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ROME, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Airports in the Italian cities of Rome, Venice and Bologna and on the French Riviera have teamed up to create a company to build and manage infrastructures for flying taxis, the companies said in a statement on Tuesday. The infrastructure, also known as vertiports, will be used to deploy battery-powered aircraft that can take off and land vertically, offering a new way for travellers to beat traffic and hop between cities. Urban City will also partner with German flying taxi startup Volocopter and will be supported by investment fund EDF Invest, a shareholder of Aeroports de la Cote d’Azur, they said. The start of the vertiport operations in Rome, Venice and the French coastal city of Nice is planned by 2024, they said, but gave no financial details of the project. On Wednesday, a Volocopter, a battery-powered passenger aircraft, will be presented at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
Persons: Aeroporti, Aeroporto, Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di, France’s, Cote d’Azur, Marco Troncone, Francesco Zecchini, Agnieszka Flak, Robert Birsel Organizations: Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna, Cote, Urban, EDF Invest, Aeroporti, Roma, European Union Aviation Safety Agency Locations: Rome, Venice, Bologna, Italy, France, Aeroports, Nice, Europe, Fiumicino
(Refiles to clarify Volocopter company will present one of its aircraft, paragraph 7)ROME, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Airports in the Italian cities of Rome, Venice and Bologna and on the French Riviera have teamed up to create a company to build and manage infrastructures for flying taxis, the companies said in a statement on Tuesday. Urban Blue will also partner with German flying taxi startup Volocopter and will be supported by investment fund EDF Invest, a shareholder of Aeroports de la Cote d’Azur, they said. The start of the vertiport operations in Rome, Venice and the French coastal city of Nice is planned by 2024, they said, but gave no financial details of the project. Marco Troncone, the CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, a unit of infrastructure group Atlantia, said Urban Blue was working with a “challenging but possible timeline, to allow Rome to be among the first cities in Europe to activate this type of connection”. On Wednesday, Volocopter will present one of its battery-powered passenger aircraft at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
Persons: Aeroporti, Aeroporto, Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di, France’s, Cote d’Azur, Marco Troncone, Volocopter, Francesco Zecchini, Agnieszka Flak, Robert Birsel Organizations: Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna, Cote, EDF Invest, Aeroporti, Roma, European Union Aviation Safety Agency Locations: ROME, Rome, Venice, Bologna, Italy, France, Aeroports, Nice, Europe, Fiumicino
PARIS (Reuters) - French defence group Thales reaffirmed full-year financial forecasts as it reported a 1.4% dip in underlying third-quarter sales, dampened by comparisons with the easing of a first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns a year earlier. FILE PHOTO: The logo of French defence and electronics group Thales is seen at the company's headquarters in Merignac near Bordeaux, France, March 22, 2019. The proposed deal values the division at 1.66 billion euros. Thales expects 2021 sales between 15.8 billion and 16.3 billion euros based on its structure as of August 2021, and an operating margin of 9.8% to 10.3%, with orders topping revenues. It remains unclear whether Thales could still pick up any business for the replacement subs via its presence in the UK.
Persons: Regis Duvignau, Pascal Bouchiat, ” Bouchiat, Bouchiat, Thales, Organizations: PARIS, Thales, REUTERS, Thales ’ Aerospace, Security, Thales ’, Hitachi, Group, Naval Group, U.S Locations: Merignac, Bordeaux, France, Paris, France’s, Australia, French
FILE PHOTO: French car parts supplier Faurecia's logo is seen during the company's investor day in Paris, France, April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauPARIS (Reuters) -French car parts maker Faurecia posted a more than 10% drop in third-quarter sales on Tuesday, as its customers cut production due to a global shortage of semiconductor chips. The group, which supplies car seats, dashboards and fuel systems to automakers, reported sales of 3.43 billion euros ($3.99 billion), compared to 3.82 billion euros in the same period of 2020. “Market conditions remained tough in the past quarter, impacted by adverse supply chain conditions, primarily semiconductors,” Chief Executive Officer Patrick Koller said in a statement. Car makers such as Renault, Volkswagen and Stellantis - some of Faurecia’s biggest customers - have cut production targets due to the shortage, slowing demand for parts.
