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Past articles by Carol:

French Shopkeepers Went Online to Beat Covid and Decided to Stay

The Angers web shopping platform is thriving, even as lockdowns ease. → Read More

Total CEO Plans to Attend Saudi Investment Conference

“Total has never been in favor of sanctions and isolation -- for example, against Russia, Iran or Qatar -- and nor do we support boycotts,” Pouyanne said in a statement published Monday on the company’s website. “Total believes it is preferable to engage in frank, assertive dialogue, in which we make → Read More

Fixing All the Most Annoying Parts of City Life

Pollution kills about 20,000 people a year in Mexico City, the most congested city in the world, according to the World Resources Institute. To combat the problem on one of its busiest bus lines, the city purchased 90 low-emission double-deckers. T → Read More

Sodastream's Comeback and How It Got Busy With the Fizzy Again

Four years ago, SodaStream International Ltd.’s shares languished at a record low, short sellers circled and big competitors prepared to storm the Israeli company’s market of selling at-home soft-drink machines. → Read More

The Discount Airline Model Is Coming for Europe’s Railways

Ryanair and EasyJet transformed low-cost continental travel. → Read More

Louis Vuitton’s Next Generation Steps Up to Kanye's Latest Tune

At last week’s Louis Vuitton menswear show in Paris, newly hired designer Virgil Abloh sent hoodie-clad models down the runway toting duffel bags made from gleaming high-tech plastic, all to the latest Kanye West album. West, who embraced the tearful designer as he took his bows, was joined by his wife, Instagram super-influencer Kim Kardashian. Seated steps away: Bernard Arnault, head of parent… → Read More

Once a Trailblazer, Paris Is Now Mopping Up a Car and Bike Mess

Paris was a pacesetter in shared transport, launching Velib, the first large-scale urban bike share, in 2007 and an electric-car system called Autolib in 2011. Now, both ventures have skidded off course. → Read More

French Farmers Plan to Blockade Total Refineries and Fuel Depots

Farmers will start blockading French refineries and fuel depots of Total SA on Sunday, to protest the company’s decision to import palm oil for a biofuel refinery, Christiane Lambert, president of farmers’ union FNSEA, said in an interview on Franceinfo television. → Read More

Air France Unions Plan to Resume Strike June 23 to 26

Air France labor unions called for a strike from June 23 to 26, reigniting a costly labor conflict at the height of the busy summer travel season. → Read More

Xavier Niel Was France’s Tech Darling. Now His Customers Are Leaving.

Xavier Niel is in demand these days. The founder of French telecommunication group Iliad SA joined technology icons including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and dozens of other top executives at a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace last week. A day earlier, Niel was thronged by admirers attending a conference at his Station F tech-startup incubator on Paris’s Left Bank. → Read More

Musk Channels Caesar and Soviet Era Media in Latest Tweet Storm

Elon Musk, barely a month after his behavior on an earnings call shook investor confidence, hit out on Twitter with a series of combative posts this week, leaving many scratching their heads at best and prompting scrutiny from U.S. labor regulators at worst. → Read More

Air France Finally Has the Go-Ahead to Fix Itself or Fail

After years of labor strife, the government isn’t prepared to bail out its flagship airline. → Read More

Nokia, Bowing to Smartwatch Dominance, Sells Digital-Health Unit

Nokia Oyj was the world’s dominant mobile-phone maker until it suffered a humiliating collapse after underestimating the appeal of smartphones made by Apple Inc. and others. Now, Nokia looks to have made a similar miscalculation on smartwatches. → Read More

The Big Luxury Brands Have $22 Billion to Burn

For Europe’s luxury giants, it’s a nice dilemma to have: What to do with all that cash. → Read More

The Long, Slow Decline of American Girl and Yoda

The big three of Mattel, Hasbro and Lego are struggling as toys that entertained generations lose their allure in the digital era. → Read More

The Long, Slow Demise of My Little Pony and Yoda

The big three of Mattel, Hasbro and Lego are struggling as toys that entertained generations lose their allure in the digital era. → Read More

Even Jamie Oliver Isn’t Safe From the Demise of Casual Dining

The headwinds buffeting Applebee's and TGI Friday's are slamming his restaurant empire. → Read More

The Paris Métro's $43 Billion Buildout Is Feeling the Olympics Bloat

A plan to push the system deep into the suburbs is facing delays tied to the 2024 Games and ticking off commuters. → Read More

Airbus Outgrows Its European Home

There’s pressure to shift work away from its base to win political favor in new markets. → Read More

European Sports Ditch Female Hostesses In #MeToo Ripple Effect

They’re known as “grid girls,” “walk-on girls” and “ring card girls” -- attractive, often scantily clad young women hired to work on the sidelines and podiums at male-dominated sports events. Now, many of them are out of a job, as European sports are having a #MeToo moment. → Read More