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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.


Thousands of endangered animals seized in customs operation

Police and customs officials have carried out the most widespread anti-wildlife-trafficking operation ever in a joint global operation that’s led to the seizure of thousands of endangered animals and the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Vatican lifts French archbishop’s immunity in groping probe

The Vatican said Monday it has decided to lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of groping and inappropriate touching by multiple men.


France moves to make companies block hate speech online

French lawmakers have approved a measure that is intended to force search engines and social networks to take hate speech off the internet.


France still struggling to break through at highest level

France’s Women’s World Cup hopes wilted in the heat. They were stifled by a relentless United States team more suited to big-game pressure. Les Bleues were second best most of …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 10:28 p.m.

Megan Rapinoe has 2 goals and U.S. knocks France out 2-1 in Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

France was vying to become the first nation to simultaneously hold the men’s and women’s World Cup trophies, but the home-field advantage and the flag-waving crowd that belted out La …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 11 a.m.

Iran sees some progress on nuclear deal, but not enough

A meeting of the remaining partners in the Iranian nuclear deal produced some progress but not enough to satisfy Tehran’s demands, a senior Iranian official said Friday, offering little prospect …


France may not have trophies, but it’s hardly an underdog in Women’s World Cup

The United States has its ranking and its trophies, and that’s all the motivation France needs.


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

Michelle Kaufman: It’s a shame the U.S. women face France in quarterfinal, not championship

The official Women’s World Cup schedule says the championship game is July 7, but let’s be honest, Friday’s quarterfinal between top-ranked United States and host France is the match everyone …


Heat wave puts Italy, France on highest ‘red’ weather alert

France’s national weather service issued its highest-level danger alert Thursday as it warned that parts of the country could expect temperatures to reach an “exceptional peak” Friday amid a record-setting …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Paris prosecutor: no sign Notre Dame fire of criminal origin

The Paris prosecutor’s office says that there is no evidence from a preliminary investigation to suggest that a fire that destroyed large parts of Notre Dame Cathedral was criminal.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 5:41 p.m.

It’s on: The World Cup clash between the U.S. and France

The United States and France are preparing for what many say is a final in the quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup. The defending champion U.S. team will face the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Alerts issued in France as intense heat wave envelops Europe

More than half of France, including around Paris, was placed on an orange alert for intense heat Monday – the second-highest level on the scale – as very hot temperatures …


Small donors, not French tycoons, help pay Notre Dame works

The billionaire French donors who publicly proclaimed they would give hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a penny toward the restoration of the French national …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

France beats Norway 2-1 to remain undefeated in World Cup

Host nation France recovered from scoring an own goal to beat Norway 2-1 for its second consecutive win at the Women’s World Cup. Eugenie Le Sommer scored the winner from …


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Chasing demons: 75 years on, D-Day haunts, drives its vets

They are back, some for the first time since war stole their innocence 75 years ago on Normandy’s D-Day beaches.


D-Day ceremony spotlights Trump’s complicated military ties

World leaders will gather in solemn assembly next week above the sandy beaches of Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of the world-changing D-Day invasion of France. It’s typically a …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Louvre reopens after one-day closure due to overcrowding

The Louvre museum in Paris has reopened to the public after it was closed for one day Monday, when workers complaining about overcrowding walked out