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An ambulance drive in to the Bichat hospital in Paris, Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. France has announced three confirmed cases of the deadly new virus from China, the first cases in Europe and the first outside Asia and the United States. One of people who caught the virus is hospitalized in the southwestern city of Bordeaux. The others are in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France to repatriate citizens from Wuhan as virus spreads

Jan. 26, 2020 7:41 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's government announced Sunday it will repatriate up to hundreds of French citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly new virus. Those French citizens who want to leave Wuhan will be taken on a direct flight to France in the middle of the week, and then held in...

A protester chants slogans during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. French unions are holding last-ditch strikes and protests around the country Friday as the government unveils a divisive bill redesigning the national retirement system. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Despite renewed strikes, France pushes on with pension plan

Jan. 24, 2020 11:03 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Women workers danced in protest and striking Eiffel Tower employees shuttered France's most famed monument Friday — but the government pushed ahead anyway with a troubled bill redesigning the national retirement system. It's President Emmanuel Macron's signature reform, aimed at...

French PM open to scrapping raising retirement age to 64

Jan. 11, 2020 12:14 PM EST

The French prime minister informed the unions behind a crippling railway strike over pension reform Saturday that he is open to backing down on one of the most controversial proposals: raising the full pension eligibility age to 64. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe wrote to unions one day after the French...

A lawyer faces a riot police officer during a demonstration in Rennes, western France, Thursday Jan. 9, 2020. French rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined the fourth nationwide day of protests and strikes on Thursday to denounce President Emmanuel Macron's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

No sight of French deal on pensions as unions hold out

Jan. 10, 2020 12:53 PM EST

The French government and labor unions appeared far from reaching any compromise deal Friday in talks over a planned pension overhaul, with strikes and protests grinding on. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Friday's meetings with major unions and employers' associations “made progress” but...

Workers on strike at the Fos-sur-Mer ESSO refinery gather at the refinery entrance in Marseille southern France, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, as refinery workers nationwide have pledged that no product will leave their facilities during their four day strike.  French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to reach a

No end in sight for hobbling French rail strikes after talks

Jan. 7, 2020 1:26 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French government and unions appeared still far apart after talks resumed Tuesday over fiercely contested pension reform proposals that have triggeredrecord-settingstrikes on the country's train network. On another day of walkouts that caused more misery for Paris commuters, the strikes...

A demonstrators set up a barricade and light fire during a protest against pension reform plans in Paris, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Thousands of protesters opposed to the French government's plan to revamp the retirement system marched through Paris on Saturday, the 14th day of crippling strikes. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Thousands march in Paris to protest pension reform plan

Dec. 28, 2019 11:26 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of protesters opposed to the French government's plan to revamp the retirement system marched through Paris on Saturday, the 24th day of crippling strikes. In an unusual gesture, unions organizing the march asked yellow vest protesters to join them. The march coincided with the 59th...

High-speed trains are pictured at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French unions: Keep retirement strikes going through January

Dec. 19, 2019 2:29 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s punishing transportation troubles may ease up slightly over Christmas — but unions plan renewed strikes and protests in January to resist government plans to raise the retirement age to 64. Talks between the prime minister and labor leaders failed to reach a compromise...

FILE - In this Dec.10, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron waits for the arrival of European Council President Charles Michel prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Macron, under strike pressure, mulls changes to pension plan

Dec. 18, 2019 2:16 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French government launched negotiations with labor unions Wednesday on potential changes to a landmark pension reform bill that sparked crippling transportation strikes and protests across the country. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met with union leaders and employer group...

A protester passes by flares during a demonstration in Lyon, central France, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Workers at the Eiffel Tower, teachers, doctors, lawyers and people from across the French workforce walked off the job Tuesday to resist a higher retirement age, or to preserve a welfare system they fear their business-friendly president wants to dismantle. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

France on strike: Power cuts, schools shut, no Eiffel Tower

Dec. 17, 2019 2:15 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French union activists cut electricity to nearly 100,000 homes or offices. Eiffel Tower staff walked off the job. Even Paris opera workers joined in Tuesday's nationwide protests across France, singing an aria of anger as workers rallied against the government's plan to raise the retirement...

Commuters walk to get on a train at the Gare Saint Lazare station in Paris, France, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. French transport strikes against a planned overhaul of the pension system entered their twelfth day Monday as French president Emmanuel Macron's government remains determined to push ahead with its plans. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

French pension reform architect resigns as strikes drag on

Dec. 16, 2019 10:35 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government suffered a major blow Monday when the key architect of the pension overhaul resigned over alleged conflicts of interests, on the 12th day of transport strikes against the planned changes. The announcement came at a crucial time: just before a new...