Nov 28, 2014

Riviera rains leave at least 1 dead in flooding

Torrential rains along the French Riviera have inundated homes and roads, leaving at least one person dead and three missing. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says rescue teams were searching for three missing residents after a woman was found dead in La Londe-les-Maures, not far ...

Eiffel Tower's latest star attraction: army of grazing sheep

Nov 28, 2014

Eiffel Tower's latest star attraction: army of grazing sheep

French farmers flocked to the Eiffel Tower on Thursday, sheep in tow, to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves which some say have been “overprotected” by the government. Some 300 sheep bleated or lazily grazed at the foot of the French capital’s ...

EU 'stagnation trap' vexes French, German economists

Nov 28, 2014

EU 'stagnation trap' vexes French, German economists

Warning that Europe risks a “stagnation trap,” leading French and German economists have proposed reforms and investments to revive growth in the eurozone’s two biggest economies, but Berlin swiftly dismissed a key proposal to boost its public investment. Henrik Enderlein, of Germany’s Hertie School ...

Nov 27, 2014

Wikipedia appeals for cash to snap French cheese varieties

Wikipedia on Wednesday launched a fundraising initiative — dubbed WikiCheese — to photograph France’s bewildering varieties of cheese and put them online to help readers tell their black brie from their Tymsboro. The French branch of the online encyclopedia hopes to pull in €5,000 ...

Nov 27, 2014

Polish priest freed after being abducted in Central African Republic

A Polish missionary who was abducted by armed rebels in the Central African Republic last month has been freed and is doing well, Poland’s foreign ministry said Wednesday. “Father Mateusz Dziedzic has been released. His condition isn’t perfect but he’s feeling fine and there ...

Nov 26, 2014

Gunmen seize jewels and hostage in Paris heist

Two gunmen robbed a Cartier jewelry boutique in a tony and tourist-filled Paris neighborhood Tuesday, fled police in a chase across the Seine River, took a hostage — and then surrendered, authorities said. The unusual drama in the French capital sent heads turning from ...

Federer, Wawrinka double up to give Swiss lead

Nov 23, 2014

Federer, Wawrinka double up to give Swiss lead

Roger Federer will have the chance to clinch the last big prize in tennis eluding him. The 17-time Grand Slam champion and Stan Wawrinka swept aside Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the doubles to put Switzerland into a 2-1 lead ...

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

Nov 23, 2014

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France’s conservative party this week. Just a few weeks after he ...

UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Nov 23, 2014

UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Some 16,867 voters in southeast England ushered in a season of European political tumult that in an extreme scenario could lead to Britain exiting the European Union, Greece quitting the euro or Catalonia seceding from Spain. Victory by the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party in ...