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FRANCE - BANGLADESH: French supermarket to face charges one year after the Rana Plaza tragedy

2014-04-24
One year after the collapse of the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka, three non-governmental organisations have filed the first European complaint against French supermarket chain Auchan for dishonest commercial practice. Auchan supermarket in Calais, France. Standard

FRANCE - POLAND - RUSSIA: Alternatives to Russian gas in the pipeline for Europe

2014-04-24
France and Poland submitted a proposal on Thursday to create a European energy community in a bid to cut dependence on Russian gas. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta Standard

: French press review 24 April 2014

2014-04-24
If you've already had enough speculation, counter-speculation and plain old guff about the French economy, you would be well advised to avoid the front pages of both Le Monde and Le Figaro. Standard

FRANCE: France test drives plan to stop taxi wars

2014-04-24
France's road war between highly regulated taxis and private hire cars could wind down soon as Prime Minister Manuel Valls is given a report today on how to reinvent the business. Lidwien van Dixhoorn Standard

FRANCE - GEORGIA - UKRAINE: France's Hollande to visit Georgia as Ukraine peace deal falters

2014-04-24
French President Francois Hollande is set to visit Georgia in the coming days in an effort to improve ties with Russia’s pro-Western neighbour during a time of increased tensions in the region.   French president François Hollande REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Standard

FRANCE - GERMANY - ITALY: Neo-Nazis celebrate Hitler's birthday in Alsace village

2014-04-23
About 200 neo-Nazis celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday in a village hall in eastern France this weekend. The local mayor says he was “tricked” and police said it would have been difficult to ban the assembly. German Neo-Nazis march in 2011 Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay Standard

FRANCE: Sunday trading to be legalised in Paris tourist areas

2014-04-23
If you are thinking of visiting Paris, you should be able to do your shopping on Sunday as from the end of this year. France's Socialist government is to permit Sunday trading in the French capital and perhaps elsewhere in France. Laurent Fabius, ministre des Affaires étrangères, a rencontré les patrons français ce mardi 8 avril pour présenter ses nouveaux projets en matière de diplomatie économique. Reuters/Benoit Tessier Standard

FRANCE - MOROCCO - NORWAY: France vetoes athlete Khalid Shah's extradition to Norway

2014-04-23
France has turned down a Norwegian request for the extradition of Moroccan athlete Khaled Skah, locked in a dispute with his ex-wife over custody of their two children. A French court found that the row between Norway and Morocco over the affair meant he could not be guaranteed fair treatment if extradited. Khalid Skah Opan access/Citizen59 Standard

FRANCE - EUROPEAN UNION: France sticks by deficit target, forecasts 200,000 jobs to be created

2014-04-23
The French government insists it will reach the European Union target of reducing the public deficit to three per cent of GDP and believes its Responsibility Pact will boost production and create 200,000 jobs, official forecasts discussed in cabinet on Wednesday showed. French Finance Minister Michel Sapin Reuters/Charles Platiau Standard

: French press review 23 April 2014

2014-04-23
There's a strange contrast between the front pages of Le Monde and those of four other national dailies today. Standard

FRANCE - MALI: France vows to punish Mali's Mujao for hostage's death

2014-04-23
The death of French hostage Gilberto Rodrigues Leal will not go unpunished, French President François Hollande declared after Mali-based jihadi group Mujao on Tuesday announced that it had killed him. Gilberto Rodriguez Leal when he was a prisoner of Mujao AFP Standard

FRANCE: France to clamp down on Syria jihad networks

2014-04-23
France’s government this week launches a plan to stop young people going to fight with jihadi groups against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Nearly 700 French citizens or residents have gone to Syria to fight since the conflict began three years ago, the interior ministry estimates. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve Reuters/Christian Hartmann Standard

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2014 : Lineup for Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2014

2014-04-22
Nineteen films are in the line-up in this year’s Director’s Fortnight which has a strong Anglo-Saxon element with six films from Australia, the UK, the US and one from US documentary-maker Frederick Wiseman (National Gallery) with French production help. DR Standard

FRANCE: France to unveil plan to tackle radicalisation

2014-04-22
France is set to announce a comprehensive new plan to combat radicalisation amid growing concern over the increasing number of young French people joining jihadist groups in Syria. Protesters appeal against the indoctrination of youth in Strasburg in February 2014. AFP/FREDERICK FLORIN Standard

FRANCE: Femen disrupts far-right European Parliament election kick off

2014-04-22
Bare-chested members of the activist group Femen crashed the far-right’s National Front press conference held today to launch their campaign for next month's European Parliament elections. Femen activists protest to disturb the Front National press conference in Paris AFP PHOTO/Lionel Bonaventure Standard

France warns against war in Ukraine - The State

2014-04-24
France warns against war in UkraineThe StatePARIS — French President Francois Hollande is warning against military pressure in Ukraine and threatening new European sanctions if tensions don't subside. Hollande, speaking Thursday with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Paris, also urged the ...and more »

New far-right mayor moves to quash Paris region mosque - FRANCE 24

2014-04-24
FRANCE 24New far-right mayor moves to quash Paris region mosqueFRANCE 24Nauth was among a handful of candidates from the anti-immigration National Front who won municipal elections across France last month. However, he holds the distinction of being the only FN member to become a mayor in Ile-de-France, or the Paris ...

