EU coordination “essential” for opening borders, says French interior minister | AFP

France’s interior minister Christophe Castaner says it is “essential” to coordinate decisions on the reopening of borders within Europe, regretting this has not been the case following recent Spanish and Italian decisions. SOUNDBITE

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French interior minister visits mask factory | AFP

Wearing a locally-made mask, French Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner visits the Mortelecque factory in Annoeullin, in northern France. Specialised in industrial filtration, it has recently started making masks to help meet the demand as France prepares to start lifting the lockdown on May 11. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: With sunny weekend in sight, France demands citizens stay indoors | AFP

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announces an increase in checks at train stations and airports, and reminds the French population that transport is not permitted for leisure purposes, as a sunny weekend is forecasted across the country. SOUNDBITE

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Stay at home and be allies in COVID-19 fight, France’s interior minister | AFP

“Stay at home, (…) this is how you will be allies in our war against COVID-19,” France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner pleads after a special cabinet meeting to outline the rollout of strict confinement measures to contain the spread of the virus.

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Joggers, walkers enjoy last hour in Paris’ Bois de Vincennes before confinement | AFP

Joggers, walkers and strollers enjoy the Bois de Vincennes one last time before the implementation of confinement restrictions in France announced by Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to curb the spread of coronavirus. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: French ministers hold meeting over virus response | AFP

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and the President of the National Ethics Committee Jean-François Delfraissy are welcomed at Place Beauvau by the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner and the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, to provide an update on the municipal elections in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. IMAGES

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French interior minister Castaner in Calais to greet police, customs officers | AFP

Hours from Brexit, France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner meets Jean-Marc Puissesseau, President of the Ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, as well as the police and customs officers who work in the Port of Calais on a daily basis. (COMPLETES VIDI1OK708) A quelques heures du Brexit, le ministre de l’Intérieur Christophe Castaner rencontre Jean-Marc Puissesseau, président des ports de Calais et Boulogne-sur-Mer, ainsi que les policiers et douaniers qui travaillent au quotidien sur le port de Calais. (COMPLETE VIDI1OK5SX ET LA VIDI1OK7N9) IMAGES

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France creates national office to fight hate crimes | AFP

France is setting up a national office to fight anti-religious hate crimes. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announces the creation of the gendarmerie entity at a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg in eastern France, where more than 100 graves had been found covered with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti the day before. SOUNDBITE

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Jewish graves vandalised in France: “an act of hatred” (minister) | AFP

French Interior minister Christophe Castaner condemns an “act of hatred” that “desecrates all the Republic” after more than 100 graves were found covered with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg in eastern France on Tuesday. SOUNDBITE

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Jewish graves vandalised: French Interior Minister arrives | AFP

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner arrives at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen where dozens of Jewish graves were vandalised. He was accompanied by the former President of the Constitutional Council, Jean-Louis Debré and the Chief Rabbi of Strasbourg, Harold Abraham Weill. IMAGES

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Community leaders visit cemetery where grave stones were defaced with swastikas | AFP

Ahead of the arrival of French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, members of the Jewish community came to see the damage after graves were vandalised at the Westhoffen Jewish Cemetery near Strasbourg on Tuesday. More than a hundred gravestones were daubed with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti. IMAGES

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French Interior Minister tours flood affected areas by helicopter | AFP

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner views areas affected by severe flooding in the Var by helicopter, after meeting with the some of those affected. Torrential rains across northern Italy and southern France killed three people at the weekend. In France, two people died and at least one was missing as high floodwaters swamped cars and turned roads into rivers. IMAGES

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One year after attack, French Interior Minister attends Strasbourg Christmas Market opening | AFP

One year after the attack on the Strasbourg Christmas market, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner travelled to the city for the this year’s opening of the famous annual festive fair. The minister was given a tour of the “enhanced” security measures in place around France’s most famous Christmas market. IMAGES

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Castaner commemorates the Liberation of Paris | AFP

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris, during a commemorative ceremony at the Paris Police Headquarters. IMAGES

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Place de la Concorde in Paris completely closed off for May Day

The Concorde and Champs-Elysées district is completely sealed off by the police as more than 7,400 police officers and gendarmes are deployed to secure the May Day demonstrations in Paris, where “1,000 to 2,000 radical activists” are expected according to French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. IMAGES of Place de la Concorde closed off by police

French mayor, minister meet with firemen at deadly Paris blaze

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo meet with firefighters outside an apartment block in the capital’s western 16th arrondissement, where a deadly fire erupted, killing eight people and wounding one more, a fire believed to have been caused by an arsonist. IMAGES

125,000 people across France protesting fuel price hikes

More than 2,000 “yellow vest” rallies are being held across France, mobilizing some 124,000 people against fuel price increases, according to France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. He has called on demonstrators to be “cautious” and “vigilant”, as several serious incidents have taken place at road blockades, including a fatality.