Mr. Lubitz sat stiffly in his dark suit, flanked by two lawyers, and faced journalists’ questions about why he had chosen this, of all days, to try to cast doubt on the execution and findings of the investigation into the crash, in which his son and 149 others died.
Russian television broadcast images of Ms. Le Pen, gesticulating energetically across the table from a disengaged-looking Mr. Putin. Earlier, she called for “developing relations” with Russia and “cooperation” in antiterrorism. Both were nods to her presidential campaign platform, which advocates closer ties with Mr. Putin, friendliness toward President Trump and rejection of the European Union.
The play is “Géhenne,” or “Hell,” the latest by Ismaël Saidi, a comic Belgian playwright and actor, whose work — with its comedic touches and visceral understanding of the frustrations of young, underprivileged European Muslims — has been used by the French and Belgian governments as a cultural weapon against radicalization.
The 48-year-old Frenchman has spent nearly his entire career at Hermès, in charge of several métiers, or professions, including textiles, and leather goods and saddlery, the products that initially made the name of that luxury goods purveyor.
Mr. Le Roux said he had done nothing wrong as he announced his resignation at a news conference in Bobigny, northeast of Paris. But, he said, he was resigning so as not to distract from “the daily fight against terrorism, against crime.”
The announcement followed reports in the French media that UBS had rejected a proposed settlement. French prosecutors had sought a fine of 1.1 billion euros, or about $1.2 billion, in the case.
It has long been accepted wisdom that Ms. Le Pen and her far-right party can make it through the first round of the presidential voting on April 23, when she and four other candidates will be on the ballot, but that she will never capture the majority needed to win in a runoff in May.
The Spanish government, which has called for the unilateral and unconditional dissolution of ETA, made disarmament an essential condition of its willingness to declare that the group had ended its five-decade campaign of terror, but past experience led officials in Madrid to take a wait-and-see approach.
The Dutch parliamentary election was a highly fractured affair, with 28 parties competing for 150 seats. It takes 76 seats to form a government. Though the final result will not be announced until Tuesday, with most of the votes already counted, Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy won with 33 seats. Mr. Rutte will have to seek — as is the usual case in the Netherlands — partners to form a coalition government, which could take weeks or even months.
I have had access to private rooms, overheard exquisite conversations and been able to observe subtle changes in another person’s inner life. Books have shown me horror and beauty. All this is true.