Paris cashpoint thieves swarm around tourist and take his money - Daily Mail

2014-04-21
Daily MailParis cashpoint thieves swarm around tourist and take his moneyDaily MailEven Stephane Le Foll, spokesman for France's Socialist Government, appeared to back the police, saying that extremely poor communities living rough in Paris made 'everybody extremely nervous'. Mr Le Foll said: 'We're obliged to regulate all that, to ...Tourists beware: Paris infested with Gypsy thieveseTurboNewsall 4 news articles »

France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad - MiamiHerald.com

2014-04-23
France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihadMiamiHerald.comPARIS -- France wants to deter youths from joining the ranks of Islamist militants in Syria's civil war, and is planning a series of tough-love measures that answer the pleas of parents and seek to protect the nation from battle-hardened returnees. The ...and more »

Sunday trading to be legalised in Paris tourist areas - RFI

2014-04-23
RFISunday trading to be legalised in Paris tourist areasRFIIf you are thinking of visiting Paris, you should be able to do your shopping on Sunday as from the end of this year. France's Socialist government is to permit Sunday trading in the French capital and perhaps elsewhere in France. The minister in ...and more »

France raises deficit forecasts amid low growth - SunHerald.com

2014-04-23
SunHerald.comFrance raises deficit forecasts amid low growthSunHerald.comFacebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print. France Cabinet Meeting. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and French president Francois Hollande leave at the end of the Cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris Wednesday, April . 23, 2014.and more »

transavia.com France adds two routes from Paris Orly and Strasbourg - anna.aero

2014-04-24
transavia.com France adds two routes from Paris Orly and Strasbourganna.aerotransavia.com France, which in the previous week expanded its Paris Orly base with seven routes, commenced a further two links, both of which are operated twice-weekly using its 189-seat 737-800s. With the longest route being the 2,297-kilometre sector ...

France to present plan to fight jihadist threat - The State

2014-04-22
France to present plan to fight jihadist threatThe StatePARIS — France will unveil a plan to stop the stream of French youths joining jihadist groups in Syria, with a new focus on preventing radicalization. President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that France will take "all kinds of measures to dissuade ...

PSG beats Evian 1-0 in France - MiamiHerald.com

2014-04-23
PSG beats Evian 1-0 in FranceMiamiHerald.comPARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain edged closer to the French league title on Wednesday after beating 10-man Evian 1-0 to restore its 10-point lead at the top of the standings. France midfielder Blaise Matuidi chased a through-ball from Lucas Moura to score ...and more »

Where to Find the Best Croissants in Paris, France - Wall Street Journal

2014-03-27
Wall Street JournalWhere to Find the Best Croissants in Paris, FranceWall Street JournalAnother story attributes the croissant's French debut to Austrian baker August Zang, who opened a shop in Paris in the 1830s. What is certain is that local bakers refined the pastry by making it with a yeast-leavened dough that's layered and folded ...

France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad

2014-04-23
PARIS (AP) — France wants to deter youths from joining the ranks of Islamist militants in Syria's civil war, and is planning a series of tough-love measures that answer the pleas of parents and seek to protect the nation from battle-hardened returnees.

France to unveil plan to fight Syrian jihadist threat

2014-04-22
By John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - France's interior minister on Tuesday unveiled a raft of policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming radicalized and posing a threat to their home country. France, which has been a staunch opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, estimates the number of its nationals directly ...

France unveils plan to fight jihadist threat

2014-04-23
PARIS (AP) — France is cracking down on youth who leave their homes to fight with Islamist radicals in Syria's civil war.

France deficit plan treads fine line, betting on growth

2014-04-23
By Nicholas Vinocur and Jean-Baptiste Vey PARIS (Reuters) - France outlined a slower roadmap on Wednesday to reduce its chronic deficit to the European Union's treaty limit next year, based on growth assumptions described by an independent watchdog as risky. Europe's second-biggest economy, with the highest public spending quota in the EU, is a serial laggard where recovery and public finances ...

France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad - NBC40.net

2014-04-23
PARIS (AP) - France wants to deter youths from fighting with Islamist militants in Syria's civil war, and is planning a series of tough-love measures that answer the pleas of parents and seek to protect the nation from battle-hardened returnees.

France treads fine line on EU deficit-cutting targets

2014-04-22
By Nicholas Vinocur and Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - France's government is to set out its roadmap to deficit reduction on Wednesday using optimistic growth forecasts considered risky by its own fiscal watchdog to show how it will meet European budget standards by the end of next year. Europe's second-biggest economy is a laggard where recovery and public finances are concerned. It has ...

France to present plan to fight jihadist threat

2014-04-22
PARIS (AP) — France will unveil a plan to stop the stream of French youths joining jihadist groups in Syria, with a new focus on preventing radicalization.

France's Fabius backs Sunday opening for shops

2014-04-22
Paris (AFP) - Visitors to France should be allowed to shop till they drop seven days a week, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday, weighing into a fierce debate over restrictions on Sunday trading.

France outlines 'optimistic' pledge to get economy back on track

2014-04-23
Paris (AFP) - France on Wednesday outlined its strategy for bringing its public finances into line with eurozone rules via an anticipated economic upturn branded "optimistic" and spending cuts that face fierce opposition within the ruling Socialist party.

France unveils plan to fight jihadist threat - NBC40.net

2014-04-23
PARIS (AP) - France is cracking down on youth who leave their homes to fight with Islamist radicals in Syria's civil war.