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Obama tacitly honours Chirac's stance against Iraq war

Barack ObamaParis - US President Barack Obama has indirectly praised fo

French workers strike nationwide over Sarkozy's economic policies

French workers strike nationwide over Sarkozy's economic policies Paris - French workers from the public and private sectors went on strike on Thursday to protest the economic policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The second national anti-government job action this year will be accompanied by protest demonstrations in more than 210 cities and towns, trade union officials said.

The strike actually began late Wednesday when employees of the national rail network SNCF and the French oil giant Total walked off their jobs.

ROUNDUP: French workers strike and protest amidst rising tension

ROUNDUP: French workers strike and protest amidst rising tensionParis  - A one-day general strike of French workers from the private and public sectors to protest the economic policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy began late Wednesday when employees of the national railway network SNCF walked off their jobs.

The SNCF said that only about half of its scheduled long-haul and regional trains on average were expected to be running during the strike.

French doping authority tests Armstrong's hair

French doping authority tests Armstrong's hair Paris - The French Anti-doping Agency (AFLD) sprang a surprise out-of-competition doping test on seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong that included a sample of his hair, Armstrong said on his Twitter feed.

"Yet another "surprise" anti-doping control. 24th one. This one from the French authorities. Urine, blood, and hair! Classic," Armstrong wrote on the Twitter.

The AFLD confirmed the test on Wednesday, saying that Armstrong was subject to examinations like any other athlete.

Annecy looks to host 2018 Winter Olympics

Annecy looks to host 2018 Winter Olympics Paris - The French Alpine town of Annecy was named Wednesday as France's candidate city to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, holding off the challenge from Nice, Grenoble and Pelvoux-les-Ecrins.

Town mayor Jean-Luc Rigaut said 80 per cent of the necessary infrastructure was already in place in Annecy, which is situated beside the cleanest lake in Europe and Mont Blanc.

The German city of Munich, Switzerland's Wallis and Pyeongchang, South Korea have already expressed an interest in hosting the 2018 Winter Games.

French workers to strike and protest amidst rising tension

French workers to strike and protest amidst rising tension Paris - Millions of French workers from the public and private sectors were expected to take part in a one-day strike and nationwide demonstrations to protest the economic policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government beginning late Wednesday.

The second nationwide job action of the year takes place amidst an atmosphere of mounting anger following a series of controversial factory closures and layoffs in France by German tyre manufacturer Continental, Japanese electronics giant Sony and French petroleum group Total.

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