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Osaka pulls out of Wimbledon but aims for Olympics
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
2 Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Wimbledon championship for personal reasons but will be ready for the Tokyo Olympics, her agent said on Thursday. Osaka quit the French Open following her first round victory after organisers fined her $15,000 and threatened her with expulsion from the tournament when she refused to attend mandatory post-match press conferences. The four-time Grand Slam winner had announced in the build-up to the French Open that she would not face the media and stuck to her stance. The reaction to her withdrawal put French Open organisers on the back foot. read moreOsaka's withdrawal is a second blow to Wimbledon after 20-times Grand Slam winner Rafa Nadal also announced he was skipping the grasscourt major following a gruelling claycourt season.
Persons: Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka, Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, Christian Hartmann, Osaka, Naomi, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, Rohith Nair, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: Wimbledon, Tokyo Olympics, Olympics, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Haitian, Osaka, Bengaluru
France's President Emmanuel Macron holds a news conference during the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. "So the more ... we elaborate and increase the strength of this place the more you will attract investors coming from the United States an China." Four years on, France's startup scene has prospered, with more than a dozen so-called unicorns, or companies valued 1 billion euros or more. French startups raised a record 5.4 billion euros in 2020, up 7% from a year earlier, according to EY. None of the biggest global digital companies are European, however, and some market debuts of highly anticipated IPOs, like that of French digital music company Believe (BLV.PA), were disappointing.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Christian Hartmann PARIS, Macron, Mathieu Rosemain, Matthew Lewis Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, Viva Tech, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, U.S, Europe, Paris, United States, China
France's Macron calls for European tech company push by 2030
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
France's President Emmanuel Macron holds a news conference during the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. French efforts to create "unicorns", or companies worth at least $1 billion, are still overshadowed by U.S. equivalents, however. Macron said last year he expected France to have 25 "unicorns" by 2025. They also recommended modernising regulations in Europe as well as creating competitive stock option schemes as part of initiatives to scale up European technology firms. ($1 = 0.8247 euros)Reporting by Sarah White and Matthieu Protard Editing by Alistair BellOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Christian Hartmann PARIS, Macron, Sarah White, Matthieu Protard, Alistair Bell Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, EU, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Europe, France
Osaka announced in the build-up to the French Open that she would not attend the mandatory post-match press conferences for players, saying the questioning by journalists impacts her mental well-being. "On the $15,000 fine, you noticed we did not want to put that fine at the maximum. It was a very sensitive and difficult situation, but we believe we really treated that with respect, with care. "And yes, of course, on mental health, we can do better. The world number two's withdrawal, however, subjected the four Grand Slams to criticism from fans and pundits for their handling of the matter.
Persons: Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka, Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, Christian Hartmann, Japan's Osaka, Amelie Oudea, Castera, Gilles Moretton, We'll Organizations: Osaka, Japan's, Wimbledon, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, French, Osaka
Crisis-hit EU airlines seek 'more balanced' passenger rights
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Airlines for Europe (A4E), which represents the region's biggest carriers, said the so-called EU261 regulation had severely exacerbated the financial crisis for many airlines. "We're looking for a more balanced approach to consumer protection," Air France-KLM Chief Executive Ben Smith said, adding that the European Union's passenger rights law was "one of the most punitive" in the world. The European Commission indicated it was not ready to consider any weakening of passenger rights. "We have always tried to strike the right balance between consumer protection and the protection of the tourism and transport industry," an EU official said. "The continued and improved protection of passenger rights is crucial to ensuring the necessary consumer trust in the transport sector."
Persons: Christian, Ben Smith, Smith, Johan Lundgren Organizations: Air, Air France Airbus, Charles, REUTERS, Christian Hartmann, Airlines for, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, European Commission, EU, Thomson Locations: Air France, Gaulle, Roissy, Paris, France, Airlines for Europe
Osaka withdraws from pre-Wimbledon event in Berlin
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 30, 2021 Picture taken May 30, 2021 Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during her first round match against Romania's Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File PhotoNaomi Osaka pulled out of next week’s Berlin WTA 5000 grasscourt tournament on Monday, raising doubts about the four-times Grand Slam champion’s participation at Wimbledon later this month. The decision comes after Japanese world number two Osaka pulled out of the French Open last week on mental health grounds. "We have received notification Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin. After consulting her management, she will take a break," Berlin event organisers said in a statement ahead of the tournament which begins on June 14. Osaka has not revealed when she plans to play next, casting doubt on her participation at Wimbledon, which starts on June 28, and the Tokyo Olympics next month.
