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French inquiry opened over police assault of protester

Paris - French prosecutors said Sunday they had opened an inquiry after a riot police officer was caught on camera punching a protester at a demonstration in Paris, footage that went viral online.

Designer hopes green lingerie takes off

Paris - In a tiny workshop in central Paris, Paloma Casile puts finishing touches on eco-friendly lingerie that she hopes will catch on at an international show a few days hence.

Tear gas, arrests in new anti-Macron demo in Paris

Paris - French police fired tear gas under a rain of projectiles and arrested dozens of people on Saturday as thousands of "yellow vest" anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Paris.

Macron rushed from Paris theatre during protest

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife were rushed from a Paris theatre late Friday after protesters tried to burst in and disrupt the performance.

Trump and Thunberg face off as Davos warms to climate action

Paris - US President Donald Trump will renew his running battle with young climate campaigner Greta Thunberg when they join the A-list movers and shakers attending the 50th anniversary of the Davos conclave next week.

Sepsis linked to 1-in-5 deaths worldwide: study

Paris - Sepsis played a direct role in the deaths of 11 million people in 2017, almost twice as many as previously estimated, according to a study published Thursday.

French unions vow to stand firm as pension strike softens

Paris - Striking workers poured into streets across France Thursday for a sixth day of demonstrations against a pensions overhaul, putting up a show of defiance after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the historic transport stoppage "has gone on for too lon...

Police brutality: French government admits to problems

Paris - As the number of protesters badly injured at the hands of the security forces grows, the French government has been compelled to abandon its hear-no-evil, see-no-evil approach to police violence, experts say.

French priest accused of sex abuse tells trial he had been abused

Lyon - A defrocked French Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing dozens of boy scouts decades ago told his trial on Wednesday that he himself had suffered similar assaults in his youth, in an unexpected twist to his defence.

France ex-presidential hopeful Royal probed over expenses

Paris - French prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened an investigation into allegations that former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal used expenses meant for her ambassadorial job on external interests including promoting her book.

Op-Ed: Australia's new subs — News, not news, and embarrassing babble

Sydney - Australian submarines typically get into the news for a variety of reasons, some credible and some not so credible. Our very expensive but very interesting new French-made submarines are getting their share of flak already.

Volunteer-run grocery revives rural French village

Sauxillanges - Like so many villages tucked in the folds of the French countryside, the centre of Sauxillanges faced a near-certain death.

Barnier warns of post-Brexit 'consequences' for UK, EU citizens

Strasbourg - Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, warned Tuesday that "concrete consequences" would follow for EU and UK citizens as Britain does away with freedom of movement.

Three Romanians face French trial over 1 mn euro diamond swindle

Castres - Three Romanians have been ordered to stand trial in France on charges they made off with one million euros worth of diamonds from a French jeweller and his Indian partner, in an elaborate hoax resembling a Hollywood movie script.

EU states launch process disputing Iran's nuclear compliance

Paris - Three EU countries on Tuesday launched a process charging Iran with failing to observe the terms of the 2015 deal curtailing its nuclear programme, a move that sparked anger and threats from Tehran at a time of growing tensions.

French priest admits 'caresses' in boy scout abuse trial

Lyon - Accused of sexually abusing dozens of boy scouts in the 1970s and 80s, a French Catholic priest confessed in court Tuesday to "caresses" he knew were forbidden, and said for 20 years "it happened every weekend".

Spike Lee to be first black head of Cannes film festival jury

Paris - American director Spike Lee was named president of this year's Cannes film festival jury on Tuesday, becoming the first black head of the panel.

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach

Paris - New climate models show carbon dioxide is a more potent greenhouse gas than previously understood, a finding that could push the Paris treaty goals for capping global warming out of reach, scientists have told AFP.

EU to lay out trillion-euro 'Green Deal'

Strasbourg - Going green can be a costly business, as the EU's executive body will make clear on Tuesday when it launches a one-trillion-euro plan to finance its goal of making the bloc carbon neutral by 2050.

A photographer's search for his mother in Nazi concentration camps

Paris - Piles of skeletal bodies, the doors to a crematorium, emaciated faces -- an AFP photographer documents the full horror of the Nazi extermination camps in the spring of 1945, as he searches for his deported mother.
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