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Tomb of French national hero General de Gaulle vandalised

PARIS Vandals on Saturday damaged the tomb of General Charles de Gaulle, leader of France's resistance to Nazi occupation during World War Two and founder of the Fifth Republic.


May to appeal for NATO unity to fight terrorism 24 May 2017

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May will appeal to NATO leaders on Thursday to unite to combat terrorism by addressing its root causes and the "propagation of poisonous ideology, particularly online".


Turkey's Erdogan says Manchester attack shows need for NATO solidarity 24 May 2017

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday the Manchester bombing showed terrorism was a global problem and NATO allies should cooperate more closely and share information swiftly to confront it.


Macron government denies ethical misstep by minister 24 May 2017

PARIS A morality campaign by France's new government took a knock on Wednesday when media disclosed that one minister had rented business offices from his female partner, though the government defended him and said there was no cause for resignation.


France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - diplomats 24 May 2017

BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to play a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.


France makes Brexit pitch to Wall Street banks in New York 24 May 2017

NEW YORK More than 20 banks and asset management firms are in advanced discussions with regulators in France about shifting jobs there following Britain's vote to leave the European Union, former Bank of France chief Christian Noyer said on Tuesday.


France steps up security at public venues, plans new counter-terrorism body 23 May 2017

PARIS France ordered heightened security at sports and cultural events on Tuesday and President Emmanuel Macron said he would set up a new counter-terrorism coordinating body after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a British concert hall.


France says not planning to reopen embassy in Syria 23 May 2017

(This May 23 story corrects second reference to embassy closure to 2012 in paragraph 8)


EU: Euro zone fiscal stance stronger, France struggling to comply 22 May 2017

BRUSSELS Euro zone countries improved their fiscal stance, a sign of growing financial stability, the EU Commission said on Monday, but it called on France to take new action to comply with EU deficit limits and warned Italy faced "urgent" challenges.


German, French ministers agree to forge deeper euro zone 22 May 2017

BERLIN The finance ministers of Germany and France agreed on Monday to strengthen the euro zone, giving a new impulse to stalled reforms of the currency union and warning that if they fail political extremists will take power.

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