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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
Passengers on an Air France flight in Paris were evacuated over concerns of a suspected explosive device on board, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Thursday. Darmanin said the flight, which was flying from N'Djamen, Chad, to Paris, landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport without incident. He said after passengers were evacuated, the plan was isolated for investigation. An Air France spokesperson told Reuters that the flight had been escorted into the airport by a French Army plane. Officials are still investigating the suspected explosive device.
Persons: Gerald Darmanin, Darmanin, Paris Charles de Gaulle Organizations: Air, Paris Charles, An Air, Reuters, French Army Locations: Air France, Paris, N'Djamen, Chad, An Air France
No explosive device aboard the Air France flight from Chad
  + stars: | 2021-06-03 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
No explosive device has been found aboard an Air France airplane that arrived from Chad escorted by the French army following an anonymous threat about the possible presence of such a device, Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin said in a tweet on Thursday. "No explosive device has been found aboard the Air France Ndjamena-Paris plane, end of operation", Darmanin said. Air France said earlier in a statement that following the threat, Air France Flight AF865 from N'Djamena to Paris had been escorted by a French Air Force fighter plane and had landed at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Gerard Darmanin, Darmanin, Charles de Organizations: Air France, Air, French Air Force, Thomson Locations: Chad, Paris, Air France, N'Djamena, Charles de Gaulle
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
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
France will impose self isolation for people coming from UK
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.80   time to read: +1 min
A man walks inside a Terminal at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy near Paris as France closed its borders to travellers outside European Union due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, February 5, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoFrance will impose self-isolation measures for people coming from the United Kingdom due to the presence of COVID-19 variants in the country, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday. "France will set up compulsory isolation for people coming from the UK," Attal told a news briefing after a cabinet meeting, adding that details would be given in "the coming hours". Germany's public health institute declared Britain and Northern Ireland a virus variant region last week and required anyone entering the country from the United Kingdom to quarantine for two weeks on arrival. read moreAttal said the COVID-19 situation was still improving significantly in France.
Persons: Paris Charles de, Gonzalo Fuentes, Gabriel Attal, Attal Organizations: Paris Charles, Union, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Roissy, France, United Kingdom, Britain, Northern Ireland
Air France cancels Moscow flight as Russia snubs Belarus bypass
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
The first Air France Airbus A350 prepares to take off after a ceremony at the aircraft builder's headquarters in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, September 27, 2019. Air France canceled a Paris-Moscow flight on Wednesday after Russia failed to approve a new route bypassing Belarus, the airline said. Air France, which operates several weekly services to Moscow, said it still planned to run its next scheduled Moscow flight on Friday, subject to Russian approval of a flight plan that would allow it to avoid overflying Belarus. "Air France regrets any inconvenience caused by this situation." But France is among countries taking a tough line over a Belarus warplane intercepting the Ryanair flight, including the suspension of Belarusian national carrier Belavia's operating rights.
Persons: Paris Charles de Gaulle Organizations: Air France Airbus, Air, Russia, Air France, KLM, European, Ryanair, overflying, Passengers, Paris Charles Locations: Colomiers, Toulouse, France, Air France, Paris, Moscow, Belarus, Air, Minsk, Lithuania, Greece, overflying Belarus, Russia, Petersburg, Barcelona, Poland
Air France uses cooking oil to fly to Canada as green fuel debate rages
  + stars: | 2021-05-18 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )Air France flight 342 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport with a 16% mix of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its fuel tanks, produced in France by Total from used cooking oil. The flight signalled a “shared ambition to decarbonize air transportation and to develop a SAF supply chain in France”, the companies said in a joint statement with airport operator ADP. Jet fuel produced from biomass or synthetically from renewable power has the potential to slash carbon emissions, albeit at a heavy cost by comparison to the price of kerosene. But traditional network airlines have sought to exempt long-haul flights, arguing that a Europe-only SAF requirement could expose them to unfair foreign competition. Green fuel used for the Paris-Montreal flight was produced by Total at its Oudalle plant near Le Havre as well as La Mede, a refinery in southern France converted to biofuels in 2019.
Persons: Charles de Gaulle, Ben Smith, ” Smith, Andrew Murphy Organizations: PARIS, Air France, KLM, Air, SAF, France ”, Jet, European Union, Ryanair, Wizz, EU, Airlines, Reuters, Paris -, Total Locations: Paris, Montreal, Air France, France, Europe, Brussels, Paris - Montreal, Le Havre
French Navy Rafale fighter jets are seen onboard the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, currently moored at the port of Limassol, Cyprus February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Stefanos KouratzisA deal to sell 30 Dassault-made (AVMD.PA) Rafale fighter jets to Egypt is worth about 4 billion euros ($4.80 billion), an official at France's Armed Forces Ministry said on Tuesday, with deliveries to begin from 2024. The official, who was speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, said the financing arrangements, which include 85% French state guarantees, would be signed on Tuesday, with the deal's implementation likely to begin in June. ($1 = 0.8296 euros)Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Charles de Gaulle Organizations: French Navy Rafale, REUTERS, Dassault, France's Armed Forces Ministry, Thomson Locations: Limassol, Cyprus, Egypt
U.S. car rental firm Avis Budget tops revenue estimates as demand recovers
  + stars: | 2021-05-03 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Logos of car rental companies Avis and Budget are seen outside Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauU.S. rental car company Avis Budget Group Inc (CAR.O) topped Wall Street estimates for first-quarter revenue on Monday, as more people started traveling again after getting vaccinated against COVID-19. "We continue to get new car deliveries every day and believe we can increase our fleet utilization efficiency to capture increased demand." Revenues recovered sequentially in the quarter, with revenue per day increasing 12% in the Americas, driven by improving demand. Total revenue fell 22% to $1.37 billion, beating estimates of $1.29 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES data.
Persons: Paris Charles de, Charles Platiau, Avis Organizations: REUTERS, Avis Budget Group Inc, COVID, Revenues, Thomson Locations: Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Roissy, France, Americas
Unions and local politicians have been fighting to defend the plant since Airbus stopped building the A380 superjumbo. Tensions erupted earlier this year when a top German executive said the Airbus plant - one of two in Cadiz - was “not competitive”. Spanish unions are reluctant to complete negotiations on a broader Airbus coronavirus restructuring plan until Puerto Real’s future is settled, people familiar with the talks said. Airbus said it was assessing Spanish operations “from a workload perspective” and wanted to ensure the viability and competitiveness of Cadiz. Unemployment-stricken Cadiz is the latest irritant to see-saw relations between Airbus and Spain, which owns 4% of the group.
Persons: Paris Charles de, Charles Platiau, , Juan Antonio Vazquez, Tom Enders, Guillaume Faury, Fernando Alonso, Pedro Sanchez, Faury, , Alberto Gutierrez – Organizations: PARIS, Airbus, Air, Air France Airbus, Paris Charles, REUTERS, Charles Platiau Airbus, Wednesday, Workers, Aerospace, Spain’s Socialist Locations: Spain, Cadiz, Air France, Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Roissy, France, Germany, Britain, Puerto Real, Puerto, Europe, Seville, Faury
France to impose 10-day quarantine for travellers coming from Brazil
  + stars: | 2021-04-17 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoFrance will order a strict 10-day quarantine for all travellers coming from Brazil starting April 24, the prime minister's office said on Saturday, in a bid to prevent the spread of a coronavirus variant first found in the South American county. France decided this week to suspend all flights to and from Brazil. The measure will be extended until April 23, the prime minister's office said in the same statement. The government will impose a 10-day quarantine on all travellers upon arrival, the prime minister's office said, and authorities will make checks before and after the flight that the travellers made the proper arrangements to isolate themselves. A 10-day quarantine will also be imposed on travellers coming from the French Guiana, an overseas department of France on the northeast coast of South America.
Persons: Paris Charles de, Gonzalo Fuentes Organizations: Paris Charles, Union, REUTERS, South, Thomson Locations: Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Roissy, France, Brazil, South American, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, French Guiana, South America
French lawmakers approve a ban on short domestic flights
  + stars: | 2021-04-11 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: 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 PhotoPARIS (Reuters) - French lawmakers voted late on Saturday to abolish domestic flights on routes than can be covered by train in under two-and-a-half hours, as the government seeks to lower carbon emissions even as the air travel industry reels from the global pandemic. The measure is part of a broader climate bill that aims to cut French carbon emissions by 40% in 2030 from 1990 levels, though activists accuse President Emmanuel Macron of watering down earlier promises in the draft legislation. Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher dismissed criticism from the aviation industry that a pandemic recovery was not the time to ban some domestic flights, and said there was no contradiction between the bailout and the climate bill. The bill goes to the Senate before a third and final vote in the lower house, where Macron’s ruling party and allies dominate.
