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2 dead as French bridge collapse sends vehicles into river

Nov. 18, 2019 2:32 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A 15-year-old girl and a truck driver died Monday when a road bridge collapsed in rural southwest France, dumping several vehicles into a river and prompting nationwide questions about bridge safety. Bystanders were able to rescue the girl’s mother after her car fell into the Tarn River...

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...

Prime minister: France to 'take back control' on migration

Nov. 6, 2019 3:51 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France needs to "take back control" of how it deals with immigration, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Wednesday as the government announced new measures to grapple with the flux of migrants — a top theme of the far right. "The overall sense of our action is sovereignty," Philippe...

Anti-police violence surges in the tough suburbs of Paris

Nov. 5, 2019 7:26 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A resurgence of anti-police violence has emerged in the long-troubled towns around Paris, signs that lawlessness still simmers in French urban hotspots that exploded in three weeks of rioting in 2005. Violence on Saturday night in Chanteloup-les-Vignes and recent flare-ups in other tough...

Muslim headscarf debate divides France, in climate of hate

Oct. 30, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — When a far-right French official disrupted a regional council meeting to demand that a Muslim woman accompanying a group of schoolchildren be ordered to remove her headscarf, "in the name of our secular principles," her own child buried his head in her shoulder and cried. The scene has...

French panel: Seize guns to reduce domestic violence

Oct. 29, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French government panel on domestic violence is urging authorities to begin confiscating guns from people following the first complaint of family violence levied against them. That proposal was one of 65 recommendations released Tuesday to tackle the intractable problem of domestic violence...

Day 2 of wildcat French train strike upsets start of holiday

Oct. 19, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A wildcat strike is disrupting train travel in France for a second day, leaving thousands of people in the lurch at the start of school holidays. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe during a surprise visit Saturday to the Gare de l'Est station in Paris asked the SNCF train authority to...

Macron honors French police employees killed in attack

Oct. 8, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron led a national tribute Tuesday to the four police employees slain in last week's knife attack in Paris, calling them "victims of Islamic terrorism." At a ceremony at the police headquarters where they were stabbed to death in last Thursday's bloody rampage, a...

Macron shifts right on immigration as asylum demands grow

Oct. 7, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers are grappling with one of the country's thorniest issues. On Monday, they began debating immigration, at a time when tent cities have expanded in urban areas across the country and asylum demands are spiking. With municipal elections months away, President Emmanuel Macron has...