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‘French Spiderman’ climbs Paris skyscraper harness-free

PARIS (Reuters) – Dubbed the “French Spiderman”, Alain Robert scaled a skyscraper in Paris on Monday without a harness to raise funds for the renovation of Notre-Dame cathedral. Television images showed the 56-year-old using horizontal struts running up the Engie headquarters’ curved facade and a protruding structure going top-to-bottom of the 185-metre (607 feet) glass-fronted building in La Defense business district Robert halted regularly to chalk his hands. He was arrested shortly after competing the climb. “Because there’s no money left in the government coffers, the cathedral is falling into…

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Technology 

French Muslim group sues Facebook, Youtube over Christchurch footage streaming

FILE PHOTO: A woman reacts at a make shift memorial outside the Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su PARIS (Reuters) – The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), a leading representative of Muslims in France, on Monday said it was suing Facebook and YouTube after footage of the Christchurch massacre was streamed on their platforms. The mass-shooting at two mosques in New Zealand was livestreamed by the attacker through his Facebook profile for 17 minutes. A few hours after the attack, footage from the…

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Sports 

Tennis: New French Open court unveiled as prize money increases

Inside view of a greenhouse at the botanical garden “Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil” in Paris, France, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau PARIS (Reuters) – French Open organizers on Thursday unveiled the brand new Court Simonne Mathieu, hoping the 5,000-seat arena will boost the tournament’s atmosphere as they raised the prize money by more than eight percent. Named after France’s second-most decorated female player, the arena is nestled among the area’s graceful 19-century greenhouses. The prize money has been raised from 39.2 million euros ($44.48 million) up to 42.6 million, with…

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Sports 

Russians lead after pairs short program, French favorites tumble

TOKYO (Reuters) – Russian pair Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov took a commanding lead after the short program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama on Wednesday after a fall left French favorites Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres in seventh. ISU World Figure Skating Championships – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – March 20, 2019. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia in action during the Pairs Short Program. REUTERS/Issei Kato James and Cipres, undefeated this season and the first French pair to win the European Championship in over…

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Kew murder: French film-maker ‘was strangled’

Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption The body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found buried in her garden A film-maker whose body was found buried in a shallow grave had been strangled, police have said. Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, was found in her garden in Darell Road in Kew, west London, on Wednesday, after she went missing on Monday. A post-mortem examination on Saturday gave the cause of death as “consistent with compression of the neck”, the Metropolitan Police said. A murder investigation is ongoing and there have been no arrests. Ms…

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French customs agents disrupt Calais port ahead of Brexit

Image copyright AFP Image caption The work-to-rule action began on Monday but unions said it would be “unlimited” Traffic jams built up on Tuesday around the French port of Calais as customs officers worked to rule, carrying out tighter checks on lorries heading for the Channel Tunnel and the ferry port. The action, which began on Monday, is aimed at improving pay and staff numbers ahead of the UK’s expected departure from the EU on 29 March. Dunkirk, further up the French coast, is also affected. “Brexit is a catalyst…

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Technology 

French tax on internet giants could yield 500 million euros per year: Le Maire

PARIS (Reuters) – A three percent tax on the French revenue of large internet companies could yield 500 million euros (568.5 million pounds) per year, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO – The Google name is displayed outside the company’s office in London, Britain November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo Le Maire told Le Parisien newspaper the tax is aimed at companies with worldwide digital revenue of at least 750 million and French revenue of more than 25 million euros. He said the tax would…

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French frustrations with Macron boil over in angry debates

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWill the French president’s ‘Grand Debate’ defuse the yellow-vest protesters’ rage? Yellow-vest protests have rocked France for 15 weeks, and while the most dramatic scenes have been in Paris, much of the discontent has spread from the smaller towns in France, where people feel forgotten. For the past month President Emmanuel Macron has toured the country, listening to local mayors and citizens as part of his grand débat – a big national debate. He has also asked communities to come together and…

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Technology 

Telecoms group Orange strikes cautious tone as French price war lingers on

PARIS (Reuters) – Orange, France’s number one telecoms operator, struck a cautious tone for 2019 due to a protracted price war in its home country and few chances that a merger between its rivals might improve market conditions. FILE PHOTO – The logo of French telecom operator Orange is seen on the facade of the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo Orange expected core operating profit to grow at a slower pace in 2019 than 2018, despite a good performance in its home country and…

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The French chateaux you part own for €50

A 13th Century French castle that has lay in ruins since a fire in the 1930s is set to get a new lease of life. A crowdfunding exercise enabled 28,000 people to buy the Chateau de la Mothe Chandeniers in the Loire region for just €50 ($56, £44) each. The Travel Show’s Christa Larwood went to visit the chateaux, which will now be open to the public next year, to learn about some of the restorations plans. The Travel Show can be seen on BBC World News and the BBC…

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