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France seeks European surveillance to secure Gulf traffic

Jul. 23, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France says it's working with its European partners on an observation mission to ensure maritime security in the Persian Gulf, where tensions have climbed with Iran's seizure last week of a U.K.-flagged oil tanker. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made no mention of a Europe-led "maritime...

Taste of the Tour: A bend, a death and a personal story

Jul. 23, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

SAINT-SEBASTIEN-D'AIGREFEUILLE, France (AP) — Because people die on roads, the sinuous route of the Tour de France inevitably passes the sites of family tragedies for someone, somewhere. On Stage 16, that someone was my great-grandfather and the somewhere was a bend on a twisting downhill in the Cevennes...

Thomas crashes again as heat wave engulfs Tour de France

Jul. 23, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

NIMES, France (AP) — Crashing is becoming a bad habit for defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas. After hitting the ground twice over the past two weeks, the Welshman fell off his bike one more time on Tuesday as a heat wave engulfed the race ahead of grueling days in the Alps when the Tour will...

French government reports clear ex-minister of over-spending

Jul. 23, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Two reports have cleared the former No. 2 in the French government of excessive spending a week after Francois de Rugy resigned as environment minister. The reports by the prime minister's office and France's parliament were made public Tuesday and ordered after a week of French media reports...

Teen climate activist to French critics: Listen to science

Jul. 23, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has told lawmakers at France's lower house of parliament that they need to listen to scientists on the issue of climate change and act now to avert a catastrophe. Thunberg spoke Tuesday in a conference room, invited by lawmakers from several...

Macron says UN refugee agency attacked, decries Libya camps

Jul. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called on Libyan authorities Monday to stop holding transiting refugees in detention camps and said buildings of the United Nations' refugee agency in Libya were attacked earlier in the day. Macron did not elaborate on the attack he said was carried out on...

The Latest: Iran's FM says UK ship was traveling unsafely

Jul. 22, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country seized a British-flagged oil tanker last week because it was violating "international law on safe passage" in the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking Monday during a...

Tantalizingly poised Tour de France saving its best for last

Jul. 22, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

NIMES, France (AP) — A Tour de France jam-packed with unexpected plot twists is saving its biggest surprise for last. With six riders within reach of the podium heading into the toughest final stages in the Alps, the race that resumes Tuesday after the final off-day is tantalizingly poised. Furious racing...

Taste of the Tour: A signature dessert in Kirk Douglas' wake

Jul. 21, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

SAINT-SAVIN, France (AP) — It's a Tour de France dilemma: When you've found a gem of a hotel with a knockout restaurant along the race route, do you greedily keep the precious address to yourself? Then again, a pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled, and Le Viscos in the picture-postcard village of...

Pinot strikes again in Pyrenees, Alaphilippe stalls

Jul. 21, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

FOIX, France (AP) — When one French rider starts to fade, another comes to the fore. One way or the other, France may still be on course for its first Tour de France winner since 1985. Dancing over his saddle, his mouth wide open and gasping for air, Thibaut Pinot launched a ferocious attack Sunday and...