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.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist Party named its new chief on Tuesday, a one-time political opponent of President Francois Hollande who will have to overhaul a ruling party reeling from local election losses in time for European parliament elections in May.
Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, 63, was elected by the party’s national congress to replace Harlem Desir, weeks after local polls in which the Socialists lost dozens of towns to the right and far-right opposition.
PARIS (Reuters) – Segolene Royal has returned politically to the side of her former partner, French President Francois Hollande, joining his Socialist government on Wednesday seven years after her own failed run at the presidency.
For Royal, who had four children with Hollande, her appointment to the sensitive energy and environment portfolios in a cabinet shakeup marks a dramatic political comeback.
PARIS, Dec 4 (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande
acknowledged on Wednesday that he underwent treatment for a
swollen prostate just before he ran for office, declaring after
a radio station revealed the issue that the condition was
The health of French leaders has been a sensitive issue
since former president Francois Mitterrand kept his prostate
cancer secret for over a decade of his 14 years in power. He
died less than a year after leaving office in 1995.
PARIS, Sept 10 (Reuters) – French industrial output
unexpectedly fell in July as oil and coke refining and car
production shrank, confounding forecasts for the euro zone’s
second-biggest economy to make a solid start to the third
The data suggests the economy is still fragile after pulling
out of recession in the second quarter, adding to the challenge
facing President Francois Hollande’s government as it puts the
final touches to a 2014 budget that must cut debt without
killing nascent economic recovery.
PARIS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of public sector workers marched through Paris and other cities on Thursday to demand better pay in the first street challenge to President Francois Hollande’s deficit cuts since he was elected last May.
Under pressure to curb spending and reduce a debt swollen by the economic downturn, Hollande’s Socialist government has refused to lift a public sector pay freeze imposed by his conservative predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2010.