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LVMH's billionaire boss Arnault defends Notre-Dame donations


PARIS France's richest man Bernard Arnault hit out on Thursday at critics of his rush to donate tens of millions of euros to the restoration of Notre-Dame cathedral, saying he would not benefit from tax breaks and branding the sniping as petty.

France points way for UK shake up of audit market

LONDON Taking on the Big Four accounting firms will remain a lengthy and costly challenge for smaller rivals in Britain despite the regulatory leg-up unveiled on Thursday, but France has shown it can be done over a decade.

Apr 18 2019

France asks: should Notre-Dame's spire be rebuilt as it was?

PARIS France will open the redesign of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral's historic spire to international architects after Monday night's catastrophic blaze that gutted the centuries-old roof and sent the towering spire crashing through the vaulted ceiling. | Video

World, Apr 18 2019

France to ban titanium dioxide whitener in food from 2020

PARIS France will ban the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive from 2020 after the country's health and safety agency said there was not enough evidence to guarantee the safety of the substance.

Health, Apr 17 2019

Factbox: Donors pledge nearly 900 million euros to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral

PARIS Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral went up in flames on Monday , a blaze that devastated the landmark, destroying its wood-beamed roof and collapsing the iconic spire, a searing loss for Paris and France.

World, Apr 17 2019

French President Macron hopes to rebuild Notre-Dame in five years

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday that France would rebuild the fire-devastated Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, saying he hoped the work would be done in five years and the French people would pull together to repair their national symbol. | Video

World, Apr 17 2019

Bashar al-Assad's uncle to face trial in France over property fraud: source

PARIS, France The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will stand trial in France for allegedly acquiring millions of euros worth of French property assets using funds diverted from the Syrian state, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

World, Syria Apr 17 2019

Insurers expect France to bear Notre-Dame rebuilding cost

Major European insurers expect France to bear the bulk of the cost of rebuilding the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a fire tore through the eight-centuries-old Paris landmark on Monday.

World, Apr 16 2019

Renewables industry urges France to raise wind project targets

PARIS France needs to raise the minimum for wind power projects to 1,000 megawatts (MW) per year to boost the development of the sector, two industry lobbies said on Tuesday, if the country wants to reach its targets for renewable energy use.

Notre-Dame will reign magnificent again, say Windsor Castle restorers

LONDON Architects who restored Windsor Castle after a fire devastated the oldest inhabited castle in the world have a message for France: Notre-Dame Cathedral will reign magnificent again over Paris, possibly sooner than grieving Parisians expect.

World, Apr 16 2019