Firefighters demonstrate to protest violence and abuse | AFP

Around a thousand firefighters demonstrate in Strasbourg to protest against the violence they are subjected to on a regular basis. They denounce an increase in acts of incivility, accompanied by physical and verbal abuse. It follows a New Year period marred by attacks on firemen during call-outs. IMAGES

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French President Macron hosts Jordan’s King Abdulllah II | AFP

French President Macron hosts Jordan’s King Abdulllah II for a meeting followed by a dinner. The Jordan monarch arrived in Paris after having met his partners in Brussels and Strasbourg in order to seek the best way “to lower the tensions” between Tehran and Washington in the Middle East. IMAGES

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Farage: I’ll miss Strasbourg but, politically, ‘I couldn’t be happier’

Nigel Farage, the self-declared “pantomime villain” of Brexit, is leaving his favorite theater — the European Union’s parliament in Strasbourg — this week with a sense of mission accomplished. He spoke to the AP’s Raf Casert.

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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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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Missing woman’s relatives speak after discovery of her body | AFP

After the discovery of the “incomplete skeleton” of a young woman who has been missing for more than a year, her family speaks for the first time at a press conference in Strasbourg. “We would like the perpetrator to take responsibility for his actions and pay for his crime,” says Sophie Le Tan’s cousin Laura. SOUNDBITE

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Protesters march in Strasbourg to demand new agricultural policy | AFP

Between 650 and a thousand protesters gather in the eastern French city of Strasbourg to demand a new European common agricultural policy (PAC).

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French president meets freed Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov during his visit to Strasbourg to mark the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe. Sentsov is the highest-profile prisoner released during a recent swap with Russia. Sentsov was arrested in 2014 and was serving a 20-year sentence in a Russian Arctic penal colony for planning “terrorist attacks” in Moscow-annexed Crimea. His jailing sparked a star-studded international campaign calling for his release and he became a symbol of Kiev’s resistance. IMAGES

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Juncker: UK has put forward no “concrete and operational” alternatives to backstop

Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not yet made any concrete proposals to replace the backstop.

EU Parliament plenary session opens in Strasbourg | AFP

The European Parliament plenary session opens with the new MEPs elected in May and presided by David Sassoli, the EU parliament’s new president. IMAGES

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EU nominee von der Leyen faces sceptical parliament | AFP

Was an intense two-week political operation to woo European lawmakers long enough to win German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen the top job in Brussels? The 60-year-old conservative will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission if she secures a majority in the Strasbourg assembly. IMAGES

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Ursula Von Der Leyen ‘honoured’ by EU Commission nomination | AFP

Ursula Von Der Leyen says she is ‘honoured’ and ‘overwhelmed’ to hear that she has been nominated by the EU council as Head of the EU commission. SOUNDBITE from Ursula von der Leyen in Strasbourg

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Protest at European Parliament in support of elected Catalans | AFP

A demonstration in support of the three Catalan separatists elected at the end of May to the European Parliament but who will not be able to take up their seats has taken place in Strasbourg as the new parliament holds its first session. IMAGES

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‘Yellow vest’ protesters rally in Strasbourg

Hundreds of “yellow vest” protesters begin to march in Strasbourg with screams of “Macron, resignation”. The Bas-Rhin prefecture has banned demonstrations in certain areas of the city’s historic centre, on the station square and in the vicinity of the European institutions. IMAGES

RAW: Toulouse police fires tear gas at Yellow Vest protesters

Sporadic clashes with police marred Yellow Vests protests in Toulouse, the city chosen as the ‘capital’ of this week’s anti-government marches in France. Act 22 is the first since a controversial anti-rioting law took effect.

This Saturday marked the 22nd consecutive week of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ movement as France once again saw anti-government protests, which were held in cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseilles, and Strasbourg. In the French capital of Paris alone, some 5,000 demonstrators took to the streets, according to the French Interior Ministry.

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‘It’s this deal or Brexit might not happen at all’: Juncker

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says ‘it’s this deal, or Brexit might not happen at all’, during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Strasbourg. SOUNDBITE

Vandals damage memorial stone at Strasbourg’s Old Synagogue

A memorial stone marking the site of Strasbourg’s Old Synagogue, which was destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, is damaged once more after it was knocked down from its plinth vandals overnight. France is currently grappling with a surge in anti-Semitic violence and hate speech. IMAGES

Britain and EU to hold more Brexit talks: spokesperson

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas announces that British Prime Minister Theresa May will come back to Brussels for more Brexit talks before the end of February. He also says that EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will meet his UK counterpart Stephen Barclay next Monday in Strasbourg. SOUNDBITE.