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French bishop sparks new row on condoms and AIDS

French bishop sparks new row on condoms and AIDS Paris - The bishop of the French city of Orleans, Monsignor Andre Fort, rekindled a row sparked by Pope Benedict XVI by telling a French radio station on Friday that condoms were ineffective in the prevention of AIDS.

"You know very well, and all the scientists know it: the AIDS virus is infinitely smaller than a sperm. This is proof that the condom is not a 100 per cent guarantie against AIDS," the bishop told Radio France.

Air France-KLM foresees large operating loss for 2008-2009

Air France-KLM foresees large operating loss for 2008-2009Paris - French-Dutch carrier Air France-KLM said on Thursday that it expects to register an operating loss of about 200 million euros (270 million dollars) for fiscal year
2008-2009 because of the effects of the economic crisis and variations in the cost of crude oil.

If confirmed, it would represent the first such negative result for the company since it was formed in 2003.

Air France-KLM is also pessimistic for 2009-2010, "which will begin in the context of an unprecedented crisis," the company said in a statement.

GDF-Suez workers strike to protest lucrative stock options

GDF-Suez workers strike to protest lucrative stock optionsParis - Gas tanker workers for the French utility GDF-Suez are going on strike to protest the awarding of more than 1.1 million stock options to the company's two senior executives, the online edition of the daily Le Figaro reported on Thursday.

The attribution of 830,000 stock options to company head Gerard Mestrallet and 300,000 to his vice president, Jean-Francois Cirelli, has provoked anger among employees, who are in the process of negotiating with the firm about a pay rise of 7.5 per cent and a one-time payment of 1,500 euros.

Manager of French firm 3M set free by workers

Manager of French firm 3M set free by workersParis  - A

ROUNDUP: Some 80,000 jobs lost in France in February

Some 80,000 jobs lost in France in February Paris  - The French labour market shed nearly 80,000 jobs in February, the Labour Ministry announced on Wednesday.

As a result of the tenth consecutive monthly rise in French unemployment, more than 2.38 million active job-seekers are now registered as unemployed in France.

The announcement follows France's worst-ever monthly increase in unemployment in January, when more than 90,000 new jobless were registered.

The French government is predicting the loss of some 300,000 jobs for 2009, but many observers feel that this forecast is far too optimistic.

Air France-KLM completes partial Alitalia takeover

Air France-KLM completes partial Alitalia takeover Paris - French-Dutch carrier Air France-KLM said on Wednesday that it had completed its takeover of 25 per cent of the capital of the Italian airline Alitalia.

Air France-KLM is paying 323 million euros (436 million euros) for its share, but the company said it in a statement that the partnership would provide it "greater access to the Italian market."

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