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Martin Fourcade takes gold in most thrilling win of PyeongChang Olympics

“French biathlete Martin Fourcade provided the evidence by winning his second Olympic gold in PyeongChang in a 15 kilometer mass start biathlon competition by mere centimeters” writes Dj Dunson for yahoo.com. Macron’s tweet, translated into English reads, “@martinfkde makes us tremble and dream a second time by winning a new gold medal for France. Source: yahoo.com Share This:

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‘Punishing’ UK in Brexit talks would backfire on EU, France admits

“The EU must not “humiliate” the UK in Brexit talks as it could trigger a wave of eurosceptic anger in upcoming European elections, Emmanuel Macron’s spokesman has warned” writes Henry Samuel for telegraph.co.uk. That’d the worst thing that could happen and I think it would reinforce the anti-European sentiment in many countries where we have elections coming up in a year,” Mr Griveaux said. He was referring to the European parliament’s 2019 elections, which for the first time could return… Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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New Airbus sales chief will rely on performance, not swagger

“Airbus customers will be courted with a different kind of sales pitch now that hard-charging marketing supremo John Leahy has handed over the reins, his successor Eric Schulz said in an interview” writes Bloomberg News for seattletimes.com. The new sales chief had a relatively quiet introduction to the fray in Singapore; both Airbus and Boeing drew order blanks at the Asian event after piling on deals at last year’s Paris and Dubai expos. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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France and Germany Urge Discussions on Crypto Policy at G20 Summit

“High ranking officials from France and Germany have issued a letter urging the finance officials of other nations to discuss the regulatory implications of cryptocurrencies at the upcoming G20 Summit” reports topbitcoin.lv. The document emphasizes the need for a transnational regulatory approach in order to enforce cryptocurrency policy, urging finance officials to discuss issues relating to cryptocurrency policy and enforcement at the upcoming G20 Summit.However, tokens could pose substantial risks for investors and can be vulnerable to financial crime without appropriate measures.The letter also called for a report by the…

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Amazon Business Adds Another EU Market To Roster

“Amazon Business also has a partnership with spend management company Coupa; customers using Coupa can access the Amazon Business Marketplace from directly within the Coupa platform” reports pymnts.com. Amazon Business, the B2B commerce unit of Amazon, has launched in France, the company said on Wednesday (Feb. 7).In addition to procuring goods, Amazon Business offers a platform with invoice payment capabilities, customizable catalogues and other features aimed at enhanced management of the procure-to-pay process. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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Amazon settles a long-running tax dispute with France, which had been seeking around €200M for fiscal years 2006-2010, for an undisclosed amount

“PARIS (Reuters) – Amazon said on Monday it had settled a long-running dispute with French tax authorities, who have been seeking nearly 200 million euros ($249 million) from the online retail giant” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Separately, EU competition regulators told Luxembourg in October to recover about 250 million euros in back taxes from Amazon, accusing the country of giving illegal tax benefits.Amazon has in the past been criticized for minimizing its tax bill in France and other European countries by channeling sales through Luxembourg, which offers tax breaks…

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Exploring France’s anti-Semitic attack problem

“The attack on Monday against a Jewish schoolboy indicates France’s growing problem with anti-Semitism” writes Tom Rogan for washingtonexaminer.com. Fortunately, Macron reacted to the latest attack by describing the attack as an assault against the French nation.In 2012, three children and a teacher were killed in an attack on a Jewish school in southern France. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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France Vows to Eliminate All Coal Power by 2021

“Eliminating coal power generation in France will mostly involve eliminating a single power plant, the Cordemais Power Station in northeast France” writes Avery Thompson for popularmechanics.com. The Cordemais station produces 2,600 megawatts of power for France, and is the only coal plant of significant size in the country.French President Emmanuel Macron has declared that the country will rid itself of coal power entirely by 2021 at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.Coal power is going irrevocably extinct, and for good reason. Source: popularmechanics.com Share This:

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France’s Macron says globalization is going through a major crisis

“French President Emmanuel Macron has said that globalization is facing a “major crisis” and that collective action is needed to confront the challenge” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Speaking to CNBC after the speech, Macron said “more cooperation” was needed and a “global compact” was necessary to mitigate the negative consequences of globalization. “Some people proposed to French people just to get out of globalization as a very first solution to these issues,” he said.Speaking to the audience in Davos earlier, he said that France had witnessed mass fears about…

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