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CANNES DIARY: Behind the scenes of the 2024 film festival

May. 19, 2024 20:18 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Welcome to Cannes. The annual film festival is always a spectacle, but 2024's edition may be the most combustible in years. The 77th Cannes red carpet unfurls against a backdrop of war and protest. The #MeToo movement, so slow to take root in France, is now quickly tearing...

Robbers made off with 'several million euros' of jewels in armed heist of ‘Jeweler to the Stars’

May. 19, 2024 17:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Armed robbers who used a motorbike as a battering ram made off with “several million euros'” (dollars) worth of valuables in a heist of the luxury Paris boutique of self-declared “Jeweler to the Stars" Harry Winston, the French prosecutor’s office overseeing the police probe...

Alise Willoughby of US, Joris Daudet of France win BMX racing world titles ahead of Paris Olympics

May. 18, 2024 16:57 PM EDT

Alise Willoughby won her third BMX racing world championship on Saturday, the American standout taking the lead out of the starting gate, pulling away down the stretch and then throwing up her fist in triumph as she crossed over the finish line. Willoughby was followed by Zoe...

King Charles III to travel to France for UK ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day

May. 17, 2024 13:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III plans to travel to France next month for British ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, while skipping the larger international event a few miles away as he continues to be treated for cancer. Charles and Queen Camilla are...

French police fatally shoot a man suspected of setting fire to a synagogue

May. 17, 2024 12:10 PM EDT

ROUEN, France (AP) — French police shot and killed a man armed with a knife and a metal bar who is suspected of having started a fire that charred and blackened the insides of a synagogue in the Normandy city of Rouen early Friday, an attack the interior minister said was “clearly”...

Pride House on Seine River barge is inaugurated by Paris Olympics organizers

May. 17, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Pride House of the Paris Olympics was inaugurated on a barge in the Seine River by Games organizers on Friday. The boat, moored between the Grand Palais and the Place de la Concorde in the city center, is meant to be a safe space for LGBTQ athletes and visitors...

Violence rages in New Caledonia as France rushes emergency reinforcements to its Pacific territory

May. 16, 2024 20:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Violence raged across New Caledonia for the third consecutive day Thursday, hours after France imposed a state of emergency in the French Pacific territory, boosting security forces’ powers to quell unrest in the archipelago that has long sought independence. French...

France imposes emergency in Pacific territory of New Caledonia as violent unrest turns deadly

May. 16, 2024 08:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France imposed an emergency Wednesday in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia for at least 12 days, boosting security forces’ powers to quell deadly unrest in the archipelago where indigenous people have long sought independence. Armed clashes and other...

'The Fly’ has become notorious in France after a brazen escape. What's his criminal history?

May. 15, 2024 21:31 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A prisoner nicknamed “The Fly” has become notorious in France overnight after a daring and bloody escape from a prison convoy in Normandy in which two guards were killed. Mohamed Amra, 30, has a long and violent criminal history that has now culminated in a...

Massive search in France for prison-break gang that killed 2 officers

May. 15, 2024 21:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A massive search was underway in France on Wednesday for armed assailants who ambushed a prison convoy, killing two prison officers, seriously injuring three others and freeing the inmate they were escorting. The prime minister vowed the gang would be caught, saying, “They will...