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Storm Xynthia kill 51
By David at 02/28/2010 - 21:38

Storm Xynthia kill 51
Xynthia is a European windstorm, which crossed Western Europe on 26-28 February. More than 45 people were killed in France, where it was described by the civil defense as the most violent since Lothar in 1999. A further three people were killed in Spain and another in Portugal. The storm also caused power cuts and damage from winds.
One million homes were left without power in west France. In the Hautes-Pyrenees, falling tress damaged vehicles and the roofs of houses and barns were blown away, as well as falling rocks on the road. La Faute-sur-Mer, L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer and La Tranche-sur-Mer were flooded with water levels reaching up to 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in).

Anti-Smoking Ad Sex Act
By David at 02/25/2010 - 04:49

Anti-Smoking Ad Sex Act

According to AP, an ad sponsored by the Association for Nonsmokers' Rights, features a teenage boy who could be construed to be performing oral sex on a man in a suit, except the teen has a cigarette in his mouth. A caption reads, "Smoking means being a slave to tobacco." There are two other ads in the same vein, one featuring an adolescent girl.
The leader of the organization behind the campaign acknowledged the ads were meant to shock and said such provocative campaigns were the only way to reach young people. Parola, the group's director insisted the ads — developed pro bono by the BDDP & Fils advertising agency — were not really about sex at all.

Air Traffic Controllers Strike
By David at 02/23/2010 - 17:39

Air Traffic Controllers Strike

French air traffic controllers walked off the job Tuesday. Air traffic controllers walked off the job across France as a four-day strike began on Tuesday, testing the patience of would-be travelers and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights. Unions called the walkout to protest plans to integrate European air traffic control across six countries — which workers fear will lead to losses of jobs and civil servant benefits. Eric Heraud, a spokesman for the French state-run civil aviation agency DGAC, suggested the controllers are acting out of fear. "This strike is a little bit disproportionate," because the French government is committed to keeping workplace protections, he said. Heraud said labor unions representing controllers in the five partner nations — Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland — all supported the integration plan.

Oil Refinery Strike
By David at 02/22/2010 - 17:16

Oil Refinery Strike
Workers at all six of Total SA's French refineries and at six of its 31 fuel depots have been on strike for five days over the uncertain future of a plant in Dunkirk, in northern France. Total said that 119 of the 2,000 Total and Elf gas stations in France had run out of at least one type of gasoline. ExxonMobil Corp.-owned Esso France's two refineries are set to begin their own walkout Tuesday. Together, Total and Esso refineries account for about 70 percent of France's refining capacity. Workers at France's fourth-largest refinery, British-owned chemicals company INEOS, also voted Monday to join the strike. Two more refineries, owned by Switzerland's Petroplus, are scheduled to take a strike vote on Wednesday.

C10 Million Spent on Journalists
By David at 02/21/2010 - 18:55

I always wonder how much it would cost the government to rescue its civilians. According to AP, France has spent more than C10 million ($13.6 million) to try to track down and free two journalists held captive in Afghanistan since December. In an interview with Europe-1 radio and Le Parisien newspaper, French chief-of-staff Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin said he made the price tag public because he is urging "everyone to have a sense of responsibility," a message aimed at French reporters covering danger zones. The general said France's annual budget for foreign military operations is C870 million. He added that U.S. Predator drones had also taken part in efforts to find the reporters.  A week ago, the Taliban released a video of the two journalists for France-3 television pleading for their government to negotiate with their captors. Both said they were in good health and had been well treated.

Quick halal menus
By David at 02/19/2010 - 21:59

Quick halal menus
According to AP, in eight of 362 Quick burger joints in France they’ve gone pork-less. The "offending" Quick outlets (three are in Paris suburbs) are located in predominantly Muslim neighborhoods, in an apparent concession to a $1.3 billion halal (meaning ‘legal’ under Islamic law) food industry. While French Muslims didn’t ask for pork-free fast-food at Quick, they are appreciative of them, if sales are a sign. To many Frenchmen, a halal Quick seems odd and perhaps not quite right in a society where religion should not stand out in ordinary life, under the strictly secular principles of laicite, or separation of church and state. As with the burqa question, support for secular France are found on the socialist left and strongly on the right, as well.

Arrest Warrant for Landis
By David at 02/15/2010 - 20:31

Arrest Warrant for Landis
French judge issues arrest warrant for Floyd Landis.
According to Associate Press, a French judge has issued a national arrest warrant for U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis in connection with a case of data hacking at a doping laboratory, a prosecutor’s office said.
French judge Thomas Cassuto, based in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, is seeking to question Landis about computer hacking dating back to September 2006 at the Chatenay-Malabry lab, said Astrid Granoux, spokeswoman for Nanterre’s prosecutor’s office. The laboratory near Paris had uncovered abnormally elevated testosterone levels in Landis’ samples collected in the run-up to his 2006 Tour de France victory, leading to the eventual loss of his medal.

