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FILE - In this March 16, 2019 file photo, protesters remove a protective wall from a luxury shop during a yellow vests demonstration in Paris. A summer of incidents, from insults to attacks, some deadly, has built into a crescendo of violence. But has France really grown more “savage” as Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin says? Or is the problem a growing sense of insecurity fueled by the word “savage” itself, as Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti contends? The verbal jousting is causing divisions, and worrying critics who say the interior minister is exploiting the language of the far right to help President Emmanuel Macron’s party win upcoming elections. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Is France really growing more 'savage'? Word stirs trouble

Sep. 4, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The subject is serious: violence in French society. But senior ministers have been stumbling over each other’s words in a debate about how grave the problem really is and how best to describe what is happening. A summer of incidents, from insults to attacks, some deadly, has built into...

In this photo taken on March 28, 2018, Danielle Obono arrives at a ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. A French magazine has apologized after portraying a Black lawmaker as a slave, as France's government and officials across the political spectrum decried the publication. The legislator, Danielle Obono from the far-left party Defiant France, said the publication flies in the face of those who complain that free speech is threatened by the fight against racism and sexism. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

Anger after French magazine depicts Black lawmaker as slave

Aug. 29, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French magazine apologized Saturday after portraying a Black lawmaker as a slave, as France's government and officials across the political spectrum decried the publication. The legislator, Danielle Obono from the far-left party Defiant France, said the publication flies in the face of those...

WWII memory wall defaced in massacred French village

Aug. 22, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French politicians of all political views roundly condemned Saturday graffiti denying the Holocaust that was scrawled on a wall in the village that was the site of the France's biggest massacre of civilians by the Nazis during World War II. The rare display of unity, from French President...