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Coast Guard gets modern patrol ship from France

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:07 AM

The new vessel is the largest and most modern in the PCG fleet and will be used to patrol the West Philippine Sea and Benham Rise as well as to guard against piracy and terrorism

MODERN VESSEL. This Offshore Patrol Vessel, shown here as it is launched from the OCEA shipyard in France on July 17, 2019, will be the Philippine Coast Guard's largest and most modern patrol ship yet. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Prosecutors recommend trial for Air France over 2009 crash – judicial sources

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

French prosecutors conclude Air France was aware of technical problems with a key speed-measuring instrument on its Airbus A330 plane, but had failed to inform or train pilots on how to resolve the issue

2009 AIR FRANCE CRASH. A handout picture released June 8, 2009 by the Brazilian Navy shows divers recovering a huge part of the rudder of the Air France A330 aircraft lost in midflight over the Atlantic ocean on June 1. Handout file photo by Brazilian Navy/AFP

French minister resigns in luxury dinners scandal

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Environment Minister Francois de Rugy is under unrelenting pressure after the Mediapart website accused him of hosting friends to opulent meals, complete with lobster and vintage wines, while he was speaker of parliament

FRANCOIS DE RUGY. In this file photo taken on July 11, 2019 French Environment Minister Francois de Rugy visits a farm operation as part of his trip to Niort on the theme of water management. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

3 children, adult killed in France train-car crash – mayor

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The train linking the city of Reims with Epernay crashed into the car, which appears to have driven into the level crossing when the barrier was closed

CRASH. French gendarmes and firefighters stand at a level crossing on July 15, 2019, after a car and a TER regional express train crashed at the exit of the train station in Avenay-Val-d'Or, near Reims, northeastern France. Photo by Francois Nascimbeni/AFP

Paris protesters, police clash around Champs-Elysees after parade

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Officers attempt to disperse dozens of protesters, who chanted anti-government slogans, knocked down security barriers erected for the parade, and set fire to refuse bins

France's Macron announces creation of a new space force command

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:46 AM

'We will reinforce our knowledge of the situation in space, we will better protect our satellites, including in an active manner,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

SPACE COMMAND. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the residence of French Defense Ministry on the eve of Bastille Day, on July 13, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Kamil Zihnioglu/Pool/AFP

Frenchman at heart of legal dispute dies after life support ends

Jul 11, 2019 - 11:53 PM

'We were ready to let him go,' says his nephew Francois Lambert

END OF LIFE SUPPORT. A picture taken on July 11, 2019 shows the Sebastopol hospital in Reims, eastern France, on the day Vincent Lambert, a quadriplegic man who has been in a vegetative state for the last decade has died. Photo by Francois Nascimbeni/AFP

France passes law taxing digital giants in defiance of U.S. anger

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:26 PM

The legislation – dubbed the GAFA tax – an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon – is passed by a simple show of hands in the Senate upper house after previously being passed by the National Assembly lower chamber

GAFA TAX. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA's, named after Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, displayed on a tablet in Paris, on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

U.S. launches probe of France's planned tech giants tax

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The probe into unfair trade practices could pave the way for Washington to impose punitive tariffs – something Trump has done repeatedly since taking office.

TECH GIANT TAX PROBE. US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Paris says its missiles found on pro-Haftar base in Libya

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:37 PM

But the French government denies supplying the missiles to rebel commander Khalifa Haftar and breaching a UN arms embargo

ADMISSION. This file photo taken on June 29, 2019 shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord displaying US-made Javelin anti-tank missile and precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyana. Photo by AFP

French envoy in Tehran talks for nuclear deal salvage bid

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Emmanuel Bonne's mission is 'to try and open the discussion space to avoid an uncontrolled escalation, or even an accident'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Ali Shamkhani (R), the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran meets with Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to the French president, in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

France's lower house passes online hate speech law

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Members of the National Assembly lower house of parliament vote by 434 in favor to 33 against to adopt the law, which is modelled on German legislation that came into force last year.

Makabayan seeks House probe into death of 3-year-old in buy-bust

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:22 PM

'The drug war has impaired the future of thousands of Filipino children,' say the 6 progressive legislators who filed the House resolution

DRUG WAR CRITICS. Makabayan bloc members Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Sarah Elago file a House resolution calling for an investigation on the death of a 3-year-old in a buy-bust operation. Photo from Makabayan bloc

Vatican lifts envoy's immunity over sex assault claims – France

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Luigi Ventura, 74, faces 4 complaints of sexual abuse – including that he molested a junior official at the Paris town hall

VATICAN CITY. St Peter's Basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Michael Jackson fans sue victims in 'Leaving Neverland' documentary

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Fan clubs are suing the two alleged sexual abuse victims of the late singer, saying that 'the image of the departed has been damaged'

French priest at heart of church abuse scandal defrocked

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The allegations against priest Bernard Preynat sparked the biggest crisis in the French church in decades, drawing in its most influential cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin

LOOK: Heart Evangelista serves all the looks at Paris Fashion Week

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Heart Evangelista in the fashion capital of the world means next level OOTDs

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French police raid Renault HQ over Ghosn wedding probe

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:08 PM

A Renault spokesman confirms the search is under way and says the company is 'fully cooperating with the authorities'

RENAULT. A photo taken on November 19, 2018 shows the headquarters of the Renault car manufacturer in Boulogne Billancourt, outside Paris. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

French doctors to end life support in right-to-die case

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:29 PM

The main doctor treating Vincent Lambert has informed his family by email that he intends to start removing his feeding tubes in line with a French court ruling

RIGHT-TO-DIE CASE. Viviane Lambert (2nd L), Vincent Lambert's mother, who is in a vegetative state since 2008, addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 1, 2019. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

After Trump spat, Rapinoe powers U.S. in World Cup thriller

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Fiery Megan Rapinoe sinks host France as USA sets up a semifinal showdown against England

UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT. Megan Rapinoe and Team USA deliver a ruthless performance against France to keep their title defense going. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Notorious French fake doctor and killer freed – lawyer

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Jean-Claude Romand, now 65 years old, will be under electronic surveillance for two years and must live in an area approved by the judiciary

JEAN-CLAUDE ROMAND. In this file photo taken on June 25, 1996 French citizen Jean-Claude Romand arrives for the start of his trial at the courthouse of Bourg-en-Bresse. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Bosnian arrested over 2015 Paris attacks – German police

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:46 PM

The Bosnian man arrested by German police is accused 'of abetting a terrorist organisation linked to the terror attacks, including on the Bataclan concert hall, on November 13, 2015 in Paris'

BATACLAN CEREMONY. Gards stand in front the entrance of the Bataclan in Paris on November 13, 2018, during a ceremony held for the victims of the Paris attacks of November 2015, which targeted the Bataclan concert hall as well as a series of bars and killed 130 people. Photo by Benoit Tessier/AFP

France's Macron says climate 'red line' at G20

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Emmanuel Macron is speaking in Tokyo on a visit ahead of this week's Group of 20 meeting, where climate change will be among several contentious issues on the table, along with trade and tensions with Iran

MACRON. France wants the G20 to issue a statement committing to strong action on climate change. File photo by Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

Cigarette, electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre-Dame fire

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The statement, signed by chief Paris prosector Remy Heitz, emphasizes that the investigation has still not clarified the actual cause of the fire

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. File photo by Fabien Barrau/AFP

Makabayan bloc fields Zarate in speakership race

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc

NEXT SPEAKER? Bayan Muna Representative-elect Carlos Zarate is gunning to becomethe next House Speaker. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Facebook to hand over IP addresses of users who post hateful content in France

Jun 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Facebook has agreed to provide the IP addresses of accounts containing 'homophobic, racist or anti-Semitic content' at the request of judicial officials, a gov't aide says

3 dead in central Paris fire – rescue services

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) One of the victims dies after jumping out of the window of the 6-storey block of flats situated in the 11th district of Paris

FIRE. A handout picture taken and released by the Brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris (BSPP - Firfighters of Paris) on June 22, 2019, shows firefighters working on the site of a fire that broke out in a building rue de Nemours in Paris. Photo from BSPP - Firfighters of Paris/AFP

672 arrested in global swoop on fake food and drink – Interpol

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:49 AM

In Zimbabwe, authorities seized soft drinks containing high levels of the active ingredient in drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Macron sends senior diplomat to Iran to defuse U.S. tensions

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, holds 'high-level meetings' in Tehran, 'with the aim of contributing to the de-escalation of tensions in the region'

BONNE. This file photo shows Presidential diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bonne (R) stand in the court of the Elysee Palace, on May 24, 2019, in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

France has lowest levels of trust in vaccines globally – poll

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:31 PM

A third (33%) of French people do not agree that immunization is safe, according to the poll of more than 140,000 people across 144 countries.

Elton John to receive France's top honor

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Rock legend Elton John will be receiving the Legion d'Honneur award, France's highest civilian honor

Cebu Pacific orders 31 Airbus planes at Paris Air Show

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The planes that Cebu Pacific ordered, worth $6.8 billion, will allow the airline to 'continue offering the lowest fares' due to improved passenger capacity

NEXT-GEN PLANES. Cebu Pacific buys Airbus A330 new engine option planes from Airbus. Photo from Airbus

Women's World Cup: Norway in last 16, France and Germany top groups

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Norway edges out South Korea for a spot in the last 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

NEXT ROUND. Norway defeats South Korea 2-1 in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo from Caroline Graham Hansen's Twitter

France reviews police methods after yellow vest protests

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner defends the way in which police have handled the protests but asks a specially-chosen panel of some 15 experts to develop new ideas for managing demonstrations

YELLOW VEST PROTESTS. In this file photo, protestors stand as police use a water cannon during a 'Yellow Vest' (Gilets jaunes) anti-government protest on December 22, 2018, in Bordeaux, southwestern France, as part of a nationwide day of demonstrations. File photo by Nicolas Tucat/AFP

