• French President Francois Hollande, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pay their respect in front of the Eternal Flame at the Douaumont's Ossuary, in Douaumont, northeastern France, Sunday May 29, 2016, during a remembrance ceremony to mark the centenary of the battle of Verdun. Hollande and Merkel are marking 100 years since the 10-month Battle of Verdun, which killed 163,000 French and 143,000 German soldiers and wounded hundreds of thousands. (Mathieu Cugnot/Pool Photo via AP)

    German, French leaders mark 100 years since Battle of Verdun

    VERDUN, France (AP) — In solemn ceremonies Sunday in the forests of eastern France, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, determined to show that, despite the bloodbath of World War I, their countries’ improbable friendship is now a source of hope for today’s fractured Europe.

  • Union activists block the entrance of the industrial area in Boucau, near Bayonne, southwestern France, on a day of nationwide strikes and protests over a labor reform, Thursday, May 26, 2016. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is open to improvements and modifications to a labor bill that has sparked intensifying strikes and protests, but will not abandon it. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

    France’s growing labor standoff: What could happen next?

    PARIS (AP) — France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande is engaged in the biggest test of his presidency, facing months of protests and strikes against a labor law that are threatening nationwide fuel shortages.