Family of black Frenchman who died in police custody call national protest

PARIS (Reuters) – The family of a black Frenchman who died in police custody in circumstances similar to the killing of George Floyd said they had spurned an offer of talks with the justice minister and called for a nationwide protest instead. Adama Traore was celebrating his 24th birthday on

Galeries Lafayette's Champs Elysees store struggles as group faces $1 billion hit: CEO

PARIS (Reuters) – Galeries Lafayette’s [GALP.UL] new outlet on the Champs Elysees is struggling because people are staying away from the famous Paris boulevard due to COVID-19, according to its CEO, who said the crisis would hit the group to the tune of 1 billion euros. The high-end French department

France elects first transgender mayor

A trans woman in France has won election in her local commune to become the country’s first openly transgender mayor. The council in Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes in northeastern France chose Marie Cau as its new mayor on Saturday. The 55-year-old ran on a platform of ecological sustainability and building the local economy.

'I've not yet signed Renault loan', says French finance minister

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he has not signed off on a 5 billion euro ($5.47 billion) state-guaranteed loan to help Renault (RENA.PA) cope with the fallout from the coronavirus, and that discussions continued. Le Maire told newspaper Le Figaro that the government was seeking

Youths clash with police in Paris suburb of Argenteuil

PARIS (Reuters) – Youths clashed with police into the early hours of Monday in a Paris suburb after the death of a young man in a motorcycle accident, which some in the community blamed on the police, Le Parisien newspaper and residents reported. The trouble in Argenteuil, a suburb on

France reports 40% of aircraft carrier group crew test positive for COVID-19

PARIS (Reuters) – Some 940 of the 2,300-strong crew aboard the Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier group have tested positive for COVID-19, the French Senate said in a statement on Friday, citing the military’s chief medical officer. After a closed hearing with Maryline Gygax Genero, the Senate said that 500

Exclusive: France to hike crisis response by 10 billion euros to 110 billion – sources

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government is set to raise the total amount of its crisis-response package by 10 billion euros ($11 billion), the second increase in days, when it updates its 2020 budget on Wednesday, two financial ministry sources said. The government more than doubled the expected cost to

France working on 'StopCovid' contact-tracing app, ministers say

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government is working on a smartphone app that could warn users if they came into contact with a coronavirus carrier, ministers said on Wednesday, in a move likely to raise questions about the impact of tracing technology on civil liberties. France, which has entered the

2 killed in knife attack in France: officials

A man wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to shop in a town under lockdown south of the French city of Lyon Saturday, killing two people and wounding others, prosecutors said. The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press the attack took place at 11 a.m. in a commercial