At meat market, the far-right Le Pen backs "eating French"

PARIS (AP) -- French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen has called for more food to be produced and consumed in the country known as the gastronomic center of the Western world. Le Pen, visiting the Rungis wholesale market outside Paris on Tuesday, said the French government must promote meat from France. "Let's promote the 'eating French' especially in (school) canteens where our children must take advantage of healthy, quality products," she said.

The Latest: France's Marine Le Pen gets criticism from dad

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the French presidential runoff on May 7 (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The father of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen says he thinks his daughter has produced a "too laid-back" campaign in the French presidential race. Jean-Marie Pen told France Inter radio on Tuesday that he would have done a "Trump-style" campaign that would have been "very aggressive against those who are responsible for the country's decadency.

Spain arrests 9 suspects, probes ties to Brussels attacks

MADRID (AP) -- Police in northeastern Spain arrested nine suspected members of a jihadi group Tuesday in raids that might help resolve recent deadly attacks in Belgium and France. Police said the arrested were one Spaniard and eight Moroccans living in Catalonia between 30 and 40 years old.

ECB unlikely to signal stimulus end, despite French optimism

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe's strengthening economy dodged a banana peel when a pro-EU candidate won the first round of the French presidential election. That won't be enough, however, to make the European Central Bank signal an end to monetary stimulus program on Thursday. Nor will Sunday's result by itself fix the long-term flaws that have plagued the continent's shared currency, the euro.

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

PARIS (AP) -- Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. The campaign's digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions in a telephone interview late Monday but said they had all been thwarted.

France honors police officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack

PARIS (AP) -- France's top officials and presidential candidates attended a national ceremony Tuesday to honor the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs-Elysees. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are facing off in the May 7 presidential runoff, were present at the ceremony at the Paris police headquarters. Others present were Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

LVMH to consolidate hold on Dior in multibillion-euro deal

PARIS (AP) -- The French magnate behind LVMH moved to incorporate Christian Dior into his luxury goods empire in a 12 billion-euro ($13 billion) deal. It's the latest business coup for Bernard Arnault, who has expanded LVMH to include dozens of leading luxury brands -- from high-end champagne and whiskies, to exclusive Louis Vuitton handbags, Hermes, Kenzo and Givenchy perfumes and Bulgari and TAG Heuer watches.

Global markets gain higher as French election rally lingers

TOKYO (AP) -- Shares were higher Tuesday in Europe and Asia as the rally driven by the outcome of France's vote persisted. Hopes for U.S. tax reform and a compromise on the U.S. budget deadline also lifted sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 edged 0.1 percent higher to 5,275.32, while the FTSE 100 of Britain jumped 2.1 percent to 7,264.68. Germany's DAX was steady at 12,456.89. U.S.

Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

PARIS (AP) -- Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding a little more detail to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. The campaign's digital chief, Mounir Mahjoubi, confirmed the attempted intrusions in a telephone interview late Monday but said they had all been thwarted.

Macron vs. Le Pen: Opposing styles and visions for France

PARIS (AP) -- They could hardly be more different: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing anti-immigration, anti-EU Marine Le Pen in France's presidential runoff May 7. Here's a look at just a few of the ways the two candidates diverge: EUROPE Macron is fierily promoting common European ideals of peace, prosperity and freedom. He says that, with Britain leaving, the bloc needs to build a new leadership base anchored by France and Germany.

France's steely Le Pen gets far-right in presidential runoff

HENIN-BEAUMONT, France (AP) -- Marine Le Pen's steely resolve, helped by a cutting tongue, propelled her political career, but it was her masterful use of a soft touch that has brought her one step away from the French presidency. With that shift, Le Pen has widened her National Front party's appeal to voters once too timid for the extreme right.

Analysis: A Le Pen wins more acceptance than ever in France

PARIS (AP) -- When France last put a Le Pen onto the threshold of the presidential Elysee Palace, one step from power, it could write off the 2002 election shock as a mere accident. Jean-Marie Le Pen squeezed into the winner-takes-all runoff against Jacques Chirac with just 17 percent of the vote, a record low.

Asia tracks French election rally; weak yen lifts Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) -- The worldwide surge in share prices sparked by the outcome of France's vote Sunday carried into Asian markets early Tuesday. Japanese shares gained as the dollar remained near the 110 yen level, helping exporters. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.8 percent to 19,034.74 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong jumped 0.9 percent to 24,349.69. South Korea's Kospi added 0.5 percent to 2,183.

French stocks soar to near-decade highs as Macron tops poll

LONDON (AP) -- As relief rallies go, this is as good as they come. European markets have jumped higher, with France's main index hitting its highest level since early 2008, amid relief over the results of the first round of the French presidential election. Though Marie Le Pen of the far-right National Front came second with 21.

The Latest: Israeli lawmaker urges French to back Macron

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local): 6:50 p.m. A prominent Israeli opposition lawmaker is urging French voters to back centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron in the May 7 runoff election, calling far-right contender Marine Le Pen "dangerous.

French election result gives markets a start-of-week lift

LONDON (AP) -- European stock markets and the euro ratcheted higher Monday, particularly in France, after the first round of the country's presidential election saw centrist Emmanuel Macron emerge on top -- stoking hopes that he will defeat far-right Marine Le Pen in the run-off in two weeks' time. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 spiked 4.6 percent to nine-year highs of 5,290, while Germany's DAX advanced 3.2 percent to 12,427.

Old-guard rallies around newcomer Macron for French runoff

PARIS (AP) -- France's established parties are rallying around the man who helped shut them out of the presidential runoff, maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron -- an alliance of convenience aimed at keeping far-right Marine Le Pen out of the Elysee Palace. Support for Macron also poured in Monday from the seat of the European Union, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish and Muslim groups troubled by Le Pen's nationalist vision.

French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

PARIS (AP) -- French voters shut out the country's political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country's modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted across the spectrum for the runoff election. The May 7 runoff will be between the populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the moderate left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen's path to power.

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. AP: I do want to talk to you about the 100 days. TRUMP: Good. AP: I want to ask a few questions on some topics that are happening toward the end of the interview.

France's far-right reaches across spectrum as runoff looms

PARIS (AP) -- France's far right is reaching out to voters who backed the defeated far-left contender, hoping to peel away voters from the extremes of the political spectrum. The May 7 runoff will be between the populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the moderate left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen's path to power.