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The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a...

Oil giant Total withdraws from US energy lobbying group

PARIS (AP) — French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees...

$500K in Bitcoin sent from France to US far-right groups

PARIS (AP) — A French computer programmer transferred more than $500,000 in Bitcoin to far-right activists just before his death last month, including some...

The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000

BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s...

France to expel delivery man refusing Kosher orders

PARIS (AP) — A court in eastern France convicted a delivery driver of anti-Semitic discrimination an Thursday for refusing to take orders for kosher...

Tintin comic book art breaks auction record at $3.1 million

PARIS (AP) — A Tintin drawing by the Belgian artist Herge sold Thursday in Paris for 2.6 million euros ($3.1 million), breaking the record...

France opposes foreign takeover offer for supermarket chain

PARIS (AP) — France's government says it opposes the proposed 16.2 billion-euro ($19.6 billion) takeover of French supermarket chain Carrefour by Canadian convenience store...

Rare Tintin comic book art set to sell for millions in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Not even the coronavirus can get in the way of intrepid Belgian reporter and comic book legend Tintin. ...

World warily watches America’s postelection aftershocks

PARIS (AP) — For America's allies and rivals alike, the chaos unfolding during Donald Trump's final days as president is the logical result of...

France’s hopes lift as US freezes tariffs over tech tax

PARIS (AP) — France’s government breathed a sigh of relief Friday after the U.S. indefinitely delayed tariffs on French cosmetics and other goods designed...

Stanford’s Catarina Macario turns pro with Lyon

LYON, France (AP) — Catarina Macario, a promising prospect for the U.S. women’s national team, has signed her first professional contract with French powerhouse...

Cheers! French wine, vines headed home after year in space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of...

France investigates delivery driver accused of anti-Semitism

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors are investigating complaints by Jewish groups in the eastern city of Strasbourg that one or more delivery drivers refused...

This month’s Paris Fashion Week goes totally digital

PARIS (AP) — Ending the confusion over the fate of Paris Fashion Week, French fashion's regulatory body has said that this month's Paris men’s...

50 countries vow to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030

PARIS (AP) — At least 50 countries committed to protecting 30% of the planet, including land and sea, over the next decade to halt...

French minister insists troops didn’t bomb Mali wedding fete

PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister on Sunday denied reports that its fighter jets struck civilians at a wedding party in central Mali a...

French vaccine rollout slowed by red tape, focus on elderly

PARIS (AP) — The few hours it took to give the first coronavirus vaccine shots to 14 residents of the John XXIII nursing home...

World watches US chaos with shock, dismay and some mockery

PARIS (AP) — As the world watched American institutions shaken to the core by an angry mob, officials and ordinary citizens wondered: How fragile...

Stunned EU leaders yearn for Biden presidency — ASAP

BRUSSELS (AP) — For European Union nations, Joe Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration as the next U.S. president cannot come fast enough. ...

France speeds up jabs for elderly, spaces doses by 6 weeks

PARIS (AP) — Facing criticism over a slow roll-out of virus vaccines — with barely 500 people vaccinated in the first week — France’s...

France seeks strategy change to reduce troops in West Africa

PARIS (AP) — As it pays tribute Thursday to French soldiers killed in Mali and faces questions over a deadly airstrike, France is considering...

Albert Roux, major influence on UK dining habits, dies at 85

LONDON (AP) — Albert Roux, the French-born chef and restaurateur who along with his late brother Michel had a profound influence on British dining...

Europeans press Iran to back down on uranium enrichment

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, France and Britain pressed Iran on Wednesday to reverse a decision to start enriching uranium to levels beyond the limits...

France launches service to make deadbeat parents pay

PARIS (AP) — France is launching a new government service empowered to take money directly from the bank accounts of parents who fail to...

10 people to stand trial over deadly 2016 Brussels attacks

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ten people including the lone known surviving suspect in the 2015 deadly Paris attacks have been ordered to stand trial in...

Vaccination drive enters new phase in US and Britain

The first Americans inoculated against COVID-19 began rolling up their sleeves for their second and final dose Monday, while Britain introduced another vaccine on...

France charges an alleged organizer of giant New Year’s rave

PARIS (AP) — An alleged organizer of an illegal New Year's Eve rave that at least 2,500 people attended for more than a day...

