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Mourners pay homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg at US Supreme Court

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Mourners quietly filed past the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin outside the white marble court building on Wednesday as the United States began three days of tributes to the liberal icon.

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Hundreds of people lined up outside the court for a chance to pay their respects to the pioneering women’s rights advocate, who died on Friday at age 87. Inside the court, Ginsburg’s fellow justices celebrated her life in a private ceremony.

“Her voice in court and in our conference room was soft. But when she spoke, people listened,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.

Ginsburg’s casket was then moved under the neoclassical court building’s massive Corinthian columns for a public viewing due to last...

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Iconic French singer and actress Juliette Gréco dies at 93

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Legendary French singer Juliette Gréco, whose career spanned over half a century, has died aged 93, her family told AFP.

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“Juliette Gréco died this Wednesday surrounded by her family in the house she loved so much. Her life was one like no other,” her family said in a statement sent to AFP.

“She was still making French songs shine at the age of 89” when her career was ended by a stroke, it added.

She also lost her only daughter, Laurence-Marie, in 2016, the same year as the stroke.

“I miss it terribly. My reason for living is to sing! To sing is everything, there is the body, the instinct, the head,” she told the Telerama magazine in an interview in July.

“It is a very great woman who has left u...

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Covid-19: France to shut bars and restaurants in hard-hit Marseille

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France will order bars and restaurants shut in Marseille and restrict their opening hours in other cities including Paris as part of efforts to stem a continuing rise in the daily number of infections, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced on Wednesday.

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Like other European countries where the infection rate has soared in the past month, France is tightening limits on public and private gatherings in the hardest hit areas.

After a summer lull, President Emmanuel Macron’s government has been keen to let local authorities adopt measures locally depending on the severity of Covid-19 outbreaks, rather than taking broad measures from the central government in Paris.

Véran, the health minister, unveiled a new “national f...

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‘The Gluers’: French group denounces femicide with a poster campaign

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Over the past year, anti-femicide posters have been appearing on walls all around France and across Paris. The campaign, which denounces violence against women and aims to raise awareness, has been praised but also criticised. FRANCE 24 met with some members of “the Gluers” group running the campaign.

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Members of the group, mostly aged 20 to 30, have been putting up the posters in the streets of France to denounce violence against women and raise awareness.

“It gives you strength when you see the messages in the street, so the idea is to pass this on to others passing by,” Anne, a campaigner, told FRANCE 24.

The group is out to put up new posters where it had held a memorial for the 122 women killed by their partn...

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France to raise Covid-19 alert to highest level in Paris and other big cities

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France is set to raise the coronavirus alert level in Paris and other top cities to “scarlet”, the highest level, as part of efforts to stem a continuing rise in the daily number of infections, a government source told AFP.

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Health Minister Olivier Véran will announce new measures later on Wednesday as he holds his weekly press conference to chart the outbreak’s progression, the source said.

France has reported a surge in daily cases, prompting officials to urge people to limit social gatherings and wear masks in public at all times.

In the larger Paris Ile-de-France area, the incidence rate of infection has risen to 204 per 100,000 inhabitants, higher than in other hard-hit cities such as Lyon and Marseille, which h...

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EU unveils ‘compulsory solidarity’ plan to share burden of migration

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Five years after Europe’s migrant crisis, Brussels unveiled on Wednesday a plan for sharing the responsibility for asylum seekers among members under a “compulsory solidarity mechanism”, in an effort to rally skeptical states such as Austria.

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The New Pact on Migration and Asylum proposes that EU member states who do not want to volunteer to house more migrants can instead take charge of sending those whose asylum requests are rejected back to their homelands. That in an effort to also reduce pressure on Italy and Greece, where most arrivals land.

Johansson wants the 27 member states to commit to sharing the burden of handling asylum claims from migrants arriving on the bloc’s shores...

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EU proposes plan on asylum seekers, but Austria warns against quotas

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Five years after Europe’s migrant crisis, Brussels will propose on Wednesday that member states share the responsibility for asylum seekers under a “compulsory solidarity mechanism”. But it could spark outrage from countries such as Austria, whose Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned against any attempts to force EU countries to take in migrants.

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The New Pact on Migration and Asylum will be unveiled by European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas.

Johansson wants the 27 member states to commit to sharing the burden of handling asylum claims from migrants arriving on the bloc’s shores...

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Kremlin critic Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital, full recovery ‘possible’

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who the West believes was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, has been discharged from hospital after just over a month, the Berlin medical facility treating him said Wednesday.

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“Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible,” Charite hospital said in a statement, adding however that it remained too early to assess any long-term effects of his severe poisoning.

The 44-year-old Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner fell ill after boarding a plane in Siberia last month and was hospitalised there before being flown to Berlin...

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French media sign open letter backing Charlie Hebdo following new death threats

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More than 100 French news outlets on Wednesday called on people to support satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by gunmen in 2015, after its staff received new death threats.

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The magazine republished cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed earlier this month at the start of a trial of suspects in the 2015 attack on their Paris office. While the edition sold out in France, it provoked condemnation from several Muslim countries, and al-Qaeda militants reportedly threatened a repeat of the 2015 massacre of the magazine’s staff.

Charlie Hebdo published the open letter on the front page of its new edition, denouncing “new totalitarian ideologies, sometimes claiming to be inspired by religious texts”.

Urging peopl...

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EU set to propose plan on asylum seekers, but Austria warns against quotas

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Five years after Europe’s migrant crisis, Brussels will propose on Wednesday that member states share the responsibility for asylum seekers under a “compulsory solidarity mechanism”. But it could spark outrage from countries such as Austria, whose Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned against any attempts to force EU countries to take in migrants.

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The New Pact on Migration and Asylum will be unveiled by European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas.

Johansson wants the 27 member states to commit to sharing the burden of handling asylum claims from migrants arriving on the bloc’s shores...

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