Tag: France

‘Uncontrollable’ Jeffrey Epstein: 5 Takeaways From Judge’s Bail Decision

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A federal judge on Thursday denied Jeffrey Epstein’s request for bail pending his trial on sex-trafficking charges in Manhattan. As a result, Mr. Epstein, 66, a wealthy financier who owns a private jet, luxury homes around the world and […]

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Louvre Removes Sackler Family Name From Its Walls

The Louvre in Paris has removed the name of the Sackler family from its walls, becoming the first major museum to erase its public association with the philanthropist family linked with the opioid crisis in the United States. The Louvre’s collection of Persian and Levantine artifacts is housed in a wing which has been known […]

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How Notre-Dame Was Saved: 5 Things We Know

How was it that fire ravaged Notre-Dame? And how was it saved? A New York Times investigation found that a miscommunication among security employees and flawed planning let the fire spin out of control in one of France’s most revered monuments on April 15. When the firefighters were called, it was already too late to […]

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Seeing France’s Wild Mountains Through a Clouded, Classic Windshield

In 1878, on something of a whim, the novelist and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson crossed southern France’s Cévennes mountains, one of the wildest and most sparsely populated parts of the country, in the company of a slow-moving donkey named Modestine. In May, also on something of a whim, my wife and I crossed the […]

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Beware. Other Nations Will Follow France With Their Own Digital Tax.

Last Thursday, the French Senate passed a digital services tax, which would impose an entirely new tax on large multinationals that provide digital services to consumers or users in France. Digital services include everything from providing a platform for selling goods and services online to targeting advertising based on user data, and the tax applies […]

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Greens Are the New Hope for Europe’s Center. For the Far Right, They’re Enemy No. 1.

BERLIN — When protesters in reflective yellow vests took to the barricades in France, rebelling against a gas tax that would hit hardest those who could least afford it, Annalena Baerbock was watching closely from across the border. A co-leader of Germany’s Greens, Ms. Baerbock has seen her party steadily strengthen over the last year. […]

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As Nations Look to Tax Tech Firms, U.S. Scrambles to Broker a Deal

WASHINGTON — For most of the 21st century, wealthy nations have engaged in a race to the bottom on corporate taxes, cutting rates in an effort to poach business activity across borders. Very quickly, that script has flipped. Developed countries are now moving to impose new taxes on technology companies, like Facebook and Google, that […]

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5 Lobster Tails and a $560 Bottle of Wine, at Taxpayers’ Expense, Give Macron a Headache

PARIS — A photo of five giant lobster tails, neatly encased in their shells and arrayed on a table sparkling with crystal and fine white wine, has exploded across the internet and endangered the career of a stalwart in the cabinet of President Emmanuel Macron of France. Until recently, François de Rugy, Mr. Macron’s ecology […]

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France Moves Toward Digital Tax, Stoking Fight With White House

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron’s government waded into a potentially messy fight with the White House on Thursday as French lawmakers voted to impose a tax on Facebook, Google and other American technology giants despite a blunt warning from the Trump administration. The measure, which the White House said could amount to an unfair trade […]

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Vincent Lambert, Frenchman at Center of Right-to-Die Case, Dies at 42

PARIS — Vincent Lambert, a former nurse who had been in a vegetative state for over a decade, died on Thursday in Reims, France, after an intense family dispute over his fate that led to years of legal battles and put him at the center of right-to-die debates. He was 42. Mr. Lambert’s death was […]

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Trump orders probe into France’s tax plans for technology companies

(Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered an investigation into France’s planned tax on technology companies, a probe that could lead to the United States imposing new tariffs or other trade restrictions. “The United States is very concerned that the digital services tax which is expected to pass the French Senate tomorrow unfairly […]

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For France’s Jobless, Macron Aims to ‘Make Work Pay’

PARIS — Franck Provost, a high-profile coiffeur with more than 500 hair salons across France, needed to do some hiring last fall in the central Loire region. But when an associate reached out to 130 unemployed stylists, he said, only two replied. “There are thousands of hairstylists on the jobless rolls, but we can’t hire […]

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Tanks, But No Tanks

Two thousand and sixty-eight years ago, a Roman magistrate named Julius Caesar crossed a river in Italy. The Senate long forbade its proconsuls from commanding Rome’s legions outside of their respective jurisdictions—especially into Italy itself, where the Rubicon marked the legal and physical demarcation of senatorial power. Caesar’s decision to cross that boundary in 49 […]

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Paris’ electric scooter experiment demonstrates dangers of failing to regulate tech

If you want to see an example of how failing to properly regulate a new technology can be bad for companies,  users, and communities, look no further than Paris. Last year, the city allowed dockless electric scooters to beging operating in the city using a light-touch approach to regulation. The result of this experiment in […]

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