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France Bans Work Emails After 6pm

Move affects 1M workers in the tech industry

(Newser) - France already has a 35-hour work week, and a new rule is designed to make sure that it doesn't start shading toward 40 hours because of work-related email. The Guardian reports that the rule forbids workers from checking their phones or computers for work stuff after 6pm, and it... More »

Socialists Head for Drubbing in France

Anti-immigration far right wins in several towns

(Newser) - French pollsters said the governing Socialists lost ground to the conservative right in municipal elections today that are seen as a referendum on embattled President Francois Hollande and certain to lead to a government shakeup. Estimates showed the anti-immigration far right adding several towns to its victory bucket after a... More »

Malaysia: France Satellite Images Could Be Debris

On heels of Australia's sighting of a pallet

(Newser) - France today provided Malaysia with satellite images of the latest round of "potential objects" that could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, this time "in the vicinity of the southern corridor"—thought to be close to areas of the Indian Ocean where Australia and China provided satellite... More »

WWII Soldier Coming Home, No Thanks to Pentagon

German, France investigate remains after US balks at process: ProPublica

(Newser) - A US Army private killed in World War II is finally coming home, but only because the nation he fought againstGermanystepped up when the nation he fought for—America—didn't want to pursue the matter, reports ProPublica . Lawrence Gordon was killed in Normandy in August 1944 and... More »

Train Pulls Into Station With Body Pinned to It

French train officials say train hit cyclist at village crossing

(Newser) - French train passengers were in shock today when a train rolled into a station with a bicyclist's dead body pinned to the driver's carriage, AFP reports. The high-speed train apparently hit the 48-year-old cyclist at a village crossing and carried it 25 miles to Mulhouse station. Police found... More »

Smog in Paris Rivals Beijing's

City makes public transportation free in emergency measure

(Newser) - Air pollution that has turned the skies over Paris a murky yellow and shrouded much of Belgium for days forced drivers to slow down today and gave millions a free ride on public transportation. The belt of smog stretched for hundreds of miles, from France's Atlantic coast to Belgium... More »

Energy Source Could Power Earth 'for 30M Years'

But ITER, a thermonuclear plant, faces all sorts of challenges

(Newser) - Hoping scientists will find a brilliant alternative to oil and coal? How about a thermonuclear reactor that will hit temperatures ten times hotter than the sun and "could solve the world's energy problems for the next thirty million years," writes Raffi Khatchadourian in the New Yorker . The... More »

Top French Chefs: Let's Stop Food Porn

They ask diners to stop photographing, start eating

(Newser) - Food porn—the incessant taking and sharing of photos of meals—has been around for a while now, as have complaints against it, notes the Eater blog . But a story by Francetv info and AFP is catching some attention because it features two top chefs, from France no less, who... More »

France's First Couple Is No More

Hollande confirms Valerie Trierweiler rumors

(Newser) - Elysee Palace told the BBC the breakup rumors were false—but the French president himself says otherwise. Francois Hollande has confirmed that he and partner Valerie Trierweiler, France's first lady, have split up, AFP reports. "I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with... More »

France's First Lady Took 'One Pill Too Many'

She wants to stay together, but President Hollande doesn't

(Newser) - France's spurned first lady is out of hospital, recovering, and determined to make her relationship with President Francois Hollande work—but sources say he wants it to end, the Telegraph reports. It's unclear whether Hollande has visited girlfriend Valérie Trierweiler, 48, since she moved from a hospital... More »

Hollande Critic Unloads Tons of Manure at Parliament

Police catch the protester in the act

(Newser) - Francois Hollande probably didn't think his week could get much worse. The French president had to acknowledge his affair with an actress, a growing mess that sent his other girlfriend to the hospital . And now? Manure, and lots of it, dumped in his name outside the French parliament in... More »

Hollande on Affair Rumors: 'These Are Difficult Moments'

French president dodges questions during press conference

(Newser) - French President Francoise Hollande is giving a news briefing, technically about France's economy, but the BBC reports that the very first question he took was about reports that he cheated on his girlfriend, who is currently in the hospital . The question: "Is Valerie Trierweiler still first lady?" Hollande... More »

As Affair Leaks, French Leader Demands His Privacy

Francoise Hollande photographed leaving home of actress

(Newser) - French President Francoise Hollande gives an important speech on Tuesday in which he's supposed to lay out his economic vision, but he just got a very unwanted distraction. The French magazine Closer revealed yesterday that the 59-year-old was having an affair with 41-year-old actress Julie Gayet, reports the BBC... More »

France: Miley, Britney Videos Can't Air Before Dark

'Wrecking Ball,' 'Work B**ch' deemed too racy for daytime

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears are too racy for daytime French TV. France's broadcast watchdog, CSA, says TV channels should only show Cyrus' video for "Wrecking Ball" and Spears' video for "Work B**ch" after 10pm, when French broadcasters show a range of programming more suited to adults.... More »

French Goodyear Workers Take Bosses Hostage

Pair to be held until severance packages improve

(Newser) - Furious French workers at a Goodyear tire factory have revived the practice of "boss-napping" and seized two managers amid a dispute over the plant's closure. The site's director of production and human resources chief are being held at the factory and union leaders say they won't... More »

France Gets Its Millionaires Tax

Constitutional Council finds revised 50% tax is constitutional

(Newser) - Francois Hollande finally got his millionaires tax today, with France's Constitutional Council clearing the way for the president's much-debated move to level the playing field for the middle class, reports Reuters . Hollande's tax was originally a 75% tax on income over $1.38 million; the council ruled... More »

France Seeks a Rarity: A Woman for Its Pantheon

Only 2 of 73 buried there are female

(Newser) - France's Pantheon, completed in 1790, seeks to honor the country's "great men"—but the powers that be agree that the next great man probably should be a woman. Since the Pantheon's creation, only 73 people have been interred there. Only two of those are women,... More »

Billionaire Missing in Chopper Crash

Lam Kok was touring French vineyard he had just bought

(Newser) - After a Chinese billionaire sealed the deal on a vineyard purchase, its previous owner took him for a helicopter tour—and the vehicle crashed. Now, Lam Kok is feared dead, the BBC reports. His 12-year-old son's body was retrieved from the wreckage, Sky News reports, but the other three... More »

Ikea Accused of Spying on Employees, Customers

Only French arm of the company hit with allegations

(Newser) - Ikea in France allegedly spied on its employees—and some of its customers as well. The alleged investigations came to light via company emails that were leaked to the press last year and painted a picture of surveillance stretching back to 2002. Among the emails: Details regarding Virginie Paulin, who... More »

2 French Soldiers Killed in Central African Fighting

Hollande due to arrive in country

(Newser) - As sectarian fighting rages on in the Central African Republic, France has seen its first casualties since announcing it would deploy more soldiers to the country, says the office of French president Francois Hollande. Two soldiers were killed late yesterday in Bangui, the AP reports. The paratroopers were involved in... More »

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