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...
France pays tribute to late singer Charles Aznavour
PARIS (AP) — France paid tribute to Charles Aznavour on Friday in a solemn and subdued ceremony that contrasted sharply with the singer's joyful character.
One of France's most famous personalities, Aznavour died earlier this week at 94.
PARIS (AP) — Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, who repeatedly broke barriers for women in French politics and spearheaded the fight to legalize abortion, was buried at the Pantheon on Sunday, an honor reserved for French heroes.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is thinking about inviting world leaders to a 13th century fortress on the French Riviera for summer diplomatic meetings.
Surrounded by the turquoise water of the Mediterranean Sea, the Fort de Bregancon has been the holiday retreat of French leaders for decades.
Macron's predecessor, Francois Hollande, broke with tradition and decided to open the site to visitors instead of vacationing there.
PARIS (AP) — A former French budget minister, who was in charge of fighting tax evasion in the country, has been again convicted of tax fraud and money laundering but received a reduced sentence at his appeal trial.
A Paris appeals court on Tuesday sentenced Jerome Cahuzac to two years in prison for hiding his wealth in tax havens around the world, in one of the biggest political scandals in the last decade in France.
PARIS (AP) — Former French President Francois Hollande has two words for U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that gun-toting Parisians could have thwarted Islamic State attackers at Paris' Bataclan concert hall: "indecent and despicable."
Obama cites ‘absence of American leadership’ on climate
PARIS (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama is ending a five-day international trip in Paris, where he had lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron and gave a speech to business leaders.
Obama had a two-hour private lunch with Macron at the presidential Elysee Palace on Saturday. The area was placed under high security.
The French presidency said the meeting was expected to include a presentation about the Obama Foundation. No journalists were allowed at the meal.
President Macron of France solemnly marks Armistice Day
PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron cut a solemn figure on Paris' Champs-Elysees as he commemorated his first Armistice Day as French president — marking the end of combat during World War I.
During Saturday's events, Macron paid homage to the wartime French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau by laying a wreath at his statue on the famed avenue. Clemenceau was a key architect of peace between the great powers.
Leaders gifting live animals uncommon, but not unheard of
BERLIN (AP) — Turkmenistan's president brought Russian President Vladimir Putin a very cute present for his 65th birthday — a Central Asian shepherd puppy. While China is known for practicing "panda diplomacy" — sending indigenous giant pandas to other nations as a symbol of warm diplomatic relations — leaders gifting each other animals is less common. Official gifts do sometimes come with four legs, though not always with the best results. Here's a look at some recent ones:
French President Macron’s makeup costs prompt criticism
PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron's office has confirmed a report that the French leader spent 26,000 euros ($30,695) on makeup during his first three months in power, and says it's trying to find a cheaper alternative.
The report in Le Point news magazine prompted harsh criticism of the president from French social media users. It said the cost includes the pay of a freelance makeup artist following Macron during television appearances and trips abroad.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says a three-way meeting on Ukraine among the German, French and Russian leaders is planned during the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Wednesday it wasn't yet clear when exactly her meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place. The three are among the leaders attending the G-20 summit, which Merkel will host on Friday and Saturday.
PARIS (AP) — France's national audit office says the country's budget deficit could stand above the EU limit of 3 percent for the 10th consecutive year in 2017.
In a report published Thursday, the Court of Auditors points to "insincerity" in the budget prepared last year by the previous government of Socialist president Francois Hollande.
It said that "the forecast of revenues appear overestimated and the expenses clearly underestimated."
Modi meets Trump with his usual greeting _ bear hugs
NEW DELHI (AP) — President Donald Trump should have been ready as he met with India's prime minister, an unabashed hugger.
Smiling widely at a news conference Monday during a visit to Washington, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the president's outstretched arm not as an invitation for a handshake, but as a pull toward an embrace. Then he did it again in the White House Rose Garden. Then once more before leaving.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron named a mix of prominent and unknown figures from the left and the right Wednesday to make up the government tasked with pushing through his plans to reduce labor protections, tighten European unity and boost military spending.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is building a new government he hopes will have more gender balance, fewer positions and be less subject to scandal as it carries out his plans to overhaul the country's labor laws and politics.
The government will be formally presented on Wednesday. Macron's office delayed the announcement, initially expected Tuesday, while authorities check the tax records and backgrounds of ministerial candidates for potential conflicts of interest.
PARIS (AP) — Newly inaugurated, France's youngest president faces the daunting task of reuniting a divided nation riven by anxieties about terrorism, chronic unemployment, immigration and France's relationship with the rest of Europe. Here are a few challenges facing Emmanuel Macron after his swearing-in Sunday:
PARIS (AP) — As president, Francois Hollande steered France through deadly extremist attacks, poured troops into battle abroad and anchored the boldest-ever world agreement to fight global warming.
But as he hands power Sunday to his former protege Emmanuel Macron, he may be most remembered for his failure to create jobs and his crushing unpopularity.
After a five-year term, Hollande makes way for Macron, his former adviser then economy minister, in a ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace.
PARIS (AP) — President-elect Emmanuel Macron promised that his new movement would reinvigorate French politics by bringing in a greater variety of lawmakers. On Saturday, candidates running under his banner got to see just how different they are from politics as usual.
The candidates gathered in Paris for a training workshop for June's crucial parliamentary election. The workshop comes a day before Macron is sworn into office.
PARIS (AP) — France's newly elected president has started taking on his new role, working on the attitude expected of a statesman — a new world for a man with little political experience who long remained in the shadows.
PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron has been a star student, a champion of France's tech startup movement, an investment banker and economy minister.
But the man who will become France's youngest president has never held elected office. After a campaign based on promises to revive the country through pro-business and pro-European policies, the 39-year-old centrist independent defeated far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and her protectionist, anti-immigration party.
PARIS (AP) — The French president's office says a French citizen who was kidnapped in Chad in March has been released.
The hostage, whose identity was not revealed, was abducted in eastern Chad on March 23 then taken to Sudan.
A short statement from the Elysee Palace said French president Francois Hollande "praises all those who were involved to give a happy ending to this abduction."
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential election reaches its climax Sunday with the winner-takes-all runoff vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. The intense, suspenseful and surprising campaign saw prime ministers and presidents losing out in early voting and two outsiders capturing the public's support.
French election: Turning points
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential election reaches its climax Sunday with the winner-takes-all runoff vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. The intense, suspenseful and surprising campaign saw prime ministers and presidents losing out and two outsiders capture the public's support.
Nov. 20, 2016 — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy fails in bid to win conservative party presidential ticket, making him the first victim of French voters' deep desire for change.
The Latest: Hollande says abstaining would boost Le Pen
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's presidential election (all times local):
Outgoing French President Francois Hollande has warned French voters that abstaining in the May 7 presidential runoff vote could encourage far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to run again if she isn't elected this time.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the European Union summit dealing with the Brexit negotiations (all times local)
French President Francois Hollande says French voters have a choice to make about the future of Europe when they cast their ballots in the second round of the presidential election next weekend.
WASHINGTON -- The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others' political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate that of others.
So, on May 7 they may confer their presidency on a Gallic Barack Obama.
PARIS (AP) — France's top officials and presidential candidates attended a national ceremony Tuesday to honor the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs-Elysees.
Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are facing off in the May 7 presidential runoff, were present at the ceremony at the Paris police headquarters. Others present were Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says the leaders of Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France have renewed their commitment to implementing a faltering peace deal for eastern Ukraine.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said the German leader spoke by phone Monday night with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French President Francois Hollande.