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February 12, 2019, 6:01 PM EST
An undiplomatic spat between the French and Italian governments shows little sign of easing, and observers expect neither side will put it to rest ahead of European elections in May.
February 6, 2019, 6:55 PM EST
Protesters wearing masks and yellow vests protest against rising fuel prices on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on November 24, 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
January 31, 2019, 6:09 PM EST
France’s interior minister has caused an uproar with an announcement that some 130 jihadists and family members would likely be repatriated from Syria and Iraq in the coming weeks.
January 22, 2019, 5:04 PM EST
With Google having received the biggest fine yet under new European Union data protection regulations, similar privacy complaints are pending against other Internet giants, including Facebook, YouTube and Apple.
January 16, 2019, 8:58 PM EST
Getting out ahead of her opponents, the far right French politician Marine Le Pen this week launched her campaign for the European Parliament elections in May, with the goal of linking up with likeminded parties in other E.U. member-states to shake things up in Brussels.
January 10, 2019, 8:02 PM EST
The biggest trial in France to date dealing with alleged sex abuse in the Catholic Church looks likely to end in acquittal, after the prosecutor declined to press for a conviction against a cardinal accused of protecting a priest suspected of having abused young boys in the 1980s and 90s.
January 3, 2019, 8:15 PM EST
President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria prompted a Syrian Kurdish leader to visit France recently to call on President Emmanuel Macron to provide protection against the Turkish military once the U.S. has left.
December 26, 2018, 7:57 PM EST
With European elections scheduled for next May, momentum is growing for the so-called Yellow Vests protest movement here to transform itself into a political party, a step that could shake up the French political scene.
December 19, 2018, 6:19 PM EST
With effect from January 1, France will start levying higher taxes on Internet and technology giants that have significant earnings in the country, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire announced this week.
December 11, 2018, 9:33 PM EST
In an attempt to defuse at-times violent street demonstrations that have shaken France since mid-November, President Emmanuel Macron has announced four new concessions, but representatives of the protestors called the move too little, too late.
December 4, 2018, 10:26 PM EST
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday announced a six-month moratorium on carbon taxes which are central to the government’s climate change campaign – but helped to trigger the most serious street protests the country has witnessed in years.
November 28, 2018, 5:03 PM EST
Organizers of fuel price protests that have roiled France for almost a month expressed disappointment and frustration after an energy policy speech by President Emmanuel Macron, saying it failed to address their grievances and vowing to continue demonstrating.
November 20, 2018, 6:45 PM EST
Amid angry street protests and record-low popularity at home, French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing ahead with efforts to strengthen his leadership image in Europe, meeting like-minded leaders ahead of next year’s important European Parliament elections.
November 14, 2018, 7:53 PM EST
As France marked the third anniversary of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, an international nonprofit organization launched a guide to help teachers, social workers and others to detect early warning signs of potential Islamic radicalization among young people.
November 7, 2018, 7:33 PM EST
French President Emmanuel Macron has raised eyebrows – and not a little criticism at home – with comments about the need for a “European army” to help the European Union face potential threats, including those that would arise as a result of U.S. policy shifts.
October 31, 2018, 7:50 PM EDT
The French government is pondering its response to a decision by a key U.N. human rights body condemning a 2010 law banning the wearing in public of the face-concealing Islamic garb known as the niqab, although it seems unlikely to change policy based on a non-binding opinion.
October 24, 2018, 7:21 PM EDT
A spat between the French and Italian interior ministers this week reflects the differing approaches among European governments as authorities grapple with how to manage immigration, both from outside the European Union and within its external borders.
October 16, 2018, 10:22 PM EDT
France is still awaiting explanations from Iran about a foiled plot to bomb a dissidents’ rally near Paris over the summer, but maintains that staying in the nuclear deal with Tehran is the best option available to Europe, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.
October 10, 2018, 7:31 PM EDT
Ahead of next year’s European Parliament elections, the leaders of far-right parties in France and Italy met in Rome this week to strategize, and predicted strong showings against traditional parties.
October 4, 2018, 5:07 PM EDT
In a week that saw the French government act against Iranians suspected of involvement in a foiled bomb plot, police also raised a pro-Iranian Shi’ite center in the north of the country, accusing some of its officials of illegal possession of firearms.