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France Clamps Down on Use of Weedkiller Glyphosate in Farming

PARIS — France’s health and environment agency announced restrictions on weedkiller glyphosate in farming, but stopped short of a full ban in the European Union’s top agricultural producer due to a lack of non-chemical alternatives in some areas. The new …

Floods in France, Italy Swept Bodies Out of Cemeteries

BREIL-SUR-ROYA, France — The grim job of searching for flood victims in Alpine villages and on the nearby French and Italian coasts has grown even more gruesome: Along with storm casualties, authorities say corpses from cemeteries have also been found …

A Year After Blaze, Notre Dame Restoration Halted by Virus

PARIS — The Cathedral of Notre Dame stands crippled and alone, locked in a dangerous web of twisted scaffolding one year after a cataclysmic fire gutted its interior, toppled its famous spire and horrified the world. Some of the 40,000 …

Insurers Expect France to Bear Notre-Dame Rebuilding Cost

Major European insurers expect France to bear the bulk of the cost of rebuilding the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a fire tore through the eight-centuries-old Paris landmark on Monday. The cost of a likely multi-year restoration project could itself take a …

France’s National Railway Denies Neglected Maintenance in Fatal Crash

France’s national railway is denying that neglected maintenance on the train tracks led to a fatal derailment last year that left seven people dead. SNCF and RFF – the agency that handles the rail infrastructure – said Monday saying that …

Mechanical Error May Have Caused French Crash

An official says a faulty rail joint may have caused a train derailment outside Paris that left six people dead. Pierre Izard, an official with the SNCF rail company, told reporters Saturday that investigators found that the joint had moved …

Depardieu Skips Drunk Driving Hearing in France

In the last three days, Gerard Depardieu met with Vladimir Putin to get Russian citizenship, got a prime seat at soccer’s biggest annual gala in Switzerland and dashed off to Montenegro to eye some real estate. But in all this …

2 Injured in Steam Blast at French Nuclear Plant

France’s electricity utility says that two people have suffered slight hand burns in a blast of steam at the country’s oldest nuclear reactor. Electricite de France, or EDF, denied reports of a fire at the Fessenheim plant in eastern France. …

6 Die in Retirement Home Fire in Southern France

The local government office says a fire in a retirement home in the southern French port city of Marseille has killed six people and injured 15 others. The prefecture said the fire erupted overnight and was extinguished Wednesday morning. Christophe …

Pedestrian Hit by Noiseless Electric Car in France

A noiseless electric car, lorded for its role in a brand new car-sharing program in the French capital, has knocked over a pedestrian – who apparently didn’t hear it coming. Police say she was struck Monday as she crossed a …