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French prime minister is expected to formally resign, but stay at the head of a caretaker government

Jul. 16, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is widely expected to formally accept the prime minister’s resignation on Tuesday while keeping him as the head of a caretaker government. Prime Minister Gabriel Attal offered his resignation last week after a chaotic election result...

Attacker stabs and wounds French soldier patrolling Paris ahead of the Olympics

Jul. 15, 2024 23:38 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French soldier was stabbed outside a big train station in Paris on Monday and the attacker was arrested, officials said, while the city is under a high security alert 11 days before the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympics. The soldier was hospitalized with a...

France's Bastille Day parade meets the Olympic torch relay in an exceptional year

Jul. 14, 2024 19:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris hosted an extra-special guest for France’s national holiday Sunday — the Olympic flame lighting up the city’s grandiose military parade for Bastille Day. Just 12 days before the French capital hosts exceptionally ambitious and high-security Summer Games,...

Man plotted electrical substation attack to advance white supremacist views, prosecutors say

Jul. 11, 2024 20:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Jersey man who authorities say was on his way to Ukraine to join a volunteer fighting unit has been arrested in an alleged plot to attack a U.S. electrical substation to advance his white supremacist views, the Justice Department said Thursday. Andrew...

France's unions call for protests to pressure Macron into naming leftist government

Jul. 11, 2024 15:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With just 15 days before the start of the Olympic Games in Paris, a major French union on Thursday called for mass demonstrations and possible strikes to pressure President Emmanuel Macron into “respecting the results” of recent legislative elections and allow a left-wing...

They fled from their home countries. Now, they'll compete in Paris for the Refugee Olympic Team

Jul. 11, 2024 10:08 AM EDT

They compete under the same flag but speak different languages and come from different parts of the world. After fleeing war and persecution at home, 36 athletes from 11 countries will compete in the Paris Games as part of the Refugee Olympic Team. The team was created for the Rio...

France's leftist coalition demands the right to form a government after fractured parliament vote

Jul. 10, 2024 05:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The leftist coalition that won the most seats in France’s National Assembly in surprise results demanded on Tuesday the immediate right to form a government, even though no grouping won a majority of seats. It is unprecedented in France's modern history to have a...

In a diplomatic quirk, Russia chairs a UN meeting decrying its strike on a Ukraine kids' hospital

Jul. 09, 2024 15:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members confronted Russia on Tuesday over a missile strike the previous day that destroyed part of Ukraine's largest children's hospital, pouring out condemnations at an emergency meeting chaired by Moscow's own ambassador. Russia denies...

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is investigated over alleged illicit financing in 2022 vote

Jul. 09, 2024 10:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office said Tuesday it opened a preliminary investigation last week into suspicions of illicit financing of far-right French leader Marine Le Pen’s campaign during the 2022 presidential election. The office told The Associated Press that the...

France's election ends up with no clear majority. This is what could happen next

Jul. 08, 2024 14:26 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French voters have given a broad leftist coalition the most parliamentary seats in a pivotal legislative election that has kept the far right from power but has put France in the unprecedented position of having no dominant political bloc in parliament. While a...