Persons: Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka, Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, Christian Hartmann Organizations: Wimbledon, Osaka, Tokyo Olympics, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Berlin, Osaka
Federer withdraws from French Open with Wimbledon in mind
  + stars: | 2021-06-06 | by ( Julien Pretot | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Former world number one Roger Federer, who is targeting a record 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, withdrew from the French Open on Sunday, a day after winning a tough third-round match, opting to save himself for the grass-court season. "After discussions with my team, I decided that I should withdraw from the French Open today," Federer said in a statement released by the French Tennis Federation. He had said after Saturday's match that he was pondering whether to participate in the second week of the claycourt Grand Slam as his season goal was Wimbledon, the grass-court major starting on June 28. Tournament director Guy Forget said: "The French Open is sorry to see Roger Federer withdraw from the tournament but he put up a great fight last night. Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander said Federer's decision made sense as the eight-time Wimbledon champion had more chance to succeed on grass.
Persons: Roger Federer, Federer, Dominik Koepfer, Roland Garros, Matteo Berrettini, Switzerland's Roger Federer, Germany's Dominik Koepfer, Christian Hartmann Read, Guy Forget, Mats Wilander Organizations: Wimbledon, French Tennis Federation, Germany's Dominik Koepfer REUTERS, Eurosport, Thomson Locations: Paris, France
Reporter's French Open credentials revoked for asking question from the supermarket
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 1, 2021 General view of the court during the first round match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian HartmannGrand slam player news conferences have been under the spotlight after Naomi Osaka announced she would skip them at the French Open and organisers put the hammer down on a reporter for asking a question from a supermarket. Japan's Osaka, the world number two, withdrew from the tournament amid the row that erupted following her decision as she revealed she had been suffering from depression on Monday. This year's news conferences are being held digitally and most of the accredited reporters are not on site. One of them, who is known for his left-field questions, said he was "actually at the supermarket" when he was given his chance to speak to German Zverev. It was a step too far for organisers who told Reuters on Wednesday that the reporter's credentials had been revoked for that reason.
Persons: Roland Garros, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, Tennys, Christian Hartmann, Naomi Osaka Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, Japan's, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Japan's Osaka
Air France cancels flights as Russia withholds clearance
  + stars: | 2021-05-31 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
An Air France Airbus A350 airplane lands at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris, France April 2, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File PhotoAir France (AIRF.PA) cancelled two more flights to Moscow on Monday after Russian authorities failed to approve flight plans that avoid Belarus airspace. The French airline, part of the broader Air France-KLM group, was forced to cancel two Paris-Moscow flights last week after receiving no Russian clearance for flight plans skirting the territory. Obstacles to rerouted Air France flights appeared to have been resolved late last week, allowing Air France to carry out two weekend Paris-Moscow services. read moreBut the latest setbacks occurred after Air France resubmitted routes avoiding Belarus for approval as part of a seasonal renewal process, an Air France spokesman said.
Persons: Christian Hartmann, Charles de Gaulle Organizations: Air, Air France Airbus, Charles, REUTERS, European, Ryanair, Air France, KLM, Thomson Locations: Air France, Gaulle, Roissy, Paris, France, Moscow, Belarus, Lithuania, Greece, Russia, Europe
Sinner saves match point en route to French Open second round
  + stars: | 2021-05-31 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 31, 2021 Italy's Jannik Sinner in action during his first round match against France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert REUTERS/Christian HartmannItalian prospect Jannik Sinner saved a match point as he laboured to a 6-1 4-6 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4 victory against France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round of the French Open on Monday. Sinner barely got out of first gear in a one-sided opening set before Herbert started to put pressure on his first serve, rushing to the net to unsettle the Italian. The plan worked to perfection as Sinner misfired and appeared to lose his cool. "Being a match point down and winning... it's a crazy sport but I'm happy it went my way." Sinner next faces fellow Italian Gianluca Mager on his way to a potential fourth-round clash with 13-time champion Rafael Nadal, who ended his run last year.
