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New law aims to boost French competitiveness

Lori Thicke still remembers the first time she fired an employee. The tipping point came after the young woman took yet another holiday without asking her boss. “When I challenged her, she told me, ‘why...

French 2014 budget to reflect ‘unprecedented savings effort’

The French government has presented the national budget for next year. Paris spoke of a huge effort to curb public spending and increase revenues through changes in its tax policy, but businesses got a good...

London Tube staff oppose introduction of fingerprint recognition machines

Time was only the police used fingerprints to solve crimes. But fingerprinting technology is now being used to identify people in the workplace. Rights groups say it’s infringing civil liberties. This week hundreds of London...

Digital cinema hits German movie theaters

Modern, digital technology is making ever bigger inroads in today’s entertainment world. For German movie theaters, upgrading their equipment means make-or-break, but also better chances. The buzz of the cinematograph has marked movie theater entertainment...

Greenpeace activists occupy nuclear plant in France

Greenpeace has occupied a French nuclear plant. Arresting the activists turned out to be slow-going for the police, as many of the infiltrators had chained themselves to structures inside the plant. Twenty-nine activists from the...

French air traffic controllers strike, rail staff next

“Almost 100 percent” of air traffic controllers have downed tools to protest plans to unify EU airspace, according to France’s DGAC aviation authority. Hundreds of flights were hit, with a rail strike next for France....