PARIS (Reuters) – A granddaughter of French far-right founder Jean-Marie Le Pen is to run for parliament, the third generation of the family to go into politics after her aunt Marine swept almost a fifth of the vote in Sunday’s first round presidential election.
Jean-Marie Le Pen, 83, said he would help his 22-year-old granddaughter Marion Marechal-Le Pen run for parliament in June’s legislative election.
PARIS (Reuters) – French digital video specialist Technicolor (TCH.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) hopes to find a partner for its loss-making set-top box business this year and is in talks with several parties, its chief executive told Reuters.
The former TV maker is also seeking by the summer to sell its French set-top box factory, where a planned production shutdown threatens 350 jobs, Frederic Rose said on Wednesday.
PARIS, April 2 (Reuters) – Al Jazeera, best known for its
Middle Eastern news coverage, is taking aim at Europe’s pay-TV
market, using sport to build a global media brand, just as owner
Qatar is raising its profile by hosting the 2022 World Cup.
The broadcaster is racing to launch a new French channel in
early June in time for the European soccer championships,
offering a service for about 11 euros per month, according to
three industry sources. The channel’s name, ‘beIN Sport’, has
been trademarked worldwide.
PARIS (Reuters) – French police commandos arrested 19 people and seized weapons in Friday morning swoops on people suspected of radical Islamist activity, in several cities including Toulouse, scene of the killings of four Jews and three soldiers this month.
President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is waging an uphill battle for re-election in an April-May vote, said more such raids would follow.
PARIS (Reuters) – The body of the al Qaeda-inspired gunman who killed seven people in France this month remained unburied on Thursday after both Algeria and the city where the shootings took place refused to allow the ceremony to be carried out on their turf.
Mohamed Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin who was shot dead by police last week following a siege at his home in Toulouse, was set to be buried in the North African country at the request of his father who lives there.
PARIS, March 29 (Reuters) – Vivendi’s SFR has begun
“urgent” cost-cutting measures and is preparing a deeper
strategic plan this summer to cope with brutal competition
brought on by new mobile player Iliad, according to an
internal document seen by Reuters.
France’s second-biggest mobile operator presented the
measures to be taken immediately to labour union officials on
Wednesday at a meeting presided by Vivendi Chief Executive
Jean-Bernard Levy, who took over the helm of SFR on Monday after
removing its long-time CEO.
PARIS, March 27 (Reuters) – France’s broadcast regulator
issued licences on Tuesday for six new free-to-air television
channels that will hit the airwaves by the end of the year and
potentially heat up competition for TV advertising.
The country’s largest private broadcasters, TF1
and M6, scooped up one channel each, while smaller
players such as sports newspaper L’Equipe, NextRadioTV
and NRJ Group also won the right to create new channels.
PARIS, March 26 (Reuters) – Vivendi CEO
Jean-Bernand Levy will temporarily take the reins of the
company’s biggest unit, French mobile operator SFR, in a bid to
help it overcome a price war and steep client losses after the
recent arrival of a new mobile competitor.
Frank Esser, who served as CEO of SFR for more than a
decade, is stepping aside with immediate effect, Vivendi said in
a statement which confirmed an earlier press report.
PARIS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of supporters of French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon marched on the Bastille on Sunday, bringing a revolutionary battle cry to an election campaign in which the hard-left is damaging Socialist favorite Francois Hollande’s chances.
Melenchon’s Left Front, a coalition of radical left parties including the Communists, has seen its support rise in the polls in recent weeks ahead of an April-May presidential election, eroding Hollande’s voter base and pushing the mainstream Socialist into more radical territory.
PARIS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Sarkozy overtook Socialist challenger Francois Hollande for the first time on Tuesday in an opinion poll on the first round of France’s April-May election after attacking the European Union’s trade and immigration policies.
The conservative incumbent was still shown losing to Hollande in a second-round runoff, but by a narrower margin.