Persons: Roland Garros, France's Pierre, Hugues Herbert REUTERS, Christian Hartmann, Jannik, Hugues Herbert, Herbert, misfired, groundstrokes, Alexander, Suzanne Lenglen, Gianluca Mager, Rafael Nadal Organizations: Thomson Locations: Paris, France
Osaka withdraws from French Open following row over media boycott
  + stars: | 2021-05-31 | by ( Julien Pretot | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
She was fined $15,000 by the Roland Garros referee and Grand Slam organisers later issued a statement warning of possible expulsion from the French Open and future majors if she fails to change her stance. "This isn't a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago," the 23-year-old Osaka said on Twitter. Osaka, one of the biggest name's in women's sport, went on to say she had suffered from depression since 2018. After beating Serena Williams to claim her first major at the 2018 U.S. Open, Osaka was booed by the crowd during the presentation ceremony as her victory was overshadowed by the American's outburst following a row with the umpire. American Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open and finished runner-up at Roland Garros last year, said: "It's definitely not easy.
Persons: Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka, Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, Christian Hartmann Japan's Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Osaka, Sofia Kenin Organizations: Twitter, U.S, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Osaka
Panama hats, shades on as sunny French Open gets started
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( Julien Pretot | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
A 300-metre line formed outside the main entrance before Japan's Naomi Osaka starts her campaign against Romanian Patricia Maria Tig, with Osaka's refusal to hold post-match news conferences still sparking conversation. With temperatures reaching 20 degrees panama hats and shades were de rigueur - a contrast with last year's wind jackets and umbrellas when the claycourt Grand Slam was played in September-October. While 1,000 fans were allowed on the ground last year, this year's French Open welcomes up to 5,388 spectators a day before opening its gates to 13,146 a day from June 9 as COVID-19 restrictions ease up in France. Italian Fabio Fognini was up against French wildcard Gregoire Barrere on court Suzanne Lenglen. There will be night sessions for the first time at the French Open this year, with the 'match of the day' starting at 9pm local time (1900GMT) from Monday onwards.
Persons: Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka, Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, Christian Hartmann, Romanian Patricia Maria Tig, Philippe Chatrier, Fabio Fognini, Gregoire Barrere, Suzanne Lenglen, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Spain's Pablo Andujar, Stefanos Tsitsipas, France's Jeremy Chardy Organizations: French, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Romanian, panama, Osaka
Osaka begins Roland Garros campaign with straight sets win
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Osaka has not made it past the third round at her previous appearances at Roland Garros and arrived in Paris with only three matches under her belt on clay after early defeats in Madrid and Rome. Her media boycott did not include the post-match court-side interview, and asked about how she adapts her game to the surface, Osaka said: "It's a work in progress. She stamped her authority on the match early by racing to a 5-2 lead with winners flowing from both her forehand and backhand. But the Romanian staged a fightback late on to get the set back on serve at 4-5 after saving three setpoints. The second set went on serve and Tig saved a breakpoint and a matchpoint to take it into a tiebreaker.
Persons: Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka, Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, Christian Hartmann, Romanian Patricia Maria Tig, Philippe Chatrier, I've, Tig, Ana Bogdan, Elisabetta Cocciaretto Organizations: Osaka, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Romanian, Osaka, Madrid, Rome
Thiem knocked out by Andujar in French Open first round
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( Julien Pretot | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 30, 2021 Spain's Pablo Andujar in action during his first round match against Austria's Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Christian HartmannTwo-time runner-up Dominic Thiem was knocked out in the first round of the French Open by Spanish journeyman Pablo Andujar 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4 in the first major upset of the claycourt Grand Slam on Sunday. It first seemed that Andujar's win against 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in Geneva earlier this month would count for nothing. Thiem, who reached the final in Paris in 2018 and 2019, had never lost in the opening round at Roland Garros, but that prospect grew as Andujar went for his shots and unsettled his 27-year-old opponent. Thiem broke back after conceding a break in the first game of the decider, but Andujar kept on piling up the pressure with deep strokes and broke again for 3-2. Andujar, on the other hand, was on a roll after beating Federer on the Geneva clay.
