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Mercedes unveils electric compact SUV in bid to outdo Tesla

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: A logo of Mercedes-Benz is seen outside a Mercedes-Benz car dealer, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman (Reuters) – Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday unveiled the EQA, a new electric compact SUV as part of plans to take on rival......

Vegan Restaurant Gets Michelin Star in France, a First

New York Times
ONA was also among 33 restaurants around the country to receive a green star, a new category created by the Michelin Guide last year that rewards restaurants that are “committed to advocating a virtuous, sustainable approach to gastronomy.” Mr. Poullenec said inspectors looked for restaurants that work with local producers,......

London Stock Exchange set to close Refinitiv deal on Jan. 29

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – London Stock Exchange said on Tuesday that it should complete its $27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv on Jan. 29, as it bulks up into a......

French energy group Total buys 20% stake in India’s Adani Green Energy

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: The logo of French oil and gas company Total is seen at a petrol station in Neuville Saint Remy, France, October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – French oil and energy group Total has agreed to buy a 20% minority stake in India’s Adani Green Energy......

After receiving letter of intent, Suez says open to begin talks on Veolia takeover

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: A flag with the logo of Suez is seen on a barge in Paris, France, September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – Suez said on Sunday it had received a letter of intent from Ardian and GIP (Global Infrastructure Partners), which would help to find a......

France wants suspension of ‘poisonous’ U.S.-Europe trade spat

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference at a meeting to discuss how to push forward stalled Arab-Israeli peace talks, in Amman, Jordan, September 24, 2020. Khalil Mazraawi/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – The European Union and the incoming administration of U.S.......

Canada’s Couche-Tard drops Carrefour takeover plan, companies say

Reuters
Jan 16 (Reuters) – Canada’s Alimentation Couche-Tard and European retailer Carrefour SA, have decided to extend their discussions to examine opportunities for operational partnerships, after Couche-Tard dropped its bid to acquire Carrefour, the two companies said in a joint statement on Saturday. (Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru Editing......

After long journey, Fiat Chrysler and PSA to seal merger to become Stellantis

Reuters
MILAN (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler and PSA will seal their long-awaited merger on Saturday to create Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest auto group with deep enough pockets to fund the shift to electric driving and take on bigger rivals Toyota and Volkswagen. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Stellantis is seen in......

France toughens COVID-19 testing rules for non-EU travellers

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Orange and green lanes for entry into France and the EU are seen on the road as new customs infrastructure for Brexit at Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles, near Calais, France, December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol PARIS (Reuters) – People travelling from non-EU countries to France will no longer......

U.S. turmoil an ‘alarm’ for Western democracies, says France’s Le Maire

Reuters
PARIS (Reuters) – The political turmoil in the United States, where Donald Trump on Wednesday became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, has served as an alarm to Western democracies, France’s finance minister said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire,......

Foreign takeover of Carrefour a ‘major difficulty’ for govt, says Le Maire

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of the Economy, Finance, and Recovery, wearing a protective face mask, leaves following the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said a foreign company purchasing......

France’s Le Maire says 6% growth target for 2021 not out reach

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire speaks during a news conference on the country’s COVID-19 situation at the French Health Ministry in Paris, France November 12, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS PARIS (Reuters) – Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Thursday said a growth forecast of......

Renault hikes cost savings goal, eyes margin growth

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Renault carmaker is pictured at a dealership in Vertou, near Nantes, France, January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe PARIS (Reuters) – French automaker Renault on Thursday hiked its cost savings target by 500 million euros ($608 million) to 2.5 billion euros by 2023, and set goals......

EU watchdog says some banks trying to circumvent rules after Brexit

Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – Some banks outside the European Union are trying to circumvent rules on offering investment services to customers in the bloc, the European Securities and Markets Authority said on Wednesday. “With the end of the UK transition period on 31 December 2020, some questionable practices by firms around......

France’s vaccine-skepticism is making its Covid immunization drive much harder  

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A nurse prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, at a vaccination center, in Sarcelles near Paris on January 10, 2021. ALAIN JOCARD | AFP | Getty Images France is thought to be one of the most vaccine-skeptical nations in the world,......

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