16 octobre 2007

Strike in public transportation in France : First social crisis for Sarkozy

France will face after tomorrow a major strike in the transportation field. The aim is to protest against the draft reforms proposed to pension systems in the country. This strike will represent the first serious test for the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, five months after his election. For the first time since 1995, the eight unions of the French train lines compagny (SNCF), in addition to six unions of the Paris Metro and five unions in the energy sector, voted unanimously to observe a strike Thursday, called the "Black... [Lire la suite]
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08 septembre 2007

Apple faces serious difficulties in selling its "IPhone"

Although Apple has launched its mobile phone "IPhone" on the market since two months with the hope of selling 10 millions units until the end of 2008, the American group currently faces serious difficulties in marketing the phone that combines benefits of telephone and mobile radio connected to the Internet. After the fever of the begining, sales of the "IPhone" were very low due to the high price of the phone. A price that varies between 500 and 600 dollars, depending on storage capacity ranging from 4 to 8... [Lire la suite]
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06 septembre 2007

The merger of "Gaz de France" and "Suez" ignites competition on the French market for energy

After months of difficult negotiations, which took place under the blessing of the Elysee, Gaz de France (GDF), which mostly belongs to the French state, and the private group of energy "Suez" announced last Monday their agreement on their merger into an entity that will be the largest gas supplier and second largest producer of electricity in France. But the birth of that entity, which will be named "GDF SUEZ", ignites competition in the energy market, which began to be liberalized, especially in the field of... [Lire la suite]
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01 septembre 2007

Rising prices of raw materials: African economies threatened

Although Africa is the main source of most raw materials in the world, African economies are threatened by the high prices of these materials which have become a burden on consumers in the black continent characterized by rising rates of poverty. After several months of calm, the price increase became once again one of the major concerns of the citizens of several African countries. Economists believe that rising of raw materials' prices, including oil, influences on the main food such as cereals. Rising raw materials prices... [Lire la suite]
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05 août 2007

Rising oil prices widens the gap between rich and poor countries

Since the American invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the world saw a constantly and unprecedented oil prices which climbed last Wednesday, for the first time in history, at 78,77 dollars a barrel. This high price affects the global economy and the direction of wealth. If the high prices of oil does not destabilize the economy of industrialized countries and allows producing countries to make huge gains, it represents a huge pressure on the economy in developing countries which import energy. In this context, Francis Perrin,... [Lire la suite]
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11 juillet 2007

Will France change its attitude towards the Moroccan Sahara because of Algerian natural gas?

The current tour of the french president, Nicolas Sarkozy, in North Africa, during which he visited Algeria and Tunisia, is an affront to Morocco. Former french Presidents had indeed used to start their tours in North Africa with a visit to the Rabat as a sign of confirmation of "special" relations between Morocco and France. Sarkozy has chosen to begin his tour by visiting Algeria, despite strained relations between the two sides, while Morocco would be the 3rd and last stage of the tour. But Rabat has suddenly... [Lire la suite]
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09 juillet 2007

The Algerian-Moroccan regional competition : A test for the diplomacy of the french President

The North African tour that french president Nicolas Sarkozy will start tomorrow by a visit to Algeria, is a real test of his diplomacy. It comes in the midst of regional competition between Morocco and Algeria. The french president, who makes his first tour outside Europe since he has been elected last may, has sensed the sensitivity of its mission, when Morocco had announced last week the cancellation of Sarkozy's visit to Rabat, as part of the tour which will also lead him to Tunisia. According to Rabat, the cancellation of... [Lire la suite]
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07 juillet 2007

The Presidency of the IMF: A true effectiveness or political game?

The appointment of new Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised polemics on the criteria of that personality : The director of the IMF is elected in accordance with its effectiveness or depending on the political balance between the major powers? The resignation of IMF Director Rodrigo Rato, a few weeks after the departure of President of the World Bank (WB) Paul Wolfowitz, revealed the "deep crisis" evidenced by international institutions. In this context, Damien Meyer, chairman of the Committee of... [Lire la suite]
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30 juin 2007

IPhone faces fierce competition in the market for mobile phones

As the American group "Apple" launches its mobile phone "IPhone" on the U.S. market, a fierce competition has begun between manufacturers of mobile phones that combine the benefits of telephone and mobile radios connected to the Internet. Apple hopes that his mobile phone, which will include the ability to surf the Internet, enjoys the same success with its product "IPod". But experts in the field of telecommunications believe that "Apple" must prevail in the market so that the group can... [Lire la suite]
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29 juin 2007

The cyber piracy can become a sort of terrorism?

The cyber attack that Estonia had recently faced has put highlights on the potential risks of the so-called "virtual attacks" againest the technologically advanced countries. A debate has been organized at the first session of Geneva Forum on security. The attacks against the public and private installations in Estonia last may by some Russian "cyberpirates", which led to the disruption of computer systems (IT), have led experts to call them "the first virtual war"..This event has raised fears that... [Lire la suite]
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