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PARIS | Mayer sets decathlon WR after Kipchoge runs fastest marathon

PARIS  — On a spectacular day for track and field fans, Kevin Mayer of France set a decathlon world record in front of a home crowd, just hours after Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record in Berlin. Competing at the Decastar event in southwestern France, world champion Mayer amassed a total of 9,126 points, … Continue reading PARIS | Mayer sets decathlon WR after Kipchoge runs fastest marathon

PARIS | As Trump threatens election meddlers, Russia says ‘so what?’

PARIS — President Donald Trump is finally making moves against foreign election meddling — and Russia says it couldn’t care less. Trump’s executive order this week authorizing sanctions on foreigners who mess with American elections could herald new headaches for Moscow, after extensive accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. But Russian … Continue reading PARIS | As Trump threatens election meddlers, Russia says ‘so what?’

PARIS | France’s Macron admits system of torture during Algeria war

PARIS  — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday formally recognized the responsibility of the French state in the death of a dissident mathematician in Algeria in 1957, admitting for the first time the French military’s “system” that included torture during Algeria’s independence war. Macron visited on Thursday the 87-year-old widow of Maurice Audin, a French … Continue reading PARIS | France’s Macron admits system of torture during Algeria war

PARIS | Macron ally heads France’s National Assembly amid probe

PARIS — French lawmakers have elected a close political ally of President Emmanuel Macron to head France’s lower house of Parliament. Richard Ferrand replaces Francois de Rugy as president of the National Assembly. Macron named Rugy as his environment minister last week. The 56-year-old Ferrand comfortably won Wednesday’s ballot by lawmakers, despite facing a judicial … Continue reading PARIS | Macron ally heads France’s National Assembly amid probe

PARIS | Macron’s ex-aide behind scandal to appear at Senate probe

PARIS — A former security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron who set off a political scandal after being videotaped beating up a protester said Wednesday that he will appear before a Senate inquiry commission as requested — but only because he has no choice. But Alexandre Benalla got off on a bad foot with … Continue reading PARIS | Macron’s ex-aide behind scandal to appear at Senate probe

PARIS | Singer Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies

PARIS  — Algerian singer Rachid Taha, who thrillingly blended Arabic music with rock and techno and at times wore blue contact lenses to protest anti-Arab prejudice in his adoptive France, has died. He was 59. Taha’s record label, Naïve, announced his death in a statement Wednesday on its Facebook page. It said he died overnight … Continue reading PARIS | Singer Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies

PARIS | Unlikely weapon: petanque balls help disarm Paris attacker

PARIS — They only went out to play a calm game of petanque and enjoy some late summer warmth by a Parisian canal. By the end of the evening, the three friends had neutralized a knife-wielding attacker who had stabbed seven people, with an unlikely weapon: the game’s clanking — and hefty — metal balls. … Continue reading PARIS | Unlikely weapon: petanque balls help disarm Paris attacker

PARIS | Man arrested in extraordinary airport car chase

PARIS — Pursued by police vehicles, a man smashed a stolen car Monday into security barriers at two airports in Lyon, southeast France, and then crashed through two glass doors of a terminal and sped onto the runway, before being arrested. The dramatic car chase was captured on amateur video. It showed the car hitting … Continue reading PARIS | Man arrested in extraordinary airport car chase