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For Yazdan Yazdanpanah, a member of the Scientific Council, an independent advisory body consulted by the government, the experience showed the scientific community needed to work harder to make itself heard. The first lockdown had ended in May, cases were down sharply, and the country’s nearly 200,000 bars, restaurants and cafes were buzzing. The Scientific Council had warned officials to expect a resurgence of infections. On the agenda: the possible closure of all restaurants, bars and cafes across France, one person present told Reuters. In the high-stakes contest with France’s restaurant and café industry, scientists had been at a disadvantage, said Yazdanpanah, the Scientific Council member.
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France to seek immediate EU riposte if U.S. punishes French digital tax
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Flags of France and European Union flutter above the French Consulate in central Istanbul, Turkey, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Murad SezerPARIS (Reuters) - France will immediately seek EU retaliation if Washington goes ahead in January with planned trade sanctions over a French tax on digital services, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday. The Trump administration announced additional duties of 25% on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports valued at $1.3 billion in response to France’s digital services tax, but said it would hold off on implementing the move until January. “If there are American sanctions against the French decision, which ... is the application of French law, we will immediately seek a riposte at the European level,” Le Maire told journalists after a meeting with EU counterparts about digital services taxation.
Persons: Murad Sezer PARIS, Bruno Le Maire, Trump, ” Le Maire Organizations: French Consulate, REUTERS, French Finance, EU Locations: France, European, French, Istanbul, Turkey, Washington
French car market set to fall to lowest level since 1975: federation
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Pascal RossignolPARIS (Reuters) - France’s car market, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, is set to fall to its lowest level since 1975 this year, the CCFA French automobile federation said on Tuesday. The CCFA maintained its forecast for a 25% to 30% drop in the French car market in 2020, though a spokesman said the fall would be at the lower end of the range, meaning closer to 26%. “There are still some uncertainties around December, including around the demand for hire cars people might use to go to ski stations if they remain closed,” CCFA spokesman Francois Roudier said. November car registrations in France were down 27.03% on a year earlier. Car dealerships had to close during government-enforced lockdowns to contain the pandemic and consumer confidence has also taken a big knock, surveys show.
Persons: Pascal Rossignol PARIS, , Francois Roudier Organizations: Toyota Motor Manufacturing, REUTERS Locations: Toyota Motor Manufacturing France, Onnaing, France
OECD sees global economy turning the corner on coronavirus crisis
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Leigh Thomas | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
PARIS (Reuters) - The outlook for the global economy is improving despite a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks in many countries as vaccines emerge and a Chinese-led recovery takes hold, the OECD said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe global economy will grow 4.2% next year and ease to 3.7% in 2022, after shrinking 4.2% this year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said in its latest Economic Outlook. It did not have a 2022 forecast at the time. The United States and Europe are expected to contribute less to the recovery than their weight in the global economy. In September, the OECD had forecast a contraction of 3.8% this year and a rebound of 4% next year.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, “ We’re, , Laurence Boone Organizations: PARIS, REUTERS, Organisation for Economic Cooperation, Development, OECD Locations: Chinese, Europe, United States, Paris, China, U.S
Oil drops as OPEC+ delays talks, raising supply alarm
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Aaron Sheldrick | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind an oil pump outside Saint-Fiacre, near Paris, France September 17, 2019. West Texas Intermediate was down by 23 cents, or 0.5% at $45.11 a barrel, having dropped 0.4% in the previous session. OPEC+ delayed talks on output policy for next year until Thursday, three sources told Reuters, as key players still disagreed on how much oil they should pump amid weak demand. “Nonetheless this latest fracas does not bode well for collective cohesion in 2021 as vaccine optimism abounds and producers anticipate a strong recovery,” RBC said. Sources said the UAE had complicated the picture by signalling it would be willing to support a rollover of supply cuts only if group members’ compliance with cut commitments improved.
Persons: Hartmann Brent, bode, Brent Organizations: REUTERS, . West Texas, Organization of, Petroleum, ” RBC Capital Markets, RBC Locations: TOKYO, Paris, France, COVID, OPEC, Russia, UAE, Saudi Arabia
Oil prices steady as OPEC and allies seek consensus on output
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Shadia Nasralla | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices were broadly steady on Tuesday as investors awaited direction from OPEC and its allies after the producers postponed a formal meeting to decide whether to lift output from January. FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind an oil pump outside Saint-Fiacre, near Paris, France September 17, 2019. The group was due to ease current production cuts by 2 million barrels per day (bpd) from January. With demand still weak, OPEC+ has been considering extending current cuts into the first months of 2021, a position backed by de facto OPEC leader Saudi Arabia, sources say. For a graphic on Brent and WTI price forecast for 2021:
Persons: Hartmann Brent, , Helima Croft, bode, ” Croft, Brent Organizations: REUTERS, West Texas, of, Petroleum, Royal Bank of Canada Locations: OPEC, Paris, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia
REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File PhotoAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell will face a Dutch court on Tuesday in the first hearing of a case brought on by environmentalist and human rights groups who demand the energy firm cuts its reliance on fossil fuels. The plaintiffs say that Shell is threatening human rights by knowingly undermining international climate goals, as it keeps investing billions in the exploitation of fossil fuels. “We are confident that the judge’s final verdict will force Shell to adhere to international climate goals and stop causing dangerous climate change”, Friends of the Earth Netherlands director Donald Pols said on the eve of the hearing. But the action groups demand at least a 45% reduction by 2030, relative to the pollution caused in 2019, as a step towards carbon-neutral production two decades later. The district court of The Hague, home of Shell’s Dutch headquarters, has planned four days of hearings in the case in December.
