Richard Lough

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23 May 2019 | 2:46 PM

In western France, a village remembers D-Day's "secret massacre"

GRAIGNES, France (Reuters) - The lost U.S. paratrooper tapped on the door of the Rigault family's farmhouse in Normandy in the early hours of June 6, 1944, miles south of his intended drop zone and soaking from his landing in the surrounding marshland.

21 May 2019 | 8:14 PM

As D-Day landings fade from memory, a veteran grapples with violence of war

SWORD BEACH, France (Reuters) - Leon Gautier landed on Sword Beach in a hail of enemy fire on June 6, 1944, one of the first wave of French commandos to storm the Normandy beachfront defended by Hitler's troops. Seventy-five years on, he still grapples with the memories.

12 May 2019 | 11:32 PM

Macron's EU election flagbearer targets 100-strong alliance with kingmaker role

PARIS (Reuters) - The flagbearer of President Emmanuel Macron's European election challenge on Sunday foresaw building a centrist alliance of more than 100 lawmakers, enough she said to thrust the French leader and his grouping into the position of kingmaker in the chamber.

11 May 2019 | 8:11 PM

Hostages rescued from Burkina Faso 'hell' praise fallen French commandos

OUAGADOUGOU/PARIS (Reuters) - Three hostages freed by French commandos from militants in Burkina Faso arrived in Paris on Saturday, expressing sorrow at the death of two French soldiers in the rescue operation.

10 May 2019 | 10:54 PM

French military frees hostages in Burkina Faso, two commandos killed

PARIS (Reuters) - French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France's military said on Friday, adding that two of the elite soldiers were killed in the night-time operation.

26 Apr 2019 | 3:14 AM

France's Macron to shut elite ENA school in drive for fairness

PARIS (Reuters) - The Ecole Nationale d'Administration has for decades churned out presidents, ambassadors and industry leaders but on Thursday, President Emmanuel Macron said he would abolish what has become a symbol of inequality in his drive for a fairer society.

16 Apr 2019 | 9:31 PM

France asks - should Notre-Dame's spire be rebuilt as it was?

PARIS (Reuters) - France will open the redesign of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral's historic spire to international architects after Monday night's catastrophic blaze that gutted the centuries-old roof and sent the towering spire crashing through the vaulted ceiling.

15 Apr 2019 | 8:54 PM

French-made tanks and howitzer canons used in Yemeni war - Disclose

PARIS (Reuters) - French arms including tanks and laser-guided missile systems sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are being used in the Yemeni war against civilians, leaked intelligence published by investigative website Disclose showed.

8 Apr 2019 | 5:03 PM

EU’s Vestager says Europe must lead the way with a digital tax

Europe needs to decide on a digital tax and should lead the way if there is insufficient consensus globally, the EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, said on April 8.

Vestager said European countries first needed a deal which could lead to a EU-wide harmonised tax. — Reuters
6 Apr 2019 | 10:14 PM

Low expectations, no quarrels and Libya accord rescue G7 summit

DINARD, France (Reuters) - The Group of Seven nations ended a foreign ministers' meeting in western France without quarreling on Saturday, as they looked to lay the groundwork for a leaders' summit in August despite the absence of the U.S. Secretary of State.