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French shipping giant to partner with Italian rival

 

The world's second and third largest container shipping companies, Swiss-Italian MSC and France's CMA CGM, announced a partnership Thursday to share their fleets.

 

Thirty screws ‘missing’ from Air France jet

Thirty screws ‘missing’ from Air France jet

Air France has suspended the maintenance of its aircraft by Chinese company Taeco after 30 screws were found to be missing from one of its planes, it said on Thursday.

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Iconic Yves Saint Laurent dress snapped up

A Mondrian dress by iconic French designer Yves Saint Laurent was snapped up on Thursday, star lot of a vintage sale held half a century after his fashion house was founded.

Breathalyzers to be compulsory in all cars

Breathalyzers to be compulsory in all cars

Every car in France will have to be equipped with a breathalyzer from the spring of 2012. The announcement was made by President Nicolas Sarkozy in a speech on Wednesday.

Actress ‘banned Muslim handymen’ over chihuahua worries

Actress ‘banned Muslim handymen’ over chihuahua worries

One of France's most well-known singers and actresses, Marie Laforêt, will today appear in a Paris courtroom to defend herself against charges that a job advertisement she placed discriminated against Muslims.

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France moves to ban prostitution

French lawmakers will next week test France's long history of liberal attitudes toward sex by introducing a bill outlawing prostitution.

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Sarkozy to give euro crisis speech

President Nicolas Sarkozy will try to reassure anxious voters, markets and European allies that he is on top of the financial crisis on Thursday in a keenly awaited landmark speech.

French silent film wows critics

French silent film wows critics

A silent film is the surprise dark horse in the looming race for the Oscars after it won the best film and best director prizes from the highly-regarded New York Film Critics Circle.

Merkel ‘acting like Bismarck’ – socialists

Merkel ‘acting like Bismarck’ – socialists

Two senior Socialists attacked Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, with one complaining about her "Bismarck-style policies."