France’s Hollande Tells Ministers To End Roma Row

“Being a member of a government does not mean you cannot have your point of view but it does mean you have to strictly apply the rules I have just set out,” he said, adding: “the debate should be inside the government not in public”. The dispute not only exposed tensions within Hollande’s 17-month-old coalition but raised new questions over the authority of the president, whose poll ratings have fallen to 23 percent amid dissatisfaction over his record on the economy and jobs. Hollande said he was also asking Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who is suffering from low popularity ratings too, to ensure better coordination in the government. The far-right National Front has signaled it plans to make the Roma issue a central campaign theme for next March’s municipal elections. It is hopeful it can tap a protest vote against Hollande to score gains in town halls across France. Valls’ tough talk on law and order has made him Hollande’s most popular government minister. A poll released at the weekend showed three-quarters of French agreed with his comments on the Roma. Hollande’s government has sought to distance itself from a hard-line policy under conservative former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who explicitly accused Roma of links to crime and launched a program of deportations. Yet since the beginning of the year some 13,000 Roma have been evicted from illegal camps and welfare groups say the failure of schemes to re-house their inhabitants means they find themselves on the streets or simply set up new camps elsewhere. Moreover France this week said it was currently opposed to Romania and Bulgaria joining the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone when current restrictions on the movement of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens end in January 2014. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France was concerned about the ability of Romanian and Bulgarian authorities to ensure border security, airing concerns that are also shared by Germany.

France targets Amazon to protect bookshops

That would no longer be the case should they win the league and they would be under more pressure than they already find themselves under, with the club trying to market themselves as a luxury football club brand according to the clubs chief marketing and sales director Bruce Bundrant ( h/t ESPN FC ). PSG are under enough scrutiny thanks to their mega sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourism Authority from last year ( h/t ESPN FC ). But at least the side from the capital have the fans to back up their project and can rely on regular capacity crowds. Monaco are not so lucky, with a minuscule hard-core fan base, impairing the methods by which they can bring capital into the club. Increase in pressure A Ligue 1 title win at this early stage sets the bar incredibly high for a side that could still get picked apart after one successful season together. Given their lack of widespread support, playing for a truly big European side will still be attractive, despite the financial benefits of playing in Monaco ( h/t ESPN FC ) and being a part of the clubs ambitious project. The expectations would be massive though and without a steady fan base and the ability to sell-out their own stadium on a regular basis, Monaco would struggle to develop into a truly big club. Instead, the approach will need time and patience in order for the number of supporters to grow and with it, for Monacos status and reputation to develop. Michael Regan/Getty Images Winning Ligue 1 straight off the bat would also put a number of very young players potential progress in jeopardy. The temptation for Monaco to bring in ready-made talent instead of continuing to nurture their own would be great, particularly in the Champions League. Potential further investment One of the most intriguing outcomes of a potential Monaco title win would be the effects that the victory has on outside interest in the league. Ranieris side triumphing in Le Championnat at the first time of asking could appeal to new wealthy businessmen intent on investing in a European football club in a thriving league. Marseille, as Frances most successful and arguably best-supported team, could perhaps be the next Ligue 1 side that will become attractive to investors. Their history, stadium and fans make them an attractive proposition for any wealthy businessman looking to take on a club. Plus, they may well already be in Europe again should somebody decide to invest in them next summer.

Projecting the Impact of a Monaco Title Win in France

Aurelie Filippetti, the culture minister who originally proposed the move, denounced Amazon for its alleged “strategy of dumping,” saying the company used offers of free delivery to get around French laws that control the price of books. Speaking during the debate in the National Assembly, she said: “Once they are in a dominant position and have wiped out our network of bookshops, it is a strong bet that they will raise their delivery charges.” More from the Financial Times: The new law, which will now go for ratification by the Senate, is the latest move by France against big US internet companies, which it believes are unfairly using their market power to overwhelm local competition. Google’s Schmidt on Amazon’s Bezos & strategy CNBC’s Jon Fortt sat down with Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, about the release of its new Kindle tablet. Eric Schmidt, Google executive chairman, shares his thoughts on Jeff Bezos and Amazon. “Jeff Bezos is a tremendous American entrepreneur,” says Schmidt. The Socialist government of President Francois Hollande is lobbying the EU to regulate digital platforms and applications and is pushing international efforts to reach agreement on taxing companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon where customers use their websites. Defending France’s cultural assets against the perceived threat especially from US products and companies has strong cross-party support. All main parties supported the new law, which will be added to 1981 legislation that allows a maximum 5 percent discount on the centrally-fixed single price for books. “The impact will be greatest both on the depth of the catalog [offered to consumers] and on small publishers for whom the internet represents a big part of their business,” Amazon said. But politicians on the left and right expressed concern about the fate of France’s strong tradition of independent bookshops in the face of fast-rising internet sales, which captured 13 percent of the market by 2011, according to figures in a parliamentary report. Amazon claims some 70 percent of the online sales.