RT News - March 25, 2018 (12:00 MSK)

In the stories that shaped the week. The diplomatic stand-off over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter escalates - with 23 Russian and British diplomats returning home. Moscow insists it did not target the former spy, calling it "an act of terrorism" against Russian citizens. Terror hits a small town in southern France - where a gunman hijacked a car and took hostages in a supermarket. Four people died in the deadly attack, including a police officer who heroically volunteered to enter the siege. Facebook is engulfed in scandal as it's revealed the data of millions of users was mined from the social-networking platform to be allegedly exploited in political campaigns. Protesters out in force in response to the French President's proposed social and economic reforms in a nationwide strike which turned violent in the capital.