PARIS, March 7 (Reuters) – France’s jobless rate hit its
highest level in more than 13 years in the last quarter of 2012,
underscoring the challenge the government faces over its pledge
to reverse the upward trend by year-end.
Thursday’s official data prompted a renewed government plea
for action at European level to spur growth as the euro zone’s
No. 2 economy shows increasing signs of languishing behind a
more resilient Germany.
PARIS/DAKAR (Reuters) – A French soldier and more than 20 Islamist rebels were killed during what appeared to be the first clashes in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountain range where militants have taken refuge in northern Mali, French officials said on Tuesday.
Speaking on a visit to Athens, French President Francois Hollande said serious fighting had broken out and was continuing in the remote area that straddles the Mali-Algeria border, resulting in several casualties among the rebels and one French legionnaire.
BERLIN/PARIS Feb 14 (Reuters) – Europe’s two largest
economies, Germany and France, both shrunk markedly in the last
three months of 2012, suggesting the euro zone has slipped
deeper into recession and throwing a first quarter recovery for
the bloc into doubt.
The German economy contracted by 0.6 percent on the quarter,
official data showed on Thursday, marking its worst performance
since the global financial crisis was raging in 2009.
PARIS (Reuters) – A woman has defaced Eugene Delacroix’s painting “Liberty Leading the People” with a black marker as it hung in an outpost of the Louvre gallery in northern France.
Police arrested a 28-year-old woman on Thursday for writing “AE911″ across the bottom of a painting so closely identified with the French Republic that its image once graced the 100-franc note and it has been reproduced on postage stamps.
PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Five minutes before opening at the Paris St Germain store on the Champs Elysees, Alexi Milewicz, 16, is waiting eagerly to grab the first Beckham shirts, already displayed in the shop window less than 24 hours after the star’s surprise signing.
But his face falls when he sees the price — 110 euros ($150) for a shirt with the player’s name and uniform number 32.
TIMBUKTU, Mali/PARIS (Reuters) – Mali’s president offered talks to Tuareg rebels on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former allies into desert and mountain hideaways in the country’s vast north.
France’s three-week ground and air campaign has dislodged al Qaeda-linked fighters from northern Mali’s major towns, ending the first phase of an operation designed to prevent Islamists using the region as a launchpad for attacks on neighboring West African countries and Europe.
PARIS (Reuters) – France has slipped into a recession that will last until the spring, followed by a slow recovery and a further rise in unemployment to an all-time high, a Reuters poll found on Wednesday.
Median forecasts from a survey of 24 economists predicted the euro zone’s second-biggest economy shrank 0.2 percent in the final quarter of 2012, with a further 0.1 percent contraction expected for the first three months of this year.
PARIS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Actor Gerard Depardieu has become
the latest Frenchman to look for shelter outside his native
country after a series of tax hikes by Socialist President
Francois Hollande on the wealthy.
The “Cyrano de Bergerac” star has bought a house in the
Belgian village of Nechin near the French border, local mayor
Daniel Senesael told French media on Sunday, adding he had also
enquired about procedures for acquiring Belgian residency.
LENS, France (Reuters) – The Paris Louvre opens a regional offshoot this week in a former mining town in northern France, hoping to revitalize a region better known for football fans and takeaway chip stands than the noble pursuit of art.
The 150 million euro ($195 million) art centre in Lens, to be inaugurated by President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, will house a rotating collection of 205 works from the Louvre museum in Paris, along with temporary exhibitions.
PARIS (Reuters) – An array of little-known and sometimes outlandish traditions vie for international recognition when the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO meets next week to select new additions to its world heritage list.
Venezuelan Dancing Devils and the Armenian epic poem “Daredevils of Sassoun” are among the more exotic contenders for a spot on the intangible heritage list, created in 2003 to safeguard the world’s art forms and cultural rituals.