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France Reaffirms Limits On Muslim Headscarves, Veils

Arkady Gaydamak was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a French court in 2009, for masterminding the trafficking of Soviet-made weapons to Angola during its civil war in the 1990s. His sentence was reduced on appeal in 2011 to three years' imprisonment for laundering assets obtained through tax fraud. Gaydamak, who also holds French citizenship, was arrested Nov. 19 in Zurich on a separate matter relating to a financial dispute with former French football international Luis Fernandez, Geneva prosecutors said. The Soviet-born businessman is being held on suspicion this link of "breach of trust" for failing to pay 400,000 euros ($544,000) he allegedly owed Fernandez, who between 2005 and 2006 managed Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem, which was owned by Gaydamak at the time, prosecutors said in a statement. <br>More:

Ricarda Walkling and Michaela Spechtthen weighed in with second-half strikes, meaning Germany will progress and France exit if Scotland fail to win this evening. Turning defence into attack with clinical efficiency, Germany landed the first blow just four minutes in. Bursting into the area having outstripped her marker wide on the right, Ehegotz swept into the path of Sehan, whose firm right-footed strike punctured the fingertips of Elisa Launayand looped over the line. A more direct route to goal almost yielded a second moments later as Spechtsent a header tricking across the goalmouth fromLeonie Stenzel's teasing corner. So steely and determined,Anouschka Bernhard's side looked in little danger of conceding untilVivien Brandt gifted the ball toAnissa Lahmari on the penalty spot.The Germany No1 immediately atoned for the error, springing low to her left to repel Lahmari's placed finish.Les Bleuettes would soon pay a high price asEhegotz snaffled Launay's errant clearance and superbly lifted the ball over the scrambling keeper from 25 metres. A goal of brilliance in creation and execution made France's task mountainous two minutes after the interval, Sehan's shrewd through ball dissecting their back line and allowing Walkling to run through and score.Sehan then rattled the woodwork from anotherEhegotz cross as Germany sought to deepen French wounds.Specht made no mistake with ten minutes remaining, though, sweetly caressing the ball into the corner from 20 metres. 1998-2013. <br>More:

Rajoy, who has spent most of 2013 fighting corruption allegations at his People's Party and trying to extinguish growing calls for secession in Catalonia, is now pushing hard the line that the worst of the crisis is over and Spain will soon surprise on the upside. Promoting Spain, Rajoy had achieved a degree of success. The Madrid government revised up its 2014 growth forecast to 0.7 percent from 0.5 percent previously and Rajoy's PP was up in a November official opinion poll, original site breaking with two years of continuous falling support but still way down from its level in the November 2011 elections. SPAIN FLOURISHES, FRANCE STRUGGLING? Spain's upbeat message widely contrasts with France's depressed mood and many analysts now say Spain might become the euro zone's success story with France turning into a growing worry for its European partners. In another sign of a diverging trend between the two countries, Standard & Poor's cut France's credit rating earlier this month by one notch to AA from AA+, giving a thumbs-down to its economic policies, while Fitch revised the outlook on Spain's BBB rating to stable from negative. <br>More:

Frances government is pushing one of Europes toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, with other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope that a draft French law will help change long-held attitudes toward the worlds oldest profession by punishing the customer and protecting the prostitute. Debates start this Friday. Placard at center reads: Our body is not merchandise. CAPTION By Associated Press, PARIS Protesters both for and against an anti-prostitution bill that would decriminalize prostitutes but fine their customers have demonstrated outside Frances National Assembly as lawmakers began debating. Prostitutes in masks were among about 150 opponents protesting outside Parliaments lower house Friday, some hoisting white banners that read Sexwork is work in English. <br>More:

The Paris court's decision was announced at the same time as French lawyers defended the country's ban on full-face veils in public before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The two cases have divided French public opinion for years, with the bans enjoying wide support in public opinion but being denounced by many Muslims as discriminatory. France has both the largest Muslim minority in Europe, estimated at 5 million, and some of the continent's most restrictive laws about expressions of faith in public. "Today a republican institution has reaffirmed the strength of the principle of secularism," Richard Malka, the lawyer for the Baby Loup daycare centre, said following the decision. The Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), a Muslim rights group, denounced the ruling as "a veritable judicial scandal" that meant "nobody is protected against being judged by one's religious, ethnic or social origin." President Francois Hollande initially supported calls to extend the public sector ban on headscarves to some private businesses because of the Baby Loup controversy but backed off when legal advisers warned this could be discriminatory. FIRST EUROPEAN COURT CASE The privately-run Baby Loup fired Fatima Afif in 2008 after she began wearing a headscarf to work despite an internal dress code banning religious wear in the creche, which took care of infants of 55 different nationalities. <br>More:

France's Iliad asks to join rivals' network sharing plan-Les Echos

This is not the first time that France, or other countries in Europe, have considered rolling back restrictionson Sundaycapitalism. But each time the question arises, it turns into a national philosophical debate that pits religious groups and unions against commerce, young against old, and families against singles. The current French law came into being following widespread demonstrations staged by workers throughout the country between 1898 and 1906, says Robert Beck , the author of a book on the history ofSundayin France. In secular France, however,Sundayis seen not as God's day, but as a day of rest, family, and above all, a way to protect France from the shop-till-you-drop ethos of the US, which no day illustrates better than BlackFriday. The long-leisurelySundaylunch in France and even the late night at friends' homesSaturday are made possible by the lack of other pressing things to do, such as buying an electric drill or new winter boots for the kids on Sundaymorning, says Mr. Beck, who supports what he calls collective rest. The majority of society rests on this day. <br>More:

Black Friday, long mocked in France, gets a second glance amid economic woes

It must also pay between 500 and 700 million euros a year at least until 2016 to Orange under a roaming contract to carry mobile traffic while the network is constructed. Since launching its mobile service in January 2012, Iliad has taken a 10 percent market share web link and forced rivals to cut prices. French mobile prices have come down roughly 15 percent and further declines are on the cards, spurring Orange, SFR and Bouygues to embark on cost-cutting programs to restore profitability. Iliad's letter to Bouygues and SFR was also aimed at showing Orange that Iliad could turn to others for its roaming and network sharing needs, the person familiar with the situation said. Orange boss Stephane Richard has to date shown little interest in network sharing check it out with Iliad, which has the smallest network in the country while Orange's is the largest. "The imbalance between the networks of Orange and Iliad is too big to make network sharing interesting for us," said Richard at a Morgan Stanley investment contract last Friday. "The only topic up for discussion is the future of the roaming relationship." In any case, France's competition regulator is likely to review the network sharing accord once it is finalized by SFR and Bouygues, to determine if it complies with antitrust laws. <br>More:

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