France says treating Iran’s nuclear overture with caution
World champions France are through to the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament in England after Poland’s title defence was ended in elite round Group 4. Related Items Draw, ambassadors confirmed Before their decider against Sweden in Dungannon, France whose squad included 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup winner Delphine Cascarino held a two-point lead over their opponents, with Poland and hosts Northern Ireland out of contention. Following their 1-0 triumph, secured by substitute Perle Morroni’s 73rd-minute goal, Guy Ferrier’s team take their place in next Thursday’s draw at Burton Town Hall, which already involves England, Spain, Scotland, Austria and Germany. Poland beat Sweden in Nyon in June to win their first women’s title, but their hopes of defending the crown in England looked slim after an opening 3-0 loss to France, Marine Julian, Anissa Lahmari and substitute Manon Uffren getting the goals. Sweden defeated Northern Ireland 2-0, Rebecka Blomqvist striking on 28 and 56 minutes. Two days later Sweden were two up inside 22 minutes in their final rematch against Poland through Blomqvist and Julia Zigiotti Olme. Substitute Aleksandra Lizon reduced arrears and Dominika Grabowska levelled in added time, but Poland’s reign was over. France beat Northern Ireland 2-0 to go top, Mathilde Jouanno getting both goals. France, after their last-day success, will now aim to finish in the top three in England so they can defend their world title in Costa Rica in March. Poland at least signed off with three points, prevailing 1-0 against Northern Ireland courtesy ofLizon’s second-half effort. UEFA.com 1998-2013. All rights reserved. Last updated: 17/10/13 19.47CET
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“We are waiting for substantive change,” Fabius told parliament. “Given what he know on Iran, the Guide (Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) being the same, we are compelled to be cautiously open.” Paris has been one of the strongest advocates of sanctions to pressure Iran over its nuclear program. The United States and its allies suspect Iran is seeking nuclear bomb-making capability despite Tehran’s insistence that its program has only peaceful aims. French President Francois Hollande was the first Western leader to meet new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in September, warning that Paris expected “concrete gestures”. “It is too early to draw conclusions,” Fabius said. “France will not mix up appearances with reality.” So far Iran has defied U.N. Security Council demands that it halt enrichment and other sensitive nuclear activities, leading to multiple rounds of crippling international sanctions that have reduced Iranian oil exports, caused inflation to soar and the value of the Iranian rial currency to plummet. Speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the talks, a Western diplomat said the negotiations had been neither positive nor negative, but the major powers had been able to ask specific questions on key issues and received certain answers creating a basis to move forward. “We can’t say that we will find a solution in the coming weeks, but we now have a tool for a common exchange,” he said. The fact that all the Iranian negotiators spoke English made life easier, he added.
France’s Wine Stocks Reach 12-Year Low After 2012 Harvest Slide
French estates, cooperatives and other producers held 29.9 million hectoliters of wine at the Aug. 1 start of the season, equivalent to 4 billion bottles, from 34.7 million hectoliters at the start of 2012-13, Philippe Janvier, in charge of wine statistics at the crop office, told reporters today. Thats the lowest since at least 2001-02, the crop office said. Last years wine-grape harvest was the smallest in at least 40 years after weather damage and disease, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Rising bulk wine prices more than made up for a drop in volumes sold in 2012-13, with the cost of bulk whites without a regional indication jumping 32 percent, FranceAgriMer data show. Stocks are at historically low levels, very much below the five-year average, Janvier said in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France. Due to the weakness of supply, prices rose to a rather high level. This years wine production will probably rise less than the 6.6 percent increase to 44.1 million hectoliters forecast by the Agriculture Ministry, based on the outlook provided by various regions, according to Eric Rosaz, in charge of wine industry at FranceAgriMer. The ministry forecasts are a bit optimistic, Rosaz said. We wont be very far from 43.5 million hectoliters. 2001-02 Low Wine producers start the season with the lowest stocks since at least 2001-02, FranceAgriMer said, citing customs data. Inventories of wine with a protected designation of origin fell to 23.2 million hectoliters as of Aug. 1 from 25.8 million hectoliters a year earlier. The biggest slide in wine inventories was noted in the combined regions of Burgundy , Beaujolais, Savoy and Jura, where stocks slumped 30 percent to 1.72 million hectoliters, according to the crop office.
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