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French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on Tuesday said he was launching a probe into clashes that broke out late Monday after police cleared out a new migrant camp at Place de la République in the heart of Paris, adding that images of the scuffles were "shocking". People posted photos and videos on social media of police hitting demonstrators as they moved in to clear the square of migrants' tents, which the police said had been set up without official permission."Some of the images of the dispersion of the illegal migrant camp at Place de la République are shocking," Darmanin wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday, adding that he was seeking a full report into the incident.The migrant camp at the iconic Place de la République, site of major French demonstrations, emerged just a week after police had cleared out a bigger, illegal migrant campsite near the national sports stadium on the outskirts of the French capital.< French police clear more than 2,000 people from makeshift migrant camp near Paris‘They are too violent’Police used tear gas as they dismantled the new migrant camp of around 500 blue tents, which were set up by volunteers and were quickly filled by migrants, mostly Afghans.When the police arrived to dismantle the camp, images showed officers picking up tents, sometimes with people still inside, to the protests of migrants and jeers from volunteers."They are too violent," sobbed Shahbuddin, a 34-year-old Afghan as he put a grey beanie back on his head after being forced out of his tent. "We just want a roof."Police later used tear gas to disperse the rest of the camp, driving the migrants out into the streets of central Paris.Ian Brossart, a deputy of the city's mayor in charge of housing, emergency accommodation and refugee protection, slammed the "law and order response to a social situation".Migrant issue drives up support for Le PenFrance has joined other European states, such as Italy and Britain, in taking a tougher stance on migrants since the outbreak of the Syria conflict in 2011 triggered a migrant crisis across Europe.Opinion polls show voters are worried about the issue of migration, which in turn has driven support for far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who is likely to be President Emmanuel Macron's main opponent in the next presidential election in 2022.Paris is a key stop-off point on the European migrant route, with tented camps repeatedly sprouting up around the city only to be torn down by the police a few months later.Thousands have travelled from Paris to the port of Calais and attempted to stow away on trucks heading across the Channel to England. A small number attempt the crossing by boat. Rights groups blast bill restricting police imagesThe latest clearance comes after the French government approved an amended security bill that would restrict the publication of photos or videos taken of police officers' faces while carrying out their duties in public spaces.Media unions say this could give police a green light to prevent journalists from doing their work and potentially documenting abuses by security forces.Human rights groups have blasted the new law, which sparked protests in Paris and other French cities over the weekend.The government says the proposal is intended to protect police officers from online calls for violence. Critics fear that, if enacted, the measure would endanger journalists and other observers who take videos of officers at work, especially during violent demonstrations.(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)
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Secret Service members asked about protecting soon-to-be-former president Trump full time in Florida: Sources
As states begin to certify election results that seal a victory for President-elect Joe Biden, even though Donald Trump hasn't conceded there is one clear sign his post-presidency life is taking shape: Secret Service agents in the president's detail are being asked whether they're interested in transferring to Palm Beach, Florida, sources have told ABC News. The Secret Service's Miami field office also has begun looking at physical reinforcements to Mar-a-Largo, the president's club to which he refers as "the winter White House," the sources added. Trump, a longtime New Yorker born in the borough of Queens, changed his residency to Florida last year and voted there in late October.
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Live updates: FTSE rises as vaccine optimism boosts markets Analysis: How AstraZeneca went from takeover target to FTSE winner Shares in AstraZeneca closed down almost 4pc as investors were left disappointed by an update on its coronavirus vaccine trial and one analyst claimed the vaccine would not win approval from US regulators. A progress report on the clinical trial, which is still ongoing, suggests the vaccine being trialled with Oxford University is 70pc effective on average in preventing coronavirus. This is less than the 90pc efficacy rates reported by US vaccine hopefuls Moderna and Pfizer over the past two weeks. Investors were also spooked after a US-based analyst questioned the trial results in a note to investors and said the vaccine would not get the FDA nod. However, other analysts were quick to rebut his claims, saying it was too early to make a call and that much clinical trial data on all three vaccines still needed to be analysed. “Far be it from me to dispute one of my peers or competitors but I think it’s too early for me or anyone, in fact, to be making a statement on regulatory approval,” said one analyst. “None of us have seen the full data for one, let alone all trials. Comparing apples and pears at this stage is a little misleading.” Asked about the note, Ruud Dobber, head of AstraZeneca’s biopharmaceuticals business unit, told Bloomberg TV: “I think it’s far too early to speculate about how regulators will react.” AstraZeneca said the vaccine had no serious side effects and that trial had shown a smaller dose, followed by a full dose, had an efficacy rate of 90pc.