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French candidate Macron wins key backer: defense chief
Independent French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of the defense minister, which could bolster voter confidence that the Macron is presidential material despite having no party and minimal political experience
Au Revoir 'Mademoiselle'
Farewell to lovesick maidens and damsels in distress. Farewell to discrimination and sexism — well, at least on French forms. French Prime Minister François Fillon ordered Tuesday that the term “mademoiselle” be removed from all official forms and registries after months of campaigning by two ...
France Moving Towards Full Ban on Burqa and Niqab
ABC's Christophe Schpoliansky reports from Paris: After Belgium, France is moving towards a full ban from public places of the burqa, the full head-to-toe Islamic veil, or the niqab, which only leaves the eyes visible. Despite the recent warning by...
France Continues Debate Over Burqas in Public
ABC's Christophe Schpoliansky reports from Paris: France continues to debate on whether to ban from public places the burqa and its Arab equivalent, the niqab, the full head-to-toe Islamic veil. Opponents of the burqa view it as an open door...
Vacationing in France? Watch Out for Deadly Seaweed
There's Something Rotting in Brittany, and It's Causing Tourism Officials and Politicians to Fret
The French Remember 'le Roi de la Pop'
The passing of Michael Jackson, “le Roi de la Pop” as he was known in France, was on the minds of many French people walking the streets of Paris today. “One of the greatest pop artists has left us. It...
Dealing with a Former President Telling 'Bald-Faced Lies'
Here are the quotes of the day: "We are in a race against the clock in extremely difficult weather conditions and in a zone where depths reach up to 7,000 meters (22,966 feet)." French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, on the...
French Riots: 'Urban Guerilla Warfare'
Gangs of youths fought running battles with police Monday for a second consecutive night in a suburb north of Paris. It was an outburst many said was surprising in its intensity. Their faces hidden behind scarves and hoods, rioters used firearms and hurled Molotov cocktails, paving stones and
French Woman's Euthanasia Request Denied
A French teacher suffering from a rare case of cancer that has left her disfigured lost a request Monday that she had lodged in a court to be allowed to die by euthanasia. Chantal Sébire, 52, suffers from esthesioneuroblastoma, an incurable tumor attacking her nose and sinuses. It has left her
Cancer Sufferer Who Begged for Death Found Dead
A French woman, suffering from a rare cancer, whose request to be allowed to die by euthanasia was turned down by a French court, was found dead today in her apartment in eastern France, Dijon's prosecutor announced. Chantal Sébire, 52, a teacher and mother of three, suffered from