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Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas

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In Ireland, 79 pilots based in Dublin will strike for one day on 20 December. The airline, which does not recognise unions, said they represented about 28% of its Dublin-based captains. Meanwhile, Ryanair pilots and cabin crew in Italy plan to strike for four hours on 15 December. The airline said last week it would "ignore" the Italian move, claiming staff rarely heeded calls to walk out. Pilots based in Portugal and Germany also plan industrial action. Cockpit, the German pilots' union, said its Ryanair members would strike for better pay ... Read More »

Airbnb drops controversial payment card in France

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The French government had asked tax authorities to look into the system, suspected of facilitating tax avoidance, after it was revealed that Airbnb was allowing its hosts to use the prepaid Payoneer card. The card allows homeowners to receive payments for their rentals without money transiting through bank accounts. The decision comes as Airbnb, similar to its taxi-hailing peer Uber, is facing a growing crackdown from legislators worldwide - triggered in part by lobbying from the hotel industry, which sees the rental service as providing unf... Read More »

Heavy snow disrupts road, air travel in northern Europe

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Hundreds of air passengers were stranded in Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital, as well as Britain, and many took to Twitter to complain. Some 330 flights were cancelled by 5:00 pm (1600 GMT) after heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures struck the region around Frankfurt, a spokesman for airport operator Fraport told AFP.  The airport - Germany's largest air hub and the home base for major carrier Lufthansa - had been scheduled to handle a total of 1,260 flights over the day. Elsewhere in the country, Duesseldorf airport was forced to close f... Read More »

Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win fifth award

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Victory took the 32-year-old Portugal international level with 30-year-old Argentine Messi, who won the most recent of his five awards in 2015. Messi's ex-Barcelona team-mate Neymar, now at Paris St-Germain, was third. Last season, Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and their first La Liga title since 2012. Ronaldo added the 2017 Ballon d'Or to those he won in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and Messi is the only other recipient of the award since 2009. "This is something I look forward to every year," he said, after receiv... Read More »

The annual, 4-day Fête des Lumières begins in Lyon, France

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Over four nights around 50 installations by a variety of different artists will light up buildings, streets, squares and parks all over the city. The Festival begins on December 7 at 7:30 p.m by the chiming of the bells of the City Hall on Place des Terreaux. The City of Lyon’s official bell ringer and ringing master, Charles Dairay, will perform a 15-minute concert featuring extracts of film music inspired by the soundtrack of “Enoha fait son cinema”. On December 8 at 12:30 p.m. the bells will chime to welcome in the winter months and launc... Read More »

France named Europe’s top country for food sustainability thanks to war on waste

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A war on waste food in France, where supermarkets are banned from throwing away unsold food and restaurants must provide doggy bags when asked, has helped it secure the top spot in a ranking of countries by their food sustainability. Japan, Germany, Spain and Sweden rounded out the top five in an index published the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which graded 34 nations based on food waste, environment-friendly agriculture and quality nutrition. It is “unethical and immoral” to waste resources when hundreds of millions go hungry acros... Read More »

Heritage lovers raise €500,000 to save French castle from ruin

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Heritage lovers scrambled to raise half a million euros in less than a month to save an under-threat French castle. More than 6,500 internauts—via crowdfunding platform Dartagnans—clubbed together to safeguard the 13th century monument. The Mothe-Chandeniers castle, situated 60 kilometres from Tours in north-western France, was put up for sale by its owner because its maintenance costs were so high. The online fundraising campaign was led by Dartagnans co-founder Romain Delaume. He is aiming to hit the one million euros mark—which is thou... Read More »

FRENCH STUDENTS NAME L’ORÉAL AS THE 3RD MOST ATTRACTIVE EMPLOYER IN FRANCE

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To conduct this study, Universum reached out to over 41 329 young graduates from Commercial, Management and Engineering schools and universities in France between end of October 2016 to end of February 2017. The information gathered reveals the expectations of prospective graduates and the values they look for when looking for a job and applying to a company. In the context of economic uncertainty, young people look for reassurance and innovation from their future employers. “If L’Oréal continues to stay ahead of the game, it’s because it co... Read More »

L’ORÉAL RECOGNISED BY THE CDP AS WORLD LEADER FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT

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This list features companies that are seen as being on the path to sustainably managing water. Information provided by 607 large companies has been independently assessed against CDP’s scoring methodology – developed in collaboration with leading peers and experts in corporate water stewardship – and ranked accordingly by CDP and its lead scoring partner the South Pole Group. L’Oréal has been awarded an A grade for its water management efforts. It is the only French company included on this global list of corporate leaders. L’Oréal’s leaders... Read More »

L’Oréal delivered a dynamic third quarter with sales up by +5.6% like-for-like, reflecting the solidity of our growth

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The Group's digital edge and continuing targeted acquisitions, two strategic growth levers, have led to a sustained increase in e-commerce sales at +32%**, and to the recent integration of IT Cosmetics, an American make-up brand that is expanding our global portfolio.   These good performances confirm our ambition to post higher growth in the second half than in the first, and strengthen our confidence in our ability to deliver, in 2016, another year of growth in both sales and profits." * Like-for-like: based on a comparable structure and c... Read More »

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