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Michel Dietlin, center, stands with musicians of the orchestra outside the Palais Garnier opera house after performing Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Paris. As some strikers return to work, with notable improvements for train services that have been severely disrupted for weeks, more radical protesters are trying to keep the movement going. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Splits in France's strike movement trigger fears of violence

Jan. 18, 2020 12:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French government minister warned that seditious groups bent on violence were hijacking the protest movement against pension reform that has gripped the country, after a fire Saturday damaged a renowned Paris restaurant patronized by President Emmanuel Macron. The Paris fire service said...

Striking employees demonstrate outside the Louvre museum Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in Paris. Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Protests close Louvre museum in Paris amid pension strikes

Jan. 17, 2020 7:34 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to the Louvre museum and forced the famous Paris landmark to close Friday while they denounced the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. Protesters later chased down President Emmanuel Macron at an evening theater performance in...

Models wear creations for the Dior Homme Mens Fall/Winter 2020-2021 fashion collection presented in Paris, Friday Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Dior sparks mayhem with couture-infused Paris menswear show

Jan. 17, 2020 6:04 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Guests crammed into Dior's annex in Paris' Place de la Condorde on Friday amid chaos before the show. Some guests had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit as cars came to unload celebrities, including David Beckham and Robert Pattinson, at an industrious pace. Mayhem such as this is the...

Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings creator, dies

Jan. 17, 2020 11:04 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Christopher Tolkien, who played a major role protecting the legacy of his father's "The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died. He was 95. The Tolkien Society and publisher HarperCollins UK confirmed Tolkien's death. The Centre Hospitalier de la Dracenie, a hospital in southern France,...

FILE - In this March 24, 2011 file French Chef Paul Bocuse poses outside his famed Michelin three-star restaurant L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Collonges-au-Mont-d'or, central France. The restaurant of famous French chef Paul Bocuse, who died two years ago, has lost its third star. It was holding it without interruption since 1965, a world record. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)

French chef Bocuse restaurant loses 3rd star after 55 years

Jan. 17, 2020 5:04 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The restaurant of French chef Paul Bocuse, who died two years ago, has lost one of its Michelin stars after holding three since 1965, a world record. The Michelin guide announced Friday that the restaurant in Collonges-au-Mont-d'or, near the French city of Lyon, has been downgraded to two...

FILE - In this May 18, 2016 actress Adele Haenel poses for photographers during a photo call for the film La Fille Inconnue (The Unkown Girl) at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. The Paris prosecutor's office is investigating French director Christophe Ruggia for alleged

French director gets sex misconduct charge on actress claim

Jan. 16, 2020 4:14 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French filmmaker has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of an actress when she was 15. Director Christophe Ruggia received the preliminary charge Thursday of assault of a minor by a person in authority, the Paris prosecutor's office said. Ruggia had been detained Tuesday for...

Protesters shout during a demonstration Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Paris. Protesters denounce French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

New street protests in France amid pension strikes

Jan. 16, 2020 3:34 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Opponents of President Emmanuel Macron's proposed overhaul of France's pension system marched in Paris and other French cities Thursday on what is the 43rd day of strike action that has hobbled trains and public transport. At the call of trade unions, train and metro workers, teachers and...

CAPTION CORRECTS THE SEASON - Models wear creations for the Vuitton Mens Fall/Winter 2020-2021 fashion collection presented in Paris, Thursday Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Boyhood and theatrics mark Paris Fashion Week men's shows

Jan. 16, 2020 2:57 PM EST

A giant beanstalk that penetrated a cloud-patterned sky-blue ceiling at Louis Vuitton's exhibition caused VIPs — including model Bella Hadid and actors Daniel Kaluuya and Ashton Sanders — marvel. And with that Paris Fashion Week got into full swing Thursday. The start of one of the industry's...

French far-right leader lays out plan to run for president

Jan. 16, 2020 1:10 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen isn’t wasting time. She announced her intention to stand in France’s 2022 presidential elections. “My decision is made,” Le Pen said Thursday as she presented her New Year’s wishes. Le Pen said she is proposing a...

Investors monitor stock prices near Chinese New Year decorations hung up at a brokerage in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Share prices are mixed in moderate trading in Asia after the U.S. and China signed a preliminary trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

World shares subdued after signing of China-US trade pact

Jan. 16, 2020 7:44 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets were subdued Thursday after the signing of a preliminary China-U.S. trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the world's two biggest economies. After Asian markets largely closed higher, Germany's DAX was down 0.1% to 13,418. The CAC 40 in Paris...