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H&M opens flagship store on Rue La Fayette

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In the new store H&M is launching H&M Take Care in France to encourage and inspire customers to care for their garments. The concept includes Guidance – H&M has created an inspirational hub of information on how to best care for clothes, shoes and accessories. Products – the Take Care line features laundry products, stain remover, repair patches, emergency repair kits, sneaker wipes etc. Services – in the H&M La Fayette store, there is a special H&M Take Care Area with two permanent services for customers: repair & custo... Read More »

France becomes a centre of excellence for Renault’s electric vehicles within the Alliance

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With the aim of strengthening the leadership of its French industrial base in the growing electric vehicle market, Groupe Renault plans to: Introduce a new Alliance electric platform in Douai to create a second Renault electric vehicle production site; Double ZOE production capacity and the launch of a new ZOE at Flins, the only ZOE production site in the world; Triple electric motor production capacities at Cleon and introduce a new generation electric motor from 2021. Invest in Maubeuge for the production of the next generation of... Read More »

Nokia and SFR first in France to conduct a 5G New Radio call using 3.5 GHz spectrum

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The 5G call used Nokia 5G NR technology, incorporating the Nokia 5G-ready AirScale radio platform and Cloud RAN technology together with 3GPP-compliant end user test devices. A cloud infrastructure based on the Nokia AirFrame Datacenter solution was built to support Cloud RAN. The 5G New Radio NR standard, agreed by the 3GPP in December 2017, is designed to support a wide variety of 5G applications and enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) services. Nokia 5G NR systems use smart antennas to deliver multi-gigabit throughput speeds and millisecond ... Read More »

Groupe Renault strengthens recruitment of skills of the future in France

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This update provides for the acceleration of the company’s skills development throughout the Group to support the targets of the Drive the Future plan. “We are building on the CAP 2020 agreement and leveraging constructive labour-management dialogue to address the challenges of tomorrow’s car industry. Together with our trade union partners, we have made a commitment to strengthen the Group’s skills in France which will contribute to achieving the targets of the Drive the Future plan,” commented Tristan Lormeau, Human Resources Director for Fr... Read More »

The Groupe Renault is committed to youth employment and training in France

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To this end, the Group partners today for the next three years with: - l’Ecole de la 2ème chance en Yvelines for the development of workshops for manual work (screwing, drilling, reading standard operation sheets...), in order to broaden the professional perspectives of young trainees from the 78 department towards crafts, construction and industry. Every year the school supports more than 400 young people aged 18 to 25, without diplomas or qualifications. - Energies Jeunes whose mission is to develop school retention among secondary school s... Read More »

Cars in Europe: diesel’s not dead yet

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France is the European country with the most diesel cars. And yet, it is one of the few countries where diesel has begun to decline. In 2017, more petrol cars were sold than diesel (48% of sales). It’s a big change for the country and a telling sign for the change of the trend across the continent. Diesel car sales had been rising steadily for 30 years In Europe as a whole, 52% of the cars are still fuelled by petrol. Only six of the thirty countries have more diesel cars than petrol. France (70%) and Luxembourg (65%) top the table an... Read More »

Apple investigated by France for ‘planned obsolescence’

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Under French law it is a crime to intentionally shorten lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it. In December, Apple admitted that older iPhone models were deliberately slowed down through software updates. But it insisted it was because the phones' battery performance diminished over time. The French investigation is being led by the economy ministry's consumer protection agency. It follows a legal complaint filed in December by pro-consumer group Stop Planned Obsolescence (Hop). Hop said France was the third countr... Read More »

France plans privatisation law in asset sale push – PM

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The government outlined last year plans to sell stakes in order to finance a 10 billion euro (£8.9 billion) innovation fund. It has since reduced its minority stakes in energy group Engie and car maker Renault, and there has been speculation that Paris airport operator ADP and national lottery firm Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) are in line to be privatised. “There have already been some (asset sales) and there will be more,” Philippe said in an interview with Sunday paper JDD. Asked if the government would present a privatisation bill, a neces... Read More »

Macron proposes anti-fake news election law

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Emmanuel Macron has said he will overhaul media law in France this year to fight the spread of  "fake news" on social media. Since he was elected last year, the French President has criticized Russian media in particular, openly accusing TV channel RT of sowing disinformation about him via its website and social media during the presidential election. "If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must have strong legislation," Mr Macron told a news conference on Wednesday. Mr Macron said the legislation would concern social media platforms,... Read More »

France to ban all oil and gas production from 2040

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France is to ban all drilling for oil and natural gas by 2040 after its Parliament approved part of President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to cut the use of fossil fuels. It will become illegal to produce or look for oil and gas in the country and its overseas territories. Existing drilling permits will expire in 2040 and, from today, no new ones will be granted. France is the first country in the world to pass such a law. The change is unlikely to have a significant impact, given 99 per cent of France’s oil and gas is imported from other countri... Read More »

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