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Report: Russia says it could build its own warships

Russia's Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov has said that Russia could build its own warships similar to those commissioned from France, the RIA Novosti news agency reports.

France suspended delivery of two helicopter carriers to Russia last week amid security concerns about Moscow's actions in neighbouring Ukraine.

On Thursday, President Francois Hollande said the deal would depend on EU sanction in the coming weeks.

Nato 'ring of steel' sent to Calais to stop immigrants

Britain will send the 9ft 'ring of steel' fences used at the Nato summit in Wales to Calais in an effort to stop illegal immigrants getting into Britain.

Police are seen through the 9 ft-high metal fence known as the 'ring of steel'. Credit: PA

It would replace the "inadequate" fencing currently in place and hopefully create secure parking for legal travellers to wait without the threat of hassle from any disruption.

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the move is part of a bid to send a message that the UK is "no soft touch" for migrants.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph he warned would-be illegal immigrants Mr they "should be under no illusion about what awaits them if they arrive here illegally".

He said it was up to the French to maintain security and order on their own land but Britain would do what it could to help.


France should 'get its act together' on asylum seekers

France should stop blaming Britain and "get its act together" and deal with growing numbers of asylum seekers in Calais, according to a former home secretary.

Lord Howard of Lympne said he had "some sympathy" with the mayor of Calais. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Lord Howard of Lympne said he had "some sympathy" with the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, but he said she was "directing her frustration and her anger at the wrong target" by threatening to blockade the port and demanding that London "take responsibility" for them.

He told told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The mayor of Calais ought to be directing her frustration at president (Francois) Hollande."

He added that the previous French administration under president Nicolas Sarkozy had recognised that the Schengen agreement which created a borderless zone between 10 European states, meant France had "lost control of its borders."

He added: "We have control of our borders. But it is the countries of the Schengen agreement that ought to get their act together and deal with this problem. We have retained control of our borders, and it is about time members of the Schengen agreement did the same."

Calais deputy mayor: UK must compensate us over migration

Calais' deputy mayor Philippe Mignonet and the port’s immigration chief has said the area needs to be financially compensated for the the impact of English rules on migration.

Calais' deputy mayor Philippe Mignonet with mayor Natacha Bouchart. Credit: ITV News

What we want Cameron to do is to strongly talk to the migrants, that they won't be received and won't be accepted in England any more when they come through Calais.

Then to change the border, and transfer the border back to Dover. At the moment the English border is in Calais. The third point is to compensate financially the prejudice we suffer in Calais because of the English rules.

– Calais' deputy mayor Philippe Mignonet


IMF chief 'under investigation' over negligence claims

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation for negligence relating to a long-running political fraud case, an unnamed source has told Reuters.

Lagarde will appeal the French magistrates' decision to place her under formal investigation, saying the allegation of negligence was unfounded, the source stated.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has said the allegation of negligence was unfounded. Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

The inquiry into French businessman Bernard Tapie has embroiled several of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's cabinet members, including Lagarde, who was finance minister.

Tapie was awarded €403 million (£321 million) in a 2008 arbitration payment under Sarkozy's presidency to settle a dispute with the now-defunct state-owned bank Credit Lyonnais over a share sale in 1993.

French government offers resignation to president

France's prime minister Manuel Valls has presented the resignation of the government to the president following a row over economic policies.

President Hollande has been dealt a blow with the resignation of his government. Credit: Reuters

A statement from Francois Hollande's office said a new government would be formed on Tuesday in line with the "direction he (the president) has defined for our country."

The news comes after two ministers publicly criticised the government's economic path over the weekend.

France calls for coordinated action against Islamic State

France has said it would like the permanent members of the UN Security Council and regional countries, including Arab states and Iran, to coordinate action against Islamic State militants.

France has called for coordinated action against Islamic State militants. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

"In our minds and we hope that it will be possible, Foreign Minister Faurent Fabius said.

The UN Security Council's five permanent members are the US, UK, France, Russia and China.

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