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Anger over EU's 'historic mistake' on Skopje, Tirana

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:57 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron blocks talks on EU membership for North Macedonia and Albania

EUROPEAN UNION. EU leaders fail to agree to start negotiations on membership for North Macedonia and Albania. File photo shows EU flags on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

French police hold 5 over deadly knife attack

Oct 14, 2019 - 3:43 PM

One of those detained is an imam who preached at a mosque the attacker attended in Gonesse, who is on France's 'Fiche S' list of potential security risks, a source says

HONORING THE VICTIMS. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2019, police officers hold the coffins of their fallen colleagues during a ceremony at the Prefecture de Police de Paris in Paris, held to pay respects to the victims of an attack at the prefecture on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Macron vows 'unrelenting fight' against Islamist terror after police killings

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Reports say that a USB key containing details on dozens of Mickael Harpon's police colleagues has been found among his possessions

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a ceremony at The Prefecture de Police de Paris (Paris Police Headquarters) in Paris on October 8, 2019, held to pay respects to the victims of an attack at the prefecture on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Thousands protest French IVF law for single women, lesbians

Oct 06, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Opponents say the law deprives children of a necessary paternal figure and threatens a traditional family structure, and would open the door to legalizing surrogacy, including for gay men

Paris climate activists kick off global Extinction Rebellion protests

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Non-violent protests are chiefly planned by XR from Monday in Europe, North America, Australia, but events are also set to take place in India, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Wellington

'REBELLION.' A yellow vest stands as protestors stay inside the Italie Deux shopping mall in Paris during a demonstration called by the Extinction Rebellion environmental activist movement, on October 5, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Paris police attacker had 'radical vision of Islam'

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:35 PM

A French prosecutor says the assailant was in contact with the 'Salafist Islamist Movement'

Hunt for motive of staffer who killed 4 at Paris police HQ

Oct 04, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The attacker's wife tells nvestigators her husband displayed 'unusual and agitated behavior' the night before his crime, a source close to the investigation says

PARIS POLICE STABBING. Police officers watch as a firefighter truck exits Paris prefecture de police (police headquarters) on October 3, 2019 after 4 officers were killed in a knife attack. Photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

4 killed in Paris police stabbing, attacker shot dead

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The attack comes amid growing tensions within the ranks of the police, who are stretched to the limit after a year of trying to contain weekly 'yellow vest' anti-Macron demonstrations

PARIS STABBING. Police stand near a firefighter vehicle near Paris prefecture de police (police headquarters) on October 3, 2019 after four officers were killed in a knife attack. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

World leaders pay final tribute to France's Chirac

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

(UPDATED) Russian President Vladimir Putin, former US president Bill Clinton, and other dignitaries join President Emmanuel Macron for a funeral service at Saint-Sulpice church in Paris

RESPECT. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte (2nd R) and other French officials attend the funeral service of late French president Jacques Chirac at the Saint Sulpice church in the French capital Paris on September 30, 2019. Photo by Francois Mori/Pool/AFP

French prepare for final farewell to ex-president Chirac

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Chirac is remembered for opposing the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and acknowledging France's role in the deportation of Jews in World War II

PAYING RESPECTS. People wait to attend a public ceremony in homage to former French President Jacques Chirac outside the Saint-Louis-des-Invalides Cathedral in Paris on September 29, 2019. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

French queue to remember Chirac ahead of national mourning

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Ahead of a national day of mourning, the French presidency throws open the doors of the Elysee Palace for anyone wanting to sign a book of condolences

LINING UP. French public queue to pay tribute in front of a picture of the late French president Jacques Chirac displayed at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on September 27, 2019. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Former French president Jacques Chirac dead at 86

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The center-right Jacques Chirac rose to prominence as mayor of Paris before becoming prime minister and then serving as head of state from 1995-2007

