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ECB's Lane says early to discuss end of emergency bond buys: Bloomberg TV
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Executive Board member of the European Central Bank Philip Lane attends the Fortune Global Forum in Paris, France, November 18, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoFRANKFURT (Reuters) - It is still premature and unnecessary to discuss the end of the European Central Bank’s emergency bond purchases, ECB chief economist Philip Lane said on Thursday, adding a lot of data is still missing before an important policy meeting in September. Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Lane also said that the ECB does not have a fixed-volume approach to purchases under its 1.85 trillion euro Pandemic Emergency Purchased Programme. The ECB last week decided to maintain an elevated level of bond buys but kept its formulation ambiguous enough to allow for some fluctuation.
Persons: European Central Bank Philip Lane, Gonzalo Fuentes, Philip Lane, Lane Organizations: European Central Bank, Global, REUTERS, FRANKFURT, European Central, Bloomberg, ECB Locations: Paris, France
Disneyland Paris reopens, but Mickey Mouse won't give hugs
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.55   time to read: +2 min
A visitor wears a protective face mask at Disneyland Paris as the theme park reopens its doors to the public in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, June 17, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesCHESSY, France, June 17 (Reuters) - The Disneyland Paris theme park opened to visitors on Thursday after being shuttered for nearly eight months during the pandemic, but safety measures were in force to stop the virus spreading. While cast members dressed as favourite Disney characters - among them Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy - were on hand as usual for selfies with visitors, they were keeping their distance. Natacha Rafalski, CEO of Disneyland Paris, said the reopening was a watershed moment for the whole tourism and hospitality sector in France as it emerges from the pandemic. "Restaurants, hotels, theme parks, all hospitality venues, are essential to the life of the French people."
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes CHESSY, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Émeline, I've, It's, Natacha Rafalski, Christian Lowe, Giles Elgood Organizations: Paris, Vallee, REUTERS, Visitors, Disneyland, Thomson Locations: Marne, Paris, France, Disneyland Paris
A flag with the logo of Stellantis is seen at the company's corporate office building in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines near Paris, France, May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoMILAN, June 15 (Reuters) - Stellantis will produce four medium-segment electric vehicles at its Melfi plant in southern Italy from 2024, the UILM union said on Tuesday, after workers' representatives met with the carmaker at Italy's industry ministry. Future production will be based on a single enhanced production line that will merge the two existing lines, the union said in a statement. Stellantis, the world's fourth largest carmaker, was not immediately available for comment. Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; editing by Agnieszka FlakOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, MILAN, Stellantis, Giulio Piovaccari, Agnieszka Flak Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Saint, Yvelines, Paris, France, Melfi, Italy
REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoMILAN, June 15 (Reuters) - Stellantis (STLA.MI) will produce four medium-segment electric vehicles, of different brands, at its Melfi plant in southern Italy from 2024, the UILM union said on Tuesday. "Stellantis announced that Melfi would be the first plant in Italy to get new models, based on post-2022 business plan," UILM said in a statement after workers' representatives met with the carmaker at Italy's industry ministry in Rome. Stellantis Chief Executive Carlos Tavares has said the group would present its business plan late this year or in early 2022. Italy's Industry minister, Giancarlo Giorgetti, however, said in a separate statement after the meeting that Stellantis had yet to decide where it would build its third electric battery plant in Europe. The company is holding talks on this with Rome, as Italy is one of its main production hubs in Europe.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, MILAN, Stellantis, Melfi, UILM, Rocco Palombella, Carlos Tavares, Giancarlo Giorgetti, Giulio Piovaccari, Agnieszka Flak Organizations: REUTERS, Fiat Chrysler, France's PSA, Stellantis, Italy's Industry, Thomson Locations: Saint, Yvelines, Paris, France, Melfi, Italy, Europe, Rome, Germany, United States
China's Huawei aims to reach driverless car technology in 2025
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.80   time to read: +1 min
A view shows a Huawei logo at Huawei Technologies France headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France, February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoChina's Huawei Technologies (HWT.UL) aims to develop driverless passenger car technology by 2025, an executive said on Thursday, as the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker diversifies its business in the face of U.S. sanctions. "Our team's goal is to reach true driverless passenger cars in 2025," Wang Jun, senior executive at Huawei's smart vehicle unit, told an industry conference. Huawei has pivoted to smart electric vehicles after its global smartphone business was hammered by U.S. sanctions. The previous Trump administration labelled the company a threat to U.S. national security - a charge it denies.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, Wang Jun, Trump Organizations: Huawei, Huawei Technologies France, REUTERS, Huawei Technologies, Baidu Inc, HK, Thomson Locations: Boulogne, Paris, France, U.S
REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoItaly aims to spur total investments of more than one billion euros ($1.22 billion) to build an electric car battery factory with car maker Stellantis (STLA.MI) expected to play a leading role, three government sources told Reuters. But it is confident this could trigger further investments from industrial and financial partners to bring the total to more than one billion euros, the sources said. The document targets some 1.8 billion euros in funding by that date though one ministry source said this was unlikely. Stellantis, the world's fourth largest carmaker, currently has two gigafactory projects in Europe, in France and in Germany, with overall investments of 5 billion euros. read more"There's a lot of competition... we'll have to offer a strong strategy and a credible team," the ministry source said.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, Stellantis, Roberto Cingolani Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Funds, Fiat Chrysler, PSA, Energy, ACC, Thomson Locations: Saint, Yvelines, Paris, France, Italy, Brussels, Rome, Europe, Germany, United States, Spain
Defending champion Zwiatek knocked out in French Open quarter-finals
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: 1 min
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 9, 2021 Poland's Iga Swiatek in action during her quarter final match against Greece's Maria Sakkari REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesDefending champion Iga Swiatek was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the French Open when she suffered a 6-4 6-4 defeat against Greek Maria Sakkari on Wednesday. The 20-year-old Pole, who had won her 22 previous sets at Roland Garros, took an off-court medical timeout at 0-2 in the second set. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Roland Garros, Iga, Greece's Maria Sakkari, Gonzalo Fuentes, Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari Organizations: Thomson Locations: Paris, France
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 9, 2021 Poland's Iga Swiatek in action during her quarter final match against Greece's Maria Sakkari REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesThe curse of French Open defending champions continued as Iga Swiatek was knocked out 6-4 6-4 by Greek Maria Sakkari in the French Open quarter-finals, leaving the women's draw wide open on Wednesday. The defending champion struggled to cope with Sakkari's brutal accelerations from the baseline and she showed her frustration on several occasions. Swiatek took a comfort break but her problems did not go away as she dropped serve in the first game of the second set with another forehand error. She returned with a strap on her right thigh and held serve, but Sakkari stayed solid on her own service games. Serving for the match at 5-4 Sakkari went 40-0 ahead and after Swiatek saved two match points, she bowed on the third when her forehand sailed wide.
Persons: Roland Garros, Iga, Greece's Maria Sakkari, Gonzalo Fuentes, Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari, Philippe Chatrier, Justine Henin, Sakkari, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Tamara Zidansek, It's, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Swiatek Organizations: Open, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Czech, Russian
Djokovic marches into fourth round with Berankis thrashing
  + stars: | 2021-06-05 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.91   time to read: +1 min
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 5, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning her third round match against Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesWorld number one Novak Djokovic booked his spot in the second week of the French Open with a dominant 6-1 6-4 6-1 third-round win over 93rd-ranked Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis on Saturday. The 34-year-old Serbian came into the match with a 3-0 head-to-head record against Berankis, who had never won a set in their previous meetings, and put in a clinical show on Philippe Chatrier court to stay on course for a 19th Grand Slam title. Djokovic broke his opponent's serve six times in the match and such was his domination that he did not face a single breakpoint on his own on the way to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the 12th consecutive year. The 2016 champion, who hit 30 winners against 18 unforced errors, is yet to lose a set in his three matches and will next face teenager Lorenzo Musetti, who defeated fellow Italian Marco Cecchinato 3-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-3. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Roland Garros, Serbia's Novak Djokovic, Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis, Gonzalo Fuentes, Novak Djokovic, Berankis, Philippe Chatrier, Djokovic, Lorenzo Musetti, Marco Cecchinato Organizations: Thomson Locations: Paris, France
EU set to launch infringement procedure over Italian media law - paper
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
A Vivendi sign is seen at the company's headquarters in Paris, France, April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesThe European Commission is set to launch an infringement procedure against Italy over a media law potentially curbing Vivendi's (VIV.PA) interests in the country, newspaper la Repubblica reported on Friday. The Commission in December raised questions over the validity of the law approved by Rome in November which allowed national communications regulator AGCOM to start a probe into Vivendi's Italian assets to evaluate whether these holdings are harmful to media plurality. In May, Mediaset and Vivendi, its second largest investor, ended years of legal sparring with an accord under which the French group will drastically cut its stake in the broadcaster. read moreTwo legal sources close to Vivendi told Reuters that the opening of a infringement procedure would have no effect on the long-awaited deal reached between the two companies.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, Vincent Bollore Organizations: Vivendi, REUTERS, Repubblica, Telecom Italia, Mediaset, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Italy, Rome
