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Stolen Macron portraits to reappear at G7 protest

4 hours 55 min ago
Green activists will march through the town of Bayonne in the southwest of France on Sunday on the margins of the G7 summit, carrying stolen portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron. But what’s behind one of the G7’s more unusual protests?

No day at the beach: G7 adapts summit to the age of 'America First'

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 15:47
Even before this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz, host Emmanuel Macron did away with the final communiqué. Officially to spur dialogue, the move, a G7 first, reflects the challenge of corralling a difficult cast of summiteers in undiplomatic times.

France launches sex-abuse investigation against Jeffrey Epstein

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 14:55
French prosecutors said Friday that they had opened an inquiry into suspected cases of rape and sexual abuse of women, including minors, by late US financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender.

Macron hosts Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for talks on nuclear deal

Fri, 23/08/2019 - 10:53
French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday as major world powers seek to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal signed with Tehran despite Washington's unilateral withdrawal.

Macron meets with Modi under shadow of India’s Kashmir clampdown

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 14:05
French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Indian PM Narendra Modi Thursday ahead of the weekend’s G7 summit. The meeting comes as Modi’s government has faced international criticism over its crackdown in the disputed Kashmir region.

French Yellow Vests join global activists at G7 counter-summit

Thu, 22/08/2019 - 06:50
Anti-globalisation and climate activists have teamed up with yellow vest protesters and Basque nationalists ahead of a G7 meeting in France this weekend to confront a rich-poor divide they say is growing due to the "cynicism" of world leaders.

French government reconvenes with unpopular reforms on agenda

Wed, 21/08/2019 - 12:50
France's Council of Ministers met for the first time on Wednesday after the summer break, ready to relaunch a series of reforms that have at times proven unpopular.

Biarritz residents and business owners uneasy over G7 lockdown

Tue, 20/08/2019 - 12:18
As Biarritz prepares to host the G7 summit this weekend, some residents and business owners worry that “unprecedented” security measures could put a damper on the resort town’s economy.

Google, Amazon, Facebook slam French digital tax as ‘discriminatory’

Tue, 20/08/2019 - 07:04
American tech giants Amazon, Facebook and Google joined forces on Monday to decry the French digital tax as retroactive and discriminatory.

Strict safety measures in place as clean-up work resumes on Notre-Dame

Mon, 19/08/2019 - 09:07
Clean-up operations at the Notre-Dame resumed Monday, August 19 after French authorities gave the green light following an interruption over more than three weeks due to lead contamination fears.

Ukraine push on Macron's agenda for Putin visit ahead of G7

Sun, 18/08/2019 - 20:23
French President Emmanuel Macron will attempt to convince Russia to accept Ukraine’s overtures of dialogue when he meets Vladimir Putin for talks on Monday ahead of a G7 summit.

Notre-Dame decontamination begins

Thu, 15/08/2019 - 14:40
Work began Thursday to clean the area around Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, contaminated by lead particles in the wake of the fire that ravaged the historic building in April. But with access to the monument sealed off, some unsuspecting tourists were left disappointed.

African leaders join Macron at commemoration of WWII landings in Provence

Thu, 15/08/2019 - 12:35
President Emmanuel Macron saluted Thursday a French army "that emerged from the shadows and exile" during the Allied landings on the Mediterranean coast 75 years ago and the sacrifices by fighters from France's former colonies in Africa.

Wave of vandalism targets Macron MPs’ offices

Wed, 14/08/2019 - 20:25
Around 30 constituency offices for MPs in President Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM) party have been damaged by anti-government protesters since the start of June, largely in rural areas, amid rising anger over recent trade deals.

UEFA Super Cup: Frenchwoman referee Frappart set to make history in Liverpool-Chelsea clash

Tue, 13/08/2019 - 15:41
French referee Stéphanie Frappart will make football history in Istanbul on Wednesday, becoming the first woman to take charge of a major European men’s football match when Liverpool meets Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.

Notre-Dame area sealed off in Paris as workers prepare to remove toxic lead

Tue, 13/08/2019 - 06:06
The area around Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was sealed off early on Tuesday as workers prepared to apply a special gel to absorb lead particles that seeped into the soil in the wake of the April 15 blaze.

French ministers seek investigation into Epstein’s activities in France

Mon, 12/08/2019 - 11:45
Two French government ministers called on Monday for an investigation into the activities in France of Jeffrey Epstein, the US financier found dead in an apparent suicide while being held on sex-trafficking charges.

Paris attacks suspect charged over Brussels suicide bombings

Mon, 12/08/2019 - 11:36
Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks, has been formally charged in connection with the Brussels suicide bombings months later, federal prosecutors said Monday.

PSG are overwhelming Ligue 1 favourites – but is Champions League victory any more likely?

Sat, 10/08/2019 - 14:13
PSG go into their first Ligue 1 match of the 2019-2020 season on Sunday as overwhelming favourites to take the domestic title. But after years of Champions League disappointments, victory in Europe’s top competition still looks like a longshot.

Tornado rips through Luxembourg, France

Sat, 10/08/2019 - 09:36
A huge tornado ripped across southwest Luxembourg on Friday leaving at least seven people injured, authorities said, as images posted on social media showed the powerful twister whipping roofs and other debris into the air.