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Jul 24, 2015

Strongarm tactics get results in French summer of protest

PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) – Less than a year since France
abandoned its “ecotax” on truckers after protesters destroyed
the equipment built to collect it, similar strongarm tactics
look to be working for the nation’s farmers, cab drivers and
ferry workers.

Livestock producers struggling with low prices won a hastily
assembled package of loans and debt relief this week after
blocking motorways and dumping manure outside supermarkets.

Jul 21, 2015

French tobacconists sabotage speed cameras in cigarette packaging protest

PARIS, July 21 (Reuters) – France’s tobacconists are
protesting plans to force cigarette companies to use plain,
unbranded packaging, by disabling traffic speed cameras.

The radar ‘hooding’ – by covering them with bin liners – is
symbolic: a ‘cover up’ that deprives the government of money in
the same way that the anti-smoking legislation will reduce
tobacco sales, and tax revenue, the protesters say.

Jul 20, 2015

Spanish judge asks EU top court for key Uber ruling

BRUSSELS/PARIS, July 20 (Reuters) – A Spanish judge has
asked Europe’s top court if online taxi-hailing app Uber is a
“mere transport service” or a digital service, as the U.S.
start-up claims, in a case that could set a precedent for legal
battles across the continent.

A judge in Barcelona has referred a case brought by the
city’s main taxi operator against Uber towards the end of last
year to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, an
Uber executive said on Monday.

Jul 15, 2015

France says foils jihadist attack on military sites

PARIS (Reuters) – Security forces prevented an attack on French military installations this week by arresting four people whose leader had links to jailed jihadists, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday.

According to a source close to the situation, the attackers had planned to act in January 2016 and were targeting a senior military official in the south of France.

Jun 8, 2015

Eurotunnel reluctantly sells its ferries to Danish rival DFDS

PARIS (Reuters) – Eurotunnel, the operator of the undersea rail link between England and France, is reluctantly selling its Calais-to-Dover ferry business, MyFerryLink, to Danish rival DFDS, after a dispute with British antitrust authorities.

Earlier this year, Eurotunnel put the loss-making ferry service up for sale after it failed to overturn a ban on it operating the sea route due to antitrust concerns.

May 28, 2015

Regulated France fertile ground for car-sharing industry

PARIS, May 28 (Reuters) – A French firm that helps car
owners rent out their vehicles has bought a German rival in the
latest sign France is becoming a hub for the booming
vehicle-sharing sector, with help rather than hindrance from the
country’s notorious red tape.

Drivy, founded in 2010, has already snapped up two domestic
competitors. On Thursday, it announced the purchase of
Autonetzer, making it over a third bigger and a European sector
leader, with 38,000 registered vehicle owners across France and
Germany.

May 27, 2015

French startups beg expats – ‘Come home, work for us’

PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) – French startup companies desperate
for talent with international experience launched a campaign on
Wednesday to persuade expats to return, pooling their resources
to offer free repatriation help and advice as part of the
package.

The initiative is called “Come Back Leon” after a 1980s TV
advert where tasty pasta lures youngsters away as their elders
plead: “We have the same at home!”

May 26, 2015

Bulgarian Dimitrov downed by Sock in first round

PARIS (Reuters) – Tenth seed Grigor Dimitrov fell at the first hurdle in the French Open on Tuesday, beaten in straight sets by American Jack Sock.

It was the second first-round Roland Garros loss in a row for the Bulgarian, who went down 7-6((7) 6-2 6-3 to the 22-year-old Sock who had never beaten a top-20 player in a grand slam.

May 26, 2015

Serena strolls past Hlavackova in first round

PARIS (Reuters) – Twice former champion Serena Williams made a low-key start to her French Open campaign with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Czech qualifier Andrea Hlavackova on Tuesday.

The world number one, eyeing a 20th grand slam singles title, raced into a 3-0 lead but was given a decent workout after that by a player she beat 6-0 6-0 in their only previous meeting three years ago at the U.S. Open.

May 26, 2015

Tennis-Serena strolls past Hlavackova in first round

PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) – Twice former champion Serena Williams made a low-key start to her French Open campaign with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Czech qualifier Andrea Hlavackova on Tuesday.

The world number one, eyeing a 20th grand slam singles title, raced into a 3-0 lead but was given a decent workout after that by a player she beat 6-0 6-0 in their only previous meeting three years ago at the U.S. Open.

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