France’s new passion: all things Chinese

France’s new passion: all things Chinese

Not so long ago, Americans and Japanese tourists were the major spenders in France. During these summer months, France’s tourism industry now is courting additional clients with major purchasing power: the Chinese. For some French, that means going back to the classroom to study Mandarin. Teacher Meifen Chen swears it is easy to learn Mandarin, […]

Bright Food to buy 70% stake of Bordeaux wine exporter Diva

Bright Food to buy 70% stake of Bordeaux wine exporter Diva

The independent trader of Bordeaux wines, DIVA, and Shanghai Sugar Cigarette & Wine (SSCW), a subsidiary of China’s Bright Food signed an agreement for an alliance to accelerate the International Development of DIVA, especially in China. This alliance is based on introducing capital from SSCW to DIVA, SSCW will take 70% of the shares of […]

China urges Cambodia to extradite a French architect linked to Bo Xilai’s family

China urges Cambodia to extradite a French architect linked to Bo Xilai’s family

The Chinese government has requested Cambodia to extradite a French architect Henri Patrick Devillers, who linked to former Chinese communist leader Bo Xilai and his family, after the French citizen was arrested in Cambodia. According to the newspaper “South China Morning Post ” (SCMP), police in Phnom Penh, Cambodian capital, yesterday confirmed the arrest of […]

Four French soldiers killed and five injured in Afghanistan

Four French soldiers killed and five injured in Afghanistan

Four French soldiers were killed and five injured by rebels in Kapisa province, eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, said the Elysee. The last deadly attack against French troops was in January, also in the mountainous region of Kapisa, where four soldiers were killed. France has lost 87 soldiers in Afghanistan since 2001. The regional police chief […]

The predominance of the Chinese market for Bordeaux wines unabated

The predominance of the Chinese market for Bordeaux wines unabated

The predominance of Bordeaux wines in the Chinese market has not weakened, but still leaves us to expect significant market share after the Vinexpo Asia-Pacific 2012 — wine and spirits exhibition that gathered in Hong Kong. Among more than a thousand exhibitors, half of them are French. “The market for Bordeaux wines continues to grow,” […]

Hollande sworn in as French president

Hollande sworn in as French president

Francois Hollande is sworn in on Tuesday morning in Elysee Palace as the French president, the first Socialist head of state after Francois Mitterand quit power in 1995. The Constitutional Council declared Hollande the president of the Republic of France at the inauguration ceremony in the presidential palace. The swearing-in ceremony opened at 10:00 a.m. […]

Hollande meets Chinese ambassador, calls for closer ties

Hollande meets Chinese ambassador, calls for closer ties

French president-elect Francois Hollande on Monday vowed to further the Sino-French exchange and cooperation in a meeting with Kong Quan (孔泉), the Chinese Ambassador to France. Hollande said France recognizes China’s important influence over international politics and economy, and would like to see continuous development in a friendly and cooperative relationship between the two countries. […]

European leaders congratulate Hollande over French election victory

European leaders congratulate Hollande over French election victory

European leaders scrambled to congratulate Francois Hollande following the French socialist party leader’s victory in the country’s presidential runoff on Sunday. According to initial results published by the French interior ministry, Hollande won an estimated 51.05 percent of the votes, beating Sarkozy’s 48.95 percent. In a statement written in French, European Commission President Jose Manuel […]

China launches French-made communication satellite

China launches French-made communication satellite

China successfully sent a French-made communication satellite “APSTAR-7” into orbit with a Long March-3B carrier rocket launched from the southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Center Saturday evening. Monitoring data indicated that the satellite separated from the carrier rocket and reached its designated geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) 26 minutes after its launch at 6:27 p.m.. Produced by […]

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