France’s go-slow coronavirus vaccination strategy backfires

PARIS (AP) — France’s cautious approach to rolling out a coronavirus vaccination program appears to have backfired, leaving barely 500 people inoculated in the...

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot shareholders approve merger

MILAN (AP) — Shareholders of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot voted Monday to merge and create the world’s fourth-largest auto company which, its architects...

Cuts likely as Fiat Chrysler-PSA tie-up nears approval

MILAN (AP) — While running Nissan’s North American operations from 2009 to 2011, Carlos Tavares had a reputation for closely watching costs with little...

Two French soldiers killed during mission in Mali

PARIS (AP) — The French presidency announced that two French soldiers were killed Saturday in Mali when an improvised explosive device hit their armored...

France’s giant curfew-busting party is over after two nights

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor said police detained seven people Saturday, including two alleged organizers, after a New Year's Eve rave party drew...

The Latest: S Korea extends distancing rules for 2 weeks

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is extending stringent distancing rules for two more weeks as authorities seek to suppress a viral resurgence, while...

Curfew-busting New Year party-goers attack French police

PARIS (AP) — Ravers at an underground, curfew-busting New Year’s Eve party that drew at least 2,500 people in western France attacked the police...

France praises nationality bid by British leader’s dad

CALAIS, France (AP) — France's government cast a favorable light Friday on a reported bid by the father of Britain's prime minister to take...

Quiet New Year gives breathing room after UK-EU Brexit split

LONDON (AP) — A steady trickle of trucks rolled off ferries and trains on both sides of the English Channel on Friday, a quiet...

The Latest: Tens of thousands on Vegas strip despite warning

LAS VEGAS — Tens of thousands of people were walking on the casino-lined Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve by early evening despite...

Under fire, France pledges speedier vaccination rollout

PARIS (AP) — Under fire for a glacially slow rollout of coronavirus vaccine shots, France’s government pledged Thursday to pick up the pace, offering...

French traders, EU sound alarm over US tit-for-tat tariffs

PARIS (AP) — French wine exporters warned Thursday that they'll take a billion-euro hit in 2021 from the latest ratcheting-up of punitive tariffs between...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020

In a year defined by a devastating pandemic, the world lost iconic defenders of civil rights, great athletes and entertainers who helped define their...

Brexit’s choice for EU, UK: firm friends or nearby rivals

BRUSSELS (AP) — The New Year could finally bring a fresh start and a commitment to let bygones be bygones for Britain and the...

US skiers step out of Shiffrin’s shadow with strong results

For the first time since Lindsey Vonn’s retirement, the U.S. women’s ski team is no longer solely dependent on Mikaela Shiffrin for World Cup...

‘Craziest party ever’: Superstar DJ Guetta upbeat for 2021

PARIS (AP) — Superstar DJ David Guetta has been brought back to Earth by the coronavirus pandemic and says his music has benefitted as...

The Latest: Louisiana congressman-elect dies from COVID-19

BATON ROUGE, La. — Luke Letlow, who was to have been Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the U.S. House, has died from complications related...

French designer Pierre Cardin, licensing pioneer, dies at 98

PARIS (AP) — French fashion designer Pierre Cardin possessed a wildly inventive artistic sensibility tempered by a stiff dose of business sense. He had...

Targeted killings of journalists surged in 2020, group says

PARIS (AP) — More journalists are being killed outside of war zones, and the overwhelming majority of this year's grim total of at least...

UK warns of ‘bumpy’ post-Brexit transition despite deal

LONDON (AP) — First came the Brexit trade deal. Now comes the red tape and the institutional nitty gritty. ...

The Latest: Japan’s PM seeks to enforce virus measures

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says he plans to submit legislation that will make coronavirus measures legally binding for businesses, punish violators...

‘Believe in science’: EU kicks off COVID-19 vaccine campaign

ROME (AP) — Doctors, nurses and the elderly rolled up their sleeves across the European Union to receive the first doses of the coronavirus...

France takes careful vaccine approach to counter skepticism

PARIS (AP) — While governments across Europe kicked off their virus vaccination plans this weekend with fanfare, France took a more low-key approach because...