Persons: Benoit Tessier, Shell, Donald Pols Organizations: Shell, REUTERS, AMSTERDAM, Royal, Royal Dutch Shell, Greenpeace, Dutch Locations: Paris, France, Royal Dutch, Netherlands, The Hague
S&P 500 to swallow Tesla in one gulp; shares surge
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Arunima Kumar | Noel Randewich | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc shares jumped 4% in extended trade on Monday after S&P Dow Jones Indices said it would add one of Wall Street’s most valuable companies to the S&P 500 index all at once on Dec. 21. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File PhotoAdding Elon Musk’s Tesla to Wall Street’s most followed benchmark will force index funds to buy about $73 billion worth of its shares, S&P Dow Jones Indices said. At that time, S&P Dow Jones Indices said it would consult investors about whether to potentially add Tesla in two tranches a week apart to make the addition easier to handle for index funds. About a fifth of Tesla’s shares are closely held by Musk, the chief executive, and other insiders. S&P Dow Jones said it would announce on Dec. 11 which company Tesla would replace in the S&P 500.
Persons: Dow, Charles Platiau, Musk’s Tesla, Tesla, DJI, , Musk, Johnson, Dow Jones Organizations: Reuters, Tesla Inc, Dow Jones Indices, Tesla, REUTERS, , Toyota Motor, Volkswagen, General Motors, Johnson Locations: Paris, France, California
Clashes erupt at protest against police violence in Paris
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Dave Lucas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Masked shoppers turned up in smaller numbers at major U.S. retailers on Black Friday as early online deals and worry about the spike in COVID-19 cases dulled enthusiasm for trips to the mall.
South Korea reports bird flu outbreak on duck farm: OIE
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
PARIS (Reuters) - South Korea has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu on a duck farm in the southwestern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. The outbreak, which occurred in the town of Girin-ri, killed 19,000 ducks, the OIE said in a website alert, quoting the South Korean agriculture ministry. Some 392,000 chickens and ducks at a total of six farms were killed preventively, the ministry also said.
Persons: preventively Organizations: PARIS, Organisation for Animal Health Locations: South Korea, Girin
French government drops plan to curb filming of police officers
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Christian HartmannPARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party on Monday dropped plans to curb the freedom to share images identifying police officers, after more than 100,000 people took part in weekend rallies for free speech and against police violence. “We propose a new version of article 24 and a new version will be submitted,” Christophe Castaner, head of the LaRem party in parliament, told a news conference. “We acknowledge that there are doubts, that some people consider that the right to inform is under threat. The bill has not been understood by everyone and there were doubts among journalists, French people and even within our own majority. On Saturday, more than 133,000 people, including 46,000 in Paris alone, demonstrated against the draft security bill in marches for freedom of the press and against police violence.
Persons: Bill, Christian Hartmann PARIS, Emmanuel Macron’s, ” Christophe Castaner, ” Castaner Organizations: REUTERS Locations: France, Paris
PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party agreed on Monday to completely rewrite a draft plan that would have curbed the freedom to share images identifying police officers, after large protests over the weekend against police violence. Slideshow ( 2 images )More than 133,000 people, including 46,000 in Paris alone, demonstrated against the draft bill and in favour of free speech on Saturday. “We propose a new version of article 24 and a new version will be submitted,” Christophe Castaner, head of Macron’s Republic on the Move (LaRem) party in the lower house of parliament, told a news conference. The footage showing the violent arrest of Michel Zecler in his studio, which prompted international criticism, made it even less tenable for Macron to press on with article 24, French officials said. Many of Macron’s more centre-left followers have expressed dismay at what they see as the president’s “conservative turn” in recent months.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron’s, , ” Christophe Castaner, , Michel Zecler, Macron, ” Castaner, Gerald Darmanin Organizations: PARIS, Macron’s Locations: Paris, France, Macron’s Republic
London Stock Exchange opens Brexit trading hub in Amsterdam
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Huw Jones | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
LONDON (Reuters) - The London Stock Exchange’s pan-European share trading platform, Turquoise, opened for trading on Monday, a spokeswoman for the exchange said, joining two rival operators. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. Two other London-based share trading platforms, Cboe and Aquis Exchange, have opened so-called Brexit hubs in the EU to trade shares denominated in euros. Cboe, Euronext and LSE Group vie to be the largest pan-European share trading platform, each having roughly 20% of the market on any given day. While opening alternative trading platforms in the EU won’t lead to many jobs leaving London, other trading-related activities, such as clearing and settlement, are also likely to move over time.
