France coach Deschamps has World Cup playoffs firmly in mind ahead of Australia friendly
Activists have for years campaigned against the sale of foie gras, saying the practice of force-feeding ducks or geese in order to make the French gourmet item is cruel and amounts to torture. “I regret Amazon’s decision,” Guillaume Garot, France’s minister for agribusiness, told AFP. “I once again want to point out the efforts made by French producers over the years to maintain real product quality while respecting the animal’s well-being,” he said. The site Amazon.co.uk, which on Monday added “foie gras” to a list of prohibited animal products including “whale, dolphin and shark parts”, would not comment on the reasons behind the ban. But animal rights campaign group Viva! said the move followed pressure by the organisation, which earlier this year presented the US online retailer with “evidence of the abject suffering” caused by foie gras production. A petition against the sale of the delicacy was also signed by more than 10,000 Amazon customers and Viva! supporters. Foie gras – which literally means fatty liver – is hugely popular in France, where it is eaten at Christmas and on other special occasions, but ongoing controversy over production of the delicacy has given it a bad name in other parts of the world. The sale of foie gras has been outlawed in California, while Britain’s House of Lords has taken it off the menu. Garot said he was nevertheless “very confident” about the future of the foie gras industry, which employs nearly 100,000 people directly and indirectly in France.
Air France-KLM Likely to Make Profit in 2013 — Chief Executive
Seperate multiple addresses with Commas. Must enter an email address. You must enter the verification code below to send. Invalid entry: Please type the verification code again. October 7, 2013, 3:19 a.m. ET Air France-KLM Likely to Make Profit in 2013 — Chief Executive Text By Inti Landauro PARIS–Franco-Dutch airline Air France-KLM (AF.FR) is likely to turn a profit in 2013 as a result of recent restructuring programs, its Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac said Monday. “[French unit] Air France will make profit in 2014 and Air France-KLM is likely to make profit as soon as 2013,” Mr. de Juniac said in an interview with local radio station Europe1. “This will the means us to develop and open new routes.” The airline will begin flying to several cities in Latin America, Asia and Africa, including Panama and Brasilia, he said. The company has carried out a series of job cut programs over the past couple of years as part of a company-wide restructuring effort aimed at cutting about 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in annual costs by 2015. It is facing with rising competition from low-cost airlines in the short- and medium-haul European market and from Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates Airlines.
“Yes, there is something at stake. They’re not the two most exciting games, but they’re internationals. I don’t want people easing up and lacking concentration because ‘It’s only Australia, it’s Finland,'” Deschamps said Monday. “Both are important, because we can earn some points, and given what awaits us in November that can help us be among the seeded teams.” France’s form has been patchy throughout qualifying, with the highlight being an excellent second-half performance in the 1-1 draw away to Spain, and the lows being a tepid 0-0 draw away to Georgia and a terrible first-half performance against Belarus last month. France trailed 1-0 at halftime and 2-1 before rallying with late goals to win 4-2 and put some gloss on an otherwise poor showing. “Unfortunately we alternate the good and the bad,” Deschamps said. “There was a fear of failure. Belarus played really well in the first half – I had never seen them play that well – but we responded well in the second half.” A recurring problem for Deschamps has been the lack of goals from forwards, and with one qualifier remaining it is still unclear who is France’s first choice up front. Karim Benzema has not scored in 15 internationals and was dropped against Belarus, with Olivier Giroud taking his place but not scoring, either. It is unlikely that they will play together, as that has not worked on the occasions Deschamps has paired them alongside each other. “The hierarchy can evolve,” Deschamps said. “One of them will start on Friday. Although both of them can play we’re probably going to go for one center forward.