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Paris' traffic-clogged Champs-Elysees turned into a mass picnic blanket for an unusual meal

May. 26, 2024 18:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French capital’s most famous street, the Champs-Élysées, transformed into a massive picnic blanket Sunday as around 4,000 people sat in the sun enjoying an al fresco meal. The lucky picnickers were selected via a draw and provided with free baskets loaded with...

Notre Dame cathedral cross reinstalled in Paris amid restoration efforts

May. 24, 2024 15:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The cross at the apse of Notre-Dame de Paris, which survived the devastating 2019 fire, was reinstalled atop the cathedral’s framework Friday after a meticulous restoration by artistic ironworkers from Normandy. The imposing cross, spanning 12 meters and weighing 1.5...

Man is held in France over posts about California murders as Olympic torch passes through Bordeaux

May. 23, 2024 10:24 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A man in France who posted online about a deadly rampage in California in 2014 has been taken into custody and has told police investigators he had been thinking about an attack of his own, the French prosecutor overseeing the police probe in Bordeaux said Thursday. ...

Landmark Paris trial of Syrian officials accused of torturing, killing a father and his son starts

May. 21, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The landmark trial of three former Syrian intelligence officials began Tuesday at a Paris court for the alleged torture and killing of a French-Syrian father and son who were arrested over a decade ago, during the height of Arab Spring-inspired anti-government protests. ...

French sports minister calls for sanctions after Monaco player tapes over anti-homophobia badge

May. 20, 2024 11:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's sports minister has called for soccer club Monaco to be sanctioned after one of its players covered over an anti-homophobia message on the team's shirt during the team's final league game on Sunday. The French league staged its annual campaign against...

Today in History: May 20, Charles Lindbergh takes off on solo flight to France

May. 20, 2024 00:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 20, the 141st day of 2024. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St....

CANNES DIARY: Behind the scenes of the 2024 film festival

May. 19, 2024 20:18 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Welcome to Cannes. The annual film festival is always a spectacle, but 2024's edition may be the most combustible in years. The 77th Cannes red carpet unfurls against a backdrop of war and protest. The #MeToo movement, so slow to take root in France, is now quickly tearing...

Robbers made off with 'several million euros' of jewels in armed heist of ‘Jeweler to the Stars’

May. 19, 2024 17:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Armed robbers who used a motorbike as a battering ram made off with “several million euros'” (dollars) worth of valuables in a heist of the luxury Paris boutique of self-declared “Jeweler to the Stars" Harry Winston, the French prosecutor’s office overseeing the police probe...

Alise Willoughby of US, Joris Daudet of France win BMX racing world titles ahead of Paris Olympics

May. 18, 2024 16:57 PM EDT

Alise Willoughby won her third BMX racing world championship on Saturday, the American standout taking the lead out of the starting gate, pulling away down the stretch and then throwing up her fist in triumph as she crossed over the finish line. Willoughby was followed by Zoe...

King Charles III to travel to France for UK ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day

May. 17, 2024 13:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III plans to travel to France next month for British ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, while skipping the larger international event a few miles away as he continues to be treated for cancer. Charles and Queen Camilla are...