In Cannes, ‘Les Miserables’ rings alarm for Paris suburbs

Entertainment 05/16/19, 13:00

More than 150 years after Victor Hugo's classic novel, a French film titled "Les Miserables" gives a gritty, modern view of the Paris suburbs where Jean Valjean first met Cosette.Lady Ly's "Les Miserables," which premiered Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival, contains no singing or romance, but rather a tough, ...

Happy 130th birthday, Eiffel Tower: Laser show for Iron Lady

Europe 05/15/19, 11:38

Paris is wishing the Eiffel Tower a happy birthday on Wednesday with an elaborate laser show retracing the monument's 130-year history.First, the monument invited 1,300 children to a giant "snack time" beneath the tower known as the Iron Lady.The tower will then broadcast 12-minute laser light shows across the facade ...

Canadian PM visits ravaged Notre Dame to show solidarity

Europe 05/15/19, 10:02

French Culture Minister Franck Riester says that a month after a fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral, the edifice is still being made safe enough for its restoration to begin.Riester and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore hard hats for a visit Wednesday inside the Gothic church.Trudeau said he wanted to ...

World leaders, tech bosses work on stemming online violence

World 05/15/19, 02:48

Several world leaders and tech bosses are meeting in Paris to find ways to stop acts of violent extremism from being shown online.They're working all day Wednesday on the "Christchurch Appeal," named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were killed in a March attack on mosques. The attacker ...

France honors soldiers killed freeing hostages in Africa

Europe 05/14/19, 05:58

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday defended a military operation to free hostages held in Burkina Faso that left two French special forces officers dead.Crowds lined the Alexander III Bridge in central Paris as the funeral cortege carrying the coffins of the two Marine commandos drove slowly past, part of ...

France, New Zealand to launch a call to end online extremism

Tech 05/13/19, 13:13

The leaders of France and New Zealand will make a joint push to eliminate acts of violent extremism from being shown online, in a meeting with tech leaders in Paris on Wednesday.French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will launch the "Christchurch call" —named after the ...

In Paris, Tommy Paul of US will seek Slam success like pals

Sports 05/13/19, 01:44

Tommy Paul paid close attention as his friends and countrymen Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka produced headline-worthy performances at the Australian Open.Now Paul aims to make his own Grand Slam breakthrough when he heads to his first French Open main draw in two weeks, thanks to winning the ...

Burkina Faso president wishes ex-hostages safe return

Europe 05/11/19, 08:33

Burkina Faso's president has received three liberated hostages in the presidential palace in the capital, Ouagadougou, to wish them well as they fly to Paris.Roch Kabore tweeted Saturday he wishes the two French tourists and one South Korean citizen a "safe return to their respective families."The three will fly to ...

Facebook and France haggle over regulating online hate

Europe 05/10/19, 04:28

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting French President Emmanuel Macron as the tech giant and France try to pioneer ways of fighting hate speech and violent extremism online.Macron's office is releasing a progress report Friday on a pilot project that allows French regulators to embed within Facebook's facilities to observe ...

Libya’s eastern government says it won’t rule by force

World 05/09/19, 10:44

The government in eastern Libya allied with forces attacking the capital does not want to rule the country by force, its foreign minister said Thursday.The Benghazi-based government is allied with Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter's self-styled Libyan National Army, which controls most of eastern and southern Libya and launched an offensive ...

French unions hold strikes, protests against Macron policies

Europe 05/09/19, 08:08

French unions are holding strikes and protests against 120,000 job cuts and other deep changes to France's huge public sector by President Emmanuel Macron's government.France's unions have been eclipsed by the yellow vest movement in recent months, and are now trying to capitalize on its success in getting Macron to ...

Notre Dame’s melted roof leaves astronomical lead levels

Europe 05/09/19, 05:12

Notre Dame Cathedral's melted roof has left astronomically high lead levels in the plaza outside and adjacent roads.Paris police say lead levels from the roof were found to be between 10 and 20 grams per kilogram of ground — between 32 and 65 times the recommended limit by French health ...

French telecom giant Orange on trial over staff suicides

Europe 05/06/19, 15:43

PARIS (AP) — The toll is shocking: 19 suicides, 12 suicide attempts and eight cases of serious depression among employees at France’s main telephone and internet company over three years. A long-awaited trial began Monday in Paris accusing the telecom giant Orange and seven former or current managers of moral harassment ...

French telecom giant Orange on trial over staff suicides

World 05/06/19, 12:57

The toll is shocking: 19 suicides, 12 suicide attempts and eight cases of serious depression among employees at France's main telephone and internet company over three years.A long-awaited trial began Monday in Paris accusing the telecom giant Orange and seven former or current managers of moral harassment and other charges. ...

Diacre defends leaving Katoto out of France’s WCup squad

Soccer 05/04/19, 10:34

They share the same age — 20 — and both are prolific scorers for Paris Saint-Germain. But unlike her male counterpart Kylian Mbappe, Marie-Antoinette Katoto is not going to experience any World Cup glory with France.For now at least."She's got talent but at the moment she doesn't express it at ...

Paris airport a yellow vest site in 25th week of protests

Europe 05/04/19, 08:14

Anti-government protests are taking place in France for a 25th straight week, including a demonstration at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport where several people denounced privatization plans.The crowds at the yellow vest protests in Paris appeared thin as they got underway on Saturday.The yellow vest movement participated Wednesday in the ...

French interior minister backs off hospital ‘attack’ claim

Europe 05/03/19, 05:29

France's interior minister is backing off allegations that anti-government protesters carried out an "attack" on a hospital during a chaotic May Day demonstration that saw marchers scale a fence and enter the facility's grounds.Under pressure over the disputed events, Christophe Castaner acknowledged that "I should not have used the term" ...

France, Italy honor Leonardo 500 years after artist’s death

Entertainment 05/02/19, 12:01

The presidents of France and Italy laid a wreath Thursday on the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, who died in the French town of Amboise exactly 500 years ago.The joint visit by Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Sergio Mattarella aimed to show their attachment to cultural sites uniting the two countries.Leonardo's ...

Paris hospital to file complaint after May Day protest

Europe 05/02/19, 03:39

Paris public hospitals' director says he is filing a police complaint after some protesters tried to force entry into a post-surgery ward as a May Day march passed near the building.Martin Hirsch says dozens of people scaled the fence of the Pitie Salpetriere hospital courtyard Wednesday and tried to storm ...

PHOTOS: Workers of the world, uniting on May Day 2019

World 05/01/19, 13:10

Recognizing the contributions and struggles of laborers on May 1 has roots in late 19th-century Chicago, but there was a timeless quality to some International Workers' Day observances held around the world Wednesday. The labor unions behind the first May Day considered an 8-hour work day a cause worth striking for ...

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