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French bus driver dies after being attacked over mask-wearing rules

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Two men are charged with attempted murder over the attack and prosecutor Jerome Bourrier says he will ask for the charges to be upgraded following Philippe Monguillot's death

MEMORIAL. A woman lays flowers next to the picture of Veronique Monguillot and Philippe Monguillot, a bus driver declared brain dead after being attacked for refusing to let aboard a group of people who were not wearing face masks, during a white march in Bayonne, southwestern France, on July 8, 2020. Photo by Gaizka Iroz/AFP

'Big blow against press freedom': ABS-CBN franchise bill authors slam panel verdict

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:00 PM

But these lawmakers can't file an appeal on behalf of ABS-CBN, as only those who voted with the majority – the legislators who rejected the franchise – can make a motion for reconsideration as per House rules

PRESS FREEDOM. ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes speaks during the candle-lighting ceremony outside their office after a House committee denied their franchise application on July 10, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Quick economic rebound possible for France – stats office

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:15 PM

France's statistics office INSEE issues a more optimistic forecast for the country's economy in 2020

SAFER. People ride their bicycles on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France on May 11, 2020. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Ineos sparks fury in UK with possible 4x4 relocation to France

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Ineos Automotive is now rethinking its plan to build the Grenadier car in Wales, after entering into talks to acquire a plant from Daimler in France

An undated handout picture released by INEOS in London on September 18, 2019, shows a computer generated image (CGI) of INEOS's proposed new factory in Bridgend, south Wales. - British industrial giant INEOS, founded by Jim Ratcliffe, announced Wednesday that it will open a car factory in Bridgend, south Wales, where US auto manufacturer Ford is set to close its own in 2020. (Photo by HO / INEOS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / INEOS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Veronique DUPONT

Tiafoe barred from TeamTennis after positive coronavirus test

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:10 PM

'While I've been so excited to get back out there, the health and safety of everyone continues to be a top priority,' says Tiafoe

BARRED. American Frances Tiafoe withdraws from World TeamTennis after testing positive for coronavirus. File photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP

France's Louvre reopens after 16-week virus shutdown

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:57 PM

The museum's most popular draws such as Leonardo's Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Louvre's vast antiquities collection will be accessible

Visitors wearing face masks queue in front of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece " Mona Lisa " also known as " La Gioconda " held in the Salle des Etats, at the Louvre Museum in Paris on July 6, 2020, on the museum' s reopening day. - The Louvre museum will reopen its doors on July 6, 2020, after months of closure due to lockdown measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. The coronavirus crisis has already caused "more than 40 million euros in losses" at the Louvre, announced its president and director Jean-Luc Martinez, who advocates a revival through "cultural democratization" and is preparing a "transformation plan" for the upcoming Olympic Games in 2024. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

Huawei not totally banned from France, says watchdog – report

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:43 AM

China's Huawei is not totally banned from France's next-generation 5G wireless market, but French operators using them will only get limited licenses

HUAWEI. A photograph shows the logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Algeria buries repatriated remains of anti-colonial fighters

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:05 PM

President Tebboune says that Algeria is waiting for an apology for France's colonial occupation

Tiafoe joins list of tennis stars testing positive for coronavirus

Jul 05, 2020 - 12:21 PM

World No. 81 Frances Tiafoe pulls out of the All-American Team Cup tennis exhibition event

ANOTHER CASE. France Tiafoe says he tested negative as recently as last week. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP

Air France, Hop! to shed 7,580 jobs

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:50 AM

The planned job cuts amount to 16% of Air France's staff and 40% of those at Hop! – part of measures 'on an unprecedented scale'

AIR FRANCE. An Airbus A330 of the airline. Photo from Air France website

Edouard Philippe: France's unshowy but popular PM bows out

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Philippe leaves the prime minister post after 3 years

French court rejects fresh probe of plane downing that sparked Rwanda genocide

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:33 PM

The court hands down a 64-page judgment confirming the decision to throw out a probe against members of Rwandan President Paul Kagame's entourage

Macron replaces French PM after election rout

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) The new premier, Jean Castex, is totally unknown to many in France until now and is officially a member of the right-wing opposition to Emmanuel Macron's centrists

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe unveils the details of a pension reform plan before the CESE (Economic, Social and Environmental Council) in Paris, as hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated the day before on the sixth day of a general strike. File photo by Thomas Samson/Pool/AFP

State aid helps French car sales bounce back from virus pain

Jul 01, 2020 - 5:30 PM

New car sales in France rise 1.2% in June 2020, a major rebound after the plunge during the coronavirus lockdown

PARTIAL RESUMPTION. An employee of Toyota works on an assembly line in Onnaing, France, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

France loans Philippines P14 billion for infrastructure, financial inclusion

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The latest loan agreements will help small entrepreneurs, farmers, and fisherfolk, as well as the Duterte administration's Build, Build, Build program

