Uber widens health cover in Europe as new CEO meets France’s Macron

By Mathieu Rosemain and Gw?na?lle Barzic PARIS, May 23 : Uber plans to offer all its European drivers an upgraded version of the health insurance it already provides in France in a drive to attract independent workers and fend off criticism over their treatment. The San Francisco-based taxi app, which tied up with insurer AXA […]

Staff reject Macron rail reform in “referendum”, unions say

By Brian Love PARIS, May 23 : Workers at France’s state-owned SNCF rail company on Wednesday resoundingly rejected President Emmanuel Macron’s planned overhaul of the railways in an internal ballot organised by labour unions. Macron’s government wants to create a leaner, more efficient public railway company before the monopoly in domestic passenger rail is opened […]

France extends cheese recall after E.coli cases in children

By Sybille de La Hamaide PARIS, May 14 : All Reblochon cheese coming from a factory in the French Alps should be removed from the market after young children were found to have been infected by a E.coli bacteria linked to the raw milk based product, the French agriculture ministry said on Monday. French food […]

Paris knife attacker was French citizen born in Chechnya

By Emmanuel Jarry and Ingrid Melander PARIS, May 13 : Police on Sunday scoured the background of a Chechnya-born Frenchman who killed a man in a knife attack in Paris, questioning the parents and a friend of the 21-year old, who had been flagged previously as a potential security risk. Late on Saturday, the assailant […]

France proposes new mechanism to assign blame for chemical attacks

By Anthony Deutsch and John Irish THE HAGUE/PARIS, May 5 : Western powers are weighing a French proposal to create a new mechanism at the world’s chemical weapons watchdog that would enable it to assign blame for attacks with banned munitions, diplomatic sources told Reuters. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in […]