Feb 5, 2016

French purists vexed at demise of circumflex

French linguistic purists voiced online anger Thursday at the loss of one of their favorite accents — the pointy little “circumflex” hat that sits on top of certain vowels such as the “o” in “cote.” A change in the spelling of some 2,000 French ...

Listing freighter now under tow, bound for Bilbao

Feb 2, 2016

Listing freighter now under tow, bound for Bilbao

Rescuers successfully diverted a cargo ship threatening to run aground in southwestern France after five days adrift, and started towing it Tuesday toward the Spanish port of Bilbao. Broadcast images showed the 164-meter (538-foot) Modern Express listing dramatically as it was towed by another ...

Feb 1, 2016

French president pardons woman jailed for killing violent husband

French President Francois Hollande pardoned a woman who was jailed for 10 years for killing her husband after he abused her for decades, the president’s office announced Sunday. “In the face of an exceptional human situation, the president wanted to make it possible for ...

Dutch test self-drive minibuses, hope to have them operational by midyear

Jan 29, 2016

Dutch test self-drive minibuses, hope to have them operational by midyear

The Netherlands started test-driving its first driverless minibuses on Thursday, hoping to introduce a full-time autonomous passenger service in a central Dutch province by summer. Dutch Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen took the first ride in a “WEpod” shuttle, designed to carry six ...

Chile overtook France as top wine exporter to Japan in 2015

Jan 28, 2016

Chile overtook France as top wine exporter to Japan in 2015

Chile has supplanted longtime No. 1 France as the top exporter of wine to Japan in 2015, Finance Ministry data shows. Imports of Chilean wine jumped 18.1 percent from the previous year to 51.59 million liters, while those of French wine fell 2.8 percent ...

French justice minister quits over nationality measure

Jan 27, 2016

French justice minister quits over nationality measure

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira quit Wednesday, apparently in protest at government moves to push through a measure that would strip convicted French-born terrorists of their citizenship if they have a second nationality. Taubira, a popular figure among the governing Socialist Party of President ...

Jan 25, 2016

France's alert unsettles some

When a state of emergency was imposed in France after the November attacks, numb and terror-weary citizens welcomed the show of force. But a sense of creeping unease over civil liberties has turned to outright opposition in many quarters as French President Francois Hollande ...