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The Latest: French FM says no to EU deal with Scotland

  • From letf, French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault meet French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, right, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Saturday, June 25, 2016. France's President Francois Hollande is holding exceptional meetings with the leaders of France's political parties as EU leaders try to keep the union together after Britain's vote to leave the EU. (Christophe Saidi, Pool Photo via AP)

    From letf, French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault meet French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, right, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Saturday, June 25, 2016. France's President Francois Hollande is holding exceptional meetings with the leaders of France's political parties as EU leaders try to keep the union together after Britain's vote to leave the EU. (Christophe Saidi, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, left, talks to Ministry of the Interior Robert Kalinak, right, prior a government meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, Thursday, June 30, 2016.  Slovakia will undertake their six-month presidency of the European Union from July  2016. (AP Photo/Bundas Engler)

    Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, left, talks to Ministry of the Interior Robert Kalinak, right, prior a government meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, Thursday, June 30, 2016. Slovakia will undertake their six-month presidency of the European Union from July 2016. (AP Photo/Bundas Engler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, left, talks to ministry of Interior Robert Kalinak, right, prior a government meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, Thursday, June 30, 2016.  Slovakia will undertake their six-month presidency of the European Union from July  2016. (AP Photo/Bundas Engler)

    Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, left, talks to ministry of Interior Robert Kalinak, right, prior a government meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, Thursday, June 30, 2016. Slovakia will undertake their six-month presidency of the European Union from July 2016. (AP Photo/Bundas Engler)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on Britain's vote to leave the European Uniohn (all times local):

9 a.m.

France's foreign minister says the EU should not negotiate eventual membership with Scotland while it is a member of the United Kingdom.

Ayrault said Thursday on France-2 television that "Europe should in no case contribute to the dismantling of nations."

Voters in Scotland strongly backed remaining in the EU in last week's British referendum, but were outvoted by a majority nationwide. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has suggested a new referendum on Scottish independence, met with European Parliament and EU Commission officials in Brussels on Wednesday on the sidelines of an EU summit.

Ayrault insisted that "you have to respect the history" of each of the 28 EU member states and let the nations themselves decide on their futures, instead of holding negotiations with one region such as Scotland.

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8:55 a.m.

British authorities say a London man has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred by detectives investigating extreme right-wing, anti-Islam and anti-Semitic postings on social media.

Scotland Yard said the 44-year-old was taken into custody Wednesday morning and later bailed.

Hate crimes and other intolerant acts have gained increasing prominence following Britain's vote to leave the European Union.