France to end imam, teacher deals to counter extremism

MULHOUSE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced measures intended to counter Islamic extremism in France by giving the government more authority over the schooling of children, the financing of mosques and the training of imams. Macron, during a visit to the city of Mulhouse in eastern France, said the government sought […]

France grapples with high domestic violence rate

LES MUREAUX, France (AP) — Activists say more than 130 women have died from domestic violence this year alone in France. European Union studies show France has a higher rate of domestic violence than most of its European peers. Frustrated activists are now drawing national attention to a problem President Emmanuel Macron has called “France’s […]

France delivers first Rafale fighter jet to India

MERIGNAC, France (AP) — India’s defense minister took a flight in a Rafale fighter jet as France delivered the country its first aircraft from a series of 36 purchased in a multibillion-dollar deal in 2016. Following an official ceremony at aircraft maker Dassault Aviation’s facility in Merignac, southwestern France, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh donned […]

Corruption probe targets General Electric chief in France

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating a possible conflict of interest after a former government adviser was named to head General Electric’s operations in France. A judicial official said Tuesday the Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation based on a complaint from environmental party lawmaker Delphine Batho. The official would not elaborate, and was […]

Former Argentine cop extradited from France for killing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A former Argentine police officer on Monday arrived in Buenos Aires after being extradited from France to face trial for a murder that occurred during the military dictatorship in Argentina that ended in 1983. The extradition of Mario Sandoval was the result of diplomatic efforts dating from 2012 and the […]

US, France to lead talks on a global digital tax

PARIS (AP) — France and the United States agreed to take leading roles in talks aimed at reaching a deal on a global digital tax by mid-2020. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday that both countries will be working in a task force with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Le […]

France charges bitcoin expert Vinnik with money laundering

PARIS (AP) — French officials have filed preliminary charges of money laundering and extortion against Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik, who’s tangled in a multi-country legal battle. The United States also wants to prosecute Vinnik, accusing him of laundering billions of dollars through BTC-e, one of the world’s largest digital currency exchanges. His native […]

France drops plan to send boats to Libyan navy

PARIS (AP) — France’s government has decided against sending six boats to Libya’s navy, amid aid groups’ concerns that the vessels would be used to take migrants to detention centers known for widespread abuses. Eight advocacy organizations sued the government earlier this year, saying the donation of inflatable boats would violate a European embargo on […]

Computer glitch in France delays hundreds of flights beyond

PARIS (AP) — A computer breakdown briefly disrupted all air traffic in France and caused a cascade of delayed flights in multiple countries Sunday, the last day of European summer holidays. Hundreds of flights were delayed at airports from Britain to Morocco and beyond. Hours after the problem with a French automatic flight plan system […]

Pakistani woman accused of blasphemy seeks asylum in France

PARIS (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, and who faced death threats from Islamic extremists, said she is going to request asylum in France. Asia Bibi will receive her diploma Tuesday as a Citizen of Honor of the city of Paris, a title she […]

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