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Brangelina to get matching tattoos?

Brangelina to get matching tattoos?Paris, March 18 : Celebrity couple Brad Pitt and fiancee Angelina Jolie are reportedly planning to have similar tattoos as part of their soon-to-happen wedding.

The couple, who raises six children - Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and Knox and Vivienne, four - will ink the name of their children and wedding date, reports contactmusic. com.

Unemployment rises to 10.6% in France

Unemployment rises to 10.6% in FranceAccording to the latest figures released, the unemployment rate in France increased to 10.6 per cent during the third quarter of the current financial year.

France's national statistics agency Insee said on Thursday that the total unemployment level has risen 0.3 percent point to 10.6 per cent from 10.3 per cent recorded in the third quarter of 2012.

The high level of unemployment in the second largest economy in Europe would add pressure on the government of President Francois Hollande to implement the labour market reform, which has been a contentious issue in the country.

Beckhams celebrate son's birthday in Paris

david-beckhamParis, Feb 19 : Footballer David Beckham and wife Victoria are here to celebrate son Cruz's birthday with the entire family.

The star couple are here with sons Romeo and Brooklyn and daughter Harper to celebrate third son Cruz's birthday, who turns eight Feb 20, reports dailymail. co. uk.

Dressed in a pair of jeans and overcoat, David looked serious with Harper in his arms, while Victoria wore a blue dress as she hid her face behind sunglasses. (IANS)

Hollande hopes for closer France-China ties

Francois-HollandeParis, Feb 19 : France and China would launch a new round of cooperation and exchanges to further their historic relations, French President Francois Hollande has said.

Addressing a reception here marking the Chinese Lunar New Year, Hollande Monday said some cabinet members have visited China after the new French government was sworn in last May.

A number of French entrepreneurs are developing their business in China, an important country in the world, he said, adding that he would also pay a visit to China this year, reported Xinhua.

Procuring Rafale jets is IAF’s top priority: Browne

Procuring Rafale jets is IAF’s top priority: BrowneProcurement of 126 Rafale fighter jets from French firm Dassault Aviation is the top priority for Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said yesterday.

Speaking to reporters at the Aero India 2013 show, which began on February 6 in Bangalore, Browne said that negotiations for the deal were going on track, and they expect the deal to be finalised by the mid of 2013.

Speaking on the topic, he added, "The deal for procuring 126 multirole combat aircraft is highest priority for us."

Considerable untapped potential for growth in Indo-France ties: Khurshid

Considerable untapped potential for growth in Indo-France ties: Khurshid Paris, Jan 11 : Inviting French investments in India''s infrastructure, food processing industries, hi-tech and green technologies, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said economic and commercial relations between India and France were affected by the economic slowdown but are again growing steadily and there is considerable untapped potential for further growth.

Kanye treats Kim to Paris vacation

kanye-west-kim-kardashianParis, Jan 9 : Rapper Kanye West has taken his three months pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian for a vacation to Paris to celebrate their baby news.

West announced his girlfriend's pregnancy during a concert in Atlantic City, New Jerseym in December. This is Kim's first pregnancy.

They were spotted together shopping at designer stores Lanvin and Celine before dining at L'Avenue restaurant in Paris Tuesday, contactmusic. com reports.

The couple, who began dating in April last year, have purchased a mansion worth $11 million together in Bel Air, California. (IANS)

Moody's downgrades France’s rating from triple-A to AA1

Moody's downgrades France’s rating from triple-A to AA1Socialist President Francois Hollande efforts to convince the world that he can rejuvenate France's stalled economy suffered a big blow after rating agency Moody's stripped the country of its coveted AAA rating.

Moody's credit rating agency downgraded France's rating by one notch from AAA to AA1, citing a doubtful fiscal outlook and worsening economic condition.

Some important vehicles displayed at Paris Motor Show

Some important vehicles displayed at Paris Motor ShowAt the ongoing Paris Motor Show, running September 29 through October 14, a horde of new vehicles are being unveiled; with automakers vying with one another to put on display an array of new rides, ranging from some incredible concept cars to ready-for-launch production models.

French government criticizes magazine for publishing Mohammad cartoons

French government criticizes magazine for publishing Mohammad cartoonsThe government in France has criticized a satirical weekly called, Charlie Hebdo for publishing demeaning caricatures of Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

Charlie Hebdo had published similar cartoons in the previous year and its offices were firebombed as a repercussion from the angry members of the religious community, which maintains a sizable number in France. There are now concerns that France could face similar violent protests in the Muslim countries and government has ordered an increase in securities.

