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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.

Apr 2, 2015

Hire and fire reform top priority for recovering French economy: OECD

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.

Jan 30, 2015

Ex-IMF boss Strauss-Kahn faces French pimping trial

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.

Jan 14, 2015

Charlie Hebdo “All is Forgiven” edition sells out in minutes

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.

Sep 4, 2014

Ex-First Lady accuses France’s Hollande of anti-poor jibe

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.

Jul 17, 2014

Insipid French growth makes hard work for Hollande on jobs and deficit

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.