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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unconventional Macron faces unprecedented challenge

PARIS (AP) -- French centrist Emmanuel Macron faces an unprecedented challenge in his quest for the French presidency: A newcomer to politics, he was virtually unknown to most of his countrymen just three years ago. Now the tenacious 39-year-old with strong pro-business and pro-European views, and an unconventional love story, is poised to face far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen in the May 7 presidential runoff.

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.

11 candidates vie for French presidency in high-stakes race

PARIS (AP) -- From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France's presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism's global appeal. The traditional contenders are joined -- and often have been overshadowed during the campaign -- by rivals pledging to scrap long-held expectations, such as France's participation in the European Union and NATO.

The Latest: French candidate Macron revels at Paris eatery

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the first round of France's presidential election (all times local): 12:40 a.m. Emmanuel Macron is celebrating his victory in France's first-round presidential election at a Left Bank eatery frequented by Ernest Hemingway and other artistic dignitaries. The choice to dine in La Rotonde in the Montparnasse neighborhood fits with Macron's literary leanings -- he quotes poets and philosophers in his campaign rallies.

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.

Social media timeout as French election reaches final stage

PARIS (AP) -- The final hours of many electoral campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and massive social media campaigns aimed at drumming up turnout. Not so in France. Rules dating back more than half a century impose a 44-hour timeout ahead of the polls' closure Sunday, meaning that politicians, journalists -- and even ordinary citizens -- are supposed to refrain from broadcasting any form of "electoral propaganda.

Police arrest man with knife at Paris' Gare du Nord station

PARIS (AP) -- A man with a knife has been arrested by police at Paris' Gare du Nord station, sending a brief ripple of concern over social media a day before the French presidential vote. No one was injured. A French police official told The Associated Press that a man carrying a knife walked into the station and was flagged to police, who arrested him immediately.

Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote

PARIS (AP) -- Early voting began overseas Saturday in France's most nail-biting election in generations, and the 11 candidates seeking to become the country's next president silenced their campaigns as required to give voters a period of reflection. Opinion polls pointed to a tight race among the four top contenders vying to get into the May 7 presidential runoff that will decide who becomes France's next head of state.

Police officer killed in Paris was on duty at Bataclan

PARIS (AP) -- The Paris police officer who was shot to death while at work on the French capital's most famous boulevard had seen firsthand the horror that could be carried out in the name of the Islamic State group. Xavier Jugele was one of the officers who raced to the Bataclan concert hall the night three armed men in suicide bombs stormed a show and slaughtered 90 people on Nov. 13, 2015.

Trump says Paris attack will help Le Pen in election

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump waded into France's upcoming elections Friday, saying he believes an attack on police officers this week will help Marine Le Pen, the far-right presidential candidate. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump said that while he is not explicitly endorsing Le Pen, the attack played to her strengths.