Tag: France

France Tries Limiting Joblessness to Confront Coronavirus Recession

PARIS — When France started shutting down a few weeks ago as the coronavirus marched relentlessly into the country, Dominique Paul feared disaster. His family’s white-glove catering company, Groupe Butard, halted operations, putting 190 jobs at risk. Edward Arkwright, the director general of Aéroports de Paris, the Paris airport operator, weighed how to preserve over […]

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One of Europe’s Most Polluted Towns Stages a Noisy Revolt

FOS-SUR-MER, France — The line of giant chimneys ceaselessly belching smoke in the air stretches to the horizon in one of the most polluted industrial zones in Europe. For years, the inhabitants of Fos-sur-Mer, France, accepted their illnesses — for example, a cancer rate that is double the national average — in exchange for jobs […]

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Long-Silenced Victim of a Pedophile Writer Gets to Tell Her Story

PARIS — In her telling, Francesca Gee was out with a girlfriend, a late autumn day in Paris in 1983, when they spotted a new bookstore. As they lingered before the storefront, her friend suddenly pointed to the bottom of the window. “Look, it’s you!” Ms. Gee’s face was staring back at her from the […]

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Crisis in The Sahel Becoming France’s Forever War

AWAGATE FOREST, MALI — For two days, dozens of armored vehicles carrying 180 elite soldiers with the French Foreign Legion lumbered over West Africa’s scrubby savanna to reach a suspected hide-out for Islamist militants. Finally, by a thicket of acacia trees, the legionnaires spotted a turbaned suspect in flip-flops, carrying an AK-47, who set off […]

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Migrant Farmworkers Whose Harvests Feed Europe Are Blocked at Borders

PARIS — When Europe tightened its borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, France’s biggest farmers sounded an alarm: The workers they rely on from other countries to harvest much of the nation’s food could no longer make the trip. The concern is widespread. In Britain, farmers are struggling to find people to pick […]

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For France, Coronavirus Tests a Vaunted Health Care System

PARIS — One of the world’s best health care systems is facing its severest test ever, and whether it succeeds will say much about the ultimate adequacy of a well-funded, well-equipped and broadly accessible national treatment plan. If France’s experiment in confining its citizens — less rigorous than the Chinese, more precocious than the Italian, […]

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Albert Uderzo, 92, Co-Creator of French Comic Series Asterix, Dies

PARIS — Albert Uderzo, a co-creator of Asterix, one of France’s most revered and longest-running comic book series, died on Tuesday at his home in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris. He was 92. His death was confirmed by Dargaud, the former publisher of the Asterix comic books. Bernard de Choisy, Mr. Uderzo’s son-in-law, told the […]

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Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians With Coronavirus: Updating List

The heir to the British throne, N.B.A. stars, award-winning actors and members of Congress. World-touring musicians, religious leaders and the loved ones of elected leaders. They are among the hundreds of thousands who have tested positive for the coronavirus as it has spread around the world. Many of the famous figures, by going public with […]

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France creates $4.3 billion coronavirus relief program to save struggling startups

The French government has announced a sweeping plan worth $4.3 billion to support a startup ecosystem struggling to survive the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down the nation’s economy. Over the past five years, the French government had gone to extraordinary lengths to catalyze a startup economy that seemed moribund just a few years ago. […]

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Iran Releases French Academic in a Prisoner Swap

PARIS — Iran has released the French academic Roland Marchal, an official in the French president’s office said on Saturday, as part of a prisoner swap agreement with France. Mr. Marchal, who had been imprisoned in Iran since June on security charges, was due to arrive in France around midday Saturday, the official said. Iran […]

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Can’t Get Tested? Maybe You’re in the Wrong Country

Scientists around the world were waiting at their computers in early January when China released the coronavirus genetic code, the blueprint for creating tests and vaccines. Within days, labs from Hong Kong to Berlin had designed tests and shared their research with others. Within about two weeks, Australia had its own tests, and even citizens […]

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Queen Urges Britons to Pull Together as Nation Charts an Uncertain Course

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday urged the British people to pull together even as they move apart, hoping to steady a country that has veered between alarm and complacency as the government has struggled to present a consistent message about its response to the coronavirus. “We are all being advised to change our […]

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How a Cruise Ship Kept Sailing After Passengers Fell Ill with Coronavirus

Travel and travel planning are being disrupted by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s Covid-19 coverage here. A waiter in the crowded cruise ship passageway approached the isolated passenger with a tray of food, two glasses of juice, plastic gloves on his hands — and a […]

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A French Call to Arms Against the Virus

PARIS — With the spread of the coronavirus accelerating at an alarming rate in France, President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation Monday evening with a call for mobilization. Before millions of television viewers, he looked directly into the camera and declared, “We are at war.” In 20 minutes, he said it six times. Mr. Macron […]

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Some Countries Are Better Armored for Epidemics Than Others

No European country is escaping the economic consequences of the coronavirus, but the pain won’t be divided equally. Southern Europe, which bore the brunt of the last big economic crisis, will suffer the most. Countries like Greece and Italy depend heavily on tourism and are still suffering the lingering effects of the eurozone debt meltdown […]

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Is Ibuprofen Really Risky for Coronavirus Patients?

The health minister of France, Olivier Véran, has issued a blunt warning about painkillers taken by people ill with the coronavirus: Stay away from drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin. Take acetaminophen instead, he advised in a tweet on Saturday. So-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen worsened symptoms of the illness caused by the coronavirus, he said. […]

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Macron Declares France ‘at War’ With Virus, as E.U. Proposes 30-Day Travel Ban

BRUSSELS — Adopting martial language, President Emmanuel Macron ordered the French to stay at home for at least the next 15 days, as France put in place some of the most severe measures in Europe to try to curb the raging coronavirus. The aggressive move by France came as other countries in the region introduced […]

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France’s Bistros Close, in a Frenzy of Donated Cheese and Pâté

PARIS — Xavier Denamur is used to bustling between the five popular bistros he owns in the Marais neighborhood of central Paris, managing a team of nearly 70 waiters and chefs and keeping tabs on the phalanx of patrons who crowd his tables, elbow-to-elbow, year round. But on Monday, Mr. Denamur, 57, was scrambling to […]

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Apple Fined Record $1.2 Billion by French Competition Watchdog for Anti-competitive Behavior

Apple has been fined a record 1.1 billion euros ($1.23 billion) by the French competition watchdog for its anti-competitive behavior in its distribution network and abusing the economic dependence of its resellers. Additionally, the competition watchdog fined Tech Data and Ingram Micro, two of Apple’s resellers, 63 million euros and 76 million euros for agreeing […]

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