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Oct 11, 2012

France has foiled bomb plot: prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) – French police have foiled a plot to build a bomb similar to the one planted by an Algerian Islamist group that killed eight people on a Paris subway train in 1995, a public prosecutor said on Thursday.

Police rounded up 12 people in raids on Saturday and another suspect was shot dead after he fired at police with a revolver.

Oct 11, 2012

France has foiled lethal bomb plot: prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) – French police have foiled a plot that could have set in motion the biggest bomb attack since an Algerian Islamist group killed eight people and injured close to a hundred on a Paris subway train in the 1990s, a public prosecutor said on Thursday.

Forensics experts believe that bomb-making material discovered in a garage east of Paris was sufficient to make an explosive device like the lethal one planted on a packed Paris train in 1995, prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Oct 9, 2012

Police fire teargas during French job protests

PARIS (Reuters) – French riot police fired teargas to disperse protesters outside the Paris auto show on Tuesday as people marched nationwide to denounce hardship and job losses in a country where unemployment is at its highest since 1999 and economic growth has stopped.

The incident came as tens of thousands responded to a call by the CGT labor union, one of the two biggest in France, for the first nationwide protests since Socialist President Francois Hollande took office in May.

Oct 3, 2012

French First Lady shuns TV job, regrets Royal tweet

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s “First Lady” is dropping plans to relaunch a TV career but says that she will not quit as a journalist at Paris Match magazine because she wants to raise her children without depending on President Francois Hollande for money.

Valerie Trierweiler, whose debut in the role of presidential partner was marred when she took a political swipe at the woman who had four children with Hollande, said in an interview she regretted that faux-pas and was still finding her way.

Sep 19, 2012

No rules, no regrets for French cartoonists in Mohammad storm

PARIS, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Sometimes funny, often crass,
always irreverent. Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly
that has published lewd cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad is a
serial offender and proud of it.

As copies of the magazine priced at 2.5 euros ($3.25) flew
off French news stands on Wednesday, its publishers insisted as
always on their right to poke fun at all symbols of political
and religious authority in the name of freedom of expression.

Sep 18, 2012

French leaders sound alarm over planned Mohammad cartoons

PARIS, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The French government has called
for restraint after learning that a satirical weekly plans to
publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday just as an
anti-Islam video has ignited Muslim protests around the globe.

The Paris offices of the paper, Charlie Hebdo, were
firebombed last November after it published a mocking caricature
of Mohammad, and in 2005 Danish cartoons of the Prophet sparked
a wave of protests across the Muslim world in which at least 50
people were killed.

Sep 13, 2012

French minister: Peugeot should cut in Spain, not just France

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s industry ministry is pressing the country’s leading carmaker to limit the impact of a domestic restructuring set to claim 8,000 jobs – by shifting part of the cuts burden to Spain.

Arnaud Montebourg, industrial renewal minister, was expected to raise the issue in talks on Thursday with PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUP.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) chief executive Philippe Varin over a plan that involves shutting the firm’s historic Aulnay plant near Paris.

Sep 13, 2012

Peugeot should cut in Spain, not just France – French minister

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s industry ministry is pressing the country’s leading carmaker to limit the impact of a domestic restructuring set to claim 8,000 jobs – by shifting part of the cuts burden to Spain.

Arnaud Montebourg, industrial renewal minister, was expected to raise the issue in talks on Thursday with PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUP.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) chief executive Philippe Varin over a plan that involves shutting the firm’s historic Aulnay plant near Paris.

Sep 12, 2012

Veteran Socialist Desir set to lead France’s ruling party

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s ruling Socialists said on Wednesday a long-serving party member who was convicted of financial misdemeanors in the 1990s has been nominated to succeed former minister Martine Aubry as leader.

Harlem Desir, a member of the European Parliament and former president of rights group SOS Racisme, is seen as a safe choice for President Francois Hollande at a time when party hardliners are protesting against his plans for major cuts in the deficit.

Jul 19, 2012

France bins tax breaks that symbolized Sarkozy era

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist-dominated parliament voted on Thursday to end tax breaks on overtime work and raise wealth tax, abolishing two cornerstones of the economic policy conservative former president Nicolas Sarkozy pursued over the past five years.

The measures were in a budget bill that France’s first left-wing government in a decade presented to the National Assembly after taking power following Francois Hollande’s presidential election victory in May.