Sudip Kar-Gupta

Pension protest at France's biggest hydro-dam creates power shortfall

22 Jan 2020

PARIS Energy workers temporarily halted power generation at France's biggest hydro-electricity plant on Wednesday in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's overhaul of the pension system.

French unions blockade refineries in bid to stop pension reform

08 Jan 2020

PARIS French unions blockaded several oil refineries on Tuesday, aiming to cause shortages at petrol stations after a month-long public transport strike failed to force the government to withdraw its pension reform plans.

France, U.S. set two-week target for resolving digital tax spat

07 Jan 2020

PARIS France and the United States have given themselves two weeks to try to resolve a row over a French digital tax, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday, emphasising that Paris has the European Union's backing on the issue.

France's Carrefour snaps up lunch delivery firm Dejbox

06 Jan 2020

PARIS French supermarket group Carrefour has agreed to buy Dejbox, which specializes in delivering lunches to office workers, in its latest move to boost its e-commerce operations.

Clashes break out at Paris protest against pension reform

05 Jan 2020

PARIS Police on Saturday fired tear gas at demonstrators in Paris's busy Gare du Nord station, used by tourists taking the Eurostar service, and at the Gare de l'Est, during demonstrations against plans to reform France's pension system.

France fights back over U.S. tariff threat to champagne, cheese

31 Dec 2019

PARIS/LONDON France and the European Union said on Tuesday they were ready to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump acted on a threat to impose duties of up to 100% on imports of champagne, handbags and other French products worth $2.4 billion (£1.87 billion). | Video

Tencent gets into global groove with stake in Vivendi's Universal

31 Dec 2019

PARIS/HONG KONG A Tencent-led consortium is taking a 10% stake in Vivendi's Universal Music Group, valuing the music label that houses Lady Gaga and The Beatles at 30 billion euros ($34 billion) and giving the Chinese firm a global backstage pass. | Video

French union workers vote to halt production at key oil facility

24 Dec 2019

PARIS French workers voted on Monday to halt production at a key oil facility that supplies Paris and the surrounding region, joining other petroleum industry shutdowns in a nationwide strike against government pension reforms.

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