Macron shifts right on immigration as asylum demands grow
PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers are grappling with one of the country's thorniest issues.
On Monday, they began debating immigration, at a time when tent cities have expanded in urban areas...
France vows $5.5 million to stop men from killing women
PARIS (AP) — The French government is spending 5 million euros (about $5.5 million) to try to prevent deadly domestic violence in a country where one woman is killed every two or three days by an...
French city braces for violence after festival-goer’s death
PARIS (AP) — The western French city of Nantes on Friday imposed exceptional security measures amid growing public anger over the drowning of a local man following a violent clash between police...
French PM denies police caused death of music festival goer
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister has promised "total transparency" in investigating the death of a man following a violent clash between police and attendants at a popular national music...
Top French minister resigns over alleged lavish lifestyle
PARIS (AP) — The No. 2 official in the French government resigned Tuesday following media reports that he has been living a lavish lifestyle at taxpayer expense, including hosting lobster and...
PARIS (AP) — Police in Paris have removed scores of people who invaded the famed Pantheon where illustrious French figures are buried, in order to press their demands for residence...
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as a global climate crusader but even a watchdog that he created says his government is lagging on its promises to the planet.
France plans to change jobless benefits, unions to protest
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits, as part of an overhaul of France's labor market that...
France pledges to reform economy, boost competitiveness
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister said Wednesday that the government of President Emmanuel Macron plans to keep reforming the economy to boost its competitiveness, with changes to unemployment...
OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — The Latest on the 75th anniversary of D-Day (all times local):
Concluding D-Day celebrations at Juno beach, with birds singing in the background,...
PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):
For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing...
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister has called for quick tax cuts to respond to the anger expressed through the yellow vests protests across the country.
Macron’s pro-EU party kicks off European Parliament campaign
PARIS (AP) — With Brexit looming and nationalism rising, French President Emmanuel Macron's pro-EU party has launched its campaign for the European Parliament elections.
France bans some yellow vest protests in Paris after riots
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister announced a ban Monday on yellow vest protests along the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris and in two other cities following riots on Saturday that left luxury...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on yellow vest protests in France (all times local):
France's prime minister has announced a ban on yellow vest protests on Paris' Champs-Elysees...
Thousands rally in France to oppose recent anti-Semitic acts
PARIS (AP) — Rallies against anti-Semitism attracted crowds of thousands in Paris and other French cities Tuesday following a series of aggressive acts with Jewish targets, including a cemetery...
The Latest: French rally to say ‘No’ to anti-Semitism
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on events condemning anti-Semitism in France(all times local):
A crowd of thousands have gathered on Paris' famed Republic Plaza to say "No" to...
Anti-Semitic acts hit France amid anti-government protests
PARIS (AP) — Portraits of a Holocaust survivor stained with swastikas. A memorial in honor of a Jewish man vandalized. A bagel shop with the German word "Juden" sprayed on its front window.
These are just a few of the hundreds of anti-Semitic acts that have been committed in recent months in France, home to the world's largest Jewish population outside Israel and the United States.
French protesters want to set off bank run with withdrawals
PARIS (AP) — Activists from a French protest movement encouraged supporters Wednesday to set off a bank run by emptying their accounts, while the government urged citizens to express their discontent in a national debate instead of weekly demonstrations disrupting the streets of Paris.
French prime minister defends police targeted by protesters
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister met Monday with police officers targeted by violent yellow vest protesters, in a show of support amid growing concerns about growing brutality from both sides.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe visited a motorcycle police unit involved in an incident Saturday near the glittering Champs-Elysees avenue in central Paris.
The Latest: ‘Yellow vest’ members meet with French PM
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the protests in France (all times local):
Seven members of the "yellow vest" movement say they are satisfied after their meeting with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on the eve of anti-government protests that authorities fear could turn violent.
France fears more riots; Museums, Eiffel Tower to close
PARIS (AP) — Authorities across France braced Thursday for the possibility of more riots and violence at anti-government protests this weekend, holding emergency meetings and deploying tens of thousands of police and security forces. Museums, theaters and shops in Paris announced they would close Saturday as a precaution — including the city's famed Eiffel Tower.
The Latest: French PM: 89,000 police to be deployed Saturday
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France protests (all times local):
France's prime minister says 89,000 police officers will be deployed on Saturday across the country amid fears of new riots at anti-government protests.
Speaking Thursday on French television TF1, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 8,000 police will be mobilized in Paris alone, "many more" than last weekend.
In the French capital, they will be equipped with a dozen armored vehicles — a first in an French urban area since 2005.
Macron scraps French fuel tax hike amid violent protests
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron scrapped a fuel tax rise Wednesday amid fears of new violence, after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades.
