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French weight-loss pill scandal set for landmark trial

Sep 20 2019

PARIS A landmark French trial will from next week seek to settle one of the country's biggest pharmaceutical scandals, probing whether the company behind a weight-loss drug believed to have triggered killer side-effects covered up the risks.

Paris commuters hit by transport strike over pension overhaul

Sep 13 2019

PARIS, Sept 13 Parisian commuters faced travel chaos on Friday as transport workers went on strike over plans to reduce their retirement privileges in a challenge to President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plans.

EssilorLuxottica sets sights on retail dominance with $8 billion GrandVision deal

Jul 31 2019

PARIS EssilorLuxottica is buying Dutch opticians group GrandVision for up to 7.2 billion euros ($8 billion) in cash to take control of thousands of stores where it sells spectacles and lenses.

Sanofi raises outlook after strong second quarter

Jul 29 2019

PARIS Sanofi has raised its 2019 outlook on the back of strong second-quarter results, which benefited from double-digit growth at the French drugmaker's vaccines and rare diseases businesses.

Eurofins to slow pace of M&A, expand in emerging markets

Jul 08 2019

PARIS Laboratory-testing company Eurofins Scientific plans to slow its frantic dealmaking pace in the next two years while also expanding in emerging markets to maintain double-digit sales growth over the next decade, its finance director said.

France leads the world in mistrust of vaccines

Jun 19 2019

PARIS/LONDON For Marie-Claire Grime, who works in a pharmacy northeast of Paris, questions about vaccines are a daily challenge. They come mainly from parents who say they're worried about "a lot of chemicals" being put into their children, she says. She does her best to allay such fears.

Blue, white and red Paris celebrates women's World Cup kick off

Jun 07 2019

PARIS It was all bleu, blanc and rouge in western Paris as a packed Parc des Princes celebrated the women's World Cup kick off in enthusiastic fashion with hosts France playing South Korea in the opening game on Friday.

Drugmaker Sanofi hires Hudson from Novartis as CEO

Jun 07 2019

PARIS Sanofi has poached Paul Hudson from Novartis to replace Chief Executive Olivier Brandicourt who will retire in September, France's biggest drugmaker said on Friday, helping send its shares almost 5 percent higher.

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