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Feb 2, 2012

Special Report – The great French breast implant scandal

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – In March 2010, a pair of health inspectors acting on a tip paid a three-day visit to a factory in this hilly town on the Mediterranean coast.

The factory was the headquarters of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), a leading international maker of breast implants founded by French entrepreneur Jean-Claude Mas. The inspectors found something odd: six discarded plastic containers of Silopren, a liquid silicone designed for industrial, not medical use, lined up along the outside wall of the production site.

Feb 2, 2012

Special Report: The French breast implant scandal

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – In March 2010, a pair of health inspectors acting on a tip paid a three-day visit to a factory in this hilly town on the Mediterranean coast.

The factory was the headquarters of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), a leading international maker of breast implants founded by French entrepreneur Jean-Claude Mas. The inspectors found something odd: six discarded plastic containers of Silopren, a liquid silicone designed for industrial, not medical use, lined up along the outside wall of the production site.

Jan 29, 2012

Sarkozy details measures for growth, jobs

PARIS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Sarkozy used a primetime television interview on Sunday to flesh out a flurry of measures to boost employment and competitiveness which he hopes to rush through France’s parliament before a presidential election in April.

Sarkozy, who is running far behind Socialist challenger Francois Hollande in opinion polls for the election, said he would raise the VAT rate to 21.2 percent from 19.6 percent from October to fund a reduction in social charges on companies.

Jan 25, 2012

Gaultier fetes Winehouse, Givenchy goes futuristic

PARIS, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Jean Paul Gaultier delivered
an ode to Amy Winehouse at his spring/summer 2012 haute couture
show in Paris on Wednesday. The late pop singer’s musical spirit
and bad girl fashion sense were all over the runway.

“No, no, no,” sang the four male Afro-American acapella
singers who kicked off the show, using Winehouse’s husky battle
cry “Rehab” as a backdrop to 1950s and 60s-inspired looks.

Dec 24, 2011

French health minister wants implant boss found

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s health minister called Saturday for the head of the breast implant maker accused of selling faulty prostheses to tens of thousands of women around the world to be found, calling the growing scandal a “shady business.”

Jean-Claude Mas, 72, the founder and CEO of French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) has not been seen or heard of in public since the scandal broke, potentially affecting 300,000 women around the world.

Dec 24, 2011

France Telecom sells Swiss unit to Apax for 1.6 bln euros

PARIS, Dec 24 (Reuters) – France Telecom will
sell its mobile phone operator Orange Switzerland to private
equity group Apax Partners for about 1.6 billion euros ($2.09
billion), as Europe’s fourth-largest telecoms operator refocuses
on its core markets.

The deal is a glimmer of hope in what has otherwise been a
drought in European private equity deals as the region’s
sovereign debt crisis has driven up the cost of borrowing money
for such transactions.

Dec 23, 2011

Financial, legal worries dogged breast implant firm

PARIS (Reuters) – Signs of legal problems and financial losses surrounding the French breast implant manufacturer at the heart of a scandal affecting hundreds of thousands of women worldwide can be traced back as far back as 2003, regulatory filings show.

France’s Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) shut its doors in 2010 after declaring bankruptcy but financial documents filed by its Delaware-based holding company, Heritage Worldwide Inc., suggest the firm had been in disarray for years amid legal action and rising debt woes.

Dec 16, 2011

France hands Carlos the Jackal another life prison term

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.

Dec 15, 2011

Defiant Carlos the Jackal awaits verdict

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.

Dec 15, 2011

Carlos the Jackal pleads innocence in French court

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.

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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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