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The immigration chief in Calais has said the UK has created "a magnet for illegal immigrants."

Marine Le Pen seeks French poll recount

The leader of France's main far-right party said today that she is demanding a recount after her razor-thin loss to a Socialist in northern France as part of nationwide legislative elections.

François Hollande set to deliver French left majority

The triumph of the French left in the first round of parliamentary elections threatens to redraw the map of party politics in France.

President Hollande votes in the parliamentary elections in Tulle

Left poised for victory that would clear François Hollande to pursue growth

The moderate left was on course for a comfortable victory in French parliamentary elections last night, strengthening President François Hollande's grip on power.

Diamond Jubilee Thames flotilla to sail into history

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations include the sailing of a huge flotilla along the River Thames on Sunday afternoon, with more than 1,000 boats breasting the waves.

Sport on TV: Bishop channels his energies to answer millions of prayers

There's a new breed of comedian nowadays. From Eddie Izzard running 43 marathons in 51 days to David Walliams swimming the Channel and the Thames, it's not so much stand-up as "I can barely stand up". Bernard Manning and Roy "Chubby" Brown would have run a mile if Sport Relief came calling – except they wouldn't be able to get that far.

Nigel Morris: Home Secretary may be set for departure if border problems return

It is more than five years since John Reid arrived at the Home Office and denounced the Immigration Service as "not fit for purpose". Three Home Secretaries and one change of Government later, it seems to be business as usual. John Vine paints a familiar picture of poor internal communications, lax record-keeping and an apparent disregard for keeping ministers in the loop.

A mother and daughter relax on the deck of a ferry to France in 1951

130 jobs go in SeaFrance collapse

Almost 130 jobs are to be lost in the UK after French ferry operator SeaFrance went into liquidation today.

Sea France is one of just two ferry lines operating between Calais and Dover

French ferry firm floundering amid allegations of fraud and political meddling

Barring the unforeseen, there will be a shipwreck in the English Channel today. The Sealink ferry empire, which once dominated cross-Channel travel, will slide below the waves amid allegations of fraud, union bloody-mindedness and threats of violence.

Sea France is one of just two ferry lines operating between Calais and Dover

French ferry firm floundering amid allegations of fraud and political meddling

Barring the unforeseen, there will be a shipwreck in the English Channel today.

François Hollande has been well a head in recent opinion polls

Socialists' presidential hopes hit by infighting over corruption claims

Vicious war of words among senior figures threatens campaign of front-runner Hollande

Wanted lodger Morrow arrested

A lodger wanted in connection with the killing of his landlady and her mother has been arrested in the UK.

Landlady and mother were asphyxiated

A man sought by police in connection with the killings of a mother and daughter has been spotted in France.

Barry Morrow, 51, wanted in connection with the deaths of a mother and daughter in Southport, Merseyside

Hunt for lodger after mother and daughter found dead

An international manhunt was under way for a lodger yesterday after a woman and her mother were found dead at the house where he lived.

Get ready for Summer! Nord-Pas de Calais

Our fortnightly series of travellers' guides to holiday destinations goes to French Flanders. Adrian Phillips reports
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