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French ex-PM Fillon given 5-year sentence in fraud trial

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Francois Fillon is found guilty of orchestrating a fake job for his wife – a scheme that saw her paid over a million euros in public funds over a 15-year period

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

'Ugly schedule': Nadal wavers over US Open, Roland Garros

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Rafael Nadal finds the tennis restart schedule unrealistic while Andy Murray fears for the players’ safety

UNDECIDED. Rafael Nadal remains unsure if he’s going to defend his crowns in the US Open and French Open. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

French Open to start September 27 with fans, new-look calendar

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Unlike the US Open in New York, the French Open rejects the scenario of playing behind closed doors

BIG CHEERS. Rafael Nadal gets to defend his title in front of fans. Photo from Roland Garros

French Catholic Church counts over 3,000 child victims of sex abuse

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:07 PM

The number of estimated victims represents more than 40 cases per year on average over the past 7 decades

PROBE. (From L) Members of the French Independent Commission on sexual abuse in church (Commission independante sur les abus sexuels dans l'Eglise - CIASE), psychanalyst Jean-Pierre Winter, judge Antoine Garapon, former State Council deputy-president and CIASE president Jean-Marc Sauve, and CIASE general secretary Sylvette Toche pose for a photograph as they attend their first meeting on February 8, 2018 in Paris. File photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP

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

French Polynesia to welcome tourists again in July

Jun 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'We are no longer in a health emergency, but we are facing an economic and social emergency,' says French Polynesian Tourism and Employment Minister Nicole Bouteau

People and families enjoy the sunny weather maintaining a social distancing, on the beach of Vairao, southwest coast of Tahiti, French Polynesia, on May 2, 2020, as Tahiti is lifting the lockdown with the reopening of shops and recreation sites, after five weeks of a strict lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). (Photo by Suliane FAVENNEC / AFP)

Roland Garros planning for fans not empty seats

May 29, 2020 - 1:34 PM

The postponed French Open plans to return this September with fans still attending but practicing physical distancing

SUPPORT. There may still be fans cheering Rafael Nadal's bid for another French Open crown. Photo from Roland Garros

French Open could be behind closed doors

May 10, 2020 - 1:28 PM

'We haven't ruled out any option,' says French tennis chief Bernard Guidicelli

ON STANDBY. Defending champion Rafael Nadal and all other tennis players await for the final season schedule. Photo from Roland Garros

Virus hangover for French brewers set to dump 10 million liters of beer

May 06, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Beer that could fill 4 Olympic-sized swimming pools will go down the drain, about to expire amid France's coronavirus lockdown

(FILES) This file photograph taken on April 3, 2019, shows glasses of beer in Paris. - France will discard 10 million litres of beer -- four Olympic-sized swimming pools full -- due to expire, undrunk, with consumers in coronavirus lockdown, the national brewers' association said May 6, 2020. Most of the wasted brew is craft beer, which is often unpasteurised unlike traditional blonde lagers, and quicker to spoil, said the Brasseurs de France. The body blamed the closure of cafes and restaurants, an abrupt halt to tourism and the cancellation of festivals and expos under France's strict epidemic lockdown for leaving more than 10 million litres of beer unconsumed, most still in casks. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

French Open now eyeing September 27 start

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:44 PM

The claycourt Grand Slam tournament may be pushed back again to a later date

NO ACTION. Superstars Roger Federer (left) and Rafael Nadal discuss how they’ve been coping amid the tennis shutdown in a recent Instagram Live chat. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

ATP chief hoping for French Open, clay court season in September

Apr 10, 2020 - 7:08 PM

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi says they could still save 3 Grand Slams and 6 Masters 1000 if the tennis season resumes in August

KING OF CLAY. Rafael Nadal will try to win a fourth straight and 13th overall title in the French Open, which was pushed back to September. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

Wimbledon chief fears 'no more tennis this year'

Apr 03, 2020 - 1:50 PM

'I don't think it's unrealistic to say that there may be no more tennis this year,' says All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

French Open date change over pandemic rocks tennis

Mar 19, 2020 - 11:14 AM

Players call out for better collaboration among rival tournaments as the global tennis calendar gets thrown into disarray

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during his Men's Singles semi-final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

French Open delayed to September due to coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Although the decision to postpone the French Open ensures the 'health and safety of everyone involved,' some players slam the lack of communication

SHELVED. Rafael Nadal puts his title defense on hold. Photo by Philippe Lopez AFP

French Polynesia has first confirmed coronavirus case in South Pacific

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:01 PM

There have been 2 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US state of Hawaii, but none others reported on Pacific islands

Roger Federer pulls out of French Open after knee surgery

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:31 PM

After resolving a nagging injury, Roger Federer won't see action in this summer's Grand Slam

ONE STAR MISSING. This year's French Open loses one major superstar in Roger Federer. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Celebrated French cartoonist Claire Bretecher dies aged 79

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Claire is known for the comic book series 'Les Frustres' The Frustrated Ones

