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French government official says that floods have killed 5 people in southwest France

Oct. 15, 2018 2:45 AM EDT
PARIS (AP) — French government official says that floods have killed 5 people in southwest France.

The Latest: Missing writer's fiancee says he wasn't nervous

Oct. 12, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 1:45 a.m. The Turkish fiancee of missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi says he wasn't nervous when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and did not suspect that anything bad would happen to him....

France's Le Pen meets Bannon, changes mind on offer to help

Oct. 12, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Marine Le Pen, the French far-right leader, has met with former White House strategist Steve Bannon and signaled her interest in his project to help European populist parties. Louis Aliot, a vice president of Le Pen's National Rally party who is also her companion, said Friday on BFMTV station...

Rwandan woman chosen to head body for French-speaking world

Oct. 12, 2018 12:01 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Rwanda's top diplomat Louise Mushikiwabo has been chosen to lead the body that represents French speakers around the world, becoming the first African woman to hold the post. The foreign minister replaces Canada's Michaelle Jean, who had sought re-election for the top job at the...

France summons Venezuela ambassador over 'suspicious' death

Oct. 11, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Venezuela's ambassador to France over the "suspicious" death earlier this week of an opposition councilor jailed by Venezuelan intelligence police on allegations he plotted to kill President Nicolas Maduro. In a statement Thursday, the Quai...

Indian defense minister in Paris amid jet deal controversy

Oct. 11, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — India's defense minister is travelling to Paris to speak with the French government amid controversy over a multi-billion dollar deal to sell 36 fighter jets to India. The 2016 deal was for India to buy Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault. The leader of India's main opposition Congress...

AP Analysis: Macron too busy to rush French govt reshuffle

Oct. 11, 2018 9:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron won't be rushed. The 24-hour news cycle? The French leader isn't interested. At least, that's what he wants people to think. France's president is turning a government reshuffle into a soapbox against the time-pressures of modern politics and wall-to-wall news coverage. Behind...

France's Macron on way to Armenia for French countries' meet

Oct. 10, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Armenia to attend a summit of French-speaking countries. France and other European countries are backing Rwanda's top diplomat Louise Mushikiwabo to lead the International Organization of Francophonie. Macron, who is set to arrive in...

Top French court nixes ruling on faulty breast implants

Oct. 10, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's highest court overturned Wednesday an appeals court ruling that would have required some 1,700 women in multiple countries to pay back compensation they received over rupture-prone breast implants. The decision by the Court of Cassation means the years long case involving German...

China says unaware ex-Interpol president's wife threatened

Oct. 10, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is "not aware of the situation" surrounding reports that the wife of the detained Chinese former president of Interpol has been threatened, a foreign ministry spokesman said Wednesday. However, Lu Kang told reporters that it would be "natural" for Chinese consular officials to contact...