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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia’s foreign minister forced to play down leadership talk

    Posted Mar 19th 2013, 02:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr was on Tuesday forced to rebuff reports that he had lost confidence in embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as speculation mounts that she could be ousted. Gillard, the nation’s first woman leader, has for weeks been fending off the suggestion that she will be removed ahead of a September 14 national election, ...

  2. Business - Economy

    France unveils 20bn euro business tax break

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 07:17pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris France on Tuesday unveiled a 20 billion-euro tax break for companies in a bid to address flagging competitiveness. The move was approved by the government ... burden that is considered a barrier to job creation would be financed by a combination of cuts in public spending and an increase in Value Added Tax (VAT). France’s standard rate of VAT will rise ...

  3. France's civil servants have little to fear

    Posted Jul 04th 2004, 12:00am by Emilie Boyer King

    ... in the next three years didn't cause much of a stir. Is France finally waking up to the fact that its wasteful public sector needs an overhaul? The answer is no, because the proposal is pumped up ... budget deficit, this latest proposal is part of a larger attempt by the French government to cut public spending. But in France the civil service remains a well-respected, almost untouchable ...

  4. News - World - FRANCE

    Minister jostled on visit to northern French city of Amiens after riots

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters in Amiens, France Vow to maintain order after buildings torched and police bombarded as tensions boil over in Amiens Minister jostled by angry crowd on riot city visit Youths ... in 2005, in the largely immigrant suburbs around Paris, brought about a state of emergency. It also caused much soul-searching in France about integration, assimilation and the ghetto-like housing ...

  5. Taiwan's renewed probe into Mirage deal could lead to action against France

    Posted May 06th 2010, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... force said yesterday that it would start to collect evidence for possible lawsuits against France, dropping another bombshell in an erupting arms deal scandal. 'We will do what we need ... of the navy in pushing for compensation from France over the Mirage deal, which also listed the arbitration court as the sole agency to settle any trade disputes. 'In the purchase of the Mirage ...

  6. France urged to clarify Tibet stance to ease tensions

    Posted Mar 14th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao France should clarify its stance on Tibet before strained bilateral ties could be repaired, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday. 'The problems between China and France were ... a China-EU summit and plunged Sino-French ties to new lows. Mr Wen skirted around France on a five-nation European tour, during which he pledged to buy large quantities of European goods as a show ...

  7. Public told to stay calm as France stands ground on Dalai Lama

    Posted Dec 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'France's wrongful stand has severely upset the Chinese people,' spokesman Liu Jianchao said yesterday. 'On one hand we urge France to return to the correct stance and make a correct ... especially after China postponed finalising an Airbus deal involving 150 planes. Mr Liu did not deny this yesterday. 'We attach great importance to our strategic partnership with France, and our ...

  8. Second fleeing mainland official is revealed to be lost in France

    Posted Oct 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Martin Zhou

    ... Martin Zhou France seems to be the preferred destination for fleeing mainland bureaucrats, with the second revelation in as many days of a grass-roots level mainland official apparently seeking shelter overseas. Xin Weimin, a deputy head of downtown Shanghai's swanky Luwan district, was confirmed 'missing' during a recent official visit to France, according ...

  9. Nervous officials eager to silence protests against France

    Posted Apr 20th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to avoid escalating the situation and stoking a backlash in Europe. 'Some media in France, Spain and Italy made even harsher comments about the Chinese government on Tibet and other human ...

  10. Sarkozy's France- back in the US fold

    Posted Sep 25th 2007, 12:00am by Hagai Segal

    ... in US-France bilateral relations as a consequence. It is Mr Sarkozy who has initiated the change. Suddenly, there is an entente cordiale across the Atlantic once more, and many US commentators- ... Jacques Chirac's government saw it as a policy possessing all the subtlety and nuance of a playground bully. France made it clear in the intervening years that it saw itself above ...




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