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France sends medical aid to Assad's Syria after deal with Russia

PARIS France sent 50 tonnes of medical aid to government-controlled eastern Ghouta in Syria on Friday after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery, raising hopes for future aid efforts, French officials said.

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France to bolster anti-takeover measures amid foreign investment boom 19 Jul 2018

PARIS France wants to tighten takeover rules to protect companies deemed strategic as it walks a fine line between preserving a surge in investments and preventing its technology falling into the hands of foreign powers like China and the United States.

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France's Dassault calls for UK-EU to agree post-Brexit ties quickly 19 Jul 2018

FARNBOROUGH, England The head of France's Dassault Aviation urged Britain and the European Union to settle differences over the UK's departure from the bloc and define a new partnership as quickly as possible to avoid hurting hundreds of suppliers.

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Tour director pays tribute to Cavendish after Briton fails to make time cut 19 Jul 2018

BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE, France Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme paid tribute to Mark Cavendish following the Briton’s exit from the race after he failed to make the time cut in Wednesday’s 11th stage.

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Publicis shares slump after unexpected drop in second-quarter sales 19 Jul 2018

PARIS France's Publicis Groupe SA reported an unexpected drop in second-quarter sales that caused its shares to fall sharply, pointing to the steep underperformance of its U.S. healthcare communications business.

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Two become one? Planemakers work on tech to cut pilot numbers 19 Jul 2018

FARNBOROUGH, England/SINGAPORE Airplane manufacturers are working to adapt jets to reduce the number of pilots needed for long-haul flights and to build new cockpits designed for a single aviator in order to ease a global pilot shortage and cut airline costs.

French envoy for Yemen meets Houthis, pushes aid effort 18 Jul 2018

PARIS France's envoy for Yemen met the leaders of the Iran-aligned Houthis in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday as part of Paris's efforts to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the country, diplomatic and aid sources said.

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World Cup Pussy Riot pitch intruders jailed for 15 days 17 Jul 2018

MOSCOW A Moscow court on Monday handed down 15-day jail sentences on four members of the Pussy Riot protest group who interrupted Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia when they ran onto the pitch wearing fake police uniforms. | Video

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Casino strikes confident tone as Q2 sales beat forecasts 17 Jul 2018

PARIS Retailer Casino , which is battling to ease investor concerns about its high debt levels, posted stronger-than-expected second-quarter revenue, thanks to accelerating sales in France and Brazil, and predicted solid growth ahead.

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Western Europe car sales up 5.1 percent in June - ACEA 17 Jul 2018

FRANKFURT Car sales in Western Europe rose 5.1 percent in June and reached their highest ever level in the European Union as strong sales in Germany, France and Spain helped offset a slump in demand in Britain and Italy, industry data showed on Tuesday.