All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘France’

Uber Ban Constitutional, Says French High Court

Uber Ban Constitutional, Says French High Court

According to France’s Constitutional Court, laws banning he operation of UberPOP, Uber’s low-cost service using non-professional drivers are constitutional. Uber had challenged the law as illegal, but according to the court it conforms to the country’s constitution. “The Constitutional Court rejects all the arguments raised by the company and declares the contested parts of the law as conforming with the …

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Google ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Appeal Shut Down

Google ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Appeal Shut Down

In June, French regulators ordered Google to extend its “Right to be Forgotten” search engine delistings to its sites around the world rather than only in Europe. From their perspective, Google leaving such listings available in other versions of its search engine (such as the American Google.com) lets people easily get around the delistings in localized, European versions of Google. …

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Uber France Execs Reportedly Arrested

Uber France CEO Thibault Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty have both been taken into custody, according to reports from the AFP and France’s The Local. According to authorities, the two Uber bosses are being investigated for running an illegal operation. From The Local: According to BFM TV the pair are being investigated for “inciting illegal employment”, with the …

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French Taxi Drivers Burn Tires, Flip Cars in Massive Uber Protest

If you’re looking to get around Paris today, expect delays. And fires. Roads to and from Paris airports and train stations are blocked, as is the beltway around the city, thanks to a massive protest against ride company Uber. The city’s Taxi drivers, who’ve been critical of Uber’s practices for some time, took to the streets today and reportedly flipped …

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More European Regulatory Interest In Search Emerges

Google has been under investigation by the EU for five years, and last week, the European Commission sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging it has abused its dominant position in the market for general internet search services by favoring its own comparison shopping product in general search pages. It also announced a probe into the company’s Android business. …

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Charlie Hebdo Gets Help from Google for Massive Print Run

Though French weekly Charlie Hebdo was knocked down, the satirical magazine is looking to bounce back in a big way – and Google has stepped up to help the cause. The paper is planning a massive print run next week – a million copies. To put this into perspective, Charlie Hebdo’s normal run is 60,000. According to the publication, next …

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Microsoft Launches Cortana In More Countries

Microsoft announced today that it is launching Cortana (its Siri competitor) in four new countries in Europe: France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. “When we introduced Cortana as a beta as part of Windows Phone 8.1 in the U.S. this past spring, she generated worldwide interest and excitement which was amazing to see,” says Microsoft’s Marcus Ash in a blog post. …

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Netflix Faces Suit From Consumer Group In France

Netflix only launched in France in September, but it already has some trouble on its hands in the country. France’s largest consumer defense organization, The Confederation for Consumption, Housing, Living and Environment (CLCV), has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the company for some issues it sees with the “fine print” of its subscriber contracts. There are apparently three specific issues …

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‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Going Global?

Links removed from Google’s European search engines may end up having to be removed from Google’s other search engines. As you may know, Google has been removing links from its European search results because of what has come to be known as the “Right to Be Forgotten” law. The law enables people to request Google get rid of search results …

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Yelp Acquires French Review Site Cityvox

Investors have been concerned about Yelp’s international business, and Yelp seems to be doing everything it can to reverse that. The company announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Cityvox, a French online review site, which specializes in restaurants and nightlife. This follows the announcement last week that Yelp acquired Germany’s Restaurant-Kritik, which also specializes in restaurants. Yelp says these …

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Quincy Jones Receives Top French Award For His Contributions To Culture

Multi-awarded American musician and producer Quincy Jones was given an esteemed cultural award by France on Monday, October 6. Jones was bestowed with the Order of Arts and Letters, which is a highly important honor given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts. The 81-year-old also received the Commander of the Legion of Honour, which is considered …

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Netflix Officially Launches In France

Netflix just officially launched in France, expanding its presence in Europe, which is also expected to soon include Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Bon voyage, @NetflixFR! — Netflix US (@netflix) September 15, 2014 Bien arrivé, merci: http://t.co/NnT7eWmVnj RT @netflix Bon voyage, @NetflixFR ! — Netflix France (@NetflixFR) September 15, 2014 En selle ! RT @BoJackHorseman @NetflixFR welcome to your …

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Helen Mirren Becomes French Foodie For The Hundred-Foot Journey

Helen Mirren worked hard to become an academy award winning actress, but according to the Press Association, her biggest struggle right now is mashed potatoes. “I love cream, I love mashed potatoes. I like Christmas pudding, I like Christmas pudding with butter on it. Can you imagine?!” she said when asked about guilty pleasures, “I really love very, very fattening …

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Netflix’s First French Original Series, Marseille, Announced for Late 2015

Netflix has just announced its first ever French original series, a “tale of power, corruption and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the French port city,” titled Marseille. Production is set to kick off next spring and it’ll land in all Netflix markets in late 2015. The drama’s creator and writer is Dan Franck, who co-wrote the Golden Globe-winning …

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Amazon Charges a Penny for Shipping to Get Around French Law

In an attempt to help brick-and-mortar bookstores unable to offer the deep discounts and free shipping that has made Amazon so successful, France enacted a law last year disallowing the online retailer from offering a five percent discount and free shipping on books. That law recently went into effect, and Amazon, professional trolls, have come up with a pretty ingenious …

