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Jan 7, 2011

France needs tough law on industrial spying

PARIS (Reuters) – France needs tough laws against industrial espionage to defend itself in a “war” for new technology intensified by the hunger of emerging economies like China, a legislator for the ruling UMP party said on Friday.

Bernard Carayon, currently drafting legislation for the protection of economic information in France, said he was not surprised by news this week that carmaker Renault had suspended three executives for suspected industrial espionage.

Nov 16, 2010

Paris bitten by New York-style bed bug scare

PARIS (Reuters) – Tiny, bloodthirsty and relentless, the insect pest that became a nightmare for millions of New Yorkers has found its way to Paris, spreading fear of an outbreak that could turn into the ultimate tourism-killer.

Bed bugs, known in French as “punaises de lit,” or “bed drawing pins,” were a rarity in France just three years ago, far less prevalent in homes than mice or cockroaches and well under the radar of public health officials. No longer.

Sep 8, 2010

Benzema awakes from slumber to lift flagging France

PARIS (Reuters) – Karim Benzema seemed like a man bogged down by too many problems of his own to come to the rescue of a demoralised France team.

The 22-year-old forward has struggled to adapt life at Real Madrid since joining them last season, was overlooked for the World Cup and then placed under judicial investigation on suspicion of soliciting sex with an under-age prostitute.

Sep 8, 2010

Soccer-Benzema awakes from slumber to lift flagging France

PARIS, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Karim Benzema seemed like a man
bogged down by too many problems of his own to come to the
rescue of a demoralised France team.

The 22-year-old forward has struggled to adapt life at Real
Madrid since joining them last season, was overlooked for the
World Cup and then placed under judicial investigation on
suspicion of soliciting sex with an under-age prostitute.

Sep 4, 2010

France must wake up after “slap in the face,” says Sagna

PARIS (Reuters) – France have no option but to fight back straight away after starting their Euro 2012 football qualifying campaign in humiliating fashion, defender Bacary Sagna said.

“Catastrophic,” screamed a headline on the front page of French sports daily L’Equipe on Saturday, a day after Les Bleus fell 1-0 to modest Belarus at Stade de France in new coach Laurent Blanc’s first competitive game in charge.

Sep 4, 2010

Soccer-France must wake up after “slap in the face”, says Sagna

PARIS, Sept 4 (Reuters) – France have no option but to fight
back straight away after starting their Euro 2012 soccer
qualifying campaign in humiliating fashion, defender Bacary
Sagna said.

“Catastrophic”, screamed a headline on the front page of
French sports daily L’Equipe on Saturday, a day after Les Bleus
fell 1-0 to modest Belarus at Stade de France in new coach
Laurent Blanc’s first competitive game in charge.

Sep 1, 2010

France chase lost values in new campaign

PARIS (Reuters) – New France coach Laurent Blanc has told his players they must rediscover the values that once made them a proud and respected outfit as they prepare for a Euro 2012 qualifying campaign beginning against Belarus on Friday.

Zinedine Zidane attended training on Wednesday and in the inspiration behind France’s 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 triumphs Blanc could hardly have found a more potent symbol of the qualities he is looking for.

Sep 1, 2010

Soccer-France chase lost values in new campaign

PARIS, Sept 1 (Reuters) – New France coach Laurent Blanc has
told his players they must rediscover the values that once made
them a proud and respected outfit as they prepare for a Euro
2012 qualifying campaign beginning against Belarus on Friday.

Zinedine Zidane attended training on Wednesday and in the
inspiration behind France’s 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000
triumphs Blanc could hardly have found a more potent symbol of
the qualities he is looking for.

Aug 25, 2010

Gourcuff to start Lyon spell with family reunion

PARIS (Reuters) – Olympique Lyon’s new signing Yoann Gourcuff will see a familiar face when he lines up for his first Ligue 1 match with the seven-times champions at Lorient on Saturday (1700 GMT).

Sitting on the Lorient bench will be coach Christian Gourcuff, Yoann’s father.

Aug 25, 2010

Soccer-Gourcuff to start Lyon spell with family reunion

PARIS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Olympique Lyon’s new signing
Yoann Gourcuff will see a familiar face when he lines up for
his first Ligue 1 match with the seven-times champions at
Lorient on Saturday (1700 GMT).

Sitting on the Lorient bench will be coach Christian
Gourcuff, Yoann’s father.

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