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  • WASHINGTON— Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, according to a U.S. official said Wednesday. A French official close to an investigation of the debris confirmed...

  • PARIS— French and German executives from two of Europe's leading armored vehicle makers signed a long-awaited merger deal Wednesday aimed at creating a new European champion in the $50 billion annual terrestrial defense market. The tie-up between France's state-owned Nexter Systems and privately held German firm KMW was inked in Paris at the Defense...

  • PARIS, July 29- A Paris commercial court gave U.S. group XPO Logistics the green light on Wednesday to proceed with its post-purchase integration of French transport firm Norbert Dentressangle, throwing out an injunction sought by a U.S. hedge fund. The court also rejected XPO's request to extend a temporary injunction barring Elliott Capital Advisors from...

  • ROME— Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year for Rome, and the first of as many as 30 million people may start pouring into Rome. Just when Rome needs to be at its best, the city is being shamed by corruption scandals and a breakdown in public services— especially in the mass transit that many of the pilgrim masses will use. The actions are part of a protest against Rome...

  • LONDON/ PARIS, July 29- A Sudanese man died on Wednesday as migrants desperate to enter Britain from France stormed the channel tunnel entrance and British ministers and security chiefs held an emergency meeting to try to tackle the growing crisis. Freight and passenger traffic through the rail tunnel has been severely disrupted as migrants camped out in...

  • BRUSSELS, July 29- European Union regulators are investigating prices charged by Disneyland Paris after complaints from foreign consumers who said they were charged far more than their French counterparts. The move by the European Commission is part of a broader crackdown on "geoblocking", the practice of companies limiting or restricting consumers' access...

  • PARIS— British singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin versions of the iconic Birkin handbag, after being contacted by animal rights group PETA over "cruel" slaughtering practices. A PETA video from June shows several reptiles at a Texas farm that supplies crocodile skins to Hermes left twitching in a bloody ice container to...

  • LONDON— This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jake Gyllenhaal. It includes Drake Doremus' futuristic "Equals," with Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Luca...

  • PARIS, July 29- French oil company Total posted higher than expected second-quarter profit on Wednesday, helped by increased refining margins in Europe and accelerated cost cuts to adjust to a low oil price environment. Europe's second biggest oil company reported adjusted net profit of $3.085 billion, beating analyst expectations of $2.61 billion and only...

  • CALAIS, France— The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. Men and women, some hiding their faces beneath bandannas, walked single file to sneak over a bent fence along the train tracks leading to the tunnel and ultimately to England.

  • Posting 571 million euros of net income, after a 114 million loss the same time last year, Peugeot met key goals three years early but warned against hasty conclusions in the face of a Chinese slowdown and other approaching hurdles. Following a 3 billion euro bailout that saw the French government and China's Dongfeng buy matching 14 percent stakes last year,...

  • PIONKI, Poland— Marek Bogacki feels life in Poland 26 years after the fall of communism could hardly be better. Wearing a fine shirt and tie and enjoying brunch at a French bakery in Warsaw, the 35- year-old investment director at an insurance company ticked off places where he has vacationed, from New York to Thailand to Paris, saying the prosperity and freedom...

  • PARIS— French energy giant Total SA says its net profit slid 4 percent in the second quarter as higher production helped offset a steep drop in the price of oil. Total on Wednesday reported a net profit of $2.97 billion, down from $3.1 billion a year earlier. Underlying replacement cost profit, which strips out one-time items and changes in the value of inventories,...

  • Calais is a key port for sea and land crossings to Britain. In recent months, thousands of migrants from Eritrea, Sudan and beyond have camped out around the city, and some try to sneak across the English Channel by getting onboard trucks and freight trains. The encampments have soured relations between Britain and France, which blame each other for failing to cope...

  • *Zurich spokesman says RSA would complement business. *RSA says has received no proposal from Zurich. *Zurich shares down 1.8 pct, RSA up 18 pct.

  • French state-controlled Nexter Systems and privately-held Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH& Co KG of Germany have been in exclusive tie-up talks for more than a year. One apparent sticking point had been the reported preference of German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel for an all-German merger of KMW with automotive and defense group Rheinmetall designed to...

  • *Corn flat amid improving crop conditions. WINNIPEG, Manitoba, July 28- Chicago soybean and wheat futures bounced on Tuesday, rising on bargain-buying and short-covering after recent lows, while corn was steady. The USDA said 62 percent of the U.S. soybean crop was in good to excellent condition, same as last week but below the previous year's 71 percent.

  • French farmers protest taps into freewheeling tradition Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 11:08 AM ET

    PARIS— Over the past week, French farmers have used tractors to block the border with Germany and chucked foreign vegetables off trucks in protest of cheap imports. They are protesting increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high social charges, which they say make them unable to compete against Germany, much less Eastern Europe.

  • *Wheat, soybeans up after deep losses. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, July 28- Chicago corn futures slid for a third consecutive session on Tuesday to a one-month low with pressure from ideal weather across the U.S. Wheat rose following a drop to one-month lows on Monday while soybeans firmed after shedding nearly 6 percent over the last three sessions.

  • PARIS, July 28- French and German armoured vehicle makers Nexter and KMW are to seal their long-planned merger on Wednesday, the French defence ministry said, combining the Leclerc and Leopard tank brands to compete with the U.S.-made Abrams and Britain's Challenger. The merged company will be 50 percent owned by the French government through GIAT Industries...