FRANCE – UK – Macron to ask Britain to pay up to save Calais border deal

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday where he is expected to ask the UK to take in more refugees from the Calais area and increase its funding for securing the border. Macron and May will discuss Brexit and Le Touquet accord, a 2003 agreement that effectively allowed Britain… Please follow and like us:

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China seeks French role in Belt, Road

President welcomes Macron on his first visit as head of state China would like to make joint efforts with France to enhance cooperation under the Belt and Road framework using the principle of mutual benefit, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. Xi made the remark while meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse… Please follow and like us:

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Technology – Apple faces probe by Paris prosecutors over ‘planned obsolescence’

Paris prosecutors have launched a probe of US tech giant Apple over suspected “planned obsolescence” in some of its iPhone models. It comes after a complaint by the association Stop Planned Obsolescence (HOP or Halte a l’Obsolescence Programmee) that followed Apple’s admission last month that it intentionally slowed down older models of its iPhones over time.… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – CHINA – Open markets, Macron tells China, or risk protectionist backlash

French President Emmanuel Macron focused on trade imbalances on the second day of his state visit to China, offering to open up France to Chinese investment in exchange for greater access to Chinese markets for French companies. Speaking to members of the French and Chinese business community at a start-up incubator, called Soho3Q, in Beijing, Macron… Please follow and like us:

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CULTURE – A look back at the key words of 2017, from ‘covfefe’ to youthquake

Several new words made their way into the lexicon in 2017 while others were inadvertently invented. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at some of the terms that helped define the year. Covfefe US President Donald Trump is no stickler for traditional spelling and usage, but when he tweeted the word “covfefe” in May, millions were… Please follow and like us:

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France, Germany to unveil eurozone reforms in March

Germany and France will offer their joint vision for reforming the eurozone by March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, in an effort to bridge divisions over the future of the single currency. Meeting without departure-bound Britain, the bloc’s 27 leaders were tasked by EU President Donald Tusk to speak freely about their often clashing… Please follow and like us:

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China and France ink 71 deals

China and France signed more than 70 agreements covering economic and financial cooperation on Friday aimed at strengthening bilateral trade and investment relations and for the joint development of the advanced manufacturing industry. The fifth China-France High-Level Economic and Financial Dialogue, which was held in Beijing from Thursday, co-chaired by Chinese Vice-Premier Ma Kai and French… Please follow and like us:

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Lebanon’s Hariri arrives in France to meet Macron

Lebanese leader Saad Hariri has arrived in Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, who said he expected him to return to Lebanon within days or weeks. Despite Hariri announching his resignation in a televised speech two weeks ago, Macron has said he will welcome Hariri “with the honours that are due a prime minister”. The… Please follow and like us:

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EUROPE – French banks posted ‘multi-billion euro profits’ in tax havens

The Eurozone’s 20 biggest banks earned over a quarter of their profits in tax havens in 2015, according to a report released Monday by Oxfam. The report details how, in 2015, top Eurozone banks generated €25 billion in profits in low-tax territories like the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, the Cayman Islands and the American state of… Please follow and like us:

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Europe – Airbus warns of fraud probe damage despite profits leap

European aircraft-builder Airbus announced a leap in profits in the third quarter of 2017 but warned that its financial performance could take a hit from corruption investigations in France and … “The investigations initiated by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and France’s Parquet National Financier (PNF)… could have a material impact on the financial statements,… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – In numbers: Behind France’s two-year state of emergency

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday to defend France’s new anti-terror law, which is set to replace – and in many respects cement – the country’s nearly two-year-long state of emergency. France’s state of emergency went into force overnight from November 13-14, 2015, following the deadliest terror attacks on… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – France to pay big firms 10 billion euros after court blocks dividends tax

The French exchequer has been ordered to pay 10 billion euros to big companies after the country’s highest judicial authority struck down a tax imposed by the previous government on dividend … Earlier this month the Constitutional Council declared the three-percent tax on dividends, introduced by President François Hollande’s government in 2012, illegal on the grounds… Please follow and like us:

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Tax – US won’t support French proposal on taxing tech giants

The United States does not support a French proposal to tax the gross revenues of international tech corporations like Google and Amazon, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday. The remarks come as European officials say Washington has softened in recent days on a point that has caused sharp transatlantic tensions in recent years. European authorities have… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – French unions block fuel depots in labour law protests

The French trade unions CGT and FO blocked access on Monday to several fuel depots in protest against an overhaul of employment laws, seeking to test the government’s will to reform the economy. In southern France, protesters’ unions set up a road-block in front of Total’s La Mede refinery, while in western France fuel depots were… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – French unions stage fresh protests over labour law reform

French unions will stage new protests Thursday against an overhaul of the country’s labour code, hoping to build pressure on President Emmanuel Macron days before his signature reform is expected to become law. The marches come a week after hundreds of thousands of people — 200,000 according to police, half a million according to organisers –… Please follow and like us:

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