France’s Macron to respond to yellow vest economic crisis

Europe 04/15/19, 10:51

French President Emmanuel Macron will be laying out his responses to the yellow vest crisis after three months of a national debate that encouraged ordinary people to propose changes to France's economy and democracy.Macron will announce a series of measures in a televised speech to the nation Monday evening and ...

Djokovic eyes French Open final against Nadal as clay begins

Tennis 04/14/19, 17:15

As Novak Djokovic begins his preparations for a fourth straight Grand Slam title, he likes to imagine beating Rafael Nadal in the French Open final."That would be the match of the season, yes," Djokovic said Sunday at the Monte Carlo Masters. Djokovic and his longtime rival Nadal are starting their ...

Marathon runner Calvin’s suspension lifted by French court

Europe 04/13/19, 02:58

European marathon silver medalist Clemence Calvin will be allowed to run the Paris marathon after a French administrative court lifted her provisional ban.Calvin was provisionally suspended by the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) on Wednesday for allegedly obstructing a doping test last month in Morocco.But France's highest administrative court, the Council ...

Cleaning offers rare glimpse of Notre Dame statues in Paris

Europe 04/11/19, 11:29

Religious statues set atop Notre Dame Cathedral have come down for the first time in over a century as part of a restoration of the monumental Paris church's towering spire.A 100-meter-high (105-yard) crane lowered the copper statues representing the 12 apostles and four evangelists onto a truck, giving the public ...

French plan to privatize Paris airports faces backlash

Europe 04/11/19, 07:05

French opposition lawmakers from the right and left are combining efforts to try to block President Emmanuel Macron's plan to privatize Paris airports.France's lower house of parliament, the National assembly, definitively adopted on Thursday a measure allowing the government to privatize the group operating Paris' three airports, Aeroports de Paris, ...

French marathon runner Calvin suspended in doping case

Sports 04/10/19, 10:17

European marathon silver medalist Clemence Calvin has been provisionally suspended by the French anti-doping agency for allegedly obstructing a doping test last month in Morocco.Calvin denies any wrongdoing and claims she was brutalized by testers who pretended to be police officers when she was arrested in the city of Marrakech ...

Pele arrives back in Brazil after leaving Paris hospital

Soccer 04/09/19, 08:05

Pele has arrived back in Brazil after spending five days in a Paris hospital with a urinary infection.The 78-year-old soccer great landed in Sao Paulo shortly after 6 a.m.Pele's spokesmen, Joe Fraga and Pepito Fornos, did not say whether Pele would go home or to another hospital in Brazil.Sitting in ...

Pele leaves French hospital to return to Brazil

Sports 04/08/19, 18:07

Pele has left a Paris hospital after being treated for a urinary infection.The 78-year-old soccer great said in statement Monday night he will be back home in Brazil "ready to work again" after a five-day stay at the American Hospital of Paris."I suffered from a severe urinary infection that demanded ...

French yellow vest protesters hit streets for 21st weekend

Europe 04/06/19, 06:32

Protesters from the yellow vest movement are taking to the streets of France for a 21st straight weekend, with hundreds gathered for a march across Paris, one of numerous protests around the country.Paris police have fine-tuned their strategy of being more mobile and proactive to counter eventual violence since the ...

Pele remains hospitalized in Paris with urinary infection

Soccer 04/05/19, 15:30

Pele remains in a Paris hospital two days after he was admitted with a urinary infection, his spokesman said.Pepito Fornos told The Associated Press that the three-time World Cup champion was still hospitalized despite an initial prediction he would be released Friday.Pele's social media channels posted a message from the ...

Update: France says some aid groups help smugglers

Europe 04/05/19, 10:09

The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):5:05 p.m.France's interior minister says some aid groups operating in the Mediterranean Sea sometimes act like accomplices to human traffickers.This April 3, 2019 photo shows migrants resting after being rescued by the Sea-Eye rescue ship in the waters off Libya. ...

Update: Media freedom campaign launched on G-7 sidelines

Europe 04/05/19, 06:08

The Latest on the Group of Seven meeting (all times local):1:05 p.m.British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a media freedom campaign alongside international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney from the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting in the French Atlantic resort of Dinard.U.S. Homeland Security official ...

Italy’s Salvini, France’s Le Pen cement ties before EU vote

Europe 04/05/19, 05:25

Italy's hard-line interior minister and France's far-right leader are cementing their longtime alliance ahead of Europe-wide elections next month and said they will press for like-minded candidates in Europe to join their "family."Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen discussed work, family and environmental protection as major themes in the upcoming ...

Security on agenda of G-7 meetings in France

Europe 04/05/19, 02:41

The world's security challenges are at the top of the agenda of foreign and interior ministers of the Group of Seven countries who are gathering in France.Interior ministers in Paris are focusing Friday on environmental crime, including reckless deforestation, waste trafficking and protection of lands and wildlife.They will then detail ...

Gun possibly used by Van Gogh to kill himself up for auction

Europe 04/03/19, 14:48

A Paris auction house says it's selling a revolver that was possibly used by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh to take his own life.Described by some as the art world's most famous weapon, the 7mm pocket revolver will be put up for sale by Auction Art on June 19.The handgun ...

Soccer great Pele reportedly hospitalized in Paris

Soccer 04/03/19, 11:45

Soccer great Pele has reportedly been hospitalized in Paris for medical exams after feeling ill following a meeting with Kylian Mbappe in the French capital.According to Brazilian TV network Globo, Pele had a cold and was medicated at his hotel. He woke up still feeling ill and was taken to ...

Update: Renault flags concerns over Ghosn expenses

Business 04/03/19, 10:18

The Latest on Renault's board meeting and the investigation into former chairman Carlos Ghosn (all times local):5:15 p.m.Renault says that certain expenses incurred by its former chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, "involve questionable and concealed practices and violations of the Group's ethical principles."Ghosn was arrested in November in Japan, where ...

Renault board meets over Ghosn investigation, paycheck

Europe 04/03/19, 03:16

The board of carmaker Renault is meeting to settle ex-chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn's final paycheck — and wrap up its investigation into possible financial wrongdoing under his leadership.The meeting Wednesday at Renault's headquarters in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt comes after new reports of suspicious payments to a Renault-Nissan ...

Soccer legend Pele meets rising star Mbappe in Paris

Soccer 04/02/19, 14:42

When Kylian Mbappe netted France's final goal in a 4-2 win over Croatia last July, the rising star became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final — emulating soccer great Pele.After exchanging praise for one another for months, the pair finally met on Tuesday at an ...

French President Macron appoints 3 new government ministers

Europe 03/31/19, 13:59

French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed three new government members, including the minister who will be in charge of handling Brexit-related issues.A lawmaker with Macron's party, Amelie de Montchalin, becomes junior minister for European affairs, a statement from the French presidency said Sunday. An economist who studied at Harvard ...

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