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french far-right candidate zeroes in on security, migration


paris — far-right presidential candidate marine le pen is zeroing in on two of her top priorities, security and immigration, in a visit to southeastern france.le pen paid homage to the 86 victims of an attack last year in nice, with a visit monday to the city's famed seaside promenade where revelers were mowed down by a truck while celebrating bastille day.le pen was then heading to the border post in menton, where migrants often try to enter france from italy.she wants france to better control its borders to fight illegal arrivals, quitting the border-free schengen zone as well as the european union.polls suggest le pen will place among the top two in france's april 23 first-round election, but will struggle to win the may 7 runoff.






french left picks benoît hamon as presidential election candidate


paris—the french left picked benoît hamon as their presidential candidate, securing a come-from-behind victory for a lawmaker popular with die-hard socialists but lacking broad appeal among french voters. mr. hamon, who centered his paign on a plan to create a universal basic income, won 58.65% of the runoff vote in the leftist primary on sunday, according to a count of votes from around 60% of polling stations. at the...






french left picks benoît hamon as presidential election candidate


paris—the french left picked benoît hamon as their presidential candidate sunday, securing a come-from-behind victory for a lawmaker popular with die-hard socialists but lacking broad appeal among french voters. mr. hamon, who centered his paign on a plan to create a universal basic income, won 58.65% of the runoff vote in the leftist primary, according to a count of votes from around 60% of polling stations. at the start...






french presidential candidate fillon apologizes for employing wife


paris—french presidential candidate françois fillon apologized for employing his wife as a parliamentary aide but insisted she performed real work, in an attempt to stabilize his paign.in his first news conference since the scandal began two weeks ago, mr. fillon said it was no longer acceptable for lawmakers to employ family as istants,...






french presidential candidate fillon apologizes for employing wife


paris—french presidential candidate françois fillon apologized for employing his wife as a parliamentary aide but insisted she performed real work in an attempt to stabilize his paign.in his first news conference since the scandal began two weeks ago, mr. fillon said it was no longer acceptable for lawmakers to employ family as istants, a...






french far-right candidate le pen opposes dual citizenship


paris — french far-right presidential candidate marine le pen has vowed to request all people with dual citizenship in france and other countries to choose only one nationality, except for europeans and russians.she said this doesn't mean foreigners would need to leave the country, explaining they can stay "as long as they respect french laws and values".le pen said she considers russia to be part of the "europe of nations." in response to a specific question from a reporter on france 2 television thursday night she said the measure would involve israel, since it's not a european country.in early polls, le pen appears in a good position to be among the two top contenders and a nce to the second round of the april-may presidential election.






russia denies interfering in french presidential elections with cyber attacks


russia denied meddling in french elections tuesday after a top aide to french presidential candidate emmanuel macron alleged russia hit macron’s campaign with hundreds of cyberattacks. jean-yves le drian, france’s defense minister, said last week french intelligence agencies were attempting to fortify cybersecurity surrounding the election. the announcement followed allegations russia intended to interfere in french…






eu migration chief to urge u.s. to maintain ties


brussels—the european union’s top official for security and migration will urge the u.s. to maintain its decadeslong relationship with the bloc amid criticism of president donald trump’s executive order temporarily blocking entry of people from seven nations.dimitris avramopoulos, commissioner for migration and home affairs, is scheduled to meet with u.s. homeland security secretary john kelly on wednesday, in the first meeting between a senior eu official and the trump administration. his visit comes after mr. trump’s...






