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Scuffles mar anniversary of birth of yellow vest movement

Nov. 16, 2019 10:54 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Scuffles between Paris police and activists on Saturday marred the anniversary of the birth of the yellow vest movement against government policies seen as favoring the rich. On a day of largely peaceful demonstrations across France, there were a few violent incidents in the capital that ended...

Mali’s military abandons isolated outposts amid attacks

Nov. 16, 2019 4:41 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Dozens of soldiers posted to Mali’s remote northern town of Labezanga served as the last line of defense against extremists roaming the surrounding desert. Then one evening earlier this month the military pulled up stakes and left, part of a reorganization following a wave of...

Leaders of Russia, Ukraine to meet to discuss conflict

Nov. 15, 2019 2:08 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will meet in Paris on Dec. 9 to try to seek a settlement for the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed 13,000 people. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office announced the meeting Friday after months of diplomatic...

General’s battlefield talk on Notre Dame rebuilding shocks

Nov. 14, 2019 3:28 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A general named to oversee reconstruction of fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral has received a public reprimand for advising the chief architect for France’s historic monuments to “shut his mouth.” Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin’s battlefield-style talk irked Culture...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

France hosts world leaders to address global challenges

Nov. 12, 2019 7:40 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders have called for greater international cooperation to ease the world's tensions at a peace forum in Paris that was notable for the absence of the United States. Some 30 heads of state or government, high-level officials from other countries and...

Trump, Macron to meet after French president criticized NATO

Nov. 12, 2019 2:46 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the Dec. 3-4 NATO summit in London. Macron tweeted that he had an "excellent discussion" with Trump on Monday evening about Syria, Iran and the NATO military alliance. They evoked "lots of...

The Latest: Vox leader says no to helping form government

Nov. 11, 2019 12:34 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Spain's general election (all times local): 6 p.m. The leader of the far-right Vox party that made huge gains in Spain's elections says he has no intention of helping incumbent Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez form a new government. Santiago Abascal...

Macron marks Armistice Day in homage to dead soldiers

Nov. 11, 2019 11:12 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron led Armistice Day commemorations on Monday by visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under Paris' Arc de Triomphe, as a giant tricolor flag flew overhead. Greeted by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Macron laid a wreath and inspected troops during the...

Bosnia summons French ambassador over Macron remarks

Nov. 8, 2019 2:36 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's government has summoned France's ambassador to explain remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron that the Balkan country was a "ticking time-bomb" due to a "problem of returning jihadists." The chairman of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, Zeljko Komsic, also...