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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.

Jul 17, 2013

French Socialists seek to clamp down on illegal Roma camps

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialists unveiled a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for officials to evict itinerant Roma from illegal settlements, a politically sensitive move aimed at quelling growing frustration with the semi-nomadic people.

The ruling party has been careful to distance itself from the 2010 policy of former President Nicolas Sarkozy who launched a programme to deport thousands of Roma back to Romania and Bulgaria from illegal camps, a measure the Socialists condemned and which drew censure from the European Commission.

Jul 14, 2013

U.N. pens deal for unarmed surveillance drones over Congo

PARIS (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo will begin using unarmed drones on a trial basis to monitor its war-torn east, the head of peacekeeping operations told Reuters on Sunday.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, in Paris to attend France’s Independence Day celebrations, told Reuters a deal signed on Friday with an unnamed company would allow for a “complete picture of what is happening” on the ground.

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