France, U.S. agree to extend talks over tech tax

Business Jan 22, 2020

France, U.S. agree to extend talks over tech tax

by Jérôme Rivet

Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump have agreed to extend negotiations on a dispute over a French tax on tech titans to the end of the year, postponing Washington's threat of sanctions, French officials said Tuesday. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, speaking before a ...

Macron and Trump declare a truce in digital tax dispute

Business Jan 21, 2020

Macron and Trump declare a truce in digital tax dispute

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday he had a "great discussion" with U.S. President Donald Trump over a digital tax planned by Paris and said the two countries will work together to avoid a rise in tariffs. Macron and Trump agreed to hold off on ...

World Jan 10, 2020

25 soldiers killed as suspected jihadis strike Niger military

Islamic militants carried out another large assault on Niger's military Thursday, leaving at least 25 soldiers dead along with dozens of jihadis only a month after the worst attack of its kind in years, the military said. The latest violence blamed on extremists struck the ...

French unions take to streets in make-or-break pension protest

Business / Economy Jan 10, 2020

French unions take to streets in make-or-break pension protest

French trade unions disrupted rail services, cut power output and brought demonstrators onto the streets in cities across France on Thursday in a make-or-break push to force President Emmanuel Macron to abandon his planned pension reform. The country's hard-left unions rallied supporters hoping to regain ...

Paris shops' sales halved as strikes bring chaos to the city

Business / Economy Jan 9, 2020

Paris shops' sales halved as strikes bring chaos to the city

Five weeks into strikes crippling French transport, Emile Sebbag is agonizing over how to keep afloat his two Parisian clothing stores, deserted by shoppers as the backlash against France's pension reform drags on. The start of winter sales on Wednesday — traditionally a big event ...

Thousands march in Paris against Macron's pension reforms

World Jan 5, 2020

Thousands march in Paris against Macron's pension reforms

Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday against French President Emmanuel Macron's proposed pension reforms that have sparked a monthlong transport strike. Some protesters donned the yellow vests that over the past year have become symbolic of opposition to Macron's attempts at reforms that he says ...