some key promises of presidential candidate marine le pen


lyon, france — some key promises among 144 released urday by leading far-right presidential candidate marine le pen:french sovereignty:— negotiate with european union the "four sovereignties" — return of french franc, legislative, economic, territorial, or control of its borders— leave border-free schengen zoneon immigration:— reduce immigration to 10,000 annually— end automatic acquisition of french nationality by marriage— end dual nationality for non-europeans— restrict french nationality to those with french parent or naturalized, ending automatic birthright rule— restrict asylum to demands made in emb ies or neighboring countries of asylum-seekeron terrorism:— ban and dissolve all organizations including mosques linked to islamic fundamentalists — already in practice but le pen says i






french newspaper: fillon also paid his wife severance


paris — a french newspaper says presidential candidate francois fillon not only employed his wife for an allegedly fake job, but also twice gave her severance pay.le canard enchaine weekly reports in its wednesday issue that fillon paid his wife, penelope fillon, a total of 45,000 euros ($48,000) in severance pay from public funds after she stopped working as his parliamentary aide in 2002 and 2013.the conservative candidate said in a statement that the paper's latest reports are "lies" and that "only a will to harm can explain this false presentation."the weekly says that penelope fillon first was given severance pay after her husband entered the french government. the paper says she already had a new aide job, arranged at fillon's request, working for the lawmaker who replaced him.






french candidate fillon floats prosecuting teens as adults


compiegne, france — conservative french presidential candidate francois fillon wants to prosecute 16 and 17-year-olds as adults, arguing it would prevent the kind of unrest that has rocked low-income paris suburbs following an alleged police rape.with his campaign struggling under corruption allegations, fillon sought to burnish his tough-on-security image wednesday with proposals likely to please far-right voters.he complained that many minors were involved in the recent suburban unrest, but said they are "virtually untouchable because the law protects them more than their victims."fillon did not mention the incident that prompted the disturbances: an alleged rape of a young black man by police in the paris suburb of aulnay-sous-bois.protests against police violence erupted in other towns






french candidate fillon floats prosecuting teens as adults


compiegne, france — conservative french presidential candidate francois fillon wants to prosecute 16 and 17-year-olds as adults, arguing it would prevent the kind of unrest that has rocked the low-income suburbs of paris following an alleged police rape.with his campaign struggling under corruption allegations, fillon sought to burnish his tough-on-security image wednesday with proposals likely to please far-right voters. he complained that many minors were involved in the recent unrest, but said they are "virtually untouchable because the law protects them more than their victims."he made the comments during a meeting with police and security officials in the town of compiegne in northern france.fillon did not mention the incident that prompted the disturbances: an alleged rape of a young






french prosecutors maintain probe into candidate fillon


paris — french financial prosecutors have decided to continue their investigation into embezzlement allegations against conservative presidential candidate francois fillon.fillon's spokesman, damien abad, said on bfm television that the candidate will maintain his campaign pending further investigation. fillon has denied wrongdoing.the national financial prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation into embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds after newspaper le canard enchaine reported that fillon's wife and two of his children earned as much as 1 million euros ($1.1 million) for fake parliamentary jobs.the prosecutor's office said thursday it received the initial police report into the case and will continue investigating. that suggests prosecutors have enough reason t






the latest: french candidate fillon says he's 'honest'


paris — the latest on the scandal surrounding french conservative presidential candidate francois fillon (all times local):4:45 p.m.french conservative presidential candidate francois fillon says he is "honest" and the scandal over his wife's well-paid job as his istant landed on him like "a clap of thunder."fillon told a news conference that "i would like to say to the french (primary voters) that their choice cannot be taken away from them. they will not be silenced." he acknowledged that his political program, which includes slashing 500,000 public sector jobs, "upsets people." but he said that "it is the only one that can give confidence back to the french."fillon's popularity has dropped in the past two weeks following revelations by the canard enchaine newspaper alleging that his wif






top french presidential candidate françois fillon battered by growing scandal


paris—the paign of françois fillon, once the clear front-runner to become france’s next president, is in crisis.on wednesday, the conservative candidate huddled with his party’s top br , seeking to steady a paign buffeted by a deepening criminal investigation into whether his wife collected a state salary without performing any...






