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French union bosses threaten to cripple ports after Brexit if they don’t get extra cash

REBELLIOUS French union bosses today threatened to bring Channel ports grinding to a halt after Brexit. Workers in Calais said they’d block traffic between Britain and France if they didn’t get bumper pay rises. The threat comes as a blow to the EU’s attempts to prepare for a possible No Deal Brexit. Today the unions staged a protest in Calais and ... Read More »

France, Zambia target increased trade

PARIS: Zambia and France have pledged to further strengthen relations by taking measures to increase trade between the two countries. Outgoing French Ambassador to Zambia Emmanuel Cohet said he was happy that ties between Zambia and France were strong, but said that there was still room for more growth. Mr Cohet said a number of new French companies were operating ... Read More »

France, Saudi Arabia bound by special strategic partnership

PARIS: Paris and Riyadh are bound by historic relations. France opened its first consulate in Jeddah in 1839, and since the meeting between Gen. Charles de Gaulle and King Faisal in 1967, bilateral relations have distinguished themselves by political and personal high-level contacts. This year, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this memorable meeting. Paris and Riyadh have sealed ... Read More »

France, Germany agree to develop joint fighter jet

PARIS: France and Germany agreed Thursday to begin work on a joint fighter jet, a major advance in their relations designed to underline their united front in the face of fracturing Western relations. Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Elysee Palace in Paris for a joint cabinet meeting between their governments. Among a ... Read More »

France, Uganda sign Shs 6.2 bln power generation deal

PARIS: The government of Uganda through its agency, the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) has received a grant worth Shs 6.2 billion from a French development agency (AFD) to facilitate the process of undertaking feasibility studies for a number of small hydro-power generation sites. The sites are located in the off grid of West Nile region. They are Okulacere ... Read More »

France, Italy increase tropical veneer imports

PARIS: EU imports of tropical veneers increased 8.8% to 311,372 cu.m in the first nine months of this year, mainly due to recovery in the traditional markets in France and Italy which together account for almost half of the EU’s tropical veneer imports. Imports increased into France by 16.4% to 86,915 cu.m and Italy by 15.9% to 47,725 cu.m. There ... Read More »

Trade-investment for Vietnam, France benefit from VEFTA

HANOI: Trade and investment between Vietnam and France will benefit from the Viet Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement (VEFTA), thanks to the market that will open up and the cuts in most taxes, according to Nguyen Canh Cuong, Trade Counsellor at the Vietnamese Embassy in France. Cuong said over the past years, the value of Vietnam’s exports to France registered an ... Read More »

France provides Jordan with $250 million loans

AMMAN: France has agreed to provide Jordan with $265 million soft loan for development projects in water and energy, French diplomats said today. A total of $67 of the loan will be utilized for water projects, including $43 million in Wadi al Arab water convenience project from Wadi al Arab in Irbid. An additional sum of $55 million will be ... Read More »

France provides Jordan with $250 million loans

AMMAN: France has agreed to provide Jordan with $265 million soft loan for development projects in water and energy, French diplomats said today. A total of $67 of the loan will be utilized for water projects, including $43 million in Wadi al Arab water convenience project from Wadi al Arab in Irbid. An additional sum of $55 million will be ... Read More »

Jordan, France agree to closer cooperation in Royal Film Commission

AMMAN: Jordan and France are set to cooperate more closely in the area of film production and distribution, under an agreement signed Wednesday. The Royal Film Commission and the French Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée signed the agreement, which pays “special attention” to the preservation of film heritage and to developing the art of cinema, according to ... Read More »

Jordan, France agree to closer cooperation in Royal Film Commission

AMMAN: Jordan and France are set to cooperate more closely in the area of film production and distribution, under an agreement signed Wednesday. The Royal Film Commission and the French Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée signed the agreement, which pays “special attention” to the preservation of film heritage and to developing the art of cinema, according to ... Read More »

Germany, France, agree to intensify debt talks: Tsipras

ATHENS: The leaders of Germany and France agreed with Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that negotiations between Greece and its creditors must be intensified to reach a deal to avert a Greek default but there was no sign of a breakthrough. A German government spokesman said after Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande reviewed the state of the talks ... Read More »

Android suffers in UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain markets

LONDON: Google’s OS dropped to a 70.5 per cent market share in the “big five” European markets namely the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. That’s a drop of 2.3 per cent compared to the previous year, and it’s iOS which benefited to the tune of a 2.2 per cent rise. Indeed, Android suffered even more in the UK, where ... Read More »

German-France sees Greece deal may reach soon

ATHENS: Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande had a 35-minute teleconference on Sunday evening in which they agreed that the agreement between Greece and creditors should be signed soon. At the same time, several top European officials have said that the deal should be expedited. Some even said that it is possible ... Read More »

German-France sees Greece deal may reach soon

ATHENS: Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande had a 35-minute teleconference on Sunday evening in which they agreed that the agreement between Greece and creditors should be signed soon. At the same time, several top European officials have said that the deal should be expedited. Some even said that it is possible ... Read More »

Bank of France buys $19.5 billion of assets under ECB’s quantitative-easing plans

PARIS: The Bank of France has bought around 18 billion euros ($19.5 billion) of assets under the European Central Bank’s quantitative-easing plans, the French central bank’s governor said. Around EUR11 billion of the purchases are covered bonds bought under a program launched in October last year. The remainder is made up of EUR5.7 billion of French sovereign bonds and EUR1.4 ... Read More »

Tai Harmony bulk carrier to arrive at France’s Rouen port to load 38,000 tonnes of animal-feed wheat

PARIS: A first cargo of French wheat for the Philippines in more than 12 years is due to load in the coming days, port sources said, adding to an unusual run of French wheat exports to far-away Asian destinations this season. The Tai Harmony bulk carrier is due to arrive on Friday at France’s Rouen port, where it will load ... Read More »

Freight company CaroTrans Global starts expedited service between Le Havre, France to Port of Charleston

PARIS: CaroTrans Global, a company that handles freight exports for contracting businesses, has started an expedited service between Le Havre, France to the Port of Charleston. This is the first “less-container load,” or LCL, service available between the two markets. LCL service is used when a business does not have enough cargo to fill a full container. A freight forwarder, ... Read More »

France, Spain open cross-border power line with capacity from 1,400-2,800MGW

MADRID:  France and Spain have inaugurated a cross-border power line, doubling the amount of electricity the countries can exchange as the European Union pushes for stronger ties between national grid systems within the bloc. It has capacity from 1,400MGW to 2,800MGW. The Santa Llogaia-Baixas link will raise electricity inter connection capacity between France and Spain to 2,800 megawatts from 1,400 ... Read More »

Spain exceeds Italy and France as largest wine exporter

MADRID: Spain has become the largest wine exporter in the world even exceeds Italy and France as largest exporter of the world. Between September 2013 and September 2014, Spain sold a total of 2.168 billion liters of wine (+19.9%), compared with Italy’s 2.035 billion liters (-1.7%). A year ago Italy was the top exporter with 2.071 billion bottles and Spain ... Read More »