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A masked couple ride an electric scooter by the Invalides memorial, in Paris, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020.

Paris considers ban on e-scooters over safety concerns

The electric scooter revolution in the "City of Lights" may be about to go bust just as it takes off.

Paris considers ban on e-scooters over safety concerns
A Virgin Mary statue in a public square in France

The state of religion in France

The state of religion in France
French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates with supporters in front of the Eiffel Tower Paris, France

To Europe's relief, France's Macron wins, but far-right gains

To Europe's relief, France's Macron wins, but far-right gains
Plastic pollution has become a major concern in Ghana.

Ghana’s fishermen are drowning in plastic. The govt is trying to tackle pollution before it’s too late.

Ghana’s fishermen are drowning in plastic. The govt is trying to tackle pollution before it’s too late.
World champion ice dancers Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill of Great Britain are shown during their first workout, a few hours after they arrived for the Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo

Maurice Ravel’s 'Boléro' makes a comeback at Beijing Winter Olympics

Maurice Ravel’s 'Boléro' makes a comeback at Beijing Winter Olympics
Alexandre de Fages de Latour and his son, Raphael, 10, are pictured near the Seine in Paris, where they fish out treasures — and junk.

Meet the 11-year-old on a mission to clean up the Seine

Raphael has dedicated his free time to fishing waste out of the Seine in Paris using a magnetic rod. He's already managed to pull out 7 tons of waste including electric bikes, scooters, scrap metal and cellphones. 

Meet the 11-year-old on a mission to clean up the Seine
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr on a TV show after winning the Prix Goncourt.

Senegalese novelist Mohamed Mbougar Sarr's win is a landmark for African literature

He is the first writer from sub-Saharan Africa to lift the Prix Goncourt, one of the book world’s most important prizes. And his win matters.

Senegalese novelist Mohamed Mbougar Sarr's win is a landmark for African literature
Climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, demonstrates with others in front of the Standard and Chartered Bank during a climate protest in London, Oct. 29, 2021. People were protesting in London ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which

Why COP26 is the ‘last, best hope’ for fighting climate change 

Here's what you need to know about the big UN climate summit in Glasgow.

Why COP26 is the ‘last, best hope’ for fighting climate change 
Sylvia Whitman, proprietor of the English and American literature Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, checks her messages on her phone in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.

A new law in France aims to protect indie bookshops against outsized Amazon competition

Amazon often offers cheap books with fast and free delivery options, making it hard for independent bookstores to compete. The new law regulating delivery fees will put a bit more power back into the hands of indie shops.

A new law in France aims to protect indie bookshops against outsized Amazon competition
Pascal Danaë and his blues-rock trio, Delgrés band.

Delgrès founder pays tribute to his family's Guadeloupean roots through music

Pascal Danaë, who founded the band Delgrès, often draws inspiration from his Guadeloupean roots and his parents' immigrant and working-class background. The group's latest album is "4 a.m.," the time when most factory workers, like his father, wake up to start their long day.

Delgrès founder pays tribute to his family's Guadeloupean roots through music
A training session via France's Office of Immigration and Integration.

In France, intensive crash courses for immigrants on French values leave many feeling like outsiders

New residents in France must take mandatory classes to learn how to integrate into French society. But immigration and integration are hot-button issues in upcoming elections, and not everyone agrees on what it means to be French.

In France, intensive crash courses for immigrants on French values leave many feeling like outsiders
A close up photograph of French former president Nicolas Sarkozy who is wearing a scarf.

Sarkozy convicted by French court in campaign financing case

Former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, was convicted Thursday for illegal campaign financing during his unsuccessful bid for reelection in 2012.

Sarkozy convicted by French court in campaign financing case
A man is shown hugging a woman who is looking into the camera with empty stadium seats in the distance.

Post-9/11, Europe's weak spots make it a target for extremists

Since 9/11, Europe has witnessed many more extremists attacks on its soil than the United States. Why? A variety of reasons, analysts say.

Post-9/11, Europe's weak spots make it a target for extremists
Two women are shown hugging each other with the entrance and red-lettered sign of the Bataclan concert hall in the background.

Emotions raw before Paris trial for ISIS carnage

The survivors of the ISIS attack on Paris the night of Nov. 13, 2015, and those who mourn the 130 dead, are bracing for the long-awaited trial set to begin Wednesday.

Emotions raw before Paris trial for ISIS carnage
A group of 40 men of all ages wear a mix of white and blue judogis — the traditional judo uniform. Most are black belts.

France loves judo: How the French team won the Olympic gold

“I can’t explain why, but France has always excelled at judo,” said judo instructor Raymond Demoniere. With nearly 600,000 registered players — or judokas — across the country, Judo is one of France’s most popular sports.

France loves judo: How the French team won the Olympic gold