Abe, Trump Hold Talks In France

Abe, Trump hold talks in France

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump held talks in France on Sunday. They are believed to have discussed bilateral trade negotiations and other issues.

The two leaders met for the first time since June on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit. They have now held a total of 13 meetings.

Waymo To Bring Self-driving Cars To France And Japan With Nissan-renault

Waymo To Bring Self-Driving Cars To France And Japan With Nissan-Renault


Waymo, Nissan, and Renault have teamed up to bring self-driving cars to France and Japan, the companies announced today. They have inked an exclusive agreement to explore all aspects of driverless mobility services for both passengers and deliveries in these countries. The announcement is a little light on details about any concrete plans to launch self-driving taxi services, for example.

It appears to be an arrangement similar to the ones that Waymo has announced with other car manufacturers. That’s probably why the wording in this announcement is somewhat vague as well.

Japan Soccer Coach: 'give It Their All' In France

Japan soccer coach: 'give it their all' in France

Japan's women's soccer team coach says she wants her players to "give it their all" in the World Cup in France.

Coach, Asako Takakura and captain, Saki Kumagai, spoke to reporters in Paris on Sunday, a day before playing Argentina in their first match.

France Could Reduce Its Renault Stake To Solidify Partnership With Nissan

France could reduce its Renault stake to solidify partnership with Nissan

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said France is ready to cut its stake in Renault in order to consolidate Renault's partnership with Nissan, Agence France Press (AFP) reports. Le Maire said Paris, which has a 15% stake in Renault, might consider reducing its stake, if it led to a "more solid" alliance between the Japanese and French firms, the French news agency reported, citing an interview with the minister. "We can reduce the state's stake in Renault's capital. This is not a problem as long as, at the end of the process, we have a more solid auto sector and a more solid alliance between the two great car manufacturers Nissan and Renault," he told AFP. Le Maire had earlier said the French government was open to tie-ups involving Renault as long as French industrial interests were protected, and would consider any Renault deal with Fiat Chrysler that respected the French firm's alliance with its Japanese partner Nissan. Fiat on Thursday abandoned its $35 billion merger offer for Renault, blaming French politics for scuttling what would have been a landmark deal to create the world's third-biggest automaker behind Japan's Toyota and Germany's Volkswagen. The French government had welcomed the merger plan, but overplayed its hand by pushing for a series of guarantees and concessions that eventually exhausted the patience of FCA, sources told Reuters. Renault and Nissan were not immediately available to respond to a request seeking comment. (Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin and Elaine Hardcastle)

Fca-renault Merger Talks: France Wants Job Guarantees And Nissan On Board

FCA-Renault merger talks: France wants job guarantees and Nissan on board

PARIS — France will seek protection of local jobs and other guarantees in exchange for supporting a merger between carmakers Renault and Fiat Chrysler, its finance minister said on Tuesday, underscoring the challenges facing the plan. Separately, Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard arrived in Japan to discuss the proposed tie-up with the French company's existing partner Nissan — another potential obstacle to the $35 billion-plus merger of equals. Renault and Italian-American rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) are in talks to tackle the costs of far-reaching technological and regulatory changes by creating the world's third-biggest automaker. Shares in both companies jumped on Monday on news of a deal that would create an industry No.3 behind Japan's Toyota and Germany's Volkswagen and target 5 billion euros ($5.6 billion) a year in savings. Renault shares were up 1.3 percent by 1030 GMT, extending gains from Monday when the stock had closed up 12 percent. Fiat shares were flat in Milan but the U.S. listed stock was indicated 8 percent higher after a public holiday on Monday. Analysts caution the companies face a challenge to win over powerful stakeholders ranging from the French and Italian governments, to trade unions and Nissan. French finance minister Bruno Le Maire told RTL radio on Tuesday the plan was a good opportunity for both Renault and the European car industry, which has been struggling for years with over-capacity and subdued demand. But he added the French government would seek four guarantees in exchange for backing a deal that would see its 15% stake in Renault reduced to 7.5% of the combined entity.

France's conditions

"The first: industrial jobs and industrial sites. I told the Renault chairman very clearly that it was the first of the guarantees I wanted from him in the opening of these negotiations. A guarantee on the preservation of industrial jobs and sites in France," said Le Maire. The minister also said France wanted to be well represented on the board of the new company, for it to be a leader in developing electric batteries, and for the deal to take place "within the framework of the alliance between Renault and Nissan." A source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday that Renault and FCA had given commitments about maintaining industrial jobs and sites, leaving room for white-collar and engineering layoffs as well as some plant downsizing. Also on Monday, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said Rome might need to take a stake in the combined company, balancing France's shareholding. Le Maire said he had spoken to the Japanese personally about the proposed tie-up. Asked how they had responded, he replied: "I look at the reaction of Nissan president Mr Saikawa, and it's a reaction that is open." Analysts have said Nissan, which is 43% owned by Renault and has a 15% non-voting stake in the French firm, might be reluctant to back an FCA-Renault tie-up that would probably use its technology less than the current Renault-Nissan alliance. However, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa told Japanese TV on Tuesday that "strengthening the alliance and constructive discussions are forward looking, and we are open to constructive discussions." The Renault-Nissan alliance has been under strain since the arrest and ouster of its former chairman Carlos Ghosn late last year on charges of financial misconduct, with Nissan recently rebuffing a merger proposal from its partner.

France To Ask Chile To Hand Over Suspected Killer

France to ask Chile to hand over suspected killer

A French prosecutor says French authorities will ask Chile to hand over a national suspected of killing a Japanese university student. He adds the French side plans to convene a trial.

French authorities put Nicolas Zepeda on an international wanted list on suspicion of killing his former girlfriend Narumi Kurosaki. She disappeared in December 2016 while studying in the eastern French city of Besancon. The 28-year-old suspect is now in Chile.

Abe Arrives In France On First Leg Of Tour

Abe arrives in France on first leg of tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in France on the first leg of his tour of Europe and North America.

Abe will meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential palace in Paris on Tuesday.

Japan, France Ministers 'concerned' About China

Japan, France ministers 'concerned' about China

The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France have expressed strong concern about China's maritime assertiveness. They have agreed to establish a dialogue framework to boost maritime cooperation.

The ministers met at a naval facility in the northwestern French city of Brest on Friday. This is the fifth so-called "two-plus-two" meeting between Japan and France.

Search For Missing Japanese In France Ended

Search for missing Japanese in France ended

French investigative authorities say they discontinued the search for a Japanese university student last month. She went missing nearly 2 years ago.

Narumi Kurosaki was studying in the eastern French city of Besancon when she disappeared in December 2016.

Abe, Macron Meet In France

Abe, Macron meet in France

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has talked about promoting ties with France to secure a "free and open Indo-Pacific" region.

Abe spoke at a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Wednesday before having a luncheon meeting at the Elysee Palace.

Crown Prince Speaks About Friendship With France

Crown Prince speaks about friendship with France

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has expressed hope for the further development of friendly ties with France in a speech he delivered in Paris.

The Crown Prince is making an official visit to France to mark the 160th anniversary of bilateral friendship.