Europe offers UK a little more time for Brexit
BRUSSELS (AP) — Worn down by three years of indecision in London, European Union leaders on Thursday grudgingly offered the U.K. more time to ease itself out of the bloc, delaying by several weeks...
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that soldiers will be deployed across the country to help maintain security during yellow vest protests planned this...
French govt says growth revised downward due to protests
PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister has revised the country's growth forecast this year to 1.4 percent, down from the previous 1.7 percent, partly attributing the new estimate to the yellow...
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...
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Italy, France and Monaco from Thursday to March 26, the foreign ministry said Monday.
PARIS (AP) — Business owners, city employees and construction workers dug in Sunday to clean up one of the world's most glamorous avenues, after riots by ultraviolent yellow vest protesters...
PARIS (AP) — French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores in Paris and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on yellow vest protests in France (all times local):
Yellow vest protesters say they have turned out in increased numbers in Paris on Saturday to show...
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany and France hope to win over other European Union countries to their ideas for a "European industry strategy" at a summit this...
French leader, others urge speed in climate change fight
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — France's president and others made passionate calls on Thursday to speed up the fight against climate change, telling a United Nations environmental summit that impatience is...
PARIS (AP) — Four activist groups have launched legal action to try to take the French state to court for not doing enough to fight climate change.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pledged greater partnerships with Kenya in economic development and efforts to improve the environment and to battle regional...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron launched his latest Africa visit with stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti on Tuesday aimed at shoring up military and economic ties in an...
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is endorsing the idea of developing a joint European aircraft carrier, as suggested by her party's leader.
BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has backed French President Emmanuel Macron's recent call for a stronger European Union, but suggested some solutions that are...
CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of Egyptian activists, rights defenders and journalists have been targeted by digital phishing attacks in the last two months, likely by their own government, an international...
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PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French president's call for a stronger European Union (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated his call for a...
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron drew both support and skepticism Tuesday with a clarion call to voters in 28 nations to choose a stronger European Union and reject populists, amid...
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron urged European Union citizens on Monday to use their votes in the upcoming European Parliament elections to protect and strengthen an "endangered"...
Tensions grow between France and Netherlands over airlines
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday asked the Dutch government to clarify why it bought more than 12 percent of shares in the holding company for the Air France-KLM alliance...
Macron, Merkel to hold talks on Brexit and other EU issues
PARIS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss Brexit, relations with the United States and other European...
Macron’s former security aide released from custody
PARIS (AP) — A French court of appeal has ordered the release of French president Emmanuel Macron's former security aide Alexandre Benalla from custody.
Iraq to try IS detainees, including 13 French nationals
PARIS (AP) — All Islamic State group militants who committed crimes against Iraq will be put on trial, including 13 suspected French militants who have been transferred to Iraq from Syria, Iraq's...
Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a...
France to adopt international definition of anti-Semitism
PARIS (AP) — The French government will adopt an international organization's definition of anti-Semitism and propose a law to reduce hate speech from being circulated online, French President...
French senators: Macron security affected by ex-aide’s acts
PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron's security has been affected by the conduct and actions of an ex-aide at the center of a political scandal, French senators said in a report released...
UK politics fractures further as 3 Conservatives defect
LONDON (AP) — Brexit-driven cracks in Britain's political party system yawned wider Wednesday, as three pro-European lawmakers quit the ruling Conservatives to join a new centrist group of...
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...
Tech could unite Europe’s populists ahead of EU vote in May
PARIS (AP) — The web platform was named for a revered French populist philosopher and created by an Italian internet entrepreneur to transform common grievances into proposals and activists into...
France express support for Georgia territorial integrity
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed France's support for Georgia's territorial integrity, as the former Soviet Republic seeks closer ties with the European Union.
Macron met Tuesday in Paris with Georgia's newly-elected President, Salome Zurabishvili, who was born in France and once served as a French diplomat.
French ambassador returns to Italy following dramatic spat
ROME (AP) — France's ambassador returned to Italy on Friday, professing confidence that the two neighbors could deal with disagreements and work through their most serious diplomatic dispute since World War II.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella received the returning ambassador, the presidential Quirinal Palace in Rome said.
Ambassador Christian Masset gave him a letter from French President Emmanuel Macron inviting Mattarella to France.
France’s Le Pen boasts far-right power for EU elections
NANTERRE, France (AP) — Where once she felt isolated, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen feels she is now part of a crowd of populist parties on the rise around Europe that she thinks can make new inroads in European elections less than 100 days away — and start restructuring the EU from within.
"Things have changed a lot," Le Pen said Friday at a news conference. "We are no longer isolated at all on the European scene."
French yellow vest figure on trial, new protests planned
PARIS (AP) — A prominent figure of the French yellow vests has gone on trial in Paris for allegedly organizing illegal demonstrations, as the movement prepares for a 14th consecutive weekend of protests.
