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Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro

Nov. 18, 2018 5:55 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel consulted Sunday on migration, fixing the euro currency, Europe's defense, taxing digital companies and other issues as the two leaders looked to preserve their influence abroad while their authority flags at...

Scattered tax protests persist in France; injuries up to 409

Nov. 18, 2018 4:34 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, standing firm against a wave of grassroots protests, said Sunday that fuel tax hikes would remain in place despite nationwide agitation. "The course we set is good and we will keep it," Philippe said during an interview on TV station France-2, "It's not...

The Latest: Macron addresses Germany's parliament

Nov. 18, 2018 9:38 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the French president's visit to Germany (all times local): 3:35 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has called for Europe to take more responsibility for its defense and security and for France and Germany to play a leading role together. Macron made the remarks...

1 dead, scores injured in fuel tax protests around France

Nov. 17, 2018 5:34 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — One protester was killed and 227 other people were injured — eight seriously — at roadblocks set up around villages, towns and cities across France on Saturday as citizens angry with rising fuel taxes rose up in a grassroots movement, posing a new challenge to beleaguered...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump puts fighting words in Macron's mouth

Nov. 17, 2018 12:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump put fighting words in his French counterpart's mouth this past week and assailed the special counsel's Russia investigation with a familiar and false characterization of the man leading it. Also familiar, on a week honoring the sacrifice of America's warriors, was...

The Latest: 1 killed, 47 injured in France gas protests

Nov. 17, 2018 6:58 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on protests in France against rising fuel taxes (all times local): 12:45 p.m. French interior ministry officials say that one protester has been killed and 47 injured as demonstrators block roads around France to protest gas price increases. Police say that three of the injured are...

The Latest: UK's May fills Brexit-related Cabinet vacancies

Nov. 16, 2018 11:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local): 4:40 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has filled two vacancies in her Cabinet left by ministers who quit over Brexit. Little-known lawmaker Stephen Barclay was named Brexit secretary. He replaces Dominic Raab, who quit Thursday...

Family to get US medals of Irish soldier killed in WWI

Nov. 16, 2018 8:56 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S.-based organization that returns lost Purple Heart medals and other military decorations is presenting a Purple Heart to relatives of an Irish soldier killed in France while fighting for America during World War I. Zachariah Fike, founder of Vermont-based Purple Hearts Reunited, says...

French minister warns of new Cold War from US/China tensions

Nov. 16, 2018 8:24 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that the trade dispute between the United States and China could escalate into a fresh Cold War. Le Maire made the alarm-sounding comments at a Friday conference in Paris on the World Trade Organization's future. He said there's a "real risk" that...

The Latest: UK's May vows 'to see this through' on Brexit

Nov. 15, 2018 12:43 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 5:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says if politicians reject her Brexit deal, it will set the country on "a path of deep and grave uncertainty." Defiant in the face of mounting criticism, May said Thursday...