Missing French tourist found alive in Mountain Province ravine

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Local tour guides find 70-year-old Jacques Francioly emaciated at the bottom of a ravine more than a week after he was reported missing

Photos courtesy of Banlig police

Style legend Jean-Paul Gaultier retires from fashion

Jan 19, 2020 - 4:09 PM

The French designer announces that he will bow out on January 22 with a 'big party' to mark his 50 years in the business

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 26, 2011 French designer Jean Paul Gaultier (R) acknowledges the public with former actress and model Farida Khelfa during the Spring-Summer 2011 Haute Couture Collection Show in Paris. - French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier said on January 17, 2020 that his next Paris haute couture fashion show will be his last. The flamboyant creator said he would be bowing out January 22, 2020 with a big party to mark his 50 years in the business after his latest collection hits the catwalk. "Rest assured haute couture will continue with a new concept," he added. (Photo by PIERRE VERDY / AFP)

French restaurant Bocuse stripped of Michelin star

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:31 PM

French culinary beacon Bocuse loses the 3-star Michelin rating it held since 1965, prompting anger and dismay from the late Chef Paul Bocuse's culinary peers

French unions vow no surrender in month-long pension strike

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:48 PM

The government says the changes are necessary to make the system fairer for all and more sustainable, but unions argue that workers, particularly in the public sector, will lose out

Macron set to stand firm in pension strike standoff

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Union leaders are demanding Macron drop his plan for a single points-based system and a 'pivot age' of 64 to benefit from a full pension, above the official retirement age of 62

French government, unions exchange barbs in strike deadlock

Dec 29, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The strike has now lasted 25 days and is on course to surpass the longest transport strike in France which lasted for 28 days in the 1980s

Hundreds of thousands protest in France over pension reform plans

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Teachers, hospital workers and other public employees join transport workers for the third day of marches since the dispute began on December 5

People take part in a demonstration on December 17, 2019 in Rennes, as part of a third countrywide day of protests over a government pensions overhaul, with the government showing no signs it will give in to union demands to drop the plan. Unions have been striking since December 5 in their biggest show of strength in years against plans for a single pensions system. Damien MEYER / AFP

France's Macron to hold meeting on pensions as strike bites

Dec 08, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Unions say Macron's proposal for a single-pension system would force millions of people in both the public and private sectors to work well beyond the official retirement age of 62

MACRON. France's President Emmanuel Macron talks to the media as he leaves Downing Street after attending talks with Britain's Prime Minister in central London on December 3, 2019, ahead of the NATO alliance summit. Photo by Christian Hartmann/Pool/AFP

11 wounded in New Orleans shooting

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Authorities say the shooting took place at about 3:00 am on a crowded commercial street near many hotels in a historic district that attracts visitors from around the world

She can walk again – Ronda the dog's pioneering prosthetic surgery

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:24 PM

A veterinarian in Lisbon is a pioneer in the field of bionic prostheses for pets in Europe

Ronda meets her owner Arlindo Junior after her almost two months recovery at Sao Bento Veterinary Hospital in Lisbon on September 27, 2019. Ronda, a Dogue de Bordeaux that lost part of her front paw due to a tumour, had a bionic prothesis implanted at Sao Bento Veterinary Hospital a pioneer in replacing dogs' limbs with functional implants. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

Murray into first semifinal since 2017 French Open

Oct 19, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Andy Murray is two wins away from his first title since the Dubai Open in 2017

RECOVERY. Andy Murray continues to work his way back to top form following a major hip surgery earlier this year. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Federer to play French Open next year

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Roger Federer says he needs 'some time away' from tennis but promises to see action in the French Open

FAMILY FIRST. Roger Federer says family will be his priority in the next few months. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Paris police attacker had 'radical vision of Islam'

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:35 PM

A French prosecutor says the assailant was in contact with the 'Salafist Islamist Movement'

French 'spiderman' arrested after climbing Frankfurt skyscraper

Sep 28, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Alain Robert has scaled more than 100 structures without ropes or other safety equipment, setting a record for 'most buildings climbed unassisted,' according to Guinness World Record

SPIDERMAN. This file photo shows French urban climber Alain Robert climbing the Cheung Kong Center building in Hong Kong on August 16, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Cannes-winning 'Parasite' sets French box office record

Sep 21, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Bong Joon-ho's hit South Korean drama 'Parasite' is the most successful Cannes-winning film at the French box office in 15 years, with more than 1.6 million viewers to date

PSA: McDonald’s Twister Fries are back, and we're ready

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Other limited edition items like the Ebi Burger and Teriyaki Samurai Burger are back, too – plus a new Fuji Apple McFreeze

Shrinking glaciers and rockfalls point to climate change in Alps

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Visitors now arriving from the last tramstop before the 4,809-meter summit are forced to take 20 steps more each year to reach the retreating 'Mer de Glace,' or Sea of Ice glacier, France's largest

