US missiles found in Libya compound belonged to France

PARIS (AP) — France’s Defense Ministry acknowledged Wednesday that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military. A statement said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an arms embargo. It said they were damaged and no longer operational, […]

France urges Iran to reverse breach of nuclear deal

PARIS (AP) — France’s president is urging Iran to immediately reduce its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and stick to the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Emmanuel Macron said in a statement Tuesday that he “took note with concern” of Iran’s announcement that it has surpassed the limit of 300 kilograms (661 […]

France hosts Mediterranean conference without heads of state

PARIS (AP) — France is hosting a conference aimed at boosting cooperation between northern and southern Mediterranean countries, with senior government officials, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academics in attendance. President Emmanuel Macron took part in talks at the “Summit of the Two Shores” in the southern French port of Marseille on Monday. Participants from Mauritania, […]

France bans smartphones from schools

French children will have to leave their smartphones and smart devices at home or switched off when they are at school starting in September.

France opens Epstein-linked rape investigation

PARIS (AP) — France opened an investigation on Friday into the alleged rape of minors and a raft of other charges linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case, broadening the search to uncover potential victims and accomplices of the financier two weeks after he killed himself. Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said the decision to open a […]

France threatens economic retaliation over Amazon fires

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — In a sharp escalation of tensions over fires ravaging the Amazon, France on Friday accused Brazil’s president of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and threatened to block a European Union trade deal with South American states including Brazil. Ireland joined in the threat of possible economic repercussions for Brazil […]

France presses India to opt for dialogue in Kashmir crisis

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has met with India’s prime minister, discussing climate and other concerns ahead of the G-7 summit but also pressing for dialogue with Pakistan over the crisis in Kashmir. The meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of a marathon day of diplomacy for Macron, who […]

France may extend fertilization rights to lesbians, singles

PARIS (AP) — Lesbians and single women in France may soon have access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time. President Emmanuel Macron’s government presented a draft law Wednesday on bioethics that includes expanding treatments such as in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Currently the procedures are only available to heterosexual married couples, which LGBT […]

France stresses need for Iran to respect nuclear accord

PARIS (AP) — French authorities in a meeting Tuesday with an Iranian envoy stressed the need for Tehran to quickly respect the 2015 nuclear accord it has breached and “make the needed gestures” to deescalate mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf region. A statement by the French Foreign Ministry said Seyed Abbas Araghchi gave a […]

France trumpets shared European defense on Bastille Day

PARIS (AP) — France’s annual Bastille Day celebration became a showcase for European defense cooperation Sunday as other national leaders joined President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to inspect the troops marching in the country’s annual military parade. Flags of the 10 European countries that are in a joint military pact spearheaded by Macron last year […]

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