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Last Paris attacks suspect sentenced to 20 years over Brussels shootout

Apo - A Belgian court on Monday sentenced the sole surviving suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, to 20 years in prison on terror charges over a bloody gun battle with police in Brussels days before his capture in 2016.

French police arrest suspect over Mont Saint Michel scare

Paris - French police have arrested a man accused of threatening to attack police at Mont Saint Michel, causing a scare that led to the evacuation of one of the country's busiest tourist sites, a security source said Monday.

France to send reinforcements to Italy border after protests

Lyon - France's interior minister said he would send "significant" security reinforcements to the country's Alpine border with Italy after a weekend of protest actions by pro and anti migrant groups.

State visit set to test Macron-Trump 'friendship'

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron flies into Washington Monday on a three-day state visit expected to test his much-vaunted "friendship" with US counterpart Donald Trump, as the leaders tackle deep differences over Iran and other key dossiers.

Verdict for Paris suspect Abdeslam in Belgian trial

Apo - A Belgian court will give its verdict Monday on Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving suspect in the Paris Islamist attacks, over a bloody 2016 shootout with police in Brussels that led to his capture.

French MPs adopt controversial immigration bill

Paris - France's National Assembly has adopted a controversial immigration bill that speeds up the asylum process and accelerates deportations after a fierce debate that exposed divisions in President Emmanuel Macron's party.

Greek anarchists throw paint at French consulate

Atenas - A Greek anarchist group on Sunday attacked the French consulate in Athens, Greek police said, in protest at France's involvement in airstrikes against Syria.

Macron on Iran nuclear deal: There is no 'Plan B'

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron, who is heading to Washington to urge his US counterpart to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that there is no "Plan B" if the accord is scrapped.

Macron warns against being 'weak' with Putin

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron warned against showing any weakness towards Vladimir Putin -- while insisting he wants to work with the Russian strongman -- in remarks broadcast Sunday on the eve of his state visit to Washington.

Macron's party divided as France debates immigration law

Paris - French lawmakers were set to vote Sunday on a controversial immigration law that has exposed unprecedented divisions in President Emmanuel Macron's young centrist party.

France's Mont Saint Michel evacuated as man threatens police

Beauvoir - Authorities on Sunday evacuated Mont Saint Michel, one of France's busiest tourist sites, and were searching for a suspect whom witnesses said had threatened to attack local security forces.

Can Macron's White House visit save the Iran deal?

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron seems, as much as any world leader, to have developed a rapport with his American counterpart Donald Trump.

300 French personalities sign manifesto against 'new anti-Semitism'

Paris - More than 300 French dignitaries and stars have signed a manifesto denouncing a "new anti-Semitism" marked by "Islamist radicalisation" after a string of killings of Jews, to be published in Le Figaro newspaper Sunday.

Rightwing migration demo blocks France-Italy border crossing

N - Around 100 far-right activists on Saturday tried to block a French alpine pass used by migrants in a bid to "ensure that no illegal immigrant can return to France".

Trump to honour Macron, his unlikely French friend

Paris - They talk regularly, have shared memorable handshakes and supposedly have an "unbreakable" friendship. When US President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron meet next week, there will be more back-slapping -- but also major differences.

Macron, Trump to dine at Mt Vernon, cradle of French-US amity

Mount Vernon - The Trumps, it seems, have not forgotten their intimate meal with the Macrons on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower last July. They return the favor Monday, this time at an American landmark.

Macron bringing tree sapling as gift to White House: Fox

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron hopes an oak sapling that he will give his American counterpart Donald Trump next week will be planted at the White House as a symbol of lasting friendship, he told Fox News on Friday.

France rejects 'vain and pointless' trade fight with China

Washington - France criticized Washington's trade tactics on Friday, demanding Europe be permanently exempt from US steel tariffs, while refusing to be drawn into a "vain and pointless" trade fight with China.

France deports Salafist preacher accused of hate speech

Marseille - France on Friday deported an influential Islamic preacher whose mosque in the southern city of Marseille was shut down last year over accusations of hate speech.

50 years on, French baby boomers still cling to May '68 ideals

Paris - As France prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous months of its history, experts say the May 1968 generation remains largely true to its youthful aims of greater personal freedom and social justice.

May 1968: When France threw off the shackles

Paris - Fifty years ago, as France exploded in mass protests, words scrawled on the walls of the Sorbonne university summed up the revolutionary zeal of the time: "Run free, comrade, we've left the old world behind!

European MPs urge US not to scrap Iran nuclear deal

Berlin - About 500 lawmakers from Germany, France and Britain on Thursday urged the US Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal which President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

Basque group ETA to announce dissolution 'on May 5 or 6': mediator

Madrid - The Basque militant group ETA will make the highly anticipated announcement of its dissolution on the first weekend in May, an international mediator told Basque radio Thursday.

France's Macron faces mass protests as opponents join forces

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron faced mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanise angry students, public sector workers and striking train drivers into a joint movement against his multi-pronged drive to overhaul the French economy.

Macron, Merkel differ on fiscal policy in EU reform push

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday stressed their common will to reform the EU, but without bridging their fundamental differences on economic and fiscal policy.

France, Britain, US want to regain 'prestige' with Syria strikes: dissident

Madrid - Far from "saving Syrians from brutality", the United States, France and Britain were likely only trying to regain international "prestige" when they attacked Bashar al-Assad's regime, prominent Syrian dissident Yassin al Haj Saleh told AFP.

Rape suspect Tariq Ramadan has multiple sclerosis: doctors

Paris - Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, in detention in France over rape allegations, is suffering from multiple sclerosis, but could be treated behind bars, according to judicial medical opinion.

Spain court confirms 535 years jail for ETA militants

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court confirmed 535-year prison sentences for two ETA militants, it said Wednesday, just weeks before the Basque separatist group is expected to announce its dissolution after decades of violence.

60 percent 'unhappy' with Macron as French protests grow

Paris - Sixty percent of French voters are unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron, a survey said Wednesday, with strikes and protests growing as the ambitious young reformer prepares to mark a year in office.

Top French university Sciences Po blocked by students

Paris - The main entrance to the prestigious French university Sciences Po in Paris was blocked on Wednesday after students opposed to President Emmanuel Macron's education reforms occupied the building, an AFP reporter said.
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