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France honors foreign Resistance fighters as WWII hero Manouchian is inducted into the Panthéon

Feb. 21, 2024 00:17 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — While France hosts grandiose ceremonies commemorating D-Day, Missak Manouchian and his Resistance fighters’ heroic role in World War II are often overlooked. French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to change that by inducting Manouchian into the Panthéon national monument on...

Eiffel Tower operator warns the landmark is closed as strike turns visitors away for a second day

Feb. 20, 2024 10:36 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A strike at the Eiffel Tower over poor financial management turned away visitors on Tuesday for the second consecutive day. The 330-meter (1,083-foot) landmark in central Paris has seen soaring sightseer numbers in the lead-up to the Olympics in the French capital. ...

Strike at the Eiffel Tower closes one of the world's most popular monuments to visitors

Feb. 19, 2024 12:13 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Visitors to the Eiffel Tower were turned away on Monday because of a strike over poor financial management at one of the world’s most-visited sites. A sign was posted at the entrance in English, saying: “Due to a strike, the Eiffel Tower is closed. We apologize.”...

French mayors face violence and intimidation from xenophobic far-right groups

Feb. 19, 2024 00:05 AM EST

SAINT-BREVIN-LES-PINS, France (AP) — The mayor of a small resort town on the Atlantic coast of France resigned, closed his medical practice and moved away after his house and two cars were set on fire. The arson followed months of death threats over plans to relocate a refugee center near a...

Carnival parades on the French Riviera celebrate pop culture and the Olympics coming to Paris

Feb. 18, 2024 14:18 PM EST

MENTON, France (AP) — As most of Europe moves into the solemn weeks before Easter, the party is just getting started on the French Rivera. The Mediterranean town of Menton showcased its lush citrus and celebrated the upcoming Olympics in Paris during its Carnival parade on Sunday....

Macron says recognizing a Palestinian state is not a taboo for France

Feb. 17, 2024 06:46 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says recognizing a Palestinian state is not a ‘’taboo’’ for France, as international frustration grows with Israel’s actions in the Palestinian territories. France and the EU have long supported a two-state solution in the...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy in Paris signed security agreement with France after similar deal with Germany

Feb. 16, 2024 17:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday signed a 10-year bilateral security agreement with France hours after he officialized a similar one with Germany. The agreements send a strong signal of long-term backing as Kyiv works to shore up Western support nearly two years...

Ryan Pressly surprised at demotion to Astros setup role but says willing to accept it

Feb. 15, 2024 18:30 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Pressly said he was surprised the Houston Astros dropped him from closer in favor of Josh Hader but has accepted an eighth-inning setup role. Hader, a five-time All-Star left-hander who turns 30 on April 7, agreed Jan. 22 to a $95 million,...

Kylian Mbappe has told PSG he will leave at the end of the season, AP sources say

Feb. 15, 2024 15:12 PM EST

Kylian Mbappe has told Paris Saint-Germain he will leave the club at the end of the season. The France international informed PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi he would not stay at the club when his contract expires, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated...

France and Ukraine to sign a security agreement in Paris in the presence of President Zelenskyy

Feb. 15, 2024 12:54 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron will sign a bilateral security agreement with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on Friday in Paris to provide “long-term support” to the war-ravaged country which has been battling Russia's full-scale invasion for nearly two years. ...