Persons: Roland Garros, Spain's Pablo Andujar, Austria's Dominic Thiem, Christian Hartmann, Dominic Thiem, Pablo Andujar, Roger Federer, Philippe Chatrier, Thiem, Andujar, Federer, Roger, Christmas Organizations: Austria's Dominic Thiem REUTERS, Madrid, Federer, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Spanish, Geneva, Austrian
Osaka fined for media boycott, could face expulsion from French Open
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( Julien Pretot | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.86   time to read: +1 min
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 30, 2021 Japan's Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match against Romania's Patricia Maria Tig REUTERS/Christian HartmannJapan's Naomi Osaka could be thrown out of the French Open if she continues to boycott post-match news conferences at the tournament, the board of Grand Slam tennis tournaments said on Sunday. Osaka, who was fined 15,000 dollars for skipping the news conference after her first-round victory at Roland Garros, could also face suspension from other Grand Slam tournaments, the board added. The four-times Grand Slam champion said earlier this week she would not face the media during the French Open, citing mental health reasons. "We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences," the board of Grand Slam said in a statement. The board reminded Osaka that "a core element of the Grand Slam regulations is the responsibility of the players to engage with the media, whatever the result of their match".
Persons: Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka, Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, Christian Hartmann Japan's Naomi Osaka Organizations: Sunday, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Osaka
Osaka warned of potential exclusion, Thiem knocked out
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Zverev has now won all seven of his five-set contests at Roland Garros and will next meet another qualifier, Russian Roman Safiullin. 1600 ANDUJAR STUNS THIEM IN FIVE SETSUnseeded Spaniard Pablo Andujar upset fourth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach the second round. In the men's draw, 11th seed Roberto Bautista Agut beat qualifier Mario Vilella Martinez 6-4 6-4 6-2. 1200 CARRENO BUSTA ADVANCESSpain's 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta progressed to the second round with a 6-3 6-4 6-3 win over Slovakia's Norbert Gombos. 0911 PLAY UNDER WAYPlay began under clear skies at Roland Garros, with the temperature hovering around 18 degrees Celsius.
Persons: Roland Garros, Naomi Osaka, Romania's Patricia Maria Tig, Christian Hartmann, Osaka, Romanian Patricia Maria Tig, Dominic Thiem, Spain's Pablo Andujar, Alexander Zverev, Oscar Otte, Angelique Kerber, Stefanos Tsitsipas, France's Jeremy Chardy, Sebastian Korda, Spain's Pedro Martinez, Zverev, AZARENKA, KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Azarenka, Kuznetsova, Kei Nishikori, Alessandro Giannessi, DIMITROV, Grigor Dimitrov, American Marcos Giron, Dimitrov, ANDUJAR, Spaniard Pablo Andujar, Thiem, Croatia's Ana Konjuh, Sabalenka, SIMON, Frenchman Gilles Simon, Hungary's Marton Fucsovics, Fucsovics, Fabio Fognini, Gregoire Barrere, matchpoint, Venus Williams, Coco Gauff, Wilander, Nadal, EVANS, Dan Evans, Evans, KVITOVA, BAUTISTA AGUT, Petra Kvitova, Minnen, Roberto Bautista Agut, Mario Vilella Martinez, CARRENO BUSTA, Pablo Carreno Busta, Slovakia's Norbert Gombos, TIG, KERBER, Ana Bogdan, Anhelina Organizations: Grand, Osaka, Thiem, U.S, Victoria Azarenka, American, Andujar, French, Monday, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Romanian, Austrian, Spain's Pablo Andujar ., Lyon, Russian, Belarusian, Austria, Panama, Osaka, OSAKA
Russia approves new route for Air France flights to Moscow
  + stars: | 2021-05-29 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
An Air France Airbus A350 airplane lands at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris, France April 2, 2021. REUTERS/Christian HartmannRussia has approved a new route for Air France (AIRF.PA) flights between Paris and Moscow avoiding Belarusian airspace, initially just for this weekend, a spokesman for the French airline said on Saturday. We have authorizations for this weekend and are awaiting a green light from Russian authorities for our flights after this weekend," the Air France spokesman said. Air France, which is part of the wider Air France-KLM group, operates one or two flights a day between Paris and Moscow. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Christian Hartmann Russia Organizations: Air, Air France Airbus, Charles, REUTERS, Air France, European Union Aviation Safety Agency, Ryanair, KLM, Thomson Locations: Air France, Gaulle, Roissy, Paris, France, Moscow, Minsk, Lithuania, Greece, Air