Hurricane-force winds up to 106 mph batter parts of Britain

LONDON (AP) — Hurricane-force winds reaching up to 106 mph (170 kph) and heavy rainstorms battered parts of Britain on Sunday, disrupting train services...

Germany, Hungary give 1st vaccine shots ahead of EU rollout

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany, Hungary and Slovakia began giving out their first coronavirus vaccine shots on Saturday only hours after receiving their first...

Millions face new UK virus restrictions; border chaos eases

LONDON (AP) — Millions of people in the U.K. faced tough new coronavirus restrictions Saturday, with Scotland and Northern Ireland demanding tighter measures to...

French investigators to question Carlos Ghosn in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A team of French investigators will come to Beirut next month to participate in interrogating former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, a...

The Latest: France confirms case of new virus variant

PARIS — French health authorities have confirmed the country’s first case of the virus variant that prompted strict new lockdown measures in Britain and...

Mali opposition leader Cissé dies after contracting COVID-19

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Soumaila Cissé, Mali's main opposition leader who was held hostage for six months earlier this year by jihadis and was...

British army helps clear backlog of virus-stranded drivers

LONDON (AP) — Around 1,000 British soldiers were spending Christmas Day trying to clear a huge backlog of truck drivers stuck in southeast England...

Ivry Gitlis, a violinist who spanned genres, dies at 98

PARIS (AP) — Ivry Gitlis, an acclaimed violinist who played with famed conductors, rock stars and jazz bands around the world and worked to...

Christmas Eve concert held in Paris’ fire-wrecked Notre Dame

PARIS (AP) — Wearing hard hats and protective suits, members of the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the medieval Paris landmark for...

Breakthrough: UK and EU reach post-Brexit trade agreement

BRUSSELS (AP) — Just a week before the deadline, Britain and the European Union struck a free-trade deal Thursday that should avert economic chaos...

Truckers finally leave UK after days of virus gridlock

DOVER, England (AP) — Truckers and travelers stuck in a days-long gridlock at the English port of Dover started heading to France on Thursday...

France’s Macron leaving isolation after week with the virus

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron no longer has virus symptoms and was leaving isolation Thursday after a week with COVID-19, but is...

In France, a pandemic dilemma over holiday rights for elders

PARIS (AP) — Not once in the long months since the pandemic struck has 74-year-old Jean-Francois been able to leave his nursing home in...

Virus-linked isolation of UK eases but backlog persists

DOVER, England (AP) — Gridlock at an English port kept thousands of truckers and travelers stranded Wednesday despite a deal with France to lift...

Gunman kills 3 French police in domestic abuse standoff

PARIS (AP) — A heavily armed gunman in southern France killed three police officers responding to a domestic violence call at his house and...

France relaxes its ban on trucks entering from Britain

LONDON (AP) — France relaxed its coronavirus-related ban on trucks from Britain on Tuesday after a two-day standoff that had stranded thousands of drivers...

Cut off: Britain hit with travel bans over new virus strain

LONDON (AP) — Trucks waiting to get out of Britain backed up for miles and people were left stranded at airports Monday as dozens...

Miss France runner-up becomes target of anti-Semitic tweets

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation Monday to identify the authors of online anti-Semitic comments directed at the runner-up for...

More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant

BERLIN (AP) — A growing list of European Union nations and Canada barred travel from the U.K. on Sunday and others were considering similar...

Ledecka edges Suter to add World Cup win to Olympic title

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Ester Ledecka edged Corinne Suter for her first win in a women’s World Cup super-G on Sunday, nearly three...

Epstein-linked modeling agent charged with rape of minors

PARIS (AP) — A modeling agent associated with disgraced U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein has been charged in France with sexual harassment and the rape...

France’s Macron blames his COVID-19 on negligence, bad luck

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday blamed his COVID-19 on a combination of negligence and bad luck, urging his compatriots to...

French teens protest after transgender classmate’s suicide

LILLE, France (AP) — About 100 teenagers rallied in northern France on Friday to pay homage to a transgender student who killed herself this...

Suter wins season’s 1st downhill, Schmidhofer hurt in crash

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Corinne Suter won the first women's World Cup downhill of the season and Nicole Schmidhofer was injured in a...

