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Six months on, Notre-Dame's rebirth still years away

Paris - One day after the blaze that scarred Notre-Dame, President Emmanuel Macron addressed a nation in shock at the damage to one of its great cultural landmarks, with a promise that rang as clearly as the peal of the cathedral's bells.

Tunisia sets up crisis cell for Thomas Cook fallout

Tunis - Tunisia has set up a crisis cell to deal with the fallout of British tour operator Thomas Cook's collapse on Monday, which has left around 4,500 mostly British tourists stranded in the North African country, officials said.

French rooster triumphs in battle over right to crow

Rochefort - The owner of famed French rooster Maurice emerged victorious on Thursday from a legal battle with her neighbours over his early-morning crowing, with a court upholding the bird's right to sing in the day.

For Bahamas residents, an agonizing wait for news of family

Nassau - In the hurricane-battered Bahamas, seeing is believing when it comes to knowing loved ones are safe."The only way we have to know that people are OK is seeing them walk out," said Martysta Turnquest.

US president denies involvement in Pence stay at Trump hotel

Washington - US President Donald Trump denied Wednesday that he suggested his deputy Mike Pence stay at a Trump property in Ireland, as administration figures appeared to offer contradictory accounts of the vice-president's choice of accommodation.

'Red lights' as over-tourism threatens Corsican nature reserve

Galeria - "It's nature's magical design," says a tourist guide, waxing poetic as he comments on the impressive red cliffs plunging into a turquoise sea at the Scandola nature reserve on France's Corsica island."Amazing!

5,000 evacuated as Canary Islands wildfire rages

A raging wildfire on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria forced the evacuation of some 5,000 people, authorities said Sunday, warning it could take days for the blaze to be brought under control.

Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resort

Toulouse - Nine people were injured during a fireworks display in a popular resort in southern France when one rocket misfired close to onlookers on the beach, firefighters said Saturday.

American teen 'Bugha' becomes solo Fortnite champ, winning $3 mn

New York - American Kyle Giersdorf, alias "Bugha," became the first Fortnite world champion in the solo division, winning $3 million at age 16 on Sunday.Originally from Pennsylvania, the young gamer took the lead in the first of six games and never looked back.

American 16-year-old becomes solo Fortnite champ, winning $3 mn

New York - American Kyle Giersdorf, alias "Bugha," became the first Fortnite world champion in the solo division, winning $3 million at age 16.Originally from Pennsylvania, the young gamer took the lead in the first of six games and never looked back.

Defendants at Morocco trial deny involvement in hiker killings

Tabriquet - The trial of 24 men charged over the brutal murder of two Scandinavian hikers resumed Thursday in Morocco, with several defendants denying their involvement in the killings.

Noisy cockerel exposes tensions in rural France

Rochefort - A French court is set to rule this week on whether an early-rising cockerel should be considered a neighbourly nuisance in a case that has led to crows of protest in the countryside.

D-Day tourism boom brings crowds, and controversy, to Normandy

Caen - The number of people visiting the World War II cemeteries, museums and battle sites along the Normandy coast of France has soared in recent years, creating a tourist windfall but generating criticism that a harrowing chapter of history is being sullied...

Eiffel Tower climber 'admitted to psychiatric unit'

Paris - A man, believed to be Russian, who sparked a mass evacuation of the Eiffel Tower by scaling the iconic Paris landmark has been admitted to a psychiatric unit, legal sources said Tuesday.

Quarantine over on measles-hit Scientology cruise ship: spokesman

Washington - The Church of Scientology said Thursday all the passengers from a cruise ship that was quarantined over a measles case had been cleared to leave.

German tourist swept to her death in Corsica

Marseille - A German tourist was swept to her death as she walked along a beach in southern Corsica on Sunday as high waves battered the French Mediterranean island, officials said.

The macabre puzzle of piecing together victims at Sri Lanka morgue

Colombo - The nauseating smell of death that infested the streets around Colombo's morgue after Sri Lanka's devastating Easter attacks has finally dispersed.

Anders Holch Povlsen, discreet Danish billionaire

Copenhagen - Danish clothing retail billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, one of Scotland's biggest landowners who lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka attacks, is a reclusive businessman who has jealously guarded his family's privacy over the years.

Portuguese president joins services for island bus crash victims

Ribeirinha - Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo attended church services Friday in tribute to 29 German tourists who died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the island of Madeira.

Portuguese president joins services for island bus crash victims

Ribeirinha - Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo attended church services Friday in tribute to 29 German tourists who died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the island of Madeira.

Holiday island mourns after bus crash kills 29 German tourists

Ribeirinha - Portugal and Germany mourned on Thursday after 29 German tourists died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the tourist island of Madeira.

Virgin Galactic takes crew of three to altitude of 55 miles

Washington - Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) on Friday, carrying for the first time a passenger in addition to its two pilots.

New fire at restaurant of French chef critical of 'yellow vests'

Toulouse - The restaurant of a Michelin-starred French chef was again targeted in a suspected arson attack on Wednesday, two weeks after it was set ablaze in what was thought to be retaliation for his public criticism of the "yellow vest" protest movement.

Fears tourists will stay away after hikers murdered in Morocco

Tafingoult - The murders of two young Scandinavian women trekking in the High Atlas mountains in Morocco have shaken the region and fuelled fears that tourists will stay away.

Returning Cubans boost island's real estate market

Havana - In shorts and wearing shoes but no socks, Mauricio Garcia could pass for a tourist as he strolls around Old Havana.

Macron draws fire with career advice to young job-seeker

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron was facing fresh criticism Sunday after telling an aspiring gardener that he could easily find a job if he would simply start looking in high-demand sectors like restaurants or construction.

New high-rises spark land battle in Paris

Courbevoie - A group of tenants near Paris whose apartments are to be destroyed to build the tallest skyscrapers in western Europe are refusing to leave after fighting for years to save their homes.

Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Saint-mars-la-r - Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.

Portugal fires rage along smouldering stretch of Algarve

Monchique - Wildfires blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve Thursday, as hundreds of firefighters battled to control flames that have menaced the popular tourist region for a week.

Poetry in motion: enter the world of the 'scrap metal poet'

Lizio - With its fairytale towers, quirky animated sculptures, fantastical constructions and musical fountains, the inventive world crafted out of discarded junk by the man known as the "Scrap Metal Poet" is tucked away deep in the northwestern French countrys...
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