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Jul 3, 2015

UberPOP halts service in France after clampdown, protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced sometimes-violent protests and local authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service.

After fierce protests last week by licensed French taxi drivers who argue it threatens their livelihood with unfair competition, France took two executives from California-based Uber into custody and said they will face trial in September.

Jul 1, 2015

France wants Greek deal now, warns of euro zone break-up risk

PARIS (Reuters) – France wants the euro zone to push for a deal with Greece before Sunday’s referendum, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday, in comments that differed sharply from those of German leaders.

While the divergence in their public statements reflected different domestic political contexts, they came amid rising tension after Athens announced a referendum for Sunday on bailout terms offered last week by European creditors, and defaulted on its debt to the IMF.

Jul 1, 2015

France to keep pushing for Greek deal: Sapin

PARIS (Reuters) – France will keep pushing for a deal between Athens and its creditors ahead of Sunday’s referendum, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Wednesday, hours before euro zone finance ministers were due to hold a new crisis conference call.

His public comments differed sharply from those of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who insisted no new negotiations were possible before the vote. But they may highlight more how their governments are handling different domestic political contexts than any fundamental policy rift.

Jun 23, 2015

U.S. agency spied on French presidents – WikiLeaks

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.

The revelations were first reported in French daily Liberation and on news website Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on the presidents during a period of at least 2006 until May 2012, the month Hollande took over from Sarkozy.

Jun 23, 2015

NSA spied on French presidents: WikiLeaks

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.

The revelations were first reported in French daily Liberation and on news website Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on the presidents during a period of at least 2006 until May 2012, the month Hollande took over from Sarkozy.

Jun 10, 2015

Analysis – “Blood antiquities”: a wound the world struggles to staunch

PARIS (Reuters) – Off a corridor at world culture agency UNESCO’s star-shaped Paris headquarters, a modest office with potted plants and three small desks has become the war room in the fight against looted antiquities from Iraq and Syria.

“UNESCO has no blue helmets,” its deputy heritage director Mechtild Rossler told Reuters, using the common jargon for United Nations’ peacekeepers.

Jun 10, 2015

‘Blood antiquities’: a wound the world struggles to staunch

PARIS (Reuters) – Off a corridor at world culture agency UNESCO’s star-shaped Paris headquarters, a modest office with potted plants and three small desks has become the war room in the fight against looted antiquities from Iraq and Syria.

“UNESCO has no blue helmets,” its deputy heritage director Mechtild Rossler told Reuters, using the common jargon for United Nations’ peacekeepers.

May 20, 2015

France broadly backs EU plan amid growing opposition to immigration

PARIS (Reuters) – France gave broad backing on Wednesday to an EU scheme to share out asylum-seekers among EU states to deal with a surge of migrants, after a week of ambiguity that reflected growing public opposition to immigration.

French diplomats acknowledged there had been confusion between Paris and Brussels on the project, but officials dismissed media reports that Paris opposed the plan outright.

Apr 12, 2015

What to do with Dad: A dilemma for France’s Le Pen

PARIS (Reuters) – The daughter accuses the father of political suicide; the father publicly suspects she would like him dead anyway; and the grand-daughter watches in the wings, ready to pick up the pieces.

The feud within the Le Pen dynasty that has ruled France’s National Front (FN) for four decades is teetering between high drama and a low farce that could emerge as the biggest threat yet to the far-right party’s quest for mainstream power.

Apr 12, 2015

Analysis – What to do with Dad: A dilemma for France’s Le Pen

PARIS (Reuters) – The daughter accuses the father of political suicide; the father publicly suspects she would like him dead anyway; and the grand-daughter watches in the wings, ready to pick up the pieces.

The feud within the Le Pen dynasty that has ruled France’s National Front (FN) for four decades is teetering between high drama and a low farce that could emerge as the biggest threat yet to the far-right party’s quest for mainstream power.

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