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Newsline: Embassy official says Paris motorbike explosion did not appear to target Jordan

A motorbike explosion outside the Jordanian military attache’s office in western Paris did not appear to intentionally target Jordan, an embassy official said on Wednesday. A police source said a motorbike had exploded in front of the building, but the reasons for the explosion remained unclear. “A motorbike exploded in front of the building where the military attache’s office is. The police are investigating,” an embassy official said. “It doesn’t seem to be an intentional act that targets Jordan.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-france-jordan-motorobike/paris-motorbike-explosion-did-not-appear-to-target-jordan-embassy-official-idUKKCN1C90XG

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Newsline: Joint embassy in Bangladesh a ‘political project’ for Germany, France

The Franco-German embassy in Bangladesh is more than a building because of the political meaning it conveys, says German Ambassador Thomas Prinz. “For us it’s a political project,” the envoy said, while inaugurating the building in Baridhara together with his French counterpart Sophie Aubert on Sunday. The joint embassy building symbolises that “arch enemies can be good friends,” Prinz said. The Franco-German embassy in Dhaka brings under one roof two countries that were once bitter enemies, a first among such embassies around the world. The five-storey building was constructed using bricks of two colours – grey symbolised the French rooms while red adorned the German side. But the European Union countries will share a common entrance, visa section and meeting room, among other shared spaces. On Sep 21 of 2015, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended a launching ceremony of the under-construction building in Dhaka. The project was initiated in 2012. French Ambassador Aubert on Sunday said they wanted to inaugurate the joint embassy before the French National Day is celebrated on Jul 14. The two countries work together in Kuwait, but operate from a rented building. They have been planning joint embassies in Beirut, Cairo and Khartoum.

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/07/09/joint-embassy-in-bangladesh-a-political-project-for-france-germany

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/