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French yellow vest protesters seek momentum on 15th week

Feb. 23, 2019 2:18 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of yellow vest protesters took to the streets across France on Saturday for a 15th straight weekend of demonstrations, trying to re-energize supporters while tamping down on the violence and anti-Semitism in the movement's ranks. Among the many rallies around Paris and in other...

Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline

Feb. 23, 2019 12:42 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a "product like any other." Macron's speech at his country's premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging French...

French national faces Myanmar court on drone flying charge

Feb. 22, 2019 5:42 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — A French national appeared in court Friday in Myanmar after being arrested two weeks ago for allegedly flying a drone close to the country's vast parliament complex. Arthur Desclaux faces a charge under the Illegal Export-Import Act and could be jailed for up to three years if...

France to adopt international definition of anti-Semitism

Feb. 20, 2019 6:05 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French government will adopt an international organization's definition of anti-Semitism and propose a law to reduce hate speech from being circulated online, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday. Macron, speaking at the annual dinner of a Jewish organization, said France and...

French far-right EU candidate says his party equals progress

Feb. 20, 2019 3:08 PM EST

NANTERRE, France (AP) — The top far-right candidate seeking to represent France in the European Parliament said Wednesday his party's goal to extract and protect people from a globalized world epitomizes progress. Jordan Bardella, 23, hopes to become the youngest lawmaker in the EU parliament. Accompanied...

French senators: Macron security affected by ex-aide's acts

Feb. 20, 2019 2:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron's security has been affected by the conduct and actions of an ex-aide at the center of a political scandal, French senators said in a report released Wednesday that sharply criticized the presidency's functioning. The former security aide, Alexandre Benalla, was fired...

Thousands rally in France to oppose recent anti-Semitic acts

Feb. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Rallies against anti-Semitism attracted crowds of thousands in Paris and other French cities Tuesday following a series of aggressive acts with Jewish targets, including a cemetery where about 80 gravestones were spray-painted with swastikas overnight. In the French capital, former presidents...

The Latest: French rally to say 'No' to anti-Semitism

Feb. 19, 2019 2:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on events condemning anti-Semitism in France(all times local): 8:40 p.m. A crowd of thousands have gathered on Paris' famed Republic Plaza to say "No" to anti-Semitism following a rise in acts targeting the country's Jewish community. Dozens of rallies took place Tuesday evening in...

Nobel laureates, advocates to advise G-7 on women's rights

Feb. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Human rights advocates met Tuesday in Paris to discuss potential strategies leading industrial nations could employ to reduce violence and discrimination against women. French President Emmanuel Macron named 35 advocates to give the Group of Seven recommendations, France took over the G-7's...

Tech could unite Europe's populists ahead of EU vote in May

Feb. 19, 2019 11:05 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The web platform was named for a revered French populist philosopher and created by an Italian internet entrepreneur to transform common grievances into proposals and activists into political candidates. When Italy's deputy prime minister offered the populist 5-Star Movement's Rousseau...