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  • PARIS, May 22- France's highest administrative court on Friday backed restrictions on unlicensed taxi services in a decision adding to U.S. start-up Uber's legal troubles. A Paris appeals court had been waiting for the decision before ruling on whether to ban Uber's unlicensed taxi service, known as UberPOP. Created by two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs...

  • *Enel plans to build 5 GW of renewable energy in Africa. PARIS, May 22- Italian utility Enel plans huge investments in renewable energy and grids in Africa, where it expects to find the kind of growth it has enjoyed in Latin America. Enel's chief executive officer Francesco Starace told Reuters that in five years Enel expects to have built up to 5,000 megawatts of...

  • France cracks down on food waste by supermarkets Friday, 22 May 2015 | 6:07 AM ET

    PARIS— France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste. The amendment approved by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, late Thursday is part of a larger environmental bill. The overall bill will go to a...

  • RIGA, May 22- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday began his campaign to persuade European leaders to make changes to the European Union before he holds a referendum to decide whether Britain should stay in or quit the bloc. Cameron was due to hold talks with European Council President Donald Tusk and a handful of EU government heads on the sidelines of...

  • *Progressive Scandinavia encourages paternal leave. OSLO/ STOCKHOLM May 22- Nordic nations are the tops when it comes to gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum's global rankings which reviews the gaps between men and women in a range of areas, including the economy. "We are a feminist government and one of our goals is to increase labour market...

  • PARIS, May 22- France's highest administrative court on Friday backed restrictions on unlicensed taxi services in a decision that will hit U.S. start-up Uber. The constitutional council said that unlicensed taxis had to return to their bases after dropping off a customer or await new fares from a parking lot, upholding a ban on them driving around looking for...

  • CHICAGO and NEW YORK, May 22- As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. "Canada is short on eggs and has been buying heavily from the U.S. for the last several years," said Rick Brown, a...

  • PARIS— Authorities in Paris say crime against tourists in the city, famed for its monuments and troubled by petty theft, appears to be dropping after a reinforced police presence and increased video surveillance. In addition to an increased police presence intended to protect tourists against petty crime, Paris has overall ratcheted up security since the...

  • PARIS, May 21- Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs. Business leaders from global and European alliances of companies including Unilever, Total and Saint-Gobain also called for a global price on carbon...

  • PARIS, May 21- Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs. Business leaders from global and European alliances of companies including Unilever, Total and Saint-Gobain also called for a global price on carbon...

  • LONDON, May 21- Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden on Thursday slammed as a "red herring" calls for investors to divest from energy companies as part of the fight against climate change. Large investors, including faith groups, university endowments and public pension funds have all in recent months backed fossil fuel divestments ahead of the U.N....

  • PARIS, May 21- Rich countries should help developing countries like India limit their carbon emissions by supporting the building of more expensive but cleaner energy plants, Glencore chairman Tony Hayward said on Thursday. Hayward said that India, where hundreds of millions of people have no access to electricity, is about to build 200 gigawatts of...

  • Far from a rising tide lifting all ships, income inequality increases in good economic times as well as bad, Thursday's report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says. Austria, Denmark and France are other countries where rising income at the top has been accompanied by falling incomes at the bottom. The report adds fuel to the...

  • PARIS, May 20- French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to "decarbonise" its investment portfolios. Hollande said on Wednesday that only 37 of 196 U.N. member states had so far submitted plans to the United Nations outlining their...

  • France wants business world to help curb climate change Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:29 PM ET

    France is to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference in December. Hollande stressed Wednesday that an agreement between 196 countries in Paris would have "extremely positive consequences on economic actors, technologies of the future, employment and growth." "You must make commitments, provide us answers, and the success will also be yours," he said at a Business...

  • PARIS, May 20- French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to decarbonise its investment portfolios. Hollande said that only 37 of 196 U.N. member states had so far submitted plans to the United Nations outlining their actions to slow...

  • *Greece mulls banking transaction tax- sources. ATHENS, May 20- Greece cannot make an upcoming payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders disburse more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, the latest warning from Athens it is on the verge of default. Talks between Greece and its lenders have foundered on Athens'...

  • EU lawmakers seek ban on "blood metals" in surprise vote Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 9:12 AM ET

    The result is set to paralyse the bill because European Union governments say firms across the 28 EU countries cannot track materials from small mines all the way through commodity exchanges to component manufacturers and the final product. Greens, centre-left and protest lawmakers from the far-left and far-right gained critical mass in the vote to...

  • Hollywood sex abuse documentary screens in Cannes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:41 AM ET

    CANNES, France— A dark side of the movie world has played out onscreen in Cannes in "An Open Secret," a documentary about child sexual abuse that calls itself "the movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see." The film is directed by acclaimed documentarian Amy Berg, who made miscarriage-of-justice story "West of Memphis" and the Academy Award-nominated "Deliver us from...

  • European cable and mobile phone operator Altice, controlled by founder Patrick Drahi, is fixing its sights on the U.S. market starting with a $9.1 billion deal for St. Louis- based Suddenlink. Such companies say their costs, per subscriber, are higher than those of cable giants such as Comcast. Comcast's own $45 billion quest for No. 2 rival Time Warner Cable was...