Persons: Christian Hartmann, Emmanuel Macron, Agnes Pannier, Runacher, Macron Organizations: Air, Air France Airbus, Charles, REUTERS, PARIS, Europe, McKinsey, National Assembly, Senate Locations: Air France, Gaulle, Roissy, Paris, France, COVID
It's smackdown season in techland
  + stars: | 2021-04-10 | by ( Alexei Oreskovic | ) www.businessinsider.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Had Oracle prevailed, many predicted chaos in the software industry amid a barrage of dubious copyright lawsuits. Starboard was said to be preparing to launch a board challenge with the ultimate aim of putting Box on the auction block. But with KKR's $500 million investment in Box this week, a sale is likely no longer in the cards — at least for now. Ali Ghodsi, the CEO of Databricks and Frank Slootman, the CEO of Snowflake. It'll cost you $300, but you'll be protected from germs and smog, and you'll look like a cyber-warrior.
Persons: James Gosling, Tim Cook, Kara Swisher, Mark Zuckerberg, Ali Ghodsi, Frank Slootman, Ashley Stewart, Jeff Elder, Snowflake's Frank Slootman, George S, Patton, Databrick's Ali Ghodsi, Cyr, Charles de Gaulle, ByteDance, Will.i.am, Jose Fernandez, Mark Zuckerberg's, partied, Elon Musk, Goldman Sachs, Marcus, Alexei Organizations: Insider Tech, Warner Bros, titans, Google, Oracle, US Supreme Court, Apple, Facebook, New York Times, Saint, French, Boston Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Inc, Honeywell, SpaceX, Elon, Orient Express Locations: Snowflake, Databricks, Beijing, Silicon, Palo
France's Macron set to close elite school in equal opportunity push
  + stars: | 2021-04-08 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron will announce on Thursday the closure of France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration, an elite finishing school that has produced many of the country’s presidents, ambassadors and business leaders, French media reported. REUTERS/Benoit TessierThe move to abolish what has for some in France become a symbol of unequal opportunity is part of Macron’s drive for a fairer society. The postgraduate school was founded in 1945 by Charles de Gaulle to train a postwar administrative elite drawn from across all social classes. Last month, he announced a special process for entry to France’s elite schools for students from under-privileged backgrounds who require grants. ENA’s director Patrick Gerard has acknowledged the school’s lack of diversity but said it is not solely responsible.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Iraq Nechirvan Barzani, Benoit Tessier, Macron, Charles de Gaulle, Patrick Gerard, ENA, Organizations: PARIS, Ecole Nationale d’Administration, REUTERS, Orange, Societe Generale, Carrefour Locations: Kurdistan, Iraq, Paris, France, Europe
France's Macron closes elite ENA school in equal opportunity push
  + stars: | 2021-04-08 | by ( Elizabeth Pineau | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +2 min
“We must radically change the way we recruit ... and build the career paths of our public servants,” Macron told senior members of the civil service. The Strasbourg-based ENA was founded in 1945 by Charles de Gaulle to train a postwar administrative elite drawn from across all social classes. He said the new institute would use the current ENA campus and that France’s 13 civil service schools would share a core curriculum. Last month, he announced a special process for entry to France’s elite schools for students from underprivileged backgrounds who require grants. ENA Director Patrick Gerard has acknowledged the school’s lack of diversity but said it was not solely responsible.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Macron, ” Macron, ENA, Charles de Gaulle, Patrick Gerard, Organizations: PARIS, France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration, du Service, Orange, Societe Generale, Carrefour Locations: France’s, France, Strasbourg
Live Global Economy Expected to Grow 6% This Year, I.M.F. Says: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Topps, the trading card company, is going public in a deal that values it at $1.3 billion. The euro area is expected to expand by 4.4 percent and Japan is forecast to expand by 3.3 percent, according to the I.M.F. China’s economy is projected to expand by 8.4 percent and India’s is expected to expand by 12.5 percent. Since September, nearly 1,000 United pilots had retired or taken leave.
