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Young World Cup Star Gives Away Winnings

Pele praises Kylian Mbappe

(Newser) - Young French soccer star Kylian Mbappe had an amazing World Cup and while some say it's far too early to compare him to Pele, Pele does not agree. After France's win Sunday, the 77-year-old Brazilian soccer legend, the only other person to score in a World Cup final... More »

France Wins, Pussy Riot Zings

France beats Croatia 4-2 in exciting World Cup victory

(Newser) - France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot, the AP reports. France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and... More »

Notorious French Inmate Makes Brazen Helicopter Prison Break

Redoine Faid was freed by armed men in balaclavas

(Newser) - A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder made an audacious escape from prison Sunday after several heavily armed men landed a helicopter in a courtyard, freed him from a visiting room and carried him away. Per AP , it was the second daring escape by Redoine Faid, who once... More »

French Butchers Have Beef With Vegan 'Terror' Campaign

Meat sellers are now seeking police protection

(Newser) - Graffiti, smashed windows, even shops splattered with blood. This is the "terror" being set upon meat purveyors in France, the head of the French Federation of Butchers tells the BBC , all part of a campaign by vegans to intimidate "in their aim of making a whole section of... More »

Anthony Bourdain's Toxicology Report Reveals One Substance

Late culinary star only had a dose of nonnarcotic medicine

(Newser) - With French police calling Anthony Bourdain's death a suicide , only one investigative question remained: What substances were in his body? The answer: none, save a therapeutic dose of nonnarcotic medicine, a French prosecutor tells the New York Times . "No trace of narcotics. No trace of any toxic products,... More »

Macron Scolds a Teen, and It Goes Viral

'Call me 'Mr. President,'' says French leader

(Newser) - "How's it going, Manu?" That's how a French teen greeted French President Emmanuel Macron at a WWII remembrance event on Monday, using a common nickname. Big mistake. "No, you can't do that, no, no, no, no," said Macron, who stopped to issue a scolding... More »

Ex-Bosses Go on Trial After Office Suicides

France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, is among them

(Newser) - Several top executives of a French telecom are slated to stand trial for employees who killed themselves in what prosecutors have called a culture of "moral harassment," the BBC reports. France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, and six managers are facing $35,000 fines and two years... More »

Bourdain's Ashes to Head Stateside

CNN confirms chef was cremated in France

(Newser) - Anthony Bourdain was cremated in France on Wednesday, with his ashes to be sent to the US on Friday, a week after the beloved chef was found hanged, People reports, citing a source. A CNN rep confirms Bourdain has been cremated, per E! News . Bourdain had been in France filming... More »

Germany Pokes Trump on Twitter Politicking

'You can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters,' the German leader said

(Newser) - President Trump announced the US won't endorse a G-7 statement of shared priorities on trade and other key issues, in an apparent squabble with Canada's prime minister , and it has stirred up a lot of anger over in Europe. According to CNN , leaders in the French capital responded... More »

Prosecutor Releases Details on Bourdain's Death

Toxicology tests are being performed after suicide

(Newser) - Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain hanged himself in French hotel bathroom with bathrobe belt, French prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny tells the AP . Rocquigny, the prosecutor of Colmar in France's eastern Alsace region, also says there did not appear to be much planning in Bourdain's suicide, the AP reports. "... More »

CNN Cites Suicide in Death of Anthony Bourdain, 61

He leaves behind a daughter

(Newser) - Chef, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61, and the cause is suicide, confirms CNN . The network, which is home to his Emmy-award-winning series Parts Unknown, released this statement Friday: "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony... More »

Sign Uprooted by Hurricane Sandy Turns Up in France

It may have been on its 3rd ocean crossing

(Newser) - A real estate sign ripped out of a New Jersey yard by Hurricane Sandy in Nov. 2012 was rediscovered almost six years later—and an ocean away. Dianne Turton says one of her Diane Turton Realty signs was found a few weeks ago by somebody in France, more than 3,... More »

Prosecutor: As Son Hung From Balcony, Dad Was Playing Pokemon Go

Meanwhile, Mamoudou Gassama gets praise all around after saving 4-year-old in Paris

(Newser) - The family of a French boy who was saved as he dangled from a fourth-floor balcony by a man dubbed "Spider-Man" is now calling Mamoudou Gassama's actions "incredible"—and shaking their heads at the child's father for leaving him unattended. Gassama is "truly a... More »

After Dramatic Rescue, France Makes 'Spider-Man' a Citizen

Immigrant rescued boy dangling from building

(Newser) - A young Malian immigrant whose rescue of a 4-year-old boy dangling from a building was declared "Incroyable!" by the French media has been rewarded with citizenship. Mamoudou Gassama was filmed by passers-by scaling the facade of the Paris building, climbing from balcony to balcony to reach the child... More »

French Director Luc Besson Accused of Rape

27-year-old actress says French director drugged, raped her in Paris hotel

(Newser) - Even as a turbulent Cannes took a bow on Saturday, French director Luc Besson was facing a rape investigation after a 27-year-old actress told French authorities that he drugged and raped her in a Paris hotel room, reports EW . "Luc Besson categorically denies these fantasist accusations," Besson's... More »

Fatal Paris Stabbing Claimed by Islamic State

Macron says France will resist 'enemies of freedom'

(Newser) - President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday that France will not cede to "enemies of freedom" after a fatal stabbing attack in Paris was claimed by the Islamic State group, the AP reports. Macron tweeted his praise for police who "neutralized the terrorist" and his thoughts for the victims. In... More »

Dispatcher Tells Dying Woman: 'Everyone' Dies Someday

Emergency operators are under severe stress, says union leader

(Newser) - A young woman near death called an emergency dispatch number in France last December and was mocked by the operator, France24 reports. Naomi Musenga, 22, called the ambulance service and in a barely audible voice complained of severe stomach pain and said she thought she was going to die—to... More »

France Outraged by Trump's NRA Remarks

Hollande calls comment on terror attack 'despicable'

(Newser) - Former French President Francois Hollande has two words for President Trump's claim that gun-toting Parisians could have thwarted ISIS attackers at Paris' Bataclan concert hall: "indecent and despicable." French anger erupted over the weekend at Trump's comments to the National Rifle Association —and especially at... More »

US Spends More on War Than Next 7 Nations Combined

China is a distant 2nd

(Newser) - A "near-constant state of war" is just one of the reasons the US spends more than any other country in the world on its military—by a long shot. If the next seven major military spenders combined their funds, they still wouldn't measure up, according to a list... More »

Man Sues France for Swiping France.com

Jean-Noël Frydman bought the domain in 1994

(Newser) - For 24 years, Jean-Noël Frydman owned a tres formidable web domain: France.com. Now he's suing to get it back. The French-born American shares his saga with Ars Technica , which reports that after buying the domain in 1994, Frydman built a site catering to US-based French speakers. In... More »

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