french newspaper: fillon also paid his wife severance


paris (ap) — a french newspaper says presidential candidate francois fillon not only employed his wife for an allegedly fake job, but also twice gave her severance pay.le canard enchaine weekly reports in its wednesday issue that fillon paid his wife, penelope fillon, a total of 45,000 euros ($48,000) in severance pay from public funds after she stopped working as his parliamentary aide in 2002 and 2013.the conservative candidate said in a statement that the paper’s latest reports are “lies” and that “only a will to harm can explain this false presentation.”the weekly says that penelope fillon first was given severance pay after her husband entered the french government. the paper says she already had a new aide job, arranged at fillon’s request, working for the lawmaker who replaced him.m






jews will have to leave if they don’t give up israeli citizenship


jewish people living in france who are also israel citizens may have to give up their israeli citizenship if a far-right wing french presidential candidate is elected. marine le pen said she wouldn’t allow french citizens to maintain their citizenship in any country that was not part of the european union, haaretz reported thursday. “israel isn’t…






marine le pen refuses to repay eu funds


image copyrightafpimage caption marine le pen denies any wrongdoing france's far-right leader marine le pen says she will not return to the european parliament more than €300,000 (£257,000; $321,000) in funds it says she has misspent.the parliament says she wrongly used the funds to pay an aide at the national front's headquarters in paris.the french presidential candidate says she is the victim of a politically motivated vendetta.ms le pen had until midnight on tuesday to repay the money.if not, the parliament says it will retain half her salary as an mep and she will also lose other allowances. ms le pen is one of the front-runners in the french presidential election to be held in april and may.polls suggest that she will make it to the run-off where she is likely to face conservative ca






marine le pen refuses to repay eu funds


image copyrightafpimage caption marine le pen denies any wrongdoing france's far-right leader marine le pen says she will not return to the european parliament more than €300,000 (£257,000; $321,000) in funds it says she has misspent.the parliament says she wrongly used the funds to pay an aide at the national front's headquarters in paris.the french presidential candidate says she is the victim of a politically motivated vendetta.ms le pen had until midnight on tuesday to repay the money.if not, the parliament says it will retain half her salary as an mep and she will also lose other allowances. ms le pen is one of the front-runners in the french presidential election to be held in april and may.polls suggest that she will make it to the run-off where she is likely to face conservative ca






french candidate emmanuel macron says russia is out to torpedo his campaign


paris—in the wake of alleged russian interference in the u.s. presidential election, a front-runner in france’s presidential race is accusing moscow of doing it again.the campaign of candidate emmanuel macron said tuesday in an email to supporters that the russian government is trying to destabilize his candidacy by using state-funded media outlets to spread smears about his character.mr. macron’s political party en marche,...






far-right official: brexit, trump give french reason to vote


lyon, france — the top lieutenant of far-right french presidential candidate marine le pen says britain's decision to leave the european union and the election of u.s. president donald trump have given the french a "reason to vote" because it can result in real change.le pen supporters were pouring into the congress center in lyon on sunday, the second day of a conference by le pen's anti-immigration national front party. she will be speaking about her 144 presidential commitments unveiled a day earlier, a nationalist agenda aimed at throwing off the european union, nato and the status quo.florian philippot said people who thought voting "served nothing" because it brought no change now have proof that an alternative is possible. he says he likes trump's tweets because they "break the poli






french prosecutors maintain probe into candidate fillon


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french candidate uses hologram to travel paign trail


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french presidential contender françois fillon wants end to probe into misuse of


paris—presidential candidate françois fillon’s lawyer on thursday asked prosecutors to drop an investigation into allegations that he misused public funds by employing his wife as a parliamentary aide.mr. fillon’s lawyers said the probe violated the fundamental principles of french constitutional law because the charge of misuse of public funds is not applicable to a lawmaker. his lawyer also said that the investigation is...