Persons: Toby Melville The, Goldman Sachs, Aquis Organizations: London Stock, London Stock Exchange Group, City of, REUTERS, Aquis, LSE Group, Economic Locations: City, City of London, Britain, Toby Melville The Amsterdam, London, Cboe, Paris
LVMH revamps digital approach as star hire leaves for start-up
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.53   time to read: +2 min
PARIS (Reuters) - Louis Vuitton LVMH is set to rejig the team that oversees its online strategy after Ian Rogers, recruited from Apple as the group’s digital chief in 2015, left to join a French start-up focused on cryptocurrencies. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File PhotoRogers said in a note posted on his Twitter account that he would remain an adviser to Paris-based LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods group. Luxury brands were slow to shift business online, with many fearing that doing so would dilute their aura of exclusivity, but in recent years, most have rushed to catch up. The coronavirus pandemic, which has forced retailers to close stores during government-enforced lockdowns, has accelerated the digital shift for luxury groups even more. Rogers said in his statement that he had long envisaged his job to shake up LVMH’s digital approach as a five-year mission.
Persons: Louis Vuitton, Ian Rogers, Yves Herman, Rogers, Michael David, Christian Dior, LVMH, Porter, Chris de Lapuente, Sephora, Le Bon Marche Organizations: PARIS, Apple, REUTERS, Vuitton, Reuters, DFS, Le Locations: French, Brussels, Belgium, Paris, LVMH, Le Bon
PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. tech giants Amazon and Apple have not signed up to a new French initiative to get global tech companies to publicly commit to principles including paying their fair share of taxes, government officials said on Monday. Apple declined to comment, but French officials said talks with the group were ongoing and they could still join the initiative, details of which will be published officially by Tuesday. A representative for Amazon, which French officials said had declined to join the initiative, did not return a request for comment. The new initiative is not legally binding, but French officials said Macron will use it as a tool to influence upcoming negotiations at global forums on regulating Big Tech. The U.S. and European governments have clashed over the issue of taxing Big Tech during talks at the OECD.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Brad Smith, , , Facebook’s Zuckerberg Organizations: PARIS, Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, , “ Big Tech, Big Tech, OECD, “ Tech Locations: U.S
Biden should clarify US position on digital tax within two months, France says
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) - The European Union hopes Joseph Biden’s incoming administration will clarify the U.S. position on digital taxation within two months of taking office, a French Finance Ministry source said on Monday. March will be two months after Biden takes office ... We hope to have contacts within these two months with the new American administration,” the source said. France is pushing its EU partners to prepare an EU digital tax in early 2021 that could be quickly applied in case the talks at the OECD fail again by mid year. Paris has its own national digital tax, but has pledged to scrap it as soon as there is an international deal.
Persons: Francois Lenoir, Joseph, Donald Trump’s, Biden Organizations: EU, REUTERS, PARIS, French Finance Ministry, Google, Organisation for Economic Cooperation, Development, European Council, it’s, OECD Locations: Brussels, Belgium, EU, France, Paris
French health body says nursing homes should get COVID-19 vaccine first
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) - France’s top health advisory body said on Monday it had recommended COVID-19 vaccinations should target retirement homes residents and their staff first when doses reach the country. After those in nursing homes, amounting to around 840,000 people in France, a second phase would target those aged 65 and over, as well as some health workers, the HAS said. The European Union has so far secured deals with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, CureVac, Pfizer and BioNTech as well as Moderna. With 1.9 billion doses expected at this stage to reach the EU, France aims to secure about 295 million doses.
Persons: Dado, Emmanuel Macron, Dominique Le Guludec Organizations: REUTERS, PARIS, European, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson, AstraZeneca, CureVac, Pfizer, BioNTech, EU Locations: France
EDF unions consider strike over Hercules reorganisation plan
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Electrical power pylons of high-tension electricity power lines are seen next to the EDF power plant in Bouchain, near Valenciennes, France, July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal RossignolPARIS (Reuters) - Four EDF worker unions on Monday asked to meet French Prime Minister Jean Castex over the government’s plans to reorganise the power group and said they would organise press ahead with a second day of stoppages in protest. The CGT, CFE-CGC, FCE-CFDT and Forces Ouvrieres (FO) unions already held a first day of strikes last week, hitting EDF’s nuclear energy output. The French government is working on a plan, called project “Hercules”, to ringfence EDF’s nuclear arm from the rest of the power giant and is in talks with Brussels on the matter. That has raised concerns over jobs among employees, fearful that a strict split between EDF businesses could mean cuts.