Persons: Charles Platiau PARIS, Faurecia, Patrick Koller, coronavirus Organizations: REUTERS, IHS, Renault, Volkswagen, Faurecia Locations: Paris, France
French auto supplier Faurecia's sales slide on chips shortage
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French car parts supplier Faurecia's logo is seen during the company's investor day in Paris, France, April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauPARIS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - French car parts maker Faurecia (EPED.PA) on Tuesday reported third-quarter sales down over 10% from a year ago, as its customers cut production due to a global shortage in semiconductor chips. The group, which supplies car seats, dashboards and fuel systems to automakers, reported sales of 3.43 billion euros ($4 billion) compared to the 3.82 billion euros in posted in the same period of 2020. It confirmed its financial guidance for 2021, which it had cut in September due to new forecasts on a global shortfall in automotive production. read more($1 = 0.8593 euros)Reporting by Sarah Morland; Editing by Sudip Kar-GuptaOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Charles Platiau PARIS, Sarah Morland, Sudip Kar Organizations: REUTERS, Gupta, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Faurecia
European Commissioner in Charge of Internal Market Thierry Breton speaks on during a news conference on security and cybersecurity strategy at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 23, 2021. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERSPARIS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Thierry Breton, the French politician who is the European Commission's internal market commissioner, said on Tuesday that France was right to consider whether or not the European Union should decouple European electricity and gas prices. Breton also told BFM TV that he was not sure if a common buying policy of gas by the EU, as proposed by Spain, would be effective. Divisions have deepened among EU countries ahead of an emergency meeting of ministers on Tuesday on their response to a spike in energy prices, with some countries seeking a regulatory overhaul and others firmly opposed. read moreReporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta Editing by Raissa KasolowskyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Thierry Breton, Kenzo Tribouillard, Breton, BFM, Sudip Kar, Raissa Organizations: EU, REUTERS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, REUTERS PARIS, French, France, European, Spain
EU politician Breton says Brexit is "catastrophe" for UK
  + stars: | 2021-10-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
European Commissioner in Charge of Internal Market Thierry Breton speaks on during a news conference on security and cybersecurity strategy at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 23, 2021. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERSPARIS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Thierry Breton, the French politician who is also the European Commission's internal market commissioner, said on Tuesday that Brexit was a "catastrophe" for the United Kingdom. "Look at what is happening on the supermarket shelves, look at what is happening at the petrol pumps, look at what is happening with the shortage of nurses and doctors, look at what is happening with the shortage of truck drivers, look at what is happening in the construction sector," Breton told BFM TV. "What is currently happening is a real drama," he added. Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta Editing by Raissa KasolowskyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Thierry Breton, Kenzo Tribouillard, Brexit, Breton, BFM, Sudip Kar, Raissa Organizations: EU, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, REUTERS PARIS, French, United Kingdom
"We're doing what we can to handle these bills but as they go up it's getting catastrophic." Leslie Lemee, a social worker at SOLIHA - the housing network that helps the Kadios with their bills - said the family received a government grant, though this covers only a fraction of the costs. "In France people are being very, very careful about their heating," said Frederique Feriaud, a director at the national mediator. The Kadios' social worker said their situation was among several exacerbated by factors such as poor insulation and more time spent at home due to lockdowns, remote working and job losses. ($1 = 0.8593 euros)Reporting by Sarah Morland and Noemie Olive in Paris; Editing by Emelia Sithole-MatariseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jacques Kadio, Kadio, Jean Castex, Leslie Lemee, Frederique Feriaud, Sarah Morland, Noemie Olive, Emelia Sithole Organizations: French, Thomson Locations: Europe, SOLIHA, France, Paris
PARIS, Oct 25 (Reuters) - French company Crypto Blockchain Industries said it would list on the Paris Euronext Growth stock market, highlighting the burgeoning appeal of cryptocurrencies around the world. The company said it would list its shares at a price of 2 euros, giving it a market capitalisation of around 38.7 million euros ($45 million). Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, hit record highs on financial markets last week.
