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France's divided National Assembly votes to keep centrist speaker as political turmoil persists

Jul. 18, 2024 15:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s divided National Assembly on Thursday kept a centrist member of President Emmanuel Macron’s party as speaker after a chaotic early election produced a hung legislature. Speaker Yaël Braun-Pivet, 53, has been at the head of the National Assembly since...

France’s divided parliament keeps centrist member of President Emmanuel Macron’s party as speaker

Jul. 18, 2024 14:54 PM EDT
PARIS (AP) — France’s divided parliament keeps centrist member of President Emmanuel Macron’s party as speaker.

Far-right leader Le Pen says France is in a political 'quagmire' 9 days before Olympics start

Jul. 17, 2024 20:30 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With nine days to the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics, France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Wednesday that the deeply divided country is "in a quagmire” after chaotic legislative elections produced a fragmented parliament. France has been on the brink...

In and on the water, French troops secure the River Seine for the Paris Olympics opening ceremony

Jul. 17, 2024 14:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French soldiers and police are being deployed both in and along the River Seine to make it safe during the grandiose opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics, when thousands of athletes will sail down the river at sunset toward the Eiffel Tower. The unprecedented...

French president accepts prime minister's resignation but keeps him as head of caretaker government

Jul. 16, 2024 12:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron accepted the prime minister’s resignation Tuesday but kept him on as head of a caretaker government, as France prepares to host the Paris Olympics at the end of the month. The president's office said in a statement that Macron...

They fled from their home countries. Now, they'll compete in Paris for the Refugee Olympic Team

Jul. 16, 2024 12:37 PM EDT

They compete under the same flag but speak different languages and come from different parts of the world. After fleeing war and persecution at home, 37 athletes from 11 countries will compete in the Paris Games as part of the Refugee Olympic Team. The team was created for the Rio...

French President Emmanuel Macron accepts prime minister’s resignation but keeps him as head of a caretaker government

Jul. 16, 2024 12:21 PM EDT
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron accepts prime minister’s resignation but keeps him as head of a caretaker government.

Attacker stabs and wounds French soldier patrolling Paris ahead of the Olympics

Jul. 15, 2024 23:38 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French soldier was stabbed outside a big train station in Paris on Monday and the attacker was arrested, officials said, while the city is under a high security alert 11 days before the opening ceremony of the 2024 Olympics. The soldier was hospitalized with a...

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,...

Man plotted electrical substation attack to advance white supremacist views, prosecutors say

Jul. 11, 2024 20:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Jersey man who authorities say was on his way to Ukraine to join a volunteer fighting unit has been arrested in an alleged plot to attack a U.S. electrical substation to advance his white supremacist views, the Justice Department said Thursday. Andrew...