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French SUEZ proposes to create innovative water supply system in Uzbekistan

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France : Uzbek Deputy Presidential Adviser Elyor Ganiyev and the head of the Tashkent City Administration Jahongir Artikhojayev met with the Director General of the French Company SUEZ on the developing regions Eric Ghebali, Uzbek media reported. The French water management company proposed to create in Uzbekistan an innovative system of water supply and control, its management, and also to ... Read More »

UK says it has reached draft Brexit agreement with European Union

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British and EU negotiators have reached a framework Brexit agreement that will be examined by the UK cabinet at an emergency meeting Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said. “Cabinet will meet at 2:00pm (1400 GMT) tomorrow (Wednesday) to consider the draft agreement the negotiating teams have reached in Brussels, and to decide on next steps,” Downing Street said in ... Read More »

New demolitions halt search in deadly French building collapse

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Pressure grew on Marseille’s mayor and other officials Thursday, accused of ignoring warnings about unsafe housing, as hopes faded of finding two people still missing after a deadly building collapse in the southern French port city. Six bodies have been recovered from the mound of rubble where two buildings suddenly crumbled on Monday. Authorities believe two people may still be ... Read More »

What are EU countries doing to prepare for a no-deal Brexit?

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France : This looks set to be (another) big week in the Brexit negotiations – but preparations are also being stepped up in case no deal emerges on a withdrawal agreement between the UK and the European Union. The UK government has published more than 100 technical notices urging businesses and consumers to prepare for no deal. But what about ... Read More »

A bit of France, only 26 kilometres from Canada

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France : On a clear day, stand on any westward-facing beach near Point May on Newfoundland’s wind-scoured Burin Peninsula and gaze seaward. While Paris lies 4,300 kilometres to the east, the eight small islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, a French possession and the last remnant of France’s once-vast colonial empire in North America, float like rocky lily pads barely ... Read More »

Germany, France urge China to level business playing field

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SHANGHAI : Germany and France urged Beijing on Thursday to do more to level the playing field for European businesses in China and address concerns about the business environment through “concrete and systematic measures”. In a rare joint op-ed in the business magazine Caixin, the German and French ambassadors to China said European businesses should have the same opportunities in ... Read More »

Leonardo CEO says Fincantieri JV to favor talks with France: paper

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ROME :A joint venture signed between defense company Leonardo and shipbuilder Fincantieri will favor Italy’s talks with France over a military shipbuilding deal, Leonardo CEO told Corriere della Sera on Monday. Earlier this month the two Italian companies sealed a deal over the development of combat systems, strengthening their cooperation in the naval sector. Separately, Fincantieri and French state-controlled shipyards ... Read More »

AGCO Chief Executive Knighted for Commitment to France’s Culture and Economy

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AGCO Corp.’s chief executive doesn’t paper over the differences between Germany, the country of his heritage, and France, where he has pursued a life of learning that culminated in his being knighted by the French government this week. When the tractor and agricultural products manufacturer decided to move the home of its Massey-Ferguson brand to Beauvais, France, from England, some ... Read More »

France urges businesses to prepare for no-deal Brexit

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France has warned its business leaders to prepare for all potential Brexit scenarios including Britain crashing out of the EU with no deal, as Paris scrambles to plan for a new era of trade with its neighbour. The meeting between junior finance minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher and members of trade federations comes after the French government unveiled draft legislation setting out ... Read More »

SA companies in France for SIAL food exhibition in Paris

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PRETORIA : A South African business delegation of 38 agro-processing companies has arrived in France on a mission to explore new markets at the 27th Salon International de l’alimentation (SIAL) international food innovation exhibition in Paris from October 21 to 25, the trade and industry department (dti) said on Sunday. “SIAL is the world’s leading food exhibition network with unrivaled ... Read More »

Air France, unions reach deal to end costly pay dispute

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PARIS : Air France management and unions announced Friday that they had reached a deal aimed at ending months of strikes that set the airline back hundreds of millions of euros. Five unions representing 76.4 percent of the personnel accepted management’s offer of a four-percent pay rise to be spread over 2018 and 2019, the two sides announced. The main ... Read More »

Brexit clouds on horizon for Holyhead’s lifeline port

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Hundreds of trucks roll off the docks at Holyhead every day, bringing goods to and from Ireland in an economic lifeline for this deprived corner of Wales, which is now threatened by Brexit. Just 73 miles (117 kilometres) from the Irish capital Dublin, the port’s future will depend on how any Brexit deal affects two borders — the one between ... Read More »

Air France offers staff 4 percent raise in bid to end standoff

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PARIS (Reuters) – Air France-KLM offered its French pilots and staff a 4 percent raise, a union source said on Monday, in a bid to end a pay standoff that has resulted in damaging strikes and the departure earlier this year of the group’s last chief executive. During a meeting with unions on Saturday, new Chief Executive Ben Smith proposed ... Read More »

Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana organises Agro-processing conference

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) has organised an Agro-processing Conference on September 27, 2018 at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City as part of its focus on Industrial transformation in the agro industry in Ghana. The conference was attended by 60 business executives in the agro and affiliated fields. Participants benefited from insightful information from leading ... Read More »

France and UK agree new deal to end ‘scallop wars’

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UK:There were fresh hopes of an end to the conflict between Cornish fishermen and their French counterparts, dubbed the “scallop wars”, on Monday night after it was announced that the two sides had come to a new agreement. Vessels from the two nations clashed over the summer in a dispute about access to fishing grounds in the Baie de Seine, ... Read More »

France set to roll out tax disc for foreign truck drivers

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France wants to make foreign haulage companies contribute to the upkeep of its roads with the new environment minister announcing on Sunday that he is planning to introduce a special road tax disc. Authorities in France are frustrated by the fact many trucks cross the country using the road network, often on their way to other countries such as Spain ... Read More »

Aquarius migrant ship cannot dock in French port: Minister

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PARIS: France is not ready for now to let the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius dock and disembark dozens of migrants at the port of Marseille, France’s finance minister said on Tuesday. “For the moment it’s ‘no’,” Bruno Le Maire said when asked on BFM TV if Paris was ready to respond positively to a request from charities for permission to ... Read More »

Treasury withdraws proposals on collective investment schemes until 2019

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The Treasury has agreed to withdraw its tax proposals for collective investment schemes and to reconsider them in the 2019 legislative cycle after further discussions with the industry. The proposals are contained in the draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and have elicited strong protests from the collective scheme industry. Treasury’s chief director of legal tax design Yanga Mputa told parliament’s ... Read More »

Entourage of president’s son tripped up in customs: $16M in cash, wactches seized

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More than $16 million in cash and luxury watches were seized at an airport in Brazil in the luggage of a delegation accompanying the son of the president Equatorial Guinea, local media reported. Teodorin Nguema Obiang, vice president of Equatorial Guinea and son of its longtime president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, arrived Friday on a private plane at Viracapos airport near ... Read More »

UK Downplays French Threat to Halt Travel to Britain if No-Deal Brexit Happens

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France’s European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau has warned that Eurostar trains heading from London to Paris may not be allowed into France in the event of a no-deal Brexit. “If we do nothing, and if we reach no agreement, this is what would happen among other examples. We cannot wake up on March 30 and say to our fellow citizens ... Read More »