PARIS (Reuters) – French lawmakers voted on Tuesday for a 50 billion euro ($69 billion) savings plan meant to let the euro zone’s second-largest economy meet deficit-reduction targets, but a high abstention rate betrayed dissent within the Socialist majority.
The 2015-2017 “Stability Program” passed by 265 votes to 232 in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament. The program can now be submitted for approval to the European Commission, which has already granted France two extra years to bring its deficit below EU-mandated limits.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist government sets out its roadmap to deficit reduction on Wednesday, using optimistic growth forecasts to help persuade European partners it can realistically cut the shortfall to 3 percent of output by the end of 2015.
Europe’s second biggest economy is a laggard where recovery and public finances are concerned. It has already been granted a two-year extension on the original deadline to bring the deficit below the EU’s 3 percent treaty limit.
CANNES (Reuters) – Sun, celebrities, and a world-renowned film festival have made Cannes synonymous with glamour, guaranteed prime people-watching and a chance to relish the good life against the backdrop of palm trees and yachts.
From Brigitte Bardot to Angelina Jolie, Grace Kelly to Nicole Kidman – the stars of yesteryear and today have flocked to this port town once a year to fete the best of international cinema, but it’s not just movies making this holiday spot hum.
CANNES, April 18 (Reuters) – Sun, celebrities, and a
world-renowned film festival have made Cannes synonymous with
glamour, guaranteed prime people-watching and a chance to relish
the good life against the backdrop of palm trees and yachts.
From Brigitte Bardot to Angelina Jolie, Grace Kelly to
Nicole Kidman – the stars of yesteryear and today have flocked
to this port town once a year to fete the best of international
cinema, but it’s not just movies making this holiday spot hum.
PARIS, April 17 (Reuters) – Hollywood star power will mix
with world cinema at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in May, after
the announcement on Thursday that one of the films to be shown
in competition will be the Tommy Lee Jones-directed frontier
drama “The Homesman”.
Among the 18 films competing for the top Palme d’Or prize at
the festival will be movies from Russia, Turkey, Canada, Japan
and France, plus several by women directors, festival director
Thierry Fremaux told a news conference.
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande appointed a close friend and former European affairs minister to the strategic post of his chief of staff on Wednesday and reshuffled his private office to tighten the country’s relations with Brussels.
The nomination of Jean-Pierre Jouyet as secretary-general of the presidency was also designed to ensure better coordination with the government of new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Hollande told the daily Le Monde.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s newly formed government will seek a confidence vote from parliament on Tuesday, a step that would allow it to press ahead with President Francois Hollande’s business reforms to spur growth without having to risk a separate vote.
New Prime Minister Manuel Valls approved the vote during his first cabinet meeting as his reshuffled team of 16 Socialist ministers strives to present a united front after the Greens party broke away from the coalition over energy policy.
PARIS (Reuters) – French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, appointed prime minister by President Francois Hollande on Monday, is a centrist with a tough stance on law and order that is popular with the public but controversial in his own Socialist party.
The photogenic 51-year-old, naturalized son of a Spanish immigrant, is one the youngest ministers in Hollande’s cabinet and an expert in political communication. He will need those skills to sell the president’s U-turn to more business-friendly policies and impose discipline in place of cacophony.
PARIS (Reuters) – The shrieks of mad women assault visitors entering the Musee d’Orsay’s new exhibit on Vincent Van Gogh, an arresting look at the painter’s work as seen through the eyes of the late avant-garde French theatre director and playwright Antonin Artaud.
“The Man Driven to Suicide by Society”, opening on Tuesday in Paris, is a fitting title for a display of 55 Van Gogh works using Artaud’s own commentary to see them in a new light.
PARIS (Reuters) – French public sector workers take an average of nearly a month off beyond annual leave, according to a report that highlighted problems facing President Francois Hollande as he seeks to streamline public offices and bring down France’s deficit.
French public spending is among the highest in the world and due to hit 57 percent of national output this year. State workers make up one fifth of France’s total employed ranks and their salaries account for a quarter of public expenditure.