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Centrist Macron, populist Le Pen claim victory in French election that has consequences for Europe
Far-right populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron claimed victory in today's first-round vote in the French presidential election. Besting nine other candidates, the two will now face off in a second and final round on May 7. Celebrating his advancement, Macron addressed supporters in
Paris attack puts security at the top of the agenda two days before French election
Thursday’s shooting on the Champs-Elysees boulevard in Paris has pushed security to the top of the political agenda and added more unpredictability to a close presidential race two days before French voters head to the polls . The attack, which killed one police officer, could influence voters who
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