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    Followup: French President Hollande to decide on Russia warship deal in November
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    After immense pressure from its NATO allies back in September, France delayed a deal with Russia that would have seen the western country provide state-of-the-art Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to the recently belligerent power. Now, the ultimate fate of the deal is up to French President ...

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    Report: France calls off controversial delivery of Russian assault ship
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    A controversial deal that would see France supply Russia with two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships has just suffered a major blow, as the western European country announced it will not deliver the first ship – the Vladivostok, shown above – citing the security threat posed ...

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    Report: Theft of Schumacher's medical records linked to helicopter firm
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    There's always that person who has to spoil a good thing. We all celebrated when Michael Schumacher emerged from his months-long coma following his skiing accident in late December. As one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history, no one wanted to see Schumi live out the rest of his days in ...

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    Report: French police charge 10 for warning motorists of speed cameras via Facebook
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    Yesterday, we reported on a man in Ohio who was ticketed for holding a sign alerting other motorists of a DUI checkpoint. Apparently, the French take their speed cameras every bit as seriously as we take drunk driving. The local prosecutor in the Aveyron department of France is charging 10 people ...

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    Report: Paris to limit speeds to under 20 mph
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    The short C'etait un Rendezvous might be one of the greatest automotive-related films ever for its ability to capture the excitement of driving at high speeds through Paris in the early morning. However, that movie is increasingly becoming a relic of a lost time, as the City of Lights continues ...

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    Report: European car sales up 8% in February
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    Three weeks ago an analyst increased projections for European car sales this year, expecting them to climb three percent compared to last year instead of 2.7 percent. That number is a postive sign after years of hard times but it turns out February was especially good, overall European sales ...

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    Report: European sales forecasts getting brighter for 2014
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    Auto sales in Europe have taken a beating over the years, but as the global economy is on the ups, so too are sales in the Old World. According to a report from Automotive News Europe, 2014 sales are now forecasted to increase around three percent compared to 2013. Analytical firm LMC Automotive ...

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    Report: Peugeot family cedes control in rescue deal with China's Dongfeng
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    PSA Peugeot-Citroën may have been saved from the brink of collapse. It has finally completed a deal where Chinese automaker Dongfeng and the French government are each investing about 800-million euros ($1.1 billion USD) to take 14 percent stakes in the automaker, according to the BBC. The ...

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    Report: Uber taxi vandalized in France despite new law favoring traditional cabbies
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    An Uber car transporting execs for app company Eventbrite was attacked during a trip in Paris, indicating that the row between cab drivers and ride-sharing services could be heading to a rather dark place. The attackers, believed by Uber to be disgruntled cabbies, slashed two of the car's tires, ...

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    Report: Workers at closing French Goodyear plant take bosses captive, release them after police pressure
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    Workers at a Goodyear tire factory in Amiens, France that is slated to close took the whole concept of peaceful protest a bit too far, holding a pair of executives hostage and demanding "enormous amounts of money," according to a report from The Guardian. The two men were held for two days but ...

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    Report: Uber up in arms over French taxi law delaying pickup times
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    Uber and authorities in France are heading for a bit of a fight following new laws in the country requiring that car services need to wait a minimum of 15 minutes after receiving a pickup request or reservation before they can actually pick up fares. The point of contention here, though, is that ...

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    Followup: Slight improvement shown in Schumacher's condition
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    Michael Schumacher's condition has reportedly improved slightly, but the retired Formula One driver remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma. After doctors at the university hospital in Grenoble observed an improvement in Schumacher's condition late Monday night, they opted to ...

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    Report: PSA aims to sell Chinese on French quality by giving them wine
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    China is the house that every robber baron is trying to break into. PSA Peugeot Citroën has been in-country since the early eighties, getting there with Volkswagen, but the French brand largely spent its time sniffing the plum blossoms while the German brand grabbed the dragon and tamed it. ...

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    Report: French president says country's auto industry will rebound with robots, autonomous cars
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    Like many countries around the world, the recent global economic crisis has hit France particularly hard, and its government is looking for ways to turn that around. According to Reuters, French president Francois Hollande (pictured above) is hoping that a handful of advanced transportation ...

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    Report: Drunken BBQ leads to 64 torched cars [w/video]
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    The phrase "You're doing it wrong," doesn't really even begin to describe this one. We'll admit to being concerned whenever we have to park in a field. There's always a fear, especially during dry weather, that one person's negligence could cause the whole lot to go up. And that's almost exactly ...

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    Report: Daimler to resume French sales per court ruling
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    France's highest administrative court said yesterday that authorities must resume registering Daimler vehicles, which were formally banned in late July, Automotive News reports, even though they are still equipped with R134a air-conditioning refrigerant. The refrigerant is illegal in the ...

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    Report: Are birds really aware of speed limits on roads?
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    A pair of French-Canadian scientists are claiming that birds understand speed limits. As ludicrous as it sounds, it begins to make sense once you dive a bit deeper into it. See, the two professors, one from the University of Quebec at Rimouski and one from McGill University in Montreal, began ...

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    Report: German motor authority issues report on contested refrigerant, everyone claims victory
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    On this episode of As the A/C Refrigerant Turns, the KBA, Germany's motor authority, has released its findings on the refrigerant r1234yf. The joint venture of Honeywell and Dupont, r1234yf has pitted Daimler against France and Germany against the EU; Daimler refused to use the new refrigerant, ...

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    Report: France formally moves to ban Mercedes vehicles using contested refrigerant
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    That didn't take long. Shortly after a French administrative court gave the French government a ten-day window to reconsider its ban on registrations of Mercedes-Benz A-, B- and CLA-Class cars using the prohibited R134a refrigerant, the government cited an EU directive to formalize banning the ...

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    Report: PSA Peugeot-Citroën gets EU approval for life-line loan from France
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    PSA Peugeot-Citroën has been struggling to offer low finance rates to customers since its banking arm, Banque PSA Finance, had its credit score downgraded, which in turn has made it hard for the French carmaker to compete with brands that offer lower finance rates, such as Volkswagen. The ...

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