Agriculture activist offers 2 tons of organic green beans to city hall employees in Lyon | AFP

An entrepreneur from Pusignan has offered a ton and a half of organic green beans from his production to Lyon to celebrate the French city’s new ‘Green’ mayor. The entrepreneur is asking the city, now under the control of Europe Ecology – Green Party (EELV) following last month’s local elections, to support the development of peri-urban agriculture.

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French PM lauds security forces during visit to Dijon | AFP

French Prime Minister Jean Castex expresses his support for security forces during a visit to Dijon, after the city was rocked by three nights of violence in June, after alleged score-settling by the Chechen community. IMAGES

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Macron, Merkel host videoconference summit for Serbia-Kosovo conflict | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are initiating a videoconference summit to “relaunch dialogue” between Serbia and Kosovo, which has been in conflict for 18 months. Belgrade still refuses to recognise the independence of its former southern province after the bloody war in the late 1990s. IMAGES

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French PM visits scene of Dijon violence, meets local resident | AFP

During his visit to Dijon’s Grésilles district, French Prime Minister Jean Castex talks to a local resident about the violent clashes with members of the Chechen community. IMAGES

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Newly-named French PM visits scene of Dijon violence | AFP

France’s new Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and the new Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, visit the Grésilles district in Dijon, where violent clashes erupted a few weeks ago. IMAGES

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French farmers’ unions chief advocates improved pensions after PM meet | AFP

The President of the National Federation of Farmers Unions (FNSEA) Christiane Lambert says “the FNSEA has always supported pension reform and the objective of a universal pension scheme”, after her meeting with Prime Minister Jean Castex, and adds that she would like to “improve pensions and pension amounts for farmers”. IMAGES

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French foreign minister criticises Hong Kong security law | AFP

“This security law is a very serious act,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says of Beijing’s policy towards Hong Kong. “Our own nationals may themselves be victims of these new provisions,” he continues at a press briefing with his Spanish counterpart, adding that the issue would be discussed within the EU next Monday.

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‘Employment and low-wage issues’ a priority, says French union chief | AFP

Given the seriousness of the economic and social situation in France, the priority is “’employment and low-wage issues”, says French union chief Philippe Martinez, as he meets with newly-named Prime Minister Jean Castex. SOUNDBITE

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CGT leader Martinez arrives in Matignon for meeting with French PM Castex | AFP

After the CFDT and FO trade unions and the federation of French businesses (Medef), it was the turn of CGT Secretary General Philippe Martinez to be welcomed to Matignon for talks with new Prime Minister Jean Castex. IMAGES

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Greenpeace banner above Notre-Dame demands climate change “action” from France | AFP

Greenpeace unfurls a large banner on a crane overlooking Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris demanding the French government takes “action” on the issue of climate change.

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Smart factory employees protest possible French factory closure | AFP

Around 300 employees at the Smart factory in Hambach in eastern France symbolically stop work while an extraordinary social and economic committee (CSE) is held. The German group Daimler announced last Friday its intention to sell the factory, where production of Mercedes models was due to begin in the autumn. IMAGES

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French PM hosts business leaders for talks at Matignon | AFP

Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, president of the Medef (Mouvement des Entreprises de France/French business movement, Eds.), arrives at Matignon to meet Prime Minister Jean Castex. The new head of government is holding talks with business leaders and trade unions over the potentially explosive pensions dossier. IMAGES

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French PM welcomes trade unions to Matignon (2) | AFP

Yves Veyrier, the FO trade union’s secretary general, says he is “combative and concerned about all those who are worried about their jobs and salaries” on his arrival in Matignon, where French PM Jean Castex is welcoming social partners as a prelude to the reopening of talks on pensions and unemployment insurance. IMAGES

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Round table images of new French PM Castex and trade unions | AFP

CFDT General Secretary Laurent Berger begins the trade unions’ round of consultations with new French prime minister Jean Castex at Matignon, a prelude to the reopening of sensitive dossiers on pensions and unemployment insurance. IMAGES

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French PM welcomes trade unions to Matignon | AFP

CFDT general secretary Laurent Berger is one of the first ‘social partners’ welcomed to Matignon by new French prime minister Jean Castex in what is seen as a prelude to the reopening of sensitive discussions on pensions and unemployment insurance. IMAGES

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March in southern France after brutal assault on French bus driver | AFP

In Bayonne in southern France, hundreds of people take part in a peace march after a bus driver was violently assaulted and left for dead. IMAGES

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Wife reacts after brutal assault on French bus driver | AFP

The wife of a bus driver who was assaulted and left brain dead for refusing to let aboard a group of people who were not wearing face masks, reacts during a peaceful march. IMAGES

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Newly-named French ministers meet judicial authorities | AFP

France’s newly-named Prime Minister Jean Castex and Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti arrive at the Bobigny judicial court, the second largest jurisdiction in France, for a first meeting with magistrates and civil servants. IMAGES

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French Justice Minister visits one of country’s largest jails during first official visit (2) | AFP

For his first outing as Justice Minister, Eric Dupond-Moretti visited the Fresnes prison. The famous lawyer and newly appointed member of the French government said he was “concerned about freedom, about the conditions of detention and about the working conditions of prison staff”. (COMPLETES VIDI1US3E1_EN) SOUNDBITE

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French ministers hold first council since government reshuffle | AFP

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and the new members of his government Gérald Darmanin, Roselyne Bachelot, Eric Dupond-Moretti and Barbara Pompili arrive at the Elysée to take part in the government’s first Council of Ministers since a cabinet reshuffle. IMAGES

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French students collect baccalaureate results after Covid crisis | AFP

French students collect their baccalaureate results at the Lycée Jean de la Fontaine in the 16th arrondissement in Paris. Most of France’s 740,000 final-year students know their marks already due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. IMAGES

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French environment minister Elisabeth Borne hands over to Barbaba Pompili | AFP

Former Secretary of State in Charge of Biodiversity Barbaba Pompili takes part in a handover ceremony, succeeding Elisabeth Borne as France’s new environment minister. IMAGES

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French PM Castex meets Senate president Larcher | AFP

France’s new prime minister, Jean Castex, arrives in the courtyard of the Senate to meet its President Gérard Larcher. Castex was appointed last week by president Emmanuel Macron, following the resignation of Edouard Philippe amid a cabinet reshuffle. IMAGES

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Ex-French PM Philippe poses for photo with Le Havre officials | AFP

After being re-elected Mayor of Le Havre, former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe poses for a photo with his new team. IMAGES

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