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Jan 10, 2012

Soccer star makes French “presidential bid” for poor

PARIS (Reuters) – Soccer star turned actor Eric Cantona launched a mock bid for the French presidency on Tuesday in a stunt designed to highlight the plight of millions of poor and homeless people.

The former Manchester United striker appeared on the front cover of the left-leaning Liberation newspaper, next to the headline “Cantona enters the campaign” and an appeal for the 500 signatures he would need to run for the top job.

Jan 10, 2012

Soccer star Cantona makes “presidential bid” for poor

PARIS, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Soccer star turned actor
Eric Cantona launched a mock bid for the French presidency on
Tuesday in a stunt designed to highlight the plight of millions
of poor and homeless people.

The former Manchester United striker appeared on the front
cover of the left-leaning Liberation newspaper, next to the
headline “Cantona enters the campaign” and an appeal for the 500
signatures he would need to run for the top job.

Jan 5, 2012

Consumer blues weigh on pre-election France

PARIS, Jan 5 (Reuters) – French consumer expenditure,
linchpin of an economy that depends far more on domestic demand
than its export-propelled neighbour Germany, could falter
further in the coming weeks, according to a two reports
published on Thursday.

With morale at its lowest in three years and unemployment
claims at their highest in 12 years, economic prospects are dim
as President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative government prepares
to raise tax in a policy U-turn just over three months from an
election.

Jan 4, 2012

“Insult” sparks French election fury

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s presidential contest got personal on Wednesday after Socialist challenger Francois Hollande branded President Nicolas Sarkozy a “nasty piece of work”.

Outraged Sarkozy allies seized on the report in Le Parisien newspaper to denounce the left-wing presidential poll favourite, demanding a public apology even before it was possible to confirm or clarify the comments attributed to Hollande.

Dec 23, 2011

France, UK issue clashing advice on breast implants

PARIS (Reuters) – France and Britain issued conflicting advice on Friday to tens of thousands of women caught up in a scandal over French-produced breast implants that were made with cheap industrial silicone and exported around the world.

The French government urged 30,000 women in France to seek removal of the implants, made by now-defunct company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), because of the danger they could rupture and cause inflammation and irritation. There was no evidence of any increased cancer risk, it said.

Dec 23, 2011

France recommends removal of suspect breast implants

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government urged 30,000 women in France on Friday to seek removal of defective breast implants that a now-defunct company exported worldwide but it said there was no evidence that the product raised the risk of cancer.

The government said public healthcare funds would be used to finance the removals, which were recommended because of the risk of ruptures that could cause inflammation and irritation, at a cost which health officials estimated at 60 million euros.

Dec 22, 2011

French firm focus of world breast implant worry

PARIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of women worldwide may have defective and potentially harmful breast-enhancement implants produced by a small French company that went into bust in March 2010 after its silicone gel product was ordered off the market.

Before its assembly lines were halted, Poly Implant Prothese SA (PIP) produced 100,000 silicone implants a year for two decades, with upwards of 80 percent going abroad, primarily to Latin America and to nearby countries in Europe.

Dec 15, 2011

French ex-president Chirac convicted in graft trial

PARIS (Reuters) – A judge found former French president Jacques Chirac guilty Thursday of misusing public funds, making him the country’s first head of state to be convicted since Nazi collaborator Marshal Philippe Petain in 1945.

Chirac, 79, was absent from the court as the judge declared him guilty of knowingly operating a system that diverted about 1.4 million euros (838,000 pounds) of Paris City Hall funds for political purposes when he was mayor of the French capital.

Dec 12, 2011

France’s Hollande would seek to rework euro deal

PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) – French Socialist Francois
Hollande said on Monday that he would seek to renegotiate the
terms of the latest euro zone rescue plan if elected president
next year.

European leaders agreed in Brussels on Friday to draft a new
treaty for deeper economic integration and tougher budget
discipline, with near-automatic sanctions for those whose
deficits overshoot.

Dec 8, 2011

France, Germany to push crisis plan

MARSEILLE, France/PARIS (Reuters) – France and Germany planned to lobby conservative European leaders on Thursday to back a plan to defuse the euro zone’s debt crisis, as Europe’s central bankers began a crucial meeting hours before a high-stakes EU summit.

Paris and Berlin need to win backing quickly for their plan to amend the European Union’s Lisbon treaty to toughen budget discipline, if they are to have it ready as they hope by March.