MADRID (AP) — A conservative has been sworn in as the new mayor of Madrid in the first major political shift enabled by the far-right's gains in last month's Spanish local and regional...
French ex-premier launches bid to become Barcelona mayor
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls launched a bid on Tuesday to become Barcelona's mayor in an election next year with the aim to "rescue" the Catalan capital from "deterioration."
The 56-year-old Valls, who was born in Barcelona but was raised in France and made a career in local and national politics there, said he would resign as a French lawmaker in order to focus on his bid in the neighboring country.
French court convicts 2 ex-skinheads in death of student
PARIS (AP) — A French court has convicted two former skinheads in the 2013 death of an 18-year-old student during a fight on a Paris street.
Esteban Morillo, who admitted throwing blows, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday for the death of Clement Meric, a student linked to the anti-fascist cause.
Co-defendant Samuel Dufour received a 7-year sentence. A third defendant was acquitted.
MADRID (AP) — Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is considering running in Barcelona's mayoral election next year as a candidate for a Spanish pro-business party that opposes Catalan independence.
"I would be interested in continuing in the debate on independence and I'm going to study it," Valls told Spanish public broadcaster TVE when asked about the offer made by the Ciudadanos (Citizens) party.
PARIS (AP) — Can Emmanuel Macron save Karim Benzema?
Banned from the national team since November 2015 because of his suspected involvement in a corruption scandal, the Real Madrid striker may have found an unexpected supporter in the new French president.
Benzema told L'Equipe newspaper on Wednesday that he met Macron before he started his political career and that they "stayed a bit in touch via messages."
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French presidential transition (all times local):
Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has been rejected by President-elect Emmanuel Macron's movement as it tries to reshape politics.
It's a tough blow for the once-popular Valls, who cracked down on security as France was hit with extremist attacks and had been seen as potential presidential material himself.
PARIS (AP) — Manuel Valls, the former French prime minister, said Tuesday he wants to turn his back on the Socialists and run under President-elect Emmanuel Macron's new political movement. It's not clear, however, if he will be able to do so.
All 577 seats in France's lower chamber are up for grabs in the country's two-part June 11 and June 18 parliamentary election. Macron's 577 candidates are expected to be announced Thursday and Macron himself will be sworn in on Sunday.
Exit estimates project he's on course to become the youngest leader of France in the history of the Fifth Republic, but when Emmanuel Macron announced his bid for the presidency it was met with amusement by his opponents.
At the age of 39, with no party to back him and no experience of elected office, many in the political classes dismissed his candidacy as a publicity stunt.
PARIS (AP) — French centrist presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, a high-profile yet embarrassing supporter for the independent candidate who tries to distance himself from the traditional political parties.
Valls said on BFM television Wednesday he will vote for Macron in the two-round presidential vote on April 23 and May 7 "because I think we must take no risk for the Republic".
Hard work starts now for France’s Socialist candidate
PARIS (AP) — Beating a politically weakened ex-prime minister proved easy for Benoit Hamon, who will represent France's ruling Socialist Party in the country's presidential election. Far harder will be convincing voters that his hard-left platform isn't the recipe for ruin his critics claim.
France’s 5 main contenders in the presidential race
PARIS (AP) — A look at the five main candidates competing in France's April-May presidential election, whose outcome remains highly uncertain.
FRANCOIS FILLON, 62
Fillon won the conservative nomination in November. He's campaigning on promises of drastic free-market reforms, a hard line on immigration and Islam, support for traditional family values and friendlier ties with Russia's Vladimir Putin.
French left-wing presidential primary: Hamon vs. Valls
PARIS (AP) — A look at the two candidates competing in Sunday's runoff of France's left-wing presidential primary:
BENOIT HAMON, 49
Resume: Former education minister, former Socialist Party spokesman who rebelled against President Francois Hollande's shift toward more business-friendly policies in 2014.
France’s hard left faces off against center left in primary
PARIS (AP) — Hard-left Socialist rebel Benoit Hamon heads into France's left-wing presidential primary runoff as a surprising favorite to beat pro-business pragmatist Manuel Valls, in a vote that will realign France's unpredictable presidential campaign.
Hamon is the favorite in Sunday's vote after arriving in pole position in the first round with 36 percent of the votes.
France presidential hopeful Macron gains support
PARIS (AP) — The real winner of France's left-wing presidential primary may be a man who demonstrably shunned it: Emmanuel Macron.
French presidential hopeful Valls suggests tax on US imports
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential hopeful Manuel Valls, who seeks the Socialist nomination, has pledged to tax U.S. imports if President Donald Trump pulls his country out of the global climate deal reached in Paris in 2015.
