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French unions fret over new Canadian CEO for strike-hit Air France-KLM

8 hours 7 min ago
Several French unions have expressed dismay over the choice of former Air Canada executive Benjamin Smith to head Air France-KLM, citing the need for a CEO to defend “our national airline's interests” as well as fears he will seek to lower wages.

Air France picks first foreign CEO, setting stage for likely union spat

Thu, 16/08/2018 - 19:54
Air France-KLM named Air Canada executive Benjamin Smith as its new boss on Thursday, opting for an outsider to steer the airline group through a fraught stand-off with unions at its French carrier.

Three French nationals among victims of Italy bridge collapse

Wed, 15/08/2018 - 09:57
Three French nationals were killed in the bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday, as the death toll rose to 38 and Italy blamed the company in charge of the country's motorways for the disaster.

Western filmmakers demand Russia liberate hunger-striking director Sentsov

Mon, 13/08/2018 - 16:23
French film director Jacques Audiard, alongside Ken Loach and David Cronenberg and over a hundred others from the film world, called Monday for the release of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who is on hunger strike in a Russian jail.

French environment minister: judgement against Monsanto marks 'end of arrogance'

Mon, 13/08/2018 - 10:06
French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said Sunday he hoped the verdict against Monsanto for failing to inform the public about the risks of its product would put an end to political indifference to the danger of pesticides.

Sacre bleu! Blue wine makes a splash in southern France

Sat, 11/08/2018 - 15:41
A glass of blue, sir? It is a question that may dismay purist winemakers in France, where wine is a way of life rather than simply a drink, but in the southern town of Sete consumers cannot get enough.

A year in Paris is as bad for your health as smoking 183 cigarettes

Fri, 10/08/2018 - 15:06
A study by the European Transport & Environment association published on Friday confirmed that spending a few days in various popular European capitals is equivalent to smoking between one and four cigarettes.

Macron to discuss fate of jailed Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov with Putin, Élysée Palace says

Fri, 10/08/2018 - 11:34
French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the case of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov with Vladimir Putin on Friday, the Élysée presidential palace said in a statement. Sentsov has been on hunger strike in a Russian jail for almost three months.

Hundreds evacuated as flash floods hit southern France

Thu, 09/08/2018 - 22:56
Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters evacuated about 1,600 people, most of them campers, in southern France on Thursday as heavy rain caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into torrents, the interior minister said.

HSBC to move seven offices from London to Paris amid Brexit uncertainty

Tue, 07/08/2018 - 17:20
While Britain braces for its exit from the EU in March 2019, HSBC announced on Monday that seven of its Europe-focused offices will move from London to Paris early next year.

French feminists denounce traditional seaside postcards as 'degrading'

Tue, 07/08/2018 - 09:09
Smutty postcards with pictures of women wearing bikinis are a typical if often maligned feature of French seaside resorts. But in the wake of an anti-sexual harassment movement sweeping France, their days may be numbered.

World’s most Michelin starred chef, France’s Joël Robuchon, dies

Mon, 06/08/2018 - 10:22
Joël Robuchon, the chef with the most Michelin stars in the world, has died from cancer in Geneva, Switzerland, aged 73.

Paris welcomes Gay Games, ‘most inclusive’ sport contest

Mon, 06/08/2018 - 07:56
Paris is hosting the 10th Gay Games, a sport contest modelled after the Olympics aimed at promoting the rights of the LGBT community.

The unknown story of pioneering French feminist Martha Desrumaux

Sat, 04/08/2018 - 15:35
A month after Simone Veil was interred in the Panthéon, an association is campaigning for French Resistance fighter and trade unionist Martha Desrumaux to also be inducted, saying that she too deserves recognition.

France's first baby panda celebrates first birthday

Sat, 04/08/2018 - 12:15
France’s first baby panda celebrates his one-year anniversary Saturday with a birthday cake composed of bamboo, honey, apples, oranges, strawberries and lemons.

Paris's Eiffel Tower to reopen Friday after two-day strike

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 20:39
The Eiffel Tower will reopen Friday morning at 9am local time, officials said late Thursday, after the iconic tourist attraction turned away visitors for a second day while workers continued a strike over long queues.

Eiffel Tower closed for second day at height of tourist season

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:08
The Eiffel Tower was turning away tourists for a second day on Thursday as workers pressed a strike over a new access policy which they say is causing unacceptably long wait times for visitors.

Macron's government passes controversial asylum and immigration law

Wed, 01/08/2018 - 20:53
France's parliament Wednesday signed into law a controversial asylum and immigration bill -- despite opposition on the left which decried an effort to limit arrivals while the far right saw the measure as not going far enough.

France passes bill imposing fines for sexual harassment on the street

Wed, 01/08/2018 - 20:52
French lawmakers voted Wednesday to outlaw sexual harassment on the street, introducing fines of up to €750, and have classified sexual relations with a child under age 15 as rape resulting from an "abuse of vulnerability".

Eiffel Tower closes as staff strike over long queues

Wed, 01/08/2018 - 15:01
The Eiffel Tower closed to the public on Wednesday afternoon as staff went on strike over how to organise tourists visits to the monument.