Best time but finished sixth
By David at 02/15/2010 - 06:08

Best time but finished sixth
The number 1 qualifier for men’s Olympic moguls does not even get a metal-finished the number 6. Guilbaut Colas (born in Échirolles on June 18, 1983) is a French Mogul skier who competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics and has seven World Cup victories. He competed for his nation in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Men's Moguls. Although he had the best time his "air score" was not as good and he finished sixth overall.

Chinese boosts French Luxury goods.
By David at 02/06/2010 - 04:57

Chinese Market boosts French Luxury goods companies.

According to AP, Chinese sales boosts luxury goods market in 2009. Despite the economic crisis, 2009 ended better than it began for the French luxury goods sector, thanks largely to China's growing taste for high-end products, encouraging thoughts of a better 2010.
Following the trend set by other global luxury brands, Hermes and LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) announced fourth quarter sales growth on Thursday and Friday, suggesting the worst of the crisis could be over for the sector.

denied citizenship because veil
By David at 02/04/2010 - 21:16

 A man is denied French Citizensip

 According to Associate Press,  French authorities have denied citizenship to a man who forced his French wife to wear a face-covering veil, saying he had rejected national values of secularism and gender equality. Little is known about the man denied citizenship or his wife, as neither have been identified. News reports said the man is a Moroccan citizen and a member of the hard-line Tabligh missionary movement.
Immigration Minister Eric Besson said Wednesday the decision was rooted in French law, which permits authorities to reject applicants who fail to respect national values.Prime Minister Francois Fillon, who has the final say, has pledged to approve Besson's order.

court trial on Concorde crash
By David at 02/02/2010 - 06:34


French court seeks answers on deadly Concorde crash

US airline Continental and French aviation officials go on trial Tuesday for the manslaughter of 113 people who died in Paris when a supersonic Concorde plummeted to the ground in a ball of fire. Two Continental employees, a former French civil aviation official and two Concorde engineers will from Tuesday be tried on the same charge in a court near Paris, with proceedings expected to last four months. A French civil aviation official is accused of overlooking a fault on Concorde's distinctive delta-shaped wings, which held its fuel tanks.

Partial Ban on full veil
By David at 01/26/2010 - 04:17

partial ban on full veil in France

We have discussed France’s plans for new legislation to in our previous articles ban the full veil here  and the topic of Burqa (hijab) .

France loan to Fashion
By David at 01/26/2010 - 04:15


France will loan to Fashion Design

On Monday, Industry Minister Christian Estrosi said he wanted to get one or two banks to develop services specializing in lending money to fashion companies and other creative businesses with the state acting as a guarantor for certain loans. "I want Paris to remain the world's capital of fashion," Estrosi told journalists. "Today, we need people to share the risks." Estrosi's aide, Sylvain Roques, said the government hoped to flesh out details of the new bank by the end of March.  Estrosi said the French government was also considering handing out exemptions to the 35-hour week to staff who had to put in long hours before fashion shows.


French ambassador wife on Ethiopian air crashed
By David at 01/25/2010 - 06:38

Ethiopian airliner crashed, wife of the French ambassador on board

According to CNN, An Ethiopian airliner with 90 people aboard crashed into the Mediterranean Sea minutes after takeoff from Lebanon early Monday, authorities said.
Among them was the wife of the French ambassador to Lebanon, said Anne Charlotte of the French embassy. 
The Boeing 737-800 had 83 passengers: 54 Lebanese nationals, 22 Ethiopians, two British-Lebanese, an Iraqi, a Syrian, a Lebanese-Canadian, a Russian-Lebanese and a person from France, said Ghazi El Aridi, Lebanon's minister of public works and transportation.
The plane crashed about 3.5 km (2.1 miles) west of the town of Na'ameh. Naa'meh is 15 km (9 miles) south of Beirut.


France among top donors for Haiti
By David at 01/20/2010 - 20:15

France among top donors for Haiti

With 9.8 million people, Haiti will receive over $1 billion in aid, that is $100 per person. It had a nominal GDP of 7.018 billion USD in 2009, with a GDP per capita of 790 USD, about $2 per person per day. Foreign aid makes up approximately 30–40% of the national government's budget. The largest donor is the United States – followed by Canada, and the European Union also contributes aid. From 1990 to 2003, Haiti received more than $4 billion in aid. The United States alone had provided Haiti with 1.5 billion in aid. Venezuela and Cuba also make various contributions to Haiti's economy, especially after alliances were renewed in 2006 and 2007.

