Samuel Petrequin

  • Belgium Jul 28, 2019

    A Star Is Born at the Tour: 22-Year-Old Champion Egan Bernal

    The skies over Paris were yellow, ignited by a glorious golden sunset. The partying fans’ shirts were yellow, Colombians making themselves at home on the Champs-Elysees. But the yellow that counted most was the iconic jersey that fit so snugly on the slim shoulders of Egan Bernal. His crowning Sunday as the Tour de France’s youngest post-World War II champion,...

  • president May 31, 2019

    Lyon Bomb Suspect Had Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

    The main suspect in the bombing last week in the French city of Lyon that wounded 14 people had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor said on Friday. Remy Heitz said in a statement the 24-year-old man has admitted making the bomb and depositing the device in front of a bakery. He will be brought before...

  • Daniel Macht May 13, 2019

    French Soccer Looking to Stop Homophobia in Stadiums

    The French soccer league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums, a system that will pave the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. Often heard at French league matches, homophobic chants have been tolerated for a long time by many club officials, and soccer authorities have struggled to find the appropriate ways of tackling...

  • Twitter Jan 28, 2019

    French Police Investigate Theft of Banksy Art at Bataclan Terror Attack Site

    A French judicial official says police are investigating the theft of an artwork by the British artist Banksy that was painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan music hall in Paris. The artwork, a black image appearing to depict a person mourning, had been made on an emergency door at the Bataclan....

  • European Union Dec 14, 2018

    Macron Urges Calm, Paris Police Prepare for More Violence

    French President Emanuel Macron called Friday for calm as authorities prepared to deploy armored vehicles and thousands of security forces for a possible fifth-straight weekend of violent protests on the streets of Paris. The “yellow vest” movement, which began its demonstrations Nov. 17 initially to protest an increase in fuel taxes, soon morphed into an expression of rage about the...

  • Associated Press Jul 24, 2018

    Riders Sprayed With Tear Gas as Protesters Interrupt Tour de France

    Four-time champion Chris Froome was among riders whose eyes needed treatment for tear gas when a farmers’ protest interrupted the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. Bales of hay blocked the road 30 kilometers into the 218-kilometer leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon. Tour organizers said police used tear gas to disperse the protesters as the peloton approached.

  • The Associated Press Aug 11, 2017

    Pyeongchang Olympics: IOC Meeting to Discuss North Korea Threat

    The security challenges posed by North Korea to the Pyeongchang Olympics will be discussed at an IOC meeting next month. The International Olympic Committee session comes five months before the Winter Games are staged 80 kilometers (50 miles) across the border from North Korea. Although tensions have been building for months amid new missile tests by the North, the pace...

  • Instagram May 31, 2017

    French Open Takes Player’s Credential for Harassing Reporter

    A French tennis player’s French Open credential was revoked because he grabbed a reporter and kissed her on the neck during a live TV interview at the tournament. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday it was punishing 21-year-old qualifier Maxime Hamou “following his inappropriate behavior towards a female journalist” a day earlier, when he lost in the first round at...

  • Twitter Nov 14, 2015

    WATCH: ‘Amazing Grace’ Bagpipe Tribute at Paris Terror Site

    Louis Victor, a 26-year-old Frenchman visiting from his home in Essonne, south of Paris, played “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes Saturday at the police cordon near the Bataclan concert hall. A memorial has sprung up outside the venue. At least 127 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France’s national stadium and a hostage-taking slaughter inside…

  • AP Sports Jul 12, 2015

    Tour de France: Nibali’s Title Defense Cracks as Froome Takes Control

    Vincenzo Nibali is making a patchy start to the defense of his Tour de France title, and if Saturday’s eighth stage is anything to go by it may not get much better in the mountains.

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