French President Macron tests positive for COVID-19

PARIS (AP) — Wearing a white medical mask, French President Emmanuel Macron went ahead with a planned speech by videoconference Thursday, hours after testing...

French court convicts IS operative over foiled train attack

PARIS (AP) — A French court on Thursday convicted an Islamic State operative over a train attack five years ago that was foiled with...

Facebook removes French, Russian accounts active in Africa

PARIS (AP) — Individuals linked to Russia and the French military used fake Facebook and Instagram accounts to wage a covert disinformation campaign in...

Model’s ‘tears of joy’ as agent held over alleged sex crimes

LE PECQ, France (AP) — A former model who testified to French police that she was drugged and raped as a teenager by an...

IS widow convicted in Charlie Hebdo, kosher market attacks

PARIS (AP) — The fugitive widow of an Islamic State gunman and a man described as his logistician on Wednesday were convicted of terrorism...

EU chief von der Leyen sees narrow path toward Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — After weeks of relentless pessimism, the European Union said Wednesday there was now a clear, if narrow, path to reaching an...

Paris city hall fined for naming too many women to top jobs

PARIS (AP) — Paris city hall has been fined 90,000 euros ($109,408) for having appointed too many women to top positions in 2018, in...

French theater, cinema workers protest against virus closure

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of people working in the French theater and cinema industries demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday against the prolonged closure of...

The Latest: Taiwan sets 60% of population vaccination goal

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan has set a goal to vaccinate 60% of its population with a COVID-19 vaccine, or 15 million people, a health...

France’s Macron wants to add climate goals in constitution

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron announced a referendum to add the fight against climate change and the need to preserve the environment...

1 dead, dozens wounded in tribal clashes in southern Tunisia

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities ordered a curfew in regions in southern Tunisia after at least a man was killed and dozens of...

Italians return French Legion awards after el-Sissi gets one

ROME (AP) — Two prominent Italian intellectuals announced Monday they were returning their Legion of Honor awards to France to protest that Egyptian President...

In Paris, restaurants, bistros and bars plead for work, aid

PARIS (AP) — While French chef Michel Solignac labored over his hot stoves, his baby son Nicolas would watch him from his playpen in...

Hunger study predicts 168,000 pandemic-linked child deaths

PARIS (AP) — Economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has set back decades of progress against the most severe forms of malnutrition and is...

Gerard Houllier, former Liverpool coach, dies at 73

PARIS (AP) — Gerard Houllier, a Frenchman who led English club Liverpool to three titles in one season following a disappointing spell as coach...

French NGOs fight media company’s trademark on word ‘planet’

PARIS (AP) — Can a company own the word planet? ...

Mikaela Shiffrin wins emotional World Cup giant slalom race

COURCHEVEL, France (AP) — An emotional Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup ski race since the death of her father nearly a year...

The Latest: More than 4,000 people hospitalized in LA County

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has again broken a record for coronavirus hospitalizations, fulfilling the county public health director’s dire predictions in just...

Iran summons EU envoys for protesting reporter’s hanging

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday summoned the German and French envoys to Tehran after the European Union condemned the execution of an...

After battling virus, Algerian leader suddenly reappears

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Still recovering from COVID-19, Algeria's president suddenly reappeared Sunday after nearly two months out of the public eye, saying in...

Shock win for No. 41 starter Cater in World Cup downhill

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Long after most broadcasters switched from the race to other programs, unheralded No. 41 starter Martin Cater won the...

Iran executes exiled journalist who encouraged 2017 protests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Saturday executed an exiled journalist over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests in...

Italy’s staggering virus toll poses uncomfortable questions

ROME (AP) — Italy is reclaiming a record that nobody wants — the most coronavirus deaths in Europe — after the health care system...

France’s Christmas gift to care home residents: More freedom

PARIS (AP) — At the end of an often brutally lonely year for elderly care home residents in France, the government is giving them...

Nearly 150 arrested at Paris protest over security bill

PARIS (AP) — Paris police took nearly 150 people into custody at what quickly became a tense and sometimes ill-tempered protest Saturday against proposed...

As leaders set fresh climate goals, Biden pledges US support

PARIS (AP) — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden pledged Saturday to rejoin the Paris climate accord on the first day of his presidency, as world...

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