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Frenchman tied to far-right abduction charged with terrorism

Oct. 23, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A former politician who called for the overthrow of the French government was charged Friday with terrorism in connection with what authorities have said was an extreme-right plot to attack vaccination centers, a masonic lodge and other targets. Rémy...

France urges Iran to curb nuclear activity, resume talks

Oct. 22, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France on Friday urged Iran to curb nuclear activities of “unprecedented gravity” as U.S. and European envoys met to discuss efforts aimed at reviving the troubled 2015 Iran nuclear deal. U.S. envoy Robert Malley joined counterparts from France, Britain...

Harris to travel to Paris next month for talks with Macron

Oct. 22, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will head next month to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to the White House. The White House announced Harris’ visit to France as President Joe Biden and Macron spoke by phone on Friday....

EU unconvinced by Polish arguments on rule of law changes

Oct. 22, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Polish arguments that fundamental judicial changes the country has made would not undermine the European Union on Friday failed to convince key bloc leaders who said that the withholding of billions in EU recovery funds would likely continue unless Warsaw falls back into...

France offers motorists cash assistance to help pay for fuel

Oct. 21, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday that millions of lower- and medium-income motorists would each be given 100 euros ($116) in one-off financial assistance to help them cope with rising gasoline prices. Castex said on TF1 television it...

France to announce sanctions amid fishing dispute with UK

Oct. 20, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will announce potential sanctions over energy prices and trade “by the end of the week” in its fishing dispute with the United Kingdom, the government spokesman said Wednesday. France vehemently protested the decision last month by the U.K. and...

'Never lose hope,' expelled French envoy tells Belarusians

Oct. 18, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France says its ambassador to Belarus has been ordered out of the country amid growing tensions between Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and the West. Ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste’s departure on Sunday was due to the “unilateral decision” of...

France commemorates the 1961 massacre of Algerians in Paris

Oct. 17, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people, including Algerian protesters and their descendants, on Sunday commemorated the 60th anniversary of a bloody police crackdown in Paris during the final year of Algeria's independence war with its colonial power. The tribute march was...

France pays tribute to teacher beheaded by radical Islamist

Oct. 15, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French schools on Friday were paying tribute to a teacher beheaded by a radical Islamist last year after he showed caricatures of the prophet of Islam to his class. Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher, was murdered on Oct. 16 last year near his...

Mali's Timbuktu fears jihadis as France reduces troops

Oct. 14, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — It’s been nine years since Islamic extremists in northern Mali arrested Zahra Abdou on charges of showing her hair and wearing an outfit they said was too tight. The al-Qaida-linked militants who had seized control of this fabled desert center...