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  1. How they compare

    Posted Sep 01st 2003, 12:00am by John Kohut

    ... as lagging 15 to 20 years behind those of other European countries. Although health experts have long warned of the fragility of France's system, it is only after the country suffered much higher heatwave fatalities than its neighbours that their concerns are finding an audience. According to the French press and experts, France has much to learn from other European nations. ...

  2. Perfect 10

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Janine Stein

    ... of Airbus, Europe's answer to Boeing, and a mecca for plane spotters. You can tour Airbus France's aircraft assembly line near Blagnac airport (bookings essential, tel: 05 61 18 06 01), ... Park, Avenue Jean Gonord, tel: 05 62 71 64 80, www.cite-espace.com/english . Entrance: 12 euros for adults). 6 Saoya Craftsmanship and artistry are revered in France, and one of Toulouse's ...

  3. Chirac misses the point on France's Muslims

    Posted Dec 21st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of flourishing. The outcome in France matters because Germany, with a sizable Muslim population of its own, will be watching closely for clues on how to handle a similar debate there. Turkey, an overwhelmingly Muslim country set to join the European Union, will also be interested in questions of how the practice of Islam can be accommodated in a modern, secular and democratic state. France ...

  4. Bond with France seen as giving backbone to EU

    Posted Oct 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... The Franco-German alliance, the 'motor' of the European Union, has reasserted itself. Germany and France have introduced joint initiatives to revive the eurozone's flagging ... advancement, titled 'France and Germany together for more growth in Europe'. The allies plan to invest jointly in major infrastructure projects such as a high-speed train line from Paris ...

  5. Tourists to France set to double

    Posted Dec 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill in Shanghai The number of mainland tourists to France would double in two years as the result of a new accord with the European Union, French officials said yesterday. ... states have to ratify the agreement, expected within the next two months. 'With this agreement, the number of Chinese visiting France will double within two years from 300,000,' said ...

  6. Air France to start direct Guangzhou service

    Posted Jul 11th 2003, 12:00am by Annette Chiu

    ... Air France next year will become the first European carrier to fly direct to Guangzhou, with a five-times weekly service from its hub at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport. The carrier, ... to absorb the capacity,' Nomura Securities aviation analyst Pierre Lau said. An Air France executive dismissed suggestions the service's main intent was to capitalise on south China's ...

  7. 'France's Thatcher' trips on reforms

    Posted Aug 03rd 2003, 12:00am by John Kohut

    ... When centre-right Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin took office a year ago he vowed that his planned shake-up of France's rigid economic structure would not leave behind 'the French who live down below', a term he coined for the country's common folk. Today, however, some critics are damning him with a label that in France sums up the ultimate ...

  8. After a scorching summer, France faces the political heat

    Posted Aug 17th 2003, 12:00am by John Kohut

    ... Enduring a sizzling summer, France now looks set for a politically blistering autumn. A grassroots leftist movement, which has gathered an unexpected following, is planning to organise ... The turnout of 200,000 to 300,000 people at an anti-globalisation rally at Larzac in southern France last weekend surprised both major political blocs - the centre-right coalition government ...

  9. France is keen to cash in on opportunities from Cepa

    Posted Jul 30th 2003, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... Cepa, France's foreign trade minister said yesterday. The free-trade accord between Hong Kong and the mainland will also lift the city's slumping economy, said Francois Loos, ... trade between the two countries. China and Hong Kong only account for about 2 per cent of France's total trade, a figure the French government wants to increase. ...

  10. HK, France to become good neighbours

    Posted Sep 24th 2003, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... The Jockey Club will operate betting pools on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on October 5 in what it hopes will be part of its future product expansion under the two-way banner of the Good Neighbour Policy. Executive director of racing, Winfried Engel ...




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