France’s yellow vest protesters join union march, a first.

Europe 02/05/19, 12:07

France's yellow vest protest movement has joined ranks with a major union in a day of nationwide protests over taxes and buying power, a first for both.There were brief scuffles and police fired several rounds of tear gas at Tuesday's Paris demonstration, clearing troublemakers from the elegant Place de la ...

Apartment fire in high-end Paris area kills 7, injures many

Europe 02/05/19, 01:31

A fire in a Paris apartment building early Tuesday killed seven people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape, authorities said. The cause of the blaze that burned for hours and injured 28 people is unclear.Firefighters were still searching for other victims and ...

Update: Witness saw flames shooting from Paris building

Europe 02/05/19, 01:01

The Latest on a Paris apartment building fire (all times local):6:50 a.m.A witness to a Paris apartment fire says she saw flames shooting out for hours from the top of the building and smoke-covered victims fleeing.Jacqueline Ravier, who lives across the street from the building hit by Tuesday's fire, said ...

Sexual misconduct: 6 French women face defamation claim

World 02/04/19, 08:48

Six French women, along with journalists who published their accounts, face a defamation claim by a former French lawmaker they accused of sexual misconduct.The trial that opened Monday in Paris was prompted by Denis Baupin, a former prominent Green Party politician and Paris city official.In May 2016, Mediapart website and ...

Conductor accused of sexual assault lauded on Paris stage

Entertainment 02/03/19, 19:41

A renowned Swiss conductor returned to a major world stage Sunday for the first time since 10 women accused him of sexual assault, harassment, and in one case rape — and he earned repeated ovations from the awed Paris audience.Charles Dutoit, 82, denies wrongdoing, and has faced no charge. The ...

French women put on defense in post-#MeToo defamation trial

Europe 02/03/19, 11:30

A former French lawmaker's defamation lawsuit against six women who accused him of sexual misconduct and four journalists who reported the allegations is going to trial in what some fear illustrates a backlash against the #MeToo movement.In May 2016, investigative news website Mediapart and radio station France Inter published and ...

French yellow vest protesters back on the streets

Europe 02/02/19, 04:10

France's yellow vest protesters are taking to the streets to keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron's government, for the 12th straight weekend of demonstrations.Multiple protests are planned Saturday in Paris and other cities to denounce Macron's economic policies, seen by critics as favoring the rich.This week, demonstrators in the ...

3 men granted French citizenship for thwarting train attack

California 01/31/19, 19:58

Three California men have been granted French citizenship for their role in thwarting a terror attack on a French train in 2015.Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler were naturalized Thursday at a ceremony in Sacramento. They were honored by Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, consul general of France in San Francisco, and ...

Frustration for Paris Saint-Germain as transfer window shuts

Soccer 01/31/19, 19:22

Transfer deadline-day ended in frustration for Paris Saint-Germain with the failure to sign midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Premier League club Everton.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel was keen to strengthen his midfield with two players, because Marco Verratti is recovering from an ankle injury and Adrien Rabiot's sidelined because of an ongoing ...

Khomeini launched a revolution from a sleepy French village

Europe 01/31/19, 14:58

From a sleepy village outside Paris, the man who would become the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran sat cross-legged beneath an apple tree, delivering messages daily to hundreds of followers clamoring to glimpse the glowering man in the black turban.For several months in late 1978 and early ...

France defends women’s rights as conductor to return onstage

Entertainment 01/31/19, 09:44

A senior French government official is defending France's feminist credentials after the announcement that a renowned conductor accused of sexual assault is taking the stage in Paris.Marlene Schiappa, the secretary of state for women's rights, acknowledged Thursday that sexism is "very deeply anchored in our society" and France has seen ...

Activists in Paris protest against Google’s tax setup

Europe 01/31/19, 06:52

Activists from an anti-globalization group have staged a protest at Google's Paris headquarters to criticize the company for paying little tax.Attac members gathered at Google's offices Thursday and set up a pulley to pass bags of fake money between the firm's premises and a public finance center across the street.According ...

Dutoit to conduct French orchestra after sexual abuse claims

Entertainment 01/30/19, 14:32

A Swiss conductor who has faced multiple accusations of sexual assault will conduct a concert by the National Orchestra of France on Sunday, his highest profile performance since the allegations were first revealed by The Associated Press.Charles Dutoit was chosen to conduct Berlioz' "The Damnation of Faust" at the Paris ...

Weird Paris debut of immersive Stalinist reality show DAU

Entertainment 01/30/19, 03:49

A bizarre Russian immersive film experience called DAU has kicked off in two Paris theaters and the Pompidou Center modern art museum, despite multiple hangups.Visitors watch films and participate in interactive exhibits about people who lived inside a fake Soviet scientific institute from 2009-2011. Filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky's idea was to ...

French yellow vest movement dogged by intolerance, extremism

Europe 01/29/19, 03:52

Intolerance and conspiracy theories have haunted the margins of France's "yellow vest" movement since the first protests over fuel taxes roused the discontented middle of French society.The men and women in fluorescent safety vests blocking traffic and intimidating shoppers on the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue vent a range of grievances against ...

European rights envoy talks with France about yellow vests

Europe 01/28/19, 04:49

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights is traveling to Paris to meet with French authorities to discuss human rights issues related to the yellow vests protests.A day after yellow vests demonstrated for an 11th straight weekend in Paris and across France, Dunja Mijatovic said Monday on Twitter that ...

Violence at French yellow vest protests prompts new rallies

Europe 01/27/19, 06:53

French police are investigating how a prominent yellow vest protester suffered a dramatic eye injury in Paris, as well as other protest-related injuries.Violence by protesters and the sometimes-aggressive police response have prompted a national debate since the anti-government movement kicked off two months ago.A counter-demonstration is planned Sunday in Paris ...

Day and night, yellow vest protests keep pressure on Macron

Europe 01/26/19, 07:01

France's yellow vest protesters hit the streets again Saturday, keeping up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron even as internal divisions and frustration over protest violence cloud the movement's future.Multiple protests are being held around Paris and other cities, the 11th straight weekend of action prompted by Macron policies seen as ...

Yellow vests and opponents gearing up for protests in France

Europe 01/25/19, 06:44

Thousands of demonstrators will again take to the streets across France this weekend in protest at French president Emmanuel Macron's policies, while anti-yellow vest groups also plan to use street action, to condemn violence.More than two months after starting their revolt over fuel tax increases, yellow vest protesters remain mobilized ...

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