valls vs hamon in french socialists' presidential primary


paris — french voters are voting for the socialist candidate who will face a tough battle to beat rivals from the far-left, the far-right and the political center in france's presidential election this spring.sunday's choice in the socialist primary runoff is a stark one, between two candidates on opposite poles of the beleaguered party with sharply different plans for france.with a headline-grabbing proposal to pay all french adults a monthly stipend, the 49-year-old benoit hamon has emerged from obscurity on the socialist left to win the primary's first round against six other candidates last weekend.on sunday, he is facing former prime minister manuel valls.the 54-year-old valls has emphasized his experience in government, which includes a time when attackers killed 147 people in france






fillon fights to keep alive french presidential candidacy


paris — conservative leaders in france are rallying around francois fillon, the beleaguered presidential candidate, amid promised new revelations about the alleged illegitimacy of his wife's taxpayer-paid job.broadcaster france televisions said it would screen video extracts later thursday from a 2007 interview with penelope fillon.it said the then-prime minister's wife said she had never worked as fillon's istant.that appears to contradict fillon's recent statements that she was legitimately employed as his parliamentary aide.allegations that penelope fillon was paid for work she didn't do, first reported by french weekly canard enchaine and now being investigated by french prosecutors, have thrown fillon's paign into disarray.seventeen senior conservatives, in a statement thursday, decla






the latest: children of france's fillon included in probe


paris — the latest on claims of wrongdoing against french presidential candidate francois fillon and his family (all times local):1:50 p.m.a person close to the investigation tells the ociated press that french prosecutors have extended their embezzlement probe of presidential candidate francois fillon to cover two of his children.the person spoke to the ap on condition of anonymity, because they were barred from discussing the investigation publicly. the person said the probe is now also looking at fillon's daughter, marie, and son, charles.the canard enchaine weekly has reported that they were hired by fillon as parliamentary aides when he was a french senator in 2005-2007, earning 84,000 euros ($91,000) in total.fillon has said he paid two of his children, "who were lawyers," for "speci






far-right official: brexit, trump give french reason to vote


lyon, france (ap) — the top lieutenant of far-right french presidential candidate marine le pen says britain’s decision to leave the european union and the election of u.s. president donald trump have given the french a “reason to vote” because it can result in real change.le pen supporters were pouring into the congress center in lyon on sunday, the second day of a conference by le pen’s anti-immigration national front party. she will be speaking about her 144 presidential commitments unveiled a day earlier, a nationalist agenda aimed at throwing off the european union, nato and the status quo.florian philippot said people who thought voting “served nothing” because it brought no change now have proof that an alternative is possible. he says he likes trump’s tweets because they “break the






scandal threatens french conservative presidential hopeful


paris — french conservative candidate francois fillon is trying to save his presidential bid as questions swirl around the jobs he gave to family members.fillon plans to hold a news conference monday at his paign headquarters in paris.french prosecutors are investigating whether the jobs that fillon's wife and two of their children had as his parliamentary aides were genuine. the preliminary probe involves suspicions of embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds.fillon's popularity dropped following revelations by the canard enchaine newspaper last month. he denied any wrongdoing.some conservative lawmakers want him to step down in order to improve the party's chance to win in the april-may presidential election.fillon's beaten rival for the conservative nomination, alain juppe, twe






4 dead in french alps avalanche; 5 others being rescued


paris — french rescue workers say four people have been killed in an avalanche in the french alps and five survivors are being pulled out of the snow.the republican company for alps security in the town of albertville said the group of nine had been skiing off piste near the tignes ski resort when the avalanche hit monday. the group said the five survivors are "in the process of being extracted" from the snow.no information was immediately available about the skiers' nationalities.the incident occurred in an area popular among international skiers for its extensive slopes and stunning views.






