French po­lice, pro­test­ers clash in Paris riot

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Co­hen should not go to prison, his lawyers say

Lawyers for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s for­mer per­sonal lawyer, Michael Co­hen, say he should be spared prison for crimes he com­mit­ted in an abun­dance of en­thu­si­asm for his ex-boss, and they por­trayed him to a judge as a hero for co­op­er­at­ing in a probe Trump has “reg­u­larly ques­tioned pub­licly and stri­dently.”

The lawyers said in court pa­pers filed in New York late Fri­day that Co­hen, 52, has co­op­er­ated ex­ten­sively with spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller and New York state in­ves­ti­ga­tors who brought a civil law­suit against the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion and in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing Trump.

A French protest against ris­ing taxes and the high cost of liv­ing turned into a riot Sat­ur­day in Paris as po­lice fired tear gas and wa­ter can­nons in street bat­tles with ac­tivists wear­ing the flu­o­res­cent yel­low vests of a new move­ment.

Po­lice said at least 80 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 16 po­lice of­fi­cers, were in­jured in vi­o­lent protests in the French cap­i­tal, and 183 oth­ers were ar­rested. Thou­sands of po­lice were de­ployed in Paris to try to con­tain the protests.

It was the third straight week­end of clashes in Paris, and the scene con­trasted sharply with protests Sat­ur­day in other French re­gions.

Pope: Gays in priest­hood a ‘se­ri­ous ques­tion’

Pope Fran­cis has been quoted in a soon-to-be pub­lished book as say­ing that hav­ing gays in the clergy “is some­thing that wor­ries me” and re­mark­ing that some so­ci­eties are con­sid­er­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity a “fash­ion­able” life­style.

Ital­ian daily Cor­riere della Sera’s web­site Sat­ur­day ran ex­cerpts of the book in the form of an in­ter­view that Fran­cis gave about re­li­gious vo­ca­tions. Fran­cis was quoted as de­scrib­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity within the walls of sem­i­nar­ies, con­vents and other re­li­gious places where clergy live as “a very se­ri­ous ques­tion.”

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