Macron to plead deficit slippage essential for reforms plan

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will plead to euro zone peers this week that the costly emergency measures he announced to quell anti-tax protests were needed to ensure he could press on with his ambitious reform agenda, an official said on Wednesday. France is on course to overshoot the European Union’s budget deficit ceiling next year after Macron […]

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Macron faces pressure to change tack as French unrest slows economy

PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron met French lawmakers, trade unions and business groups on Monday before giving a national address when he will respond to violent anti-government protests convulsing the country. Heaping pressure on Macron, the Bank of France said the nationwide unrest was stunting the economy, forecasting that growth would slow to a virtual standstill in the fourth […]

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France could change position on wealth tax, Macron ally suggests

PARIS (Reuters) – A day after President Emmanuel Macron’s administration backed down in the face of nationwide protests and suspended a fuel-tax, the government has suggested it could also amend a wealth tax that critics say goes too easy on the rich. Speaking on RTL radio, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux, a close ally of Macron’s, said all policies involving taxation […]

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Macron set for tax U-turn to quell 'yellow vest' protests

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government is preparing to suspend fuel tax increases after weeks of sometimes violent protests, a government source said on Tuesday, in what would mark a major U-turn by President Emmanuel Macron after 18 months in office. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was due to announce the suspension later on Tuesday, the source said, although it was […]

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France to consider state of emergency to prevent riots recurring: government spokesman

PARIS (Reuters) – France will consider imposing a state of emergency to prevent a recurrence of some of the worst civil unrest in more than a decade and urged peaceful protesters to come to the negotiating table, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Sunday. Groups of young men with faces masked, some carrying metal bars and axes, rioted on the […]

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Mo Salah protests 'plans' to have stray cats exported and sold as food with Liverpool ace posting cute pictures

The Egyptian government has been forced to deny sensational claims that they have authorised over 4,000 animals to be sent to places where they are seen as delicacies. Salah, 26, has come out fighting against the reports and uploaded a picture to social media alongside his feline friends. He captioned the image: "Cats and dogs will not be exported anywhere. […]

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Brad Marchand protests phantom call by waving towel in penalty box, earning a misconduct

Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand's reputation for pushing the limits precedes him, and opponents are learning how to take advantage. Earlier this month, Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons sold that he was high-sticked by Marchand, even though the stick never made contact. Friday night, Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop won the Oscar for acting that he was hurt by a […]

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Russia stifled mobile network during protests: document

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities ordered two mobile operators to cut most access to mobile data services in the region of Ingushetia as protesters were massing outside government offices there, according to a document from the state telecoms regulator. The Ingushetia case, the first time such an order has been documented in Russia, indicates Russia is restricting access to social […]

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