France urges financial firms to finalise plans for Brexit risks

PARIS (Reuters) - French financial firms need to finalise preparations for the end of Britain’s Brexit transition arrangements and in particular find solutions for securities clearing, France’s financial stability council said on Thursday.

Britain left the European Union in January and transition arrangements that still allow it unfettered access to the bloc end on Dec. 31.

Over 150 Arrested As “Yellow Vests” Renew Actions In Paris

PARIS, Sept 13 (NNN-AGENCIES) – More than 150 people were arrested yesterday, after hundreds of “Yellow Vest” protesters took to streets, in the centre of Paris, to oppose President Emmanuel Macron’s fiscal, economic and social policies.

Paris police department said, 154 individuals had been detained by 13:00 p.m. local time (1100 GMT), in the capital, for holding screwdrivers, ice axes, cutting pliers and knives.

France's Macron says to seek common EU position on Turkey

PARIS (Reuters) - A summit of seven European Union member states on the Mediterranean due to take place on Thursday will push for a common EU position regarding Turkey, said French President Emmanuel Macron, host of the gathering.

Relations between the EU and Turkey are badly strained on a number of issues, including exploration for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, where Ankara is at loggerheads with EU member states Cyprus and Greece.

Covid-19: Pandemic threatens lives of millions of children, says UN

PARIS, Sept 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Disruptions to health services due to the pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at risk worldwide, the United Nations said Wednesday, warning that Covid-19 could reverse decades of progress in reducing child mortality.

The past 30 years have seen remarkable strides forward in preventing or treating causes of infant deaths including premature births and pneumonia.

Sanofi France chief sees coronavirus vaccine priced below 10 euros

PARIS (Reuters) - A coronavirus vaccine that Sanofi (SASY.PA) is developing with Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) is likely to be priced at less than 10 euros ($11.80) per shot if it is approved for use, Sanofi’s chief in France said on Saturday.

“The price is not totally set ... We are assessing production costs for the coming months ... We will be below 10 euros,” Olivier Bogillot told France Inter radio.

France's Le Drian says it is urgent to reach deal on Brexit

PARIS (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said in Sunday it was urgent to reach an agreement on Brexit trade talks and he blamed the stalemate on Britain’s attitude.

“The British people do not seem to understand that if one wants to negotate a good deal, one must talk about all issues,” Le Drian told France Inter radio.

“It’s not going well, with only two months left, it is urgent, the countdown has started. We prefer to reach a deal but we need to discuss the whole package, including fisheries, to avoid a no-deal,” he added.

France: Macron decries 'Islamic separatism,' defends blasphemy

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Friday what he called “Islamic separatism” in his country and those who seek French citizenship without accepting France’s “right to commit blasphemy.”

Macron defended satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that helped inspire two French-born Islamic extremists to mount a deadly January 2015 attack on the paper’s newsroom.

The weekly republished the images this week as the trial began of 14 people over the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket.

Covid-19: 22 schools closed in France – Education minister

PARIS, Sept 4 (NNN-AGENCIES) — French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said 22 schools were closed in France due to cases of COVID-19.

“In mainland France there are currently 12 schools closed out of a total of over 60,000, which is a small figure. Adding 10 schools in La Reunion (island), that makes it 22,” Blanquer told Europe 1 radio.

As over 12 million pupils returned to school in France on Tuesday, some parents and teachers’ unions have voiced concern at plans for reopening classrooms as the spread of the virus gathers renewed pace.

French President: keen to help guarantee Iraq's security and economic sovereignty

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting Iraq, said on Wednesday he aimed to help guarantee its security and economic sovereignty.

Macron, on his first official trip to Iraq, and was due to hold a joint news conference with Iraqi President Barham Salih.

“In Baghdad... where I have just expressed our support for Iraq at this challenging time. There are many challenges in terms of guaranteeing Iraq’s sovereignty in all its dimensions, ... both inside the country and elsewhere in the region,” he wrote on Twitter.

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