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Rivals say Macron is using EU as springboard for French vote

Jan. 19, 2022 12:18 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to make the European Union more powerful as his country holds the bloc's presidency for six months — yet he has been accused by rivals and critics of using the position as a springboard toward a reelection bid. ...

US, allies pledge unity on Russia; to do what isn't as clear

Jan. 19, 2022 10:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden largely has rallied European allies to pledge as one that they will take tough measures against Russia if it rolls troops into Ukraine. But when it comes to what exactly the United States and Europe are willing to do, the allies haven't looked as united. ...

Greece boosts air force with advanced French jet fighters

Jan. 19, 2022 08:49 AM EST

TANAGRA, Greece (AP) — French-built fighter jets roared Wednesday over the Acropolis as Greece races to modernize its military and flaunts new security alliances aimed at checking neighboring Turkey. Six advanced Rafale jets, purchased from the French air force, flew in low...

France's Macron calls for EU plan to ease Russia tensions

Jan. 19, 2022 08:36 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called Wednesday on the European Union to quickly draw up a new security plan containing proposals to help ease tensions with Russia, as concern mounts that Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning an invasion of Ukraine. ...

Emerging talents in spotlight at hybrid Paris Fashion Week

Jan. 19, 2022 07:38 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A spattering of Paris Fashion Week menswear shows began in earnest this week for the fall-winter season, as French government restrictions have seen many relegated to an online-only presence. Those brands which chose to maintain physical shows — like AMI on Wednesday...

Martinique court dismisses slavery reparations lawsuit

Jan. 18, 2022 20:42 PM EST

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) — An appeals court in the French Caribbean island of Martinique on Tuesday dismissed a request from groups seeking slavery reparations in a blow to efforts that began more than 15 years ago. The court provided several reasons for its ruling, noting...

Far-right presidential contender convicted of hate speech

Jan. 17, 2022 10:57 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French far-right presidential candidate Éric Zemmour was convicted Monday of inciting racial hatred over 2020 comments he made about unaccompanied migrant children. A Paris court ordered Zemmour to pay a fine of 10,000 euros (more than $11,000) and several thousand...

No vaccine? No cafe, according to new French virus law

Jan. 16, 2022 13:19 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s parliament approved a law Sunday that will exclude unvaccinated people from all restaurants, sports arenas and other venues, the central measure of government efforts to protect hospitals amid record numbers of infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. ...

French far-left presidential hopeful woos voters with jobs

Jan. 16, 2022 12:29 PM EST

NANTES, France (AP) — Far-left French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon embraced migrants and Russia and derided campaign rivals Sunday as he sought to reinvigorate his flagging campaign for April’s election with an unusual “immersive and olfactory” rally. Yes,...

Crowds protest sanctions, pressure, after Mali vote delay

Jan. 14, 2022 16:27 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Thousands have joined in a government-sponsored rally in Mali’s capital to protest new regional economic sanctions and growing pressure from former colonizer France, after Mali's military ruler pushed back promised elections by four years. Friday's...