How France's glass-makers are broken by energy costs

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Soaring energy costs have thrown the once flourishing glass-making industry in France into a crisis, and this has notably hit the small- and medium-sized businesses that account for an important part of its estimated 22,000-strong workforce. As glass-makers report a year-on-year quadrupling of their energy bills amid a parallel economic slowdown, some have been forced to shut down their ovens and to place staff on short-time working, and many now face the chilling prospect of not being able to survive the winter. Mathias Thépot reports.

France starts sending natural gas directly to Germany for first time

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Technical adjustments were necessary as the single pipeline between the two countries was originally intended only to deliver gas from Germany to France. 

France to bolster Mediterranean military presence

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Move comes as President Emmanuel Macron called on Turkey to halt oil and gas exploration in disputed waters that has heightened tensions with Greece. 

France to ban fossil fuel extraction beyond 2040

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The French parliament has approved a ban on oil and gas production beyond 2040 and also an immediate halt to the granting of new fracking or extraction licences on all mainland and overseas French territories, which currently produce a relatively small equivalent of 815,000 tonnes of oil per year.

France plan to end oil and gas production by 2040

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French ecology minister Nicolas Hulot has presented a draft bill of law to end France's relatively small fossil fuel production by 2040, as part of President Emmanuel Macron’s broader plan to take the lead against climate change, after US counterpart Donald Trump ditched the landmark Paris COP 21 agreement to fight global warming.

France wants UN meeting after 'disgusting' Syria gas attack

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French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he urged countries and politicians not to 'shirk their responsibilities'.

At least six dead in Paris suburb building explosion

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At least two children were among the dead in what appeared to be an accidental gas explosion in Rosny-sous-Bois that left 11 others injured.

Normandy gas cloud spreads nausea to Paris and London

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Staff at a chemicals factory in north-western France are working to stop a gas leak that has spread a foul smell to Paris and south-east England.