Latest Jean-Yves Le Drian News

Lebanese bid farewell to ex-cardinal at state funeral

May. 16, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

BKIRKI, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanon on Thursday laid to rest the former patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite Christian church, a key political figure in the country's troubled modern history, following a state funeral attended by top political and spiritual leaders and more than a thousand people. Also attending the...

EU calls for calm, warns US-Iran of conflict 'by accident'

May. 13, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European foreign ministers urged the United States and Iran to show restraint Monday amid fears of tensions tipping them easily into armed conflict, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed his counterparts on the threats Washington sees emanating from the Islamic republic. The foreign...

Benin ex-hostages arrive in Paris with presidential greeting

May. 11, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron greeted three ex-hostages as they arrived on French soil Saturday, one day after a pre-dawn military operation freed them in Burkina Faso but cost the lives of two French special forces officers, as well as four "terrorists." The two French citizens, tourists...

Italy, France aim to chart common strategy on violent Libya

Apr. 19, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The foreign ministers of Italy and France say their countries are trying to forge a common strategy on Libya. Italy's minster, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, told reporters Friday after the two held talks in Rome that lower-ranking ministry officials will meet next week in the Italian capital "to build...

France softens stance ahead of May plea for new Brexit delay

Apr. 9, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tough-guy France softened its stance Tuesday and showed willingness to accept yet another delay in the long-awaited Brexit, diminishing the chances that Britain would crash out of the European Union this week without any future plan. But British Prime Minister Theresa May still has a rough...

G-7 ministers reveal 'clear differences' on Middle East

Apr. 6, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

DINARD, France (AP) — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven nations failed to reach consensus on key Middle East issues on Saturday as they wrapped up a meeting in France that was shaken by the absence of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The diplomats in attendance projected a united front while...

G-7 ministers vow to better fight migrant trafficking

Apr. 5, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Interior ministers from the Group of Seven advanced economies pledged Friday to jointly tackle world's top security challenges, including fighting migrant trafficking. At the end of a two-day meeting in Paris, the G-7 ministers agreed to grant asylum to certain refugees and to return other...

Ex-president seeks forgiveness from Algerians facing new era

Apr. 3, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's Constitutional Council formalized President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's departure Wednesday from the office he held for two decades, as rattled international partners watched closely to see what's next for an energy-rich country that is a key player in fighting terrorism....

The Latest: Ex-president seeks forgiveness of Algerians

Apr. 3, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on the change of power in Algeria (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Algeria's president of two decades is seeking forgiveness from the country's people after stepping down in the wake of mass protests. In a letter released Wednesday by state news agency APS, ailing former...

France and Germany launch alliance to back multilateralism

Apr. 3, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France and Germany have announced the launch of an Alliance for Multilateralism to promote global cooperation at a time of rising nationalism in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a joint news conference with Germany's Foreign...