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2006-04-06 05:42:42

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin vowed on Thursday to battle on "until the end," rejecting growing speculation he might resign over a youth job law that has brought millions onto the streets. Villepin's popularity has slumped during weeks of protests against his CPE First Job Contract, and the prime minister has also been weakened inside the ruling right after President Jacques Chirac promised changes to the CPE last Friday. But...

2006-04-05 09:00:20

By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - French trade unions set President Jacques Chirac a deadline on Wednesday of April 15 to repeal a disputed youth jobs law, scenting victory amid mass protests and the sliding poll ratings of Chirac's government. As fears grew about the impact of the dispute on the euro zone's second largest economy, students blockaded roads in several cities in a second day of scattered protests after Tuesday's marches drew at least 1 million onto the streets. Union...

2006-04-05 06:14:19

By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - French trade unions stepped up calls for President Jacques Chirac to ditch a disputed youth jobs law on Wednesday, their cause bolstered by mass street protests and the sliding poll ratings of Chirac's government. As fears grew about the impact of the dispute on the euro zone's second largest economy, union leaders were to give ruling conservatives until Monday to agree to repeal the law or risk new protests and strikes, union sources said. Unions will...

2006-04-05 01:04:51

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - French unions were to meet senior figures from President Jacques Chirac's ruling right for talks on Wednesday on a contested youth jobs law, bolstered by huge street protests demanding a new hire-and-fire law be scrapped. Conservative parliamentarians, drafted in after Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin failed to rush the reform past stiff public opposition, have offered no-holds-barred talks on the First Job Contract (CPE) but not suggested...

2006-04-04 21:24:08

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - French unions are due to meet senior figures from President Jacques Chirac's right for talks on Wednesday on a contested youth jobs law, bolstered by huge street protests demanding it should be scrapped. Conservative lawmakers have offered no-holds-barred talks on the First Job Contract (CPE) but stopped short of promising to bury a law only on the statute book since Sunday. Unions read the last rites for the measure, saying more than 3 million people...

2006-04-04 13:44:13

By Anna Willard and Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded the scrapping of a new hire-and-fire youth job contract on Tuesday in giant rallies across France as unions rebuffed concessions by President Jacques Chirac. Union leaders said they had matched last week's day of action with more than three million joining a one-day strike and demonstrations that were being closely watched for signs they had peaked after the softer line adopted by...

2006-04-04 12:19:33

By Anna Willard and Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators joined rallies across France on Tuesday in a fresh assault by students and striking public sector workers on a youth hire-and-fire contract. Two months of sometimes violent demonstrations took their toll on the popularity of the contract's main champion, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, whose ratings in a new poll slid 14 points in a month to 28 percent in March. Unions said the...

2006-04-04 08:54:18

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of students marched through French cities on Tuesday in new protests aimed at killing off a youth hire-and-fire law as rail workers and teachers staged one-day sympathy strikes. France's ruling conservatives stopped short of agreeing to scrap the law but, faced with sliding poll ratings and internal rifts over how to deal with two months of sometimes violent protests, signaled possible concessions to trade unions. Early counts...

2006-04-04 06:01:34

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French transport workers and teachers staged new strikes on Tuesday and students across the country gathered for street protests they hope will kill off a disputed youth hire-and-fire law. France's ruling conservatives stopped short of agreeing to scrap the law but, faced with sliding poll ratings and internal rifts over how to deal with the crisis, signaled they could offer more concessions in possible talks with trade unions. Opponents of the...

2006-04-04 04:19:58

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French transport workers and teachers staged new strikes on Tuesday and students across the country prepared to take to the streets for a protest they hope will sound the death knell for a youth hire-and-fire law. France's ruling conservatives stopped short of agreeing to scrap the law but, faced with sliding poll ratings and internal rifts over how to deal with the crisis, signaled they could offer more concessions in possible talks with trade...


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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.