Paul Taylor

PM says France “at war” with al Qaeda over hostage

By Paul Taylor
July 27, 2010

PARIS (Reuters) – France said on Monday it was at war with al Qaeda’s North African branch and will intensify military support for governments in the region combating the Islamist fighters who killed an elderly French hostage.

PM says France “at war” with al Qaeda

By Paul Taylor
July 27, 2010

PARIS (Reuters) – France is at war with al Qaeda’s North African branch and will intensify military support for governments in the region combating the Islamist fighters, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Tuesday.

Investors find some reassurance in Europe’s bank tests

By Paul Taylor
July 26, 2010

SINGAPORE/PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) – Investors in Asia took
some reassurance that European banks had passed “stress tests”
on their ability to deal with a debt crisis, which has been a
cloud over the global economic recovery.

EU bank stress tests face their own test in markets

By Paul Taylor
July 25, 2010

PARIS (Reuters) – EU tests of banks’ ability to withstand financial shocks, criticized as too easy after only 7 out of 91 failed, face their own stress test in the markets on Monday with early signs pointing to a more positive response.

Bettencourt to be questioned by police: lawyer

By Paul Taylor
July 23, 2010

PARIS (Reuters) – Liliane Bettencourt, France’s richest woman at the center of a scandal over alleged tax evasion and illegal political funding, will be questioned by police next week, her lawyer said on Friday.

French heiress to be questioned by police – lawyer

By Paul Taylor
July 23, 2010

PARIS, July 23 (Reuters) – Liliane Bettencourt, France’s
richest woman at the centre of a scandal over alleged tax
evasion and illegal political funding, will be questioned by
police next week, her lawyer said on Friday.

Analysis: France’s urban “powder kegs” ready to blow again

By Paul Taylor
July 19, 2010

PARIS (Reuters) – As police struggle to clamp a lid on violence in a poor neighborhood of Grenoble, officials say the latest riot shows that France’s high-rise neighborhoods are a disaster waiting to happen — again.

Torture victim’s saga mirrors Iran’s history

By Paul Taylor
July 15, 2010

PARIS (Reuters) – Houshang Asadi is an equal opportunity torture victim.

He was tortured under the Shah and tortured again after Iran’s Islamic Revolution. He still feels the pain, every night.

Sarkozy tries to draw line under donations scandal

By Paul Taylor
July 12, 2010

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy, trying to draw a line under a damaging furore over alleged illegal political donations, urged a minister at the centre of the affair to step down as treasurer of his ruling UMP party.

French police search heiress’ home in scandal

By Paul Taylor
July 12, 2010

PARIS (Reuters) – Police searched the homes of France’s richest woman and a close friend on Monday, shortly before President Nicolas Sarkozy was to be interviewed on television about a scandal that has rocked his government.