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.

IMF lowers forecast for French economy

France-EuroParis, June 4 : The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday lowered its forecasts for the French economy by 0.1 percentage point respectively in 2013 and 2014.

The organization said France's gross domestic product (GDP) would contract by 0.2 percent this year and grow by 0.8 percent in 2014, instead of the previous predictions of 0.1 percent contraction in 2013 and a 0.9 percent growth next year, reported Xinhua.

"We expect a gradual turnaround of economic conditions in the second half of this year, but risks of a more prolonged stagnation in Europe remain elevated," the organization noted.

French Open: Kirilenko reaches quarters

Maria-KirilenkoParis, June 4 : Russia's Maria Kirilenko beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the French Open.

It took Kirilenko, the world No. 12, more than two hours for the 7-5, 6-4 victory Monday, reaching her first-ever quarterfinal at Roland Garros.

The Russian started the match down 0-3, but managed to pull out the first set despite five double faults and 17 unforced errors.

Paes-Melzer lose at French Open

Paes-MelzerParis, June 1 : Ninth seeds Leander Paes and Jurgen Melzer were shown the door in the men's doubles second round at the French Open here Saturday.

The Indo-Austrian lost to Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas and Argentine Horacio Zeballos 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 on court 17 of Roland Garros.

Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna play their opening mixed doubles matches later in the day.(IANS)

China's Li Na enters Round 2 at Roland Garros

Li-NaParis, May 27 : Former champion Li Na beat Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in straight sets to reach the second round of the Roland Garros here Monday.

Li, the sixth seed, who held a 1-4 record previously, won 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 44 minutes over the 61st-ranked Spaniard, reports Xinhua.

The 31-year-old Li won the red clay tournament in 2011 to become Asia's first Grand Slam champion.(IANS)

Nadal complains about cold weather in Paris

Rafael-NadalParis, May 25 : Seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal said that he is in good shape for the tennis tournament but the only problem that could affect him is cold weather.

Nadal, playing his first Grand Slam event after losing in the second round at Wimbledon, was drawn in the same half as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, which means he could meet the Serb as early as at the semifinals, reports Xinhua.

"When I came back, I played well," said the Spaniard. "I had a very good few tournaments. I am here back another year and just be there is a very positive news for me. The only negative thing is this cold weather."

Singer-songwriter Georges Moustaki dies

Singer-songwriter Georges Moustaki diesParis, May 24 - Singer-songwriter Georges Moustaki died Thursday in the French Mediterranean city of Nice, his family said. He was 79.

A Greek native, Moustaki grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, and arrived in Paris in 1951.

He began performing at nightclubs and came to know masters of the "chanson française" such as Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg.

Moustaki met Edith Piaf in the late 1950s and was soon writing songs for the legendary singer, including "Milord".

Sharara re-elected ITTF president

Adham-ShararaParis, May 16 : Canadian Adham Sharara was re-elected as president of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) during the World Championships here.

Sharara, who has held the position since succeeding Chinese Xu Yinsheng in 1999 to become the sixth ITTF chief, beat his only rival Stefano Bosi of Italy, the chief of European Table Tennis Federation, 149-53 in a vote at the ITTF General Meeting Wednesday.

An electrical engineer by trade, Cairo-born Sharara was last re-elected in Yokohama, Japan, in 2009.

World TT Championships attract record entry

Table-TennisParis, May 13 : The 52nd edition of the world's premier table tennis event will be held in Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy May 13-20 with a record 463 men and 360 women participating.

The players are from 130 countries and regions competing for the five gold medals on offer - men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles, reports Xinhua.

First case of SARS-like virus in France

First case of SARS-like virus in FranceParis, May 8 : France has identified its first case of coronavirus infection, a virus akin to SARS, the health ministry announced Wednesday.

"This is the first and the only case confirmed in France to date", with an infection by a new virus from the coronavirus family, the ministry said.

It said the infected person had stayed in the United Arab Emirates before returning to France, and is now placed in isolation, reported Xinhua.(IANS)

Renault's revenue go down

RenaultParis, April 25 : France's second largest carmaker Renault has said its revenue fell by 11.8 percent to 8.26 billion euros ($10.75 billion) during the first quarter amid persistent economic downturn in the European bloc.

In a statement issued by Renault Wednesday, the company said it sold 608,455 vehicles in the first three months of 2013, down by 4.7 percent for the same period last year as "in Europe, the market was tougher than expected", where the group reported 10-percent fall in its sales.

As to the automotive division, it contributed negatively to the group total revenue with 7.73 billion euros, down 12.6 percent, reported Xinhua.

Messi, Mascherano injured as Barca play draw in Paris

Lionel-Messi-Javier-MascheranoParis, April 3 : FC Barcelona have paid a heavy price for the 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie away to Paris Saint Germain after star player Lionel Messi had to be substituted at the halftime break and defender Javier Mascherano too being stretchered off late in the game.

Eiffel Tower gets bomb threat, evacuated

Eiffel Tower gets bomb threat, evacuatedParis, March 31 - Paris' iconic Eiffel Tower Saturday evening was the target of a bomb threat, leading police to evacuate about 1,500 people from the wrought iron structure raised in 1889, police sources said.

Police evacuated the world famous monument after receiving an anonymous call of bomb attempt made from a phone booth, Xinhua reported.

Around 6.30 p. m., the police advised all the people on the site to leave. In less than an hour later, around 1,500 visitors and employees were evacuated peacefully.

Hollande vows to boost employment, economy

Hollande vows to boost employment, economyParis, March 29 : French President Francois Hollande has said that his priority is to tackle unemployment, the biggest headache for the Socialist government since he took office 10 months ago.

In a live television interview on France 2 Thursday, Hollande reiterated his commitments to the French people although his popularity plummeted in latest poll surveys and the country's economy continues to deteriorate.

Pitt buys yacht worth 5 mn pound

Brad-PittParis, March 23 : Actor Brad Pitt has reportedly spent a staggering 5 million pounds to buy a luxury yacht.

Pitt, 49, who is currently staying here in France with his six children and fiancee Angelina Jolie, is keen to take his family out for a sail, reports thesun. co. uk.

"Brad's always wanted a classic sail yacht and this one is perfect. It sleeps eight, but you can have more on board if you are just going out for a day," a source said.

"He loves the idea of taking the kids out around the islands along the coast of the South of France near St Tropez," the source added.(IANS)

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.

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.

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.

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