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Marine le Pen tells MEPs to 'stop sulking' as she hails Brexit

Marine le Pen on Tuesday

French far-right leader Marine le Pen has hailed the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Speaking at an emergency session of the European Parliament to discuss the fallout from the Brexit vote, the National Front leader told MEPs, "put away those sulky faces, put away those angry looks and rejoice in the free and great emancipation" of the British people.

She said she is "committed to pursuing the path of liberty" for France.

Access to EU single market 'not automatic' for Brexit Britain

France's foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. Credit: Reuters

Britain will not automatically gain Swiss-style access to the single market outside the EU without the free movement elements, France's foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has said.

Mr Ayrault added that Britain needs to decide who will represent the nation, so Europe can push ahead with Brexit arrangements.

"Absolutely Britain needs to sort out the problem of who represents it...from there we can work on an agenda and a calendar," he said.

Mr Ayrault's comment stands in contrast with that of leave campaigner Boris Johnson, who recently said in an article in The Telegraph that Britain would still maintain access to the single market after leaving the EU.


Police arrested 85 ahead of Paris labour protest

French riot police stand next to a water canon vehicle during clashes last week Credit: Reuters

French police arrested 85 people before Thursday's protest march in Paris against proposed labour reforms - mainly for carrying objects that could be used as projectiles.

At least one of those arrested was on a list of around 100 people who had been barred from the march.

Place de la Bastille, where the march set off from Credit: Reuters

The protest set off from Place de la Bastille early Thursday afternoon under tight security after a previous march saw bloody clashes between police and protesters.

Could France follow the UK out of Europe?

Video report by ITV News Europe Editor James Mates.

The British EU referendum has caused ripples all over Europe - and now a growing movement in France is pushing for its own vote on its membership of the bloc.

National Front leader marine Le Pen is at the vanguard of the push and has promised to stage a national vote if she wins the presidency next year.

While that is a highly unlikely prospect, far right groups have been boosted by anti-European sentiment. Many have also noted that Ukip manged to successfully agitate for a vote in the UK despite never reaching power.

However, many in France see opportunity in a potential Brexit, with hopes that the country's financial sector could gobble up business currently dominated by the city of London.

Though the Brexit campaign has boosted a nascent anti-EU movement in France, an exit seems unlikely in any near future.

France and Switzerland through, Albania face wait

Sadiku scored Albania's goal in their 1-0 win over Romania Credit: PA

Albania beat Romania 1-0 to take third place in Group A, but face a wait to see if their tally of three points—and minus two goal difference—is enough to progress to the knock-outs. Switzerland and France drew 0-0 in the other game to seal their own progression, with the hosts taking top spot.

Visit ITV's Euro 2016 website for highlights and a full report


Police killer suspect 'pledged allegiance to IS leader'

Larossi Abbala pledged his allegiance to the leader of the so-called Islamic State.

A man suspected of killing two French police officers in a Paris suburb on Monday night had pledged allegiance to the leader of the so-called Islamic State and threatened to kill non-believers, the Paris prosecutor has said.

Francois Molins also said that searches of Larossi Abballa's home had uncovered a list of targets including "rappers, journalists, police officers and public personalities".

Three men are currently being held in connection with the investigation.

Two people close to police attacker held

Police man a roadblock at the scene in the Paris suburb of Magnanville. Credit: Reuters

Two people close to a man who killed two French police officers in a Paris suburb on Monday night have been held for questioning, a police source has said.

The source added that the attacker had been put under wiretaps recently without any results.

Jihadist filmed home knife attack on French officers

The man who killed two police officers in a knife attack at their home in a Paris suburb filmed a video during the attack, French officials have told the Associated Press.

A man pledging allegiance to so-called Islamic State stabbed a French police commander to death outside his home on Monday night before killing his partner, who was also an officer.

A roadblock has been established at the crime scene in the Paris suburb of Magnanville. Credit: Reuters

Suspect in French police killings a 'convicted jihadist'

Larossi Abbala

A man suspected of killing two French police officers at their home in a suburb of Paris had a past terrorism conviction for recruiting jihadist fighters in Pakistan, officials said.

Larossi Abbala, 25, from the Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie, was convicted in 2013 to three years in prison, including six months suspended for association with a terrorist enterprise.

Abbala is suspected of stabbing a policeman outside his house in Magnanville on Monday night, before killing his partner. He was killed in a police raid on the house.

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