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

Tax only partly to blame for pint price

THE DRINKS industry is as much to blame as the Treasury for high alcohol prices, campaigners said yesterday.

A mysterious Easter weekend assignation with the Crusaders of Calais

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Calais strike hits ferries

FERRY PASSENGERS face severe disruption today with the port of Calais being closed by a French workers' protest.

Servicewomen killed in crash

THREE British servicewomen killed in a crash on a French motorway were last night named by the Ministry of Defence. Privates Tanya Braithwaite, 18, from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, Louise Jones, 21, from Bicester, Oxfordshire and Emma Leverton, 19, from Poole in Dorset died when a lorry ploughed into the back of their minibus.

Beckett delays cap on P&O Channel prices

P&O and Stena, the cross-Channel ferry giants, will not face a cap on the prices they can charge on their cross-Channel short routes for at least three years, it emerged yesterday as the Government gave the joint venture the green light. The companies expect the ferry line to commence business on 10 March.

Police officer arrested

Ten people were arrested yesterday, including a British police officer, after the seizure of pounds 1m of cannabis resin on a yacht in the French port of Calais, Customs & Excise said.

Drug abuse: Seizures double in a year as traffickers turn to Channel tunnel

The Channel tunnel is the fastest growing route for drug trafficking, unpublished figures reveal. Jason Bennetto, Crime Correspondent, talks to customs officers about changing tactics and the new threat.

French shopping and lunch from pounds 29

The Independent and Independent on Sunday in association with Driveline Europe have arranged this special Christmas shopping break in France for just pounds 29 per person.

Spaniel sniffs out illegal immigrants

Forty-eight illegal immigrants were discovered huddled inside a lorry trailer in Dover last night - the second highest number ever caught trying to enter Britain. They were sniffed out by a springer spaniel called Danny, whose bark alerted Customs and immigration officials to the presence of the immigrants after the lorry bringing them into the country was driven off a cross-Channel ferry.

The end of Empire, the beginning of modern Britain

The symbols of our departure from Hong Kong include the backward looking Imperial insignia, kilts and Gurkhas

Milan or bust: the ultimate mods' weekend

Wet and saddle-sore, Nic Cicutti joins the scooter boys in Italy

Brussels takes tough stance on ferry joint venture

Stena Line and P&O, the cross-Channel ferry operators, may have to meet tough conditions to win European Commission clearance of a planned joint venture which the companies claim is crucial if they are to compete with the Channel tunnel.

Ferries turn back as French fishermen blockade Calais

Hundreds of British travellers were forced to abandon their trips and turn back yesterday after French fishermen blockaded the port of Calais.

Take a short break in France from just pounds 39

The Independent and Independent on Sunday in association with Driveline Europe have arranged this super value short break offer to France. From just pounds 39 per person you can escape to France for a one night break and choose from a selection of top resorts in Northern France, most of them within 50 minutes drive of Calais. All properties have been selected for their individuality, charm or convenient location.

Homes & Money: It's home, c'est chez moi ...

Penny Jackson gives good advice on buying in northern France
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