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The Fieriest Clash During the French Presidential Debate

It was Macron vs. Le Pen

(Newser) - The two frontrunners for the French presidency clashed spectacularly in the campaign's first televised debate between leading candidates Monday night. All five candidates landed punches during vigorous discussion on the big issues for France: jobs, terrorism, immigration, and Europe. But the face-off between independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right... More »

Kardashian Reveals What She Was Thinking During Robbery

'Mentally prepped' for rape, hoped her sister would be OK after finding her dead

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West says she "mentally prepped" herself to be raped while being held at gunpoint during a Paris jewelry heist last year. Kardashian West discussed the incident on Sunday night's episode of the E! network's "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," the AP reports. With... More »

Blood Tests: French Airport Attacker Was Drunk, on Drugs

Ziyed Ben Belgacem's BAC almost twice the legal limit; also presence of pot, cocaine

(Newser) - Toxicology tests have been completed on the attacker shot dead at a French airport Saturday, and his blood contained a cocktail of intoxicants, the AP and Guardian report. Per the Paris prosecutors' office, 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem—who, with possible terror motives , tore away a soldier's rifle at France'... More »

Cops Investigating Robbery Make a Very Easy Arrest

Suspect in France was stuck in a hole in the window

(Newser) - Arrests can't come any easier than this. French gendarmes called to a robbery found the suspected thief stuck in a hole he'd made with a hammer in a shop window, per AP . The national gendarmerie on Sunday published a photo appearing to show the man half-in and half-out... More »

French Airport Attacker Wanted to Die in Name of Allah

'Whatever happens, there will be deaths'

(Newser) - The man who attacked a soldier and was killed by her colleagues at Orly Airport in France yelled that he wanted to die in the name of Allah and "whatever happens, there will be deaths," Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference Saturday. The AP reports Molins... More »

France Investigating Terror Link to Airport Attack

Man wrestled soldier to ground, tried to take her gun

(Newser) - French President Francois Hollande says investigators will determine whether the Orly Airport attacker "had a terrorist plot behind him." Hollande ruled out any link between the attack and the upcoming French presidential election in April and May, noting that France has been battling the threat of extremism for... More »

Man Shot Dead After Seizing Soldier's Weapon at Airport

Incident may be linked to earlier Paris-area attack

(Newser) - A man was shot to death Saturday after seizing the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport, police and witnesses say. Authorities evacuated visitors while a police operation was underway. Emergency vehicles surrounded the airport as confused passengers gathered in parking lots, and the elite RAID special police force... More »

Secretary Hit With Shrapnel as Letter Bomb Explodes at IMF

The letter bomb was mailed to the IMF office in France

(Newser) - A letter exploded Thursday at the French office of the International Monetary Fund, lightly injuring one person, amid heightened security around Europe after a string of deadly attacks. The AP reports the incident came as a Greek anarchist group claimed responsibility for a failed letter bomb sent to the German... More »

School Shooter Injures 3 in France

Suspect, a student, is in custody

(Newser) - A high school principal and two others were shot by a 17-year-old student in France Thursday, the AP reports. The shootings took place at the Alexis de Tocqueville school in the southern French town of Grasse. A police official says in addition to the three wounded in the shooting, five... More »

French Presidential Candidate's 'Biggest Scandal' Just Got Bigger

Francois Fillon allegedly funneled taxpayer money to wife, kids

(Newser) - A right-wing candidate for French president was placed under formal investigation Tuesday—meaning there's "serious or consistent evidence" of wrongdoing—in an unprecedented move, the Guardian reports. Francois Fillon allegedly misused public funds, specifically by paying his wife more than $720,000 over 15 years to be a... More »

Europe Just Experienced a Horrible First at One of Its Zoos

Vince the rhino, killed for his horn, is first live animal to be poached at a zoo

(Newser) - In what authorities say is a brazen first, poachers busted into an EU zoo and attacked a live animal. NBC News reports on the slaying of Vince, a rhinoceros who was found dead in his enclosure Tuesday morning by his keepers after perps broke into France's Thoiry Zoo overnight,... More »

Shocking Confession in Case of Missing French Family

Brother-in-law allegedly says he killed, dismembered them

(Newser) - The brother-in-law of a missing French couple has confessed to killing them and their two adult children with a crowbar, then dismembering the corpses, over an old inheritance dispute, authorities said Monday. The prosecutor in the western town of Nantes said at a news conference that Hubert Caouissin told investigators... More »

Shocking Arrests Made in Disappearance of French Family

Son's car led cops to Troadec relatives

(Newser) - The mystery of a missing French family has deepened with the arrests of two people believed to be the sister and brother-in-law of missing father Pascal Troadec. The 49-year-old vanished around Feb. 16 along with wife Brigitte, son Sebastien, 21, and 18-year-old daughter Charlotte. Investigators had earlier said they suspected... More »

This Might Be the Most Unusual Little Island on the Planet

Pheasant Island is the subject of a centuries-old custody arrangement

(Newser) - There's a tiny island on the border between France and Spain where it is possible to go to sleep in one country, not move an inch, and wake up in the other. Well, it would be possible if it were legal to visit the island, but alas, at less... More »

Disturbing ISIS Tweets Cost Le Pen Immunity

After EU Parliament vote, French prosecutors can now dive into investigation of postings

(Newser) - French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen lost EU parliamentary immunity Thursday by "a large show of hands," Reuters reports, giving prosecutors more leeway to investigate tweets she posted in December 2015. The offending tweets included graphic imagery of executions carried out by the Islamic State, the Guardian reports,... More »

Cops Find Chilling Clues After Family's Disappearance

French family's home was 'frozen in time'

(Newser) - France has been transfixed by the mysterious disappearance of a family of four near Nantes. Parents Pascal and Brigitte Troadec, both around 50, and children Sebastien, 21, and Charlotte, 18, have not been seen since Feb. 16, the BBC reports. Bloodstains—and evidence of attempts to wipe them away—were... More »

Sniper Guarding French President's Speech Accidentally Opens Fire

Two people injured in accidental shooting

(Newser) - Two people were injured Tuesday in France when a police sniper accidentally fired during a speech by President Francois Hollande, the BBC reports. The sniper was set up more than 300 feet from a tent where Holland was opening a new rail line. According to the Telegraph , the sniper was... More »

Now That US Is Done With Obama, French May Want Him

A guerrilla campaign kicks off to get Obama elected president of France

(Newser) - Barack Obama better get his Broadway fix while he can because if a couple dissatisfied French voters get their way, he'll soon have an important new job: president of France. CNN reports a campaign to elect Obama president of France sprung up in Paris this week featuring a website... More »

Artist Begins Weeklong Stay ... in a Boulder

Abraham Poincheval hopes to 'find out what the world is'

(Newser) - A French artist has kicked off a weeklong stay inside a 13-ton boulder. Sounds awful, right? Well, it's only the start of what Abraham Poincheval calls "an inner journey to find out what the world is." After seven days confined to a sitting position in a limestone... More »

Le Pen Won't Wear Headscarf, Cancels Meeting With Muslim Leader

'I will not cover myself up'

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen backed out of a meeting with the religious leader of Sunni Muslims in Lebanon on Tuesday while refusing to don a headscarf, Reuters reports. According to CNN , the French far-right presidential candidate showed up to the meeting with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian but left without... More »

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