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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.

Dec 8, 2011

France, Germany to push crisis plan, ECB meets

MARSEILLE, France/PARIS, Dec 8 (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.

Nov 30, 2011

Firm wants to turn Eiffel Tower into “giant tree”

PARIS (Reuters) – A French company wants to turn the Eiffel Tower into a heaving, breathing, botanical giant by draping its mass of metal struts and rivets under a mantle made of 600,000 plants.

The plan to transform one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world into a vast environmental curiosity as well is, for now, little more than the dream of an urban planning consultancy that would gain in fame if the dream became reality.

Nov 24, 2011

Strauss-Kahn lawyer denies report he may quit France

PARIS, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s
lawyers on Thursday denied a media report the former IMF chief,
whose career and French presidential ambitions were halted by
his arrest on now-dropped sex assault charges, could leave
France to live in Israel.

The report in showbiz magazine Gala was the latest of many
to describe, at times in questionable fashion, the downfall of a
man whose woes have multiplied rather than diminished since U.S.
prosecutors dropped charges he tried to rape a hotel maid.

Nov 18, 2011

Exclusive – France’s Hollande plans big deficit drive

PARIS (Reuters) – Socialist Francois Hollande, favourite to become next president of France, is working on a 50 billion euro package of tax hikes and spending curbs that will be rolled out rapidly if he wins election six months from now, a Hollande adviser told Reuters.

In a major departure from traditional left-wing policies, an

election programme being drafted by Hollande’s team commits the Socialists to a hefty deficit-reduction plan from the outset of his five-year term, coupled with a plan to boost economic growth in the following four years, according to two advisers.

Nov 11, 2011

Strauss-Kahn demands hearing in prostitution inquiry

PARIS (Reuters) – Lawyers for disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Friday urged French magistrates to speak to him as soon as possible about a prostitution scandal in which his name has figured, saying he was being “lynched” in the media while they delayed.

Strauss-Kahn was once favorite to become France’s next president but saw his IMF career and electoral ambitions wrecked in May when he was arrested in New York and accused of attempting to rape a hotel maid.