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Anti-racism groups in Paris call out colonizer street names

Jul. 5, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris police blocked anti-racism groups from leading a “de-colonial tour” of Paris on Sunday to call attention to monuments and streets honoring historical figures tied to the slave trade or colonial-era abuses. Instead, the protesters marched around a monument in front of the...

A soldier and members of the Algerian Republican Guard, guard the remains of 24 Algerians at the Moufdi-Zakaria culture palace in Algiers, Friday, July, 3, 2020. After decades in a French museum, the skulls of 24 Algerians decapitated for resisting French colonial forces were formally repatriated to Algeria in an elaborate ceremony led by the teary-eyed Algerian president. The return of the skulls was the result of years of efforts by Algerian historians, and comes amid a growing global reckoning with the legacy of colonialism. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)

Algeria buries fighters whose skulls were in Paris museum

Jul. 5, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria at last buried the remains of 24 fighters decapitated for resisting French colonial forces in the 19th century, in a ceremony Sunday rich with symbolism marking the country’s 58th anniversary of independence. The fighters’ skulls were taken to Paris as war...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, front center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. A festering row between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO's struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

France-Turkey spat over Libya arms exposes NATO's limits

Jul. 5, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The festering dispute between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO’s struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. The dispute has also...

France's new prime minister Jean Castex gives a press conference after he made his first outing in the new job in X-FAB, a semiconductor factory that received extensive government aid to withstand the virus lockdown on its activity in Le Coudray Montceaux, near Paris, Saturday, July 4, 2020. His office chose the X-FAB factory because it's seen as an example of European cooperation and innovation, and the kind of company that will be important to pulling France of out of deep recession and reviving its industrial production. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

New French prime minister to focus on saving factory jobs

Jul. 4, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

LE COUDRAY-MONTCEAUX, France (AP) — France’s new prime minister said Saturday his government will focus on keeping French manufacturing jobs and bringing others back to France from lower-wage countries as it tries to dig the country out of deep recession. Prime Minister Jean Castex made the...

FILE - In this May 20, 2020 file photo, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrives for a meeting in Paris. A new French prime minister will be appointed on Friday to replace Edouard Philippe, who has resigned amid an expected government reshuffle, the French presidency announced. (Thomas Coex, Pool via AP)

French government ministers investigated over virus crisis

Jul. 3, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A special French court ordered an investigation Friday of three current or former government ministers over their handling of the coronavirus crisis. COVID-19 patients, doctors, prison personnel, police officers and others in France filed an unprecedented 90 complaints in the Court of Justice...

Outgoing French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, applauds newly named Prime Minister Jean Castex, after the handover ceremony in Paris, Friday, July 3, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as the country's new prime minister as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by the pandemic and months of strict lockdown. (Thomas Samson, Pool via AP)

Reopening strategist Castex named new French prime minister

Jul. 3, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The new French prime minister appointed Friday said he feels ready to face the key challenge of reviving France's economy following the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a two-month nationwide lockdown. The relatively low-profile Jean Castex, who coordinated France’s virus...

FILE - In this Friday, April 4, 2014 file photo, the skulls and bones of some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge inside the church are laid out as a memorial to the thousands who were killed in and around the Catholic church during the 1994 genocide in Ntarama, Rwanda. The Paris appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to end a years-long investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda's 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

French court OKs end to Rwanda genocide investigation

Jul. 3, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Paris appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to end a years-long investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence. The probe has damaged France-Rwanda relations for years, because it targeted several people close to...

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel  walks, prior to a joint press conference with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen via videolink, in the foyer of the Federal Chancellery, in Berlin, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Merkel joined the President of the EU Commission, the three executive Vice-Presidents, the Commissioner for External Relations and the Commissioner for Internal Affairs to discuss the work programme as Germany took over the presidency of the Council of the EU. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Merkel says 'every day counts' in passing EU recovery fund

Jul. 3, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed Friday for a quick agreement on a recovery fund aimed at pulling the European Union out of the coronavirus recession, arguing that “every day counts.” Germany, which has the EU's biggest economy and most populous country, took over the...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump says he looks like Lone Ranger in a mask and likes it

Jul. 1, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After long resisting wearing a mask in public, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he thinks it makes him look like the Lone Ranger — and he likes it. “I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,” Trump told Fox Business in an interview. "People have seen me...

FILE - In this May 11 2017 file photo, the French stealth frigate Courbet is docked at Naval Base Guam, near Hagatna, Guam. rance is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation of Libya's coast after a standoff with a Turkish ship and amid growing tensions within the military alliance over Libya. France is also calling for crisis mechanism to prevent a repeat of an incident earlier this month between Turkish warships and the French naval vessel Courbet in the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

Jul. 1, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France announced Wednesday that it is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea after a standoff with a Turkish warship, amid growing tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya. France’s Defense Ministry said that the government...