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France to lift state of emergency in efforts to allow political dialogue in riot-hit New Caledonia

May. 26, 2024 19:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron decided Monday to lift the state of emergency in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia in a move meant to allow political dialogue following the unrest that left seven people dead and a trail of destruction, his office said. The...

Pro-independence leader calls on protesters in New Caledonia to 'maintain resistance' against France

May. 25, 2024 16:45 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — The leader of a pro-independence party in New Caledonia on Saturday called on supporters to “remain mobilized” across the French Pacific archipelago and “maintain resistance” against the Paris government's efforts to impose electoral reforms that the Indigenous Kanak...

Egypt agrees to send aid trucks through Israeli crossing to Gaza but impact is unclear

May. 25, 2024 03:53 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Egypt said Friday it has agreed to send United Nations humanitarian aid trucks through Israel’s main crossing into Gaza, but it was unclear if they will be able to enter the territory as fighting raged in the southern city of Rafah amid Israel’s escalating offensive...

A police officer is held in deadly shooting in riot-hit New Caledonia after Macron pushes for calm

May. 24, 2024 11:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A police officer in riot-hit New Caledonia shot and killed a man Friday after being attacked by a group of about 15 people, the territory's prosecutor said, the seventh shooting death in the unrest shaking the French Pacific archipelago. The officer was in custody and an...

French President Macron says he won't rush through voting reforms that triggered New Caledonia riots

May. 23, 2024 12:32 PM EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday on a visit to riot-hit New Caledonia that he won’t force through the contested voting reform that sparked the French Pacific territory's deadly unrest, saying he wants local leaders to come up with an alternate agreement for the archipelago’s...

France is proud of its secularism. But struggles grow in this approach to faith, school, integration

May. 23, 2024 08:26 AM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Brought into the international spotlight by the ban on hijabs for French athletes at the upcoming Paris Olympics, France’s unique approach to “laïcité” — loosely translated as “secularism” — has been increasingly stirring controversy from schools to sports...

France is proud of its secularism. But struggles grow in this approach to faith, school, integration

May. 23, 2024 05:20 AM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Brought into the international spotlight by the ban on hijabs for French athletes at the upcoming Paris Olympics, France’s unique approach to “laïcité” — loosely translated as “secularism” — has been increasingly stirring controversy across the country. ...

Landmark Paris trial of Syrian officials accused of torturing, killing a father and his son starts

May. 21, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The landmark trial of three former Syrian intelligence officials began Tuesday at a Paris court for the alleged torture and killing of a French-Syrian father and son who were arrested over a decade ago, during the height of Arab Spring-inspired anti-government protests. ...

Macron is making a surprise trip to New Caledonia amid deadly unrest and indigenous frustration

May. 21, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is making a surprise trip to New Caledonia, the French Pacific territory that has been gripped by days of deadly unrest and where indigenous people have long sought independence. “He will go there tonight,” government spokesperson...

French government spokeswoman says President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to violence-hit New Caledonia

May. 21, 2024 05:52 AM EDT
PARIS (AP) — French government spokeswoman says President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to violence-hit New Caledonia.