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May’s hopes for Brexit deal punctured by attorney general

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s attorney general punctured Prime Minister Theresa May‘s hopes of winning backing for her Brexit deal Tuesday, saying last-minute changes secured from the European Union didn’t give Britain the power to cut itself free of ties to the bloc. Hard-core Brexit backers in Parliament came to the same conclusion, saying they wouldn’t … Continue reading May’s hopes for Brexit deal punctured by attorney general

Merkel successor backs Macron’s EU call, floats own ideas

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s party has backed French President Emmanuel Macron‘s recent call for a stronger European Union, but suggested some solutions that are unlikely to be welcomed in Paris. In an op-ed published by German weekly Welt am Sonntag, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer responded directly to Macron’s appeal Monday for voters … Continue reading Merkel successor backs Macron’s EU call, floats own ideas

Italy government fraying over high-speed rail dispute

ROME (AP) — Italy’s coalition government frayed further Friday over the stalled high-speed rail line to France, with the League insisting it go ahead and the 5-Star Movement refusing to fund the next phase until the whole deal is renegotiated. With a Monday deadline looming for contract bids to go out, League leader Matteo Salvini … Continue reading Italy government fraying over high-speed rail dispute

The Latest: Cardinal offers resignation after conviction

LYON, France (AP) — The Latest on a church sex abuse trial in France (all times local): 1:15 p.m. French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is offering his resignation to the pope after being convicted of failing to report a pedophile priest. In a brief statement to the media in Lyon, France, Barbarin said “I have decided … Continue reading The Latest: Cardinal offers resignation after conviction

The Latest: Convicted French cardinal will appeal

LYON, France (AP) — The Latest on a church sex abuse trial in France (all times local): 10:50 a.m. The lawyer for a top Catholic official who has been found guilty of failing to report to judicial authorities accusations against a pedophile priest says his client will appeal the verdict. Jean-Felix Luciani, lawyer for Cardinal … Continue reading The Latest: Convicted French cardinal will appeal

Chanel runway in the sky: VIPs weep at Lagerfeld’s last show

PARIS  (AP) — It was Karl Lagerfeld’s final curtain — even though he wasn’t there. Celebrities, models and fashion industry peers who had gathered at Chanel’s catwalk show Tuesday held a minute’s silence to bid adieu to the iconic couturier, who died last month and did not want a public funeral. Guests wept as his final … Continue reading Chanel runway in the sky: VIPs weep at Lagerfeld’s last show

The Latest: Wife says French husband in IS died of wounds

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria with the push on the last patch of territory held by the Islamic State group (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The wife of a French militant who had joined the Islamic State group says her husband, Jean-Michel Clain, has died of his wounds in … Continue reading The Latest: Wife says French husband in IS died of wounds

Macron’s plea for Europe lays down battle lines for May vote

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron‘s plea to voters in 28 nations to choose a stronger European Union has gained support from outside his borders — and a good deal of skepticism from within. In a column published for Tuesday’s editions throughout the bloc, Macron advised voters in the May 23-26 EU parliament elections … Continue reading Macron’s plea for Europe lays down battle lines for May vote

The Latest: German vice-chancellor backs Macron’s EU plea

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French president’s call for a stronger European Union (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Germany’s vice chancellor is welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for reform of the European Union, saying that Europe needs to be strong to avoid being pushed around. Olaf Scholz, who is also Germany’s finance … Continue reading The Latest: German vice-chancellor backs Macron’s EU plea

Macron’s plea for Europe gets backing outside French borders

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron‘s plea to voters in 28 nations to choose a stronger European Union has gained support from outside his borders — and a good deal of skepticism from within. In a column published for Tuesday’s editions throughout the bloc, Macron advised voters in the May 23-26 EU parliament elections … Continue reading Macron’s plea for Europe gets backing outside French borders

Algeria: Anger boils despite president’s offer to protesters

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term does not appear to have satisfied protesters, who faced off with riot police overnight. Crowds of mainly young protesters demonstrated into the early hours of Monday after Bouteflika’s campaign manager formalized the president’s candidacy for a fifth … Continue reading Algeria: Anger boils despite president’s offer to protesters

Thom Browne blurs sartorial styles as VIPs hit Zendaya show

PARIS (AP) — A one-off itinerant extravaganza courtesy of American designer Tommy Hilfiger‘s “buy-now” collaboration with actress-singer Zendaya gave Paris Fashion Week a case of Saturday night fever. On Sunday, Thom Browne continued to blur gender lines in his sartorial wardrobe. Here are highlights from fall-winter ready-to-wear shows. TOMMY’S SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER For Hilfiger’s disco-inspired … Continue reading Thom Browne blurs sartorial styles as VIPs hit Zendaya show

French yellow vests protest for 16th straight weekend

PARIS (AP) — French yellow vesta are protesting for a 16th straight weekend in Paris and other cities to show they are still mobilized against the government’s economic policies they see as favoring the rich. In Paris, protesters gathered Saturday at the Arc de Triomphe monument as a march was planned through the well-off western … Continue reading French yellow vests protest for 16th straight weekend

