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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Broken angels: Inside the lab working to restore Notre Dame

The golden angel once glimmered majestically from Notre Dame’s vault. Now, with a broken nose, chipped gold-leaf and a smashed bust, it stares up blankly at a warehouse roof in …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 3:56 p.m.

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie sidelined after undergoing knee surgery

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie has been bitten by the injury bug again. The senior forward is sidelined for an unspecified amount of time after undergoing a “knee procedure” Thursday, according …


French billionaire gives $109 million to rebuild Notre Dame

French billionaire Francois Pinault and son Francois-Henri Pinault have officially signed documents setting aside $109 million toward rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral, following months of delay that left officials largely reliant …


Sarkozy to stand trial in illegal campaign financing case

France’s highest court ruled that former President Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial on charges of illegally financing his 2012 presidential campaign.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Ex-French President Chirac, who stood up to US, dies at 86

Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France’s role in the Holocaust and who defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, died …


Medieval masterpiece by Cimabue rediscovered in French house

A masterpiece attributed to 13th century Italian painter Cimabue has been discovered in a French woman’s kitchen –and it’s expected to sell for millions of euros at an upcoming auction.


Notre Dame Cathedral: ‘lot of work’ before rebuild can begin

Notre Dame Cathedral has far to go to recover from a destructive fire but a hardy copper rooster that once topped the spire is serving as a reminder that all …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 3:33 p.m.

Cat burglar: Black panther caught prowling French rooftops

Emergency workers caught an unusual prowler lurking around rooftops in northern France: a black panther.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

Snowden calls on France’s Macron to grant him asylum

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

Paris sees biggest transport strike in decade over pensions

The biggest strike to hit Paris public transport since 2007 created major traffic jams Friday, disrupting tourists’ plans and forcing commuters to work from home or find alternative ways to …


Google pays France over $1 billion to settle tax case

Tech giant Google said Thursday it has paid over one billion dollars to French authorities to settle a years-long dispute over allegations of tax fraud.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

A shocker: United States beaten 89-79 by France in FIBA World Cup quarters

U.S. will not medal at the basketball World Cup, falling 89-79 to France in the quarterfinals.


Kidney transplants could be more plentiful – and safe – if U.S. eased age limits, study finds

Peter Reese couldn’t believe what he just heard. The associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania was in France for …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Macron’s G-7 performance arms him for likely troubles ahead

French President Emmanuel Macron used the three-day summit of G-7 leaders he hosted in southwest France to showcase his political talents.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 11:40 a.m.

Trump portrays G-7 as a lovefest, papering over differences

Never mind his differences with world leaders on China, trade, Russia, Iran and more. President Donald Trump’s takeaway message from the Group of Seven summit in France was “unity.” In …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

Trump claims G-7 ‘unity’ on Iran after unannounced invite

U.S. President Donald Trump said he gave his approval for Iran’s top diplomat to make an unannounced appearance on the margins of the G-7 summit, denying Monday that he was …


High-stakes gamble: Iranian envoy gets surprise G-7 invite

A top Iranian official paid an unannounced visit Sunday to the G-7 summit and was headed to the building where leaders of the world’s major democracies have been debating for …


Police, protesters fill French beach resorts for G-7 summit

Thousands of French police are setting up checkpoints and combing Atlantic beaches to secure the southwestern coast for the world leaders who are coming for the G-7 summit this weekend.


France honors African veterans of World War II landings

It’s sometimes called “the forgotten D-Day,” the crucial but overshadowed Allied invasion of the French Riviera to push back the Nazis. France held an elaborate military ceremony Thursday to remember …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 7:04 p.m.

Paris streets near Notre Dame to be decontaminated from lead

Paris authorities shut down streets surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral to decontaminate them Tuesday, after high levels of lead were registered in the area following the April blaze that damaged …


Toxic lead removed from Paris schools after Notre Dame fire

Workers in full protective gear began Thursday to decontaminate some Paris schools tested with unsafe levels of lead following the blaze at the Notre Dame Cathedral, as part of efforts …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 3:18 p.m.

Notre Dame: Environmental groups warn against lead pollution

Environmental groups and one of France’s largest labor unions called Monday for stronger measures to ensure cleanup work at fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral does not expose workers and nearby residents …


Notre Dame: Lead fears prompt new cleanup rules, equipment

Cleanup work at fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral will resume later this month but under stricter lead-protection rules, amid growing public concern about toxic pollution.


In the Garden: Loire Valley chateau exudes elegance inside and out

If I had to choose one word to sum up the Loire Valley’s Chateau de Chenonceau, it would be “elegant.” In June, I led a tour of France’s most beautiful …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Heat, then hail: Weather and travel woes hit Britain, France

The temperature’s dropping but Europe’s troubles aren’t over: A record-busting heat wave gave way Friday to thunderstorms and hailstorms, bringing the Tour de France to a dramatic halt and causing …


Trump vows to retaliate against French digital tax

President Donald Trump is promising to retaliate against France for adopting a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook.


New heat wave in Europe starts to breaks records

Europeans cooled off in public fountains Wednesday as a new heat wave spread across parts of the continent and is already breaking records.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

French prosecutors want Air France tried for 2009 Rio crash

French prosecutors want Air France to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard, a …


Architect: Notre Dame far from safe for restoration work

A French architect says that Notre Dame Cathedral still isn’t safe enough for restoration work to begin, more than three months after a devastating fire nearly destroyed the monument.


France adopts pioneering tax on tech giants after US threat

France adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook on Thursday, despite U.S. threats of new tariffs on French imports.