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Emiliano Sala: Born in Argentina, reputation forged in France

Emiliano Sala was presented as a Cardiff City signing on Saturday Just three days after he signed for Premier League club Cardiff City, Emiliano Sala was on a light aircraft which disappeared on Monday night, French authorities have confirmed. He was one of two people on board the Piper Malibu, which went missing off Alderney in the Channel Islands. Emiliano Sala was born in Santa Fe, Argentina – but it is in France that he has forged his reputation. Among the top five goalscorers in Ligue 1 this season, Sala…

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France summons Italian envoy over Africa remarks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Luigi di Maio accused France of fuelling migration by damaging the economies of African states France has summoned Italy’s ambassador after the Italian deputy prime minister accused the French of exploiting Africa and fuelling migration. On Sunday, Luigi di Maio called on the European Union to impose sanctions on France for its policies in Africa. He said France had “never stopped colonising tens of African states”. Italy and France have previously clashed on issues linked to migration. Italy is the destination for thousands seeking a…

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Brexit: France activates no-deal plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption France will spend millions of euros preparing ports and airports for a no-deal Brexit French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said a no-deal Brexit looks “less and less unlikely” and has launched a contingency plan to prepare for it. After the UK Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement, Mr Philippe said laws had to be passed and millions invested in French ports and airports. An EU official will now visit all 27 capitals to co-ordinate no-deal plans. EU countries with close UK ties have already…

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Gilets Jaunes stage ninth round of protests in France

Image copyright AFP Image caption Although there were clashes around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, there was not the same kind of violence seen in recent protests Thousands of demonstrators turned out across France for new “yellow vests” protests, with dozens of arrests and clashes in Paris and other cities. Police in the capital used water cannon and tear gas as scuffles broke out at the Arc de Triomphe, on the ninth consecutive weekend of protests. Some 84,000 demonstrators were recorded nationwide, an increase compared with last week, official…

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France investigates Japan’s Olympics chief on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation in France for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. French financial prosecutors investigating a multi-million dollar payment made by Japan’s bidding committee to a Singaporean consultancy questioned Takeda in Paris and he was placed under formal investigation on Dec. 10, the source told Reuters. In Tokyo, Takeda said no improper actions such as bribery had taken place in connection with Tokyo’s bid,…

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Head of Japan’s Olympic Committee under investigation in France on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation by French prosecutors for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. FILE PHOTO : Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic committee, attends a news conference during the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo The source said Takeda, a retired equestrian sportsman, was indicted last month by the national financial prosecutor’s office in Paris.…

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Head of Japan’s Olympic Committee indicted in France: source

FILE PHOTO : Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic committee, attends a news conference during the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has been indicted in France on corruption allegations, a judicial source confirmed on Friday. He was indicted by the national financial prosecutor’s office in Paris last month, the source said. The indictment was first reported by French newspaper Le Monde. Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by Luke Baker…

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Yellow vests knock out 60% of all speed cameras in France

Image copyright EPA Image caption This speed camera in Nice, photographed in December, is one example of the damage Members of the “yellow vests” protest movement have vandalised almost 60% of France’s entire speed camera network, the interior minister has said. Christophe Castaner said the wilful damage was a threat to road safety and put lives in danger. The protest movement began over fuel tax increases, and saw motorists block roads and motorway toll booths. Some protesters feel speed cameras are solely a revenue-generating measure which takes money from the…

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Yellow vests: France to crack down on unsanctioned protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-government protests have raged in France for seven weeks French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced plans to punish people who hold unsanctioned protests after seven weeks of anti-government unrest. His government wants to draft new legislation that will ban troublemakers from protests and clamp down on the wearing of masks at demonstrations. A seventh weekend of protests saw protesters smash down the gates to a government office in Paris. Demonstrators fought riot police, and cars and motorbikes were burnt. Who are the ‘gilets jaunes’?…

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Froome, Thomas to skip Giro d’Italia and focus on Tour de France

FILE PHOTO: Cycling – Giro d’Italia, Rome, Italy – May 27, 2018 Team Sky’s Chris Froome in action during the final stage REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo/File Photo (Reuters) – Chris Froome will not defend his Giro d’Italia title this year, choosing to focus on winning a record-equalling fifth Tour de France crown instead, Team Sky announced on Tuesday. Briton Froome won his third straight Grand Tour title with victory at the Giro last May before the champion finished third at the Tour, which was won by team mate Geraint Thomas. “It’s been…

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