PARIS (Reuters) – French economic growth is slowly picking up but the government’s priority should now be to fight stubbornly high unemployment by making it simpler for firms to hire and fire, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said on Thursday.
The Paris-based international think-tank predicted growth of 1.1 percent this year and 1.7 percent the year after, following a meager 0.4 percent rise in GDP in 2014.
PARIS (Reuters) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief tipped to become French president before a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault in 2011, goes on trial in France on Monday in a separate case of alleged pimping.
Strauss-Kahn, 65, who settled a U.S. civil case with chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo after criminal charges were dropped, risks as much as 10 years in jail and a fine of up to 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) if convicted in the French trial.
PARIS (Reuters) – The first edition of Charlie Hebdo after an attack by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes on Wednesday, featuring a cartoon of a tearful Prophet Mohammad on a cover that defenders called a moving work of art but critics saw as a new provocation.
French readers queued up at dawn for copies to show support for the newspaper, even as al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it ordered the killings because it deemed the weekly had insulted the Prophet.
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande’s image took a new knock on Thursday with publication of a tell-all book in which ex-partner Valerie Trierweiler accused the Socialist leader of dismissively describing the poor as “the toothless”.
Hollande ended his seven-year relationship with Trierweiler after his affair with an actress was revealed in January. The 49-year-old journalist vowed at the time that, breaking with a French tradition of maintaining discretion over private lives in politics, she would not keep quiet.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s economic recovery remains so feeble that the government will miss an already extended deadline on deficit reduction and struggle to make meaningful cuts in high unemployment before 2016, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday.
The poll, conducted July 10-16, suggests output growth in the euro zone’s second-largest economy will be 0.7 percent this year, a touch weaker than predicted just a few months ago.
PARIS (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights has told France to maintain life support for a tetraplegic man who has spent nearly six years in a coma while it examines a last-ditch appeal by his parents.
The request from the rights court late on Tuesday came just hours after French judges ruled doctors should be allowed to end medical support that has kept Vincent Lambert artificially alive since a motorbike crash in September 2008.
LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Taxi drivers sowed traffic chaos in Europe’s top cities on Wednesday by mounting one of the biggest ever protests against Uber, a U.S. car service which allows people to summon rides at the touch of a button.
Drivers of hundreds of London’s black taxis snarled traffic in the streets around Trafalgar Square, hooting their horns as they passed Downing Street, the home of Prime Minister David Cameron, and the Houses of Parliament.
LONDON/PARIS, June 11 (Reuters) – Commuters in London,
Berlin, Paris and Madrid faced a day of traffic chaos on
Wednesday as taxi drivers mounted one of the biggest protests
against the threat of Uber, a U.S. car service which allows
people to summon rides at the touch of a button.
Paris taxi drivers slowed traffic on major arteries into the
city centre on the morning commute, while in London, up to
12,000 taxi drivers planned to tie up the streets around central
Trafalgar Square, just a stone’s throw from Prime Minister David
Cameron’s official residence, from 2 p.m. (1300 GMT).
LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Commuters faced a day of traffic chaos in London, Berlin, Paris and Madrid on Wednesday as taxi drivers mounted one of the biggest protests against Uber, a U.S. car service which allows people to summon rides at the touch of a button.
Paris commuters faced gridlock getting into the city on Wednesday morning when taxis slowed traffic on major arteries into the center. In London, up to 12,000 taxi drivers plan to tie up the streets around Trafalgar Square, just a stone’s throw from Prime Minister David Cameron’s official residence, from 2 p.m. (1300 GMT).
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s public-sector deficit will overrun EU limits yet again next year, breaching a deadline that was already extended by two years and setting the stage for a clash between Paris and its European partners, a Reuters poll found.
The poll, published days before the government reports back to Brussels, highlights the challenge Paris faces as it insists, despite weak economic growth, that it will honour that extended deadline and trim the deficit to 3 percent of GDP in 2015.