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Tear gas, hate speech marks 14th yellow vest protest

Feb. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Police fired tear gas and brought in water cannons and a horse brigade to disperse several thousand yellow vest protesters Saturday massed near a Paris landmark at the end of a march through the French capital, the 14th straight weekend of demonstrations. Anti-Semitic remarks hurled by a few...

French ambassador returns to Italy following dramatic spat

Feb. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EST

ROME (AP) — France's ambassador returned to Italy on Friday, professing confidence that the two neighbors could deal with disagreements and work through their most serious diplomatic dispute since World War II. Italian President Sergio Mattarella received the returning ambassador, the presidential Quirinal...

France's Le Pen boasts far-right power for EU elections

Feb. 15, 2019 1:13 PM EST

NANTERRE, France (AP) — Where once she felt isolated, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen feels she is now part of a crowd of populist parties on the rise around Europe that she thinks can make new inroads in European elections less than 100 days away — and start restructuring the EU from within....

High-speed tunnel project divides Italy's ruling populists

Feb. 15, 2019 7:02 AM EST

SAINT-MARTIN-LA-PORTE, France (AP) — A strategic European Union project to build a high-speed rail tunnel through the Alps, meant to speed journeys between France and Italy, could dead-end as Italy's populists squabble. On the French side, a 140-meter (460-foot) long rock-eating machine tunnels through the...

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

Feb. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. In...

The Latest: Germany hopes for soccer Brexit

Feb. 13, 2019 12:43 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 5:40 p.m. German diplomats are showing little sense of fair play before three crucial meetings in the battle to rule Europe. Germany's foreign ministry tweeted Wednesday that while it laments Britain's...

Swastikas removed from pictures of French Holocaust survivor

Feb. 13, 2019 10:26 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Street portraits of a prominent Holocaust survivor that were graffitied with swastikas have been restored by the artist who painted them on mailboxes in Paris. The images of Simone Veil, who survived the Auschwitz death camp and went into government and politics in France, were found defaced...

France details yellow vest protests' impact on economy

Feb. 13, 2019 6:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French government says it has provided 38 million euros ($43 million) in financial aid for workers who have been put on reduced work hours as businesses struggle with anti-government protests. The ministry says some 72,600 people in 5,000 companies have been put on reduced work hours, for...

Italy slams EU for lack of solidarity, but faulted for same

Feb. 12, 2019 5:43 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte demanded "authentic" solidarity from Italy's European Union partners on the issue of migrants Tuesday, but drew sharp barbs himself from EU lawmakers for refusing to join a united European stand on Venezuela and over Italy's nasty spat with France. Addressing the...

Anti-Semitic acts hit France amid anti-government protests

Feb. 12, 2019 9:55 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Portraits of a Holocaust survivor stained with swastikas. A memorial in honor of a Jewish man vandalized. A bagel shop with the German word "Juden" sprayed on its front window. These are just a few of the hundreds of anti-Semitic acts that have been committed in recent months in France, home...