Valls proposed a carbon tax on American goods while speaking Monday on RTL radio. He said: "When Donald Trump declares some kind of economic war on Europe, we must be ready."
Partial results: Valls, Hamon advance in French primary
PARIS (AP) — Manuel Valls, a center-leaning former prime minister who rallied France together after extremist attacks, will confront stalwart Socialist Benoit Hamon in the country's left-wing presidential primary runoff next week.
Hamon, a former government minister, was leading Sunday with 36.12 percent followed by Valls with 31.24 percent, based on about half of the vote count, according to the results published on the Socialist primary website.
Who’s likely to lead France’s left in the presidential race
PARIS (AP) — A quick look at the two candidates advancing to the Jan. 29 runoff of France's Socialist Party presidential primary, and how it works:
BENOIT HAMON, 49
Resume: Former French junior minister, briefly education minister, former Socialist Party spokesman rebelled, with Montebourg, against Hollande's policies in 2014.
Glance at Socialist Party primary candidates
PARIS (AP) — A quick look at three main candidates and method of Sunday's vote for France's Socialist Party presidential candidate:
MANUEL VALLS, 54
Resume: French interior minister from 2012-2014; French prime minister to December 2016. Handled the aftermath of terror attacks that killed 130 people in Paris in November 2015, won parliamentary approval for emergency powers and counterterrorism measures.
France’s ex-PM Valls fights for spot in presidential primary
PARIS (AP) — As France's prime minister when terrorists killed 130 people in Paris in 2015, Manuel Valls was on the front line of the government's response, calling the attack an act of war and successfully lobbying parliament for emergency powers.
Just 14 months later, having stepped down in December from President Francois Hollande's government, Valls' political future has never been more uncertain.
French left-wing candidates take risky stance: pro-Europe
PARIS (AP) — Two men hoping to clinch the left-wing nomination for France's presidential race are pursuing a risky strategy: They want to save the much-maligned European Union.
Manuel Valls and Vincent Peillon laid out their platforms Tuesday, pleading for unity and tolerance in the face of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's anti-immigration, anti-EU campaign.
It’s a crowded starting line for France’s Socialist primary
PARIS (AP) — France's once-powerful left wing is fighting for its political survival as it prepares for a cacophonous primary for the Socialist presidential candidate.
Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls leads the pack but is facing tough challengers who say he's betrayed leftist ideals. Here's a look at the left-wing contenders, their rivals, and the issues.
9 candidates bidding for Socialist primary in France
PARIS (AP) — Nine competitors are bidding to be the Socialist Party's candidate in next year's French presidential election.
Among those who declared their candidacy by Thursday's deadline are former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is regarded as the front-runner to represent the Socialist party and its allies.
Valls resigned as prime minister earlier this month after announcing he would run to replace Francois Hollande, who won't seek a second term.
Cazeneuve is France’s new prime minister as Valls steps down
PARIS (AP) — The man who served as France's top cop during a series of bloody terror attacks became the nation's new prime minister on Tuesday after Manuel Valls stepped down to focus on running for president.
Conceding he is "not a favorite" to win the presidency, Valls resigned as prime minister a day after announcing he would run to replace the man who appointed him, unpopular Socialist President Francois Hollande.
Stocks track higher after Wall Street hit another record
HONG KONG (AP) — Stock markets pushed higher on Tuesday as investors cheered another record day on Wall Street and looked past the political and economic uncertainty buffeting Europe.
KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 added 0.5 percent to 4,596 and Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.4 percent higher to 6,771. Germany's DAX rose up 0.3 percent to 10,721. U.S. stocks were poised for a flat open, with Dow and S&P 500 futures both steady.
PM Valls bids for French presidency under Socialist banner
PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced his candidacy Monday for next year's presidential election, saying he will step down immediately from his current job to focus on his bid.
Valls hopes to unite the Socialists under his banner and give the left a chance to stay at the Elysee Palace — the most ambitious challenge of his political life after his boss, the highly unpopular President Francois Hollande, decided not to run for a second term last week.
French presidential race heats up: A look at the candidates
PARIS (AP) — France's presidential campaign is heating up, as candidates from the anti-immigrant far right to the Trotskyist far left join the race for election five months away.
Now that Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced his candidacy, here's a look at top contenders, and what's at stake for this nuclear-armed, leading world economy in the April-May election:
French president rules out 2017 run to help boost Socialists
PARIS (AP) — France's President Francois Hollande announced in a surprise televised address Thursday that he would not seek a second term in next year's presidential election, acknowledging that his personal unpopularity might cost his Socialist party the Elysee.