Protesters celebrated the victory, but some said Macron's surrender came too late and is no longer enough to quell the mounting anger at the president, whom they consider out of touch with the problems of ordinary people.
The Latest: French PM to skip climate meeting, focus on riot
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French protests against rising taxes (all times local):
France's prime minister has cancelled a planned trip to a major environmental conference in Poland on Sunday in the wake of his country's worst urban violence in more than a decade.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's office said he will send the environment minister, Francois de Rugy, in his place to the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland.
French fuel fight: Prime minister offers to meet protesters
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister is offering to meet with members of a motorists movement who have blocked roads over rising fuel taxes and held protests that caused damage to central Paris.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on BFM television Wednesday that the protesters are expressing "a lot of legitimate things that should be heard."
Scattered tax protests persist in France; injuries up to 409
PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, standing firm against a wave of grassroots protests, said Sunday that fuel tax hikes would remain in place despite nationwide agitation.
"The course we set is good and we will keep it," Philippe said during an interview on TV station France-2, "It's not when the wind blows that you change course."
French government: No U-turn on carbon tax
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister says there'll be no U-turn in the government's policy of hiking taxes on fossil fuels to encourage the take-up of cleaner energies, despite planned protests by vehicle drivers this weekend.
Edouard Philippe told RTL radio on Wednesday: "We are not going to change course."
France recalls horror of 2015 attacks, foils new plots
PARIS (AP) — France's security services have foiled six terror attacks this year, the interior minister said Tuesday as the country marked three years since gun and bomb attacks in Paris killed 130 people.
Christophe Castaner said the most recent thwarted plot involved far-right extremists detained last week on suspicion of targeting President Emmanuel Macron.
French government sounds alarm over rising anti-Semitic acts
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister sounded the alarm Friday over a sharp rise in anti-Semitic acts this year, pledging to increase efforts to punish perpetrators and police hate speech that is flourishing online.
Resurgent anti-Semitism is of national concern in a country with Europe's largest Jewish population, which still struggles to wash away the stain of collaboration with the Nazis and in recent years has seen deadly Islamic extremist attacks targeting Jewish sites.
The Latest: Macron: New Caledonians back keeping French ties
NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — The Latest on New Caledonia's independence referendum (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron says the majority of New Caledonians who voted in a referendum on independence chose to remain part of France.
In a televised address from Paris, Macron pledged "there is no other path than that of dialogue" on the future of the South Pacific archipelago that has been part of France since 1853.
France’s government reshuffle delayed while Macron is abroad
PARIS (AP) — The French presidency says a government reshuffle will take place after President Emmanuel Macron is back from a trip to Armenia at the end of the week.
New government members are expected to be named following the resignation of the interior minister last week, as Macron wants to seize the occasion to extend the restructuring to other positions.
The French leader is traveling to Armenia from Wednesday to Friday evening.
France’s government reshuffle expected soon
PARIS (AP) — An anticipated reshuffling of French government ministers remained up in the air as the Cabinet prepared to meet Wednesday and President Emmanuel Macron departs for Armenia.
Macron was expected to approve the naming of new ministers following the resignation of the interior minister last week. The French presidency said there would be no announcement Tuesday night.
French PM is security chief after interior minister quits
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister on Wednesday assumed responsibility for the country's domestic security after the interior minister resigned in an apparent act of defiance toward President Emmanuel Macron.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is in charge until a successor to Gerard Collomb, until recently one of Macron's closest political allies, is appointed. In a handover ceremony, Philippe said his main focus would be to ensure "the highest security level" in the country.
French interior minister quits in new blow to Macron
PARIS (AP) — France's President Emmanuel Macron has formally accepted his high-profile interior minister's resignation a day after he said he wanted to keep him in the government, in the latest blow to his administration.
Gerard Collomb, 71, reiterated his decision to resign in the French newspaper Le Figaro Tuesday. The comments appeared as a tug of war between the centrist president and his close political ally.
France hands over ETA documents, weapons to Spain
MADRID (AP) — France is handing over to Spain 7,000 objects including weapons and documents that could clear more than 350 unresolved crimes committed by the militant group ETA in its six-decade campaign for Basque independence.
Pedro Sanchez and Edouard Philippe, respectively prime ministers of Spain and France, presided over a ceremony in Madrid on Monday to mark the handover and highlight bilateral judicial and police cooperation.
The Latest: Migrant rescue ship has dog aboard
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants to Europe (all times local):
One of five countries taking in the 58 migrants saved on the rescue ship Aquarius 2 will also get a dog — large, white and named Bella.
France lowers its growth forecast for 2019 to 1.7 percent
PARIS (AP) — The French government has lowered its economic growth forecast for next year to 1.7 percent and unveiled plans to cut public spending in an effort to stay in line with European Union budget commitments.