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Newsline: Russian Embassy Hands Note to Paris Over Attack on Military Agency Delegate

The Russian Embassy in Paris handed a note to the French Foreign Ministry over an assault and robbery of Russia’s Rosoboronexport arms exporter chief delegate at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. “The Russian embassy sent a note to the French Foreign Ministry over the incident with a request to thoroughly investigate this case,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a weekly briefing. Sergey Kornev, Rosoboronexport’s chief delegate, was en route from the air show late on Tuesday when his vehicle came under attack in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Wednesday that Kornev was slightly injured but did not require hospitalization.

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201706221054868063-embassy-note-paris-attack/

Newsline: French Embassy in UK Opens Crisis Unit Following Manchester Attack

The French Consulate in London has opened a crisis unit, making available emergency telephone numbers for information about the victims of the recent deadly terror attack in Manchester, a Sputnik correspondent reported Tuesday. On Monday night, a deadly explosion hit the Manchester Arena at the end of US singer Ariana Grande’s concert. Following the blast, Burnham had already expressed his condolences over the attack. The blast left at least 22 people dead, including children, and almost 60 injured. Several people are still missing. The French embassy is calling on the citizens of France to mark themselves as safe via Facebook. The French Consulate in London has also opened a crisis unit to receive the calls of everybody who cannot reach their close ones.

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201705231053894150-france-uk-manchester-attack/

Newsline: France says not planning to reopen embassy in Syria

France’s foreign ministry said on Monday that the reopening of its embassy in Syria was not on the table, signaling there may be no fundamental change to Paris’ approach to the Syrian conflict under new president Emmanuel Macron. Citing a political source close to Macron, pan-Arab daily newspaper al-Hayat had reported on Monday that Macron was reviewing France’s decision to close the embassy in 2012. “The reopening of our embassy in Damascus is not on the agenda,” Foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in a daily briefing. Officials at the president’s office did not immediately respond for comment, although Macron ruled out reopening the embassy during a campaign trip to Beirut in January. Some European Union countries which withdrew their ambassadors from Syria as the conflict worsened in the country have indicated a willingness for more communication with Damascus given the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants even though France and Britain have staunchly opposed it. With the arrival of Macron, Paris’ policy on Syria has yet to be clearly defined.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-syria-idUSKBN18I1F2

Newsline: French diplomat’s house ransacked in Delhi

On the night the French diplomat’s house in south Delhi’s Shanti Niketan was ransacked, two other similar incidents were reported from nearby. While others alleged theft of cash and valuables, not even a single item was reported stolen from the senior diplomat’s house. In the diplomat’s house, the burglars opened the drawers but did not steal any foreign currency lying in it, according to the complaint filed by the diplomat’s husband. Also, the landlady of the building, who resides on the first-floor, where the French diplomat lives alleged the burglars had ransacked her husband’s official files and her son’s certificates.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/delhi-cash-valuables-stolen-in-two-other-break-ins-near-french-diplomat-s-house/story-kDjGZqPFOFLyNEHnEPbAjP.html

Newsline: French Voters in London Turn Out to Cast Election Day Ballots

French citizens are queuing to cast their ballot at the French embassy, London, as the rest of the French nation goes to the polls Sunday. French voters living in London is an important demographic in French elections, with an estimated 300,000 citizens living in Britain’s capital. It is often reported and has even been claimed by London’s former mayor Boris Johnson that the sheer number of French living in London makes it France’s sixth largest city. London’s Evening Standard reports of the French citizens in London, 100,000 are registered to vote.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/05/07/pics-french-voters-london-turn-cast-election-day-ballots/

Newsline: France replaces ambassador to Czech Republic after visa scandal

France has replaced its ambassador Charles Malinas to the Czech Republic, who held the post from last August, with Roland Galharague, who was appointed on February 10, according to the embassy’s Internet page. Mondafrique server puts the change in connection with a scandal with the granting of French visas to the citizens of the Central African Republic, where Malinas was ambassador before he was moved to Prague. According to the server, the French embassy issued hundreds of visas to Central Africans without checking them duly. The case was uncovered a few months ago when the French anti-terrorism forces detained a group of radical Muslims, who arrived in France from the Central African Republic. It writes that the practice was covered up personally by Malians and that the French Foreign Ministry is investigating the case. It is not ruled out that Malinas sought personal enrichment. He had to leave Prague in December already. Malinas officially assumed the post last October.

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/03/28/france-replaces-ambassador-czech-republic-after-half-year

Newsline: Namibian Embassy to the Rescue As Zimbabwe Envoy’s Car Breaks Down in France

Zimbabwe’s diplomats in Europe are using battered cars with some relying on fellow African envoys’ transport to attend business, a government report has revealed. One such diplomat is Rudo Mabel Chitiga, Zimbabwe’s ambassador to France. According to a recent report by the Parliamentary Portfolio on Foreign Affairs, to the speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, Chitiga’s car failed to start when she had visited a fellow African diplomat in Paris recently. “The first incident involved our ambassador in Paris whose official car couldn’t start when she had visited her Namibian counterpart and was forced, under humiliating circumstances, to use the Namibian ambassador’s car back to her office. This is because the car she is using has already outlived its life span,” said the report.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201702140047.html