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French centre-right senators back Macron's presidential bid


PARIS The frontrunner in France's presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, received yet another boost to his candidacy on Sunday when nine lawmakers from a center-right party allied with conservative rival Francois Fillon decided to rally behind him.


Father of Germanwings pilot says seeking truth about crash 24 Mar 2017

BERLIN Two years to the day after the Germanwings crash in southern France, the father of the plane's pilot detailed his doubts that his son intentionally brought down the aircraft to commit suicide and said he was seeking the truth about what happened.


France's Macron seen winning presidential vote - poll 23 Mar 2017

PARIS Centrist Emmanuel Macron is projected to come out on top in the first round of France's presidential election next month ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen before going on to win in a runoff, a Harris Interactive poll showed on Thursday.

French court takes financial penalty from law protecting workers safety 23 Mar 2017

PARIS France's constitutional court took the financial sting out of a new law requiring big companies to make sure their subsidiaries and subcontractors around the world respect human rights and environmental rules, striking down its power to levy fines.

Frenchman kidnapped near Chad border with Sudan's Darfur 23 Mar 2017

PARIS/N'DJAMENA A Frenchman was kidnapped in Chad in a remote region near the border with Sudan's Darfur region early on Thursday, France's foreign ministry said.


France shudders after London attack, Le Pen demands border controls 23 Mar 2017

PARIS Far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Thursday said the lone-wolf attack outside parliament in London underscored the need for tighter border controls, as France shuddered at an incident that reopened wounds inflicted by similar assaults at home.

Former AFP photographer released in Bahrain, agency says 23 Mar 2017

DUBAI Bahraini authorities released a former Agence France-Presse photographer on Thursday after holding him for more than 24 hours because of his work for AFP, the French news agency reported.


Father of Germanwings pilot seeks to clear son's name 22 Mar 2017

BERLIN Two years after the Germanwings plane crash in southern France, the father of the pilot is seeking to restore his son's name, telling a German paper that Andreas Lubitz's actions were not premeditated.


As Belgium remembers attacks, survivor reflects: "What if?" 22 Mar 2017

BRUSSELS Belgium marked the first anniversary of bomb attacks that killed 32 people with remembrance ceremonies, a new memorial and poignant reflections from those who lost partners but survived. | Video


French minister quits over scandal as Macron's presidency bid gathers pace 22 Mar 2017

PARIS Centrist Emmanuel Macron's bid for power in France gathered pace on Tuesday when he won support from a junior minister in the Socialist government while the interior minister resigned amid scandal in a new twist to the topsy-turvy presidential campaign.

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