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France to push G20 monetary reforms: finance minister

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

Vietnam builds trawler for France

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

Vietnam, France boost ties at various levels

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

China’s Hu heads to France for state visit

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

Britain, France embark on new defence partnership

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 8:42 am

Photo exhibition on My Son opens in France

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Bin Laden warns France over Afghan war, veil ban

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:41 am

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden threatens in a new audio tape to kill French citizens to avenge their country’s support for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a new law that will ban face-covering Muslim veils.

In the tape obtained by satellite television station Al-Jazeera and then posted on its website on Wednesday, bin Laden said France was aiding the Americans in the killing of Muslim women and children in an apparent reference to the war in Afghanistan. He said the kidnapping of five French citizens in the African nation of Niger last month was a reaction to what he called France’s oppression of Muslims.

“How can it be right that you participate in the occupation of our lands, support the Americans in the killing of our women and children and yet want to live in peace and security?” said bin Laden, addressing the French.

This image made from video broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001 shows Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location.

“It is a simple and clear equation: As you kill, you will be killed. As you capture, you will be captured. And as you threaten our security, your security will be threatened. The way to safeguard your security is to cease your oppression and its impact on our nation, most importantly your withdrawal from the ill-fated Bush war in Afghanistan.”

The authenticity of the tape could not be immediately verified but the voice resembled that of the terror group leader on previous tapes determined to be genuine.

French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux told the parliament hours after the message was posted that the risk of a terror attack against the country was real and authorities’ vigilance is “total,” according to a report on newspaper El Figaro’s website.

But he added that the threats “would merely fit into the pattern of different threats that have already been made against our country and our citizens, at home and abroad. It currently appears that these comments don’t do more than justify our keeping up our response in the face of the terrorist threat.”

Tapes by bin Laden and his top lieutenant, Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri, have recently been posted on Al-Jazeera website rather than on sites run by militant Muslims as has been done for years. The shift appears to reflect the unexplained technical difficulties or closures experienced by the militant sites in recent months.

France has about 4,000 troops deployed in and near Afghanistan.

“You need to think of what happened to America as a result of that unjust war,” bin Laden said, again addressing the French and referring to the war in Afghanistan. “It’s on the verge of bankruptcy … and tomorrow it will retreat to beyond the Atlantic.”

France passed a law this month that will ban the wearing of face-covering burqa-style Muslim veils in public starting in April. Many Muslims have expressed fears the law would stigmatize them.

“If you deemed it your right to ban (Muslim) women from wearing the hijab, then should not it be our right to expel your invading men by striking their necks?” bin Laden said.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, an offshoot of bin Laden’s group, has claimed responsibility for the abductions of five French citizens in Niger and is believed to have taken them to neighboring Mali. The French hostages, as well as a Togolese and a Madagascar national were kidnapped on Sept. 16 while they were sleeping in their villas in the uranium mining town of Arlit.

“The kidnapping of your experts in the Niger is a reaction to your oppression of Muslims,” said bin Laden.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb grew out of an Islamist insurgency movement in Algeria, merging with al-Qaida in 2006 and spreading through the Sahara and the arid Sahel region. It has increasingly been targeting French interests.

In July, the group said it executed a 78-year-old French aid worker it had taken hostage three months before. It said the killing was retaliation for the deaths of six al-Qaida members in a French-backed military operation against the group.

Also in July, the French military said it provided technical and logistical assistance to help Mauritanian forces thwart an attack by suspected al-Qaida members in northwest Africa. It said the operation left six extremists dead.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy later described that operation as a “turning point” and said France would provide training, equipment and intelligence to local troops working to fight militants in the Sahel.

A series of warnings has put France and other European countries on high alert in recent weeks, prompting the U.S. State Department to advise American citizens living or traveling in Europe to take more precautions. Speculation on the source of a potential terror threat in France has focused on al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi photos on display in France

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 12:07 am

Hanoi photos on display in France

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:15 (GMT+7)

A photographic exhibition about Hanoi opened at the headquarters of the Vietnamese People’s Association in Paris, France on October 18.

The exhibition entitled “Hanoi Today” introduced works taken by French photographers Dominique de Miscault and Daniel Frydman and Vietnamese photographer, Nguyen Hai Son. It aims to help the French public gain a better understanding of Hanoi, its daily life, special culture and attractive landscapes.

The exhibition will run until October 28.

