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France asks EU for early farm aid to help drought-hit farmers


PARIS France will ask the European Commission to bring forward the payment of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) of subsidies to help farmers cope with a hot spell that hurt crops and pasture, with more damage feared this week, the farm minister said on Monday.

Italian magistrate who led 'Clean Hands' graft probes dies

ROME Francesco Saverio Borrelli, the Italian magistrate who headed the "Clean Hands" corruption investigations in the early 1990s that swept away an entire political class, has died, his family said on Saturday.

World, Italy Jul 20 2019

Britain says Iran seizes two oil tankers in Gulf, Iran says captured one

LONDON/DUBAI Britain said Iran seized two oil tankers in the Gulf on Friday and told Tehran to return the vessels or face consequences in the latest confrontation to ratchet up tension along a vital international oil shipping route. | Video

World, Jul 20 2019

French forests scarred as heatwaves bring bark beetle infestation

Long spells of hot, dry weather have brought the worst bark beetle infestation in two decades to eastern France, ruining conifer forests and causing timber prices to plummet as forestry firms fell trees before they are damaged.

Environment, Jul 19 2019

Weather woes hit French vineyards: wine production seen falling this year

PARIS Wine output in France, the world's second largest producer, may fall by as much as 13% this year after vineyards were hit by adverse weather including hail, frost and a record-breaking heatwave, the farm ministry said on Friday.

Environment, Jul 19 2019

Hot weather could force EDF to halt output at Golfech nuclear plant

PARIS French utility EDF may have to shut down electricity generation at its 2,600 megawatt (MW) Golfech nuclear power plant in the south of France from Tuesday July 23 because of high temperatures forecast on the Garonne river.

UK hit with recession warning as Brexit battle builds in parliament

LONDON Britain might be entering a full-blown recession that a no-deal exit from the European Union would compound, blowing a 30 billion-pound hole in the public finances, a budget watchdog said on Thursday. | Video

World, Jul 18 2019

Airbus closes in on Air France jetliner deal: sources

LONDON Airbus is close to a deal worth billions of dollars to sell dozens of A320neo-family and smaller A220 aircraft to Air France as the French network carries out a keenly awaited renewal of its medium-haul fleet, industry sources said.

Aerospace & Defense, Jul 18 2019

Latest hot spell set to deepen drought pain in France

PARIS Hot weather in France next week is expected to prolong drought conditions that have impacted several sectors including nuclear power generation and farming, and led to restrictions on water use in 61 administrative regions.

French environment minister quits over spending criticism

PARIS France's environment minister resigned on Tuesday following a week of reports by an investigative website about his high spending on private lobster dinners and costly renovations of his ministerial residence.

World, Jul 16 2019