According to a report by French thinktank CEPII, which specializes in international economic research, choosing "Made in France" products over imported equivalents could lose French households between 1,270 ($1,685) and 3,770 ($5,010) each year. Montebourg is something of an enfant terrible for the French government, known for his blunders and his crusades to defend French companies at all costs - he famousl yblocked Yahoo! from acquiring a French internet company, Dailymotion. Montebourg sees "the French excellency" as a major "asset for the economic and touristic attractiveness" of the country, and a huge tool to boost exports. The thinktank argued that the extra cost may be because French companies choose to focus on making high-end products in response to competition from foreign companies.
France's Hollande demands swift end to state of emergency in Egypt
The figure was well above the consensus forecast of 0.1 percent and even the more optimistic Banque de France prediction of 0.2 http://nedqena.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/kim-kardashian-fears-people-have-lost-interest-after-two-months-away-from-spotlight/ percent growth. But the positive figure wasn't a total surprise. Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said this weekend that the economy was out of recession, even before the official data became known. In a statement Wednesday, he reveled in the return to growth, saying that France's exports which rose 2 percent in the quarter were benefitting from a pickup in demand throughout the eurozone. Data for the rest of the European Union will be released later in the day. Insee says the April-to-June growth was the strongest quarterly growth since early 2011, when Europe's debt crisis exploded, forcing governments to cut [source] spending and dragging many economies into recession. France, Europe's second-largest economy, has fared better than many, but its growth has been stagnant for two years.
France out of Recession With 0.5 Percent Q2 Growth
The term Francafrique suggests several facts and ideas, ranging from the politics of cordial exchange and cooperation to that of covert actions and violent military intervention that the French have been known for perpetrating in different parts of Africa since the 1960s. This tradition of blatant intervention belongs to the history of French colonisation of Africa, including North Africa. It also follows the extension of French influence over the former Belgian, Portuguese and Spanish colonies. Such actions have secured France a presence that many observers view as formidable, and even sometimes frightening in terms of international law. The French have often dealt with their former colonies in a manner conspicuously different from the British who, too, controlled a large colonial empire in Africa.
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Blake Shelton No stranger to perceived homophobia, Shelton was heavily criticized after he tweeted, "Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song ... Any man visit this page that tries touching my behind he's gonna be a beaten, bleedin', heaving kind of guy." He later apologized for the gaffe via Twitter, noting:
Hey y'all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night...
It honestly wasn't even meant that way... I now know that their are people out there waiting to jump at everything I say on here or anywhere
But when it comes to gay/lesbian rights or just feelings... I love everybody. So go look for a real villain and leave me out of it!!!
The original lyrics are, "Any man of mine better walk site internet the line/ Better show me a teasin', squeezin', pleasin' kinda time." Cee Lo Green In June, the singer and "The Voice" co-host lashed out on Twitter after a Minnesota music editor gave an episode of the hit series a lackluster review. He tweeted: "I respect your criticism, but be fair! People enjoyed last night!
Germany, France haul euro zone out of recession
Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh PARIS | Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:04am EDT PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande summoned Egypt's ambassador on Thursday, demanding a quick end to the state of emergency imposed by the military authorities and urging the release of prisoners as a first step towards renewing dialogue. Hollande relayed France's "very serious concern" about Wednesday's security crackdown on supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and "underlined that the state of emergency url must be quickly lifted." "He firmly condemned the bloody violence in Egypt and demanded an immediate halt to the crackdown," the Elysee Palace said in a statement. "The head of state asserted that everything must be done to avoid civil war. Freeing prisoners, in respect of legal proceedings, could be a first step towards the resumption of talks."
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On the stroke of halftime, Ribery set up Benzema, whose curling shot sailed over the bar. The Real Madrid striker also failed to catch the frame from five yards in the 59th and was denied by Courtois in the 66th as his international goal drought continued. Geoffrey Kondogbia shone last month as a member of the France team that won the Under-20 World Cup. But on Wednesday he struggled in midfield for his first cap. One of his turnovers led to a dangerous Belgian counterattack in the fifth minute.
Q&A: France's connections in Africa
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said this month that labour market conditions remained weak, though he expected the bloc to benefit from a gradual recovery in global demand. "Overall, euro area economic activity should stabilise and recover at a slow pace. The risks surrounding the economic outlook for the euro area continue to be on the downside," Draghi said after the ECB's rate meeting on August 1. BEYOND THE EURO ZONE In emerging Europe, the Czech Republic exited recession in the second quarter while the European Union's other bigger eastern economies improved, although there was little sign of the optimism among consumers needed to drive a stronger upturn. Headline numbers showed the Czechs firmly back in positive territory with growth of 0.7 percent compared with the first quarter.