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The Latest | In a surprise, French leftists win the most seats in legislative elections

Jul. 08, 2024 04:13 AM EDT

Final results in France say a leftist coalition that came together to try to keep the far right from power has won the most parliamentary seats in runoff elections. There was high voter turnout Sunday. President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance has come in second and the far...

The Latest | France's first-round voting ends. Bardella calls for rejection of 'dangerous far left'

Jun. 30, 2024 16:43 PM EDT

France held the first round of an early parliamentary election on Sunday that could bring the country's first far-right government since Nazi occupation during World War II. The second round will come on July 7. The outcome of the vote is highly uncertain. Turnout is unusually high....

New Caledonia independence group demands Indigenous leader's release from custody in mainland France

Jun. 24, 2024 13:58 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — Members of a pro-independence movement in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia demanded on Monday the "release and immediate return” of the Indigenous Kanak leader who was flown to mainland France for pretrial detention after recent deadly unrest. ...

New Caledonia Indigenous independence leader transferred to mainland France for pretrial detention

Jun. 23, 2024 20:28 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — A pro-independence leader in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia was transferred to a jail in mainland France to await trial on charges relating to two weeks of unrest in May that left nine people dead, the public prosecutor in the territory said Sunday. ...

New Caledonia police detain independence leader and 10 others in wake of revolt against French rule

Jun. 19, 2024 07:28 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Police in the restive French Pacific territory of New Caledonia rounded up 11 people Wednesday, including an independence leader, who are suspected of having a role in the deadly violence that wracked the archipelago where Indigenous Kanak people have long sought to break free from...

New Caledonia reopening its international airport and shortening curfew as unrest continues to ebb

Jun. 16, 2024 05:16 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French Pacific territory of New Caledonia is shortening its overnight curfew and reopening its international airport that was closed to commercial flights for more than a month because of deadly violence that wracked the archipelago where pro-independence Indigenous Kanaks want...

Macron suspends voting reform in New Caledonia that had sparked violence

Jun. 12, 2024 21:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday the suspension of controversial voting reforms in New Caledonia, following a spate of deadly unrest in the French Pacific territory. The reforms, which would have altered voting rights, are feared by the Indigenous...

A man shot by police in New Caledonia has died. The French Pacific territory remains restive

Jun. 08, 2024 07:57 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A man shot by police in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia has died of his wounds, becoming the eighth victim of weeks of unrest prompted by changes to the voting law that Indigenous Kanaks fear will marginalize them and their push for independence. Police...

France hurries to let New Caledonia vote in European elections after its deadly unrest. Few want to

Jun. 05, 2024 08:31 AM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — Days after France lifted emergency measures in New Caledonia to quell the worst unrest in decades in its Pacific territory, it is hurrying to ensure that residents of the troubled archipelago can vote in the upcoming European elections. But many, especially...

French authorities regain full control of New Caledonia's capital after days of deadly unrest

May. 31, 2024 05:37 AM EDT

French authorities in New Caledonia regained full control of their Pacific territory's capital, the French interior and overseas minister said on Friday after two weeks of unrest that had left seven people dead and significant destruction in the archipelago that has seen decades of tensions between...