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A triathlon Olympic test event in the River Seine in August of last year. Local authorities still have thousands of new sewer connections and key storm-water infrastructure to finish in the next few months ahead of the Games.
Jan 11, 2024
Paris Olympics chief insists River Seine will host opening ceremony
French security services have consistently raised doubts about having the opening team parade on the river in the heart of the City of Light.
Newly appointed French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal speaks with Mayor of Clairmarais Damien Morel during a visit to Clairmarais, in northern France, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 10, 2024
Gabriel Attal becomes France's youngest PM as Macron seeks reset
The appointment of Attal, 34, a popular and media-savvy rising star of French politics, signals a desire by Macron to move beyond divisive reforms.
French skipper Armel Le Cleac'h sails his Banque Populaire Ultim multihull (foreground) after the start of the Arkea Ultim Challenge, a solo round-the-world race on a multihull, off the coast of Brest on Sunday.
Jan 8, 2024
Around the world in 50 days? Six sailors in 'biggest challenge'
Under bright winter sunshine in the Brittany port of Brest, the first such race on superpowerful but relatively fragile trimarans got underway.
The sudden resurgence of bedbugs in Japan follows reports of similar outbreaks in countries like South Korea and France.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 30, 2023
Bedbug consultations surge in Tokyo and Osaka
Consultations over bedbugs in Tokyo and Osaka have surged this year to hit their highest numbers on record, according to pest control associations in the two prefectures, with experts warning that infestations are spreading nationwide.
French police evict migrants from a squat in a disused industrial building not far from the Paris 2024 Olympic Village in Ile-Saint-Denis, near Paris, in April.
WORLD / Society
Dec 25, 2023
Asylum-seekers and Roma evicted from Paris squats ahead of Olympics
Advocates and some officials say the evictions appear to be a policy aimed at beautifying the area for the sporting event.
A court sketch made at the courthouse of Vesoul, eastern France, on Thursday shows defendant and Chilean national Nicolas Zepeda (center) standing to hear the verdict during the final day of his appeal trial for the alleged murder of his Japanese ex-girlfriend, Narumi Kurosaki.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 22, 2023
French appeals court jails Chilean for murder of Japanese student
A lower court had sentenced Nicolas Zepeda to 28 years in prison for killing Narumi Kurosaki in December 2016.
Surfers hold banners as they gather during a demonstration in Guethary, France, against the construction of a tower at the Olympic surfing venue in Polynesia.
Dec 21, 2023
Surfing tower will be built, Paris Games chief says
Tony Estanguet explained the option offered by the surfing body had been studied but was deemed insufficient.
Matt Boyle of the Greater Manchester Police speaks to reporters after missing teen Alex Batty returned to the U.K. on Saturday.
Dec 17, 2023
British teen Alex Batty arrives in U.K. six years after vanishing
The teen was found in the middle of the night by a delivery driver after he had walked along a road for four days.
Alex Batty as he looked when he disappeared at age 11 in an undated photo from the Greater Manchester Police
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 16, 2023
Boy missing for six years to return to Britain in next two days
Alex Batty disappeared at the age of 11 during a holiday with his mother and grandfather in Malaga, Spain, in 2017.
The new spire is being reconstructed to be identical to the original one that was destroyed in a fire in April 2019. The Notre Dame Cathedral is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 8, 2024.
WORLD / Society
Dec 11, 2023
After toppling in the 2019 fire, Notre Dame’s spire rises again
French President Emmanuel Macron had vowed to rebuild the site within five years after a fire gutted it in 2019.
The judges' tower in Teahupo'o in Tahiti, French Polynesia, during a pro surfing event in August. Residents of Teahupo'o have protested plans by Olympic organizers to build a 14 meter aluminum tower ahead of the 2024 Games.
Dec 8, 2023
Safety is top priority, Paris Games boss says amid surfing tower row
Last week, a barge bringing the aluminum tower to the Tahiti site of Teahupo'o damaged the coral reef, bringing work to a halt.
An aerial view shows the Eiffel tower by the River Seine in Paris. A plan to hold the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics on the river looks set to go ahead, even after a deadly attack in the French capital at the weekend.
Dec 5, 2023
'No Plan B': France set on Olympics river opening despite attack
Media reports have indicated grave concern within the security forces that the opening ceremony could be vulnerable to attack.
A man talks on the phone during COP28 in Dubai on Monday.
Dec 4, 2023
Japan, France back plan to boost climate lending with IMF reserves
Multilateral development banks say they can bolster climate finance in developing markets by leveraging the IMF's Special Drawing Rights.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Friday
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 3, 2023
Japan-France road map to boost defense and economic security ties
The agreement was announced after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke during COP28 in Dubai.
Forensic police work at the scene of a stabbing in Paris on Saturday.
Dec 3, 2023
Attacker fatally stabs German tourist in Paris
The attack took place close to the Eiffel Tower during a busy late weekend night and came with the country on its highest alert for attacks.
The Olympic rings in Sapporo's Odori Park. The Hokkaido capital had explored the possibility of hosting the Winter Games in 2034 after dropping its bid for 2030.
Nov 30, 2023
Sapporo left out as IOC signals 2030 and 2034 Games hosts
The IOC picked the French Alps and Salt Lake City in the western United States as preferred hosts for the 2030 and 2034 Games, respectively.
A bed bug in Paris in September
JAPAN / Society
Nov 27, 2023
Bedbugs are spreading in South Korea and China. Is Japan next?
Experts caution that it may only be a matter of time, given the number of travelers now arriving in the country.
Police patrol the Champs Elysees in Paris last month amid security concerns following a deadly knife attack in northern France.
Nov 25, 2023
Gaza war raises risk of Islamist extremism in Europe
Intelligence in five European countries including Britain, Germany and France said they are increasing surveillance of Islamist militants.
Damien Veron (center) attempts to gather information on the disappearance of his sister, Tiphaine Veron, in front of Tobu Nikko Station in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, last month.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 24, 2023
French man suspects foul play in sister's 2018 disappearance
Tiphaine Veron, 41, disappeared on the morning of the second day of her trip to Nikko, with her luggage and passport remaining at her accommodation.
Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a goal for France during Euro 2024 qualifying against Gibraltar in Nice on Saturday.
Nov 19, 2023
France breaks records as trio of teams qualify for Euro 2024
Les Bleus set a new record for margin of victory in European qualifying and a national record during the game in Nice.


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