France steadies NASCAR during credibility crisis
(Photo: Darko Bandic, AP) France beat Lithuania 80-66 Sunday in Eurobasket 2013 title game in Ljubljana, Slovenia Tony Parker won tournament MVP for leading France to first major international basketball title Nicolas Batum had team-high 17 points for France, while Linas Kleiza had 20 for Lithuania SHARE 51 CONNECT 19 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) Tony Parker finally has an international title to go with his three NBA rings although it was his France teammates who stole the spotlight in the European championship final. With Parker having a quiet game for once, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw provided the scoring as France won its first major basketball title by beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday. It was a victory that ended a decade of frustration for Parker and a talented French generation, which lost the final against Spain two years ago and took bronze in 2005. “It’s been an unbelievable journey chasing this title,” Parker said. “I would change nothing.” The San Antonio Spurs guard led France to the under-18 world championship title in 2000, and said he made a promise back then that he would give the senior team its first international success as well. Thirteen years later, it’s mission accomplished. “I went to everyone’s room last night in the hotel and I told them that there was no way we were going to lose this game,” Parker said. France broke open a close game by finishing the third quarter with a 14-0 run that kept Lithuania scoreless for four minutes. The French lead grew to 22 points with three minutes remaining in the third and Lithuania never came close to a comeback. Batum had 17 points and Diaw added 15, while Linas Kleiza led Lithuania with 20. Parker finished with 12 points, after scoring just four through the first three quarters. But his scoring and leadership during the run to the final including 32 points against defending champion Spain in the semifinals earned him the tournament MVP award. “We had a perfect plan, the coach said they would double-team me and that I had to trust my teammates and not to worry if I don’t score much,” Parker said.
2,866 pounds of cocaine worth $270 million found onboard Air France plane
All change is expensive in the short term even if its beneficial in the long term, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said today in a speech about the environment in Paris. The nuclear levy will be applied to Electricite de France SA s existing atomic reactors, he said. The carbon tax will be introduced progressively on fossil fuels in order to earn 4 billion euros ($5.4 billion) in 2016. President Francois Hollande , who vowed during his election campaign to reduce reliance on nuclear to half of total output by about 2025 while also keeping down consumers bills, hasnt yet said how he will reconcile those aims. The country gets about three-quarters of the power it produces from EDFs 58 nuclear reactors, more than any other nation. The energy transition will cost an estimated 20 billion euros a year, Hollande said yesterday. Our nuclear fleet will be asked to contribute, Ayrault said today at the end of a two-day conference on the environment. The tax would apply over the remaining lifetime of our reactors. Frances Green party, which had said it would withdraw support for the Socialist government over the slow pace of policy initiatives, applauded the carbon tax announcement and new incentives towards home renovations for improved energy use. Ayrault didnt give details of how much EDF, which is 84 percent owned by the government, will have to pay. The utility is compensated for the higher cost of electricity produced by wind turbines and solar panels it buys through a tax on power bills called the CSPE. Carbon Tax The planned carbon tax, to be called a climate energy contribution, will be neutral next year and generate 2.5 billion euros in 2015 and 4 billion euros in 2016, Ayrault said. It will be applied to gasoline, diesel, coal, natural gas as well as heavy and heating fuels. Fishing and transport workers will be exempt from the levy while industrial plants that qualify for carbon quotas will keep their system, according to Ayrault.
We can’t worry about what other people were given.” The third generation France to lead the racing series formed in 1948 by his grandfather, the late Bill France Sr., Brian France has a more open-door policy than his father ever did during his three decades leading NASCAR, particularly since the disastrous debut of the Car of Tomorrow in 2007. France views that car as one of the biggest mistakes of his reign, and since has tried to rely on more input from team owners, drivers and manufacturers on important decisions. “I think Brian’s done a good job. I work with him. Sometimes he listens. He doesn’t listen all the time. We debate issues sometimes. I’m proud to say sometimes I win. I’d like to win all the time,” said Bruton Smith, owner of Speedway Motorsports Inc. and the late Bill France Jr.’s biggest adversary. “But I don’t. We’ll continue to go down the road with him.” In this case, Waltrip said MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman had a dialogue with France, but it didn’t make a difference. “They were pretty well set on their decision, and we elected to accept the penalties and try to move forward,” Waltrip said. It’s impossible for France to not have similarities to his father, who had zero tolerance for anyone who messed with his show. “In our family, the way everything works, you grow up around the dinner table, so he was getting a pretty good education from Bill when he was very young,” said Jim France, Bill’s brother and the current executive vice president of NASCAR.
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Another 881 pounds was also transported aboard by truck. NEWS WIRE SERVICES Comment KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images French Interior minister Manuel Valls talks to journalists in front of cocaine seized by French police. The haul had a street value of $270 million. Related Stories Children are the silent and small victims of skyrocketing number of home meth labs French police seized 2,866 pounds of pure cocaine carried on an Air France passenger plane from Caracas as well as 881 pounds transported by truck, Journal Du Dimanche reported, citing comments by prosecutors in Nanterre Saturday. Prosecutors held a press conference in the Paris suburb, at which France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls was present, to discuss the haul, an Interior Ministry spokesman said by phone today. He declined to confirm details reported by the newspaper, referring calls to prosecutors, who couldn’t immediately be reached. “Air France is cooperating closely with the Interior Ministry, which has requested maximum confidentiality in this investigation,” airline spokesman Herve Erschler said by telephone today. An internal investigation is also under way, he said. RELATED: WOMAN BUSTED FOR STASHING COCAINE IN FAKE BABY BUMP The contraband, confiscated on Sept. 11, was stored in 31 suitcases checked in by passengers who didn’t board the plane, Journal Du Dimanche reported. The second seizure was from a truck destined for Luxembourg from the eastern part of France, the newspaper said. The drugs were seized after an investigation by French judicial police collaborating with their Spanish, British and Dutch counterparts that was under way for several weeks, according to the report. Authorities say the cocaine has a street value of $270 million.