Japan's anime industry in crisis even as its popularity soars

Jun 16, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Japanese animators say that the industry is struggling due to a lack of animators, bad working conditions, and lack of creativity

BTS K-Pop concert damages Stade de France pitch before rugby final

Jun 15, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The field's area affected by the concert will be replaced before the game scheduled on Saturday

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 15, 2019 South Korean boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, pose on the red carpet at the 28th Seoul Music Awards in Seoul. - The seven-piece South Korean boy band, whose world tour "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself", came to Paris for two nights late last week, after a string of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and London's iconic Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Paris' Notre-Dame to celebrate first mass after fire

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:51 AM

It will take place on June 15 in the Chapel of the Virgin on the east side of the cathedral behind the choir, which has been confirmed to be safe

NOTRE DAME. This aerial picture taken on June 12, 2019 in the French capital Paris shows the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral under repair after it was badly damaged by a huge fire on April 15. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Froome out of Tour after breaking leg, hip, arm in horror crash

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Four-time winner Chris Froome won't see action in Tour de France after hitting a wall and suffering severe injuries in a training accident

TRAGIC. Less than a month before Tour de France unfolds, an unfortunate accident ends Chris Froome’s bid for a fifth crown. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Tree symbolizing Trump-Macron friendship has died

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:33 AM

Relations between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron are frayed, and the tree, a diplomatic source says this week, did not survive

FAILED TO FLOURISH. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a tree planting ceremony with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 23, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

World leaders mark 75 years since D-Day on Normandy's beaches

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Tens of thousands of French and foreign visitors, many donning WWII uniforms or driving vintage military vehicles, have converged on Normandy to honor the veterans

VETERANS. Canadian veterans stand for the National Anthem during the international ceremony on Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. Photo by Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Renault to bring case against Ghosn over expenses

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Renault and Nissan discover 11 million euros ($12 million) of questionable expenses at their Dutch subsidiary RNBV, linked to Carlos Ghosn

CARLOS GHOSN. Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the office of his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka in Tokyo on April 3, 2019. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Striking French workers block world's biggest Nutella plant

Jun 04, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Some 160 employees have been on strike since May 27, says the Force Ouvriere union, as they call for a 4.5% pay rise and 900-euro bonus

(FILES)A file photo taken on January 30, 2018 in Saint-Gregoire, near Rennes, northwest France, shows pots of the chocolate spread Nutella. - A plant in northern France that makes a quarter of the world's Nutella has been blockaded for a week by workers striking for more pay, unions said June 3, 2019, in troubling news for consumers of the cocoa and hazelnut spread. The stoppage has hit the Villers-Ecalles factory of privately-owned Italian confectionery giant Ferrero, which normally churns out 600,000 jars per day, making it the biggest Nutella producer in the world. (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER / AFP)

Chris Brown skips Paris hearing over rape accusation

May 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The singer is accused of raping a woman on the night of January 15 early this year

VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA - APRIL 28: Chris Brown performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER - Day 3 on April 28, 2019 in Virginia Beach City. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Something in the Water/AFP

EU leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

Staff of Louvre Museum in Paris go on strike over worker shortage

May 28, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Due to the increasing number of museum visitors, the Louvre's staff is now 'suffocating' and very 'overwhelmed'

French police arrest 4 over Lyon package bomb blast

May 28, 2019 - 1:56 PM

A police raid is under way in a building in the Oullins suburb just south of the city, a few hours after the arrest of the suspected bomber – a 24-year-old Algerian IT student

LYON BOMB BLAST ARRESTS. French Interior minister Christophe Castaner (C) delivers a speech to journalists as he visits the police headquarters of Lyon on May 27, 2019. Photo by Romain Lafabregue/AFP

3 French ISIS members sentenced to death in Iraq

May 26, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The 3 sentenced are among 12 French citizens who were caught in Syria and transferred to Iraqi custody in February 2019

LINKS. Iraq sentences more than 600 people suspected of links to the militant group a year after the end of a 3-year war against the jihadists. Photo from Shutterstock

French boat seller jailed for helping migrants cross English Channel

May 25, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Emmanuel Desreux is given 18 months behind bars and another 18 months suspended sentence for selling inflatable boats with motors to migrants to navigate across the busy waterway from France to Britain.

REFUGE. A migrant kneels outside a tent in a make shift camp in the vicinity of the former 'Jungle' camp site, near the northern French port city of Calais on February 18, 2019. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

Gender diversity good for businesses and economies – U.N.

May 23, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The survey says nearly three-quarters of companies that tracked gender diversity in their management reported profit hikes of between 5% and 20%

Image from Shutterstock

Eiffel Tower evacuated after climber spotted on monument

May 20, 2019 - 11:03 PM

Police have made contact with the climber but do not yet know why he began his ascent via the iron beams

EVACUATED. This file photo shows the Eiffel Tower as seen along the skyline of the French capital Paris from the tower at the Notre Dame Cathedral on March 14, 2017. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP