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2010-10-19

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Sarkozy refuses to back down over reform

The French government has set up a crisis cabinet to deal with the situation. In the Normandy coastal resort of Deauville for a tri-partite summit

The French government has set up a crisis cabinet to deal with the situation. In the Normandy coastal resort of Deauville for a tri-partite summit

Business

ZEW index reduces slowdown fears

German investor confidence fell in October but by less than expected. The latest survey from the ZEW economic research institute bolstered hopes

German investor confidence fell in October but by less than expected. The latest survey from the ZEW economic research institute bolstered hopes

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Fuel workers: "We can strike for several weeks"

The Total refinery at Feyzin near Lyon supplies 70% of the Rhone-Alpes region’s fuel. At least it did before the current turmoil. Like virtually all

The Total refinery at Feyzin near Lyon supplies 70% of the Rhone-Alpes region’s fuel. At least it did before the current turmoil. Like virtually all

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France once more in the grip of protests

Protestors have hit the streets of France for the sixth day of nationwide strikes and protests against plans to reform the country’s pension

Protestors have hit the streets of France for the sixth day of nationwide strikes and protests against plans to reform the country’s pension

Business

Delay likely for Porsche VW merger

The bosses of Porsche and Volkswagen have said various legal disputes and tax issues could delay their merger to beyond the end of next year but

The bosses of Porsche and Volkswagen have said various legal disputes and tax issues could delay their merger to beyond the end of next year but

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Police struggle for control in Paris and Lyon

Two of the fiercest flashpoints were in France’s two biggest cities. For a second day a school in the northern Parisian suburb of Nanterre was the

Two of the fiercest flashpoints were in France’s two biggest cities. For a second day a school in the northern Parisian suburb of Nanterre was the

Business

EU moves to regulate hedge funds

EU finance ministers have agreed new rules for previously unregulated European hedge funds and other alternative investment firms. It is part of

EU finance ministers have agreed new rules for previously unregulated European hedge funds and other alternative investment firms. It is part of

News

Fuel not wine runs dry in France

France has tapped into its emergency oil reserves as refinery blockades and panic buying has hit fuel supplies hard. The government says it has

France has tapped into its emergency oil reserves as refinery blockades and panic buying has hit fuel supplies hard. The government says it has

Business

Fewer contracts for IBM

International Business Machines has announced stronger profits and raised its full-year outlook but said it had signed fewer contracts for computer

International Business Machines has announced stronger profits and raised its full-year outlook but said it had signed fewer contracts for computer

Business

Japanese weakness highlights currency tensions

Japan’s government has said the country’s economy is now at a standstill and with exports and industrial output weakening it has downgraded its

Japan’s government has said the country’s economy is now at a standstill and with exports and industrial output weakening it has downgraded its

Europe

No European legal pursuit of France over Roma

Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, who had strongly considered taking France to court over its expulsion this year of thousands

Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, who had strongly considered taking France to court over its expulsion this year of thousands

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"Poor labour relations" at root of pensions strife

The French say they understand the necessity for change. However, as was the case 15 years ago, they are again in the streets saying “no” to pensions

The French say they understand the necessity for change. However, as was the case 15 years ago, they are again in the streets saying “no” to pensions

News

Europeans will work longer towards pensions

The proportion of working people paying to support pensions for retired people is projected to shrink dramatically in the future. That means

The proportion of working people paying to support pensions for retired people is projected to shrink dramatically in the future. That means

Culture

Africa's "Slumdog" premieres

Africa United follows a group of plucky Rwandan children as they try to travel across the continent for the opening of the 2010 World Cup in South

Africa United follows a group of plucky Rwandan children as they try to travel across the continent for the opening of the 2010 World Cup in South

Culture

SoHo hedonistic: 1970s New York

Step into 1970s New York, experience the wild pre-Aids party scene, the music, the art and meet iconic figures such as Mick Jagger and John Lennon

Step into 1970s New York, experience the wild pre-Aids party scene, the music, the art and meet iconic figures such as Mick Jagger and John Lennon

Science_technology

Longest cable car links Armenian monastery

Billed as the world’s longest cable car, the Tatev aerial tramway in Armenia has just been inaugurated, crossing the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge

Billed as the world’s longest cable car, the Tatev aerial tramway in Armenia has just been inaugurated, crossing the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge

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Wulff uses Turkey visit to slam immigration critics

Germany’s President Christian Wulff is on a state visit to Turkey, the first official trip there by a German head of state in a decade, and Wulff’s

Germany’s President Christian Wulff is on a state visit to Turkey, the first official trip there by a German head of state in a decade, and Wulff’s

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Typhoon Megi leaves Luzon and heads for China

Super typhoon Megi appears to have cleared the Philippines main island and is picking up momentum as it heads to southern China. The winds, in

Super typhoon Megi appears to have cleared the Philippines main island and is picking up momentum as it heads to southern China. The winds, in

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Youths clash with police in French pension protests

While retirement is a long way off for secondary school pupils, up and down France, young demonstrators have been voicing their opposition to

While retirement is a long way off for secondary school pupils, up and down France, young demonstrators have been voicing their opposition to

News

Islamist rebels attack Chechen parliament

Islamist rebels have stormed the parliament of the Russian republic of Chechnya in a brazen suicide attack. At least three gunmen hurled bombs and

Islamist rebels have stormed the parliament of the Russian republic of Chechnya in a brazen suicide attack. At least three gunmen hurled bombs and

Europe

Fair trial rights

A European facing criminal prosecution in an EU country where he or she does not have mastery of the language is at a disadvantage. What European

A European facing criminal prosecution in an EU country where he or she does not have mastery of the language is at a disadvantage. What European

Europe

European consumer centres to help you

Have you ever had a trouble sorting out a problem with a product or service that was bought in another European country? Then the European Consumer

Have you ever had a trouble sorting out a problem with a product or service that was bought in another European country? Then the European Consumer

Science_technology

E-recycling: when electronic gadgets die

Condensers, capacitors and cables – just some of the electronic components that are thrown away each year as 21st century gadgets become last year’s

Condensers, capacitors and cables – just some of the electronic components that are thrown away each year as 21st century gadgets become last year’s

News

Russia could join NATO missile shield

Russia has said it wants to take part in the proposed NATO-backed anti-missile shield in Europe. The announcement was made by President Dmitry

Russia has said it wants to take part in the proposed NATO-backed anti-missile shield in Europe. The announcement was made by President Dmitry

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Clashes as French youths protest pension reform

They are not about to claim their pension anytime soon. But French youths have clashed with security forces in protests linked to the raising of the

They are not about to claim their pension anytime soon. But French youths have clashed with security forces in protests linked to the raising of the

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France hit by fresh pension reform protests

It is not a good day to be travelling in or through France, with fresh industrial action over pension reforms causing widespread chaos. Train

It is not a good day to be travelling in or through France, with fresh industrial action over pension reforms causing widespread chaos. Train

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Parliament is attacked in volatile Chechnya

Authorities say four gunmen who attacked the parliament building in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya have been killed. A suicide bomber

Authorities say four gunmen who attacked the parliament building in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya have been killed. A suicide bomber

Nocomment

Clashes in Paris and Lyon

Clashes erupted in the French cities of Paris and Lyon between young people and police. Riots started near high schools as pupils either tried to

Clashes erupted in the French cities of Paris and Lyon between young people and police. Riots started near high schools as pupils either tried to

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Strikes bite in France

French oil refinery workers have been tightening their grip on the country’s fuel supplies as their union intensifies the fight against unpopular

French oil refinery workers have been tightening their grip on the country’s fuel supplies as their union intensifies the fight against unpopular