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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 »

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 »

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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