EU to launch infringement procedure over Italian media law, newspaper says
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesThe European Commission is set to launch an infringement procedure against Italy over a media law potentially curbing Vivendi's (VIV.PA) interests in the country, newspaper la Repubblica reported on Friday. The Commission raised questions over the validity of the law, approved by Rome in November, which allowed national communications regulator AGCOM to start an investigation into Vivendi's Italian assets to evaluate whether these holdings are harmful to media plurality. "The Commission considers such rules protecting media pluralism contained in the Italian law of November should have been notified under the transparency directive", a European Commission spokesman said at a weekly briefing on Friday. "I can also say that we are looking into compliance of the adopted law with the relevant union law," the spokesman added. Vivendi had lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission against the Italian law, saying it was aimed at helping Mediaset, controlled by the family of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, in a long running legal dispute against the French group.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, Vincent Bollore, Silvio Berlusconi Organizations: Vivendi, REUTERS, Repubblica, Telecom Italia, European Commission, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Italy, Rome, Italian
Russian player Sizikova arrested at French Open over match fixing allegations -sources
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesRussian player Yana Sizikova has been arrested at the French Open and has been placed in custody over match-fixing allegations, sources told Reuters on Friday. A police source and the French tennis federation (FFT) said the player had been arrested but did not elaborate on the reasons. Last September, French prosecutors opened an investigation into alleged match fixing in a women’s doubles match at the French Open. Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, told the RIA news agency that he had been informed of Sizikova’s detention. The Russian Tennis Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, Yana Sizikova, Mitu, Patricia Mari, Madison Brengle, Shamil Tarpischev, Tarpischev Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Madison, Russian Tennis Federation, TASS, Tennis Integrity Agency, Thomson Locations: Paris, French, Russian
France's Casino expands Amazon partnership with collect services
  + stars: | 2021-06-03 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: +1 min
The logo of Casino supermarket is pictured in Paris, France, March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoFrench supermarket group Casino (CASP.PA) and U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon said on Thursday they were expanding a tie-up for grocery deliveries in an online food retail market that has become increasingly competitive. The Casino group caused a stir in 2018 when its upmarket Monoprix stores struck a deal with Amazon, considered one of the biggest rivals to retailers trying to boost their own e-commerce operations. The latest partnership would affect Casino-branded stores, and involves the roll-out of new click-and-collect services for Amazon Prime members. Its Casino-brand stores first struck a e-commerce partnership with Britain's Ocado in 2017.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, Britain's Ocado, Uber Organizations: REUTERS, Amazon, Amazon Prime, Ferrand, Rivals, Carrefour, Google, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Annecy, Clermont
Zverev books third round spot with straight-sets win
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Zverev and Safiullin never contested a Tour-level match before Wednesday but met three times as juniors with the German winning all three in straight sets. "First week you play against guys, some of them play first, second, third time of a Grand Slam," Zverev told reporters. Double faults continued to haunt the 24-year-old German in the second set as he smashed his racquet on the court in frustration and suffered a service break. Safiullin continued to trouble Zverev in the third set and forced the German, who rallied from two sets down to defeat qualifier Oscar Otte in Sunday's opening round, to dig deep. The second I thought I was in control more," said Zverev, who is considered one of the title contenders at Roland Garros this time after his win in Madrid.
Persons: Roland Garros, Germany's Alexander Zverev, Safiullin, Gonzalo Fuentes, Alexander Zverev, Roman, Zverev, Suzanne Lenglencourt, Oscar Otte, Serbia's Laslo Djere, Miomir Kecmanovic Organizations: Russia's, U.S, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Gonzalo Fuentes German, Sunday's, Madrid
Curfew set to spoil birthday boy Nadal's party at French Open
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Nadal's second-round match against Frenchman Richard Gasquet is scheduled to begin after 9 p.m., when the government-enforced COVID-19 curfew forces organisers to ask fans to vacate the premises. Third seed Nadal, who has an astonishing 101-2 record on the Parisian red dirt, has in the past described how difficult it is to maintain the same intensity without his fans spurring him on. If Nadal's record against Gasquet is anything to go by, the 13-time champion should not have any problems. "You don't feel that he is almost 40 years old the way he moves, the way he hits the ball," Cilic said. "The way he actually plays the game is still, I would say, one of the quickest on the Tour.
