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(MENAFN - AFP) "There is no respect for the bosses in this country," bellowed Thibaut Pariset, as he badgered his team of grape pickers up another steep row of vines near Fuisse, deep in France's Burgundy wine region.

His mock complaints were met with loud guffaws and the odd flying grape.

"You see how they treat me," he added before someone shouted, "It's because you're ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Manufacturing activity in China continued its rebound in September on improving production and demand, government data showed Saturday -- a positive sign for the world's second-largest economy.

The official purchasing managers' index (PMI) came in at 50.4 for September -- exactly the same level as in August, which was its highest since October 2014 -- figures ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A cleaner who was molested at a Paris luxury hotel by a Qatari guest in 2010 has been awarded 57,000 euros ($63,500), according to a court ruling seen on Friday by AFP.

The Paris labour relations tribunal found that the five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome and the company that provides its cleaning crew lacked sufficient safeguards against such incidents.

It ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The urge to scramble up Uluru, the great red rock rising out of Australia's desert heart, is difficult to resist for many tourists, despite the risk of upsetting the local Aboriginal people.

A modest link-chain rail guides visitors up the steepest slopes of the formation once known as Ayers Rock, but the traditional Aboriginal owners, whose connections to the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Heavy market pressure on Deutsche Bank eased Friday as a knowledgeable source told AFP the US fine over toxic debt it sold would be only $5.4 billion, not the $14 billion originally demanded.

A person familiar with the talks between Deutsche Bank and the Department of Justice said an agreement could come in the next few days to settle the US government charges ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Oil prices finished higher in New York on Friday, two days after producing countries reached the consensus needed for a production cut.

However prices edged lower in London, failing to break the threshold of $50 a barrel.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, a barrel of West Texas Intermediate for November delivery gained 41 cents to close at $48.24.

In ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) She is the first woman ever to lead the legendary French fashion house of Dior.

And Maria Grazia Chiuri did not take her rendezvous with history lightly.

In her first show for the label, she went into battle in Paris on Friday under the banner: "We should all be feminists."

In the high point so far of Paris fashion week, the Italian designer -- ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Sony said Friday that it had closed its $750 million purchase of Michael Jackson's stake in a music venture behind a vast trove of hit songs.

The Japanese company announced in March that it was buying the Jackson estate's 50 percent stake in Sony ATV Music Publishing, which owns the rights to several million titles.

Sony in a statement said it closed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's yuan is poised to enter the International Monetary Fund's elite SDR basket of currencies, elevating Beijing's banknotes into a family long exclusive to global reserve assets.

A symbolic coup for policymakers in Beijing, the move represents a milestone in raising the economic profile and prestige of China, the world's second-largest economy, and the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A sultry blonde in a black mini-dress with a plunging neckline smiles through scarlet lipstick as she leans fetchingly against a bright red Kia Rio at the Paris Motor Show.

Despite ardent denials, and to the dismay of feminists, many image-makers in the auto industry still prefer leggy lasses to peddle their cars at the industry's shows.

"This sexualisation ...

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