Africa buoys French international education as security concerns remain

  The latest figures from Campus France show that student mobility from Africa has increased 6.7% in the last five years, driven largely by students from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. “The perception of security after the attacks impacted students still at home more than the students in France” In total, French higher education institutions hosted 133,893 African students in 2015/16 – 43.2% of all international students in the country – up from 126,986 last year. According to Campus France stakeholders, international student visa applications to France took a hit after…

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Massive Weapons Haul Intercepted By French Navy

A huge stockpile of illegal weapons has been confiscated in the Indian Ocean from a boat believed to be travelling to Somalia. The boat was first spotted by a French Navy helicopter on a routine surveillance mission around 20 March. The crew alerted the FS Provence frigate and the boat was eventually boarded by French marines. Hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles and anti-tank artillery were among the weapons stowed on board. The boat showed no signs of where it was from, but it is believed the weapons were bound for Islamist…

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Right on target: skiing and shooting in the French Alps

owe my existence to skiing. At least that’s what my grandparents believed. Just before the Second World War they fled Prague for England with other Czech Jews, and after travelling across the border by train, stopped at a hotel for the night. Everyone was understandably tired and most went to bed early. But my grandfather stayed at the bar and, over a few drinks, got talking to the owner. As it turned out, they shared a love of skiing and of the emerging sport of biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing…

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French riot police fire teargas as Calais camp evictions set to resume

Overnight clashes at ‘Jungle’ refugee camp after police confront people throwing stones at demolition teams Migrants and refugees at the makeshift “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais are braced for another chaotic day, as demolition teams protected by French police resume clearing part of the camp. Riot police fired more teargas overnight after an operation to dismantle hundreds temporary shelters sparked clashes on Monday. Demolition teams returned to the site on Tuesday morning, after police fired teargas at about 150 people who were throwing stones at demolition teams.Video footage from a…

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