Persons: Pascal Rossignol PARIS, Jean Castex, Forces Ouvrieres, Hercules ” Organizations: EDF, REUTERS, Monday, French, CFE, Forces Locations: Bouchain, Valenciennes, France, Brussels
Abiy says Ethiopia's federal forces have not killed civilians in Tigray
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERSADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told parliament on Monday that federal troops had not killed a single civilian in their nearly month-long offensive against rebellious local forces in the northerly Tigray region. Abiy also said that his army would not destroy Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, after capturing it at the weekend. There was no immediate response from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which had accused the government of targeting civilians in air strikes and ground fighting. Claims from both sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray have been largely down and access has been tightly controlled since the war began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Michel Euler, Abiy Organizations: Ethiopian, ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopia’s Locations: Paris, France, ADDIS, Tigray
Slideshow ( 3 images )BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will begin discussions on Monday on how best to improve transatlantic relations after the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, EU officials said. Those areas on health, notably fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the economic recovery, combating climate change, promoting peace and security and upholding shared values, including a belief in multilateral rules. EU leaders are expected to debate transatlantic relations when they convene for a summit on Dec. 10-11. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the United States and the European Union need to forge a new transatlantic alliance in areas such as climate change and the digital economy. Von der Leyen said the EU was looking forward to the United States rejoining the Paris agreement, which Biden has said he will do.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Charles Michel, Biden, Ursula von der Leyen, Trump, Von der Leyen Organizations: European Union, Trump, Belgian, European Council Locations: BRUSSELS, United States, Paris, Iran, America
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will begin discussions on Monday on how best to “renew and reinvigorate” transatlantic relations after the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. “The EU should agree a set of concrete priorities on which to engage the new US leadership,” it said. EU leaders are expected to debate transatlantic relations when they convene for a summit on Dec. 10-11. However, one EU diplomat cautioned against any assumption that the EU and the United States would agree on all issues. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU is looking forward to the United States rejoining the Paris agreement, which Biden has said he will do.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, , , Biden, Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: European Union, Reuters, EU, U.S, European Commission, Financial Times, Belgian, European Council Locations: BRUSSELS, Europe, United States, Paris, Iran, Washington, United, China
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union members debated on Monday how best to “renew and reinvigorate” transatlantic relations after the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. “The EU should agree a set of concrete priorities on which to engage the new US leadership,” it said. Despite divisions between EU members - with France seeking more autonomy from Washington and eastern Europe keen to keep the United States close - there was broad agreement on the focus areas on Monday, an EU official said. However, one EU diplomat cautioned against any assumption that the EU and the United States would agree on all issues. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU is looking forward to the United States rejoining the Paris agreement, which Biden has said he will do.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, , , Biden, Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: Union, Reuters, EU, U.S, European Commission, European Locations: BRUSSELS, France, Washington, Europe, United States, China, Paris, Iran, United
Protesters hold the pictures of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran, November 28, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSIran’s English-language Press TV reported the weapon used in Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was made in Israel. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s killing. Biden has said he will return the United States to the deal if Iran resumes compliance. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Majid Asgaripour, , Eli Cohen, Ali Shamkhani, , Israel, Iran’s, Fakhrizadeh, Alam, Cohen, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Protesters, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS Iran’s, Press, Supreme National Security Council of, Zionist, Council of Resistance, Iran, Alam TV, U.S, Trump Locations: DUBAI, Iranian, Israel, Tehran, Iran, Jerusalem, Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Paris, Islamic Republic, Fars, Haifa, Washington, United States
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for ousting a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERSThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, Michel Euler, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Paris, France, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
Turkish exploration vessel back in port ahead of EU summit
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis sails in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Yoruk IsikANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis returned to port on Monday from disputed Mediterranean waters, less than two weeks before a European Union summit where the bloc will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara. Tensions flared in August when Ankara sent Oruc Reis to map out energy drilling prospects in waters also claimed by Greece. Turkey withdrew Oruc Reis from contested waters ahead of a previous EU summit in October to “allow for diplomacy”, but later sent it back after what it called unsatisfactory outcomes from the summit. Refinitiv ship tracking data confirmed Oruc Reis was back in port in Antalya on Monday morning.
Persons: Oruc Reis, Yoruk Isik, Hayreddin Pasa, Tayyip Erdogan’s Organizations: REUTERS, Ankara, NATO, EU Locations: Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey, Yoruk, Yoruk Isik ANKARA, Greece, Ankara, Antalya, Turkey’s, Cyprus, Athens, Northern Cyprus, France, Paris
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