Organizations: Crypto Blockchain Industries, Paris
Sudan PM Hamdok under house arrest -Sky News Arabia
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok attends a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and Sudan's Sovereign Council Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (not seen) during the International Conference in support of Sudan at the Temporary Grand Palais in Paris, France, May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool/FilesCAIRO, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is under house arrest, Sky News Arabia reported on Monday citing his office. A military force took the prime minister to "an unknown location", said another TV channel, Al-Arabiya, citing sources close to Hamdok. Reporting by Moataz Abdel Rahiem; Writing by Enas Alashray; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Giles ElgoodOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Abdalla Hamdok, Emmanuel Macron, General Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Sarah Meyssonnier, Abdallah Hamdok, Moataz Abdel Rahiem, Enas Alashray, Christopher Cushing, Giles Elgood Organizations: Sudan's, French, Sudan's Sovereign, International Conference, REUTERS, Sky News, Thomson Locations: Sudan, Paris, France, CAIRO, Al
The second vote includes only the two candidates who got the most votes in the earlier round. At the moment, polls project that Marine Le Pen, the candidate from the anti-immigration right-wing party Le Rassemblement National (formerly Front National), will join Macron in the second round. Zemmour — twice convicted in court for racial or religious provocation, according to the Financial Times — is considered even more right wing than Marine Le Pen. Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, is the candidate for the Socialist Party, but currently polling only about 5%. Macron is polling around 24%, with Le Pen at 16% and Zemmour at 15%, according to Politico's Poll of Polls.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, STEPHANE MAHE, Jean Philippe Dubrulle, CNBC's Charlotte Reed, Eric Zemmour, Donald Trump, Zemmour —, , Macron, Anne Hidalgo, Le Pen Organizations: AFP, Getty, French Institute of Public, Le Rassemblement National, Macron, Financial, Les Republicans, Socialist Party Locations: France, Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron holds a news conference at the end of the second day of a European Union leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium October 22, 2021. Aris Oikonomou/Pool via REUTERSPARIS, Oct 25 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday condemned the coup attempt in Sudan and called for the immediate release of the Sudanese Prime Minister and civilian members of the government. read morePrime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was detained and moved to an undisclosed location after refusing to issue a statement in support of the coup, said the information ministry, still apparently under the control of Hamdok's supporters. Sudan's information ministry said military forces had arrested civilian members of the Sovereign Council and members of the government. In a statement sent to Reuters, it called on Sudanese "to block the military's movements to block the democratic transition".
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Abdalla Hamdok, Dominique Vidalon, Sudip Kar Organizations: European Union, Aris Oikonomou, REUTERS, Sudanese Prime, Sovereign Council, Reuters, Gupta, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, REUTERS PARIS, Sudan
PARIS, Oct 25 (Reuters) - The French Foreign Ministry said on Monday it had not received any official notification from Turkey that it planned to expel the French Ambassador. On Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told his foreign ministry to expel the ambassadors of the United States and nine other Western countries - including France - for demanding the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala. read moreReporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Sudip Kar-GuptaOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Osman, Dominique Vidalon, Sudip Kar Organizations: French Foreign, Gupta, Thomson Locations: Turkey, French, United States, France, Osman Kavala
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSecond round of French presidential election has 'never been this uncertain,' says IFOPJean-Philippe Dubrulle, director of research at the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP), discusses the competition for President Emmanuel Macron's seat six months ahead of the elections.
Persons: IFOP Jean, Philippe Dubrulle, Emmanuel Macron's Organizations: French Institute of Public
REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool/File PhotoOct 25 (Reuters) - The European Union condemned the detention of Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other cabinet members on Monday and urged their immediate release after the country's military chief dissolved the transitional government. "We call on the security forces to immediately release those they have unlawfully detained," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement. Western states have warned that any military takeover would put aid at risk. Borrell warned the right of peaceful protest must be respected, and violence and bloodshed avoided at all cost. Reporting by Sabine Siebold and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Giles Elgood and Jon BoyleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Abdalla Hamdok, Emmanuel Macron, General Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Sarah Meyssonnier, Josep Borrell, Hamdok, Borrell, Sabine Siebold, Sudip Kar, Giles Elgood, Jon Boyle Organizations: Sudan's, French, Sudan's Sovereign, International Conference, REUTERS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Sudan, Paris, France, EU
The comment was shocking not least because Mr. Zemmour is Jewish. From 1942 onward, there is no evidence that the Vichy regime tried to protect French Jews. It collaborated with the Nazis to round up Jews, whether foreign or French. Clearly borrowed from the Trump playbook of staying at the top of the news through provocation and outrage, Mr. Zemmour’s declarations have divided the French Jewish community and made the unsayable sayable. But they have not slowed the giddy rise of this smooth-talking TV star and author, with the French presidential election less than six months away.
