French PM Castex welcomed by MoDem party leader Bayrou | AFP

French Prime Minister Jean Castex arrives in Biscarosse in the Landes, welcomed by the President of the MoDem party, former Education minister François Bayrou. This visit by the leader of the majority comes at a time when three new deputies from president Emmanuel Macron’s LREM (La Republique en Marche) group have joined the centrist group in the Assembly.

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Two students hunt for microplastics along the south-west French coastline | AFP

Kneeling on the wet sand of the beach of Contis in France’s Landes region, two young men armed with tweezers search the seashore for microplastics, tiny plastic debris which is having a “devastating” effect on the ocean.

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