Le Pen promises EU vote

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An emer­gency po­lio vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign aimed at reach­ing 25 mil­lion chil­dren this year has be­gun in parts of Nige­ria newly freed from Boko Haram Is­lamic ex­trem­ists, with fears that many more cases of the crip­pling dis­ease will likely be found. Two tod­dlers dis­cov­ered last month were Nige­ria’s first re­ported po­lio cases in more than two years, putting the world on alert just months after the African con­ti­nent was de­clared free of the dis­ease. One mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club’s End Po­lio Now drive said he al­most cried when he got the news. It was a ma­jor blow to global ef­forts to stamp out po­lio, which persists in only two other coun­tries, Pak­istan and Afghanistan. Health work­ers us­ing mil­i­tary he­li­copters, all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles and even tri­cy­cle taxis vac­ci­nated about 1.5 mil­lion chil­dren in the past week alone, start­ing in the refugee camps where the new cases sur­faced. The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion has said the two new cases in­di­cate the wild po­lio virus has been cir­cu­lat­ing for five years in north­east­ern Borno state, where Boko Haram be­gan its up­ris­ing in 2009. More cases are ex­pected to sur­face as Nige­ria’s mil­i­tary forces Boko Haram out of more towns and vil­lages, said Dr Tunji Fun­sho, head of Ro­tary’s po­lio erad­i­ca­tion drive. Over the past week, hun­dreds of health work­ers from the gov­ern­ment, the United Nations and aid or­gan­i­sa­tions de­liv­ered the vac­ci­na­tions through drops on the tongue. The leader of France’s an­ti­im­mi­gra­tion Na­tional Front has promised to hold a na­tion­wide ref­er­en­dum on whether the coun­try should leave or re­main in the Euro­pean Union if she is elected pres­i­dent next spring. In a speech yes­ter­day, Marine Le Pen de­nounced “mass im­mi­gra­tion” and branded Is­lamism “the new to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism of the 21st century”. Talk­ing about a pos­si­ble EU ref­er­en­dum, the far-right can­di­date for the April-May elec­tion said: “I will do it in France.” Polls sug­gest that Le Pen could qual­ify for the elec­tion’s sec­ond round.

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