Persons: Andrew Harnik, Gita Gopinath, , Gopinath, Ms, Mickey Mantle’s, Michael Eisner, ” Mr, Eisner, Bernie Sanders, Mickey Mantle, , Jason Mudrick, ” Michael Brandstaedter, Mudrick, SPAC, Christian Hartmann, Benjamin Smith, ” Bruno Le Maire, Le Maire, Charles de Gaulle, Chris Helgren, JPMorgan Chase, United, United Aviate, We’re, ” Mayor Regina Romero, Rebecca Noble, Keith Schneider, Tracy Hadden Loh, Arnd Wiegmann, Archegos, Brian Chin, Lara Warner, Thomas Gottstein, Gottstein, Ed Jones, Sara Trilling Organizations: I.M.F, Topps, Associated, International Monetary Fund, Federal Reserve, The New York Times Topps, Mudrick Capital, Wells Capital, Walt Disney Company, Madison Dearborn, Disney, Mudrick, Marvel, , Air, Reuters Air France, KLM, Air France, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, Alitalia, United Airlines, Credit, Reuters United Airlines, United Aviate Academy, United, JPMorgan, Airlines, Delaware State University, Elizabeth City State University, Hampton University —, ” Mayor, The New York Times, Sun, Caterpillar, Amazon, Raytheon, Bombardier, Brookings Institution, Google, Microsoft, Target, Twitter, Suisse, Archegos Capital Management, Greensill, Reuters Credit Suisse, Credit Suisse, Agence France, Starbucks, Starbucks Asia Locations: United States, Japan, China, India, blockchain, Air France, Europe, Netherlands, Air, Germany, Italy, Amsterdam, France, Orly, Paris, U.S, Phoenix, United, Tucson, Austin , Texas, Boise , Idaho, Portland, Archegos, Zurich, South Korea, Seoul . Credit, Starbucks Coffee Korea, Korea
PARIS (Reuters) - Easter at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport typically starts two weeks early as extra staff are trained to cope with one of the busiest weekends of the year. Air France typically serves Tunis with 150-seat jets. Adjusting for different dates for Easter, throughput on the few open concourses is closer to 20-25% of a usual Easter. Terminal 2E, usually used by Air France and partners for U.S. flights, is handling all long-range traffic, throwing competing carriers from across the globe into a shared space. Terminal 2 opened in 1982 as a hub for Air France, with its undulating modular design shortening the time from gate to kerb.
Persons: Paris’s Charles de Gaulle, Christian Hartmann, , Amor, Charles de Gaulle, Aeroports de, Emmanuel Macron, Marc Vacher Organizations: PARIS, Charles, REUTERS, Air, Air France, Paris CDG Alliance, Le Monde Locations: Paris’s, France, Gaulle, Roissy, Paris, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Air France, Tunis, Europe’s, New York, China, United States, U.S, Europe, Denmark, Sweden, Buenos Aires, Taipei, Douala, Ukraine
EU officials and diplomats described the talks to put a post-transition trade deal in place by Jan. 1, 2021, as an exhausting exercise of bluff and brinksmanship. Britain has always been ambivalent about the project to unite and rebuild Europe from the ashes of World War Two. Britain’s boldest step during the trade talks came last summer, when an inner circle around Johnson met to figure a way out of the deadlock. But the move made Brussels all the more determined to make sure it could enforce a trade deal. “The cake business certainly had an impact,” a British source said.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Paul Grover, Ursula von der Leyen, , Jan, Frenchman Michel Barnier, Brexit ideologues, British euroscepticism, Johnson, , , Brexit, Margaret Thatcher’s, David Cameron, Charles de Gaulle, Emmanuel Macron, , Bill, Von der, Theresa May, gorged, Donald Tusk, David Frost, von der Leyen, Johnson’s affability, London, Loveless Organizations: LONDON, Union, British, European, Reuters, EU, Britain, Daily Telegraph, Conservative, European Economic Community, Internal, Sun, Twitter Locations: BRUSSELS, United Kingdom, Brussels, British, Downing, London, Britain, EU, Chinese, United States, Canada, Europe, French, Salzburg
U.S. allies in Europe want to show the incoming Biden administration that they have the means and the guts for serious military action. The latest example: French President Emmanuel Macron’s unveiling of plans for a new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. “It is the voice of France on all the globe’s waters.”Mr. Macron says the U.S. will only respect European allies if they reinforce their militaries. The new carrier, due in 2038, affirms “France’s will to preserve its strategic autonomy,” Mr. Macron said in a Dec. 8 speech announcing the new carrier at a nuclear components maker. Some European officials, including Germany’s defense minister, have voiced misgivings about Mr. Macron’s promotion of European power, noting that Europe can’t defend itself without the U.S.
