juin     14h32
French police hold 10 suspects over migrant deaths during Channel crossing
Paul Myers    French police were on Thursday holding people suspected of involvement in the November drowning of migrants in the English Channel
Podcast: Paris attacks verdict, quidditch in France, Haiti’s ’independence debt’
Sarah Elzas    Reflecting on the end of the trial of those involved in the Paris attacks developing quidditch in France where some are wary of a sport involving a broom between the legs And the day that Haiti was forced to pay its former slave masters for its independence
Far-left lawmaker to chair French parliament’s powerful finance committee
RFI    Far left France Unbowed LFI MP Eric Coquerel was on Thursday elected to the key post of president of the National Assembly s influential Finance Committee
TotalEnergies discounts fuel at French petrol stations as inflation soars
RFI    Under pressure from the French government to do more to help consumers tackle higher energy costs TotalEnergies has announced discounts on pump prices at French motorway petrol stations The move comes as inflation hit a record high over the month of June
French court blocks extradition of former Red Brigades members to Italy
Michael Fitzpatrick    A French appeals court on Wednesday turned down Italy s request to extradite former members of a left wing Italian extremist group wanted for their involvement in violence decades ago
Paris court condemns 19 accused terrorists, Abdeslam jailed for life
Michael Fitzpatrick    After nearly months of hearings and three days of deliberations the five judges at the special criminal court on Wednesday delivered their verdicts on the Paris attacks accused finding all but one of them guilty of terrorist offences The court handed down some of the harshest penalties
Probe opened into French minister accused of sexual assault
RFI    Prosecutors have announced the opening of a formal investigation into French cabinet minister Damien Abad after a woman accused him of attempted rape at a party in
French told to prepare for second heatwave within two weeks
RFI    The mercury is set to climb again in France two weeks after a heatwave that caused record breaking early summer temperatures across the country
29  juin     20h02
Sole surviving member of Paris attacks terror squad Abdeslam sentenced to whole-life prison term
Michael Fitzpatrick with RFI    The sole surviving member of an Islamic State terror cell that killed people in Paris in November was handed a whole life sentence by a French court on Wednesday the toughest punishment possible
Gardens and square around Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to get a green makeover
Ollia Horton with RFI    A Belgian company has been selected to redesign the forecourt and gardens around Notre Dame cathedral in Paris Among the possible changes is an increase in foliage of over percent and the creation of a new underground reception area opening out to the Seine river
French urged to wear masks, get boosters as Covid cases rebound
RFI    Faced with a resurgence of Covid infections French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has joined calls for masks to be worn on public transport and in other high risk places Almost cases were recorded in the hours to Tuesday as Omicron sub variants gain ground
28  juin     18h56
French lawmakers pick Yael Braun-Pivet as first ever woman president of National Assembly
David Roe with RFI    France s lower house of parliament on Tuesday agreed to pick an MP from President Emmanuel Macron s centrist coalition as the first woman speaker despite the ruling alliance losing its majority in legislative elections