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Voting with their feet: French march against pension reforms

Dec. 10, 2019 3:15 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Cranking up the pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, thousands of union activists marched through French cities on Tuesday and airport employees and teachers joined nationwide strikes to demand that the government scrap changes to the national retirement system. As a crippling transportation...

France's Macron wants EU to move quickly on Brexit talks

Dec. 10, 2019 11:08 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the European Union to move forward quickly on Brexit talks after Britain holds a general election on Thursday. Macron said EU members need to preserve “the method that has worked up to now, that is to say: unity.” He spoke Tuesday at...

Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

Dec. 9, 2019 7:44 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held...

Pension strikes cripple Paris, more travel woes ahead

Dec. 9, 2019 2:31 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris commuters inched to work Monday through massive traffic jams as strikes against retirement plan changes halted trains and subways for a fifth straight day — with the prospect of a tougher day ahead. French President Emmanuel Macron girded for one of the toughest weeks of his...

Turkey deports 11 French suspected IS members

Dec. 9, 2019 8:06 AM EST

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) — Turkey has deported 11 French nationals who are suspected of being members of the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said Monday. A brief ministry statement said 11 "foreign terrorist fighters" were returned to their home country. It didn't provide details or identify the...

France braces for even worse travel woes, govt seeks answers

Dec. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France braced for even worse transportation woes when the new work week begins Monday due to nationwide strikes over the government's redesign of the national retirement system. French President Emmanuel Macron convened top officials to strategize for the high-stakes week ahead. Sunday saw...

America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

Dec. 8, 2019 1:17 PM EST

It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated...

French activists use Macron portraits to urge climate action

Dec. 8, 2019 6:22 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French environmental activists brandished stolen portraits of President Emmanuel Macron at a protest Sunday near the Eiffel Tower to try to push the government to do more to fight climate change. The protest is part of an unusual climate movement that has taken root around France this year, in...

French protest retirement changes, travel disruptions abound

Dec. 7, 2019 4:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris police skirmished Saturday with yellow vest activists who joined a wave of protests against the government's overhaul of France's retirement system, as highway blockades and train stoppages by other protesters disrupted weekend travel around the country. A few thousand yellow vest...

Pension strike brings travel chaos for a 2nd day in France

Dec. 6, 2019 11:31 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Frustrated travelers ran into transportation mayhem across France for a second day on Friday, as unions dug in for what they hope is a protracted strike against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to redesign the national retirement system. Most trains were shut down - including Paris subways -...