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.
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.
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.
PARIS (AP) — France is beefing up its counterterrorism powers and creating new bodies to track radicalized inmates and better identify extremists at risk of turning to violence.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced 32 new measures Friday, the latest government effort to head off extremist violence after three years that have seen multiple deadly attacks.
PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people marched silently Thursday in France's western city of Nantes to protest the fatal police shooting of a driver who was apparently trying to avoid an identity check — a march that came after two nights of violence rocked the city.
Residents laid flowers near the place where the 22-year-old driver was killed.
Hours earlier, protesters clashed with riot police overnight into Thursday, burning stores and cars. Police detained 11 people.
PARIS (AP) — Drones seen buzzing above a French prison months ago may have been on a reconnaissance mission ahead of the helicopter escape of a notorious French criminal — his second breakout in five years.
France's justice minister said Monday that several drones were spotted flying over Reau Prison south of Paris a few months ago. She speculated they were linked to the escape Sunday of career criminal and murder convict Redoine Faid.
PARIS (AP) — The French government has agreed to take on 35 billion euros ($40.8 billion) in debt from the national railway company SNCF as it seeks to end months-long rolling strikes.
French Prime minister Edouard Philippe met Friday with unions to discuss amendments to a rail bill preparing SNCF to open up to competition.
As SNCF's total debts amount to 50 billion euros ($58 billion), the government's decision meets unions' demands.
PARIS (AP) — A powerful French union is vowing to push ahead with strikes that have hobbled nationwide train services, even as signs of a possible compromise emerged in talks with President Emmanuel Macron's government.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met Monday with unions to discuss amendments to a bill reforming national rail carrier SNCF and its 50 billion-euro ($60 billion) mountain of debt.
PARIS (AP) — Rail workers set up street protests across France on Thursday as they resumed their rolling strike against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to revamp the national railway company SNCF.
Rail unions held a rally in Paris' city center to "put pressure on the government" before a key meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe next week.
Australians commemorate 103rd anniversary of WWI battle
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians gathered with descendants of former allies and enemies around the country, on a Turkish coast and in a French town Wednesday in dawn services to commemorate the moment when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops waded ashore at the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 103 years ago in their first major battle of World War I.
PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says the government won't back down in the face of rail strikes that are crippling travel in France.
Philippe said in an interview published by French newspaper Le Parisien as a new round of strikes began Sunday that he receives daily messages from supporters telling him to go the whole way "and that's what we're going to do."
PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and senior figures of the French government attended the funerals in southern France Thursday for the four victims of last week's extremist gun rampage.
The ceremonies took place Thursday in the quiet Aude region that was the site of a deadly carjacking, gun spree and supermarket hostage-taking.