JACQUES CHIRAC. In this file photo taken on August 14, 2011 France's former President Jacques Chirac sits at a table outside the famous Le Senequier cafe in the French Riviera searesort of Saint-Tropez. File photo by Sebastien Nogier/AFP

Google says it won't pay media firms to display content

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:19 PM

A Europe-based news publisher will now have to decide if it will allow Google to show 'snippets' of content or thumbnail images alongside search results in France

EU hopes more will join 4-country migration pact

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The pact is meant to determine which countries would take in migrants arriving in Europe – usually Italy or Malta – via the Mediterranean

MIGRATION PACT. Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Malta's Interior Minister Michael Farrugia, Finland’s Interior Minister, Maria Ohisalo and Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer address a press conference following a meeting of Interior ministers from 4 EU countries, France, Germany, Italy and Malta on September 23, 2019 at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu, Malta. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

Investigators search sex offender Epstein's Paris flat

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Jeffrey Epstein's ownership of an apartment in the heart of upmarket Paris and allegations from women who say they were abused in France have prompted French prosecutors to open their own criminal probe last month

RAID. This file photo taken on August 12, 2019 shows an apartment building owned by Jeffrey Epstein in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. French investigators conducted a search at the Paris flat of child sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein on September 23, the prosecutor announced on September 24, 2019. File photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Highest EU court to rule on Google 'right to be forgotten' case

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The case waged by France to impose a 'right to be forgotten' on the web will potentially give the EU unprecedented powers to regulate the internet beyond its borders

French drugmaker, watchdog on trial over weight loss pill deaths

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:18 AM

At least 500 people are thought to have died in France after taking the drug Mediator in a major health scandal

(FILES) This file photograph taken on January 19, 2011, shows a blister pack of Mediator, a drug for diabetics, in Brest, western France, which is alleged to have killed 500 people over three decades in France before it was banned in 2009. The Mediator trial, which was held responsible for hundreds of deaths and withdrawn from the market at the end of 2009, opens on September 23, 2019. The French pharmaceutical group continues to be a major player in the sector. The Mediator affair has fuelled French public mistrust of the drug industry, but it has had a moderate economic impact on the Servier group, according to economists. Fred TANNEAU / AFP

Paris climate march organizers call for protest end after clashes

Sep 21, 2019 - 11:10 PM

'Take no risks and leave the march for the climate. The conditions for a non-violent march are not in place,' co-organizer Greenpeace tells French protesters after violence erupts during the climate march in Paris

MARCH TURNS VIOLENT. A French firefighter holds an axe and a sledgehammer on his shoulder during a climate change protest in Paris on September 21, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

More than 100 arrested in Paris 'yellow vest' protests

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The French government deploys over 7,000 police to quell violence

YELLOW VESTS. People take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the "yellow vest" (gilets jaunes) movement, on September 21, 2019 in Paris. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Thousands of Paris police deployed over 'yellow vest' clash fears

Sep 21, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Fresh yellow vest rallies are planned for Saturday but it remains to be seen whether the movement will regain the momentum of the winter and early spring

YELLOW VESTS. A protester holds a French flag as he takes part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest movement near Les Invalides in Paris on January 19, 2019. File photo by Valery Hache/AFP

House OKs 2020 budget on final reading

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The progressive Makabayan lawmakers, however, blast the lack of transparency in the swift approval of the 2020 budget

France turns back Australia for FIBA World Cup bronze

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Led by Nando de Colo and Evan Fournier, France storms back from 15 points down to stun Australia

PODIUM FINISH. Evan Fournier and France replicate their third-place finish in the last World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Edward Snowden eyes French asylum

Sep 14, 2019 - 11:30 PM

To date, more than a dozen countries have turned down requests to take in Edward Snowden

ASYLUM SEEKER. Edward Snowden considers France after Russia. File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Scola stars as Argentina thwarts France for FIBA World Cup finals berth

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola chalks up game-highs in points and rebounds to catapult Argentina to its third World Cup finals

BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY. Luis Scola and Argentina will face Spain in the FIBA World Cup finals. Photo from fiba.basketball


Google agrees to 945M-euro tax settlement with France

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:04 AM

The company will pay a 500-million-euro fine for tax evasion, as well as a further 465 million euros to settle claims with French tax authorities.

