Vatican willing to offer technical know-how to help restore Notre-Dame

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican is willing to offer technical restoration know-how to help rebuild and restore the devastated cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Holy’s See’s culture minister said on Tuesday. “I think one of the greatest contributions the Holy See can make … will be above a technical one because we have, for example, the Vatican Museums,” Cardinal Gianfranco […]

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Millions pledged to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral after devastating fire

PARIS — A massive fundraising campaign was being launched Tuesday to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral, hours after a massive fire engulfed the iconic 800-year-old house of worship in the French capital. The Paris Fire Service announced on Twitter that firefighters “came to grips with” the blaze early Tuesday, more than nine hours after they began the effort. It said nearly 400 […]

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France to ask EU partners to adopt its cryptocurrency regulation

PARIS (Reuters) – France will push for the European Union to adopt a regulatory framework on cryptocurrencies similar to the one it brought in last week at a national level, becoming the first major country to do so, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday. The French parliament last week approved a financial sector law that included rules […]

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Clashes erupt in yellow vest protests as Macron prepares policy response

TOULOUSE (Reuters) – Yellow vest demonstrators clashed with riot police in the French city of Toulouse on Saturday, even as President Emmanuel Macron prepared a series of policy announcements aimed at quelling 22 consecutive weekends of anti-government protests. Police in the southeastern city fired teargas and arrested 23 people after several hundred demonstrators threw objects and set fire to cars, […]

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No-deal Brexit remains possible, says French government spokeswoman

PARIS (Reuters) – A “no-deal” Brexit remains a possibility, French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye told French TV station CNews on Thursday. “It is not impossible that we could again have a no-deal Brexit,” she said. European Union leaders have given Britain six more months to leave the bloc, more than Prime Minister Theresa May says she needs but less than […]

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France will not take back ISIS jihadis and families following backlash

France will not take back ISIS jihadis and their families following furious backlash at reports 250 of them would be allowed to return French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has ruled out jihadist repatriation He said they would consider bringing back children on a case-by-case basis Reports the government had repatriation plans for 250 were met with hostility Thousands of foreigners are […]

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Far-right French politician Le Pen charged over grim ISIL photos

In 2015, Marine Le Pen sent out several tweets showing graphic images of deadly violence carried out by the armed group. French authorities have filed preliminary charges against far-right politician Marine Le Pen on Thursday for the “distribution of violent images” on social media website Twitter. If convicted, Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, could potentially face […]

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Marine Le Pen severs ties with founder, announces name change

Right-wing party leader says change long overdue; party must meet new aspiration of governing, not protesting. France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen revealed plans to change her party’s name in what observers said was an attempt to part ways with her father and party founder’s racist-laden legacy. Le Pen – who ran unopposed and secured re-election as the right-wing […]

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Clashes mark 19th weekend of French 'yellow vest' protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas at demonstrators in Paris and clashes broke out in other French cities on Saturday, the 19 consecutive weekend of “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government. However, with military units deployed in Paris for the first time to back up police, the unrest did not match the scale of last Saturday when […]

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French violence flares as yellow vest protests enter fourth month

PARIS (Reuters) – Rioters set fire to a bank and ransacked stores on Paris’ landmark shopping street in a new flare-up of violence as France’s yellow vest protests against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms entered a fourth month. Police fired tear gas and water cannon as the protests turned violent again after weeks of relative calm during marches […]

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