UK, France sign new deal to curb Channel migrant crossings | France

UK interior minister Priti Patel said under the deal the number of officers patrolling French beaches would double.

The United Kingdom and France have signed a new agreement to try to stop undocumented migration across the Channel, upping patrols and technology in the hope of closing off a dangerous route used by migrants and refugees to try to reach the UK on small boats.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said that under the deal signed on Saturday the number of officers patrolling French beaches would double, and new equipment including drones and radar would be employed.

“Thanks to more police patrols on French beaches and enhanced intelligence sharing between our security and law enforcement agencies, we are already seeing fewer migrants leaving French beaches,” she said.

Amnesty International called the agreement “profoundly disappointing”.

Aid and human rights groups have said the best way to stop the journeys is to provide

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UK, France sign new deal to stop illegal migration across Channel

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and France signed a new agreement to try to stop illegal migration across the Channel on Saturday, upping patrols and technology in the hope of closing off a dangerous route used by migrants to try to reach the UK on small boats.

UK interior minister Priti Patel said that under the deal, the number of officers patrolling French beaches would double, and new equipment including drones and radar would be employed.

This year, hundreds of people, including some children, have been caught crossing to southern England from makeshift camps in northern France – navigating one of the world’s busiest shipping routes in overloaded rubber dinghies. Some migrants have drowned.

Patel said in statement that the agreement represented a step forward in the pair’s mission to make channel crossings unviable.

“Thanks to more

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France orders tech giants to pay digital tax

The French Finance Ministry has sent out notices to big tech companies liable for its digital service tax to pay the levy as planned in December, the ministry said on Wednesday.

France suspended collection of the tax, which will hit companies like Facebook and Amazon, early this year while negotiations were underway at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on an overhaul of international tax rules.

The Finance Ministry has long said it would collect the tax in December as planned if the talks proved unfruitful by then, which is what happened when the nearly 140 countries involved agreed last month to keep negotiating until mid 2021.

“Companies subject to the tax have received their notice to pay the 2020 installment,” a Finance Ministry official said.

France last year applied a 3 percent levy on revenue from digital services earned in France by companies with revenues of more than

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France orders Big Tech to pay digital tax despite threat of US tariffs

France will require big tech companies to pay its digital services tax, a move that is likely to trigger retaliation by President Donald Trump and pitch the incoming US administration into another trade fight.



a store inside of a building: A worker walk in the Amazon's distribution center of Saran on October 26, 2018, central France. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)    (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)


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A worker walk in the Amazon’s distribution center of Saran on October 26, 2018, central France. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP) (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

The 3% tax on revenue from digital services in the country was introduced last year. But the French government had suspended collections while negotiations on a broader overhaul of the global tax system played out at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Those talks have not produced a breakthrough.

“Companies received the tax notice for this year,” the finance ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Google, Facebook and Amazon are among the US tech firms that will have to pay

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France to Tax U.S. Tech Firms as Trade Standoff Heats Up

French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire at a press conference outside the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris in September 2020.

French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire at a press conference outside the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris in September 2020.
Photo: Bertrand Guay (Getty Images)

The French Ministry of Economy and Finance has warned tech companies that it expects them to pay the nation’s new 3% digital service tax starting in December, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

France halted collection of the tax earlier this year after backlash from the U.S. government and threats of increased trade tariffs by the Trump administration. The matter went to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. No deal was reached. In July, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin requested that the negotiations be delayed during the novel coronavirus pandemic, but European officials interpreted that as a stalling tactic designed to blow up whatever agreements had been reached so far. Donald Trump’s administration then nuked the talks. French tax authorities had

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France orders big tech firms to start paying digital tax

France is moving ahead with its plan to implement a controversial digital tax on big tech companies, sending out notices to various companies today informing them they’ll be required to pay up if they want to continue doing business there.

The tax is being championed by the French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, who argues that big tech companies aren’t being taxed properly by European nations.

The problem is that big tech firms, which include Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Google LLC and Microsoft Corp., take advantage of a loophole in European Union law. The loophole means they can generate lots of revenue in various European countries and report that to tax authorities in just one country, such as Ireland, which has a lower corporate tax policy. That means they end up paying far fewer in taxes than they would if they were to report in the country where

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France launches Big Tech digital services tax despite Trump threats

  • France has notified US Big Tech companies, including Facebook and Amazon, that it is levying its new 3% digital services tax for this year.
  • France put collecting the money on hold in January, after the tax sparked a tariff war with President Donald Trump’s administration.
  • The tax is aimed at large tech companies operating in France.
  • The Trump administration in July threatened to place tariffs on handbags and makeup if France followed through with the tax.

France has demanded US tech giants pay its new 3% digital services tax, in a re-escalation of a trade war with the White House that was put on hold in January.

The Financial Times reported Wednesday that tech companies including Facebook and Amazon had been told by French authorities over the past few days that they need to pay the tax for 2020. The FT cited company executives, advisors, and French officials.

A finance

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Total To Use Honeywell UOP Technology To Produce Renewable Jet Fuel And Diesel At Its Zero-Crude Platform In France

DES PLAINES, III., Nov. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced Total will use Honeywell UOP Ecofining™ process technology to produce renewable fuels, primarily for the aviation industry, at its Grandpuits platform at Seine-et-Marne in north central France.

Honeywell UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, and catalysts for the project. Once completed, the bio-refinery will process 400,000 tons of feed per year, producing up to 170,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel, 120,000 tons of renewable diesel and 50,000 tons of renewable naphtha for production of bioplastics.

“Total chose UOP’s Ecofining process to increase its renewable jet fuels production in France,” said Ben Owens, VP and general manager of Honeywell’s Sustainable Technology Solutions business. “UOP’s Ecofining process will help Total to convert its Grandpuits refinery into a zero-crude platform that supports government plans to develop fossil fuel substitutes and achieve carbon neutrality.”

According to the Ministry

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British Startup Helps Radio France Get Its Presenters Broadcasting From Home

From time to time, I like to post news from the world of broadcasting. The industry has had to undergo some dramatic changes since Covid-19 reared its troublesome head. Having on-air talent in radio and TV studios became problematic and so many broadcasters have had to look at ways of getting their talent on-air remotely.

One small British startup has been swept off its feet by the need for simple and reliable remote broadcasting solutions. In:Quality was set up in 2013 by Kevin Leach, a former sound engineer and producer at the BBC. Leach developed ipDTL, a real-time communication platform thst’s now used by broadcasters around the world to replace the old ISDN service that’s now being phased out by telcos.

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Netflix is testing a linear channel in France that should help with decision fatigue

Netflix is testing a programmed linear content channel in France, Variety reported. The channel, called Netflix Direct, will be available to Netflix streaming subscribers and will provide content from its existing streaming library in a linear format, much like cable and broadcast TV stations do.

“Maybe you’re not in the mood to decide, or you’re new and finding your way around, or you just want to be surprised by something new and different,” Netflix said in a statement announcing the new service. It chose France for the launch of Netflix Direct because traditional TV is “hugely popular” there, and people “just want a ‘lean back’ experience where they don’t have to choose shows,” the company said.

Netflix Direct rolled out in some parts of France November 5th, and will expand to more parts of the country next month. According to Variety, Netflix has about 9 million subscribers in France.

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