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.
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.
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.
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.
PARIS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – France announced 65 billion euros
of tax hikes and budget cuts over five years on Monday, as
President Nicolas Sarkozy seeks to protect the country’s
creditworthiness in financial markets without killing his
chances of re-election in six months time.
The main goal was to protect a top-notch credit rating that
allows France to fund itself as cheaply as possible at a moment
when the debt market crisis that started in Greece threatens to
engulf far bigger fish such as Italy.
PARIS (Reuters) – France announced more than 18 billion euros of budget savings for 2012 and 2013 on Monday, imposing further pain on voters to protect its credit rating and curb its deficit in a gamble for President Nicolas Sarkozy six months from an election.
Sarkozy’s center-right government says extra spending cuts and tax hikes are urgently needed to keep French finances from going off the rails after it cut its growth forecast for next year to 1 percent from 1.75 percent.
PARIS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – France announced more than 18
billion euros of budget savings for 2012 and 2013 on Monday,
imposing further pain on voters to protect its credit rating and
curb its deficit in a gamble for President Nicolas Sarkozy six
months from an election.
Sarkozy’s centre-right government says extra spending cuts
and tax hikes are urgently needed to keep French finances from
going off the rails after it cut its growth forecast for next
year to 1 percent from 1.75 percent.
PARIS (Reuters) – A French satirical weekly whose office was firebombed after it printed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad has reproduced the image with other caricatures in a special supplement distributed with one of the country’s leading newspapers.
The weekly Charlie Hebdo defended “the freedom to poke fun” in the four-page supplement, which was wrapped around copies of the left-wing daily Liberation Thursday, a day after an arson attack gutted Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters.
PARIS (Reuters) – A firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover.
This week’s edition shows a cartoon of Mohammad and a speech bubble with the words: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter.” It has the headline “Charia Hebdo,” in a reference to Muslim sharia law, and says Mohammad guest-edited the issue.
PARIS (Reuters) – Air France said on Sunday a cabin staff strike over job conditions had caused less disruption than it had feared during a busy weekend and predicted cancellation of about 15 percent of flights on Monday.
To keep as many planes in the air as possible in the middle of a holiday period, the airline limited short-haul flights to 100 passengers on Saturday and Sunday so that numbers of flight stewards respected safety norms. That meant many aircraft were running with empty seats while people were turned away.