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Brad, Angelina Forced to Pay $730K to Designer

French appeals court sided with designer in April

(Newser) - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were ordered to pay $730,000—all because Pitt apparently wanted to light up their French chateau. In an April court case only now being reported, the former couple were ordered to pay $660,000 plus $70,000 in reputation-related damages after allegedly stopping payments... More »

1 Dead, 5 Injured After Car Plows Into French Cafe

8-year-old girl was killed while dining at the sidewalk pizzeria

(Newser) - French police say an 8-year-old girl was killed and at least five people were injured when a driver slammed his car into the sidewalk cafe of a pizza restaurant in a small town east of Paris. An official with the national gendarme service says the driver was arrested soon after... More »

2 Friends Died While Eating Dinner. Now Mystery Is Solved

And it turns out they were 'stupid' deaths

(Newser) - Olivier Boudin and Lucien Perot were close friends, almost like "father and son," according to one person who knew them. So locals were baffled when the two French men were found dead over a backyard garden dinner at Perot's home last Thursday, 69-year-old Perot sitting at the... More »

Suspect in Paris Attack Caught on Highway

He's accused of driving his car into soldiers

(Newser) - French police shot and arrested a man suspected of slamming a BMW into soldiers in a Paris suburb on Wednesday, injuring six of them in what appeared to be a deliberate and carefully timed ambush, officials say. He has not been identified, and police have not speculated about a motive.... More »

Macron Plan Booed as 'Americanization' of France

280K sign petition against formal first lady role

(Newser) - Some 280,000 people have signed a petition in protest of the "Americanization" of French politics. Before his election, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to create a "defined" First Lady position for his wife, which would mean giving Brigitte Macron her own office and staff, reports Reuters . But... More »

France Sees First-Ever Panda Birth, Death

Only one of Huan Huan's twins survived

(Newser) - Chinese giant panda experts and French zookeepers are working to ensure a panda cub's survival after its twin died during the first-ever birth of the rare animal in France. Images released Saturday by the Beauval Zoo south of Paris show mother Huan Huan enveloping the cub and zoo handlers... More »

'Exceptional' Roman Site Dug Up in France

It's a 'real little Pompeii,' says lead archaeologist

(Newser) - Archaeologists are calling an ancient Roman neighborhood discovered in southeast France a "real little Pompeii" dotted with well-preserved mosaics, shops, and noble homes. "We're unbelievably lucky. This is undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years," lead digger Benjamin Clement... More »

WikiLeaks Brings New Attention to President's Campaign Emails

But no new 'bombshells' so far in Macron campaign emails posted on site

(Newser) - Roughly 20,000 emails allegedly stolen from French President Emmanuel Macron's campaign have been digitally verified and published to WikiLeaks, the group said Monday. The emails caused a stir when they were initially published just two days before France's May 7 presidential runoff. But unlike the leaks that... More »

Amid French Wildfires, 2 Teens Accused of Arson

Authorities say the 16-year-olds set one of the recent fires

(Newser) - Two adolescent boys will go before a judge Friday on suspicion of deliberately starting one of the wildfires that devastated parts of southeastern France and Corsica this week, an official said. The two boys, both aged 16, were stopped Wednesday by police who believed arson was behind the blaze in... More »

Bear Panics 200 Sheep, and They Jump to Their Deaths

Bodies have been found along France/Spain border

(Newser) - Hundreds of sheep in a herd belonging to a farmer in Couflens in the southwest of France have plunged to their deaths in what appears to be a bear attack on one of the sheep. As the Guardian reports, the attack on one is believed to have frightened the 209... More »

Promising Singer Dies Mid-Concert

France's Barbara Weldens may have been electrocuted

(Newser) - A French singer whose career was on the rise collapsed and died on stage, reports the BBC . Barbara Weldens, 35, had been performing as part of a music festival in the village of Goudron. It wasn't immediately clear what happened, but police are investigating the possibility that she was... More »

Macron Treats Trump to Extravagant Bastille Day Parade

Celebration included US service members to mark 100 years since US entered WWI

(Newser) - Emmanuel Macron's first handshake with President Trump in May may have suggested a confrontational start, but the French president has pulled out all the stops for Trump's visit to his country. On Thursday, there was dinner in the Eiffel Tower , and on Friday, Trump was regaled with an... More »

Trump Heard Complimenting Macron's Wife's Figure

And more from the president's trip to Paris

(Newser) - President Trump is in Paris for talks, but he's also there as French President Emmanuel Macron's guest of honor and will have a plum seat as American troops open the Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysees. This year's celebration will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the... More »

President Trump Departs for City He Derided

He'll be Macron's guest of honor in Paris

(Newser) - President Trump's visit to Paris on Thursday will take him to a city he has repeatedly derided—and at the side of a French leader best known to Americans as the earnest young man with the endless handshake. "Paris isn't Paris any longer," Trump declared in... More »

'Nearly Unprecedented' Move for Clint Eastwood's Next Film

Director casts real-life heroes who stopped 2015 Paris train attack to play themselves

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's Sully was called "electrifying," and the next movie on his directing roster is promising to be another heart-stopper—and headline-grabbing, thanks to an unusual move he made in casting it. The upcoming film is called The 15:17 to Paris, which documents the 2015 terrorist... More »

Alleged Plot Against Macron During Trump Visit Is Foiled

Suspect allegedly talked about attack on Bastille Day, when Trump is visiting

(Newser) - French authorities say a man has been hit with preliminary terrorism charges for plotting an attack on President Emmanuel Macron—at a time when President Trump would be visiting. A Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman says that the 23-year-old suspect's plans were vague and that he appeared to be... More »

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 »

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