France cancel Haiti Debt
By David at 01/18/2010 - 05:50

France wants to speed up the debt cancellation to Haiti

According to Associate Press, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said she asked members of the informal club to speed up the process. The next meeting is Wednesday.
Though the Paris Club of creditor nations agreed in July to clear Haiti's remaining $215 million debt to club members, the process can still take years to finalize.  Club members agreed to cancel $62.7 million under the International Monetary Fund and World Bank's initiative for heavily indebted poor countries and another $152 million through bilateral deals.
Lagarde said Friday she is also asking nonmembers Venezuela and Taiwan, who are owed significant amounts by Haiti, to help in debt reduction.

suspend expulsions illegal Haitian
By David at 01/14/2010 - 18:14

Eric Besson suspends expulsions of  illegal Haitian

According to Besson's website, Eric Besson, Minister of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Development on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 has instructed its staff to immediately suspend expulsions of illegal Haitians.  All procedures for escort to their country of origin of Haitian nationals present illegally in the countery.
Press Contacts: Press Contacts:
Consultant in charge of communication: Valentine MARY - 01 77 72 61 13 / 06 32 87 93 55 Consultant in charge of communications: Valentine MARY - 01 77 72 61 13 / 06 32 87 93 55
Press Officer: Thomas PERNETTE - 01 77 72 62 22 / 06 71 44 04 68 Press Officer: Thomas PERNETTE - 01 77 72 62 22 / 06 71 44 04 68

Nicolas Sarkozy a grandfather
By David at 01/13/2010 - 18:25

 Nicolas Sarkozy has become a grandfather.

Archbishop dies in Haiti quake
By David at 01/13/2010 - 18:24

According to BBC, Archbishop of Port-au-Prince dies in Haiti quake.
Joseph Serge Miot (November 23, 1946 – January 12, 2010) was a Haitian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the ninth Archbishop of Port-au-Prince. The order of missionary priests was officially founded in 1951 by the bishop of Gonaives, Haiti. While headquartered in France, it retains a strong presence in Haiti and traces its unofficial missionary activity to 1860.
Miot was born in Jérémie, and ordained to the priesthood on July 4, 1975.

Guiana and Martinique rejected more autonomy
By David at 01/11/2010 - 06:44

French Guiana and Martinique rejected more autonomy

When I was a little I loved to read the patriotic novels. People would fight for freedom, people would die for independence. I am surprised to learn that the recent votes in the French Guiana and Martinique rejected the referendum for more autonomy from France. The ballot measure in each of the two French Caribbean departments called for giving local governments more administrative leeway. French President Nicolas Sarkozy would have determined the extent of the autonomy.
According to the Associate Press, voters in Martinique and French Guiana overwhelmingly rejected a proposal Sunday to give local government more autonomy while remaining a part of France.

France, Canada and Swiss account.
By David at 01/08/2010 - 17:53

France, Canada and Swiss bank account.

Canada is trying to obtain the names of suspected tax avoiders with accounts in Switzerland. Why is France involved in this process? This is because a Swiss court ruled on Friday that it was illegal for a financial regulator to have ordered UBS last year to hand over the files of nearly 300 clients to U.S. officials. So Canada turned to France because France has a list of 3,000 names of people with Swiss accounts that France obtained last year includes Canadians.

Google Tax
By David at 01/07/2010 - 17:44

Should France tax Google (and others) to subsidize music industry?

Let us hear your opinion by commenting on this article.
We talked about the president of France opposed the google book scan here,  now a reported handed to to Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand suggested the idea of “Google Tax”.  The report says Google and other Internet portals should be slapped with a new tax on their online ad revenues in France to fund the development of legal outlets for buying books, movies and especially music on the Internet.

Laura Smet is hospitalized
By David at 01/05/2010 - 18:33

Laura Smet is hospitalized

According to PARIS (AFP) – French actress Laura Smet, daughter of rock legend Johnny Hallyday, was hospitalized in Paris Monday after consuming a mixture of medications and alcohol, an emergency services source said.
According to the source, Smet, 26, allegedly attempted suicide in the church at Saint-German des Pres in central Paris and was rushed by firefighters to Val-de-Grace hospital.
A police source told AFP that Smet was in a "serious" condition in hospital, but added that at this point police could not say whether it amounted to an attempted suicide.
Smet's agent, however, said the young actress had simply taken ill.

Air France 358 passengers get C$12 million
By David at 01/01/2010 - 19:06

A Canadian judge has approved a C$12 million ($11.4 million) class-action settlement with 184 passengers on an Air France 358 that overran a Toronto airport runway in 2005, the Toronto Star reported. ($1=$1.05 Canadian)

The newspaper said Air France will pay C$10 million plus interest into a settlement fund in exchange for the release of all claims arising from the accident.

New protocol amending the income tax treaty with France
By David at 12/30/2009 - 08:42

A new protocol amending the income tax treaty with France has entered into force. The protocol was approved by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 3, and it officially became active Dec. 23 after the appropriate documents were submitted to the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. The amendments to the treaty will affect the tax treatment of U.S. businesses and individuals operating in France.
Provisions include elimination of source-country withholding tax on certain direct dividends, elimination of source-country withholding tax on all royalty payments, mandatory binding arbitration of certain cases that cannot be resolved by the competent authorities within a specific period, and a comprehensive limitation on benefits provision.


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