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France accused of fostering market in hostages

Mar 12, 2012
Despite official denials, France is accused of being too ready to pay ransoms for hostages -- and so encouraging kidnappers to abduct its citizens.
Posted In: France, al qaeda, Crime, hostages
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Plans for Napoleon Bonaparte theme park move forward

Feb 28, 2012
New government funding means the next big theme park in Europe may be "Napoleonland." A commercial tribute to the 19th century French emperor could open in a small town outside Paris.
Posted In: France, theme parks
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In France, saying adieu to 'Mademoiselle' on forms

Feb 22, 2012
The word 'Mademoiselle' seems as French as the Eiffel Tower. But from now on, it will be banned from official government forms.
Posted In: France, female
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Britain, France to sign nuclear energy deal

Feb 17, 2012
The two European nations are set to strike a deal that will pave the way for new nuclear power plants in the U.K. But why now?
Posted In: France, Britain, nuclear power, nuclear energy
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France pushes for financial transaction tax

Jan 30, 2012
At the European summit today, focus is not only on Greece's debt, but a French plan to charge banks a fee for each and every financial transaction.
Posted In: Robin Hood tax, France, nicolas sarkozy
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In noise-averse Paris, 'silent discos' spread

Jan 13, 2012
Many young Parisians want to listen to loud music, but don’t want to annoy their neighbors -- so they’re using headphones at their parties.
Posted In: France, Music
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French nuclear power export hopes dim

Jan 9, 2012
France claims it has designed the world's safest nuclear reactors, but last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, dealt export hopes a blow.
Posted In: France, nuclear power, Fukushima
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Why is there record pessimism in France?

Dec 23, 2011
A new poll finds the French are as pessimistic about the economy as any country has been since 1978.
Posted In: France, Europe debt crisis
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PODCAST: Who gets the big holiday tips, impact of the payroll tax cut extension

Dec 23, 2011
Congress has passed the payroll tax cut extension. We take a look at what the means for consumers. We have some numbers for you: Consumer spending grew just 0.1 percent in November, while orders for U.S. factory goods went up 3.8 percent. Plus, what is the most pessimistic country in the world? And find out which professions receive the biggest holiday tips.
Posted In: consumer spending, France, payroll tax, tips
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French nuclear giant Areva to slash 1,500 jobs

Dec 13, 2011
After the disaster in Fukushima, nuclear energy is less popular than it once was. Now, the nuclear company Areva will take drastic cost-cutting measures.
Posted In: nuclear, Areva, nuclear energy, France

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