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Oct 20, 2015

Behind the strife, Hollande grinds out French reforms

PARIS (Reuters) – Behind the headlines and images portraying a government unable to reconcile warring bosses and trade unions, economic reforms are slowly taking hold in France.

Socialist President Francois Hollande on Monday opened a workers-and-bosses conference aimed at producing a consensus on social policy.

Aug 23, 2015

U.S. airman in French train shooting plugged passenger wound with fingers

PARIS (Reuters) – Spencer Stone, the U.S. airman who helped tackle a gunman on a French train on Friday, also plugged the blood-spurting wound of a fellow passenger with his fingers, he said at a news conference on Sunday.

With his left arm in a sling to protect his injured hand and a cut over his right eye, Stone, 23, along with his American friends, student Anthony Sadler, also 23, and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22, gave details of what officials said was a foiled terrorist attack.

Aug 17, 2015

Platini too close to FIFA’s Blatter for top job, rival Chung says

PARIS (Reuters) – South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon said on Monday that his French rival for the presidency of FIFA, Michel Platini, was too close to outgoing chief Sepp Blatter to be right for the job as head of soccer’s scandal-hit governing body.

Launching his bid for the role in Paris, Chung told a news conference “Michel Platini was a great football player, and he is my good friend. His problem is he does not seem to appreciate the seriousness of the corruption crisis at FIFA.”

Aug 17, 2015

Soccer-Platini too close to FIFA’s Blatter for top job, rival Chung says

PARIS, Aug 17 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon said on Monday that his French rival for the presidency of FIFA, Michel Platini, was too close to outgoing chief Sepp Blatter to be right for the job as head of soccer’s scandal-hit governing body.

Launching his bid for the role in Paris, Chung told a news conference “Michel Platini was a great football player, and he is my good friend. His problem is he does not seem to appreciate the seriousness of the corruption crisis at FIFA.”

Aug 11, 2015

China’s big-spending tourists pause at stores as yuan drops

PARIS/HONG KONG, Aug 11 (Reuters) – The Chinese tourists who
have become a common sight in the world’s major cities fear
their wings will be clipped if Tuesday’s shock yuan devaluation
develops into a deeper dent in their spending power.

More than 100 million Chinese travel abroad every year,
buying more luxury goods than any other nation. Shopping for the
perfumes and designer clothes that can cost them twice as much
at home is a major travel incentive.

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.

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