the latest: le pen: twin 'totalitarianisms' threaten france


lyon, france — the latest on france's far right conference sunday in the southeast city of lyon. (all times local):3:40 p.m.far-right leader and presidential candidate marine le pen says france is threatened by two "totalitarianisms" in the form of economic globalization and islamic fundamentalism.le pen said during a speech at her national front party's conference sunday in lyon that those threats are "planting itself in some neighborhoods ... and vulnerable minds."le pen listed the veils some muslim women wear, mosques and prayer in the streets of france as unacceptable cultural dangers "no french person...attached to his dignity can accept."le pen's speech closes the two-day conference in lyon.___12:30 p.m.a far-right french political figure says britain's decision to leave the european






french presidential hopeful fillon wants quick investigation


paris — french presidential hopeful francois fillon's team says he wants the investigation to a nce as quickly as possible in a probe centered on whether his wife actually worked while being paid as his parliamentary aide.fillon's paign director, patrick stefanini, told reporters tuesday that the candidate does not want the investigation to "interfere with the democratic process."fillon and his wife, penelope, were questioned monday in a preliminary embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds probe.the investigation followed a report by le canard enchaine newspaper that fillon's wife was paid about 500,000 euros ($537,000) for work she did not perform.fillon, the nominee of the conservative republican party, said in a statement he and his wife "were able to provide elements useful fo






marine le pen: deadline p es for national front leader to repay eu funds


image copyrightafpimage caption marine le pen denies any wrongdoing a european parliament deadline for france's far-right leader marine le pen to return more than €300,000 (£257,000; $321,000) it says she has misspent, has p ed.the presidential candidate had until midnight to repay the money, but said she had no intention of doing so.the parliament says she wrongly used the funds to pay an aide at the national front's headquarters in paris.she says she is the victim of a politically motivated vendetta.if ms le pen does not repay the money, the parliament says it will retain half her salary as an mep and she will also lose other allowances. ms le pen is one of the front-runners in the french presidential election to be held in april and may.polls suggest that she will make it to the run-off






marine le pen: deadline p es for national front leader to repay eu funds


image copyrightafpimage caption marine le pen denies any wrongdoing a european parliament deadline for france's far-right leader marine le pen to return more than €300,000(£257,000; $321,000) it says she has misspent, has p ed.the presidential candidate had until midnight to repay the money, but said she had no intention of doing so.the parliament says she wrongly used the funds to pay an aide at the national front's headquarters in paris.she says she is the victim of a politically motivated vendetta.if ms le pen does not repay the money, the parliament says it will retain half her salary as an mep and she will also lose other allowances. ms le pen is one of the front-runners in the french presidential election to be held in april and may.polls suggest that she will make it to the run-off






marine le pen: deadline p es for national front leader to repay eu funds


image copyrightafpimage caption marine le pen denies any wrongdoing a european parliament deadline for france's far-right leader marine le pen to return more than €300,000(£257,000; $321,000) it says she has misspent, has p ed.the presidential candidate had until midnight to repay the money, but said she had no intention of doing so.the parliament says she wrongly used the funds to pay an aide at the national front's headquarters in paris.she says she is the victim of a politically motivated vendetta.if ms le pen does not repay the money, the parliament says it will retain half her salary as an mep and she will also lose other allowances. ms le pen is one of the front-runners in the french presidential election to be held in april and may.polls suggest that she will make it to the run-off






the latest: le pen vows to pull france out of eu, nato


lyon, france — the latest on france's far right conference sunday in the southeast city of lyon. (all times local):4:35 p.m.french far-right presidential candidate marine le pen is reiterating her commitment to pull france out of the european union and to restore the franc as the country's official currency.le pen used her closed speech at the conference to highlight some of her key paign promises from the 144 commitments she announced a day earlier.she says she plans, if elected, to schedule a referendum within her first six months on a "frexit" and intends to negotiate issues like borders and currency with the eu.le pen says she also wants to france to leave nato's integrated command and to build up the country's capabilities to provide for its own defense.___4:20 p.m.far-right french pr






