Update: Eiffel Tower goes dark in reminder about climate

Science 03/30/19, 14:51

The Latest on Earth Hour (all times local):8:30 p.m.The City of Lights has turned off the Eiffel Tower's nightly twinkle to mark Earth Hour, a worldwide campaign to urge more action against climate change.This combination of photos show the Acropolis hill before and after having its lighting switched off to ...

France’s yellow vest protesters march despite bans, injuries

Europe 03/30/19, 04:52

French yellow vest protesters are rallying to support an activist injured in a confrontation with police.The demonstrators are undeterred by protest bans or repeated injuries in 20 weeks of demonstrations. So they're marching again Saturday in Paris, Bordeaux and other cities to keep pressing President Emmanuel Macron to do more ...

Macron’s pro-EU party kicks off European Parliament campaign

Europe 03/30/19, 04:02

With Brexit looming and nationalism rising, French President Emmanuel Macron's pro-EU party is launching its campaign for the European Parliament elections.The centrist Republic on the Move party and allies are holding a rally Saturday in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. The grouping calls itself Renaissance.Polls suggest Renaissance will be among ...

Icelandic budget airline WOW Air ceases operations

Europe 03/28/19, 07:43

Icelandic budget airline WOW Air ceased operations on Thursday, stranding passengers across two continents.In a statement on its website the airline, which had earlier suspended all its flights, told passengers there would be no further flights and advised them to check flights with other airlines for ways to reach their ...

NBA says Hornets, Bucks will play in Paris in 2020

Basketball 03/28/19, 07:00

The NBA is going to play a regular-season game in Paris for the first time next year, with the league announcing Thursday that Charlotte and Milwaukee are headed there.The game will be on Jan. 24. Paris has played host to preseason games before, and the league hinted several times in ...

French league boss clarifies comments on anti-gay chants

Sports 03/26/19, 10:57

The French football league president has taken a clearer stance against homophobia after her comments linking insulting chants to football folklore were criticized by the government and anti-discrimination groups. At a meeting at the sports ministry on Tuesday, Nathalie Boy de la Tour clarified her position on the issue, saying she ...

Column: IOC must wield big stick to clean up weightlifting

Sports 03/26/19, 06:36

No carrots. To save weightlifting from the rot of doping, the International Olympic Committee must continue to wield the big stick.When initial drug testing came back negative from the most recent world championships, it fleetingly seemed that weightlifting might be starting to turn a corner. Perhaps the fight launched against ...

China’s president meets European leaders on deal-filled trip

Europe 03/26/19, 03:51

Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission, as European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its trade practices.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came to Paris to join Xi and French ...

Update: China signs deal to buy 300 Airbus planes

Europe 03/25/19, 12:23

The Latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to France (all times local):6:20 p.m.China has signed a deal to buy 300 aircraft from European plane maker Airbus during Chinese leader's Xi Jinping state visit to France.French President Emmanuel Macron, 2nd left, his wife Brigitte Macron, left, Chinese President President Xi ...

Chinese leader to sign economic deals during visit in France

Europe 03/25/19, 06:29

Chinese President Xi Jinping is on a state visit in France where he is expected to sign a series of bilateral and economic deals on energy, the food industry, transport and other sectors.Xi will be welcomed Monday by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, ...

France shows Britons splendor of citizenship as Brexit looms

Europe 03/24/19, 11:33

Catherine Norris Trent, a British citizen who has lived in Paris since 2007, rushed to become French before her native country left the European Union. She worried Brexit might force her to leave her French partner and their two young children.While the EU has promised to allow Britons living in ...

Update: Thousands of yellow vests marching through Paris

Europe 03/23/19, 07:53

The Latest on French yellow vest protests (all times local):1:50 p.m.Thousands of yellow vest protesters are marching through Paris amid heightened security a week after resurgent rioting by demonstrators angry at President Emmanuel Macron.Police officers guard street during a protest in Nice, southeastern France, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude ...

French yellow vest protests staged amid enhanced security

Europe 03/23/19, 03:43

The French government vowed to strengthen security as yellow vest protesters stage a 19th round of demonstrations, following last week's riots in Paris.Authorities banned protests from the capital's Champs-Elysees avenue and central areas of several cities including Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Nice in the south, and Rouen in western France.New ...

Nadal to return from knee injury on Monte Carlo Masters clay

Tennis 03/21/19, 11:09

Rafael Nadal is expected to make his return from a knee injury at the Monte Carlo Masters, after being included in the official list of players on Thursday.Tournament organizers announced the line-up for the clay-court tournament in Paris. Nadal has won it a record 11 times and held a 46-match ...

Treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb on display in Paris

Entertainment 03/21/19, 09:07

Original artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb are on display in Paris in an exhibit celebrating the centenary of the discovery of the most famous pharaoh's treasures.Some items are returning to Paris more than 50 years after a similar exhibit attracted 1.24 million visitors, a record that still stands for the French ...

France to deploy troops to maintain security during protests

World 03/20/19, 09:42

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that soldiers will be deployed across the country to help maintain security during yellow vest protests planned this weekend.Macron said the military will secure government buildings and other sites to allow police forces to focus on maintaining public order, in comments reported Wednesday by ...

Update: France bans some yellow vest protests in Paris

World 03/18/19, 11:25

The Latest on yellow vest protests in France (all times local):5:20 p.m.France's prime minister has announced a ban on yellow vest protests on Paris' Champs-Elysees avenue and in two other French cities following riots on Saturday that left luxury stores ransacked and charred from arson fires.French President Emmanuel Macron, center, ...

Tour de France organizers unveil opening stages of 2020 race

Sports 03/18/19, 10:42

Sprinters and climbers will have a chance to shine at the start of next year's Tour de France.Race organizers have unveiled the details of the first two stages of the 2020 edition of cycling's showcase event, which will start in the Mediterranean city of Nice.The 170-kilometer opening stage consists of ...

France seeks answers after police failed to stop Paris riots

Europe 03/18/19, 05:59

French President Emmanuel Macron summoned top security officials Monday after police failed to contain resurgent rioting during yellow vest protests that transformed a luxurious Paris avenue into a battle scene. The prime minister promised to announce new measures later Monday to avoid a repeat scenario of Saturday's violence, in which rioters ...

France cleans up Champs-Elysees after yellow vest rioting

Europe 03/17/19, 08:10

Paris cleaned up one of the world's most glamorous avenues Sunday after rioting by an ultraviolent core in the dwindling yellow vest protest movement angry at President Emmanuel Macron. Luxury stores, restaurants and banks on the Champs-Elysees assessed damage after they were ransacked or blackened by life-threatening fires, as tourists took ...

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