Flames and smoke rise from burning tyres as a worker sits on a barricade blocking the entrance of US tyre-maker Goodyear’s plant to protest job cuts in Amiens. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Executives from the Goodyear tyre company were released unharmed yesterday afternoon, after being held hostage by communist trade unionists.Some 200 m(...)

Titan International: bet on Europe’s rebounding economy.

Titan International, the US tyre and wheel manufacturer, is planning to nearly double the size of its European business in a bet on the continent’s re(...)

Paris Plage, the artificial beach provided in central Paris in summertime. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

When a bank holiday falls on Tuesday or Thursday, French employees take the Monday or Friday off as well. The practice is known as a (...)