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Jun 12, 2013

France digs in on culture before EU meeting on U.S. trade talks

PARIS/BRUSSELS, June 12 (Reuters) – France is “extremely
determined” to keep movies and digital media out of free trade
talks between the EU and the United States, a government
minister said on Wednesday, a stance that could block the start
of negotiations.

Two days before EU countries are supposed to give the
go-ahead for negotiations, the EU is struggling to find a
compromise that satisfies France’s “cultural” concerns without
exempting the audiovisual sector from the wide-reaching talks.

Jun 11, 2013

Special Report: French homeless seek refuge in offices

PARIS (Reuters) – The occupiers staked their claim to the building with pizza.

When the first of 16 families entered a vacant four-storey office block in Paris one night last December, they placed repeated food orders so the neighbors could see from the comings-and-goings of delivery men that the address was occupied. Under French law, witness accounts of residency make eviction harder.

Jun 11, 2013

Anti-squatting: protection for vacant offices

PARIS (Reuters) – The four men occupying the disused food wholesale facility in northern Paris are not just tenants – they’re guards.

Engineer Simon Lavalette and three others – a journalist, an ex-fireman and a construction worker – live in the building, which sits in a row of empty premises waiting for business tenants on the banks of the Seine.

Jun 11, 2013

French homeless seek refuge in offices

PARIS (Reuters) – The occupiers staked their claim to the building with pizza.

When the first of 16 families entered a vacant four-storey office block in Paris one night last December, they placed repeated food orders so the neighbours could see from the comings-and-goings of delivery men that the address was occupied. Under French law, witness accounts of residency make eviction harder.

Jun 5, 2013

French will accept pain for reform gain -survey

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – Nearly three-quarters of French
want President Francois Hollande to push further ahead with
economic reforms and are ready to make personal sacrifices as
long the pain is fairly distributed, a survey by pollster BVA
found on Wednesday.

No fewer than 67 percent agreed with the statement “if we
carry on like this, we are headed for catastrophe”, according to
results of the telephone and Internet survey of nearly 1,000
people conducted between May 29-30.

Jun 5, 2013

Majority of French want more reform: survey

PARIS (Reuters) – Nearly three-quarters of French want President Francois Hollande to push further ahead with economic reforms and are ready to make personal sacrifices as long the pain is fairly distributed, a survey by pollster BVA found on Wednesday.

No fewer than 67 percent agreed with the statement “if we carry on like this, we are headed for catastrophe”, according to results of the telephone and Internet survey of nearly 1,000 people conducted between May 29-30.

Jun 4, 2013

Franco-German EU deal puts onus on Hollande to reform

PARIS (Reuters) – A Franco-German deal to strengthen the euro zone has ended months of bickering between Paris and Berlin and raised the onus on French President Francois Hollande to embark on potentially explosive social and economic reforms.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful politician, made a string of symbolic concessions to France in joint proposals for closer economic policy coordination outlined last week, in return for a clear commitment to reform.

Jun 3, 2013

Analysis: Franco-German EU deal puts onus on Hollande to reform

PARIS (Reuters) – A Franco-German deal to strengthen the euro zone has ended months of bickering between Paris and Berlin and raised the onus on French President Francois Hollande to embark on potentially explosive social and economic reforms.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful politician, made a string of symbolic concessions to France in joint proposals for closer economic policy coordination outlined last week, in return for a clear commitment to reform.

May 30, 2013

Germans irked as Hollande says EU cannot dictate French reforms

PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande pledged on Thursday to carry out long overdue reforms of France’s pension system and labor markets but said it was up to Paris, not the European Commission, to determine how they are implemented.

At a joint news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hollande defended his comment that the EU executive cannot “dictate” reforms to member states – a defiant, nationalist tone that angered Germany’s ruling conservatives.

May 30, 2013

Hollande reform defiance sparks German anger

PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande’s insistence that the EU executive can’t “dictate” reforms to France has outraged Angela Merkel’s conservatives, hours before the German leader was due in Paris for talks.

Unveiling reform recommendations for the 27-nation European Union on Wednesday, the European Commission urged Hollande to rein in public spending, revamp pensions and cut labor costs in return for a two-year reprieve on budget deficit cuts.

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