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2011-04-20 07:21:00

KYIV, Ukraine, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon invited Ukraine to participate in the next meeting of G20 on nuclear security issues, scheduled for May 2011 in Paris. "I appreciate your offer to make Ukraine's experience in [nuclear security] serve this cause" - highlighted Francois Fillon at the meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The French Prime Minister reiterated that international community has to make some conclusions...

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2010-01-05 15:45:00

The French government proposed a new law banning "Ëœpsychological violence' in marriages. When it takes effect later this year, it will be the first law of its kind in the world. The law, which will also apply to couples who are living together, is being implemented to stop people from insulting their spouses or partners during domestic arguments. Those who violate the new law could see a criminal record on their name. Repeat offenders would be labeled with an electronic tagging...

2009-03-25 12:23:06

A severance package worth $4.1 million lavished on an auto parts company executive has provoked outrage in France, where unemployment has topped 2 million. French Budget Minister Eric Woerth called the parting pay package for Thierry Morin, who left the Valeo parts company Monday, provocative and abnormal, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The company lost $250 million and laid off 1,600 workers in 2008. In addition, the company accepted $25 million in emergency aid from the French...

2008-06-21 15:00:27

The governments of France and Algeria signed an agreement Saturday in which France will help its former colony develop nuclear power. The pact was signed in Algiers by the French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, the BBC reported. He said the nuclear pact marked a transformation in the countries' ties. Under the agreement, French and Algerian ministers agreed to conduct joint research and training projects. Eventually, nuclear power plants could be built on Algerian soil, the British...

2008-06-16 09:01:06

Algerian officials say they're leaning toward signing a deal with a French company to establish the nation's first nuclear power plant. Algeria and France last year signed a nuclear cooperation agreement but have yet to consummate it with a deal. Now, unnamed sources said Algeria's leadership is close to giving the nod to Areva to build the project, Med Basin Newsline reported Monday. The news agency said Algerian Energy and Mines Minister Chakib Khelil is expected to seal the Areva deal...

2006-03-15 11:39:58

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac urged unions and students on Wednesday to take up his government's offer of talks on a youth jobs law that has sparked mass protests around the country and rattled his prime minister. Members of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party have openly criticized the government for failing to talk to unions about the new job contract, which opponents say reduces job protection for young people. Students and...

2006-03-09 14:07:45

SABLE-SUR-SARTHE, France (Reuters) - A depressed and unemployed teacher gave himself up to police after taking 20 pupils and three adults hostage on Thursday at a school in western France, a police official said. There was no word of any casualties in the hostage drama, which ended quietly midway through Thursday evening, a few hours after it began. The 33-year-old man had barricaded the pupils aged 17 and 18, a teacher and two other adults into a classroom, and demanded to talk to...

2006-03-09 13:51:30

SABLE-SUR-SARTHE, France (Reuters) - An unemployed teacher gave himself up to police after taking 20 pupils and three adults hostage on Thursday at a school in western France, a police official said. The 33-year-old man had barricaded the pupils aged 17 to 18, a teacher and two other adults into a classroom, and demanded to talk to the media and former education minister Francois Fillon about his inability to find work. There was no word of any casualties.

2006-03-09 11:53:46

NANTES, France (Reuters) - An armed, unemployed teacher took 20 pupils and three adults hostage at his former school in western France on Thursday, local officials said. Police surrounded the secondary school in Sable-sur-Sarthe in western France and established contact with the man, who barricaded the pupils aged 17 to 18, a teacher and two other adults into a classroom. Other pupils were evacuated from the school and a hotline was set up for anxious parents. A spokesman for the...

2006-03-09 11:11:44

NANTES, France (Reuters) - An armed former teacher took 18 pupils and two adults hostage in a school in western France on Thursday, local officials said. Police surrounded the building as the man held the pupils, a teacher and another adult in a classroom in the secondary school in Sable-sur-Sarthe in western France, a spokesman for the town authorities said. The hostage-taker made no immediate demands. Police did not say what weapon he was carrying but France Info radio said he was...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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