# France

An aerial photo shows migrants in a dinghy wearing life jackets as they illegally cross the English Channel from France to Britain on September 11, 2020. - The number of migrants crossing the English Channel -- which is 33,8 km (21 miles) at the closest point in the Straits of Dover -- in small inflatable boats has spiralled over the summer of the 2020. According to authorities in northern France some 6,200 migrants have attempted the crossing between January 1 and August 31, 2020, compared with 2,294 migrants for the whole of 2019. (Photo by Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP)
An aerial photo shows migrants in a ding […]

‘Just God, the water and us’: risking the Channel ‘death route’ to Britain

AFP followed two groups of migrants as they made the perilous journey from the French town of Grande-Synthe to Dover in the south of England via the choppy waters of the Channel
A firefighter wearing protective gear disinfects outside a nursing home for elderly people where more than 60 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Burbaguena, near Teruel on August 04, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)
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Europe imposes fresh virus curbs as global cases top 30 million

Large parts of Europe have geared up for broad new restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus as infections worldwide topped the 30-million mark
File photo taken on January 7, 2015 shows hooded gunmen Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said Kouachi facing police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Photo: Anne Gelbard / AFP
File photo taken on January 7, 2015 show […]

Mutating terror threat still looms over Europe

The terrorist threat against Europe has mutated in the last half-decade as jihadist groups have seen their Middle East sanctuaries eroded, but analysts say the West must remain braced for more attacks
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 10, 2020 people dance and attend a rave party, on an agricultural land in Causse Mejean, in the heart of the Cevennes National Park, southern France, despite the limitation of gatherings linked to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. - The summer has been marked by hundreds of 'free parties' in France, in spite of the COVID-19 outbreak, AFP reports on August 23, 2020. (Photo by Pascal GUYOT / AFP)
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The party goes on for French ravers, despite pandemic and police

Summer time is rave time in France but this year battle lines have been drawn between authorities alarmed at the risk of coronavirus and serious party-goers determined to dance on
A young woman hula-hoops among people enjoying an open air party in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on August 1, 2020. Photo: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP
A young woman hula-hoops among people en […]

Carefree youths fuel global rise in virus infections

Health officials fighting the coronavirus pandemic say they have a new problem -- carefree youths who are ignoring social distancing rules and letting loose around the world, fuelling a surge in infections
A night train of the Osterreichische Bundesbahnen (OBB) Austrian railway company stands on a platform at the railway station in Gries am Brenner at the Austrian-Italian border, on February 23, 2020. Photo: Johann Groder / APA / AFP
A night train of the Osterreichische Bun […]

Back on track: Europe’s fading night trains win reprieve

Increasing awareness of the carbon footprint from air travel, coupled with shrinkage in the airline sector due to the coronavirus, mean that night trains may be in line for an unexpected renaissance