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A daily update on the latest business and economic news. Live on weekdays at 8.15 am Paris time.

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    Early results of pivotal Amazon union election show 'no' in the lead

    Early results of pivotal Amazon union election show 'no' in the lead

    Amazon warehouse workers in the US city of Bessemer, Alabama are deciding whether to form the first-ever union at the tech giant, which strongly opposes the campaign. With around half the ballots counted, votes against unionisation are ahead by a comfortable margin. Plus, the US adds more Chinese firms to a government blacklist and we look at the heavy carbon footprint of bitcoin mining.

    • 4 min
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    US tax plan could help international efforts to tax tech giants

    US tax plan could help international efforts to tax tech giants

    US President Joe Biden has announced details of his plan to raise an additional $2.5 trillion in corporate taxes over the next 15 years. The money will be used to help fund a massive investment in America's infrastructure. The proposal may also boost efforts to overhaul the global system for taxing multinational companies and in particular technology giants. Plans to establish or expand a global minimum corporate tax and reallocate firms' tax liabilities based on where they make money could help secure agreement in ongoing negotiations on the issue at the OECD.

    • 4 min
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    French government agrees €4 billion rescue package for Air France

    French government agrees €4 billion rescue package for Air France

    The French government has agreed a new rescue package for Air France-KLM, worth €4 billion. The deal will see a loan given last year converted into an investment in the company, while the French state will also increase its stake in the airline group to almost 30 percent. To satisfy European Union competition rules, the carrier will be giving up 18 landing slots at Paris Orly airport. Air France-KLM has suffered heavy losses over the past year, as passenger numbers have tumbled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    • 2 min
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    Air France to get state-backed refinancing after EU negotiations

    Air France to get state-backed refinancing after EU negotiations

    France's Finance Minister Bruno le Maire says the European Commission has approved a deal to help the country's flagship airline repackage its debt from Covid-19 bailouts. Air France received €10.4 billion in government-backed loans last year to help keep it afloat during the pandemic. Meanwhile, the latest French lockdown is set to weigh on both economic growth and public debt. Finally, Amazon is forced to admit its drivers do pee in bottles in order to make their rounds on time.

    • 3 min
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    French retailers prepare for new blow from latest lockdown measures

    French retailers prepare for new blow from latest lockdown measures

    France's non-essential retailers, already struggling after a year of Covid-19 restrictions, prepare to close as a result of the new national lockdown, which is set to last for at least a month. But first, US President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan contains a major overhaul of the corporate tax system, and we see how one branded April Fool's joke has fallen flat.

    • 5 min
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    French alcohol ban sobers restauranteurs

    French alcohol ban sobers restauranteurs

    The French restaurant industry has suffered another blow, after the prime minister banned the consumption of alcohol in public during the April lockdown. Many eateries have been selling takeaway drinks, but authorities say it's leading to large gatherings that could further spread the coronavirus. Also in the show: the World Trade Organization urges vaccine manufacturers to do more to help developing countries. 

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