October 12, 1999 |
French chefs and restaurant owners protesting high taxes pelted surprised riot police here with eggs and flour Monday, prompting the officers to respond with tear gas to keep them away from the National Assembly. Hundreds of protesters, many wearing chef's hats and banging pots, converged on the parliament to demand that the 20.6% value-added tax on restaurants be cut to the 5.5% rate that fast-food establishments such as McDonald's enjoy.
February 10, 1999 |
Sylvie Rouy, a mother of two who has AIDS and must use a wheelchair, came Tuesday seeking justice. But in pain and fatigued, she had to be whisked by ambulance from the courtroom to a hospital for injections of morphine and cortisone. "This trial has destroyed me, has destroyed my family, my child," said the tearful 35-year-old woman from Lorraine in eastern France.
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 30, 1998 |
The French military, looking for a few good men and women, has begun headhunting on the Internet at http://www.defense.gouv.fr "Our site is going to constitute an essential aid tool for recruitment," army Capt. Pascal Lebraun, who is in charge of the venture, confidently predicted this week. Before the end of 1998, young people who want to join an army, navy and air force in the throes of professionalization will be able to send their resumes via e-mail.
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.