Merkel, Macron meet as Germany takes on high-stakes EU presidency

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Berlin's chairing of the bloc will be its last with Merkel in charge, and could be the one that defines the legacy of the leader dubbed the 'eternal chancellor'

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting on June 24, 2020 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/AFP

Macron braces for setback in French local polls

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Analysts expect the election will confirm that French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party has failed to gain a strong foothold at the local level

FRENCH LOCAL POLLS. A volunteer wearing a face mask and face shield stands outside the polling station during the second round of the French municipal elections on June 28, 2020 in the French Riviera city of Nice. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

Protests disrupt reopening of Paris-Orly airport

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:37 PM

At least 15 climate activists, who slammed the French government's bailing out of the aviation industry, are arrested for 'forbidden entry' and 'damage'

'Tears of joy': Eiffel Tower opens after 104 days of lockdown

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:34 PM

The famous landmark in Paris opens to tourists after its longest closure since World War II

People walk along a viewing platform at the Eiffel Tower during its partial reopening on June 25, 2020, in Paris, as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. - Tourists and Parisians will again be able to admire the view of the French capital from the Eiffel Tower after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus -- but only if they take the stairs. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

New Caledonia to vote October 4 on independence from France

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:01 PM

The second vote on independence follows a referendum in November 2018 when 57% of voters chose to remain part of France

VOTE. In this file photo, people cast their ballots for or against the independence of New Caledonia, November 4, 2018, in Noumea, New Caledonia. File photo by Theo Rouby/AFP

French gourmet grocer Fauchon requests administration

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Luxury grocer Fauchon says sales are 'badly impacted' and operating costs at its shops in Paris have become 'unsustainable'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 27, 2011 people pass by a shop of French gourmet food company Fauchon, in Paris. - Fauchon company, in difficulty due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, requested to be placed under legal administration, AFP reports on June 23, 2020. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Looming election rout ups stakes for France's president

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:11 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move party is fighting a losing battle for town halls in the vote while the president's personal popularity has slipped again

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the residence of French Defense Ministry on the eve of Bastille Day, on July 13, 2019, in Paris. File photo by Kamil Zihnioglu/AFP

Kissing starts again in French films

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Kissing has started again' on French film sets where the actors have been tested for the coronavirus, says the country's culture minister

Google loses appeal against 50-million-euro French fine

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:58 AM

The Council of State, a French government body that is also the court of last resort for matters of administrative justice, confirms a 2019 ruling by the CNIL, the French data watchdog

BMW cuts jobs, ends self-driving project with Mercedes

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:24 PM

The 6,000 positions make up a considerable chunk of BMW's more than 120,000 worldwide

JOB CUTS. This file photo taken on June 6, 2019, show employees of German car maker BMW working on a BMW car assembly process in a guided visit during the inauguration of the new BMW car production plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. File photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Police fire tear gas as thousands join French health care protest

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Protesters clad in black set fire to a vehicle and pelt the police with projectiles, chanting, 'Everybody hates the police'

MARIANNE. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne take part in a healthcare workers demonstration during a nationwide day of protests to demand better working conditions for health workers, in Lille, northern France, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

NGO accuses France of starting Mozambique 'climate bomb'

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'French machinations are forcing yet another African country into dependency on fossil fuels...in the name of the economic interests of French energy industrials and bankers,' says NGO Friends of the Earth

Macron says France has scored its 'first victory' against virus

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Macron says all of mainland France, including Paris, would go into a 'green zone' of a lower state of alert starting Monday

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after a visit to a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples, near Le Touquet, northern France on May 26, 2020 as part of the launch of a plan to rescue the French car industry. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)

Star French chef comes up with 'COVID-safe' restaurant

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse will be installing in his Paris restaurant a sophisticated 'anti-Covid' ventilation system similar to those in hospitals and intensive care units

VIRUSFrench Chef Alain Ducasse poses on June 11, 2020, in his restaurant Allard in Paris, equiped by an anti-Covid filtering device. (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON / AFP)

Furious French police protest racism claims

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

French police have often faced accusations of excessive violence, with some incidents caught on video sparking widespread outrage

French urged to buy 'Made in France' masks amid surplus

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:45 AM

As the pandemic slows in Europe, French businesses have millions of unsold masks on their hands, prompting a government effort to promote 'Made in France' masks

A seamstress sews cloth face masks at the "Saint James" clothing factory on April 22, in Saint-James, north western France. (Photo by Damien MEYER / AFP)

France likely to see 800,000 job losses in coming months

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:25 PM

This figure amounts to 2.8% of total employment in France

HALTED. Buildings of the business district of La Defense, on the outskirts of Paris, as France is under lockdown on March 25, 2020. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Eiffel Tower to reopen to public on June 25

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:44 PM

The famous Paris tourist site is reopening after 3 months of closure with new ground markings, only allowing visits by the stairs