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP


France will block development of Facebook Libra cryptocurrency

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:14 PM

France wants to block the development of Libra because it says it threatens the 'monetary sovereignty' of governments


LIVE UPDATES: Argentina vs France - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Successful in eliminating title favorites Serbia and USA, Argentina and France duke it out in the knockout semifinals at 8 pm on Friday, September 13

Photos from fiba.basketball


Filipino ref officiates anew as France eliminates USA

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Bong Pascual calls the game in another USA match in the FIBA World Cup

STUNNING WIN. Rudy Gobert and France show the door to the USA out of the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Major upset: France dethrones USA in FIBA World Cup quarters

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:18 PM

It's the end of the road for Team USA as France deals the reigning champions their first World Cup loss in 13 years

UPSET. Jaylen Brown and Team USA fail to get France out of their way. Photo from fiba.basketball

FIBA World Cup referees sent home after blunder

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:29 PM

A crucial mistake in the dying seconds of the France-Lithuania quarterfinal match prompts FIBA to expel 3 referees from the World Cup

CONTROVERSIAL. Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas and France’s Rudy Gobert figure in a contentious sequence in the final stretch of the game. Photo from fiba.basketball

Progressive lawmakers slam PNA, PCOO for 'vilification,' 'red-tagging'

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The PCOO, part of a national task force to 'end local communist armed conflict,' denies red-tagging progressive groups

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE. ACT Teachers Representative France Castro wants the entry-level salary for public school teachers be increased to P30,000. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

France fines Amazon 4 million euros over marketplace clauses

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:51 PM

The fine involves abusive commercial clauses, and is over some terms of use deemed unfair for companies using its online marketplace to sell their goods

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on July 23, 2019, a picture shows the Amazon logo at the entrance of the Amazon logistics centre in Amiens, northern France. File poto by Denis Charlet/AFP

French star Rudy Gobert hits out at FIBA after dope test

Sep 02, 2019 - 7:50 PM

The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year slams FIBA for showing 'no respect' during a random drug test just hours after a late match

Photo from FIBA

Afghan killer sparks far-right criticism in France

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:05 PM

French investigators are so far treating the stabbings as a criminal incident rather than a terror attack

Iran's Rouhani warns Macron of looming nuclear step

Sep 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Rouhani's chief of staff says the next step would be taken 'in the event Iran's demands are not met'

IRAN'S LEADER. In this file handout picture by the Iranian presidential office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the 'nuclear technology day' in Tehran on April 9, 2019. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

UK, France, Germany ‘concerned’ over South China Sea tensions

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The E3 countries seek to 'underline their interest in the universal application' of the UNCLOS

MARITIME DISPUTE. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Brazil's Bolsonaro open to G7 aid if Macron 'withdraws insults'

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'To talk or accept anything from France, with the best possible intentions, he has to withdraw these words, and from there we can talk,' says Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro

CONDITION. In this file photo taken on April 9, 2019 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the appointment ceremony of his new Education Minister Abraham Weintraub at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

At budget hearing, Lorenzana dares Makabayan bloc to condemn CPP-NPA

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:30 PM

In a face-off with the defense chief, leftist lawmakers denounce 'red-tagging' by the government and challenge him to show evidence of their alleged involvement with the New People’s Army

U.S., France reach agreement on digital taxes

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Macron says France would scrap its own digital tax once a new international levy being discussed among 134 OECD countries is in place. France hopes it will be ready in 2020.

AGREEMENT. France's President Emmanuel Macron (R) and US President Donald Trump pose during a joint press conference in Biarritz, France on August 26, 2019. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Macron slams Bolsonaro after insults about wife

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's endorsement of vicious personal comments about French President Emmanuel Macron's wife posted online appear to force their relationship to a new low

HOSTS. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte wait to welcome leaders at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019 on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. File photo by Francois Mori/Pool/AFP

G7 wrestles with Iran, Amazon fires and trade, but own unity shaky

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Questions over the G7 group's unity threaten to draw attention away from the work at hand

G7 SUMMIT. G7 leaders and guests pose for a family picture with the Biarritz lighthouse in the background on the second day of the annual G7 summit in Biarritz, south-west France on August 25, 2019. Photo by ludovic Marin/AFP

Iran foreign minister in dramatic visit to G7 summit

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:12 PM

(UPDATED) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's presence is not announced and represents an attempt by French host Emmanuel Macron to find a way to soothe tensions between Iran and the US

ZARIF IN BIARRITZ. The airplane which carried Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stands on the tarmac at the airport of the French seaside resort of Biarritz, south-west France, during the G7 summit in Biarritz, on August 25, 2019. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Trump backs Johnson, sends mixed signals on China at G7

Aug 25, 2019 - 4:37 PM

(UPDATED) Johnson presses a common message from European leaders at the summit about Trump's escalating trade war with China

TRUMP MEETS JOHNSON. US President Donald Trump (R) and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak before a working breakfast at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France on August 25, 2019, on the second day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Erin Schaff/Pool/AFP

Johnson seeks to push Trump at fractious G7

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

British Prime minister Boris Johnson urges US President Donald Trump to remove 'considerable barries' for UK companies seeking to export to the American market

OUT TO PUSH TRUMP. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson lands at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, France on August 24, 2019, on the first day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Isolated Trump descends on G7, talking trade war

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Other G7 leaders await for US President Donald Trump with alarm and resignation, as Trump comes with threats of tariffs against France and a decision to deepen the US trade war with China

TRUMP ARRIVES. US President Donald Trump arrives at Biarritz, France, for the 2019 G7 summit. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump heads to G7 with potshot at French hosts over taxes

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'I don't want France going out and taxing our companies.... And if they do that, we'll be taxing their wine,' says US President Donald Trump ahead of the G7 summit in France

US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the press while departing the White House in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2019, for the G7 Summit in France. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP)

France opens rape, child assault inquiry against Epstein

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 PM

'The investigations...will focus on potential crimes committed against French victims on national territory as well as abroad, and on suspects who are French citizens,' says Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz

EPSTEIN. In this file photo, members of a protest group called 'Hot Mess' hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Despite Duterte veto, Makabayan bloc refiles anti-endo bill in House

Aug 05, 2019 - 5:35 PM

For the progressive lawmakers, President Rodrigo Duterte's veto 'reflected his true bias' and priority of business interests over workers' welfare

ENDING ENDO. (From L-R) Makabayan lawmakers Arlene Brosas, Eufemia Culamat, Ferdinand Gaite, Carlos Zarate, and Sarah Elago re-file the anti-endo bill on August 5, 2019. Photo from Makabayan

Frenchman achieves 'dream' of first hoverboard Channel crossing

Aug 04, 2019 - 3:53 PM

(UPDATED) Franky Zapata has spent years developing a jet-powered hoverboard

'FLYBOARD.' Franky Zapata on his jet-powered "flyboard" lands on St. Margaret's Bay in Dover, on August 4, 2019, after his attempt to fly across the 35-kilometer (22-mile) Channel crossing in 20 minutes. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

French 'climate camps' train activists in protest

Aug 04, 2019 - 2:41 PM

While the atmosphere is relaxed and good humored, the people at the camp, many of them new to activism, are all quite serious about their goal – to learn the techniques used by the new generation of climate campaigners

'CLIMATE CAMP.' People take part in a workshop to learn how to act during demonstrations, during an Alternatiba Climate Camp in Kingersheim, eastern France, on August 2, 2019. Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP