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January 10, 2018 9:44 PM Armed thieves raid luxury Ritz Hotel in Paris, make off with goods

PARIS—French police say that five thieves, some of them armed, have entered the luxury Ritz Hotel in Paris and stolen goods, likely jewels, worth “an important sum.” The French TV station BFM said that $7 million worth of jewels have been taken. A police official says that no one was injured in the heist at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The officer said that three 14

January 9, 2018 11:53 PM Zinedine Zidane gives Real Madrid a reality check

The coach is trying to keep Madrid motivated for La Liga competition, even though it is 16 points adrift of first-place Barcelona at the halfway point. MADRID—Zinedine Zidane is hoping his words will help put Real Madrid back on track. Zidane had a longer than usual talk with his players before training on Tuesday, saying it’s his responsibility to keep them motivated 10

January 7, 2018 12:45 PM France marks Charlie Hebdo, market attacks 3 years later

French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Sunday laid a wreath outside the former office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to mark the third anniversary of two attacks by Islamic extremists. On Jan. 7, 2015, French-born brothers killed 11 people inside the building, as well as a Muslim policeman outside. The pair died in a police 27

December 26, 2017 3:11 PM French children’s magazine pulls issue after saying Israel wasn’t a ‘real country’

PARIS—A French children’s magazine has been withdrawn from newsstands after it admitted a “mistake” in writing that Israel wasn’t a “real country.” The news editor for Youpi, a magazine for children from 5 to 8, told The Associated Press on Tuesday the January issue was being removed from kiosk sales in France and Belgium after writing that Israel was among 16

December 22, 2017 11:30 AM These latest books are perfect for the holidays

A few Christmas treats worth opening up and savouring We all have our feelings about Christmas, but what we actually know about the event is a hodgepodge of legend and cultural appropriation, gaily wrapped in nostalgia. In her biography, British social historian Judith Flanders takes us from the celebration’s earliest iteration, the pre-Christian Roman 17

December 14, 2017 5:17 PM 4 children dead after school bus, train crash in southern France

France's transport minister describes collision as a 'terrible accident' Four children were killed after a train and a school bus collided outside the town of Perpignan in southwestern France on Thursday, the interior ministry said. Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne described the crash as a "terrible accident" and said on Twitter that she was heading 31

December 7, 2017 8:14 PM Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or award as world’s top men’s player, tying Messi’s record

Ronaldo won the trophy awarded by France Football magazine at a ceremony held at the Eiffel Tower on Thursday. He finished ahead of contenders Lionel Messi and Neymar. PARIS—Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or award as soccer’s best player of the year for a record-equaling fifth time, moving him level with Barcelona star Lionel 15

November 18, 2017 11:49 AM Hariri meets Macron in Paris for talks on Lebanon crisis

Former Lebanese PM says he went to Saudi Arabia to discuss Lebanon's relations with its Arab neighbours Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon's prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, arrived in Paris on Saturday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, a statement from Hariri's press office said. He was staying in an apartment in Paris's 29

November 18, 2017 12:20 AM Lebanon's PM leaves Saudi Arabia for France

BEIRUT -- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri left Saudi Arabia for France early Saturday, two weeks after declaring his resignation from the kingdom and sparking speculation that he was forced to do so. The surprise resignation announcement by Hariri on Nov. 4 plunged his country into turmoil and stunned the Lebanese, many of whom saw it as a sign the Sunni 27

November 14, 2017 2:23 PM Lebanon's PM says he will return in next 2 days

BEIRUT -- Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who plunged the country into crisis with his surprise resignation during a trip to Saudi Arabia, says he will return home in the next two days. In his first tweet in more than a week, Hariri told his followers that he is OK, and that he would be returning without his family, who will stay "in their home" 32