French photo startup Meero joins unicorn club after $230 million fundraising

PARIS (Reuters) – French startup Meero, which offers online editing and production tools for photographers, has raised $230 million in a boost for the country’s technology and start-up scene that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will boost the overall economy. Meero’s fundraising is the biggest on record in France so far this year, beating Doctolib’s 150 million-euro fundraising. Investment company Eurazeo, […]

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France's Macron urges more dialogue with Iran, regrets announcements on enrichment

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he regretted Iran’s announcement that it would exceed the allowed enriched uranium limit, but that Paris would hold talks with Iran and its partners to avoid any further escalation in the region. “I regret the Iranian announcements made today, but as the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has underlined, Iran […]

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France warns new European drone must be competitive on price

PARIS (Reuters) – A next-generation drone being developed by several European nations must be price competitive or the project designed to project European unity and strength in an increasingly uncertain world will flounder, France’s defense minister warned on Monday. France and Germany are spearheading the development of a new manned fighter jet to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Aviation’s […]

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Iran rejects French call for wider talks beyond nuclear deal: state TV

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran rejected French calls for wider international talks over its nuclear and military ambitions, saying on Friday it would only discuss it existing 2015 atomic pact with world powers, state TV reported. French President Emmanuel Macron had said a day earlier that Paris and Washington both wanted to stop Tehran getting nuclear arms and new talks should […]

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France to ban the destruction of unsold consumer products

France’s prime minister has announced a crackdown on the destruction of unsold or returned consumer products, a move that will affect luxury goods brands as well as online retailers such as Amazon. Edouard Philippe said a ban on destroying non-food goods – including clothes, electrical items, hygiene products and cosmetics – would come into force within the next four years. […]

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French police hunt for man who left bomb in Lyon

LYON (Reuters) – Police hunted on Saturday for a man who left a bomb in a pedestrian shopping street in the central French city of Lyon on Friday that wounded 13 people. Ninety police investigators supported by 30 scientific officers and technicians as well as local police were searching for the man, who was seen on security cameras at around […]

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France calls Iran to respect nuclear deal, warns of escalation

PARIS (Reuters) – France called on Iran on Wednesday to respect all its commitments after Tehran announced it was relaxing some curbs to its nuclear program, and warned against any action that would lead to an escalation. The steps announced by Iran stop short of violating its 2015 deal with world powers for now, but it threatened more action if […]

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Thousands of public workers protest against Macron's reforms

Emmanuel Macron, who plans to cut 120,000 public sector jobs, is on a collision course with France’s trade unions. Paris, France – Under a stormy sky, more than 15,000 public sector workers have marched across the French capital to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s planned economic reforms. A united front of teachers, police officers, transport staff and air traffic controllers […]

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French police clash with yellow vests protesters in Strasbourg

PARIS (Reuters) – French police fired tear gas to push back protesters who tried to march toward the European Parliament building in the eastern city of Strasbourg on the 25th consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies. The so-called ‘yellow vests’ protesters were back on the streets across France two days after Macron outlined policy proposals including tax […]

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Vatican willing to offer technical know-how to help restore Notre-Dame

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican is willing to offer technical restoration know-how to help rebuild and restore the devastated cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Holy’s See’s culture minister said on Tuesday. “I think one of the greatest contributions the Holy See can make … will be above a technical one because we have, for example, the Vatican Museums,” Cardinal Gianfranco […]

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