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Djokovic, Federer reach last 16 of French Open

Novak Djokovic and Roger FedererParis, May 31 - Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer advanced to the fourth round of the French Open after beating Marin Cilic and Dmitry Tursunov respectively Friday.

Second seed Djokovic needed four sets to eliminate a determined Cilic 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4, while Swiss legend Federer, the fourth seed, held off Russia's Dmitry Tursunov 7-5, 6-7(7/9), 6-2, 6-4, reports Xinhua.

The 17-time grand slam champion, who won the French Open in 2009, found it tough against Russian 31st seed Tursunov and needed more than three hours to grind out a victory.

Radwanska crashes out of French Open

Agnieszka-RadwanskaParis, May 30 : Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the French Open by unseeded Croat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in the third round Friday.

The 25-year-old Pole is the latest casualty following the exit of top seeds Serena Williams and Li Na this week, reports Xinhua.

Fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania is now the highest-ranked player left in the women's draw.

Sam Stosur beat Australian Open finalist and ninth seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-4 to show that she is also a serious candidate for the title.

Nadal reaches third round of French Open

Rafael NadalParis, May 30 - Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the third round of French Open after thrashing Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 here Thursday.

World No. 57 Thiem showed some flashes of genius to break the top ranked Spaniard twice, but was broken seven times and committed 41 unforced errors, reports Xinhua.

The 20-year-old Austrian ran out of steam infront of the invincible eight-time winner who was in ruthless form.

Nadal praised Thiem for his great potential.

"Dominic is a dangerous player and I knew that if I wasn't playing well then I'd be in trouble," said Nadal.

French president to meet Obama, Putin next week

Francois Hollande and Barack ObamaParis, May 29 - French President Francois Hollande will meet US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin next week on the eve of anniversary ceremonies of the Allied landing in Normandy.

Hollande will welcome Obama for a meeting at the Elysee Palace June 5 and also receive Russian President Vladimir Putin at his office on the same day, Xinhua reported.

Hollande and Obama have warned Russia against additional "costs" if it continued to "destabilise" Ukraine.

French Open: Roger Federer and Serena Williams enter second round

Roger Federer5Paris (France) May 26 : Roger Federer outclassed Lukas Lacko to claim an easy straight-sets win in the first round of the 2014 French Open Championships being played at the Roland Garros on Sunday.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, seeded four, was barely tested in his 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory over the Slovakian. The Swiss, knocked out in the quarter-final by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2013, will face Diego Sebastian Schwartzman for a place in the last 32 following the Argentine's 6-4 6-2 7-5 win over Gastao Elias of Portugal.

Western partners, African leaders vow to fight Boko Haram

Francois HollandeParis, May 18 - French President Francois Hollande, West African leaders and representatives of Western powers Saturday voiced determination to forge a strong front to fight militant group Boko Haram.

In a final communique of the one-day "Paris summit for security in Nigeria", leaders of Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger and Western partners pledged to "intensify regional and international mobilisation... by strengthening the international means for the liberation of the abducted schoolgirls and more generally to combat Boko Haram," Xinhua reported.

Portuguese sideback Lopes to undergo surgery

Portuguese sideback Lopes to undergo surgeryParis, March 25 - Lyon's Portuguese right-back Miguel Lopes will undergo a surgery Tuesday, the French Ligue 1 club announced.

The 27-year-old defender, who was on a one-year loan to Lyon from Portugal's Sporting Lisbon, sustained the injury during Lyon's 1-0 victory at Guingamp Sunday, reported Xinhua.

According to the club, Lopes will rest for up to six weeks before starting the rehabilitating process, which means his hope of competing in the World Cup in Brazil is doubtful.

L’Oréal to buyback 8% shares From Nestlé

L’Oréal to buyback 8% shares From NestléWorld's largest maker of cosmetics, L'Oréal has said that it is planning to buy back back 8 percent of its shares from Nestlé.

L'Oréal, which is based in Paris, will spend about $8.2 billion to acquire 8 percent of its shares from the Swiss food giant in a major complex transaction that will begin the conclusion of a logn tern relationship between the two major firms. Nestlé, based in Vevey, Switzerland holds almost 30 percent of L'Oréal since 1974.

Airbus Group takes off into 2014 with joint brand

EADS-GroupParis, Jan 2 : Taking off into the New Year, the EADS group has been rebranded as Airbus Group, uniting all its activities under a single and strong brand, it was announced Thursday.

With two of its three divisions renamed, the group will be home to Airbus, focussing on commercial aircraft activities; Airbus Defence and Space, integrating the group's defence and space activities from Cassidian, Astrium, and Airbus Military; and Airbus Helicopters, comprising all commercial and military helicopter activities.

Djokovic beats Spain's Ferrer in Paris Masters final

Djokovic beats Spain's Ferrer in Paris Masters finalParis, Nov 4 - Serbia's Novak Djokovic defeated defending champion David Ferrer of Spain 7-5, 7-5 Sunday in the Paris Masters final.

The victory allowed Djokovic, who won the title in Paris in 2009, to keep alive his hopes of edging Spanish star Rafael Nadal for the No. 1 spot in the rankings, with the two players gearing up to end the competition at the season-ending tournament in London.

