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Day 5 of public transport chaos as French strike bites

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The biggest labor unrest in years comes as France's economy is already dented by more than a year of weekly anti-government demonstrations by so-called 'yellow vest' activists protesting unemployment and waning spending power

TRANSPORT STRIKE. Passengers stand inside the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris on December 8, 2019 during a strike of state railway company SNCF employees over French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

France's Macron to hold meeting on pensions as strike bites

Dec 08, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Unions say Macron's proposal for a single-pension system would force millions of people in both the public and private sectors to work well beyond the official retirement age of 62

MACRON. France's President Emmanuel Macron talks to the media as he leaves Downing Street after attending talks with Britain's Prime Minister in central London on December 3, 2019, ahead of the NATO alliance summit. Photo by Christian Hartmann/Pool/AFP

No let-up in French strikes as fresh turmoil hits weekend

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:31 PM

The walkouts would last well into next week, unions warn

Iran nuclear deal parties meet as accord nears collapse

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran are taking part in the meeting, which is the first time the 6 parties gather in this format since July

France braces for second day of stoppages as strike bites

Dec 06, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The strike is seen as a major test for President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious vision of reforming France

STRIKE. In this file photo taken on November 27, 2019, French farmers stand in front of their tractors as they block the traffic on the A47 motorway, in Givors, south of Lyon, central-eastern France, as part of a protest against government policies. Photo Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

French police clear 600 Tibetan migrants from camp outside Paris

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Tibetans have been fleeing their homeland for years because of a crackdown by the Chinese government, which crushed a revolt against Beijing's rule in 1959

ASYLUM SEEKERS. Tibetan asylum seekers gather in prayers to pay a tribute to one of them who died of disease the day before at the hospital, at a refugees and migrants makeshift camp set up by the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest in Acheres, a suburban city some 40 kilometers west of Paris on December 2, 2019. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

6 European countries join barter system for Iran trade

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:47 PM

The entry of the new members 'further strengthens INSTEX and demonstrates European efforts to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,' say founding shareholders France, Germany and UK

LIFE IN IRAN. An Iranian cleric walks past a mural painting of the national flag in the capital Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

20 suspects face trial for deadly 2015 Paris attacks

Nov 29, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The office of the national anti-terror prosecutor charges 14 people currently in prison or under judicial supervision, including Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspected participant in the attacks. Six others are targeted by arrest warrants.

PARIS ATTACKS. In this file photo taken on November 13, 2015 a man lies on the pavement near the cafe 'A la Bonne Biere' in Paris, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris. File photo by Anthony Dorfmann/AFP

Paris metro faces 'severe' disruptions from December 5 strike

Nov 28, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Unions are calling a new indefinite strike against an overhaul of the pensions system that they say will require people to work longer or accept a lower pension

POTENTIAL DISRUPTIONS. In this file photo taken on November 22, 2005 a traveller is about to get into a subway station, in Paris, France. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

China defends Xinjiang crackdown after criticism from European leaders

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:19 PM

China's foreign ministry repeats assertions that 'Xinjiang affairs are purely China's internal affairs'

XINJIANG. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Tens of thousands march in France, Italy to protest femicide

Nov 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Central Paris is awash with purple — the color adopted for the campaign — with some protesters holding up placards bearing the image of a relative or friend killed

'ALL OF US.' People take part in a protest to condemn violence against women, on November 23, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Girl dies, several feared missing as French river bridge collapses

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Over 60 rescue workers, including divers, and 40 police are taking part in the search for survivors

COLLAPSED. Rescuers sail near a suspension bridge which collapsed on November 18, 2019 in Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, near Toulouse, southwest France. Photo by Eric Cabanis/AFP

'Yellow vest' anniversary protests lead to 254 arrests

Nov 17, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Authorities say the violence in Paris where police battled rioters for hours around the southeastern Place d'Italie square was the worst in the French capital in months

France's yellow vests seek show of strength for anniversary

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:52 PM

'We're here even if Macron doesn't like it,' the protesters chant as they arrived in Paris

YELLOW VEST. A protester wearing the DC comic Joker character's make up holds a banner on Place d'Italie in Paris on November 16, 2019, during clashes on the sidelines of a demonstration marking the first anniversary of the 'yellow vest' (gilets jaunes) movement. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

33 hurt as Paris-London bus overturns in France

Nov 04, 2019 - 8:23 AM

Of the 33 people on board, 29 sustain light injuries and 4 are seriously hurt, the statement says, though the fire brigade puts the number at 5.

OVERTURNED. A picture taken on November 3, 2019 shows the site of an accident after a bus from the Flixbus company overturned as it took an exit from the A1 motorway, injuring 29 passengers and seriously wounding 4, near Berny-en-Santerre, northern France. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

Storm Amelie pummels France with violent winds, downpours

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Emergency services attend to hundreds of callouts as gusts dropped trees on roads and railway tracks and tore loose live electrical cables

Ukraine, separatists begin troop pullback

Oct 29, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The long-awaited pullback is a precondition for the first face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky, to be mediated by the leaders of France and Germany

PULLBACK. This picture taken and released by Ukrainian presidential press-service on October 14, 2019, shows President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) talking with officers at the map during his visit to Donetsk region. File photo by STR/AFP

After demolition, elderly prisoners sleep outdoors in Bilibid

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) Makabayan lawmakers visit the New Bilibid Prison to check on the living conditions of inmates

DEMOLITION AFTERMATH. Piles of debris from the recent demolition operation are seen inside the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Federer withdraws from Paris Masters as Cilic, Tsonga progress

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:54 AM

'I am sorry for my French fans who I will see next year at Roland Garros,' says Federer

RESTING. Roger Federer opts to skip the Paris Masters to pace himself during the ATP tour. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

French media take Google to competition regulator over copyright

Oct 24, 2019 - 4:52 PM

French Media say they will report Google to the French competition regulator over the company's refusal to pay news companies for displaying their content, defying a EU copyright law

'The Virgin will protect': Lourdes pilgrims are easy prey for thieves

Oct 24, 2019 - 1:19 PM

'Many people think that when they arrive in Lourdes nothing can happen, leaving their handbags open wider than they would have in Paris,' says a city councilor in charge of security in this pilgrim site

Pilgrims gather under the statue of the Virgin Mary inside the Massabielle cave where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, during the Feast of the Assumption on August 14, 2019 in the Sanctuary of Our Lady in the French southwestern pilgrimage city of Lourdes. PASCAL PAVANI / AFP

French police detain man threatening to make museum 'hell'

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:59 PM

(UPDATED) A search is still on for a possible accomplice at the archeology museum in the town of Saint-Raphael, the government's top regional official says

Louvre blockbuster: Honoring Leonardo da Vinci 500 years later

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:55 AM

The Louvre museum in Paris opens their biggest exhibition yet of Leonardo da Vinci's works to celebrate his 500th death anniversary

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

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS: 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

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