December 15, 1998 |
The French government said it's prepared to cede control of Aerospatiale, France's biggest defense company, in a last-ditch attempt to help the company muscle in on a merger between British Aerospace and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace. The government, which has already agreed to cut its stake in Aerospatiale to 48%, may go further if it's presented with a plan to unite the company with BAe and Dasa, Finance Minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn said.
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November 6, 1998 |
Two World War I veterans, one of them from the Valley, will receive France's highest honor--the Legion of Honor medal--on Wednesday at the French consul general's home in Beverly Hills. Albert Willard, 101, of Sherman Oaks, and Fred Roberts, 102, of Temple City, will receive the National Order of the Legion of Honor medal, said Yo-Jung Chen, vice consul at the French Consulate in Westwood.
October 22, 1998 |
France's left-wing government Wednesday unveiled emergency plans to improve conditions in overcrowded high schools and to try to end three weeks of protests by teenage students. Education Minister Claude Allegre told the National Assembly that he will increase nonteaching personnel and offer regional authorities interest-free loans to refurbish state high schools. "High school students have clearly said they want rapid reforms. . . .
September 18, 1998 |
The French government blocked Coca-Cola's proposed $850-million buyout of Orangina, France's most popular soft drink, from Pernod-Ricard. The announcement came as a surprise because analysts had considered government approval a formality, although there was opposition from Pepsi-Cola Co., which had feared losing its distribution channels in France because of the deal.
January 14, 1998 |
She is university-educated, well-spoken and exquisitely polite, but citizens such as Beatrice, an auburn-haired Parisian who finds herself without steady work as she faces middle age, are making the French government tremble these days. On Tuesday, the unemployed Frenchwoman and thousands like her were in the streets, demanding a less precarious present and a more secure future.
January 2, 1998 |
For thousands of French men and women, there is little realistic hope of working again. And over the holiday season, while most of the rest of the country was feasting and exchanging presents, their patience ran out. From Arras in the north to Marseilles on the Mediterranean, groups of jobless protesters have been occupying offices of the government employment agency.
December 10, 1997 |
The leaders of France, Britain and Germany jointly urged their defense industries Tuesday to adopt by March 31 a "clear plan" to create giant, Pan-European companies that could compete with U.S. rivals.
October 17, 1997 |
The sun-kissed Mediterranean coast has long been home to mobsters and shady big-bucks real estate schemes. But a new book by two journalists, one of them the great-great-grandson of science-fiction pioneer Jules Verne, has bowled over even the most jaundiced residents with its allegations about French politics, southern style.
August 23, 1997 |
France's governing Socialist Party delivered a stinging admonition to Pope John Paul II on Friday, officially "regretting" the visiting pontiff's decision to pray at the grave of a prominent antiabortion crusader. "The meaning of such a gesture can only cause discontent and risks encouraging in our country the determination of those who wage a struggle bearing the mark of intolerance," the party of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin said in a statement.