French President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff, Alexis Kohler, is under investigation for alleged influence-peddling and conflict of interest.

The financial prosecutor's office said it was checking whether Mr Kohler had breached civil service rules when he was handling issues relating to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

He has denied wrongdoing. His family has links with Italian-Swiss MSC.

The residential building where Malian 'spiderman' Mamoudou Gassama climbed to save a small boy dangling from a balcony in the French capital, Paris, has become a tourist site, news agency AFP reports. A local resident identified as Chantal said "since Saturday, it hasn't stopped.... every day people have been coming to look at it themselves."

The police on Friday caught several large animals including two lions, two tigers and a jaguar after they escaped from a zoo in the Eifel mountain range in western Germany on Friday. A spokesman for the district of Bitburg-Pruem, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said earlier in the day that two lions, two tigers and a jaguar were on the loose.

A coalition government has been agreed in Italy, ending months of uncertainty in the EU's fourth-biggest economy.

Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte presented his list of ministers to President Sergio Mattarella for the second time in a week and the new government will be sworn in on Friday.

Spanish Socialist Pedro Sánchez was sworn on Saturday as Spain's new Prime Minister by King Felipe VI, a day after ousting scandal-hit political rival Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote. Mr Sánchez, who is an atheist, took the oath to protect the constitution without a bible or crucifix - a first in Spain's modern history, at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid.

Spain's Mariano Rajoy lost a confidence vote in Parliament on Friday, making his government the first in Spanish history to fall in this way.

His political opponent Pedro Sanchez, the leader of the main opposition Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), now automatically becomes prime minister.

Rajoy's fall follows years of corruption allegations against his Popular Party. The corruption scandal culminated last week in a court convicting his former aides of running slush funds to help finance Popular Party election campaigns.

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