AP Analysis: Macron too busy to rush French govt reshuffle
PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron won't be rushed. The 24-hour news cycle? The French leader isn't interested. At least, that's what he wants people to think.
France's president is turning a government reshuffle into a soapbox against the time-pressures of modern politics and wall-to-wall news coverage.
Behind the scenes, Macron's government is struggling to quickly plug the gap left by the sudden resignation last week of his interior minister, Gerard Collomb.
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.
French police seize weapons, detain 3 in anti-terror raids
PARIS (AP) — French police detained three people and seized weapons during raids of a dozen homes and the headquarters of a Muslim association based outside the port city of Dunkirk during an anti-terrorism operation early Tuesday, officials said.
Authorities froze the funds of the Centre Zahra France, along with those of three other organizations and four men linked to the groups.
Japan’s crown prince opens France trip with children, museum
LYON, France (AP) — Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan's next emperor, has met with Japanese schoolchildren and toured a world-renowned textile museum during a nine-day goodwill visit to France.
The crown prince spent the first full day of his trip in Lyon, a city in southeastern France known as the capital of the Gauls in ancient Roman times.
Naruhito appeared delighted as he walked through the Musee des Tissus, the museum with a 2.5 million-piece collection spanning 4,500 years of textile production.
Man kills mother, sister; France sees no apparent terror tie
TRAPPES, France (AP) — A man with severe psychiatric problems killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another woman in a knife attack Thursday in a town near Paris, officials said.
French police shot and killed the man soon afterward.
The Islamic State group, which has a history of opportunistic claims, swiftly claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Latest: Knife attacker had psychiatric problems
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in France (all times local):
The French interior minister says a man who killed his mother and sister in a knife attack west of Paris had "serious psychiatric problems."
Gerard Collomb said the attack in the town of Trappes on Thursday is not being treated as a terrorist case for the moment, despite a claim of responsibility by the Islamic State group.
The minister said a third person who was seriously injured was not a member of the family.
PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters evacuated about 1,600 people, most of them campers, in three regions of southern France where heavy rain caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into torrents, the interior minister said Thursday.
Hardest hit was the Gard region, where 119 children, many of them from Germany, were evacuated from their campsite at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a statement.
PARIS (AP) — A French police intern has been detained and investigations are underway after the release of a video showing him repeatedly beating and dragging an inmate in a Paris courthouse.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb condemned the "violent and unacceptable behavior" of the policeman, saying it "damages the image of all security forces."
PARIS (AP) — The first group of migrants from a private rescue boat that Malta agreed to let dock only if they were divided among several countries left for France Thursday aboard a commercial flight.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb welcomed the arrival of 52 refugees who had been among 234 people who reached Malta last week aboard the Lifeline.
PARIS (AP) — Authorities called for calm in France's western city of Nantes on Wednesday, as tensions mounted a day after a fatal police shooting of a 22-year-old driver trying to avoid an identity check triggered a violent rampage.
Interior ministry Gerard Collomb strongly condemned the violence, and authorities said prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation. Police also opened an internal probe looking at the officer's actions and his decision to use a firearm.
PARIS (AP) — A group of people linked to France's extreme far-right has been arrested on suspicion of planning an attack.
France's Interior Minister, Gerard Collomb, did not specify the target in his tweet late Sunday, but French media said the 10 people detained over the weekend are suspected of targeting Muslims. Le Parisien newspaper said potential targets included radical imams, Islamist prison inmates or veiled women chosen at random.
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants to Europe (all times local):
France's Interior Minister says the country's office in charge of asylum will send a team to Spain to identify refugees from the rescue ship Aquarius who could be eligible to come to France.
Minister Gerard Collomb's statement on Saturday didn't say how many of the 630 migrants being transferred to Valencia, Spain, from the Aquarius and two Italian government boats might be allowed to come to France.
Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested after 4 hours
PARIS (AP) — A four-hour hostage standoff in central Paris ended with police moving in, arresting the armed suspect and freeing the people held in a ground-floor office, France's interior minister announced late Tuesday.
"All the hostages are safe and sound," Gerard Collomb said in a brief statement. At least two people had been held.
There was no indication of an extremist motive, police said.
The Latest: Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a reported hostage situation in Paris (all times local):
The French interior minister says that a hostage-taker has been arrested and his hostages freed, some four hours after holing up in a building in central Paris.
Gerard Collomb tweeted the news ending Tuesday's drama in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighborhood of the French capital.
PARIS (AP) — Authorities have cleared 336 migrants from a makeshift camp outside Dunkirk and assigned them to reception centers in the region of northern France.
The closure came just weeks after some 400 migrants were transferred to centers from a local gymnasium, where they were temporarily sheltered after another camp was shut.
PARIS (AP) — An Iraqi refugee was in French custody Friday on preliminary charges of war crimes and terrorism amid suspicions that he was a senior figure in the Islamic State group who lied to get asylum in France.
The interior minister vowed to crack down on abuses of the asylum system and said intelligence authorities were studying others who arrived at the same time as the suspect.
PARIS (AP) — Police are preparing to dismantle makeshift camps holding close to 2,500 migrants in the French capital, France's interior minister said Wednesday amid a debate over how best to respond to the unrelenting arrival of homeless newcomers — with humanity or muscle.
