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European champion Macron gears up for first EU summit

Paris - France's new President Emmanuel Macron heads to his first EU summit on Thursday pledging to breathe new life into the bloc after Britain's shock Brexit decision and to bolster European defences in the face of Donald Trump's "America First" policy.

Macron reaffirms hope for EU ahead of first summit

Paris - On the eve of his first European summit, French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his belief Wednesday in a Europe capable of transforming the world with France as a driving force.

Macron reshuffles cabinet after key allies resign

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron appointed little-known railway executive Florence Parly as his defence minister Wednesday as he reshuffled his cabinet just five weeks into office.

Heatwave scorches Europe, from London to Siberia

Paris - Europe sizzled in a continent-wide heatwave on Wednesday, with London seeing Britain's hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal battled to stamp out deadly forest fires.

Key Macron ally quits French government

Paris - French Justice Minister Francois Bayrou, a key ally of President Emmanuel Macron, told AFP on Wednesday he was quitting the government as his party battles a funding scandal.

Key Macron ally says he is quitting French government

Paris - France's justice minister Francois Bayrou, a key ally of President Emmanuel Macron, told AFP Wednesday he was quitting the government, as his party battles a funding scandal.

Growers at Bordeaux winefest unite against climate change

Bordeaux - This is the wine industry's new normal: heavy rains, floods, hailstones, drought and sometimes even frost.

Paris attacker, on terror watchlist, had gun licence

Paris - Questions arose Tuesday over how a known radical Islamist who rammed a car laden with weapons and gas canisters into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees was able to hold a firearms licence.

Pamela Anderson invites Macron to 'sexy' French restaurant

Nice - Pamela Anderson long ago swapped "Baywatch" for animal rights activism -- but the actress has now added another string to her bow by opening a French restaurant, with President Emmanuel Macron receiving an open invite.

French ministers quit before Macron's 'clean' reshuffle

Paris - Two French ministers have quit their jobs in the space of 24 hours as President Emmanuel Macron reshuffles his government to reflect his campaign pledge to clean up politics.

ESA boss urges action on 'ticking timebombs' in Earth orbit

Le Bourget - A European Space Agency director urged nations Tuesday to unlock concealed data on the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk, or "ticking time bombs" threatening spacecraft in Earth orbit.

Paris attacker, on terror watchlist, had gun licence

Paris - Questions arose Tuesday over how a known radical Islamist who rammed a car laden with weapons and gas canisters into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees was able to hold a firearms licence.

Europe's top rights court blasts Russian 'gay propaganda' law

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted as discriminatory Russian legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality, saying it fuelled homophobia and prejudice.

Paris attacker, on terror watchlist, had gun licence

Paris - Questions arose Tuesday over how a known radical Islamist who rammed a car into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees was able to hold a gun licence.

Europe's top rights court denounces Russia's 'gay propaganda' law

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted as discriminatory Russian legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality.

Weapons stash found at Champs-Elysees attacker's home: probe source

Paris - Investigators have found a stash of weapons at the home of a man killed while ramming a car loaded with guns and a gas canister into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees, a source close to the probe said Tuesday.

French defence minister quits over fake jobs claims

Paris - French Defence Minister Sylvie Goulard announced her resignation on Tuesday over a fake jobs scandal that has hit her small centrist MoDem party, which has allied itself with President Emmanuel Macron's party.

French police hold 4 family members of Champs-Elysees assailant: source

Paris - French police have taken into custody four members of the family of a radicalised Islamist who was killed when he rammed a car loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police van on the Champs-Elysees, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Macron reappoints Edouard Philippe as PM after Sunday's vote

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday reappointed Edouard Philippe as prime minister after the weekend's legislative run-off vote and asked him to form the next government, sources at Macron's office said.

Even 2C warming means more killer heatwaves: study

Paris - Climate change will sharply boost the frequency of lethal heatwaves even if humanity caps global warming at two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the core goal of the Paris Agreement, scientists said Monday.
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