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Dec 18, 2009

French court rules against Google over book copying

PARIS, Dec 18 (Reuters) – A Paris court on Friday found U.S.
Internet giant Google <GOOG.O> guilty of violating copyright by
digitising books and putting extracts online, following a legal
challenge by major French publishers.

The court ruled against Google’s French unit after the La
Martiniere group, which controls the highbrow Editions du Seuil
publishing house, argued that publishers and authors were losing
out in the latest stage of the digital revolution.

Dec 16, 2009

Fashion boss who hired Lindsay Lohan leaves Ungaro

PARIS (Reuters) – Mounir Moufarrige, president and chief executive of French fashion house Emanuel Ungaro, has resigned just over two months after a widely panned collection by American actress Lindsay Lohan.

Ungaro said in a statement on Wednesday that Moufarrige would continue to advise the company, which has gone through several stylists and two chief executives since couturier Emanuel Ungaro retired in 2004.

Nov 11, 2009

Merkel, Sarkozy in first joint Armistice ceremony

PARIS (Reuters) – French and German leaders joined together on Armistice Day for the first time to remember their war dead Wednesday, and pledged to work more closely together as partners in Europe.

To the sound of the national anthems of the two former enemies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy laid down a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Nov 5, 2009

“Obsessed” Thatcher warned French of rampant Kohl

PARIS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher warned France’s ambassador months before German’s 1990 reunification of a domineering Chancellor Helmut Kohl who “sees himself as the master,” diplomatic notes revealed Thursday.

In secret archives unveiled to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov 9., 1989, French diplomats describe an “obsessed” and “bitter” Thatcher’s fear of a united Germany and her proposal to join forces with Russia to contain the threat.

Nov 2, 2009

France tells Iran not to delay nuclear deal reply

PARIS (Reuters) – France and Germany urged Iran on Monday to accept a U.N.-brokered proposal to enrich its nuclear fuel abroad rather than lose time by asking for a further round of talks.

The comments from Germany’s new Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner came in response to Iran’s request for more negotiations, which added to doubts that a compromise could be found any time soon.

Oct 28, 2009

Former French PM Villepin takes aim at presidency

PARIS (Reuters) – Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin is positioning himself as a challenger to Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 presidential election, using a political trial to re-launch his career.

While awaiting a verdict on the accusation that he tried to smear Sarkozy before the last election, Villepin has seized a shift in the public mood to attack the president and raise the prospect of an internal split in the French right.

Oct 21, 2009

France, UK deport Afghan migrants on joint flight

PARIS (Reuters) – France and Britain deported three Afghan illegal migrants on a first joint flight Tuesday night as part of an immigration crackdown that has drawn fire from human rights groups.

The secretive operation was part of wider Anglo-French cooperation over immigration, a hot-button issue in relations since thousands of migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries use France as a launch pad to cross the channel.

Oct 19, 2009

Versailles show unveils creative life of Sun King

PARIS (Reuters) – A new exhibition at the gilded Chateau de Versailles outside Paris for the first time brings together hundreds of artworks owned by Louis XIV, the “Sun King” who remains one of France’s most flamboyant monarchs.

A fierce ruler whose exclamation, “L’etat, c’est moi” (“I am the State”), summarizes a concept of power that still permeates French politics, Louis XIV was also a ballet dancer whose private tastes at times diverged from the official line.

Oct 12, 2009

French don’t want minister to resign over sex furor

PARIS (Reuters) – Two-thirds of French people do not want Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand to resign for having written about paying young male prostitutes for sex in Thailand, an opinion poll showed Monday.

Mitterrand has rejected calls for his resignation, sparked by revelations in his 2005 autobiography, “The Bad Life,” and said the male prostitutes were consenting adults.

Oct 8, 2009

Crisis lesson for Paris fashion: sex sells

PARIS (Reuters) – If you’ve got it, flaunt it and sell it: that was the message at Paris fashion week as collections teemed with lacy stockings, bra straps and exposed knickers.

Garter belts — real, worked into dresses or painted onto skin — featured heavily at Sonia Rykiel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior and Chanel.