Ferrer played tough in both sets, but he was unable to pull off the win.

Japan Airlines sign $9.5 bn deal with Airbus

Japan Airlines sign $9.5 bn deal with AirbusParis, Oct 8 : Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a contract to buy 31 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft worth $9.5 billion, the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced Monday.

JAL's first-ever order of Airbus aircraft include 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000, plus options for a further 25 aircraft, reported Xinhua citing the firm in a statement.

"We welcome Japan Airlines as a new Airbus customer and feel honored by this first-ever order from Japan for our all-new A350," said Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus.

France's GDP to grow 0.2 percent in 2013: INSEE

French-economyParis, Oct 4 : The French economy is set to grow by 0.2 percent this year on an expected rebound in manufacturing output, according to the figures released by the statistics bureau.

The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) forecast in its quarterly economic outlook on Thursday that the country's growth will stagnate over the third quarter due to an expected slowdown "in the energy and transport equipment sector ... most notably due to the after effects of the previous quarter," Xinhua reported.

Stacy Keibler moves on from George Clooney

Stacy KeibleParis, Oct 2 : Actor George Clooney's ex girlfriend Stacy Keibler has reportedly moved on from her past relationship as she was seen enjoying a cozy dinner with businessman Jared Pobre.

The two were seen together in Paris recently.

"Stacy and Jared are dating. They met through friends, but they are not anything more than dating," UsMagazine. com quoted a source as saying.

Keibler, 33, was previously dating actor George Clooney but they parted ways on amicable terms earlier this year.(IANS)

France reaffirms support for democratic transition in Egypt

Laurent-FabiusParis, Sep 9 : French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Monday reiterated Paris' support for dialogue between all Egyptian factions in a bid to establish a democratic state in the most populous Arab country.

"Laurent Fabius said that France had taken note of the Egyptian government's commitment to implement the roadmap of the political transition, which sets a goal of building a democratic state that guarantees freedom and justice for all Egyptians," said Philippe Lalliot, the ministry spokesman.

Less cars sold in France

Car-SaleParis, Sep 3 : Sales of new cars in France declined by 10.9 percent last month after it had inched up by 0.9 percent in July, the French car sales federation said.

New car sales stood at 85,565 units sold while the French brands fell by 9.1 percent over the period with a sharp fall in sales of PSA Peugeot Citroen, France's largest auto maker, according to an official statement from the federation Monday.

At the end of August, PSA sold 23,539 vehicles, down by 17.3 percent compared to the same month a year ago when the sales of Renault rose by 1.7 percent after providing 21,880 new cars, reports Xinhua.

Cowell, Lauren's public display of affection

Cowell, Lauren's public display of affectionParis, Aug 26 : Music mogul Simon Cowell expressed his fondness for partner Lauren Silverman for the first time in public. They were spotted holding hands and walking.

The couple was seen taking a stroll as they enjoy a vacation in south of France, reports radaronline. com.

Silverman, whose growing baby bump was visible in a semi-transparent top, was seen smiling radiantly as she walked hand in hand with Cowell.

Silverman, who has 7-year-old son with ex-husband Andrew, has expressed her desire to marry Cowell in future.(IANS)

PSG confirms Blanc as new coach

Laurent-BlancParis, June 26 : Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have confirmed France national coach Laurent Blanc to manage the team for two seasons.

Replacing Italian Carlo Ancelotti, Les Blues former coach will "lead the PSG technical staff on July 1 when the training will resume," the club said Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

No details were given on the agreement's value.

Blanc, 47, started his coach career in Bordeaux in 2007. During his three-year spell as Bordeaux manager, he was named Ligue 1 Manager of the Year in the 2007-2008 season and led the team to claim French league and cup title in the following season.

PSG sign Blanc for two years

Laurent-BlancParis, June 22 : French football league winners Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have named Laurent Blanc as the new coach to replace Italian Carlo Ancelotti.

Citing sources close to the club, French daily Le Parisien said PSG and former coach of the French national team "have sealed their union" via a two-year agreement, reports Xinhua.

On its website, the daily added the accord will be signed early next week during which the new coach will be scheduled to hold his first press meeting at the Parc des Princes to outline his roadmap to boost the club's performance.

Airbus receives $23.5 billion potential orders at Paris Air Show

Airbus receives $23.5 billion potential orders at Paris Air ShowPlane maker, Airbus has received $23.5 billion worth of potential orders at the beginning of the Paris Air Show as Boeing and Airbus compete for orders.

The event, which is being organised at the Le Bourget air field, is celebrating the 50th anniversary, is expected to include a series of orders from the two dominant manufacturers indicating that the commercial flight industry is recovering. Meanwhile, Boeing has received initial firm and provisional orders totalling $12.2 billion at the event.

France's jobless rate jumps up

joblessParis, June 6 : France's unemployment rate rose by 0.3 percentage points to 10.4 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the last three months of 2012, the national statistical agency Insee said Thursday.

According to the national statistical authority, the eurozone's second largest economy hit 14-year high joblessness rate during the January-March period. With the overseas departments taken into account, the quarterly jobless rate rose to 10.8 percent, reported Xinhua.

In the face of growing army of jobseekers and wane growth, the government is working to stimulate job creation through state subsidies.



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