France Vs. Finland, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Preview And Tv Schedule

Having seen its FIFA ranking tumble down to 25th, France will likely be unseeded in the playoff draw and come up against a strong team, such as Portugal or Sweden. France beat Ireland in the playoffs four years ago. All the seeded teams have their own qualities but I still think France is a formidable team and no one wants to play us, Lloris said Monday. Of course Portugal are among the big teams and Sweden are strong and have a great player (Zlatan Ibrahimovic). France has struggled for consistency since Didier Deschamps took charge after last years European Championship, but has found its attacking verve with 10 goals in two games including a 6-0 thrashing of Australia on Friday. Frances ranking is a fair reflection of the teams overall slide since the 2006 World Cup the last time it reached a major final. It shows the work that we still have to do. France should be a seeded team. We have a lot of history, experience, Lloris said. Its a bit of a handicap, but unfortunately we have to put up with that. It means we should work harder and the players must surpass themselves. Another win against Finland, and more of the attacking flair shown against Australia, will send France into the playoffs on a high. Were trying to create a positive dynamic and we had a very good result on Friday, where we scored a lot of goals, Lloris said. We showed a lot of initiative, played high up and played with a lot of freedom. When we play like that we can cause problems for other teams. Since striker Olivier Giroud replaced Karim Benzema, the team has played with a sharper focus. Giroud scored twice against Australia and his ability to hold the ball up or lay it off, combined with his excellent touch, make him easier to find than Benzema, who tends to drift wide when he is not getting on the ball and has also lost confidence recently.

France to increase troops in Central African Republic

The African Union has deployed about 2,500 troops. But its resources are limited, prompting Paris to seek a U.N. Security Council mandate that would turn the operation into a U.N. peacekeeping force ultimately supported by French troops. “We will increase our support, especially in the logistics domain, after United Nations resolutions (are approved). We will also increase troops, a little at first. This will be done before the end of the year,” Fabius said. Fabius said the resolution was expected around December. SECURITY WOES France currently has about 400 troops in Bangui, protecting the airport and French interests. Fabius did not say how many troops will be added, but sources have told Reuters the numbers could be increased to about 700-750. Fabius said the dissolution of Seleka, a grouping of five northern rebel movements, must be real and concrete. “We cannot have armed bands roaming the country,” Fabius told a news conference in the riverside capital. “We will not let you down.” The French minister and EU’s aid chief, who were greeted by crowds in Bangui, some holding banners urging France to not to abandon the former colony, met transitional leader Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye. Djotodia, who was formally sworn in as the transitional president in August, has an 18-month deadline, set by central African heads of state, to organize elections. He has said he will not run in the election.

France’s retirement reform: Too little, too late?

7 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs France’s retirement reform: Too little, too late? USATODAY 3:22 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 French President Francois Hollande French President Hollande managed to changed the pension system by working with unions Still, they plan protests Tuesday And critics says he succeeded by making small changes that won’t achieve what’s necessary SHARE 10 CONNECT 26 TWEET 7 COMMENTEMAILMORE PARIS (AP) President Francois Hollande has managed to do what was once thought impossible: Make changes to France’s cherished and generous retirement system with little resistance from unions. His secret? The changes are so small and put off so far into the future that economists say they aren’t worthy of the name “reform.” Labor unions were calling for protests across France on Tuesday. But the demonstrations are not expected to turn into the massive protests that brought cities to a standstill in 2010, when Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, raised the retirement age. Partially that is because Hollande, a Socialist, consulted with union leaders when drawing up the reform. Also, the changes, which the lower house of parliament votes on this week, will fix only a part of what needs changing, analysts say. “It’s the salami strategy,” said Elie Cohen, an economist at Sciences Po university. “We have a big problem, we don’t know how to fix it, so we cut it into pieces, like a nice sausage.” Hollande’s reform would lengthen the number of years people must work to receive a full pension, from 41 years today to 43 years by 2035. The first increases begin in 2020. Economists say there are three problems with the proposal: It takes effect after most baby boomers will have retired, meaning it doesn’t address the cost of paying for their pensions. It still isn’t asking people to work long enough, especially since life expectancy is rising. And it ignores the special deals that allow some workers to retire early and account for two-thirds of the retirement system’s $27 billion deficit. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, and others have raised concerns about how the pension system will be paid for without further burdening French employers, which already pay the highest payroll taxes in the EU.

Sign up now! France vs. Finland, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Preview and TV schedule Gear Up! Jack Sargeant, SBNation Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 3:00 AM Didier Deschamps’ team host Finland in Paris on Tuesday, with the visitors currently sitting a position and five points below Les Bleus. France should take advantage of their superiority and record a win, though are unlikely to overtake group leaders Spain and qualify for Brazil 2014 automatically. For that to happen France need to win and hope Spain slip up and lose to Georgia, with a four goal swing in their favour. With the reigning world and European champions having not lost throughout their entire qualification campaign, the chance of that happening is minimal to say the least. However, France’s 6-0 friendly (or rather unfriendly) drubbing of Australia on Friday offers them some slight hope, with Deschamps having seen his side score ten goals in their last couple of games. Prior to then, they had gone an incredible five games without scoring a single goal. Projected lineups

France Fracking Ban Upheld After Challenge From Energy Giant

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 30: Protestors stage a demonstration against fracking in California outside of the Hiram W. Johnson State Office Building on May 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Dozens of protesters with the group Californians Against Fracking staged a protest outside of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s San Francisco offices demanding that Gov. Brown ban fracking in the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) People demonstrate on August 3, 2013 in La Petite Brosse, near Jouarre, outside Paris, to protest against an exploratory oil shale drilling, considering that it opens the door to the exploration of shale gas in the Parisian Basin. Banner reads ‘Stop gas and oil shale’. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU In this Nov. 26, 2012 photo, Steve Lipsky demonstrates how his well water ignites when he puts a flame to the flowing well spigot outside his family’s home in rural Parker County near Weatherford, Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had evidence a gas company’s drilling operation contaminated Lipsky’s drinking water with explosive methane, and possibly cancer-causing chemicals, but withdrew its enforcement action, leaving the family with no useable water supply, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. The EPA’s decision to roll back its initial claim that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations had contaminated the water is the latest case in which the federal agency initially linked drilling to water contamination and then softened its position, drawing criticism from Republicans and industry officials who insisted they proved the agency was inefficient and too quick to draw conclusions. (AP Photo/LM Otero) In this file photo of Jan. 17, 2013, Yoko Ono, left, and her son Sean Lennon visit a fracking site in Franklin Forks, Pa., during a bus tour of natural-gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania.