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Macron visiting Notre Dame two years after devastating blaze

PARIS (AP) — Two years after a fire tore through Paris’ most famous cathedral and shocked the world, French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the building site that Notre Dame has become Thursday ...

Spanish resorts languish while Madrid hosts Europe's parties

MADRID (AP) — In Madrid, the real party starts at 11 p.m. after the bars close — and curfew kicks in. That's when young, polyglot groups of revelers from Italy, the Netherlands, Germ...

Powdering sleeping beauty's nose: Virus eases Louvre works

PARIS (AP) — The 518-year-old Mona Lisa has seen many things in her life on a wall, but rarely this: Almost four months with no Louvre visitors. As she stares out through bulletproof...

Cover that red nose! Circus festival adapts to virus rules

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — It’s been a tough year for the performing arts in most countries, with virus lockdowns canceling shows and shuttering venues. But the world's top circus fes...

Virus pushes storied Paris fan museum to brink of folding

PARIS (AP) — Just like the leaves of its gilded fans, France’s storied fan-making museum could fold and vanish. The splendid Musee de l’Eventail in Paris, classed as a historical monument, is the cult...

Concerns grow over Eurostar rail service linking UK, EU

PARIS (AP) — The head of France’s state rail company has sounded the alarm over the future of the Eurostar train service, which connects the U.K. with continental Europe and has been hurt badly by the...

Michelin France stars awarded in virtual ceremony

PARIS (AP) — France's Michelin Guide, which has long served as a bible for foodies, is adapting its awards ceremony in Paris for the year that was like no other - 2020. It is handing out its stars for...

Rare Tintin comic book art set to sell for millions in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Not even the coronavirus can get in the way of intrepid Belgian reporter and comic book legend Tintin. Comic book lovers and tourists alike can catch a socially distanc...

Miss France runner-up targeted by anti-Semitic abuse

PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister has led high-profile condemnation of anti-Semitic abuse directed at the runner-up of Miss France 2021, who has Israeli origins. Saying he was...

Brexit sends ripples of uncertainty down France's coast

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Long lines of trucks carrying stockpiles for British companies jam the highways leading to France's northern port of Calais, while in the coastal town of Boulogne-sur-M...

Late French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe

PARIS (AP) — No one who saw it will forget Valery Giscard d’Estaing’s imperious exit from the Elysee Palace. Seated alone at his desk, he offered a stiff televised farewell to the French who had voted...

Protests over security bill planned across France

PARIS (AP) — Critics of a proposed French security law that would restrict sharing images of police are gathering across the country in protest on Saturday. Dozens of rallies are tak...

Virus-hit Paris bookshop Shakespeare & Co appeals for help

PARIS (AP) — Shakespeare and Company, the iconic Paris bookstore that published James Joyce’s “Ulysses” in 1922, is appealing to readers for support after pandemic-linked losses and France's spring lo...

EU faces knotty trade fights with US _ no matter who wins

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — After winemakers, cookie bakers, and olive growers wound up as collateral damage, Europe is closely watching the U.S. presidential election, waiting to see whether the next f...

Virus is pummeling Europe's eateries — and winter is coming

HEIKRUIS, Belgium (AP) — As the Friday night dinner service began earlier this month at the De Viering restaurant outside Brussels, it seemed the owners' decision to move the operation into the spacio...