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Hackers Blackmail Domino’s Pizza

Domino’s Pizza recently found itself threatened with the release of hundreds of thousands of stolen accounts to the internet. According to ITNews, a hacker group known as Rex Mundi had attempted to blackmail the Domino’s Pizza operations in France and Belgium with the release the account information of hundreds of thousands of customers. Allegedly they had the account information from …

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Angela Merkel Regrets Rise of Populism in EU

On Sunday, 21 of the 28 member-states of the European Union held votes for seats in the European Parliament, a vote which occurs every five years. The European Parliament is effectively the legislative body of the European Union and is second largest democratically-elected electorate in the world behind India’s Parliament. As such, these elections are one of the most important …

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Netflix To Launch In Six New Countries

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it is readying launches in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. We’ve heard about Netflix’s efforts to secure the further expansion of its European operations, and now it’s coming to fruition. Netflix is already available in the UK and Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The company did not give actual launch …

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Kim Kardashian Will Marry Kanye West in Italy

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will tie the knot next weekend in Florence, Italy. The rumors that ran rampant on Friday turned out to be factual by Saturday morning. A spokesperson for the mayor’s office in Florence has confirmed that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians couple will wed at the city’s Belvedere Fort on May 24th. Located next to …

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Cannes Film Festival: Nicole Kidman Defends Grace of Monaco

Actress Nicole Kidman gently addressed criticism of her new film Grace of Monaco on the opening day of the Cannes Film Festival. “I feel sad because I think that the film has no malice toward the family or particularly towards Grace or Rainier,” said Kidman, who stars in the film’s titular role. “I want them to know that the performance …

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Bob Dylan: Equal Opportunity Insulter

As nice as he is, if Bob Dylan thinks you suck, you’ll end up in a song. Bob Dylan gets rave following from both sides of the political aisle. Whether it be for his songs raging against war profiteers, or his general finger-in-your face exposé of the greedy and elite, everybody seems to like Dylan. Dylan has been going through …

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Dom Hemingway: Jude Law Stars in Against Type Role

Jude Law’s titular role in the recently released Dom Hemingway has earned him mostly positive reviews. The film opens as safe-cracking petty criminal Dom Hemingway is released from a 12-year prison stint that could have been shortened had he been willing to testify against crime boss Mr. Fontaine (played by Demián Bichir.) After going on a bender in London, Dom …

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Stolen Gauguin Painting Recovered in Italy

Two paintings stolen from a house in London in 1970 by renowned French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard were found hanging on an Italian autoworker’s kitchen wall. The unnamed Fiat mechanic bought the paintings at an auction for roughly $30 in 1975, not having any idea of their actual worth. The man had hung them in his kitchen in …

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The Eiffel Tower Celebrates Its 125th Birthday

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic monuments in the world, and is visited by over seven million people each year. Although many people can easily recognize the tower, they do not know the history behind this magnificent structure. The tower was built on March 31, 125 years ago. In 1889, Gustave Eiffel designed and built the tower …

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Netflix Said To Be Shooting For Fall Launch In France

We’ve been hearing for months that Netflix has been working on trying to get launches going in France and Germany. Now, it’s looking like at least one of those will become a reality later this year. Variety is reporting that Orange CEO Stephane Richard said he thinks Netflix wants to launch in France in the fall. He had appeared on …

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Vanessa Paradis Shows Off Short, Curly Hair on Red Carpet

French pop star Vanessa Paradis appeared on the red carpet at Victoires de la Musique in Paris on Friday with a tousled mop of short chestnut curls. The 41-year-old international singing sensation and Chanel spokesmodel took the stage in a long black custom-designed Alexandre Vauthier gown that showed off her long legs and very toned arms and shoulders. Paradis won …

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Netflix Said To Be Making Deals For Launches In France, Germany

There’s almost no question now that Netflix will soon be launching in Germany, France and other countries in Europe. Late last year, reports indicated that the company had been in talks with officials in both countries, seeking information on laws that could affect its operations. Earlier this month, a Netflix Marketing & PR Management job posting was spotted, which called …

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Francois Hollande Ends Seven-Year Relationship with ‘First Lady’

French president Francois Hollande has split with long-time girlfriend, Valerie Trierweiler, an anonymous source confirms. The news first broke during an interview with news agency, Agence France Presse, in which Hollande, 59, admits that he and Trierweiler, 48, were no longer a couple. Trierweiler, who acted as First Lady, was dating Hollande for seven years. Hollande ‘s affair with 41-year-old Russian actress …

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Quenelle Salute Leads to Charges Against Nicolas Anelka

On Tuesday, the English Football Association (FA) charged French soccer star Nicolas Anelka with allegedly making the “quenelle” salute during a December 28 match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion. The FA issued the following statement on their website: It is alleged that, in the 40th minute of the fixture, Anelka made a gesture which was abusive and/or …

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Google Appeals Fine Over Privacy In France

Last week, CNIL, France’s data protection watchdog, fined Google as much as is in its power for what it considers privacy violations. Google is appealing the fine. While the fine is the maximum CNIL can charge Google – 150,000 euros ($203,500) – it wouldn’t amount to much of a dent in Google’s budget, but Google is appealing on principle. The …

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