Air France To Shed 1,826 Ground Jobs As Cuts Outlined

A success in Spain and UK Though the keeping of written records has provoked debate in France, Hammadi pointed out that it has already proven satisfactory in other countries, not just for citizens, but also for the police. Implemented in the UK in 1984, the system is also used in certain US states, Canada and in the Spanish city of Fuenlabrada (near Madrid). According to David Martin Abanades, a police officer in Fuenlabrada, keeping written records has resulted in a 50% reduction in identity checks since 2007, when the practice was implemented. The results are extremely positive, Abanades told French radio station France Inter in October 2012. The image of the police has improved in the eyes of the people. A group of French associations collectively called Stop Racial Profiling, created nearly three years ago, hopes that such a system would have the same impact in France. Identity checks in the street are the only police act that leaves no trace, said Sihame Assbague, the groups spokesperson. Our goal isnt to eliminate them. We just want to end a discriminatory practice [] Racial profiling is illegal and unconstitutional. Weve been asking for written records to be kept for the past three years. Assbague specified that cities like Dijon and Paris have even volunteered to test the system. The Valls obstacle Several top French political figures on both the right and the left, including Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, have said they are in favour of keeping written records, and bills that would establish the procedure have been submitted by various lawmakers over the past few years. But all have come up against the same obstacle: Interior Minister Manuel Valls. Without even waiting for the report ordered by Frances public human rights watchdog, Valls said in September 2012 that such a measure would be very difficult to put in place, too bureaucratic and hard to manage, as well as incompatible with our republican ideals. Vallss refusal to consider the reform has angered rights groups. Manuel Valls has dug his heels in, Assbague said, noting that the Socialist minister had sided with a right-leaning police union. Equality and justice are clearly not his priorities.

France’s Hollande tells ministers to end Roma row

Though resuscitation efforts were attempted , the man died at the scene. His father collapsed shortly after and has since been hospitalized while prosecutors investigate the circumstances of the fatal shooting. The accidental shooting follows another hunting incident earlier this week that led to the death of a 6-year-old in northern France. The young boy died in a hospital Wednesday, succumbing to injuries he sustained Sunday when a hunter’s gun was accidentally discharged. Earlier this year, France’s National Office for Hunting and Wildlife reported that there were 179 hunting accidents in the last hunting season, which lasted from June 2012 to May 2013, 21 of which were fatal. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow French egg producers throw crates of eggs from the back of a truck onto the sidewalk in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) French egg producers break eggs in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) French egg producers throw crates of eggs from the back of a truck onto the sidewalk in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) A view of broken eggs as French egg producers throw crates of eggs from the back of a truck onto the sidewalk in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) French egg producers throw crates of eggs from the back of a truck onto the sidewalk in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) French egg producers throw crates of eggs from the back of a truck onto the sidewalk in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) French egg producers throw crates of eggs from the back of a truck onto the sidewalk in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013. (FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images) A French egg producer throws eggs in a mail box as he break eggs in front of the taxes and internal revenue service office in Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, western France, during a protest action, on August 7, 2013.

The moves, aimed chiefly at fixing weaknesses in short-and medium-haul flights and cargo, were announced today to union representatives. The targets are 582 cuts at Pariss Charles de Gaulle airport and 128 at the secondary Orly airport, 591 at French provincial airports and 282 in freight, the units chief executive officer, Frederic Gagey, said in a statement. Transform 2015 is working and our initial efforts are beginning to pay off, Gagey said in the statement, referring to the carriers restructuring plan. We need to continue and intensify our actions. Todays disclosures were the first details on how Air France would reach a goal of shedding 2,800 jobs as Europe s economic slump drags the unit toward a sixth straight annual loss. Gagey and Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac are trimming frequencies, shifting flights and extending cuts initiated earlier. The airline said it still has 350 more pilots than it needs and 700 more cabin crew, and measures to deal with that over-staffing will be presented later. Air France announced 5,100 job cuts last year. The Air France unit wont make a profit this year, the company announced Sept. 18. The Paris-based parent company, helped by better performance at KLM, still expects an operating profit for 2013. To contact the reporters on this story: Gregory Viscusi in Paris at gviscusi@bloomberg.net ; Andrea Rothman in Toulouse at aerothman@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Jasper at cjasper@bloomberg.net ; James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

Hunter Accidentally Kills Son After Mistaking Him For A Boar In France

Credit: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer PARIS | Wed Oct 2, 2013 8:05am EDT PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande told two of his top ministers on Wednesday they should end a public row over France’s policy towards its Roma population if they wanted to stay in his government. Interior Minister Manuel Valls last week said most of some 20,000 Roma housed in makeshift camps around French cities could never be integrated into French society and so should be “taken back to the border” for transfer back to Romania and Bulgaria. Housing Minister Cecile Duflot, a leader of the ecologist Greens coalition partners to the ruling Socialists, denounced Valls for betraying the core human rights values that France prided itself on, and demanded that Hollande reprimand him. Seeking to heal a widening rift between centrists and left-wingers in his coalition over the issue, Hollande took both Duflot and Valls to task at his weekly cabinet meeting. “I insist that all ministers pay full mind to their mission, their behavior, how they express themselves and of course, how they act,” Hollande told the meeting, according to presidential aides. “Being a member of a government does not mean you cannot have your point of view but it does mean you have to strictly apply the rules I have just set out,” he said, adding: “the debate should be inside the government not in public”. The dispute not only exposed tensions within Hollande’s 17-month-old coalition but raised new questions over the authority of the president, whose poll ratings have fallen to 23 percent amid dissatisfaction over his record on the economy and jobs. Hollande said he was also asking Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who is suffering from low popularity ratings too, to ensure better coordination in the government. The far-right National Front has signaled it plans to make the Roma issue a central campaign theme for next March’s municipal elections. It is hopeful it can tap a protest vote against Hollande to score gains in town halls across France. Valls’ tough talk on law and order has made him Hollande’s most popular government minister. A poll released at the weekend showed three-quarters of French agreed with his comments on the Roma.