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Facebook's Libra has staggering potential - state control of money could end

The UN recognises 180 currencies worldwide as legal tender, all of them issued by nation states. It does not recognise cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in this way, even if communities of enthusiasts have been treating them as a means of exchange for over a decade now...

By Gavin Brown 27 Jun 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Heiress to Nina Ricci fortune launches tax fraud appeal

PARIS - The heiress to the fortune of French couturier Nina Ricci on Thursday launched an appeal to avoid jail time for tax fraud, in one of the toughest sentences of its kind in French fiscal history...

5 Dec 2016

FRANCE

European privacy watchdogs probe Facebook; EU wants to 'finalise' Google market abuse probe

PARIS, FRANCE: European data protection authorities have joined forces to probe Facebook's privacy controls, a French watchdog said on Thursday, putting the popular US social media giant under fresh pressure...

17 Apr 2015

FRANCE

France issues warrants for UBS managers in tax fraud case

PARIS, FRANCE: French judges on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for three former managers at Swiss bank UBS over allegations it helped customers hide money from the taxman in Switzerland...

18 Feb 2015

FRANCE

France looking at taxing Netflix, Amazon to fund film and TV sector

PARIS, FRANCE: France is looking to decide this year on how it might tax US online giants Google, Amazon and Netflix to help fund its heavily subsidised film and television sector in response to changes brought on by internet video streaming...

3 Feb 2015

FRANCE

French lawmakers to move against Amazon

PARIS, FRANCE: French lawmakers are set to move against the likes of Amazon with a bill aimed at supporting small bookstores struggling in the face of giant online retailers, members of parliament said.

4 Oct 2013

FRANCE

Climate change warnings may be invalid

PARIS: A global warming "pause" over the past decade may invalidate the harshest climate change predictions for the next 50 to 100 years, a study said on Sunday (19 May) - though levels remain in the danger zone.

20 May 2013

FRANCE

Google forced to pay for traffic it generates

PARIS, FRANCE: The head of the Orange said on Wednesday (16 January) it had been able to impose a deal on Google to pay for the vast amounts of traffic generated on its telecommunications networks.

17 Jan 2013