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Children who were stabbed in France no longer in life-threatening condition as suspect is charged

Jun. 10, 2023 09:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French judges on Saturday handed preliminary charges of attempted murder to a man suspected of stabbing four young children and two adults in a French Alps park, an attack that reverberated across France and beyond. The suspect, a 31-year-old Syrian refugee with...

France hails 'hero with a backpack' who intervened in knife attack on very young children

Jun. 09, 2023 12:45 PM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — The attacker slashed at the 24-year-old Catholic pilgrim with the knife that he used to savagely stab one young child after another. But rather than run, Henri held his ground — using a weighty backpack he was carrying to swing at the assailant and fend off his blade. ...

Knife attack at park in French Alps critically wounds 4 young children as people cry for help

Jun. 08, 2023 16:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — As bystanders screamed for help, a man with a knife stabbed four young children at a lakeside park in the French Alps on Thursday, assaulting at least one in a stroller repeatedly. Authorities said the children, between 22 months and 3 years old, suffered life-threatening injuries,...

French pension reform opponents fail to pass repeal bill

Jun. 08, 2023 09:54 AM EDT

Opponents of French President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform failed on Thursday to pass a repeal bill, in their latest effort to maintain the retirement age at 62. Centrist opposition group LIOT decided to withdraw its bill a couple of hours after the heated debate started...

France's prime minister says suspected knife attacker in Annecy had refugee status in Sweden

Jun. 08, 2023 09:36 AM EDT
PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister says suspected knife attacker in Annecy had refugee status in Sweden.

IOC gives resounding thumbs-up to Paris' Olympic plans, as organizers chase LVMH deal

Jun. 07, 2023 13:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An IOC inspection team gave a resounding thumbs-up Wednesday to Paris’ preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games, declaring “a very, very high level of confidence” despite unresolved questions about financing and security. “Paris is where it should be with 415...

Protests in France as unions make last-ditch bid to resist higher retirement age

Jun. 07, 2023 00:07 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French union activists marched on the headquarters of the Paris Olympics and slowed traffic at the capital's Orly Airport with strikes Tuesday as they sought to reignite resistance to a higher retirement age. But the last-ditch effort drew fewer followers than at the...

Today in History: June 7, court rejects contraceptive ban

Jun. 07, 2023 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 7, the 158th day of 2023. There are 207 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 7, 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Griswold v. Connecticut, struck down, 7-2, a Connecticut law used to...

France's spectacular abbey Mont-Saint-Michel celebrates 1,000th birthday

Jun. 05, 2023 15:34 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s beloved abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel has reached a ripe old age. It's been 1,000 years since the laying of its first stone. The millennial of the UNESCO World Heritage site and key Normandy tourism magnet is being celebrated until November with exhibits,...

Death toll from Senegal protests rises to 15 as opposition supporters clash with police

Jun. 03, 2023 18:12 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The number of people killed in days of clashes between Senegalese police and supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko has now risen to 15, including two security officers, the government said on Saturday. While Dakar was calmer on Saturday, clashes...