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French president's aide seen in police helmet beating man

Jul. 19, 2018 4:59 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron has been seen in a video wearing a police helmet and beating up a student protester. His punishment — a two-week suspension — has brought criticism down on Macron. Responding to public backlash, the president's spokesman said on...

World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

Jul. 16, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The welcome was grand, the emotion visceral as France's victorious World Cup team rolled down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue in an open-top bus Monday while tens of thousands of people cheered with unrestrained pride and jets streamed the national colors — blue, white, red —...

The Latest: French leader to soccer team: 'Don't change'

Jul. 16, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France celebrating team's World Cup victory (all times local): 8:35 p.m. France's World Cup champions are sharing their win on the soccer field with hundreds of youth at the presidential Elysee Palace after getting a hero's welcome home in Paris. Following a victory lap down the...

The Latest: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax...

Young, joyful France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup

Jul. 15, 2018 5:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Taking turns sliding across the rain-soaked turf holding the World Cup trophy tight, teenager Kylian Mbappe and the rest of France's players acted like the youthful bunch they are. Nothing, not a Pussy Riot protest nor a postgame downpour that soaked Russian President Vladimir Putin, was...

French President Macron has plenty of fun at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In a stadium packed with presidents watching the World Cup final, no one had as much fun as Emmanuel Macron. The French head of state joined his country's victorious players in the locker room after they beat Croatia 4-2. He jostled with midfielder Paul Pogba while being filmed for Snapchat....

The Latest: Spain reports 479 migrants rescued over weekend

Jul. 15, 2018 3:32 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Spain's Maritime Rescue Service says at least 479 people, including more than 100 children, were rescued over the weekend while attempting to cross a narrow stretch of the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa.   The...

Food sent to migrants off Sicily as Italy awaits EU offers

Jul. 15, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Another day's worth of food and beverages was sent Sunday to a pair of military ships off Sicily as Italy waited for more European nations to pledge to take a share of the hundreds of migrants on board before allowing the asylum-seekers to step off onto Italian soil. Germany, Spain and Portugal...

Putin wants to 'get over' problems with France

Jul. 15, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he told France's leader it's about time for Russia and France to "get over" the difficulties straining their relations. Putin met Sunday in Moscow with French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron's office said he wanted to make Europe's voice heard after...

French military parades for Bastille Day, gets budget boost

Jul. 14, 2018 7:01 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's military had something extra to celebrate Saturday as it showed off its might for Bastille Day celebrations: a budget boost from President Emmanuel Macron. The pomp-filled parade down Paris' Champs-Elysees suffered a couple of glitches, as two police motorcycles crashed during a...