far-right official: brexit, trump give french reason to vote


lyon, france — britain's decision to leave the european union and the election of u.s. president donald trump have given the french a "reason to vote" because it can result in real change, the top lieutenant of far-right french presidential candidate marine le pen declared sunday ahead of her long-awaited speech.le pen supporters were pouring into the congress center in lyon on sunday, the second day of a conference by her anti-immigrant national front party. she will be speaking about her 144 presidential promises unveiled a day earlier, a nationalist agenda aimed at throwing off the european union, nato and the status quo.national front official florian philippot said people who thought voting "served nothing" because it brought no change now have proof that an alternative is possible. h






french presidential candidate macron cheered by lyon rally


paris — emmanuel macron, a former investment banker who's never held elected office, is holding a major rally in lyon with his eyes set on winning france's presidential election this spring.macron, a 39-year-old telegenic former finance minister under president francois hollande, distanced himself from the socialist party to create a party called en marche! ("on the move!") from which he has launched an anti-establishment bid for the elysee palace.macron — now polling high in the presidential race — thanked the crowds urday in lyon for their "enthusiasm," claiming they totaled 16,000 people.conservative lawmakers, meanwhile, were visiting their constituencies this weekend to stem the damage surrounding their selected presidential candidate, francois fillon, after his family be e the object






the french are training eagles to hunt drones


drones are clearly going to become a security problem, and it’s going to happen in a hurry. so the french are trying to get ahead by training eagles to hunt drones.full story at youtube.more great animals. posted by josh urich






supreme court justice breyer talks art _ in french


boston — u.s. supreme court justice stephen breyer has given a talk — entirely in french — about the artistry of courtroom sketches.breyer spoke in french on monday during the hour-long forum at the french cultural center in boston.the event was a dialogue with artist noëlle herrenschmidt, who draws courtroom scenes in france.holger spamann, a harvard law school professor who attended the talk, says breyer also made a case for the professionalism of judges and the importance of their detachment from politics.breyer, 78, was appointed to the high court in 1994 by democratic president bill clinton.breyer once told an interviewer that he learned french by reading the works of writer marcel proust while working as an intern at a law firm in paris.






4 dead in french alps avalanche; 5 others being rescued – the denver post


paris — french rescue workers say four skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the french alps near the resort of tignes and five others are being pulled out of the snow with shovels.the republican company for alps security in the town of albertville said the group of nine had been skiing off piste near tignes when the avalanche hit monday. it occurred in an area popular among international skiers for its extensive slopes and stunning views, but no information was immediately available about the skiers’ nationalities.an alps security rescue worker said the bodies of the four dead had been retrieved. he said the five other skiers have been located and were “in the process of being extracted” from the snow in an area that is hard to reach with mechanical equipment. the rescuer, who was no






french language groups protest english-only olympic slogan


paris — groups defending the french language are lodging legal protests over the english-only slogan used for paris' 2024 olympic bid.lawyer emmanuel ludot said friday that he has submitted a request with the government's rights defense authority to suspend use of the slogan "made for sharing." he also submitted a warning to the bid committee that the slogan could violate a law on protecting the french language.ludot says the language groups want the slogan to be in both french and english, or in french only.ludot says "we want them to communicate in the language that is ours."the paris 2024 bid committee did not immediately comment. the international olympic committee will choose in september whether to host the games in paris, budapest or los angeles.






marine le pen: deadline p es for national front leader to repay eu funds


image copyrightafpimage caption marine le pen denies any wrongdoing a european parliament deadline for france's far-right leader marine le pen to return more than 300,000 euros(£257,000; $321,000) it says she has misspent, has p ed.the presidential candidate had until midnight to repay the money, but said she had no intention of doing so.the parliament says she wrongly used the funds to pay an aide at the national front's headquarters in paris.she says she is the victim of a politically motivated vendetta.if she does not repay the money, the parliament could now respond by withholding as much as half of her salary and allowances, which her opponents say total almost €11,000 a month.ms le pen is one of the front-runners in the french presidential election to be held in april and may. if she






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n