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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.

Apr 14, 2015

Soccer-PSG minus Zlatan on the defensive for Barca clash

PARIS, April 14 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain are counting on a solid defence as the best means of attack in their Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday, even though they are doing battle on their own turf, said coach Laurent Blanc.

“The paradox for tomorrow is we’re going to have to defend well even if we’re playing at home,” Blanc told a news conference on the eve of the first leg of the quarter-final.

Apr 14, 2015

Zlatan-less PSG on the defensive for Barcelona clash

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain are counting on a rock-solid defence as the best means of attack in their Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday, even though they are doing battle on their own turf, coach Laurent Blanc says.

“The paradox for tomorrow is we’re going to have to defend well even if we’re playing at home,” Blanc told a news conference on the eve of the first leg of the quarter-final.

Apr 14, 2015

Soccer-Zlatan-less PSG on the defensive for Barcelona clash

PARIS, April 14 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain are counting on a rock-solid defence as the best means of attack in their Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday, even though they are doing battle on their own turf, coach Laurent Blanc says.

“The paradox for tomorrow is we’re going to have to defend well even if we’re playing at home,” Blanc told a news conference on the eve of the first leg of the quarter-final.

Apr 9, 2015

Thousands join protests, strikes against French cutbacks

PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) – Thousands took to the streets
across France on Thursday in union-led protests against public
spending cuts that came on top of strikes by air traffic
controllers and state radio workers.

The marches nationwide with a main rally in Paris are a test
of how much support unions can muster over spending curbs they
say undermine public service and purchasing power generally to
the detriment of the euro zone’s second-largest economy.

Apr 9, 2015

French unions call protests, strikes against cutbacks

PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) – French unions sought on Thursday
to ramp up protests against public spending cuts, calling for
work stoppages and marches by public-sector staff that coincided
with strikes by air traffic controllers and state radio workers.

The protest marches nationwide and a large rally planned for
Paris in the afternoon were set to test how much support unions
can muster over spending curbs they say are undermining both
public service and purchasing power generally, to the detriment
of the euro zone’s second-largest economy.