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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.

May 25, 2015

Homegrown Monfils feels no extra French Open pressure

PARIS (Reuters) – Former world number seven Gael Monfils is not feeling any extra weight of local expectation at the French Open, despite playing his home grand slam with a highest world ranking since a knee injury in 2012.

One of four Frenchmen among the top 20 men’s seeds at Roland Garros, the rangy Monfils has clawed his way back up the rankings since his injury. Now at 14, he is seen by many in the French sporting press as the country’s best hope this year.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Homegrown Monfils feels no extra French Open pressure

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Former world number seven Gael Monfils is not feeling any extra weight of local expectation at the French Open, despite playing his home grand slam with a highest world ranking since a knee injury in 2012.

One of four Frenchmen among the top 20 men’s seeds at Roland Garros, the rangy Monfils has clawed his way back up the rankings since his injury. Now at 14, he is seen by many in the French sporting press as the country’s best hope this year.

May 25, 2015

Razzano serves underarm at match point, and misses

PARIS (Reuters) – Virginie Razzano astonished the French Open crowd on Monday when she served underarm on match point, and missed.

The French wildcard entry, who had dropped the first set to Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg in the first round match, missed her first serve on match point at 5-2.

May 25, 2015

Tennis-Razzano serves underarm at match point, and misses

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Virginie Razzano astonished the French Open crowd on Monday when she served underarm on match point, and missed.

The French wildcard entry, who had dropped the first set to Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg in the first round match, missed her first serve on match point at 5-2.

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