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Audit warns 840 French bridges at risk of collapse

About 840 French bridges are at risk of collapsing, an audit commissioned by the government has warned. A third of the country's 12,000 state-maintained bridges need repairs and 7 percent - or about 840 - bridges are so badly damaged they are at "risk of collapse". The names of bridges were not mentioned in the report. Last week a bridge collapsed in Genoa in neighbouring Italy killing 43 people.

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Open Arms may face fine in Spain 

Open Arms may face a fine of up to €901,000 for doing "search and rescue" without authorisation, but rescuing people who are shipwrecked is a legal duty, the NGO says.

Belgium's EU commission hopeful in free press row

Didier Reynders, Belgium's EU commissioner hopeful and foreign minister backed bill that could sentence whistle-blowers to five years in prison and fine journalists up to €5,000.

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The EU committee's great 'per diem' charade

Around 30 members of European Economic Social Committee, who live and work primarily in Brussels or nearby, have claimed €1.47m in a 'daily subsistence' allowance from European taxpayers to cover accommodation, food and local transport for meetings held in Brussels.

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