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French handbag maker Longchamp to invest in China to revive sales


PARIS Longchamp, one of France's leading handbag makers, is increasing its presence in China and the United States to boost its sales, its CEO said, betting on celebrity tie-ups and its online platforms to revive sluggish growth.

France to open the way for London-style urban tolls: source

PARIS France plans to make it easier for Paris and other big cities to introduce London-style urban vehicle tolls in a bid to reduce pollution and congestion, a government source told Reuters on Friday.

World, Sep 21 2018

France to press Mali to implement peace deal with rebels

PARIS France will press Mali's re-elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Saturday to move more quickly to bring into force faltering peace accords with rebels as Islamist militants keep up actions to destabilize the West African country.

World, Africa, Mali Sep 21 2018

Scaly, scary lodgers: Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles

COUERON, France In an unassuming house on France's River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner's bed while another keeps watch at the door. | Video

Oddly Enough, Sep 20 2018

Bon appetit! French find traces of bugs in their food and drink

PARIS From insect residues in fizzy drinks to beef gelatin in yoghurt, consumer group Foodwatch said it had found undisclosed animal-based ingredients in a dozen food and drink products sold in France.

Health Sep 20 2018

France holds off on Iran envoy nomination after Paris bomb plot

PARIS France will not name a new ambassador to Tehran before getting information from Iran following a foiled plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in Paris last June, French officials said on Wednesday.

World, Davos Sep 19 2018

Calls grow for U.N. action on China's Muslim 're-education camps'

GENEVA France and Germany have called on China to close "re-education camps" in its restive far western region of Xinjiang where up to one million Uighurs and other Muslims are thought to be held for political indoctrination as pressure grows for UN action.

World, China, Germany Sep 19 2018

Macron injects cash to fix France's healthcare system

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday promised extra money and more doctors in rural areas to ease pressure on France's hospitals, which are creaking under the weight of budget constraints and closures of clinics outside towns and cities.

Health, World Sep 18 2018

Macron's government in flux as key ally plans to quit post

PARIS France's interior minister, one of President Emmanuel Macron's closest allies, has announced plans to quit the government and run for election as mayor of Lyon in 2020, adding to doubts and instability around the young leader's administration.

World, Sep 18 2018

Anti-capitalism group targets French banks a decade after Lehman Brothers demise

PARIS Anti-globalization activists threw black liquid soap across the glass-front of a bank in Paris on Saturday, one of several actions planned in France and Germany in protest against banking practices a decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Germany Sep 15 2018