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Jun 30, 2015

France pursues terrorism charge against beheading suspect

PARIS (Reuters) – A man who beheaded his boss, pinned the head on a fence and tried to blow up an industrial gas plant will be investigated on terrorism charges, France’s chief public prosecutor said on Tuesday, dismissing the suspect’s claim that his act was not motivated by connections with Islamist militants.

Prosecutor Francois Molins announced the news at the end of a 96-hour custody period following the arrest of Yassin Salhi, 35, at the scene of the crime near the southern city of Lyon.

Jun 23, 2015

French economy firing up as private sector nears four-year high

PARIS (Reuters) – French private sector business activity grew at its fastest in almost four years in June as the manufacturing sector pulled out of recession, suggesting the second-largest euro zone economy is finally beginning to recover.

Data compiler Markit said its preliminary composite

purchasing managers index (PMI) — covering both manufacturing and the dominant services sector — rose to 53.4, well clear of the 50 mark that separates contraction from expansion and higher than any time since August 2011.

Jun 12, 2015

Strauss-Kahn acquitted in French vice trial

LILLE, France (Reuters) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn was acquitted of sex crime charges on Friday by a French court which ruled the sexual escapades with prostitutes of a man once tipped to be French president did not amount to “aggravated pimping”.

The verdict came four years after sex assault accusations by a New York hotel maid ended his political ambitions and forced him to step down as head of the International Monetary Fund.

Jun 12, 2015

Strauss-Kahn awaits Friday vice trial verdict

PARIS (Reuters) – A French court rules on Friday whether former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is guilty of sex crimes and if the man once tipped to become president of his country goes to prison.

Four years after sex assault accusations by a New York hotel maid ended his political ambitions and a stellar career as head of the International Monetary Fund, Strauss-Kahn learns whether another vice case in his home country has led to his conviction.

Jun 5, 2015

Frenchman in coma can be taken off life support – Euro court

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights on Friday allowed France to take a man in a coma off life support, in a case that has torn a family apart and could influence the extent to which euthanasia is endorsed by law across the continent.

The European court upheld a ruling by France’s top administrative court that authorized doctors to put an end to the intravenous feeding and hydration keeping car crash victim Vincent Lambert alive.

May 19, 2015

French attack survivor Luz says he leaving Charlie Hebdo

PARIS, May 19 (Reuters) – One of the few cartoonists to
survive an Islamist militant attack on France’s Charlie Hebdo
journal is leaving the publication, saying he can no longer bear
the pressure.

Renald Luzier, better known simply as Luz, announced his
decision in an interview in Liberation, the newspaper that has
housed Charlie Hebdo and helped it publish since an attack in
which most of his cartoonist colleagues were killed.

May 13, 2015

France’s Sarkozy accused of pandering to racist sentiments

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s ruling Socialists accused conservative former president Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday of appealing to racist sentiments in criticizing the country’s Morocco-born education minister.

Sarkozy, expected by many to run for election in 2017, used no explicitly racist words but came under fire for singling out two non-white female ministers in a largely white government for charges of gross incompetence.

May 5, 2015

French lawmakers back easy-spying bill in counterterror move

PARIS (Reuters) – French lawmakers approved a bill on Tuesday to let intelligence services deploy fly-on-the-wall spying devices more easily against suspected terrorists after Islamist militant attacks killed 17 people in January.

The bill, opposed by civil rights groups, some leftists and some members of President Francois Hollande’s ruling Socialists, waives the need for judicial warrants to deploy phone taps, hidden microphones, cameras and other devices such as keypad communications readers.

Apr 30, 2015

Rugby-Clermont seek to shed loser label

PARIS, April 30 (Reuters) – For the “Yellow Army” rugby men of France’s Clermont Auvergne, beating Toulon in Saturday’s European Champions Cup final is about much more than revenge. It’s about shedding their reputation as the team who (almost) never win.

It is also about securing a return on the millions of euros the club with the second-largest budget of Top 14 sides is spending in pursuit of big-league status in a sport where TV rights, merchandising and sponsorship are increasingly vital.

Apr 22, 2015

France to miss 2017 deficit goal, jobless rate to dip slowly

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s economy is pulling out of the doldrums but not quickly enough to meet its European deficit-reduction commitments or claim significant progress in the battle to cut unemployment by 2017, an election year, a Reuters poll shows.

After growth of just 0.4 percent last year, gross domestic product is set to expand 1.0 percent in 2015, 1.4 percent in 2016 and 1.6 percent in 2017, according to the median forecast in the poll of 34 economists, conducted from April 16-21.