Persons: ” Mr, Zemmour, Marshal Philippe Pétain, Vichy Organizations: Fox, Trump, Jewish Locations: Vichy, CNews
"Dune" wormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend, grossing $40.1 million from 4,125 theaters, according to preliminary numbers — a solid debut given that the science-fiction epic premiered simultaneously on HBO Max. The 155-minute movie is estimated to have cost at least $165 million to produce. "I think this shows that passionate moviegoers are supporting the big-screen experience," said Paul Dergarabedian, a media analyst at Comscore, which tracks box office data. 2 position with a weekend haul of $14.5 million, bringing its total earnings to just over $73 million. "The French Dispatch," Wes Anderson's latest visual confection, opened to $1.3 million in just 52 locations for a robust per-theater-average of $25,000.
Persons: HBO Max, Frank Herbert's, Denis Villeneuve, Paul Dergarabedian, Dergarabedian, Timothée Chalamet, Ann Sarnoff, Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Colman, Wes Anderson's, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton Organizations: American, HBO, Warner Bros ., Warner Bros, NBC, Universal Pictures, French Dispatch Locations: Chalamet
PARIS—As a television talk-show host and pundit, Éric Zemmour built a devoted following on France’s far right with years of barbed criticism of immigrants, Muslims and leftist politicians. Now Mr. Zemmour, who says he has drawn inspiration from former President Donald Trump, is harnessing his celebrity to explore a run for president, an effort that is shaking up French politics. Polls show he has inched ahead of the far right’s longtime standard-bearer, Marine Le Pen, to become the leading challenger to President Emmanuel Macron in next year’s election.
Persons: Éric Zemmour, Zemmour, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: PARIS
Former French politician Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann was charged with terrorism in connection with a plot to attack vaccine centers, police said. Daillet, known in far-right circles, was previously implicated in a plot to kidnap a child whose mother had lost custody of her, AP News reported. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyA former French politician was charged with terrorism in connection with a plot to attack vaccine centers, according to reports. Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann was charged on Friday after authorities said he was involved with a right-wing plan to attack vaccination centers and other targets, including a masonic lodge, AP News reported. Jean-Christophe Basson-Larbi, Daillet's lawyer, referred to his client as a "political prisoner" who has called for the end of the French political system, AP reported.
Persons: Rémy, Wiedemann, Daillet, Jean, Christophe Basson, Larbi Organizations: AP News, France, Service, Radio, Radio France Internationale, AP, RFI Locations: French, Radio France, France, Switzerland
Before Netflix, of course, there was HBO, which has also cultivated a reputation for nurturing talent. Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Fisher Stevens and Griffin Dunne in Wes Anderson's film 'The French Dispatch' (Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures). Finally, there are Chappelle and Stewart, comedy heavyweights who have earned plenty of latitude but still feel motivated to push further. "Dave, you're a genius, and we support your right to express yourself," the conversation might have gone. On the flip side, it's not like Netflix, HBO or even fledgling Apple desperately needs any single piece of content either.
Persons: There's, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart's, Wes Anderson's, Martin Scorsese's, Spike Lee's, Lee, Anderson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Timothée, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Fisher Stevens, Griffin Dunne, Chappelle, Stewart, Dave, there's, it's, Leonard Stern Organizations: CNN, Netflix, Apple, Dispatch, HBO, French Dispatch, Searchlight Pictures, TV Locations: Yorker
Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Paris in November to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron as the U.S. attempts to soothe diplomatic tensions with the country. The vice president will also deliver a speech at the fourth annual Paris Peace Forum on Nov. 11, her spokesperson said in a statement. The White House has previously acknowledged that U.S. officials could have consulted and communicated better with their French counterparts over the submarine deal. The White House said Harris' November visit is "a key opportunity to further enhance U.S.-France cooperation on a range of global challenges." Harris will mark Veterans Day in the U.S. and Armistice Day in France during her visit.
