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French wheat shipments at six-year high for a January despite strikes

03 Feb 2020

PARIS, Feb 3 Soft wheat exports from French ports stayed at a six-year high in January despite intermittent docker and tug boat strikes that saw shipments delayed for up to three weeks in some cases, Refinitiv data showed on Monday.

French unions block ports as pension strikes lose steam

16 Jan 2020

PARIS French trade unions blocked ports and disrupted power production on Thursday, trying to force President Emmanuel Macron to ditch a planned pension overhaul, but turnout dropped again at protest marches and the impact of transport strikes weakened. | Video

French unions block ports as pension strikes lose steam

16 Jan 2020

* Strikes enter 43rd day, participation falling on railways, metro

France sets pesticide safe zones, angering both farmers and environmentalists

20 Dec 2019

PARIS The French government on Friday established safe distances for pesticide spreading on crops near homes in an attempt to settle a heated debate between farmers and environmentalists but managing to anger both groups at once.

France considers pesticide buffer zones around residential areas

28 Aug 2019

PARIS France is looking at introducing pesticide-free buffer zones around housing areas after a number of local mayors defied the government by banning weed killers such as glyphosate in their towns.

French mayors ban glyphosate weedkiller, defying government

23 Aug 2019

RENNES, France Some 20 French mayors have banned glyphosate from their municipalities, defying the government, which is now taking legal action to impose national legislation which allows the controversial weedkiller's continued use for now.

Captain of migrant rescue vessel refuses honour from Paris

21 Aug 2019

PARIS The German captain of rescue ships that saved hundreds of migrants' lives in the Mediterranean has turned down Paris's highest civilian award, accusing the city of hypocrisy over the treatment of migrants.

Missing hiker in Italy spotlights need for new phone geolocation tech

21 Aug 2019

PARIS Badly injured on a cliff side in southern Italy, a French hiker called emergency services this month, but he could not tell them exactly where he was after a fall that broke his legs.

Conservationists push at CITES conference to ban trophy hunting

20 Aug 2019

A group of activists is trying to persuade an international conservation conference to ban trophy hunting, which outrages some animal lovers but has long been tolerated by some environmentalists as a way of protecting wildlife.

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