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France's 'yellow vests' mark six months of protests with numbers dwindling

Reims - "Yellow vest" protesters turned out across France Saturday to mark six months of rallies against President Emmanuel Macron's policies, but with their numbers dwindling, according to a government tally.

France, Spain hold 'bear summit' after attacks on sheep

Madrid - Spain and France held talks Friday on how to respond after a brown bear recently introduced in the French Pyrenees killed several sheep, alarming shepherds cross the border.

France, Germany at loggerheads over next EU president

Apo - Next week's European parliamentary election will set the scene for a summer-long political battle over Brussels' most powerful posts, with Germany and France at loggerheads over who takes the top spot.

French doctor suspected in 17 more poisoning cases

Besan - A French doctor already under investigation for poisoning seven patients has been charged with poisoning 17 more people at a clinic in eastern France, one of his lawyers said.

French anaesthesiologist suspected in 17 more poisoning cases

Besan - A French doctor already charged in the poisoning of seven patients was brought before a judge Thursday on suspicions he may have poisoned 17 others at a clinic in eastern France, prosecutors said.

Josu Ternera, the 'grandfather' of ETA

Madrid - Josu Ternera, who was arrested Thursday in France after more than 16 years on the run, is one of the most influential leaders of the former Basque separatist group ETA who oversaw deadly attacks as well as secret talks with Madrid.

Six months of 'yellow vest' protests in France

Paris - Attacks on the police, insults for the president and violence at the Arc de Triomphe: AFP has captured the most striking moments of the half a year of protests by anti-government "yellow vest" demonstrators.

Fugitive ex-leader of ETA detained in France

Bonneville - Josu Ternera, one of the most influential leaders of former Basque separatist group ETA, was arrested in France on Thursday after more than 16 years on the run, Spain's interior ministry said.

France reopens probe into killing of 3 Kurdish activists

Paris - French officials have reopened an investigation into the 2013 Paris killings of three female Kurdish activists, after their families asked them to look at whether Turkish agents were involved, sources said Wednesday.

Five big moments to watch for Cannes stargazers

Cannes - The fabled French Riviera movie showcase has done its all to rekindle its love affair with Hollywood, and a parade of celebrities are walking the Cannes red carpet during the 12-day event.

Anti-Kremlin campaigner calls for 'French Magnitsky act'

Paris - A British financier who has infuriated the Kremlin by spearheading legislation worldwide to sanction Russian officials and oligarchs said Wednesday he is hopeful of a similar law being agreed in France.

China says French asylum for ex-Interpol chief's wife 'abuse of procedure'

Bejing - Beijing said Wednesday France granting asylum to the wife of former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei -- who has been charged in China with accepting bribes -- would be an abuse of its own legal procedures.

Ladj Ly: From Paris riots to Cannes red carpet

Clichy-sous-bois - The 2005 riots that shook France began in the suburban high rises where he grew up. Now Ladj Ly, who has been dubbed France's answer to Spike Lee, is bringing his story of angry youth to the red carpet at the Cannes film festival.

French 'yellow vest' protesters upstage top theatre awards

Paris - A group of protesters from the anti-government "yellow vest" movement upstaged France's top annual theatre awards, surging onto the stage to denounce the policies of President Emmanuel Macron.

Record number of attacks on gays in France: report

Paris - Assaults in France on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people hit a new record in 2018, "a dark year" for the LGBT community, French group SOS Homophobie reported Tuesday.

Grief, questions as France remembers troops slain in hostage raid

Paris - A grieving France paid its respects Tuesday to two commandos killed during a raid to rescue four hostages in the Sahel region of Africa last week, under the shadow of a row over risks taken by two of those freed.

Wife of Chinese ex-Interpol boss granted asylum in France: lawyer

Lyon - The wife and children of former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who vanished while visiting China in September last year, have been granted political asylum in France, the family's lawyer told AFP on Monday.

Secretive British billionaire Barclay sues over French play

Caen - A court in northern France on Monday was to begin hearing a case brought by one of the secretive Barclay brothers, who own the Daily Telegraph and the Ritz Hotel, claiming he was defamed in a play by a French writer.

Kidnapped tourists land in France after Burkina Faso raid

Paris - Three hostages freed in Burkina Faso in a special forces raid in which two French soldiers died on Saturday arrived in France to be greeted by President Emmanuel Macron.

France probes alleged Monsanto files on opinion makers

Paris - France has opened an preliminary enquiry into alleged illegal files put together for US pesticides maker Monsanto on the views and pliability of hundreds of high-profile figures and media outlets.
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