French courts bars magazine from publishing Kate’s topless pictures

French courts bars magazine from publishing Kate’s topless picturesA court in France has barred a gossip magazine from further publishing topless pictures of who was earlier known as Kate Middleton.

The court ordered the magazine to refrain from publishing any more topless pictures of the wife of Britain's Prince William and asked the magazine owners to hand over the pictures to the royal couple of the UK. The court injunction also restricts France's Closer magazine from selling the pictures to other media outlets.

Lagardere to examine BAE-EADS agreements

Lagardere to examine BAE-EADS agreementsFrance's Lagardere, which owns a 7.5 percent stake in the European aerospace and defence company EADS, has said that it will look into the agreements between EADS and British firm BAE before approving a deal.

EADS, which operates plane-maker Airbus, is planning to tip with BAE Systems to create an industry leader that will surpass rival Boeing of the US. Analysts have said that any deal between BAE and EADS will allow Lagardere to reduce its stake and enable it to return a large chunk of the proceeds to shareholders.

Merkel encourages Greece to continue along path of reforms

Angela-MerkelGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged all eurozone countries, particularly Greece, to stick to program of reforms to fight back persistent recession.

As Merkel began discussions with French President Francois Hollande, she said, “It is important for me that we all stick to our commitments ... but I will encourage Greece to continue along its path of reforms.”

However, she added that she could not take further decisions on whether the recession-hit Greece could stay in the 17-country euro block before getting the much-awaited report by Greece's international creditors on Athens' progress on reforms.

Google still has some data from its Street View service

Google still has some data from its Street View serviceFrance's data-protection authority, CNIL has revealed on its website that Google still has some of the data that it mistakenly collected through its Street View service.

CNIL has requested Google to provide information gathered through the vans moving on the country's streets. A similar request was also made by UK's watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office a few days earlier.

Several soft drinks contain traces of alcohol, research

Several soft drinks contain traces of alcohol, researchAccording to a new research in France, more than half of the leading soft drinks including the likes of Coke and Pepsi contain traces of alcohol.

Paris-based National Institute of Consumption (INC) conducted tests on the drinks and found that more than half of leading soft drinks available worldwide contain traces of alcohol. The tests showed that the alcohol content is tiny in the drinks at the rate of 10mg in every litre, which translates to 0.001% alcohol.

Google directed to compensate French mapping company

Google directed to compensate French mapping companyInternet giant, Google has been ordered by French Court to compensate by paying thousands of dollars to France-based mapping company for allegedly altering competition in the market by offering its own service for free to the users.

The French firm, Bottin Cartographes offers map services to businesses in the country for a fee. The company had filed an unfair competition complaint against Google France as its parent company Google Inc. It argued that Google is involved in anticompetitive practices by providing free mapping services in the country.

India finalizes Rafale fighter for MMRCA deal

India finalizes Rafale fighter for MMRCA dealThe Indian authorities have finalized the Rafale fighter of Dassault Aviation for its $10.4 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal, according to the French company.

The Rafale fighter piped the other finalist, Eurofighter Typhoon to bag the contract from the Indian air force. Indian officials indicated that they will soon enter exclusive talks with the French company for the supply of 126 multi role aircraft for the Indian Air force.

India signs international tax agreement

India signs international tax agreementParis, Jan 27 : India has become the 32nd signatory for the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Thursday.

India's signing of the convention, a multilateral agreement promoting international cooperation while respecting the rights of taxpayers, sent "a strong signal that countries are acting together to ensure that individuals and multinational enterprises pay the right amount of tax, at the right time and in the right place," the OECD said.

S&P’s downgrade of France expands German influence

S&P’s downgrade of France expands German influenceCredit rating agency, Standard & Poor's has announced its decision to downgrade several Euro zone countries on Friday including France.

The decision to downgrade France's credit worthiness to AA+ results in only Germany being a large Euro nation struggling to control the group’s crisis. France was the only country with the highest ranking to backing expansionary policies during the crisis.

PIP founder is wanted for drunk-driving

PIP founder is wanted for drunk-drivingJean-Claude Mas, the founder of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), is believed to be a former butcher who is wanted for a drunk driving incident that occurred a few years ago.

PIP is in the centre of an international row as the breast implants produced by the country are suspected of having links to the risks of cancer and of being prone to rupture and leakage.




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