Czech Republic works to get Pompidou Center branch in Prague

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s prime minister says the National Gallery in Prague is working on a project with the Pompidou Center in Paris whose goal is to establish a branch of the modern art museum in the Czech capital. Prime Minister Andrej Babis made the announcement Friday after meeting Pompidou Center president Serge … Continue reading Czech Republic works to get Pompidou Center branch in Prague

The Latest: Israel denounces UN human rights report

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. investigation into Israel’s crackdown on Gaza demonstrations (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed a U.N. report that criticizes the Israeli military’s tactics against Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza border. Netanyahu said in a statement Thursday that the U.N. Human Rights Council … Continue reading The Latest: Israel denounces UN human rights report

Inarritu picked to head Cannes jury, first Mexican in post

PARIS / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) Award-winning Mexican director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu will preside over the jury at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in May. Festival president Pierre Lescure, announcing the choice on Wednesday, praised Inarritu — the first Mexican to be given the honor — as a “daring filmmaker … full of surprises” and an … Continue reading Inarritu picked to head Cannes jury, first Mexican in post

Lanvin makes a comeback at designer’s debut show in Paris

PARIS / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) After several years in the creative wilderness, Lanvin is back on form. There was a palpable sense of relief — as well as praise — as noisy applause erupted at the end of the French couture house’s catwalk show Wednesday, a debut from Bruno Sialelli, Lanvin’s fourth designer in four … Continue reading Lanvin makes a comeback at designer’s debut show in Paris

Nantes files claim at FIFA against Cardiff over Sala deal

PARIS / FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) A person with knowledge of the case says Nantes has filed a formal claim with FIFA against Cardiff to start collecting the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala. The person says the French club wants Cardiff to pay the first installment of the transfer fee. The person spoke on condition of … Continue reading Nantes files claim at FIFA against Cardiff over Sala deal

Iraq’s president in Paris; will discuss French IS detainees

PARIS (AP) — All Islamic State group militants who committed crimes against Iraq will be put on trial, including 13 suspected French militants who have been transferred to Iraq from Syria, Iraq’s president said Monday. Iraqi President Barham Saleh said during a two-day visit to France that the French citizens were handed over from Syria, … Continue reading Iraq’s president in Paris; will discuss French IS detainees

Liz Weston: Should you move abroad for health care?

The notion that health care outside the U.S. could be good as well as cheap is a foreign one to many Americans. Kathleen Peddicord frequently hears from such skeptics as founder of Live and Invest Overseas, a site for people curious about living abroad. Actual expats like her, however, tell of good-quality care at a … Continue reading Liz Weston: Should you move abroad for health care?

BASTIA, Corsica | Wildfires spread over Mediterranean island of Corsica

BASTIA, Corsica (AP) — French authorities say firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that spread overnight near a small village on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Authorities in Haute-Corse, the prefecture covering the northern part of the island, said strong winds fed 20 wildfires that started in several places on Saturday. More than 1,500 … Continue reading BASTIA, Corsica | Wildfires spread over Mediterranean island of Corsica

PARIS | French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

PARIS (AP) — Still struggling to come to terms with their share of responsibility in the clerical sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, France’s bishops have agreed to award financial compensation to victims whose cases fall outside of France’s statute of limitations. “We have agreed in principle to make a financial gesture,” Vincent Neymon, … Continue reading PARIS | French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

PARIS | Get hip to this: Paris wants Olympic debut for breakdance

PARIS (AP) — From the streets of New York to the Olympic podium: Breakdancing‘s conquest of the globe seemingly knows no bounds. Getting hip to breakdancing’s appeal with young audiences, organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics want the dance sport that spread from New York in the 1970s to become a medal event at the … Continue reading PARIS | Get hip to this: Paris wants Olympic debut for breakdance

PARIS | French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $4.2 billion fine

PARIS (AP) — A French court ordered Swiss bank UBS to pay more than 3.7 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in fines for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one of France’s biggest-ever tax evasion trials. The Paris court convicted Zurich-based UBS AG on Wednesday of aggravated money laundering and illegal bank soliciting, … Continue reading PARIS | French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $4.2 billion fine

TOULOUSE, France | The Latest: Emirates says it is sad to see end of A380

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — The Latest on European aviation giant Airbus’ announcement that it will stop making its superjumbo A380 (all times local): 6:35 a.m. The long-haul carrier Emirates says it has struck a deal valued at $21.4 billion with Airbus, while saying it is sad to see the end of production of the double-decker … Continue reading TOULOUSE, France | The Latest: Emirates says it is sad to see end of A380

TOULOUSE, France | Airbus to stop making struggling A380 superjumbo in 2021

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — European aviation giant Airbus says it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 after struggling to sell the world’s biggest passenger jet. Airbus said in a statement Thursday that Emirates is cutting back its orders for the plane and as a result “we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence … Continue reading TOULOUSE, France | Airbus to stop making struggling A380 superjumbo in 2021

PARIS | France: Italy ambassador recall is an important warning

PARIS (AP) — France kept up pressure Friday on Italy amid their biggest diplomatic spat since World War II, as French and Italian business leaders appealed to their countries’ leaders to restore calm. France’s government spokesman said the recall of its ambassador to Italy is temporary, but sends an important signal toward its historical ally … Continue reading PARIS | France: Italy ambassador recall is an important warning