"I have decided not to be a candidate in the presidential election," Hollande said in the prime time slot, adding that he hoped by stepping aside to give the Socialists a chance to win "against conservatism and, worse still, extremism."
The Latest: French PM praises Hollande for stepping aside
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's presidential campaigns (all times local):
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is praising President Francois Hollande for deciding not to seek another term to give the country's Socialist party a better shot at victory.
France’s Hollande and his premier weigh presidential bids
PARIS (AP) — France's government spokesman is insisting that Socialist President Francois Hollande and his prime minister can't compete against each other in an upcoming presidential primary — except if the second quits.
Attention turned Monday turned to the troubled French left, after the staunchly conservative Francois Fillon won the right-wing presidential nomination Sunday on promises of slashing public spending and immigration.
French interior minister tries to calm police protest anger
PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister has met with police union leaders in an effort to restore calm following two nights of angry demonstrations by officers protesting a lack of equipment and rising anti-police violence.
Bernard Cazeneuve met with the powerful union bosses on Wednesday, pledging to open an official consultation from Monday with police units to increase security and protection for police officers. Recommendations will be implemented in 2017.
French PM says France supports Clinton over Trump
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday that his country supports the election of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
Valls said during a visit to Ottawa that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have discussed the U.S. election. Valls didn't share Trudeau's thoughts, but he was categorical about his pick in the Nov. 8 election: Clinton.
French PM pledges 1 billion euros to Paris 2024 bid
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged one billion euros ($1.1 billion) of support from the government for Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
In a country often rocked by social conflicts and strikes, Paris bid leaders also announced on Friday they struck a deal with France's five main trade unions. Paris bid leaders said the "social pact" sealed with the trade unions will guarantee a "smooth and effective games-time operation" and benefit jobs creation.
France’s government pushes Alstom to maintain train making
PARIS (AP) — France's Socialist government is vowing to maintain the train-making site of rail giant Alstom in the country despite the company's decision to end production.
Finance Minister Michel Sapin said Monday that the government will work with local officials, Alstom's management and potential clients about ensuring the workload so that the railway production "will be able to be maintained" in the eastern French city of Belfort.
French premier says recount of Gabon elections would be wise
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister says that a recount of the Gabon presidential election results would be wise and that "the electoral process should be clear" amid fraud allegations.
Gabon's top opposition candidate, Jean Ping, declared Friday that he was the rightful winner of the election, calling the results for the Aug. 27 vote fraudulent following President Ali Bongo Ondimba's re-election.
The Latest: Valls: Burkini ruling won’t end vital debate
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the ruling by France's top administrative court on burkini bans (all times local):
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says the court ruling suspending a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach town doesn't put an end to what he says is a fundamental debate.
Valls wrote on his Facebook page that denouncing the burkini "in no way puts into question individual freedom" and is really about denouncing "fatal, retrograde Islamism."
Are France’s burkini bans sexist, or liberating?
PARIS (AP) — Male officials are dictating what women can wear on French beaches — and people across a wide swath of French society say that's a good thing.
Decrees issued by several mayors this month ban the body-encompassing burkini swimsuit, which France's secular political class says subjugates women and is incompatible with a country whose motto celebrates equality and freedom.
French Muslims to create foundation to finance mosques
PARIS (AP) — A new foundation will be created to help finance mosques in France and keep out radical benefactors, the head of the French Muslim Council said Monday.
Anouar Kbibech proposed the foundation would be used to fund the construction and running of mosques and would be financed by fees paid by actors in the halal food sector.
France, home to Europe's largest Muslim community, is a secular state that prohibits the use of state money for places of worship....
PARIS (AP) — Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France needs to rethink its security culture, amid an escalating scandal over the government's handling of police deployment in Nice on the night of the deadly Bastille Day attack.
Speaking Monday on BFM television, Valls said "we need a deep change in our security culture" after the Nice attack, which killed 84.
He didn't elaborate. However, Valls defended Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who is facing accusations...
Moment of Silence Held for Nice Attack Victims
A moment of silence was held in Nice Monday for the victims of last week's attack that killed 84 people. The crowd can be heard booing French Prime Minister Manuel Valls during the ceremony. (July 18)
NICE, France (AP) — In one of the most heart-wrenching effects of the Nice truck attack, dozens of those killed or injured were children who had gone to see Bastille Day fireworks.
The children's hospital in Nice treated some 50 children and adolescents after Thursday night's attack, including two who died in surgery. Five remained in critical condition Friday night, according to Stephanie Simpson, the communications director for the Lenval Foundation...