Latest France News

France's Bastille Day parade meets the Olympic torch relay in an exceptional year

Jul. 14, 2024 19:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris hosted an extra-special guest for France’s national holiday Sunday — the Olympic flame lighting up the city’s grandiose military parade for Bastille Day. Just 12 days before the French capital hosts exceptionally ambitious and high-security Summer Games,...

Delapierre steers French cat toward a spot in SailGP's $2 million, winner-take-all Grand Final

Jul. 13, 2024 20:54 PM EDT

Quentin Delapierre skippered France to finishes of 1-3-3 in a remarkable performance Saturday on San Francisco Bay to move close to advancing to SailGP's $2 million, winner-take-all Grand Final, the biggest payday in sailing. Three-time defending SailGP champion Tom Slingsby steered...

Peaceful pre-Olympic protest in Paris honors fallen Ukrainian athletes

Jul. 13, 2024 12:43 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — In a powerful tribute to the hundreds of Ukrainian athletes who have perished since the Russian invasion of their homeland, the Union of Ukrainians of France led a peaceful march of several hundred people in Paris on Saturday. The demonstration, held in the run-up to this month’s...

Euro 2024 takeaways: Lamine Yamal shines and fans party but the big names struggle

Jul. 13, 2024 11:35 AM EDT

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Young stars emerge and big names underperform. Fans party on the streets of Germany and grumble about controversial VAR decisions. Ahead of Sunday's final between Spain and England, here's a look at what we've learned from Euro 2024 so far: ...

Small fire in towering spire of medieval cathedral in French city of Rouen is under control

Jul. 11, 2024 22:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A small fire broke out Thursday in the spire of the medieval cathedral in Rouen, a major landmark in northern France that was under renovation, but authorities said it was quickly brought under control. Witnesses told French television they saw smoke emanating from the...

France's unions call for protests to pressure Macron into naming leftist government

Jul. 11, 2024 15:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With just 15 days before the start of the Olympic Games in Paris, a major French union on Thursday called for mass demonstrations and possible strikes to pressure President Emmanuel Macron into “respecting the results” of recent legislative elections and allow a left-wing...

A cyclist finds his special spot in vineyard-rich Burgundy by taking a different path

Jul. 11, 2024 08:03 AM EDT

Here’s what I discovered on my recent and first trip to the Burgundy region of France: What’s good for the grape is good for the cyclist. Especially if you enjoy climbing some of the many rocky ridges that line this beautiful, vineyard-filled region in east-central France....

People of diverse backgrounds in France welcome far right's defeat, but fear a rise in hate speech

Jul. 11, 2024 02:05 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For many French voters of diverse backgrounds, last Sunday’s parliamentary election results were a relief, seemingly an embrace of the country’s ethnic variety instead of a victory for xenophobic far-right forces. “It was a moment of joy, a light at the end of...

Macron asks political parties to build a broad coalition before he appoints a new prime minister

Jul. 10, 2024 13:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday he will wait for the country's political parties to build a "Republican" majority at the National Assembly before he can decide on a new prime minister, after no party won a majority in Sunday’s legislative elections....

France's leftist coalition demands the right to form a government after fractured parliament vote

Jul. 10, 2024 05:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The leftist coalition that won the most seats in France’s National Assembly in surprise results demanded on Tuesday the immediate right to form a government, even though no grouping won a majority of seats. It is unprecedented in France's modern history to have a...