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Amid riots, France to consider some autonomy for Guadeloupe

Nov. 27, 2021 12:45 PM EST

LE GOSIER, Guadeloupe (AP) — France’s government is offering to discuss some autonomy for the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, which has been wracked by virus-related rioting and strikes that reflect long-running frustrations over inequality with the French mainland. ...

Channel migrant deaths: Smugglers net millions per kilometer

Nov. 27, 2021 10:48 AM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — The price to cross the English Channel varies according to the network of smugglers, between 3,000 and 7,000 euros ($3,380 and $8,000) though there are rumors of discounts. Often, the fee also includes a very short-term tent rental in the windy...

Paris archbishop offers to resign over 'ambiguous' relations

Nov. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop of Paris has offered to step down after admitting to having had an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012, the archdiocese said. Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who has led the Paris church since 2018, sent a letter to Pope Francis...

Shots fired at police, journalists in Martinique COVID riots

Nov. 26, 2021 12:53 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Shots were fired overnight at security forces and journalists on the French Caribbean island of Martinique amid violent protests against COVID-19 restrictions, France's interior minister said on Friday. Several police officers have been injured, Interior...

Italy, France deepen economic, defense cooperation

Nov. 26, 2021 12:45 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi said that a bilateral treaty signed on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen bilateral cooperation would in turn strengthen the European Union, including such areas as defense, aerospace and technology. The...

France, Britain spiral into crisis in wake of migrant deaths

Nov. 26, 2021 11:44 AM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — The already fractious relationship between France and Britain spiralled further downward into anger and incomprehension Friday, with the two erstwhile European partners at loggerheads about how to stop migrants from embarking on dangerous crossings of the English...

French fishermen block ports, Eurotunnel in spat with UK

Nov. 26, 2021 09:51 AM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — French fishing crews briefly blocked French ports, ferry traffic across the English Channel and the freight entrance to the Eurotunnel on Friday to disrupt the flow of goods to the U.K., in a protest over post-Brexit fishing licenses. It’s the...

Ymer brothers help Sweden stun Canada in Davis Cup Finals

Nov. 25, 2021 18:00 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Before any matches were played, Elias Ymer didn’t hesitate to say Sweden could succeed at the Davis Cup Finals despite being one of the lowest-ranked nations in the competition. He backed up his words with a great opening win on Thursday, then cheered on...

France calls for European aid after 27 migrant deaths at sea

Nov. 25, 2021 17:52 PM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — Helicopters buzzed above the waves and vessels were already scouring the cold waters when French maritime rescue volunteer Charles Devos added his boat to the frantic search for a flimsy migrant craft that foundered in the English Channel, killing at least 27. ...

France opts for 3rd shots, not lockdown, to fight new wave

Nov. 25, 2021 15:24 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France launched a plan Thursday to give COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, as it opted against a further lockdown or curfew to help combat a worrying uptick in infections in the country. Coronavirus infections have jumped in France over the last few...