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Vandals desecrate 90 Jewish graves in east France ahead of marches

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Vandals have daubed swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on around 90 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, local officials said on Tuesday, shortly before planned marches nationwide against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.


Anti-EU Salvini Set To Emerge As Biggest Winner In EU Parliament Elections

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini's efforts to undermine the EU status quo by rallying a broad coalition of eurosceptic groups during spring elections for the European Parliament are set to pay off big time, according to the first forecast of the expected results released by the chamber o


The Moment the Transatlantic Charade Ended

At the Munich Security Conference, Europe and the Trump administration stopped pretending to respect each other. Europe and the Trump administration have stopped pretending to respect each other. For the past two years, we have been treated to a transatlantic charade. Everyone knows there’s a proble


How the Mona Lisa Went From Being Barely Known, to Suddenly the Most Famous Painting in the World (1911)

Is the Mona Lisa really “ten times better than every other painting”? No one seriously believes this, and how would anyone measure such a thing? There may be no such critical scale, but there is a popular one. The Louvre, where the famous Leonardo da Vinci—maybe the most famous painting of all time—


Thousands march in France against rise in antisemitism – video

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets across France in protest against a rise in antisemitic attacks in the country. Recent incidents have included a Jewish cemetery being desecrated with swastikas and the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut being subjected to a torrent of hate speech on


A French court hit UBS with a record-breaking $5.1 billion fine in a tax fraud case

A French court ordered UBS to pay a fine of more than €4.5 billion ($5.1 billion) today, after finding the Swiss bank guilty of illegally soliciting wealthy French clients to help them evade tax. Of that total, €800 million in damages go directly to the French government, which intends to seek furth


'Wake up', Macron will tell Europe in major pre-Brexit speech: sources

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will describe Brexit as a wake-up call in a speech in coming weeks in which he will outline how Europe must be more assertive in the face of rival world powers, sources close to Macron said.


UBS to appeal after fined 4.5 billion euros in French tax fraud case

PARIS (Reuters) - A French court found Swiss bank UBS AG guilty of illegally soliciting clients and laundering the proceeds of tax evasion, ordering it to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in penalties.


UBS ordered by court to pay French state 800 million euros in damages

PARIS (Reuters) - A French court on Wednesday ordered UBS to pay the French state 800 million euros ($907 million) in damages, after finding UBS guilty of laundering the proceeds of tax fraud.


‘Sink or Swim’ Producer Alain Attal Wins Toscan du Plantier Prize

Alain Attal, whose Paris-based company is behind Gilles Lellouche’s “Sink or Swim” and Jeanne Herry’s “In Safe Hands,” won the Toscan du Plantier Award, Gaul’s equivalent to the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck award, at a Paris ceremony on Feb. 18.


UBS slams French verdict in tax evasion trial

ZURICH (Reuters) - UBS slammed a French court verdict on Wednesday ordering the Swiss bank to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.10 billion) after finding it guilty of aiding tax evasion.


France discussing with Iran fate of citizen arrested in October

PARIS (Reuters) - France is in touch with Iran to improve the conditions of a French woman who was arrested in October on the Gulf island of Kish for allegedly signing an illegal mining contract, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.


Nearly 80 Jewish Gravestones in France Found Covered in Swastikas

About 80 Jewish gravestones in a cemetery in France were discovered vandalized with swastikas Feb. 19, hours before 14 political groups, French Jews and allies started marching against the recent rise of French anti-semitism.


French Ministers’ Bid to Reach Young People: An 11-Hour Online Debate

PARIS — In the thousands of town halls and gymnasiums where the French government has organized “great debates” as a response to the “Yellow Vest” protests, one group has been noticeably absent: young people.


French senators call for perjury investigation against ex-Macron aide Benalla

PARIS (Reuters) - A French senate committee on Wednesday recommended President Emmanuel Macron’s former security aide, Alexandre Benalla, be prosecuted for perjury during a seven-month investigation into his violent conduct on the sidelines of a protest.


Trump’s ‘authoritarian’ streak stirs backlash at home and abroad

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Thousands in France march against anti-Semitism saying 'that's enough' following a string of attacks

Thousands of French people hit the streets of Paris and other cities on Tuesday with the slogan “That’s enough” in the wake of multiple anti-Semitic acts in the country. The rally was led by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Republic Plaza and joined by former presidents Francois Hollande and Nicol


Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum

MUNICH (Reuters) - In 2009, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to “press the reset button” with Russia. A decade later he came again to offer the world better relations, this time with his own country.


Germany’s ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi’s killing is having a bigger impact than expected

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced in October that her coalition government would halt all arms equipment exports to its second-biggest customer, Saudi Arabia, the move instantly put pressure on other major exporters to do the same. The German ban came amid outrage over the Saudi-led int


EU parliament's centrist coalition set to lose majority, poll finds

The “grand coalition” of centre-right and centre-left that has run the European parliament for 40 years is set to lose its majority for the first time following elections in May, according to the institution’s internal forecasts.