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Rock's Baffling Inscription May Finally Be Deciphered

2 translations point to a man's death off French coast in the 1700s

(Newser) - A mysterious 230-year-old message inscribed on a rock at the base of a seaside cliff in northwestern France has been deciphered, at least enough to convey a tragic death. The town of Plougastel-Daoulas in Brittany, which offered about $2,200 to anyone who could translate the 20-line message written in... More »

Artist Who Released Lewd Video of Macron Ally Arrested

Though not for that incident

(Newser) - The Russian performance artist who released a lewd video of one of French President Emmanuel Macron's political allies last week, ending the man's campaign for mayor of Paris , was arrested in Paris Saturday. But, though that move has been widely condemned, Petr Pavlensky was not detained because of... More »

Pols of All Parties Decry Attack on Paris Mayoral Candidate

Macron ally Benjamin Griveaux drops out of the race after Russian artist posts lewd video

(Newser) - There's one fewer person in the race to become Paris' mayor, and an X-rated video is to blame. The Guardian reports that Benjamin Griveaux, an ally of French President Emmanuel Macron and a member of Macron's La Republique En March party, took himself out of the running Friday... More »

Mass Resignation to Restore 'Calm' After Polanski Film Noms

All board members of France's Cesar Academy to resign after Polanski backlash

(Newser) - The equivalent of France's Academy Awards will be held later this month, and one film in particular has racked up a dozen nominations—and the controversy surrounding that fact has now led to a big move from the board that oversees the honors. The BBC reports that all 21... More »

Twist for Famed Author Who Was Open About His Pedophilia

Gabriel Matzneff has been charged

(Newser) - French police descended on the Paris offices of one of the country's most premier publishing houses Wednesday looking for material that was reportedly kept in a safe. What the Guardian says they specifically wanted: unpublished manuscripts and other writings by Gabriel Matzneff, a celebrated French writer who on the... More »

'French Oscars' Spark Outrage With 12 Polanski Nominations

The director has been accused of multiple sexual assaults

(Newser) - Roman Polanski has sparked outrage anew with his latest film, An Officer and a Spy, which was just nominated for a dozen high-profile film awards in France. The Polish-born director, who fled the US after admitting to raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, is "an abuser and rapist on... More »

Coronavirus Reaches Europe

France confirms 3 cases of Wuhan virus

(Newser) - On the same day the US confirmed its second case of the Wuhan coronavirus, France announced it has three cases—the first three to be confirmed in Europe, France24 reports. One of the patients recently returned from a trip to China during which he stopped in Wuhan. "He's... More »

Director Detained in France's Shocking #MeToo Accusation

Adele Haenel accused Christophe Ruggia last year, now he's in custody

(Newser) - A French filmmaker is in custody while authorities investigate accusations that he sexually abused an actress when she was between 12 and 15 years old, the AP reports. Director Christophe Ruggia was detained for questioning Tuesday based on allegations last year by actress Adele Haenel , according to the Paris prosecutor'... More »

Iran Nuclear Deal's Days May Be Numbered

Iran warns of 'strong response' amid heightened tensions

(Newser) - The 2015 Iran nuclear deal could be dead in its tracks with three signatories rejecting Iran's argument that it was able to lift restrictions on enriched uranium production owing to US sanctions. Britain, France, and Germany said Tuesday that they were triggering the "dispute mechanism" within the agreement,... More »

Tragedy Unfolds in Plane's Undercarriage

Child stowaway found dead in Paris

(Newser) - Air France says "the lifeless body of a stowaway," believed to be a child, was discovered in the landing gear of a plane that arrived in Paris from the Ivory Coast early Wednesday. The body—said to be that of a boy of African origin around the age... More »

A Disappointing 200-Year First for Notre Dame

There will be no Christmas services this year

(Newser) - The Nazis didn't keep Notre Dame Cathedral from celebrating Christmas Mass. Fire will. CNN reports the blaze that ravaged the Paris cathedral in April will prevent it from holding Christmas services, marking the first time that's happened in two centuries. Cathedral rector Patrick Chauvet tells the AP he... More »

Bosses Jailed Over Worker Suicides

French court recognizes 'institutional harassment'

(Newser) - In a landmark case, three former executives at France Telecom have been jailed over workplace policies linked to the suicides or attempted suicides of more than 30 employees. Ex-president and CEO Didier Lombard, deputy Olivier Barberot, and Louis-Pierre Wenès, former director of human resources, were sentenced Friday to a... More »

Cinematic Icon Is Dead at 79

Anna Karina was key to the French New Wave

(Newser) - Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died. She was 79. The French culture minister announced her death on Twitter on Sunday. French media said that the Danish-born Karina had cancer and... More »

Tens of Thousands Protest in France

Strike shuts down much of the country over plan to overhaul retirement system

(Newser) - Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains stood still and tens of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. At least 87 protesters were arrested in the French capital by... More »

US Threatens 100% Tariffs on French Imports

Move would be retaliation for tech tax

(Newser) - The Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French imports—including Roquefort cheese, handbags, lipstick, and sparkling wine—in retaliation for France’s tax on American tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook. The Office of the US Trade Representative charged Monday that France’... More »

It's 'Block Friday' in This Country

French lawmakers, activists worry about overconsumption

(Newser) - More than 200 brands are boycotting Black Friday in France this year. But come next year, there might not be a Black Friday in the country at all. A French legislative committee on Monday approved an amendment to an anti-waste bill that proposes to ban Black Friday and other "... More »

Chef Takes Fight Over Michelin Star to Court

He says inspectors slandered his soufflé

(Newser) - A chef in France is suing the Michelin guide for downgrading his rating by a star, complaining that the prestigious guide sent inspectors so incompetent that they thought his "virtual scallops" were "real coquilles Saint-Jacques when they were made from a base of burbot livers from Lake Geneva"... More »

French Military Suffers Worst Loss of Life in Decades

Helicopter collision killed 13 troops in Mali

(Newser) - A midair collision between two helicopters has killed 13 French soldiers fighting against Islamic extremists in Mali, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. Macron expressed "deep sadness" at the news of the Monday evening crash, which took place during a combat operation, the AP reports. In a written statement,... More »

They Say Picasso Gave Them Art. French High Court Says No

Sentence upheld for artist's ex-electrician and his wife over 271 pieces of hoarded art

(Newser) - For 40 years, the guy who once installed burglar alarms for Pablo Picasso kept hundreds of the artist's pieces in his garage, claiming Picasso had given them to him and his wife. Now, per AFP , a French high court has upheld a sentence of two-year suspended prison terms for... More »

Pregnant Woman Killed by Dogs During Hunt

French woman told her husband she was worried about 'threatening dogs'

(Newser) - Authorities in France are testing 93 dogs to determine which of them attacked and killed a pregnant woman. Prosecutor Frederic Trinh says the 29-year-old woman died from "bleeding after several dog bites to the upper and lower limbs and the head" after she was attacked Saturday in forest land... More »

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