France Expels Girl To Kosovo After Class Trip
Air France-KLM is crucial to Alitalia’s chances of keeping flying, but the source told Reuters that the Italian carrier’s survival plan fell short of its requirements. “The position of Air France-KLM is 50:50 at this stage,” the source said. “The business plan presented last week was not suitable, the conditions were not fulfilled, particularly in terms of debt restructuring.” However, the source added that Alitalia was “of strategic interest” to Air France-KLM, which owns 25 percent of the airline that has not made a profit for more than a decade. Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) approved the 300 million-euro ($408 million) share issue along with Alitalia’s other investors during a meeting that lasted until the early hours of Tuesday. But it is not obliged to participate in the cash call, and has always said it would attach strict conditions before giving any help. Analysts suggest Air France-KLM is dragging its feet in order to secure stricter restructuring concessions from the Italian government and other shareholders. The cash call, part of a wider bailout, is seen as only a stop-gap solution before talks on a possible tie-up between Alitalia and Air France-KLM. Massimo Sarmi, the head of Italy’s post office, which has agreed to commit 75 million euros to the capital increase, was flying to Paris to discuss matters with Air France, a second source told Reuters. An Air France-KLM spokesman declined to comment. Alitalia came close to being grounded last weekend after its major creditor Eni (ENI.MI) threatened to cut off fuel supplies. Rome has patched together an emergency 500 million-euro fund, persuading the state-owned post office to take part and banks Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI) and Unicredit (CRDI.MI) to provide guarantees of up to 100 million euros. A broader consortium of banks would put up 200 million in existing and new loans. Intesa, which is also an Alitalia shareholder, said in a statement it would subscribe to its quota of the cash call, or 26 million euros, on top of the bank guarantee of up to 50 million euros. But Alitalia still needs to find about 100 million euros more from its shareholders, who have 30 days to decide whether to sign up. That gives Air France considerable leverage.
11 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs France expels girl to Kosovo after class trip AP 5:59 p.m. EDT October 16, 2013 From left 15 year old Leonarda Dibrani, joined by her brothers Ronaldo 9, Roki 11, Masar 5, expelled from France last week, during an interview for The Associated Press in a room of a shelter house in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, on Wednesday. (Photo: Visar Kryeziu, AP) France’s president Hollande has tried to appear more immigrant-friendly Girl’s family had fled persecution in Kosovo Father has not yet told kids reason for expulsion SHARE 32 CONNECT 24 TWEET 11 COMMENTEMAILMORE MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) Leonarda Dibrani was finishing up a field trip when French police showed up at the bus, detaining the 15-year-old schoolgirl in front of her classmates before authorities expelled her to Kosovo because her family’s asylum application had been rejected. The incident earlier this month, but which was made public this week, has sparked outrage from immigrant groups and others who say police went too far in publicly shaming the teenager. It has also been an embarrassment for President Francois Hollande’s government, which has tried to portray a kinder France in a bid to distance itself from conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, known for his tough immigration policies. An investigation into the treatment of the girl, which also drew criticism from within the ranks of Hollande’s Socialist Party, has been launched. Now, Dibrani says she just wants to get back to France. “I was crying on my teacher’s lap and he was crying,” Dibrani said Wednesday, recounting her ordeal in an interview with The Associated Press. “My friends asked: ‘Did you kill someone that the police are looking for you?’ I was afraid. I felt bad and ashamed. “My home is in France,” Dibrani said in French, dressed in jeans and a colorful paisley print tunic. “I don’t speak the language here and I don’t know anyone. I just want to go back to France and forget everything that happened.” The Dibrani family parents and six children is now sheltered in a house in the northern town of Mitrovica in an area inhabited by ethnic Albanians. Kosovo is one of Europe’s poorest regions.
France miss out World Cup play-off seed
Last October, the White House contacted both France and Britain to say that America would move to an interventionist position on Syria akin to theirs after the November U.S. election. Pfft. Both French and British officials told me that after being kept in the dark for two months, they learned in January this year that the White House plan was dead. A French official also said that in a discussion on Mali in October 2012, former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta promised, referring to an eventual French incursion, “Whatever you need, ask me. You’ll get it.” As it turned out, the White House overruled Mr. Panetta, according to the official. The administration actually asked France for cash in exchange for tanker aircraft to support French forces when they entered Mali in January. Once the $50,000 per hour charge for planes to confront al Qaeda had become a news story, it was dropped. This waffling entrenched French doubt about the Obama administration.
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(GettyImages) Football News 24/7 FIFA have confirmed the seeded teams for the World Cup European qualification play-offs, with France being amongst the unseeded sides. Portugal, Ukraine, Greece and Croatia will be seeded and will face either France, Romania, Sweden or Iceland for a place in Brazil next year. The new FIFA rankings have placed France in 21st place on 870 points, meaning that Ukraine in 20th place and 871 points, beat Les Blues to the last seeded spot by one point.
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There is now a increased possibility that France will face Portugal with one of these superior footballing nations staying at home next summer. Stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo or Frank Ribery could potentially miss out the world’s most prestigious tournament. France did defeat Portugal 1-0 back in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany however, and will back themselves for qualify should they face Ronaldo’s nation. Coach Didier Deschamps was part of the French squad that won the World Cup in 1998 – however his side will have to play well over the two legs if they want to play in the tournament for the fifth consecutive time. The draw will be made on Monday for the ties to be played on the 15th and 19th November. The official FIFA World Cup group draw will commence on 6th December. Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.