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A Transavia Airbus A320 passenger at Paris's Orly airport
14/09/2014 - France

60 per cent of Air France flights cancelled Monday due to pilots' strike

Six out of 10 Air France flights will be cancelled on Monday due to a pilots’ strike, the company announced on Saturday. Unions predicted more cancellations on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Protesters at the Mille Vaches farm
14/09/2014 - France

1,000-cow megafarm opens in northern France despite protests

A French farmers' union says it will block access to a controversial dairy superfarm thath has opened in the north of the country.

The Banque de France's headquarters
13/09/2014 - France

French central bank’s stolen euros unearthed in provincial garden

French police have found nearly two million euros stolen from France’s central bank, where they were supposed to have been destroyed.

French press review 13 September 2014

Ebola is a wound that will not heal in west Africa. Hollande visits Iraq. A new war in the Middle East promises to be tough-going. And there’s good news and bad news for French sport.

A Transavia Airbus A320 passenger jet before taking off at Paris's Orly airport
12/09/2014 - France

Air France to face ‘massive’ pilots’ strike Monday if weekend talks fail

Unions at Air France predict a “massive” strike by pilots starting Monday.

French press review 12 September 2014

America’s coalition of the willing against the hard-line insurgents close to achieving their goal of carving out an Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iraq and Syria attracts the most comments in ...
French former finance minister Pierre Moscovici, file August 2014.
11/09/2014 - France - Europe

French former finance minister Moscovici appointed at EU commission

Former Socialist finance minister Pierre Moscovici says he will follow EU  rules in his new job as EU commissioner for economic and financial affairs.


French press review 11 September 2014

There's a whiff of disaster about this morning's front pages . . . "Government paralysed by the failure of its economic policies," reads the main headline in Le Monde.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin with Germany's Wolfgang Schäuble
10/09/2014 - France

France not to meet EU deficit rule until 2017, finance minister

France will not meet the European Union’s requirement of a public deficit of under three per cent of output until 2017, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Wednesday, pushing the deadline ...
A panel of an intricately crafted kantha mat
09/09/2014 - Report: Asia - East Africa

Fashion industry gets socially responsible as shoppers slam sweatshops

It's the season of Fashion Week. Londoners are gearing up for front row seats this weekend, following New York’s glittering shows, and from mid-September it will be Milan’s turn.
The Ministry of Finances in Bercy, Paris.
09/09/2014 - France

French budget deficit widens in year to July while trade deficit remains stable

France's budget deficit widened to 84.1 billion euros at the end of July from 80.8 billion a year earlier, the Finance ministry said on Tuesday, while its trade deficit remained stable.

French Education and Research minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, 3 September 2014.
08/09/2014 - France

French education minister files suit over false letter

The French education minister filed a suit on Monday over a false letter which circulated on Internet advising mayors to offer a weekly Arabic language class.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the Socialist Party's "Université d'été" summer meeting in La Rochelle, western France, 31 August 2014.
08/09/2014 - France

Far-right Front National at "gates of power" says French PM Valls

The far-right Front National is at the "gates of power" in France warned French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Sunday.

French trader Jerome Kerviel leaves Fleury-Merogis prison near Paris, 8 September 2014.
08/09/2014 - France

Rogue trader Kerviel walks free with electronic tag

French trader Jérôme Kerviel won conditional release and left prison on Monday being ordered to wear an electronic tag. 

Jérôme Kerviel is arrested after crossing the border from Italy to France earlier this year
05/09/2014 - France

Rogue trader Kerviel freed with electronic bracelet

Rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel, imprisoned for losing French bank Société Générale nearly five billion euros, is to be freed under electronic surveillance next ...
Greenpeace activists at France's oldest nuclear reactor at Fessenheim, Alsace
05/09/2014 - France

Greenpeace activists given suspended sentences for French nuclear power station break-in

Green campaigners from 20 countries received two-month suspended sentences Thursday after launching a break-in at France's oldest nuclear plant last March.

France's oldest nuclear power station, outside the eastern French village of Fessenheim, near Colmar, 14 March 2011, file photo.
04/09/2014 - France - Europe

Greenpeace activists on trial in France for nuclear break-in at Fessenheim's plant

Greenpeace activists from 20 countries go on trial in France on Thursday. They broke into France's oldest nuclear plant at Fessemheim last March.

The Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, 4 September 2014.
04/09/2014 - France - Russia

France suspends delivery of warships to Russia

France was decided not  to deliver the first of two helicopter carriers to Russia for now because of Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine, the French president's office said on Wednesday.

The Oikiluoto EPR in Finland
02/09/2014 - France - Finland

French-built Finnish nuclear reactor to go on stream nine years late

A jinxed new-generation French-built nuclear reactor for Finland is to begin producing electricity in 2018, nine years late, energy company Areva announced on Monday.
30/08/2014 - France

French students want more scholarships

With the start of the new school year next week, the National Union of Students in France (UNEF) says the government is not providing enough financial aid to prospective students.
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