Persons: Roland Garros, Spain's Rafael Nadal, Australia's Alexei Popyrin REUTERS, Gonzalo Fuentes, Rafa Nadal, Philippe Chatrier, Nadal's, Frenchman Richard Gasquet, Nadal, Gasquet, Guy Forget, Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, Cilic, Roger, Novak Djokovic, Pablo Cuevas, Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka, Ash Barty, Magda Linette, Iga Swiatek, Sweden's Rebecca Peterson Organizations: L'Equipe, Eighth, Croatian, Swiss, Uruguayan, Thomson Locations: Paris, France
Stellantis discussing conditions with Rome to build gigafactory in Italy - source
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoStellantis (STLA.MI), is discussing conditions with Rome to build a gigafactory in Italy as part of the carmaker's plan to support its expansion into electric mobility, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday. These conditions will have to be studied with Italian authorities," the source said, adding that nothing had yet been decided. In its 205 billion euro ($251 billion) recovery plan, Italy will spend almost 24 billion euros on the transition to cleaner energy and sustainable mobility. As part of this, Rome plans to invest one billion euros to enhance its battery, and solar and wind power industries. "An exchange took place on the principle of the coverage of Stellantis needs in batteries, and given the group produces numerous vehicles in Italy, there would be a shared interest in discussing the conditions of a gigafactory in Italy," the source said.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, Stellantis, Carlos Tavares, John Elkann, Giancarlo Giorgetti Organizations: REUTERS, Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot, PSA, Thomson Locations: Saint, Yvelines, Paris, France, Rome, Italy, Stellantis, Europe, United States, Germany, TotalEnergies
Casino's e-commerce arm plans share issue to raise 300 million euros
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
PARIS (Reuters) - Cnova NV, the e-commerce arm of French retailer Casino, plans to raise around 300 million euros ($367 million) in a sale of new shares to fund growth and boost its proportion of freely tradeable stock. Cnova, the holding company for Cdiscount, said on Tuesday it planned to launch the new share issue by the end of the year. Cdiscount is fully controlled by Cnova, which in turn is 65% controlled by Casino and 34% by Casino’s Brazilian business Grupo Pao Acucar. As well as the Cdiscount fundraising, Casino has also said it is considering a stock market listing for its GreenYellow renewable energy arm. Shares in Casino were flat in early afternoon trade, while Cnova shares were up 4.8%.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, Emmanuel Grenier, Grenier, Cnova, Jean, Charles Naouri, Naouri Organizations: PARIS, Cnova, Casino, REUTERS, Grupo Pao, Reuters Locations: Paris, France, Cnova
Nadal, Djokovic ease through as Roland Garros continues without Osaka
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
Claycourt master Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic cantered into the second round of the French Open where the shockwaves of Naomi Osaka's withdrawal were still felt. The 18-time Grand Slam champion, who is on a semi-final collision course with 13-time French Open winner Rafal Nadal, next faces Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. 1430 MONFILS BEATS RAMOS-VINOLASLocal favourite Gael Monfils came back from a set down to beat Spain's Albert Ramos Vinolas 1-6 7-6(6) 6-4 6-4. The Australian will next take on another Italian in Marco Cecchinato, who beat Japan's Yasutaka Uchiyama 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4. Next up for Svitolina is a second round clash with American Ann Li, who trounced Margarita Gasparyan 6-0 6-1.
