Le Pen escapes father's shadow

May 26, 2014

Le Pen escapes father's shadow

As a schoolgirl, Marine Le Pen was teased that she must be a fascist because her father was one. It is a charge the former lawyer who heads France’s far-right National Front (FN) has worked hard to shake off in the political playground. And ...

Far-right, Euroskeptics surge in EU vote

May 26, 2014

Far-right, Euroskeptics surge in EU vote

Far-right and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday — triggering what one prime minister called a political “earthquake” by those who want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish it altogether. Voters in 21 of the EU’s ...

May 24, 2014

Jealous man castrates and kills French mayor, self

A jealous man castrated and murdered the mayor of a hamlet in northern France whom he suspected of having an affair with his girlfriend, officials said Friday. Mayor Dominique Leboucher, 55, was brutally stabbed in the neck by a 39-year-old electrician, the prosecutor of ...

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

May 23, 2014

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

Cash-strapped France will have to trim back about 1,300 rail platforms at a cost of $68 million because new trains on order are too wide. France’s secretary of state for transport, Frederic Cuvillier, called it a “tragically comical,” “mind-boggling” mix-up, blaming a lack of ...

French rogue trader arrested after soul-seeking odyssey

May 19, 2014

French rogue trader arrested after soul-seeking odyssey

A Frenchman convicted of one of history’s biggest trading frauds returned home to serve prison time after a legal saga that captured the national imagination. He also made a pilgrimage to the pope and pleaded for presidential clemency. Former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel ...

Jumping into Normandy, 70 years after D-Day

May 17, 2014

Jumping into Normandy, 70 years after D-Day

by Greg Keller

Weather conditions over Normandy had been iffy for days. Showers and wind in the morning gave way to glorious spring sunshine in the afternoon, then electric green lightning storms over the sea at night. We watched the sky and waited for the go sign ...

France: Syria detonated chemical weapons again, defying removal

May 14, 2014

France: Syria detonated chemical weapons again, defying removal

France’s foreign minister on Tuesday accused the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad of attacking its people with chemical weapons at least 14 times since last October, including as recently as a few weeks ago. At a Washington news conference, Laurent Fabius cited “credible ...

Channel Tunnel marks 20 years

May 5, 2014

Channel Tunnel marks 20 years

Twenty years ago, Queen Elizabeth II and President Francois Mitterrand braved the drizzle to cut the inaugural ribbon of the Channel Tunnel, realizing a centuries-old dream of linking Britain and France under the sea. A prodigious industrial adventure, the “Chunnel” project mobilized 12,000 engineers, ...

'Napoleon' returns to exile island for 200th anniversary

May 5, 2014

'Napoleon' returns to exile island for 200th anniversary

“Napoleon” returned to the Italian island of Elba on Sunday as part of a historical re-enactment to mark the 200th anniversary of the defeated French emperor’s exile. Hundreds of enthusiasts from across Europe came together for the start of bicentenary celebrations that will last ...

Vietnam vet recalls victory at Dien Bien Phu

May 4, 2014

Vietnam vet recalls victory at Dien Bien Phu

One of Vietnam’s last surviving veterans of the battle of Dien Bien Phu recounts with pride the day in May 1954 when, at just 19 years old, he captured the commander of the French colonial forces. Hoang Dang Vinh’s display of military prowess earned ...

France snubs Rwanda memorial

Apr 6, 2014

France snubs Rwanda memorial

France has canceled plans to attend a ceremony Monday marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide following accusations by Rwandan President Paul Kagame of French involvement in the massacre. The African weekly Jeune Afrique quoted Kagame as denouncing the “direct role of Belgium ...