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Future of left-wing mayors of Madrid, Barcelona in balance

Jun. 14, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The future of the left-wing mayors of Spain's two biggest cities is being decided as political parties work against the clock to determine who will govern the country's municipal governments. Ada Colau, a former housing activist, is poised to stay in charge of Barcelona after her...

French lawmakers sound the alarm on ultra-right groups

Jun. 13, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers are calling on President Emmanuel Macron's government to devote more resources to investigating and shutting down potentially violent ultra-right nationalist groups. A report released Thursday said the regulations surrounding such groups are weak compared with how the threat...

French state: we didn't veto Renault-Fiat Chrysler deal

Jun. 13, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister says the government didn't oppose a merger deal between carmaker Renault and Italian-American rival Fiat Chrysler. Speaking on FranceInfo news broadcaster, Bruno le Maire said the government's key priority is to strengthen the alliance of Renault with its longtime...

Renault chief frustrated by French state over botched merger

Jun. 12, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Renault's chairman on Wednesday expressed his frustration with the French government for resisting a merger deal proposed by rival carmaker Fiat Chrysler, and at a critical time — ahead of what he views as a coming "tsunami" from China's auto industry. Jean-Dominique Senard told a...

France pledges to reform economy, boost competitiveness

Jun. 12, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister said Wednesday that the government of President Emmanuel Macron plans to keep reforming the economy to boost its competitiveness, with changes to unemployment benefits and the pension system and plans to help out middle-class workers with tax cuts. Addressing the lower...

Climate activists convicted for removing Macron portrait

Jun. 12, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France (AP) — Six French environmental activists have been convicted of theft for removing an official portrait of President Emmanuel Macron to protest his climate change policies. Five activists were sentenced Wednesday to a suspended 500-euro fine — they won't have to pay unless...

France's Macron will send new oak to Trump after tree died

Jun. 12, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron promised to send a new oak to President Donald Trump after the tree he gave him during last year's state visit to the United States died. In an interview broadcast Tuesday evening by Swiss television RTS, Macron said the death of the tree shouldn't be read as a...

France's Macron backs Merkel for EU post - if she wants it

Jun. 11, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he would support German Chancellor Angela Merkel if she wanted to be the head of the European Union's executive body. The French leader said Tuesday the EU "needs someone strong" at the helm of the European Commission but that he wouldn't try to influence...

Seen as pro-business, Macron shifts to the left at UN body

Jun. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for an EU-wide minimum wage and a stepped-up fight against inequality, in what represents a return to his left-leaning political roots after critics have painted him as overly pro-business. In a speech to the U.N.'s main labor body, Macron...

Georgian leader sees NATO future, seeks tough line on Russia

Jun. 10, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Georgia's president wants Western countries to do more to face up to Russia and the "very heavy pressure" she says Moscow exerts on her nation as it pursues a "natural road" toward integrating with Europe. Salome Zurabishvili, who took office as Georgia's first woman president in December,...