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Ahead of the Paris Games, authorities are conducting three preliminary investigations into possible favoritism in the awarding of around 20 contracts worth tens of millions of euros, while a fourth is scrutinizing the pay of chief organizer Tony Estanguet.
Feb 21, 2024
Paris 2024: A 'new era' of corruption-free Olympics?
Ahead of the Paris Olympics in July and August, French prosecutors are working on four probes into possible wrongdoing.
Ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics, resentment lingers over the handling of ticket sales last year that saw many locals priced out.
Jan 23, 2024
French gloom clouds Paris Olympics, six months from start
Several recent announcements have led to a spike in negative publicity for the sporting mega-event, which will start in just six months.
Police officers protest in Marseille, France, on Thursday, calling for "exceptional measures" in compensation for their compulsory presence at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Jan 19, 2024
Protesting police highlight strike risk to Paris Olympics
French authorities are scrambling to settle pay deals with unions who are demanding bonuses for working during the July 26 to Aug. 11 Olympics.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2023
Macron defiant as anger grows over French pension reform
Ignoring calls from opponents, Macron said there would be no government reshuffle, no fresh parliamentary elections and no referendum on his controversial pension reform.
Japan Times
Feb 13, 2023
Seizing Russian assets is easier said than done
Economic sanctions against Moscow have seen an estimated $350 billion in state assets, foreign reserves and oligarch property frozen by Western banks and officials.
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2022
Putin 'in a corner' with options narrowing
The question of "off-ramps" u2014 or decisions that allow the Russian leader to end the fighting without admitting defeat u2014 continues to vex Western analysts, who see no good options.
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2022
A week as king: How has Charles III fared?
The 73-year-old new king has won almost universal praise in the media, but his first week in power has not been entirely blemish-free.
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2022
As royals mourn death of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew makes awkward reappearance
The 62-year-old Duke of York stood out Monday as he walked behind the queen's coffin in Edinburgh, the only child of the late monarch in civilian dress.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves