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French Week to be held in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

French school honors renowned Prof. Ngo Bao Chau

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

Francois Fillon re-named French prime minister: presidency

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

Sarkozy clears decks for French government reshuffle

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 4:23 am

French rail sorry for deporting Jews to Nazi camps

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

Qantas A380: French experts say fault at rear of engine

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:54 am

No survivors from French helicopter crash in Antarctica

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

SYDNEY, Oct 30, 2010 (AFP) – Australian rescuers on Saturday confirmed there were no survivors from a helicopter crash involving four Frenchmen in Antarctica.


“They have confirmed that all four on board didn’t survive the impact of the crash and the French team are currently conducting recovery operations,” an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) spokeswoman told AFP.


The AS350 Squirrel helicopter went missing Thursday after taking off from the French research ship Astrolabe, carrying a pilot, a mechanic and two staff from the Dumont d’Urville French Antarctic research base.


A distress beacon was activated but heavy weather hampered search efforts. An Australian air force plane eventually spotted the wreckage on Friday, with three bodies sighted among the debris.


The AMSA spokeswoman said a French helicopter touched down at the crash site, 100 kilometres from the French base, on Saturday afternoon and an onboard doctor confirmed there had been no survivors.


Australian and American officials from McMurdo Base were assisting with the recovery of the bodies and wreckage, she added. Responsibility for the matter was expected to be transferred to the French authorities by evening.


Officials had held little hope for the men, with rescuers spying three bodies strewn among a large field of debris when the wreckage was first spotted Friday. AMSA had described it as an “unsurvivable” incident.


The helicopter was last observed at an altitude of just 29 feet (10 metres), travelling at only 20 knots (37 kilometres per hour), sparking initial hopes that it had decided to land due to the extremely low visibility.


Dumont d’Urville, the main French Antarctic base, is situated on an island close to the magnetic south pole and is frequently buffeted by hurricane-strength katabatic winds, the force of which can prevent helicopters from landing.


The east Antarctic is known as the “home of the blizzard”.


The icebreaking Astrolabe carries out regular round trips between the southern Australian port of Hobart and the base from November through to March, carrying both supplies and personnel.


It is currently icebound several hundred kilometres from the Dumont d’Urville base.


A vast colony of emperor penguins live near to the base, which was the backdrop for the hugely popular 2005 movie “March of the Penguins”.


Subjects under research at the base include earth sciences, atmospheric studies and biology.

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Source: SGGP

French and Vietnamese fashion designers to celebrate Hanoi’s 1000th birthday

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

A special fashion show featuring French and Vietnamese designs will be held in Hanoi on November 3 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.

The fashion show will take place at Hanoi Opera House on November 3.

Fashion lovers will have a chance to enjoy latest collections of France’s famous designers including Ambrym, Charabia, Christophe Josse and Dormeuil and Vietnamese leading designers Sy Hoang, Do Manh Cuong, Hoang Hai, Kelly Bui and Le Ha.

The event is directed by French choreographer Fanny de Chaillé and musician Christophe Chassol
In related news, the 9th annual Dep (beauty) Fashion Show will be held in The Garden Shopping Mall in Hanoi on October 31.

This year’s show themed “Dreaming” will focus on the social reality and aspiration to escape from reality.

The performance will feature collections such as “Migration” by German fashion designer Juliane Kunze, “The tale” and “Imaginative world” by local designers Luu Anh Tuan and Kelly Bui.

Source: SGGP

‘French troops may begin Afghan withdrawal in 2011’

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:40 am

French and some allied NATO armies could begin to withdraw some of their forces from the conflict in Afghanistan as early as 2011, Defence Minister Herve Morin said Thursday.

French soldiers patrol in Surobi district in September 2010.

“There’s a fixed date for NATO in the framework of its new strategy, that’s the start of 2011, because in 2011 we’re going to transfer a whole series of districts to the Afghans,” he told RTL radio.


“At that moment, there could be the first movements, or first withdrawals of Allied forces from Afghanistan. In any case, that’s the calendar set by Barack Obama, that in 2011 the first American troops could quit Afghanistan.


“And that’s what a certain number of European countries have started to say,” he explained, insisting that this has nothing to do with a threat issued against France on Thursday by Islamist militant chief Osama bin Laden.

Source: SGGP

Sarkozy hopes end in sight for French pension protest

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

President Nicolas Sarkozy hopes to put his titanic battle to raise France’s retirement age behind him this week by signing the measure into law despite a new wave of strikes, rallies and fuel blockades.


With thousands of families heading off for school half-term holidays, and lawmakers expected to give the pensions bill their formal final approval on Wednesday, Sarkozy hopes the mass protest movement will die away.


But, with Sunday newspaper opinion polls showing the embattled president more unpopular than ever, trade unions and student bodies have declared at least two more days of action, and strikes continue in the key fuel sector.

A motorcyclist queues up with drivers at a gas station in Nantes, western France

A poll by the IFOP institute for the weekly JDD found Sarkozy’s approval rating had dropped below 30 percent for the first time, clouding his hopes that passing the pensions law could kick start a political comeback.


French university students are planning to march on Tuesday to defend the right to retire at 60, and trade unions have called their campaign’s seventh one-day nationwide strike and day of rallies on Thursday.


Meanwhile, one petrol station in four around the country has run dry, amid strikes at refineries and blockades of fuel depots by strikers playing a cat and mouse game with riot police sent to disperse them.


Government supporters were putting a brave face on things, however, betting that on Wednesday — when the National Assembly rubber stamps the pensions law already approved by both houses of parliament — the movement will fizzle.


“In France we have a sort of ritual from another century. Strikes, protests, yes, but taking the economy hostage is intolerable,” said Jean-Francois Cope, leader of the right-wing UMP in parliament, in an interview with Le Parisien.


The pensions reform bill was approved by the Senate on Friday, and on Monday the text will be reconciled with the draft passed earlier by the lower house.


Following its adoption, France’s constitutional court may be asked to sign off on its legality and Sarkozy expects to be able to put it into the official gazette on November 15, advisor Raymond Soubie told Europe 1 radio.


“This reform will pass. It’s a victory for France and the French,” he said, noting that recent protests against the reform had failed to paralyse public services and that labour leaders had been “quite reasonable”.


Government expects the merged text will then receive final approval by the National Assembly on Wednesday, raising the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 by 2018 and increasing the period of salary contributions to 41 years.


Sarkozy defends the measure as “inevitable” in the face of France’s rapidly growing population and burgeoning budget deficit, but opponents accuse him of making workers pay while protecting the rich and the world of finance.


The president is due to face re-election in 2012, and the Socialist party has vowed that if its candidate wins, he or she will restore retirement at 60.


While most voters polled say they support the strikes, and each protest day has so far drawn more than a million marchers, Sarkozy is gambling that if he forces the law through he will be hailed as a strong leader by the right.


Strikes continue, however, particularly in the oil industry and around 70 ships are waiting at anchor off the southern port of Marseille unable to dock and unload.


“In the Paris region we have 35 percent of filling stations that have run dry or are out of at least one fuel product, and in the west of the country a third are in real difficulty,” said a spokeswoman for the transport ministry.


An advisor of Sarkozy said in a television interview that one in four pumps were dry nationwide, but said the situation would improve.

Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo warned drivers to expect shortages on Monday, echoing a warning from the association representing retail petrol stations of shortages as many tanker drivers took their traditional Sunday day off, despite the government having exceptionally allowed them to work.

Meanwhile MEDEF, the organisation representing French business, warned about the serious impact the protest was having on its members, citing in particular road and rail disruption.

Source: SGGP