(OFFICIAL) UPDATE 2 Russia approves Air France, Lufthansa routes avoiding Belarus
  + stars: | 2021-05-29 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
An Air France Airbus A350 airplane lands at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris, France April 2, 2021. REUTERS/Christian HartmannAir France (AIRF.PA) and Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) have received approval from Russia for flight routes to the country that avoid Belarusian airspace, the airlines said on Saturday. Air France, part of the Air France-KLM group, operates one or two flights a day between Paris and Moscow. A spokeswoman for Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said it had been given approval for the new routes on its flights from Frankfurt to Moscow and St Petersburg for the foreseeable future. Lufthansa currently operates seven return flights from Frankfurt to Moscow and three return flights from Frankfurt to St Petersburg per week.
Organizations: Air, Air France Airbus, Charles, REUTERS, Christian Hartmann Air France, Lufthansa, European Union Aviation Safety Agency, Ryanair, Air France, KLM, Germany's, St, Thomson Locations: Air France, Gaulle, Roissy, Paris, France, Russia, Minsk, Lithuania, Greece, Moscow, Frankfurt, St Petersburg
Paris venue hosts indoor rock concert - with masks and virus tests
  + stars: | 2021-05-29 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Christian HartmannFrench rock band Indochine performed at a concert venue in central Paris on Saturday before a crowd of 5,000 fans in a welcomed return to pre-pandemic life, with the exception of masks and mandatory tests. But protocols surrounding concert venues and other gatherings of crowds have yet to be decided. The fact that we can again see people, a concert, music, all that, it's really pleasant." The first comprised 5,000 subjects who were allowed to attend the concert after taking a COVID-19 test last week and then another on the day of the event. Another 2,500 people were selected to stay at home and act as a control group to see if coronavirus spreads among those attending the concert.
Persons: Christian Hartmann, Indochine, It's, Sandra Terrin, Lucas Bauneche Organizations: Assistance, Paris, Paris Accor Arena, REUTERS, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Hopitaux, Paris, France, Bercy
More fans and sunny skies as French Open makes rapid return
  + stars: | 2021-05-28 | by ( Julien Pretot | ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: +2 min
Up to 1,000 will be admitted into each of the three main Roland Garros showcourts while the smaller venues will be able to fill 35% of their capacity during the first 10 days. "With these new dates, we want to make Roland-Garros 2021 the symbol of rebirth," French tennis federation president Gilles Moretton said. "We hope to be the first major sporting event in France to welcome the public again, while guaranteeing the best possible health safety for everyone." He shares the record with Spain's Rafael Nadal, the 13-times French Open champion who on Thursday was present for the unveiling of a statue in his honour next to the main Philippe Chatrier court. Returning to the Parisian claycourts is also the mixed doubles event that was scrapped last year because of the pandemic.
Persons: Roland Garros, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, Christian Hartmann, Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen, Roland, Garros, Gilles Moretton, Roger Federer, Spain's Rafael Nadal Organizations: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS, Christian, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, French
The logos of car manufacturers Renault and Nissan are seen in front of dealerships of the companies in Reims, France, July 9, 2019. In response, Renault-Nissan has argued in a court filing - which is not public - that there was a "compelling need" to continue operations to fulfil domestic and export orders. "It is a question of life versus livelihood," M Moorthy, general secretary of Renault Nissan India workers union which represents all 3,500 permanent factory workers, told Reuters. The factory, which produces Nissan, Renault and Datsun cars, also employees 3,000 contract workers, 2,500 staff members and 700 apprentices. Nissan, which has a majority stake in the Renault-Nissan India plant, declined to comment for this article.
