Politics

France fishing row: Environment minister George Eustice says ‘two can play at that game’ after ‘unacceptable’ threat

The environment minister has said “two can play at that game” after France made threats over fishing in UK waters – which he said were “unacceptable”. George Eustice told Sky News the UK has issued licences to 1,700 vessels, including 750 French fishing boats, which amounts to 98% of applicants. He said the remaining 55 […]

Business

U.S. Treasury's Yellen cites need for compromise on digital service taxes in call with French counterpart

Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, in a call on Friday with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, stressed the importance of reaching a compromise on the withdrawal of digital services taxes, the Treasury Department said in a statement. Yellen also conveyed appreciation for Le Maire’s dedication to the […]

Politics

France recalls its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia to protest Biden’s submarine deal.

France announced on Friday that it was immediately recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in protest of President Biden’s announcement of an agreement to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia without consulting French officials. In a statement, the French foreign minister said the decision was made by President Emmanuel Macron. “At the request […]

World News

Southern France lashed by heavy rain, thunder and flooding

Southern France has again been hit with heavy rain, thunderstorms and flooding after a similar deluge just days ago. The equivalent of two months’ rain is said to have fallen in two hours in one area of Gard. Videos on social media showed torrential downpours in the city of Nimes and flooded streets in Calvisson. […]

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France election: Female challengers launch bids to become country’s first women president

Two politicians have thrown their hats into the ring in a bid to become France’s first woman president after next year’s election. Paris’s socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo and Marine Le Pen of the far right National Rally have both formally launched their campaigns for the top job in widely expected declarations. Ms Hidalgo, 62, who […]

Business

France to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination to Enter Shopping Malls

PARIS — Faced with rising cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled plans to require proof of vaccination against the virus to enter cultural events, cafés, restaurants and shopping malls in the country. The vaccination of the French population is “the only path toward a return to normal life,” said […]

Business

Macron rolls out red carpet to JPMorgan, global CEOs in post-Brexit push

PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron will declare that Paris is back on the map of global finance on Tuesday when he inaugurates JPMorgan’s new trading hub in the French capital which he hopes will attract more bankers leaving post-Brexit Britain.FILE PHOTO: The logo of JPMorgan is seen in Los Angeles, California, United States, on […]

Business

Cerberus-backed My Money to buy HSBC French retail bank

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) -HSBC has agreed to sell its French retail bank to My Money Group, which is backed by private equity firm Cerberus, ending a long effort by the British bank to dispose of the struggling business as it focuses on Asia.FILE PHOTO: The HSBC bank logo is seen in the Canary Wharf financial district […]

World News

COVID-19: France lifting lockdown restrictions early starting with nationwide curfew

France is beginning to ease its COVID-19 restrictions earlier than planned, starting with the lifting of a curfew that has been in place since 2020. The country’s prime minister said the nationwide night-time curfew, which has been in place since late last year, will now end on 20 June – 10 days early. He added […]

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Researchers seek to understand 'glacier blood'

GRENOBLE, FRANCE (NYTIMES) – Winter through spring, the French Alps are wrapped in austere white snow. But as spring turns to summer, the stoic slopes start to blush. Parts of the snow take on bright colours: deep red, rusty orange, lemonade pink. Locals call this “sang de glacier,” or “glacier blood”. Visitors sometimes go with […]