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French environment minister quits over spending criticism

17 Jul 2019

PARIS France's environment minister resigned on Tuesday following a week of reports by an investigative website about his high spending on private lobster dinners and costly renovations of his ministerial residence.

In golden era of tennis rivalries, Nadal-Djokovic stands out, says Wilander

05 Jun 2019

PARIS Roger Federer's gripping four-set victory over friend and compatriot Stan Wawrinka has set up a tantalizing semi-final showdown with clay-court king Rafael Nadal, the 39th meeting between two of the most successful players of all time.

Exit of French centre-right leader bolsters Macron's grip

03 Jun 2019

PARIS France's once-dominant centre-right political party, Les Republicains, was in disarray on Monday after its leader quit, acknowledging his responsibility for the group's poor performance in last week's European elections.

Far-right wins French vote in EU election, but Macron limits damage

27 May 2019

PARIS Marine Le Pen's far-right Rassemblement National rode a wave of nationalist sentiment to win the most votes in France's election to the European Parliament on Sunday, but the margin of victory over President Emmanuel Macron's party was narrow. | Video

Far-right wins French vote in EU election, but Macron limits damage

27 May 2019

PARIS Marine Le Pen's far-right Rassemblement National rode a wave of nationalist sentiment to win the most votes in France's election to the European Parliament on Sunday, but the margin of victory over President Emmanuel Macron's party was narrow.

Far-right wins French vote in EU election, but Macron limits damage

27 May 2019

PARIS Marine Le Pen's far-right Rassemblement National rode a wave of nationalist sentiment to win the most votes in France's election to the European Parliament on Sunday, but the margin of victory over President Emmanuel Macron's party was narrow.

In France's Somme, far right stirs anti-EU feeling ahead of elections

14 May 2019

ABBEVILLE, France The farmland around Abbeville, in the Somme valley of northeastern France, saw some of the heaviest fighting in two world wars. And for France's far right it is again a battle ground - this time for European elections in 10 days' time.

Debate over future Notre-Dame spire fuels French divisions

18 Apr 2019

REIMS, France/PARIS President Emmanuel Macron might have hoped he was striking a note for modernity and openness in announcing an international competition to design a new spire for Notre-Dame cathedral, but he may have opened a can of worms instead.

Debate over future Notre-Dame spire fuels French divisions

18 Apr 2019

REIMS, France/PARIS President Emmanuel Macron might have hoped he was striking a note for modernity and openness in announcing an international competition to design a new spire for Notre-Dame cathedral, but he may have opened a can of worms instead.

RPT-As Notre-Dame money rolls in, some eyebrows raised over rush of funds

18 Apr 2019

PARIS, April 17 Pledged donations from French billionaires, companies and ordinary citizens for the restoration of fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral are approaching 900 million euros after just two days, a reflection of the landmark's resonance in the national psyche.

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