PM says France 'not racist' as Floyd tribute held in Paris

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:03 PM

Some placards at the rally draw parallels between George Floyd and those who have recently died at the hands of the French police

A man take part in a protest in place de la Republique in Paris, on June 9, 2020, during a demonstration against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

Prosecutor opens inquiry into France's handling of virus crisis

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:08 PM

The investigation is not aimed at determining 'political or administrative responsibility' but whether national decision-makers had committed 'possible criminal offenses'

INQUIRY. People ride their bicycles on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France on May 11, 2020. File photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

France pledges 15 billion euros for stricken aviation firms

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:45 PM

(UPDATED) The French government says it is taking action to save around 100,000 jobs in the country's aviation industry

AIR FRANCE. A plane of the French airline parked at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Photo from Shutterstock

French economy to shrink about 10% in 2020, recovery mid-2022

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Bank of France's forecasts assume that the coronavirus will continue to spread but remain under control, and that the economy will adapt to the health measures required

WALK. A man walks his dog in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on April 5, 2020, on the twentieth day of a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

France police to ban chokehold arrest as protest anger mounts

Jun 09, 2020 - 8:24 AM

Media outlets publish the contents of a private Facebook group on which French police members repeatedly use racist and sexist terms and mock victims of police brutality

CLASH. Members of the Gendarmerie charge as protestors linked to the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement take part in a demonstration on the side of the annual Bastille Day ceremony, on July 14, 2019, near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Last French Slam winner Noah blasts white 'silence' over racism

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:57 PM

'It's good that the young people are involved, but what bothers me is that they are all either mixed-race or black,' says 1983 French Open winner Yannick Noah

AWARENESS. Yannick Noah says injustice "should make everyone aware." Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP


COVID-19 pandemic 'under control' in France

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:20 PM

'We can reasonably say the virus is currently under control,' says Jean-Francois Delfraissy, an immunologist who was appointed to the French government's coronavirus advisory panel

SAFER. People ride their bicycles on Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France on May 11, 2020. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Dutch, French, Germans, and Italians form virus vaccine alliance

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The collaboration will enable 'the fastest and best possible results with key players in the pharmaceutical industry about promising vaccine initiatives,' the Dutch Health Ministry says

Clashes at Paris protest against racism and deadly police violence

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:10 AM

The demonstration comes after the release of two differing medical reports into the cause of Adama Traore's death. The Traore case has long been controversial in France.

PROTEST. Protesters demonstrate in front of Paris courthouse against police violence on June 2, 2020. Photo by Michel Rubinel/AFP

France slams Ryanair 'blackmail' over job ultimatum

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:30 PM

'Blackmail is never an option,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, as Ryanair is locked in a dispute with French employees

RYANAIR. Two of the airline's planes in Madrid, Spain. Photo from Shutterstock

France approves 5-billion-euro emergency loan for Renault

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire approves the loan after a meeting with executives, labor representatives, and local officials concerned by a sweeping overhaul unveiled by Renault

RENAULT. The Renault headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, on November 19, 2018. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

French economy to shrink 11% in 2020 – minister

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'The shock is very brutal,' says French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire

The Eiffel Tower is seen as a backdrop to bronze statues, one dressed in a mask across her nose and mouth, emmulating the ations of many citizens protecting themselves against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme in Paris on May 2, 2020, on the 47th day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP)

Paris reopens square at fire-scarred Notre-Dame cathedral

May 31, 2020 - 11:44 PM

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says 'it is almost a form of rebirth'

Thousands protest mass Renault job cuts

May 31, 2020 - 12:55 AM

'We need these jobs, otherwise it's a whole territory that will die,' says a Renault union member in Maubeuge, France

Protester holds a banner reading " don't touch MCA its our plant" as they demonstrate against the Renault automaker's decision to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide, including 4,600 in France, in Maubeuge, on May 30, 2020, following the announcement of the Renault plant in Val de Sambre which is threatened by the savings plan. - The management of the manufacturer plans to transfer production of Kangoo electric utilities to the city of Douai 70 km away, which would inherit a new platform. Â  (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

Renault to cut 15,000 jobs in 'vital' cost-cutting plan

May 29, 2020 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) French carmaker Renault says nearly 4,600 jobs would be cut in France and more than 10,000 in the rest of the world – some 8% of the company's global workforce

RENAULT. This picture taken on May 7, 2020, shows the plant of Renault in Sandouville, France. Photo by Lou Benoist/AFP

26 held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain

May 27, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The arrests target the ring of smugglers suspected of organizing the migrants' journey

ARRESTS. In this file photo, a police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a truck, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

French economy making 'cautious' virus lockdown recovery

May 27, 2020 - 10:25 PM

A return to normal will likely take many months, warns France's national statistics agency

EIFFEL TOWER. General view of the illuminated Eiffel Tower reflected on the Seine river in Paris, France, on April 12, 2020. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP