A top French pharmaceutical company and a drugs watchdog went on trial in Paris on Monday over one of France’s largest-ever health scandals. The massive Mediator trial, named for a diabetes drug linked to at least 500 deaths, will last seven months.
Even before this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz, host Emmanuel Macron did away with the final communiqué. Officially to spur dialogue, the move, a G7 first, reflects the challenge of corralling a difficult cast of summiteers in undiplomatic times.
French referee Stéphanie Frappart will make football history in Istanbul on Wednesday, becoming the first woman to take charge of a major European men’s football match when Liverpool meets Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
A top French labour union and environmental health groups have banded together to demand Notre-Dame Cathedral be covered and sealed after the fire that destroyed its roof, deeming it an ongoing source of lead pollution.
When the US faces France in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Football World Cup on Friday in Paris, fans of both allegiances will be watching US star forward and one-time Lyon import Alex Morgan, dubbed locally “le David Beckham au féminin”.
Former Trump campaign guru Steve Bannon is making a surprise cameo in France’s European election campaign, ostensibly to help populist ally Marine Le Pen win. But he’s proving an inconvenient interloper and giving Emmanuel Macron’s side a lifeline.
Monday’s calamitous fire at Notre-Dame elicited an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from donors near and far, great and small. But as the embers cooled, so have cracks appeared in the initial élan of unity and controversy flared over funds.
French PM Édouard Philippe on Monday outlined the initial conclusions of the so-called Grand Débat, or grand debate, a nationwide public consultation President Emmanuel Macron launched in January in response to the Yellow Vest protest movement.
New French minister and government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye has spent almost five years at Emmanuel Macron’s side as his media adviser, earning a reputation for blunt speech and a willingness to put the press in its place.
The ugly anti-Semitic invective levied Saturday against French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut by yellow vest-clad demonstrators in Paris left a new stain on a movement that has already seen its popular support undercut by outbreaks of violence.