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France enters crucial week of talks with unions on pensions

French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to reach a "quick compromise'' in talks this week with worker unions as nationwide protests and strikes rage on against the government's plans to overhaul the pension system.

During a Cabinet meeting on Jan. 6, Macron insisted that the new system must be financially sustainable, according to government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye.

Christine Lagarde's Team at the European Central Bank is Made up Entirely of Men (PHOTO)

European Central Bank's new head Christine Lagarde posted a solemn photo of her new team at the European Central Bank (ECB), but she probably did not expect what kind of reaction she would provoke, the newspaper Figaro writes in an online publication.

The photo shows Lagarde in front of a large round table surrounded by her new team, made up entirely of men.

Bernard-Henri Levy | Athens | April 1

One of the most prominent figures of the French intelligentsia for a good four decades, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy will be in Athens to stage his work "Looking for Europe" - a monologue about the future of the European idea which is threatened by the rise of nationalism - at the Pallas Theater on Monday, April 1, at 8 p.m..

France's Le Pen Ordered to Undergo Psychiatric Tests over IS Tweets

AFP - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen expressed outrage Thursday after being ordered to undergo psychiatric tests for tweeting pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group.

Le Pen shared the gruesome images in December 2015, a few weeks after IS jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Paris, sparking widespread condemnation in France.

'No longer possible' to utilize Lagarde list, says head of revenue authority

The head of Greece's  Independent Authority for Public Revenue admitted on Monday that tax authorities can no longer investigate the so-called Lagarde list for possible tax evaders, following two decisions by the Council of State last year.

In June 2017, the administrative court ruled any tax audits conducted that stretch back beyond a five-year limit are unconstitutional.

Open-Air Film Festival | Athens | To August 29

The Athens Open-Air Film Festival continues on Friday, July 6, with the 1965 French mystery "The Sleeping Car Murders" (Compartiment tueurs), directed by Costa-Gavras from the novel by Sebastien Japrisot, starring Simone Signoret, Michel Piccoli, Yves Montand and Jean-Louis Trintignant. This year's festival program includes 18 classic films, many of which are famous literary adaptations.

'Let them eat cake!'

The queen of France supposedly said "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche," which translates into English as "Let them eat cake!" Though there is no historical evidence that Marie-Antoinette ever said such a thing, but history liked it, it must be one of the most often repeated phrases, perhaps because it remains as a good example of a reign oblivious to the poor, suggesting the people should eat fancy