Jul 11, 2015

France lets police wear beards and tattoos, within limits

French police officers have been given approval to sport beards and tattoos on the job so long as they respect certain conditions, officials said Friday. Responding to a police officers’ union request, officials said French cops may wear beards on duty “as long as ...

Jul 8, 2015

200 detonators, explosives stolen from French military site

At least one thief sneaked into a French military munitions compound and made off with a stash of detonators, grenades and explosives, officials said Tuesday, stoking security concerns in a country reeling from recent attacks by extremists. French authorities were investigating the mystery theft ...

France rebuffs alleged request for asylum by WikiLeaks chief

Jul 4, 2015

France rebuffs alleged request for asylum by WikiLeaks chief

The French government, reacting to a letter from Julian Assange, said Friday it would not give the WikiLeaks founder asylum, only for his lawyers to claim he had never sought it in the first place. “France cannot act on his request,” President Francois Hollande’s ...

Protesting ferry workers block Calais port; Channel Tunnel closed

Jul 1, 2015

Protesting ferry workers block Calais port; Channel Tunnel closed

Ferry workers on Tuesday threatened to continue their protest on Wednesday after blocking Calais’ port for two days, forcing the closure of the Channel Tunnel linking France and England for several hours. The ferry workers on Tuesday blocked the tunnel’s entrance by setting fire ...

Jun 30, 2015

One year later, Islamic State's 'caliphate' extends its global reach

The Islamic State group’s so-called caliphate entered its second year Monday with the jihadis expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming to be behind attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait. The extremist group headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced ...

Jun 30, 2015

WikiLeaks: NSA spied on top French finance officers

WikiLeaks released documents Monday night that it says show the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France’s top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids for over a decade, in what the group called targeted economic espionage. France and the U.S. didn’t immediately respond ...

Jun 28, 2015

Shaken tourists flee Tunisia after seaside massacre

Planeloads of shocked foreign tourists flew home from Tunisia Saturday after a beach-side massacre claimed by the Islamic State group killed 38 people and prompted a major security clampdown. The North African nation, which relies heavily on tourism, announced plans to deploy troops at ...