Persons: Kamala Harris, Emmanuel Macron, Biden, Joe Biden, Macron, Harris Organizations: Paris Peace, French, Macron Locations: Paris, U.S, Libya, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Sahel, Africa, Rome
FILE PHOTO: The company logo and ticker for Duke Energy Corp. is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid(Reuters) - Duke Energy Corp is in advanced settlement talks with Elliott Management Corp that could see the U.S. power utility add two directors backed by the activist investment firm to its board, people familiar with the discussions said on Friday. Both would be chosen by Duke but have the blessing of Elliott, the sources added. An agreement that would avert a board challenge could be secured before the end of the year, the sources said. Duke and Elliott declined to comment.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Elliott Organizations: Duke Energy Corp, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Elliott Management Corp, Duke Locations: New York, U.S
Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” — with its frustrating mixture of space bureaucracy, mystical lore and pulse-pounding, monster-fighting action — is a hard book to adapt. Its power depends heavily on the reader’s willingness to put up with half a novel of humdrum pulp sci-fi action and world-building. There’s an entire movie, “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” about how he never got to shoot his version. It’s a sci-fi movie on a big-ticket blockbuster scale akin to the lengthy two-part finale of Marvel’s “Avengers” movies, but here Villeneuve manages to make something that is grand in terms other than sheer length and plot complication. Lynch’s “Dune” adaptation from 1984 is both unwatchably clunky in its pacing and a kind of surrealist almost-masterpiece.
Persons: Duke Leto Atreides, Oscar Isaac, Paul, Timothée, Liet Kynes, Sharon Duncan, Brewster, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Stellan, Frank Herbert’s, Herbert, George Lucas, David Lynch, Moebius, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Salvador Dalí, There’s, Denis Villeneuve, Villeneuve, Marvel’s, We’re, I’ve, Chalamet, Isaac, Jessica, Rebecca Ferguson, Lynch’s, Lynch, HBO Max Organizations: Warner Bros, HBO Locations: French
Overheard on a plane from New York to Detroit this Thursday: “Are you going to the Bottega Veneta show?” asked one black-clad editor. It seemed unlikely that any impetus other than Bottega’s impending event would lead hundreds of fashion-industry folks—some of whom the Italian luxury fashion brand flew in by chartered jet—to congregate in Motor City. (Monsieur Cadillac’s suit of arms, which was not wholly authentic, was eventually loosely translated into the Cadillac automobile logo.) A lover of techno and cars, Mr. Lee said he was “obsessed” with Detroit since he first visited six years ago, and eager to highlight it. Born almost 20 years after Bottega Veneta was founded in 1966, Mr. Lee has made it a shiny destination for conceptual ready-to-wear and Instagrammy accessories, especially ones in the new house shade of glaring green— “parakeet,” as it’s called.
Persons: , , wisecracked, it’s, Antoine de la, Monsieur Cadillac’s, Daniel Lee, who’s, Lee Organizations: Cadillac, Bottega, Mr Locations: New York, Detroit, Motor City, Paris, French, British
REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoTOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp is in talks to sell the Paris-based robotics business behind its Pepper android to Germany's United Robotics Group, according to sources and documents reviewed by Reuters, scaling back a business it once touted as a major growth driver. United Robotics Group, which is backed by German industrial robot maker Hahn, became the European master distributor for SoftBank's (9984.T) struggling Pepper and Nao robots in October. SoftBank has said it remains committed to the Pepper business. Reuters reported in June that SoftBank had stopped production of Pepper and slashed jobs at its robotics business globally. Recently departed SoftBank staff in areas such as sales have been hired by the company, according to the sources.
Persons: Pepper, Denis Balibouse, Hahn, Nao, SoftBank, Sawyer, Sam Nussey, David Dolan, Gerry Doyle Organizations: REUTERS, SoftBank, United Robotics Group, Reuters, United Robotics, Robotics, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Paris, European, France, Germany, Austria, Britain, Japan
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