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France’s Hollande: Central African Republic Troubles Could Spill Over

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 5 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs France’s retirement reform: Too little, too late? USATODAY 3:22 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 French President Francois Hollande French President Hollande managed to changed the pension system by working with unions Still, they plan protests Tuesday And critics says he succeeded by making small changes that won’t achieve what’s necessary SHARE 7 CONNECT 26 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE PARIS (AP) President Francois Hollande has managed to do what was once thought impossible: Make changes to France’s cherished and generous retirement system with little resistance from unions. His secret? The changes are so small and put off so far into the future that economists say they aren’t worthy of the name “reform.” Labor unions were calling for protests across France on Tuesday. But the demonstrations are not expected to turn into the massive protests that brought cities to a standstill in 2010, when Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, raised the retirement age. Partially that is because Hollande, a Socialist, consulted with union leaders when drawing up the reform. Also, the changes, which the lower house of parliament votes on this week, will fix only a part of what needs changing, analysts say. “It’s the salami strategy,” said Elie Cohen, an economist at Sciences Po university. “We have a big problem, we don’t know how to fix it, so we cut it into pieces, like a nice sausage.” Hollande’s reform would lengthen the number of years people must work to receive a full pension, from 41 years today to 43 years by 2035.

We have a lot of history, experience,” Lloris said. “It’s a bit of a handicap, but unfortunately we have to put up with that. It means we should work harder and the players must surpass themselves.” Another win against Finland, and more of the attacking flair shown against Australia, will send France into the playoffs on a high. “We’re trying to create a positive dynamic and we had a very good result on Friday, where we scored a lot of goals,” Lloris said.” We showed a lot of initiative, played high up and played with a lot of freedom. When we play like that we can cause problems for other teams.” Since striker Olivier Giroud replaced Karim Benzema, the team has played with a sharper focus. Giroud scored twice against Australia and his ability to hold the ball up or lay it off, combined with his excellent touch, make him easier to find than Benzema, who tends to drift wide when he is not getting on the ball and has also lost confidence recently. Deschamps hinted that Giroud has now established himself as the first choice. “You don’t need to ask me the question because he’s started the last two games and has played more than Karim,” Deschamps said. “Yes, we’ll play with one center-forward. I think that’s the system where we’re strongest. It’s easier when you play high up and win the ball in your opponent’s camp. They have less time to get organized, there’s less distance to run when you defend and so you save energy.” Deschamps is expecting Finland, third in Group I, to put up stiffer resistance than Australia did. “I think it will be harder.

Lloris: France is a ‘formidable’ team to avoid

“There is also an emergency at a regional level because there is a risk of spillover. We might witness religious conflict,” he said, in comments translated from French. There have already been sectarian clashes in the conflict that has driven more than 400,000 people from their homes, fleeing violence including murder and rape. France has about 400 troops in the capital, Bangui, and sources have told Reuters their numbers could be increased to around 750. However, Paris is reluctant to be left to deal with another African hotspot after it felt allies such as the United States were hesitant to help it halt a rebel advance by al Qaeda-linked insurgents in Mali earlier this year. The Central African Republic is geographically at the center of what some strategists have called an “arc of insecurity” of Islamist fighters that cuts from Kenya and Somalia in east Africa across to Mauritania in the west. Hollande said there was need for African governments to develop a standby force to deal with conflicts as they arise. The African Union has deployed about 2,500 troops. But its resources are limited, prompting Paris to seek a U.N. Security Council mandate that would turn the operation into a U.N. peacekeeping force ultimately supported by French troops.

France to Debate Extension for EDF in Amortizing Atomic Reactors

A change, allowing EDF to reduce provisions for dismantling installations, was mooted by Environment Minister Philippe Martin last month as a way for nuclear power to contribute to developing renewables. The extension would add value to the biggest nuclear operator by improving its earnings and cutting debt, according to Louis Boujard, an analyst at Banco BPI SA. EDF rose 2.2 percent to 25.05 euros by the close in Paris. The impact of a lifespan extension would be positive on recurring earnings potential of EDF and would trigger a further deleveraging of the company, Boujard said in a note. Extending to 51 years would add 5 euros a share to the company, he said. The valuation would increase by 13.8 euros a share with an extension to 50 years, Martin Young, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets , said in a report last month, though that effect would be lowered by benefit sharing with the state or customers. Increasing Renewables The nuclear activity of EDF through amortizations that are already over long periods will provide sums that could be used by the state as shareholder, Minister Martin said. Funds may help boost French energy efficiency and renewables, he said. The Commission de Regulation de lEnergie regulator said in a study in June that extending amortization would have large and lasting consequences for electricity production costs as well as a one-time financial advantage for the utility. Amortization was pushed to 40 years from 30 years in 2003. An extension to 50 years would allow EDF to cut provisions, the regulator said. It may also curb state-set tariff increases. While EDF is seeking to operate its French reactors for 60 years, the regulatory system doesnt allow for the government to simply extend the operating lives. Autorite de Surete Nucleaire , the atomic regulator, carries out in-depth inspections on each reactor every 10 years, granting permission on a case-by-case basis depending on its findings.

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