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France's Macron revs up with new government ahead of 2022

Jul. 6, 2020 5:18 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron is promising that a new French government expected to be named later Monday will be one of “purpose and unity.” The French leader fired off a series of tweets late Sunday as he gears up with a new government team for the last two years of his five-year...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, models wear creations for the Kenzo fashion collection during Women's fashion week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris. The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. After first canceling the July shows for menswear and Haute Couture, the French fashion federation has now organized an unprecedented schedule of digital-only events instead. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

As Paris Fashion Week is streamed, critics look to future

Jul. 6, 2020 4:48 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. After first canceling the July shows for menswear and Haute Couture, the French fashion federation has now organized an unprecedented schedule of digital-only events instead. Top houses...

Mona Lisa back at work, visitors limited, as Louvre reopens

Jul. 6, 2020 4:02 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Mona Lisa is back in business. Paris' Louvre Museum, which houses the world's most famous portrait, reopened Monday after a four-month coronavirus lockdown. Face masks are a must and visitor numbers will be limited, with reservations required. About 70% of the giant museum —...

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Anti-racism groups in Paris call out colonizer street names

Jul. 5, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris police blocked anti-racism groups from leading a “de-colonial tour” of Paris on Sunday to call attention to monuments and streets honoring historical figures tied to the slave trade or colonial-era abuses. Instead, the protesters marched around a monument in front of the...

A soldier and members of the Algerian Republican Guard, guard the remains of 24 Algerians at the Moufdi-Zakaria culture palace in Algiers, Friday, July, 3, 2020. After decades in a French museum, the skulls of 24 Algerians decapitated for resisting French colonial forces were formally repatriated to Algeria in an elaborate ceremony led by the teary-eyed Algerian president. The return of the skulls was the result of years of efforts by Algerian historians, and comes amid a growing global reckoning with the legacy of colonialism. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)

Algeria buries fighters whose skulls were in Paris museum

Jul. 5, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria at last buried the remains of 24 fighters decapitated for resisting French colonial forces in the 19th century, in a ceremony Sunday rich with symbolism marking the country’s 58th anniversary of independence. The fighters’ skulls were taken to Paris as war...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, front center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. A festering row between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO's struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

France-Turkey spat over Libya arms exposes NATO's limits

Jul. 5, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The festering dispute between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO’s struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. The dispute has also...

South Korean Imperial guards wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus move near the Deoksu Palace in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea has 60-plus new virus cases for 3rd day

Jul. 4, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded 60-plus COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day, a continuation of a virus spread beyond the greater Seoul area. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday it has confirmed 61 additional cases, bringing the national total to 13,091. It...

David Gonzalez uses a flower to sprinkle holy water onto the grave of his wife, Luz Maria Gonzalez, as they mark the 9th day since her burial in the Municipal Cemetery of Valle de Chalco on the outskirts of Mexico City, Saturday, July 4, 2020. Gonzalez, 56, who had long suffered from asthma, diabetes, and hypertension, died two days after her 29-year-old son, who was hospitalized for breathing problems and a cough before dying of complications said to be related to pneumonia and undiagnosed diabetes. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico's COVID deaths pass 30,000, world's 5th highest total

Jul. 4, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico topped 30,000 COVID-19 deaths Saturday, overtaking France as the country with the fifth-highest death toll since the coronavirus outbreak began. Officials reported 523 more confirmed coronavirus deaths for the day, bringing the nation's total to 30,366 for the pandemic. Mexico's...

Judge extends hospitalization of truck attack plot suspect

Jul. 4, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has extended the court-ordered hospitalization of a Maryland man deemed mentally unfit for trial on charges he planned an Islamic State-inspired attack at a shopping and entertainment complex near Washington, D.C. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis said in a court filing...

France's new prime minister Jean Castex gives a press conference after he made his first outing in the new job in X-FAB, a semiconductor factory that received extensive government aid to withstand the virus lockdown on its activity in Le Coudray Montceaux, near Paris, Saturday, July 4, 2020. His office chose the X-FAB factory because it's seen as an example of European cooperation and innovation, and the kind of company that will be important to pulling France of out of deep recession and reviving its industrial production. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

New French prime minister to focus on saving factory jobs

Jul. 4, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

LE COUDRAY-MONTCEAUX, France (AP) — France’s new prime minister said Saturday his government will focus on keeping French manufacturing jobs and bringing others back to France from lower-wage countries as it tries to dig the country out of deep recession. Prime Minister Jean Castex made the...