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Jan 14, 2015

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

PARIS, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The first edition of Charlie Hebdo
published after last week’s deadly attack by Islamist gunmen
sold out within minutes at newspaper kiosks around France on
Wednesday, with readers queuing up for copies to support the
satirical weekly.

It came as Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the
attack, saying it ordered the killings because it deemed the
weekly had insulted the Prophet Mohammad. A total five million
copies of so-called “the survivors’ edition” are to be printed,
dwarfing the normal 60,000 print run.

Jan 14, 2015

French rush to buy new Charlie Hebdo edition after attacks

PARIS (Reuters) – The first edition of Charlie Hebdo published after the deadly attacks by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes at newspaper kiosks around France on Wednesday, with people queuing up to buy copies to support the satirical weekly.

“I’ve never bought it before, it’s not quite my political stripes, but it’s important for me to buy it today and support freedom of expression,” said David Sullo, standing at the end of a queue of two dozen people at a kiosk in central Paris.

Jan 11, 2015

‘I am not Charlie:” cracks in the unity after Paris attacks

PARIS (Reuters) – The world outpouring of sympathy after the deadly “Charlie Hebdo” attack has touched many in France but some either detect a note of hypocrisy or feel squeamish about supporting a satirical weekly that antagonized many.

President Francois Hollande’s government insists freedom of expression must not be curtailed out of fear of further attacks, and authorities have got fully behind a spontaneous “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) social media campaign of solidarity.

Jan 11, 2015

World leaders joining Paris march to honour attack victims

PARIS (Reuters) – Dozens of world leaders including Muslim representatives will join hundreds of thousands of French citizens to march amid high security through Paris on Sunday in an unpredecented tribute to victims of this week’s Islamist militant attacks.

Some 2,200 security personnel were being drafted in to protect marchers from would-be attackers with police snipers on rooftops and plain-clothes detectives mingling with the crowd. City sewers were searched ahead of the vigil and underground train stations around the march route are due to be closed down.

Jan 8, 2015

Parisians carry on, rattled but defiant

PARIS (Reuters) – Serving at a juice bar at an unusually quiet central Saint-Lazare train station, 24-year-old Parisian student Laura Stern admitted to being “a little bit scared” a day after the worst attack on the capital in decades.

But the attack by suspected Islamist militant gunmen who killed 12 people at the office of a satirical weekly on Wednesday – followed by the still unexplained killing of a policewoman in a shootout in southern Paris on Thursday morning – didn’t stop her going to work.

Dec 18, 2014

Stars align to boost modest French recovery hopes

PARIS (Reuters) – The euro has fallen, oil prices have tumbled, and borrowing rates are at record lows: French President Francois Hollande has had much of his economic wishlist granted, and it may just help him kickstart a long-awaited recovery in 2015.

Granted, the short-term lethargy and structural problems in the euro zone’s second-largest economy mean that it will remain a major worry for others in the single currency bloc.

Dec 18, 2014

Analysis – Stars align to boost modest French recovery hopes

PARIS (Reuters) – The euro has fallen, oil prices have tumbled, and borrowing rates are at record lows: French President Francois Hollande has had much of his economic wishlist granted, and it may just help him kickstart a long-awaited recovery in 2015.

Granted, the short-term lethargy and structural problems in the euro zone’s second-largest economy mean that it will remain a major worry for others in the single currency bloc.

Dec 11, 2014

French core inflation turns negative, points to deflation risk

PARIS (Reuters) – French core inflation turned negative in November, with the first drop in the indicator since records started in 1990 pointing to a growing deflation risk in the euro zone’s second-largest economy.

The risk of deflation has become a major headache for France and for the euro zone as a whole, heightening expectations that the European Central Bank will soon take further steps to bolster the bloc’s flagging economy.

Dec 10, 2014

France bids to show reform drive with deregulation bill

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s government proposed a pro-growth reform bill on Wednesday that is crucial for avoiding EU sanctions but risks being watered down by left-wing lawmakers angry with President Francois Hollande’s deregulation drive.

The bill – which polls show the French themselves broadly support – aims to let shops open more often on Sundays and resolve disputes over firings more rapidly. It includes plans to deregulate the legal trade and cut red tape for construction.

Dec 10, 2014

French reform bill a major test for a weakened Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist government will propose on Wednesday a reform bill which is crucial for avoiding EU sanctions but risks being watered down by lawmakers angry with President Francois Hollande’s deregulation drive.

The bill aims to let shops open more often on Sundays and resolve disputes over firings more rapidly. It also includes plans to deregulate the legal trade and cut red tape for construction.