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Alstom, Siemens in talks to merge rail ops


PARIS/MUNICH French train maker Alstom and German engineering group Siemens said on Friday they were in talks about a tie-up of their rail activities as European companies struggle to cope with competition from China.

Carrefour's new boss names management team

PARIS Carrefour's new boss on Friday named his leadership team, putting the man credited with reviving the retailer's Spanish operations in charge of turning around its business in France, its biggest market.

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France to skip 2018 Winter Games if security not assured

PARIS/SEOUL France's Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed, France's sports minister said on Thursday, the first major doubts by a participating nation about growing North Korean tensions.

L'Oreal heiress Bettencourt lived with the scent of money

PARIS Regularly named France's richest person and for years the wealthiest woman in the world thanks to her L'Oreal inheritance, Liliane Bettencourt lived her life surrounded by the scent of money, politics and more than a touch of scandal.

Sep 21 2017

Union protests against French labor reform losing steam

PARIS Far-left trade unionists marched through cities across France on Thursday in a second day of protest against President Emmanuel Macron's overhaul of a labor code long cherished by workers, although their numbers were lower than a week earlier.

World, Sep 21 2017

Nestle to cut jobs at French skin health R&D center

ZURICH Nestle plans to cut up to 450 jobs at a Galderma research and development center in southern France, the Swiss company said on Thursday, as it seeks to make the underperforming skin health business more efficient.

Health, Sep 21 2017

France's National Front on verge of split after election setback

PARIS Four months after a heavy electoral defeat, France's National Front is on the verge of a split between its leader and her chief deputy that could open the way to a policy change on the euro as the far-right party seeks to rebrand itself.

World, Sep 20 2017

Dozens of states sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS Dozens of countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on Wednesday amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, although the United States, Britain, France and others boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

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An earthquake in Mexico killed over 200 people, U.S. President Trump threatened to destroy North Korea at a U.N. summit and Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix before heading towards Puerto Rico.

France defends Iran nuclear deal, which Trump calls deeply flawed

UNITED NATIONS France made a new plea on Monday for the United States to preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and suggested its provisions expiring after a decade could be strengthened, as U.S. President Donald Trump again criticized the agreement as "deeply flawed." | Video