Two migrants drowned this month in canals that run beside some of the places in Paris where tent cities have gone up, and fights at camps have led to injuries, increasing the pressure on public officials to act.
The Latest: Paris stabbing victims out of danger
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Paris (all times local):
France's interior minister says authorities are working to identify the assailant who stabbed five people in central Paris and anyone who helped him.
Gerard Collomb identified the one person killed in Saturday's stabbing as 29-year-old man, saying "once again the youth of France has been hit."
Speaking to reporters early Sunday, Collomb said the other four people injured are out of danger.
PARIS (AP) — Some 109 people were in custody in Paris Wednesday suspected of offenses including carrying prohibited weapons and firing projectiles after May Day protests against reforms by French President Emmanuel Macron turned violent, French authorities said.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb visited the site of Tuesday's heated demonstrations in the city's Left Bank less than 24 hours after six cars were burned, a McDonald's restaurant was smashed up and automobile shops were vandalized.
PARIS (AP) — French police removed students from a Paris university building Friday that had been occupied for a month to protest admission changes that also are causing turmoil at other campuses.
Paris police said the clearing of the Tolbiac Center, a 22-story tower in southern Paris affiliated with Paris 1 University, went "without incident."
Interior minister Gerard Collomb said in a tweet that "the rule of law will be restored everywhere."
Arrests, injuries as French protesters challenge Macron
PARIS (AP) — French authorities say 63 people have been arrested and nine police officers injured as protests took place in two cities amid simmering anger at President Emmanuel Macron's labor law changes.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb denounced the violence and damage to stores and public buildings at the edges of Saturday's protests in Nantes in western France and Montpellier in the south.
Collomb called for calm as another protest is planned Sunday at Notre-Dame-des-Landes in western France.
France sees rise in complaints for sexual assault and rape
PARIS (AP) — France's Interior Ministry says it has seen a sharp rise of the number of police complaints filed for sexual crimes at the end of last year, in the wake of the scandal surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Paul Bocuse, globe-trotting master of French cuisine, dies
PARIS (AP) — Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for more than a half-century and put it on tables around the world, has died. He was 91.
Often referred to as the "pope of French cuisine," Bocuse was a tireless pioneer, the first chef to blend the art of cooking with savvy business tactics — branding his cuisine and his image to create an empire of restaurants around the globe.
Bocuse died Saturday at Collonges-au-Mont-d'or, the place where he was born and had his restaurant.
France seeks new deal with UK over migrants
PARIS (AP) — French officials say France wants to sign a new deal with the U.K. that would involve greater British financing of the costs of handling migrants camped in the northern French port city of Calais.
A top French official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Monday that the two countries are negotiating "day and night" to sign an agreement at Thursday's joint summit.
Rescuer’s body is found; 4th storm-linked death in France
PARIS (AP) — The body of a man pulled from a river in frigid eastern France has been identified as that of a missing firefighter who was swept away in torrential waters just after saving a family. The death brings to four the number of people killed in France this week as winter storms battered western Europe.
Searches continued Friday for at least two other people who have disappeared in other eastern France regions.
French minister condemns vandalizing of Jewish memorial
PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister has condemned the desecration of a prominent Jewish memorial plaque near Paris by unknown vandals as "cowardly and odious."
Gerard Collomb said the plaque in homage to Ilan Halimi, a French Jew murdered in 2006, was pulled off, thrown on the ground and covered with anti-Semitic writing.
Collomb noted that the plaque had previously been vandalized in 2015.
France to tighten up on illegal migrants after knife attack
PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister wants tougher action on detaining and deporting illegal migrants, after a Tunisian migrant fatally stabbed two women at a Marseille train station in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
France arrests 5 after explosives found in chic Paris area
PARIS (AP) — Five people remained in custody Tuesday after being detained by French authorities over an apparent failed bombing attempt in an apartment building in a chic Paris neighborhood.
IS claims fatal stabbings of 2 women at French train station
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A man with a knife stabbed two women to death Sunday at the main train station in the southern French city of Marseille as he reportedly shouted "Allahu akbar!" — an attack the Islamic State group claimed was the work of one its "soldiers."
French soldiers shot the man to death after the attacks and authorities were working to determine if he had links to Islamic extremism.
The Latest: French leader to go to hurricane-hit St. Martin
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French government's handling of the hurricanes in the Caribbean (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron is heading to the hurricane-battered French Caribbean island of St. Martin on Tuesday as his government fends off criticism of its handling of the disaster.
The Latest: More explosive components found near Paris
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French investigation into an explosives lab (all times local):
Two French officials say that investigators in charge of a probe into an explosives lab discovered outside Paris have found more explosive components in a nearby cache.
A judicial official said Thursday that more products that can be used to make explosives were found in a lock-up garage rented by one of the three suspects detained in the case.
France wants to involve psychiatrists in preventing attacks
PARIS (AP) — France wants to involve psychiatrists in preventing attacks like the one in which a mentally unstable man drove into two Marseille bus stops, killing a woman, the country's interior minister said Tuesday.
Gerard Collomb said that about one-third of the thousands of people on a French watch list for radicalization are known to have psychological problems. The minister said a philosophy book and a "general book on Islam" were found in the Marseille driver's van.