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France fines 13 consumer goods firms €951m for price-fixing

Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Gillette are among those facing penalties for colluding on price rises between 2003 and 2006

Some of the world’s biggest consumer products companies, including Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Procter & Gamble and Gillette, have been fined a combined €951m (£748m) by the French competition watchdog for price fixing in supermarkets.

The regulator said the 13 companies, which also include Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, L’Oréal, Beiersdorf and Johnson & Johnson’s Laboratoires Vendôme, had colluded on price increases between 2003 and 2006. “These two sanctions are among the most significant imposed to date by the competition authority,” it said. The regulator added that the price-fixing had kept prices “artificially high” affecting consumers and “caused harm to the economy”.

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French National Front launches nationalist environmental movement

Extreme right accused of dishonest manipulation of environmental issues with the launch of eco-nationalist New Ecology movement

The launch of a ‘New Ecology’ movement by France’s National Front (FN) this week has been condemned by environmentalists as opportunistic, inconsistent and dishonest.

The far right eco-nationalist grouping was launched by Marine Le Pen, with a ‘patriotic’ platform of opposition to international climate talks and support for France’s nuclear industry.

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L’Oreal millionaire versus chip stand owner in battle over stinky ski chalet

‘Clash of cultures’ as Lindsay Owen-Jones, a Briton, complains his Val d’Isere apartment is flooded with fatty smells from below

A “clash of cultures” has erupted in a French court as former L’Oreal boss Lindsay Owen-Jones pursues a case against the manager of a chip stand he accuses of stinking out his luxury ski apartment.

The millionaire ex-cosmetics boss, who was not present in the Alpine town of Albertville and was represented by his lawyer, and four of his neighbours are asking the court to shut down and destroy the La Cabane chip stand for causing “abnormal disturbance to the neighbourhood”.

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France Says It Will Ban Uber’s Low-Cost Service in New Year

With Paris taxis creating traffic chaos on Monday with a go-slow protest, an Interior Ministry spokesman said the ride-booking service would be prohibited as of Jan. 1.
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French raids target alleged Syria jihadist network

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Suicide bomber strikes school attached to French cultural centre in Kabul

At least one person was killed and 15 others wounded in the attack in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital city

A suicide bomber has struck a high school attached to the French cultural centre in Kabul killing at least one person and wounding 15 others, officials said.

“I firmly condemn this terrorist attack, which killed several people and injured many,” French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement, adding that no French nationals had died.

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One person killed after military aircraft crashes into care home in France

Pilot and copilot escape uninjured and inquiry launched into plane’s apparent technical failure

A French military aircraft on a training mission crashed into a home for people with learning difficulties near Tours in western France on Wednesday, killing one resident and injuring at least five others.

The pilot and copilot of the Alphajet ejected from the plane before it crashed and were picked up uninjured, according to French air force officials.

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One person killed after military aircraft crashes into care home in France

Pilot and copilot escape uninjured and inquiry launched into plane’s apparent technical failure

A French military aircraft on a training mission crashed into a home for people with learning difficulties near Tours in western France on Wednesday, killing one resident and injuring at least five others.

The pilot and copilot of the Alphajet ejected from the plane before it crashed and were picked up uninjured, according to French air force officials.

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