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Mali prime minister lashes out at France, UN, regional bloc

Sep. 24, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

Mali’s prime minister lashed out Saturday at former colonizer France, the U.N. secretary-general and many people in between, saying that the tumultuous country had been “stabbed in the back" by the French military withdrawal. In the same remarks, Abdoulaye Maiga praised the “exemplary and...

French parliament takes on sexual misconduct, amid scandals

Sep. 23, 2022 03:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s parliamentary speaker released the first public accounting of complaints to a special unit aimed at fighting sexual harassment and other misconduct, after several cases involving French lawmakers accused of abuse prompted public outrage. Yaël Braun-Pivet,...

Mali marks independence day amid tensions, uncertainty

Sep. 22, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities held a traditional military parade Thursday to make the country's first independence day celebration since French troops departed after nine years of fighting Islamic extremists in its one-time colony. The festivities, featuring fighter planes...

France's Macron seeks 'massive' boost for renewable energy

Sep. 22, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday called for a “massive acceleration” of renewable energy development in his country, including offshore wind farms and solar power, via a new plan that seeks to bring lagging France closer to the energy policies of its...

French foreign minister urges Iran: Accept nuclear deal

Sep. 19, 2022 21:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s foreign minister on Monday urged Iran to take the last offer on the table to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the window of opportunity “is about to close." A high-ranking European Union official said he didn't expect any progress on the issue this week at...

In world beset by turbulence, nations' leaders gather at UN

Sep. 18, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Facing a complex set of challenges that try humanity as never before, world leaders convene at the United Nations this week under the shadow of Europe’s first major war since World War II — a conflict that has unleashed a global food crisis and divided major powers in a...

France, India say they share concerns over China's rise

Sep. 14, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The French foreign minister said Wednesday that the war in Ukraine will not overshadow France’s commitments to the Indo-Pacific region, where India and its allies view China’s rising influence with suspicion. Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna and her Indian...

France to open debate on legalizing assisted suicide

Sep. 13, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced a national debate on end-of-life options that will include exploring the possibility of legalizing assisted suicide. A 2016 French law provides that doctors can keep terminally ill patients sedated before death but...

Live updates: French president sends condolences to PM Truss

Sep. 10, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron turned his attention from the new head of state to the new head of government on Saturday evening. He sent condolences to Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss and said that ties between France and the United Kingdom have long roots in...

Live updates: Charles back in London as king; queen mourned

Sep. 09, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela offered condolences to the United Kingdom on Friday following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning British monarch. Queen Elizabeth II’s death was headline news in several Latin American countries. ...