PARIS (Reuters) – A French court sentenced flamboyant Marxist militant Carlos the Jackal to another life prison term on Thursday for bomb attacks that killed 11 people nearly three decades ago.
The Venezuelan defendant, 62, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, has been locked up in France for almost 20 years serving a life sentence in a separate case for killing two police officers and an informant in Paris in 1975.
PARIS (Reuters) – Calling himself a “living martyr,” Marxist militant Carlos the Jackal defended his innocence in a French courtroom on Thursday, seizing the limelight on the final day of his trial for a series of bombings in the early 1980s that killed 11 people.
Once one of the most wanted international criminals, the Venezuelan-born defendant, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, addressed the court in a five-hour monologue, alternately rambling, vitriolic and poignant, as he prepared to hear a verdict expected for later Thursday night.
PARIS (Reuters) – Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known to the world as “Carlos the Jackal”, pleaded his innocence of terrorism charges on Thursday during what is expected to be the last day of a trial in France.
The Venezuelan-born Sanchez, once one of the most wanted of all international criminals, denied any involvement in four bloody bombings that wounded nearly 200 people and left 11 dead.
PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Europe’s politicians can
drone on about solutions to the euro zone crisis as much as they
like, but the popular sentiment is clearly spelled out on the
streets of Paris: “DEATH TO BANKERS”.
That message scrawled on a mail box in the fashionable
Marais district of the French capital is part of a growing
commentary cropping up on walls and streets, revealing
deep-seated distrust and simmering disquiet as a euro zone
crisis threatens to wreak yet more havoc with France’s economy.
PARIS (Reuters) – More than one out of three French voters would like to bid adieu to the euro and return to the franc, with a majority viewing the euro as a “handicap” for their country’s economy, according to a poll.
Disenchantment with the euro zone’s common currency has grown in France and other member countries as the European sovereign debt crisis and the high price of bailing out its more profligate members has continued to spook financial markets and raise doubts about the euro’s staying power.
PARIS (Reuters) – All the world’s a stage for Carlos the Jackal, the veteran Marxist militant who since last month has reigned with imperious bluster over his trial in France on terrorism charges.
But while theatrical antics have been a daily feature of a trial now in its fourth week, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, once the most wanted international criminal looks out at a steadily dwindling audience from his caged-in defendant’s box.
PARIS, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The French may scoff at
British cooking and fashion, but retailer Marks & Spencer
reckons France is yearning for its ready-made chicken
tikka masala, gourmet chutney and sensible knickers.
The veteran British store opened a flagship store on Paris’s
Champs-Elysees on Thursday after a decade’s absence from French
soil, bringing the taste and feel of the British Isles to a city
that sees itself as a world capital of food and fashion.
ROME/PARIS, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Italy’s new government
has announced far-reaching reforms in response to a European
debt crisis that on Thursday pushed borrowing costs for France
and Spain sharply higher, and brought tens of thousands of
Greeks onto the streets of Athens.
Italy’s new technocrat prime minister, Mario Monti, unveiled
sweeping reforms to dig the country out of crisis and said
Italians were confronting a “serious emergency”.
MADRID/PARIS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Greek police clashed
with anti-austerity protesters and Italy announced sweeping
reforms in response to a European debt crisis that on Thursday
pushed borrowing costs for France and Spain sharply higher.
More than 30,000 Greeks took to the streets of Athens in a
protest rally that marked the first public test for a new
national unity government that must impose painful spending cuts
and tax rises if the country is to escape bankruptcy.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s cost of borrowing over two and four years jumped by around half a percentage point at an auction on Thursday, reflecting growing concerns it may be dragged into the euro zone’s sovereign debt crisis.
The government sold 6.98 billion euros of medium-term BTAN notes at the auction on Thursday, at the top of its projected range, but borrowing costs rose for three out of four lines compared to previous sales.