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French yellow vests join global activists at G7 counter-summit

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HENDAYE, France, IRUN, Spain Anti-globalisation and climate activists have teamed up with yellow vest protesters and Basque nationalists ahead of a G7 meeting in France this weekend to confront a rich-poor divide they say is growing due to the "cynicism" of world leaders.

France's Veolia eyes bigger acquisitions as recycling activities boom

01 Aug 2019

PARIS French water and waste group Veolia said on Thursday it will target bigger acquisitions from next year as it focuses on high-growth activities such as toxic waste treatment and plastics recycling.

EDF's Flamanville reactor delayed three years, copes with heatwave

26 Jul 2019

PARIS French utility EDF's project to build a new nuclear reactor in Flamanville will be delayed by at least three years due to problems with the weldings, EDF said on Friday.

Greta Thunberg to French MPs - you can ignore children, not scientists

23 Jul 2019

PARIS Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Tuesday it was ok for some members of the French parliament to ignore her and other children's warnings about global warming but she implored them to listen to scientists. | Video

French regulator to EDF: don't assume new reactor model is accident-proof

18 Jul 2019

PARIS French nuclear regulator ASN warned state-controlled utility EDF that it may have to review parts of the design of its new nuclear reactor model if it hopes to get clearance to build it.

Amber Capital tells French utility Suez to rethink strategy

18 Jul 2019

PARIS Shareholder activist firm Amber Capital on Thursday called for a strategy review at Suez , arguing that the French utility had underperformed rivals and could create more value for its shareholders.

French environment minister quits over spending criticism

16 Jul 2019

PARIS France's environment minister resigned on Tuesday following a week of reports by an investigative website about his high spending on private lobster dinners and costly renovations of his ministerial residence.

Chastised French minister: I hate caviar and suffer a lobster intolerance

12 Jul 2019

PARIS France's widely lampooned environment minister denied having a taste for the high life and said on Friday he would not resign over accusations he squandered taxpayer money, in a scandal that risks upsetting the government's reform drive.

U.S. to extend nuclear reactor lifespans in bid to revive industry

11 Jul 2019

PARIS The United States plans to extend the lifespans of existing nuclear reactors and support new technologies as it seeks to revive an industry seen as crucial to its energy security, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

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