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France hosts world leaders to address global challenges

Nov. 12, 2019 5:42 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting an international peace forum — in the notable absence of the United States — to discuss solutions to ease the world's tensions, including fighting terrorism and climate change. Some 30 heads of state or government, high level officials...

Trump, Macron to meet after French president criticized NATO

Nov. 12, 2019 2:46 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the Dec. 3-4 NATO summit in London. Macron tweeted that he had an "excellent discussion" with Trump on Monday evening about Syria, Iran and the NATO military alliance. They evoked "lots of...

The Latest: Vox leader says no to helping form government

Nov. 11, 2019 12:34 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Spain's general election (all times local): 6 p.m. The leader of the far-right Vox party that made huge gains in Spain's elections says he has no intention of helping incumbent Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez form a new government. Santiago Abascal...

Macron marks Armistice Day in homage to dead soldiers

Nov. 11, 2019 11:12 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron led Armistice Day commemorations on Monday by visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under Paris' Arc de Triomphe, as a giant tricolor flag flew overhead. Greeted by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Macron laid a wreath and inspected troops during the...

Bosnia summons French ambassador over Macron remarks

Nov. 8, 2019 2:36 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's government has summoned France's ambassador to explain remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron that the Balkan country was a "ticking time-bomb" due to a "problem of returning jihadists." The chairman of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, Zeljko Komsic, also...

France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem

Nov. 8, 2019 1:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — French authorities reopened one of Jerusalem's most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, despite a dispute over access to the archaeological-cum-holy site in the city's volatile eastern half. After several aborted attempts, the French Consulate...

Bosnia outraged after Macron calls it a 'ticking time-bomb'

Nov. 7, 2019 4:23 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Officials in Bosnia expressed outrage Thursday to remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron in which he described the country as a "ticking time-bomb" and the greatest concern for Europe in the Balkans due to what he said was its "problem of returning jihadists." Croat...

French leader laments NATO's 'brain death' due to US absence

Nov. 7, 2019 11:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the "brain death" of the NATO military alliance, insisting in an interview published Thursday that the European Union must step up and start acting as a strategic world power. Macron's public criticism of the...

French police dismantle large migrant camps in Paris

Nov. 7, 2019 9:26 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French police dismantled makeshift migrant camps in areas underneath suburban highways in northeast Paris on Thursday, an opportunity for President Emmanuel Macron's government to tout its pledge of getting tough on immigration. Police carried out a large operation dismantling hundreds of...

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US

Nov. 6, 2019 8:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — When France's president wants to carry European concerns to the world stage to find solutions for climate change, trade tensions or Iran's nuclear ambitions, he no longer calls Washington. He flies to Beijing. President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China this week suggests that the United States...