France tells Airbus to minimize compulsory job cuts

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government urged Airbus (AIR.PA) on Wednesday to make as few compulsory redundancies as possible after the European aircraft maker announced it was culling 15,000 posts in Europe to survive the coronavirus crisis. Junior Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said the government estimated 2,000 of the planned 5,000 cuts in France could be saved through a long-term […]

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France, Germany appeal for swift EU deal on coronavirus recovery aid

BERLIN (Reuters) – France and Germany on Monday pressed for a quick agreement among European Union leaders on the size and payout details of a joint fund aimed at helping the hardest hit member states to recover more quickly from the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to reporters after talks in Berlin, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his French counterpart Bruno […]

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EU's rights court faults France over Israel boycott convictions

European Court of Human Rights says French judges were wrong to convict activists who staged ‘boycott Israel’ protest. Europe’s top rights court has ruled that French judges were wrong to convict activists who staged a “boycott Israel” demonstration at a supermarket, saying the protest could not be considered an incitement to discrimination. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on […]

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Notre-Dame renovation teams play catch-up as lockdown eases

PARIS (Reuters) – French renovation teams aim complete work on Notre-Dame Cathedral in time for the fifth anniversary of its 2019 fire despite the COVID-19 lockdown, the project leader said on Sunday, as admirers were allowed back into the adjoining square. Casual passersby and faithful alike flocked to the Parvis de Notre-Dame as the square reopened with the partial lifting […]

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French coronavirus cases jump by 3,325 due to better tracking

PARIS (Reuters) – The number of coronavirus infections in France jumped on the same day the government announced an easing of lockdown rules, but the increase reflected the inclusion of new data rather than a rise in daily infections, the Health Ministry said. The inclusion of data from a new tracking system boosted the number of confirmed coronavirus cases by […]

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France wants its citizens to holiday at home this summer

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government does not want its citizens to travel abroad this summer and recommends they take their holidays in France, Environment Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Sunday. Earlier this month, President Emmanuel Macron said it was unlikely that French people would be able to undertake major foreign trips this summer and that even trips within Europe […]

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Final round of French local elections slated for June 28

PARIS (Reuters) – The final round of France’s local elections has been set for June 28, provided it has not been deemed a health risk due to the coronavirus pandemic, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Friday. The first round took place just two days before France imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus. Source: […]

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Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga brought before French court

PARIS (Reuters) – Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga was arraigned before a French public prosecutor on Tuesday, three days after police swooped on his hideout in a Paris suburb, ending a 26-year manhunt. The 84-year-old is accused of funding and arming militias that massacred about 800,000 people. He was indicted in 1997 on seven criminal counts including genocide, all in […]

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French primary pupils trickle back to class after eight-week lockdown

PARIS/VELIZY (Reuters) – Across France, primary school pupils on Tuesday sat at least a metre apart in small classes and listened to teachers in masks on their first day back after two months of home-schooling during the coronavirus lockdown. The lessons, though, did not cover maths or grammar, but hygiene amid a public health emergency: wash your hands, don’t touch […]

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