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Sep 4, 2013

Insight: West struggles to cope with online recruitment for Syria jihad

PARIS (Reuters) – “I am French,” explains the young man in the YouTube video carrying a Kalashnikov and wearing a kufiya cotton headdress as he sits in front of a waving black-and-white flag of al Qaeda.

“Oh my Muslim brothers in France, Europe and in the whole world, Jihad in Syria is obligatory,” says the fair-skinned youth with sandy hair, wispy beard and southern French accent, imploring viewers to join him and his younger brother in Syria.

Sep 1, 2013

France says it cannot act alone on Syria as U.S. hesitates

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – France said on Sunday it could not act alone against Syria after the United States stepped back from the brink, making Paris the last remaining top ally in the Western coalition to hesitate over punishing President Bashar al-Assad.

After President Barack Obama delayed an imminent strike by deciding to consult Congress and the British parliament vetoed any involvement, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is to discuss with senior lawmakers on Monday how to respond to allegations chemical weapons attacks were launched by Assad.

Aug 27, 2013

Court lifts Mercedes sales ban in blow to France

PARIS, Aug 27 (Reuters) – France’s top administrative court
lifted a sales freeze on Mercedes vehicles on Tuesday, dealing a
blow to the government in a bitter row over German carmaker
Daimler’s use of a banned chemical.

In a temporary injunction ordering the resumption of
Mercedes registrations within two days, the Conseil d’Etat
voiced “serious doubt” over the legality of the two-month freeze
affecting several key models.

Aug 13, 2013

Channel-swimming amputee gets stolen wheelchair back

PARIS (Reuters) – French limbless swimmer Philippe Croizon spoke of his huge relief on Tuesday after his stolen custom-made wheelchair was found dumped in a parking lot.

Croizon, a quadruple amputee famed for swimming the English Channel, said a bus driver had called him to say he had handed it over to police.

Aug 2, 2013

France to cut military staff by 12 percent in six-year budget

PARIS (Reuters) – France will cut nearly 34,000 military personnel under a proposed six-year defence budget to be unveiled on Friday, as government belt-tightening and a desire for more nimble forces alters the makeup of Europe’s second-largest army.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will present the 190 billion euro ($251 billion) budget in a cabinet meeting.

Aug 2, 2013

France to cut military staff by 12 percent in six-year budget

PARIS (Reuters) – France will cut nearly 34,000 military personnel under a proposed six-year defence budget to be unveiled on Friday, as government belt-tightening and a desire for more nimble forces alters the makeup of Europe’s second-largest army.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will present the 190 billion euro (166 billion pounds) budget in a cabinet meeting.

Aug 2, 2013

France to cut military staff by 12 pct in six-yr budget

PARIS, Aug 2 (Reuters) – France will cut nearly 34,000
military personnel under a proposed six-year defence budget to
be unveiled on Friday, as government belt-tightening and a
desire for more nimble forces alters the makeup of Europe’s
second-largest army.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will present the 190
billion euro ($251 billion) budget in a cabinet meeting.

Aug 1, 2013

EU lawmakers urged to back data list to track fighters to Syria

PARIS, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Nine European Union nations urged
the European Parliament on Thursday to set aside privacy
concerns and back plans for an EU-wide passenger data list aimed
at thwarting suspected militants travelling from Europe to fight
in Syria.

EU governments say hundreds of their citizens are joining
rebel forces battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They
fear some of these newly-trained fighters – estimated at up to
600 people – will return home to carry out attacks in Europe.

Jul 25, 2013

60 tons of Eiffel Tower trinkets seized in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris police have seized 60 tons of miniature Eiffel Towers that black-market vendors were hoping to sell to tourists.

Paris is one of the world’s top destinations, visited by about 29 million tourists a year, but with the holidaymakers comes an influx of bootleg souvenirs, from replica towers to fake Hermes scarves.

Jul 24, 2013

French Senate lays bare doping in 1998 Tour de France

PARIS (Reuters) – The top two in the 1998 Tour de France – Italian Marco Pantani and Germany’s Jan Ullrich – were taking the banned blood booster EPO, a French Senate inquiry into sports doping said on Wednesday.

The medical stubs enclosed in the 918-page report, when compared against a separate list of test results, also reveal that American Lance Armstrong tested positive for EPO in 1999.

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      "Alexandria covers general news in the busy Paris bureau, focusing on politics, courts, crime and terrorism. When not covering political crises in the French government, criminal investigations, high-profile trials or visits by foreign diplomats, she can be found writing about fashion, culture and style at Paris Fashion Week or the Cannes Film Festival. Before Paris, Alexandria wrote about the business side of the apparel industry and e-commerce in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has been with Reuters since 2004. Earlier assignments have included the Michael Jackson molestation trial, Louisiana's BP oil spill, marijuana legalization in California and polygamy in ..."
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