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Jun 6, 2013

China’s trade threat leaves bitter taste in French wine world

PARIS (Reuters) – Beijing’s salvo at European wine exports has brought into focus simmering French unease about the growing power the Chinese wield over their cherished vines, as consumers, investors and even chateaux owners.

Responding to an EU move to impose duties on Chinese solar panels, China launched an anti-dumping inquiry into European wine sales this week that could lead to exporters in France, along with Spain and Italy, being hit with retaliatory duties.

Jun 6, 2013

Maverick French minister is a necessary nuisance for Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) – While French President Francois Hollande is at pains to repair his fraught relations with business, his industry minister has other ideas – or so many entrepreneurs and even some government colleagues believe.

Proudly protectionist Arnaud Montebourg, who is also Minister for Industrial Renewal, is showing a heavy-handed hostility to foreign and domestic firms just when France needs investment, his critics say.

Jun 3, 2013

French self-employed threaten to boost jobless register in tax protest

PARIS (Reuters) – Self-employed French workers angered by plans to restrict their special tax status are urging supporters to sign up as unemployed and inflate already record-high jobless figures.

The plan, by a spin-off of an online protest group called “The Chicks” which has 70,000 supporters, would hit President Francois Hollande in his most vulnerable spot as he battles to meet a pledge to reverse the unemployment trend by year-end.

May 31, 2013

After pigeons, ‘chicks’ battle French entrepreneur rules

PARIS (Reuters) – Seven months after a pressure group called “The Pigeons” forced the French government to scrap tax rises on entrepreneurs, a new movement called “The Chicks” is challenging plans to curb other advantages for the self-employed.

The group, “Les Poussins” in French and backed by more than 20,000 online supporters in a matter of days, is up in arms over a Socialist government proposal to reduce to two years the time that self-employed people can claim the advantageous status of “auto-entrepreneur”.

May 29, 2013
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Vincent and Bruno tie the knot in the first same-sex marriage in France


(Vincent Autin (L) and Bruno Boileau (R) kiss on the terrace of the city hall after they were married in Montpellier, May 29, 2013. REUTERS/Philippe Laurenson)

Two men married each other in the southern French city of Montpellier on Wednesday, in the first same-sex wedding in a country rocked by protests against and for the reform.

May 29, 2013

Vincent and Bruno tie the knot, a first in France

MONTPELLIER, France (Reuters) – Two men married each other in the southern French city of Montpellier on Wednesday, in the first same-sex wedding in a country rocked by protests against and for the reform.

Vincent Aubin and Bruno Boileau exchanged vows in the city hall before the mayor, relatives and friends as dozens of riot police stood guard outside to ensure the ceremony was not interrupted by protestors.

May 28, 2013

Vincent and Bruno to wed, a first in France

PARIS (Reuters) – Two men will marry in the southern French city of Montpellier on Wednesday, the first same-sex couple to wed in France under a reform which has stoked some of the fiercest street protests in the country in decades.

Vincent Aubin and Bruno Boileau – together since they hit it off six years ago discussing music in an online forum – will exchange vows in the city hall before the mayor, relatives and friends, and as many other well-wishers as can be crammed in.

May 23, 2013

IMF’s Lagarde – a pragmatist in austerity debate

PARIS (Reuters) – Christine Lagarde has made her mark as International Monetary Fund chief by taking a firm yet pragmatic stance in the austerity-versus-growth debate raging as Europe struggles to pull itself out of a long crisis.

Lagarde, who was quizzed by a Paris magistrate on Thursday over a 2007 arbitration payment she made as French finance minister to settle a spat between the state and a businessman, was appointed IMF head in June 2011.

Apr 25, 2013

Rising unemployment creates France’s “Generation Slog”

PARIS (Reuters) – When she embarked on a university degree at 18, Caroline never imagined she would still be living like a student a decade later, unable to land a permanent job and stuck in a cramped spare room in her father’s flat.

An engaging 27-year-old with a literature degree and a masters in communications, she is one of hundreds of thousands of young French graduates stuck in a cycle of short-term job contracts and bouts of unemployment that is stunting their career potential.

Apr 24, 2013

France launches push to expose wealthy lawmakers’ assets

PARIS, April 24 (Reuters) – France unveiled draft
legislation on Wednesday aimed at making hundreds of
parliamentarians and other elected officials disclose their
wealth and business activities to a new watchdog.

A response to a scandal over a former minister’s secret bank
account, the bill would create one of the most transparent
systems in the West, exposing lawmakers’ assets and barring them
from non-governmental work that means a conflict of interest.

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      "Catherine is chief correspondent for Reuters France, in charge of political and macroeconomic news, with a focus for 2011 on the G20 presidency, euro zone debt crisis and 2012 election campaign. She has reported from 16 countries for Reuters -- most recently in Latin America as a senior correspondent in Mexico City -- on stories ranging from the Haiti earthquake to the Beijing Olympic Games."
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