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Macron government denies ethical misstep by minister

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PARIS A morality campaign by France's new government took a knock on Wednesday when media disclosed that one minister had rented business offices from his female partner, though the government defended him and said there was no cause for resignation.

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State: diplomats

BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to play a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.

World, Germany May 24 2017

Wednesday Morning Briefing

The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert packed with children likely did not act alone, an official said. The government’s threat level was raised to “critical”, meaning an attack could be imminent. Interior minister Amber Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers would be deployed on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties at places like Buckingham Palace and Downing Street to free up police to focus on patrols and investigatory work. So far three men http://www.reu

France steps up security at public venues, plans new counter-terrorism body

PARIS France ordered heightened security at sports and cultural events on Tuesday and President Emmanuel Macron said he would set up a new counter-terrorism coordinating body after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a British concert hall.

World, Entertainment, May 23 2017

France says not planning to reopen embassy in Syria

(In this May 22 story, corrects second reference to embassy closure to 2012 in paragraph 8.)

World, Syria May 23 2017

France's Le Pen abandons 'Frexit' and franc pitch, Telegraph newspaper says

LONDON France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen will abandon her pitch to leave the European Union and restore the French franc, the party’s chief economic strategist was quoted as saying by Britain's Telegraph newspaper.

World, May 22 2017

Airbus hires outside monitors amid fraud investigations

PARIS Airbus has appointed an independent panel including two former ministers to examine its anti-corruption practices after Britain and France launched fraud and bribery investigations into the sale of jetliners.

Aerospace & Defense, May 22 2017

Italy and France call for more integrated EU action on migrants

PARIS France's new President Emmanuel Macron called on Sunday for deeper European Union integration to tackle the migration crisis, saying bloc members had not paid enough heed to Italy's warnings about the growing burden.

World, Italy, Euro Zone May 21 2017

Macron's popularity similar to predecessors as mandate kicks off: poll

PARIS The popularity of France's new president is around the same as his immediate predecessors when they took office, an Ifop poll showed on Sunday, in contrast to a survey that found Emmanuel Macron had the lowest confidence ratings in more than 20 years.

World, May 20 2017

New French defense minister vows to push EU cooperation

PARIS France's new Armed Forces Minister Sylvie Goulard has vowed to press ahead with European defense projects and work more closely with Germany, a move she said was vital to deter countries tempted to look inwards.

World, Germany May 20 2017

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