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France's Macron pledges 15-billion-euro green push after vote rout

29 Jun 2020

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron promised 15 billion euros ($16.9 billion) of new funding on Monday to speed up moves to a greener economy, a day after the Greens trounced his party and took control of big cities in local elections.

'How to lose an election': Macron gets it all wrong in Paris

25 Jun 2020

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron was surveying a glacier in the French Alps on a visit in February when an aide forwarded a video that had just been posted online, showing his choice for Paris mayor masturbating.

In Paris, the Pompidou Centre prepares to reopen with one-way system and masks

16 Jun 2020

PARIS The Pompidou Centre in Paris, home to Europe's largest modern art collection, will be left 20 million euros out of pocket by the coronavirus crisis but its director Serge Lasvignes has a more pressing matter on his hands - how to reopen safely.

The city to themselves, but Parisians hope for return of tourists

13 Jun 2020

PARIS People walking their dogs or sitting on a terrace in a quaint, quiet square, the scene could be anywhere in rural France, but it is Place des Abbesses in the Montmartre area of Paris, near the Sacre Coeur basilica and normally heaving with tourists. | Video

Coronavirus poses existential threat to some of world's museums: UNESCO

11 Jun 2020

PARIS The coronavirus lockdowns have hit the world's museums very hard and more than 10 percent may never reopen while others will have to put new projects on hold, the United Nations' cultural body UNESCO said.

Palace of Versailles to reopen, but will visitors come?

05 Jun 2020

PARIS France's sumptuous Palace of Versailles, built in the 17th century by the "Sun King" Louis XIV, throws its doors open to the public again on Saturday but with little certainty over when tourists will return as lockdown curbs are slowly eased.

Insurer AXA must pay restaurant's COVID-19 losses, French court rules

22 May 2020

PARIS A Paris court ruled that insurer AXA must pay a restaurant owner two months' worth of coronavirus-related revenue losses, the restaurateur's lawyer said on Friday, potentially opening the door to a wave of similar litigation.

Italian woman wins Picasso painting in French charity raffle

21 May 2020

PARIS An Italian woman on Wednesday won a Pablo Picasso painting worth 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in a French charity raffle that raised money for African water projects. | Video

Defecting French lawmakers deprive Macron of outright parliament majority

19 May 2020

PARIS Defectors from Emmanuel Macron's ruling party announced the creation of a new group in France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday, depriving the president of an outright majority and raising pressure for more left-wing policies.

French beekeepers look to lockdown exit to sell bumper honey harvest

05 May 2020

CHANTILLY, France Beekeepers in France are celebrating a bumper spring honey harvest after weeks of warm weather but will need a smooth unwinding of the coronavirus lockdown if they are to find a market for their produce. | Video

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