Eric Drouet was arrested for organizing demonstrations on Dec. 22 and Jan. 2 in Paris without declaring them to authorities.
He acknowledged he didn't follow the rule, saying Friday he doesn't consider himself a protest organizer.
Swastikas removed from pictures of French Holocaust survivor
PARIS (AP) — Street portraits of a prominent Holocaust survivor that were graffitied with swastikas have been restored by the artist who painted them on mailboxes in Paris.
The images of Simone Veil, who survived the Auschwitz death camp and went into government and politics in France, were found defaced near a town hall in the southeast of the French capital.
Veil died in 2017. The tagger of the mailboxes bearing her image has not been located.
France to lift investment in electric car battery cells
PARIS (AP) — France is planning to invest 700 million euros ($790 million) over the next five years to boost its production of battery cells for electric cars.
Advisers to French President Emmanuel Macron said he is set to make the announcement Wednesday night at a dinner of international carmakers representatives in Paris gathering for the centenary of the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers.
They were speaking anonymously ahead of the president's speech.
France details yellow vest protests’ impact on economy
PARIS (AP) — The French government says it has provided 38 million euros ($43 million) in financial aid for workers who have been put on reduced work hours as businesses struggle with anti-government protests.
French minister warns Italian populist over diplomat recall
PARIS (AP) — France's Europe minister says she hopes the "message was understood" by Italy after this week's stunning recall of France's ambassador to Italy in the two EU countries' biggest diplomatic dispute since World War II.
The main trigger for the crisis appeared to be Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio's meeting near Paris with members of the yellow vests, a French anti-government movement that is now seeking seats in the European Parliament.
Political ambitions reveal cracks in yellow vest movement
PARIS (AP) — Having brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets over the past three months in protest at French President Emmanuel Macron's politics, yellow vest activists now want to build on their street cred to achieve electoral success.
But the movement, named after the fluorescent garments French motorists must carry, is divided: it has no appointed leader, gathers people from across the political spectrum and has an array of demands.
France recalls ambassador to Italy after yellow vest meeting
PARIS (AP) — France recalled its ambassador to Italy on Thursday amid rising tensions after Italy's deputy prime minister met with French anti-government protesters and Italian leaders made critical public comments about French President Emmanuel Macron's government.
French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said the ambassador was being brought back for "consultations" and urged Italy in a statement to work to restore friendly relations worthy of "our common destiny."
Macron claws back support amid focus on yellow vest movement
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron appears to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the yellow vest protest movement with a national political debate.
Recent polls by Ifop, BVA and Harris Interactive institutes show Macron's approval ratings rising — from 23 to 31 percent in December to 31 to 35 percent.
But Macron knows the rebound could be fragile, saying recently he feels like he's "walking on ice."
Turkey slams France over decision to mark Armenian genocide
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is strongly condemning French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to mark April 24 as a day of "commemoration of the Armenian genocide" in reference to the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire a century ago.
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Wednesday denounced Macron's move as an attempt to "save the day" and make political gains as he faces "political problems in his own country."
France’s yellow vest protesters join union march, a first
PARIS (AP) — France's yellow vest protest movement joined ranks Tuesday with a major union, a first for both, in a day of nationwide protests over taxes and buying power that brought tens of thousands into the streets.
Brief scuffles marked the mostly calm Paris demonstration. Police fired several rounds of tear gas, clearing troublemakers from the Place de la Concorde, which borders the U.S. Embassy.
France launches airstrikes at armed Libyan group in Chad
PARIS (AP) — France's Defense Ministry says French armed forces have intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya.
The operation took place Sunday and was organized in cooperation with the Chadian army.
Brazilian leader at odds with Davos focus on environment
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to work "in harmony with the world" to cut carbon emissions, aiming to quell international concerns that his country, the main custodian of the oxygen-rich Amazon, could put economic interests over environmental ones.
The Latest: Macron tells Britain “good luck” with Brexit
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron is casting doubt on chances the European Union will renegotiate Britain's exit deal after British lawmakers roundly rejected the one their government reached with the EU.
Macron said Tuesday night: "I don't really believe in this, because we already went as far as we could." He spoke in Normandy soon after Parliament voted 432-202 against the proposed divorce deal.
Tear gas in Paris, but fewer protesters and bigger demands
PARIS (AP) — A protest movement that has brought the French into the streets for five Saturdays in a row in a major challenge to President Emmanuel Macron lost momentum in its latest nationwide outcry, but the smaller crowds pushed fervently for one of their expanding demands, a citizen's referendum to help define policy.
May aims to rescue Brexit plan; EU says ball’s in UK’s court
BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May launched a rescue mission for her ailing Brexit deal Friday, after the European Union rebuffed her request to sweeten the divorce agreement so she can win over hostile lawmakers at home.