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Blogger Dies in Accident Involving Whipped Cream Device

She was hit by exploding cream dispenser

(Newser) - A popular fitness and lifestyle blogger is dead after a whipped cream dispenser exploded. French blogger Rebecca Burger, 32, was on Sunday struck in the chest by a piece of the device, which injects gas into a metal container to create a high-pressure environment, reports the BBC . As HuffPost puts... More »

French Police May Have Break in Notorious Cold Case

Relatives questioned in 1984 death of Gregory Villemin

(Newser) - A convoluted cold case that has fascinated France for decades may have taken a big step toward resolution. Authorities say three family members have been detained for questioning in the 32-year-old murder of 4-year-old Gregory Villemin. Gregory's body was found tied up in the Vologne River in eastern France... More »

2 Shots, Then Man Down Near Notre Dame Cathedral

Cop shot hammer-wielding man who attacked him, police say

(Newser) - A police officer shot and wounded a man who attacked him with a hammer near Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday, Paris police and a police union official say. Union official Cedric Michel says a man armed with a hammer went after the cop, who was patrolling the esplanade in front... More »

France Helpfully Edits White House Video on Paris Accord

And Macron continues to tweak Trump over his decision to pull out

(Newser) - Since President Trump announced Thursday he was pulling the US out of the Paris climate agreement, France has been relentlessly dragging the White House. CNN reports the dragging now includes the French government tweeting a remixed version of a White House video on the agreement Friday. The new version of... More »

'Impatient' Driver Hits Tour de France Champ

Chris Froome uninjured in Tuesday crash

(Newser) - Chris Froome will be aiming for his fourth Tour de France victory—and his third in a row —when the famous race kicks off in July. But he was almost pushed to the sidelines. The British cyclist, currently one of the best in the world, says a motorist deliberately... More »

'Irreplaceable' Rare Flowers Burned Due to Paperwork

Biosecurity officials in Australia destroyed collection from Paris

(Newser) - A priceless and "irreplaceable" collection of pressed flowers from France encountered biosecurity officials in Australia recently—and the National Museum of Natural History in Paris is not happy about what happened next. The box of rare daisies collected in the 1850s—which was being shipped to the Queensland Herbarium... More »

Macron's Victory Was a 'Political Earthquake' for France

Macron has to govern a deeply divided nation

(Newser) - The pollsters were wrong once again with France's presidential runoff election but there was no surprise result this time: Emmanuel Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen 66% to 34%, a much bigger margin than the 20 points that had been predicted, Reuters reports. But 34% was still a... More »

France Just Elected Its Youngest President Ever

But headwinds face Emmanuel Macron

(Newser) - Emmanuel Macron will be France's next president, putting a 39-year-old political novice at the helm of one of the world's biggest economies and slowing a global populist wave. Polling agencies projected that Macron defeated far-right leader Marine Le Pen 65% to 35% on Sunday. Macron will be the... More »

Le Pen-Macron Isn't Another Trump-Clinton: Pollsters

Macron has a polling lead Clinton never even came close to

(Newser) - The final polls before Sunday's French presidential election show Emmanuel Macron with a massive 22- or 24-point lead over Marine Le Pen. And FiveThirtyEight , for its part, claims this isn't another Clinton-Trump situation: President Trump was a "normal polling error" behind Hillary Clinton the day before the... More »

'Massive' Hack Alleged 2 Days Before French Election

Macron's team says they've been hacked

(Newser) - The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says it has been the victim of a "massive and coordinated" hacking attack, the AP reports. His campaign said in a statement late Friday night that some campaign emails and financial documents were hacked a few weeks ago and are now... More »

Le Pen, Macron Clash in Ill-Tempered Debate

He called her the 'high priestess of fear'

(Newser) - The only face-to-face televised debate between France's presidential candidates turned into an uncivil, no-holds-barred head-on clash of styles, politics, and personalities Wednesday. Emmanuel Macron called his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen a "parasite" who would lead the country into civil war. She painted the former banker as a... More »

France Kills 20 Insurgents in Remote African Region

French forces strike forest near Mali border

(Newser) - French forces fighting extremism in Africa's Sahel region say they have killed at least 20 jihadists in a forest on the border between Mali and Burkina Faso. A statement Sunday from Operation Barkhane says soldiers also discovered large amounts of arms, ammunition, rocket launchers, and explosives in the area.... More »

France's National Front Just Lost Its 2nd Leader This Week

Jean-Francois Jalkh steps down over comments on Holocaust

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen stepped down as leader of the National Front this week to focus on her campaign for French president. On Friday, the man tapped to replace her also stepped down—after he was accused of agreeing, or at least sympathizing, with Holocaust deniers, Reuters reports. According to the... More »

Report: DNC Hackers Targeted French Candidate, Too

Phishing scheme was unsuccessful, officials say

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton says she lost the 2016 election due in part to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, looks poised to become France's next president despite a seemingly similar effort to derail his campaign. According to cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, Macron—who... More »

Sunday's Vote 'Humiliated' French Party Politics

2 outsiders will compete in runoff vote

(Newser) - The election results in France are now final, confirming the political earthquake that has just taken place: Centrist Emmanuel Macron took 23.8% of votes in the first round, with 21.5% for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, the BBC reports. The two candidates will compete for the presidency in... More »

Results of Election Are a First in Modern French History

Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen will battle it out on May 7

(Newser) - The polls closed at 7pm local time, meaning the first round of the French presidential election is officially in the books. While the official percentages are not yet known, the AP reports centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will advance to the runoff after major opponent Francois... More »

France Votes: 11 Candidates, Evacuation, Topless Protesters

It could be a wild day in Round 1 of election

(Newser) - A voting station in eastern France has reopened after being evacuated because of a suspicious vehicle parked nearby. Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told the AP that the voting station in Besancon was evacuated while explosives experts examined the car, but they deemed there to be no risk. He said... More »

Only One Way to 'Stave Off Disaster' in French Election

Country votes on Sunday

(Newser) - France votes Sunday in a presidential election further roiled by the fatal shooting of a police officer in an attack claimed by ISIS. On Friday, President Trump tweeted that the shooting would "have a big effect" on the vote, without offering specifics. But the Washington Post points out that... More »

Election Security 'Fully Mobilized' After Paris Attack

Sources say suspect was detained earlier this year

(Newser) - Police say the gunman shot dead after killing a policeman and wounding two others in Paris Thursday was a 39-year-old man already known to authorities as a potential Islamist radical, the BBC reports. Three of his family members have been taken into custody and another man suspected of having links... More »

2 Dead in Fatal Attack on Police Officers in France

One officer and the gunman were killed

(Newser) - One officer was killed and two others seriously wounded when a man opened fire on a police van Thursday night in Paris, the AP reports. According to Reuters , a government source says the officers were specifically targeted in the attack on the Champs-Elysees. A witness describes the gunman firing multiple... More »

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