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  • BRUSSELS, May 28- The European Commission said on Thursday it had asked Paris for more information on a new French law on taxis and chauffeured cars following a complaint from mobile phone taxi-booking service Uber. In November Uber filed a complaint with the Commission against the French law, arguing it favoured regular taxis at Uber's expense and that France...

  • BRUSSELS, May 28- The European Commission said on Thursday it had asked Paris for more information on a new French law on taxis and chauffeured cars following a complaint from mobile phone taxi-booking service Uber. In November Uber filed a complaint with the Commission against the new French taxi law, arguing it favored regular taxis at Uber's expense and that...

  • PARIS— A French court has handed a famed photographer a three-year prison sentence on charges of swindling millions of euros from France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, by taking advantage of her weak mental state. The court also ordered the photographer, Francois-Marie Banier, to pay €159 million euros in damages and a 350,000- euro...

  • MEXICO CITY, May 27- Mexico is working hard to prevent outbreaks of a bird flu epidemic that has stricken the U.S. poultry and egg industry in recent months, a senior Mexican agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was responding to comments on Tuesday by a world health official who said that Mexico was...

  • Experts involved in past deep water searches say the search to find MH370 could easily miss the plane as Dutch company Fugro NV, the firm at the forefront of the mission, is using inappropriate technology for some terrain and inexperienced personnel for the highly specialized task of hunting man-made objects. "Fugro is a big company but they don't have any...

  • *U.S. expected to press Europe to reach deal on Greece. DRESDEN, Germany, May 27- G7 ministers and central bank heads convened on Wednesday to discuss how to revive global growth and China's increasing clout, while keeping a close eye on the protracted talks to avoid a Greek default. The United States is likely to use the talks, running through to Friday, to press Europe...

  • UPDATE 2-Airbus wins board spat with Spain, to renew CEO Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:56 PM ET

    AMSTERDAM, May 27- Airbus Group faced down a revolt by government shareholders over a board appointment and invited its chief executive to stay on until 2019 as Europe's largest aerospace company consolidated a recent push for political independence. France and Germany own 11 percent each of Airbus Group and Spain controls 4.1 percent.

  • PHOENIX— Hopi tribal leaders and Arizona's members of Congress are asking U.S. law enforcement to stop the sale of about a dozen sacred Hopi artifacts at a Paris auction house in June. The Hopi Tribe contends the auction house is illegally selling the spiritual objects, known as Katsina Friends, and is urging U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to help recover...

  • French startups beg expats - 'Come home, work for us' Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:57 PM ET

    PARIS, May 27- French startup companies desperate for talent with international experience launched a campaign on Wednesday to persuade expats to return, pooling their resources to offer free repatriation help and advice as part of the package. Despite France's reputation as a high tax, low growth, bureaucratic country, the claim to be a centre for dynamic...

  • AMSTERDAM, May 27- Airbus Group ended the suspense over the future of its chief executive on Wednesday, saying its board had asked German-born Tom Enders to serve for at least one more term after his mandate expires in 2016.. Airbus Group, whose shareholders include the Spanish, French and German governments, was due to ask shareholders to approve the appointment...

  • *Germany, Japan at forefront of opposition. BARCELONA, May 27- The world's richest nations are unlikely to reach a deal to phase out subsidies for coal exports at talks in June, reducing the chances of a new global climate change agreement at a U.N. conference in Paris, officials and campaigners say. One European Union official, speaking on condition of anonymity,...

  • Airbus faces tensions over Spanish board appointment Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:16 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, May 27- Airbus Group faces a tussle with the Spanish government over the choice of a new board member at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, in a new test of efforts by Europe's largest aerospace company to assert political independence. Airbus Group, whose shareholders include the Spanish, French and German governments, will ask...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 9 Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will participate in a moderated conversation at the London School of Economics and Political Science- 0945 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Sarah Breeden: CSFI Roundtable on Bank of England's Procyclicality Working Group SEOUL- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to attend a financial forum hosted by Dong-A Ilbo and...

  • PARIS— The world's No. 1 luxury goods company LVMH is in talks to buy respected French newspaper Le Parisien, a purchase that would complement its other media holding, the financial daily Les Echos. A statement issued on Tuesday by LVMH said that it was in exclusive negotiations with the Amaury Group which owns the daily Le Parisien and its sister paper...

  • *Pilots, avoiding storm clouds, flew towards Mount Cameroun. PARIS, May 26- French investigators have opened a probe after an Air France jet with some three dozen people on board narrowly avoided hitting the highest mountain in central Africa in early May, according to information published by France's BEA air accident agency. The Boeing 777 jet was making a short...

  • BERLIN, May 26- Germany and France have agreed plans to strengthen cooperation among euro zone countries without changing existing EU treaties, in a potential setback for British Prime Minister David Cameron as he holds key meetings this week with both countries' leaders. The blueprint would bolster the 19- nation euro zone, of which Britain is not a member, by...

  • EU wheat hit by Chicago slump, euro underpins Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    A corresponding drop in the euro, however, helped keep losses in Europe more restrained than in Chicago. December milling wheat, the new-crop benchmark and most active contract on Euronext, settled 1.50 euros or 0.8 percent lower at 182.50 euros a tonne. "If tonight's U.S. crop progress report does not raise any fresh concerns, the pullback has every chance of...

  • PARIS, May 25- The number of cases of bird flu in the United States has started to decline and the epidemic is likely to be over within a couple of months, helped by warm weather in the summer, the U.S. chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday. "We believe the worst is behind us, which doesn't mean that we still won't see additional cases but we know we see a decline in cases,"...

  • PARIS— France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures. The bill pushed by Ecology Minister Segolene Royal was approved Tuesday by the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, with 308 votes for and 217 against.

  • PARIS, May 26- French investigators have opened a probe after an Air France jet with some three dozen people on board narrowly avoided hitting the highest mountain in central Africa in early May, according to information published by France's BEA air accident agency. The Boeing 777 jet was making a short evening trip from Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea,...