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French youths clash with police in two cities

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Youths clashed with riot police in two French cities on the fringes of demonstrations honouring a protester who was killed during a similar stand-off last week.

Police fired tear gas in western Nantes to disperse masked protesters - some of whom lit fires and hurled gas canisters back at police lines.

Unrest also flared up in south-western Toulouse, where authorities said a small group of rioters amongst a larger group of peaceful demonstrators smashed bank windows and damaged public property.

A long-running stand-off has involved foes of an airport project in Nantes and, more recently, green groups have protested against the Sivens dam project in south-western France.

Yesterday's rallies were called to honour Remi Fraisse, a 21-year-old protester who died last week in clashes between police and demonstrators near the south-western town of Lisle-sur-Tarn, not far from where the dam is to go up.

Frenchman 'beheaded by IS-linked group in Algeria'

A video which appears to show an Islamic State-linked group in Algeria behead a French hostage has appeared on the internet.

Herve Gourdel with the militants after he was captured on Sunday. Credit: APTN

Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old hiker, was captured in Algeria on Sunday.

France has been involved in air strikes against IS militants in Iraq.

£12m pledged to stop Calais illegal immigrants

The Government will provide £12m over the next three years to deal with illegal immigrants trying to get to the UK from Calais.

Home Secretary Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve reached a deal which will also see increased co-operation between British and French law enforcement agencies.

Migrants queue for food in the French port of Calais. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

They also agreed to do more to tackle organised gangs involved in people trafficking and smuggling.

Security and Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said the two countries would also "continue to push for action at European and international level to address the wider problem of illegal migration, of which Calais is just one very visible sign".


French fighter jets will soon strike IS militants in Iraq

President Francois Hollande said French fighter jets will soon strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq once reconnaissance missions have identified targets.

French President Francois Hollande. Credit: Liewig Christian/ABACA

When asked when French airstrikes in Iraq would begin, he told a news conference: "As soon as we have identified targets, that means in a short time frame.

"It will be air support to protect Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to reduce and weaken this terrorist group."

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.

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