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A view shows a Huawei logo at Huawei Technologies France headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France, February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoVodafone's (VOD.L) Italian unit has secured conditional approval from Rome to use equipment made by China's Huawei in its 5G radio access network, two sources close to the matter said. Huawei and ZTE strongly deny the allegations. In the last 12 months, Italy has adopted a tougher stance on Huawei, while not banning it entirely from 5G infrastructure. Under previous Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Rome prevented telecoms group Fastweb in October from signing a deal with Huawei to supply equipment for its 5G core network, where highly sensitive data is processed.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, China's, Mario Draghi, ZTE, Giuseppe Conte Organizations: Huawei, Huawei Technologies France, REUTERS, China's Huawei, Vodafone, United, Fastweb, Thomson Locations: Boulogne, Paris, France, Rome, Italy, United States
Tsitsipas downs Chardy to reach French Open second round
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.87   time to read: +1 min
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 30, 2021 Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his first round match against France's Jeremy Chardy REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesGreek Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame a sluggish start to reach the second round of the French Open with a 7-6(6) 6-3 6-1 victory over France's Jeremy Chardy on Sunday. Tsitsipas, who lost to 13-times Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal in the final in Barcelona, steamrolled past a helpless Chardy in the other two sets. He ended Chardy's challenge after just over two hours with a forehand winner for a no-nonsense victory. He will next face either American Sebastian Korda or Spain's Pedro Martinez. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Roland Garros, France's Jeremy Chardy REUTERS, Gonzalo Fuentes, Stefanos Tsitsipas, France's Jeremy Chardy, Philippe Chatrier, Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal, Sebastian Korda, Spain's Pedro Martinez Organizations: Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Lyon, Barcelona, steamrolled
Djokovic wins on home soil ahead of French Open
  + stars: | 2021-05-29 | by ( Zoran Milosavljevic | ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
Tennis - Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates during his French Open fourth round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov in 2020 - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 5, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoNovak Djokovic enjoyed success at his own tennis centre when he won the Belgrade Open with a 6-4 6-3 win over Slovakian Alex Molcan in Saturday's final but his performance left a lot to be desired ahead of the French Open. It was Djokovic's first triumph since he clinched his 18th major at the Australian Open in February. Djokovic also lost to Russian Aslan Karatsev in the Serbia Open semi-finals before being defeated by Rafael Nadal in the Rome Masters final and his display against Molcan was at times unconvincing. "I want to thank everyone who turned up and made this a memorable day, I have to admit that part of my mind is already in Paris," Djokovic said in a courtside interview.
Persons: Serbia's Novak Djokovic, Russia's Karen Khachanov, Roland Garros, Gonzalo Fuentes, Novak Djokovic, Slovakian Alex Molcan, Djokovic, Monte Carlo Masters, Aslan Karatsev, Rafael Nadal, Molcan Organizations: REUTERS, Belgrade, Slovakian, Monte Carlo, Rome Masters, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Serbian, Serbia
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
A medical worker administers a dose of the "Comirnaty" Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a vaccination center in Paris as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign in France, May 12, 2021. But three other sources told Reuters that some form of legal protection is still on the table as India and Pfizer work to reach a vaccine deal. Reaching an agreement with Pfizer is critical for India's central government, which is struggling to secure needed COVID-19 vaccine doses as recorded daily cases exceed 250,000. India pledged last month to fast-track approvals for overseas vaccine makers including Pfizer, Moderna (MRNA.O) and Johnson and Johnson (JNJ.N). The source added that Pfizer cannot finalize terms of a supply agreement, including indemnity, if the vaccine is not first authorized for use in India.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, India, Johnson, Germany's BioNTech, Albert Bourla Organizations: Pfizer, BioNTech, REUTERS, U.S, Reuters, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Bharat Biotech, of Medical Research, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, India, Britain, United States, New Delhi
Euro zone recession confirmed at start of 2021
  + stars: | 2021-05-18 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The euro zone economy declined by 0.6% in the first quarter of 2021, data showed on Tuesday to confirm a technical recession, as gross domestic product contracted in all larger countries except France. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesThe European Union’s statistics office Eurostat said GDP in the 19 countries sharing the euro fell 0.6% quarter-on-quarter in the Jan-March period, for a 1.8% year-on-year fall. Together with the GDP decline in the fourth quarter of 2020, of 0.7% in the quarter and 4.9% from a year earlier, the euro zone was in its second technical recession since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The 27-nation bloc’s trade surplus with Britain rose to 35.8 billion euros ($43.73 billion) as exports were down by a more modest 14.3%. Eurostat said the euro zone’s unadjusted trade surplus with the rest of the world fell to 15.8 billion euros in March from 29.9 billion euros in March 2020.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, France’s Organizations: REUTERS, Eurostat, EU Locations: BRUSSELS, France, Paris, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Britain
Vacations in mind, younger French people rush for vaccines
  + stars: | 2021-05-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
A medical worker administers a dose of the "Comirnaty" Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a vaccination center in Paris as part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign in France, May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesClement Bosko, a 31-year-old Frenchman who works in train maintenance, this week scored a lucky ticket: an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccination. "That way, I'll know everything's in place, and if they introduce a health pass to go abroad, or whatever, I'll be all sorted," he said. But opening up the vaccines to younger people has unlocked a surge in demand, said Tristan Eybert, who managers the velodrome vaccine centre. "We've noticed the people coming got a lot younger this week," he said.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes Clement Bosko, Frenchman, Paul De Beon, Tristan Eybert, We've Organizations: Pfizer, BioNTech, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Paris, France
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