Persons: Christian Hartmann Organizations: Renault, Nissan, REUTERS, Christian Hartmann Renault, Court, Reuters, Sunday, Renault Nissan India, Datsun, Nissan Magnite, Thomson Locations: Reims, France, Nissan India, Tamil Nadu, Madras, Tamil, India, Detroit
Parisians tuck into coffee and croissants again as cafes re-open
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
A customer enjoys a coffee on a terrace of the cafe and restaurant Les Deux Magots in Paris as cafes, bars and restaurants reopen after closing down for months amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, May 19, 2021. French cafes and restaurants resumed serving customers, following a six-month shutdown mandated by the government to try to contain the spread of the virus. French President Emmanuel Macron marked the re-opening too, joining his prime minister, Jean Castex, for a coffee at a cafe near the Elysee Palace. Ayache, who works in the financial markets sector, said that before the lockdown, he would come to Les Deux Magots every day, including at weekends. His favourite spot is inside the cafe - still off bounds because of COVID-19 restrictions - and he said the terrace was a little chilly.
Persons: Christian Hartmann, Elie Ayache, Ernest Hemingway, Emmanuel Macron, Jean Castex, Let's, Macron Organizations: REUTERS, Organisation for Economic Cooperation, Development, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Elysee
'You need to protect us' - French police protest against violence
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
French police officers from all over France gather in front of the National Assembly in Paris to protest against violence against themselves and require a greater severity in the penal response to their aggressors, France, May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Christian HartmannThousands of French police officers protested outside the National Assembly on Wednesday to demand a government crackdown on violence against the security forces and tougher punishment for aggressors. Police unions complain that the government is failing to protect officers from daily attacks that leave some afraid of doing their jobs in certain areas. You really need to protect us. The protest comes after a policeman was killed during an anti-narcotics operation and a police force employee stabbed to death outside her commissariat, both within a month.
Persons: Christian Hartmann, Gerald Darmanin, It's Organizations: France, National Assembly, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Paris, France
RJ45 cables are pictured inside the data centre operated by French telecoms operator Iliad in Paris, France, March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File PhotoIliad flagged a cut in its free cash flow target for this year as the French telecoms group steps up its spending on 5G networks, sending its shares sharply lower on Tuesday. "The consequence of this is that we have a big uncertainty on the free cash flow for this year, since they're not yet capable of being clear on how much they will invest," said Stifel analyst Stephane Beyazian. Iliad, which also faces potential supply issues from a global shortage in semiconductor chips, had previously guided for 2021 French operating free cash flow of around 900 million euros. read moreShares also fell at Iliad's main French rivals and British mobile operator Vodafone (VOD.L), the latter of which also warned of more spending to come.
Persons: Christian Hartmann, Xavier Niel, they're, Stephane Beyazian, Iliad's Organizations: REUTERS, Vodafone, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Tower France, Italy, Poland, British
Danone names Barry Callebaut's Saint-Affrique as new CEO
  + stars: | 2021-05-17 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
A company logo is seen on a product displayed before French food group Danone's 2019 annual results presentation in Paris, France, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File PhotoFrench food group Danone (DANO.PA) said on Monday it had picked outgoing Barry Callebaut (BARN.S) boss Antoine de Saint-Affrique as its new chief executive, effective September 15, 2021. Saint-Affrique had announced on April 22 he was stepping down as CEO of Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut at the end of August, fueling speculation he could be headed for the top job at Danone. Danone had been looking to replace Emmanuel Faber, who was ousted in March following calls from activist shareholders to replace him after the group's sales growth and share price performance became sluggish compared to rivals. Several people close to the matter had previously told Reuters that Saint-Affrique was one of the people in the running for CEO, and one had said he was the front-runner for the job.
Persons: Christian Hartmann, Barry Callebaut, Antoine de Saint, Affrique, Emmanuel Faber, Gilles Schnepp, Schnepp Organizations: REUTERS, Danone, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Paris, France
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