GLOBAL WARMING. Aspiring mountain guide Yann Grava looks over the Mer de Glace glacier from the Refuge du Requin (moutain hut) in Chamonix on June 17, 2019. File photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Swedish teen Thunberg slams 'hate and threats' as visit divides French parliament

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Climate activist Greta Thunberg takes on her critics directly, accusing politicians, business leaders, and journalists of failing to communicate the scientific truth as shown in the latest IPCC report and leaving the burden to children

CLIMATE CHANGE. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers a speech during a visit of the French National Assembly, in Paris, on July 23, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

French submarine lost in 1968 found at last in Mediterranean

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The diesel-electric Minerve submarine was lost off France's southern coast with 52 sailors on board on January 27, 1968

(FILES) A photo taken in the second half of the 60s showing the submersible "Minerve" docked in the old port of Marseille, southern France. The submarine La Minerve, which disappeared 50 years ago, has been found off the coast of Toulon, southern France, it was announced by the French Defence Minister on July 22, 2019. The "Minerva" disappeared at sea, with its 52 man crew on January 27, 1968, off Toulon. STF / AFP

French wine production hit by heatwave

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:15 PM

France, one of the world's top wine producers and exporters, is hit hard by poor weather conditions, including a heatwave

Parents of Frenchman in right-to-die case say death 'now unavoidable'

Jul 09, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Vincent Lambert was involved in a near-fatal car crash in 2008 that left him a quadriplegic with severe brain damage which doctors say is irreversible

RIGHT TO DIE. Francois Lambert (R), the nephew of a tetraplegic man who is currently on artificial life support in a hospital in Reims, addresses the media on February 14, 2014 at the Council of State in Paris in support of a 'passive' form of euthanasia and the withdrawal of artificial life support for his uncle. Photo by Francois Guillot / AFP

Ashleigh Barty: From quitting tennis to world No. 1

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Following a brief stint as a professional cricketer, the Australian works her way back to tennis form and rises to the summit of the rankings

CLIMB TO THE TOP. Ashleigh Barty becomes the Australia's first women's world No. 1 since 1976. Photo from WTA's Twitter account (@WTA)

France reviews police methods after yellow vest protests

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner defends the way in which police have handled the protests but asks a specially-chosen panel of some 15 experts to develop new ideas for managing demonstrations

YELLOW VEST PROTESTS. In this file photo, protestors stand as police use a water cannon during a 'Yellow Vest' (Gilets jaunes) anti-government protest on December 22, 2018, in Bordeaux, southwestern France, as part of a nationwide day of demonstrations. File photo by Nicolas Tucat/AFP

French Open triumph propels Barty to world No. 2

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Naomi Osaka narrowly retains the top spot as Ashleigh Barty jumps 6 places by ruling at Roland Garros

MAIDEN. Ashleigh Barty captures her first Grand Slam title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Thiem 'closer' to 'dream' Grand Slam title

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:49 PM

Dominic Thiem has been beaten by Rafael Nadal for back-to-back years in the French Open final

BOUNCE BACK. Dominic Thiem says he will try again next year to capture the French Open title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

I was almost down and out before French Open triumph, says Nadal

Jun 10, 2019 - 12:14 PM

The Spaniard captures a record-extending 12th French Open title and seizes his 18th Grand Slam crown

STILL HUMAN. Rafael Nadal says that his troubled season leading up to the French Open had left him facing new fears about his ability to defend his title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Nadal tells Thiem: 'You'll win it one day'

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:57 AM

For the second straight time, Thiem falls prey to Nadal in the French Open final

I'LL BE BACK. Dominic Thiem (right) says he will try again after getting beaten by Rafael Nadal for the French Open crown. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

History man Nadal cruises to 12th French Open title

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Capturing his 18th Grand Slam crown, the Spanish great is now just two behind the all-time record of 20 majors set by old rival Roger Federer

LEGEND. Since 2005, there were only 3 times Rafael Nadal did not win the French Open title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Barty ends Australia's 46-year wait for French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The 23-year-old will rise to world No. 2 and will be the best-ranked Australian woman since 1976

HISTORIC. Ashleigh Barty dominates Marketa Vondrousova for her first Grand Slam title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

'Incredible' dream: Nadal faces Thiem for 12th French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Written off numerous times in his career, the Spanish great continues to showcase his mastery as he guns for a record-extending Roland Garros crown

REMATCH. Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem clash again in the French Open final. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Thiem ends Djokovic history bid, faces Nadal for French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:13 AM

Austrian Dominic Thiem upsets world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to set up a final showdown against defending champion Rafael Nadal

GRUELING. Austria's Dominic Thiem (right) and Serbia's Novak Djokovic shake hands at the end of their grueling semifinal match played over two days. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Federer won't rule out 2020 Roland Garros return

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Despite suffering his worst Grand Slam loss in 11 years, Roger Federer says he might just come back for another clay court season

TOUGH RIVAL. Roger Federer admits there's no one who plays like Rafael Nadal on clay. Photo by William West/AFP