Persons: Biden, Emmanuel Macron’s, Charles, Gaulle, Macron, , French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, Mr, Macron’s Organizations: Union, French Armed Forces Minister, Twitter, U.S Locations: Europe, France, U.S
PARIS — A modeling agent who is suspected of organizing the "accommodation of young girls or young women on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein" has been charged with the rape of minors, a French prosecutor said Saturday. Jean Luc Brunel was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation on Wednesday at Charles de Gaulle airport as he was preparing to take a flight to Senegal. This means he can be questioned by three investigative judges and could be charged in future if anything new emerges. Protesters hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Giuffre claimed in a 2016 deposition made public last year that Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell had directed her to provide sexual services for Brunel.
Persons: Jeffrey Epstein, Jean Luc Brunel, Charles de Gaulle, Remy Heitz, Brunel, Heitz, Stephanie Keith, Epstein, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Giuffre, Ghislaine Maxwell, ” Epstein, Maxwell, Nancy Ing, Isobel van Hagen Organizations: PARIS, Paris, NBC, Brunel, Locations: Senegal, New York City, Paris, British, New York, London
French modelling agent who knew Jeffrey Epstein placed under investigation
  + stars: | 2020-12-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Handout via REUTERS. PARIS (Reuters) - Jean-Luc Brunel, a longtime French modelling agent who knew the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, was placed under investigation and remanded in custody, the office of the Paris prosecutor said on Saturday. Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail at age 66 in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Brunel co-founded the Karin Models agency in the 1990s, and founded MC2 Model Management in the United States with Epstein. In August 2019, Paris’ chief prosecutor opened a preliminary inquiry into whether Epstein committed sex crimes on French territory or against French girls.
Persons: Jeffrey Epstein, Jean, Luc Brunel, Charles de Gaulle, Brunel, Epstein, Karin Organizations: New York State Division, Criminal, Services, Reuters, REUTERS, . Brunel, Police, Brunel, MC2 Model Management Locations: PARIS, Paris, Senegal, Manhattan, United States
French Prosecutors Bring Rape Charges Against Epstein Associate
  + stars: | 2020-12-19 | by ( Sam Schechner | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: +1 min
PARIS—French officials have brought preliminary charges, including raping minors, against an associate of the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. French prosecutors alleged Saturday that modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel raped minors over the age of 15 and committed acts of sexual harassment. Mr. Brunel is also being questioned, though not charged, on suspicion of child sex trafficking, prosecutors said. A lawyer for Mr. Brunel, Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Mr. Brunel is now under the authority of three investigating magistrates, who will work with police to gather evidence to determine whether—and on what formal charges—Mr.
Persons: Jeffrey Epstein, Jean, Luc Brunel, Brunel, Corinne Dreyfus, Schmidt, Mr, Paris’s Charles de Gaulle, Epstein Organizations: PARIS Locations: Senegal, Paris’s, France
French modeling agent Jean Luc Brunel has been detained in Paris in connection with an investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s circle of enablers, according to French prosecutors. Brunel was arrested Wednesday morning at Charles de Gaulle airport as he was attempting to board a plane to Dakar, Senegal. He was being held for questioning on suspicion of providing underage girls from his modeling agency for Epstein to sexually abuse. The arrest comes more than a year after Paris prosecutors opened an investigation into sexual abuse linked to Epstein and his possible accomplices. Prosecutors say she helped the disgraced financier sexually abuse young girls in the mid-1990s and participated in some of the abuse herself.
Persons: Jean Luc Brunel, Jeffrey Epstein’s, Brunel, Charles de Gaulle, Epstein, Jeffrey Epstein, Stephanie Keith, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Giuffre, Ghislaine Maxwell, ” Epstein, Maxwell Organizations: Brunel, , Prosecutors Locations: Paris, Dakar, Senegal, New York, British
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