The “Hanoi Today” exhibition by Dominique de Miscault was previously shown in Arcueille, southeast of Paris.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Cars burned, fuel short in France pensions protest

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

France faces a sixth day of national protests Tuesday against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pensions reform, with the stakes rising after youths battled riot police and filling stations ran dry.

Tuesday’s coordinated protest is the latest in a series of mounting actions against Sarkozy’s plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, and follows days of strikes, skirmishes and full-blown street marches.

On Monday police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at youths who set a car on fire, smashed bus stops and hurled rocks outside a school in Nanterre, near Paris, blocked by students protesting the pensions reform.

Youths threw petrol bombs at police outside a school in another Paris suburb, Combes-la-Ville, police said. In Lyon, hooded youngsters burned at least three cars they had overturned during clashes with riot police.

A striker throws a tyre on a fire during a protest outside a fuel storage depot on October 18, 2010 in Donges, western France.

The interior ministry said police arrested 290 rioters in various towns, and that four police officers had been injured in the scuffles.

Nearly 300 schools were disrupted by protests, officials said, and cities across France saw students take part in fresh street demonstrations, several of which saw police arresting rampaging youths.

Meanwhile, truck drivers also joined the movement that has brought millions onto the streets in recent weeks, and rubbish continued to pile up in the streets of Marseille due to a strike by collectors.

“We now need to block the economy to force the government to withdraw its plan,” said Vincent Duse, a CGT union leader at an auto factory in Mulhouse.

Truckers staged go-slows on motorways near Paris and several provincial cities, drivers blocked access to goods supply depots and joined oil workers blocking fuel depots to defend their right to retire at 60.

Production at all France’s oil refineries remained shut down since last week, causing hundreds of filling stations to run dry, industry associations said.

The government announced it had activated an emergency crisis cell charged with maintaining fuel supplies

“We will stay here as long as we can,” said the CFDT’s Joseph Sieiro, one of the hundred people, most of them truckers, who turned up to block an oil terminal at Port-La-Nouvelle in southern France.

Further disruption was due on Tuesday, the sixth coordinate national action in less than two months.

Half of all flights to and from Paris Orly airport and 30 percent of flights at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and other French airports will be cancelled due to Tuesday’s strikes, aviation officials said.

The government has so far shown no sign of backing down and Sarkozy vowed on Monday that the reform will pass.

“This reform is essential. France is committed to it. France will carry it out,” he told reporters.

Unions want to force Sarkozy to abandon a bill to raise the minimum retirement age to 62, which is in the final days of its journey through a parliament in which the right-wing leader enjoys a comfortable majority.

Sarkozy has staked his credibility on the bill, but unions are hoping for a repeat of 1995, when Jacques Chirac’s government backed down on pension reform after a paralysing transport strike.

The government has shown no sign of backing down on the reform, currently being examined by the Senate, which on Monday pushed back the final vote until at least Thursday with hundreds of amendments still to be debated.

Most French back the current protests, with a poll published Monday in the popular Le Parisien daily showing that 71 percent of those asked expressed either support or sympathy.

“It is perfectly normal and natural that this (reform) causes worries and opposition,” Sarkozy told reporters in Deauville, western France, where he was due to hold a summit with Russia and Germany.

“It is also normal and natural that a democratic government… should ensure motorists can find fuel and that there are no clashes.”

Source: SGGP

Grand masters to battle in France

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Grand masters to battle in France

QĐND – Saturday, October 16, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

Two International Grand Masters (IGM) Le Quang Liem and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son will compete in the Cap D’Agde Rapid Chess tournament in France from October 23-31.

The two top Vietnamese grand masters will test their skills against formidable opponents, including Russian giant Anatoly Karpov, Vasily Ivanchuk from Ukraine, Bu Xiangzhi from China and Judith Polgar from Hungary.

The event will be useful warm up before Liem and Son join the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China next month.

Liem, 19, has been in top form since finishing second at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting that was held in Dortmund, Germany in July. He also won the Moscow Open in February.

Last year, the HCM City-born player broke into the world’s top 20 FIDE rankings, and was the only Vietnamese player to make the list of leading male chess masters.

However, Son and Liem performed poorly at the Chess Olympiad last month.

Son, who became a Grand Master in March 1997 when he was 14 years old, will face China’s Bu Xiangzhi, an arch rival, in the Cap D’Agde tourney.

The match will be held next Friday. After the tournament, the two top players will have a 10-day break before flying to Guangzhou for the Asian Games.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND