France’s Renault Teams Up With Electric Car Pioneer

French automaker Renault and the Bollore family group that runs a successful pay-as-you go electric car network in Paris, are teaming up to develop technology. Caption PARIS – French automaker Renault and the Bollore family group that runs a successful pay-as-you go electric car network in Paris, are teaming up to develop technology. In a statement, the groups said they had agreed to develop car sharing systems for electric cars and cooperate on the manufacturing of the Bollore Bluecar that has become a common sight in Paris since the launch of the Autolib rental scheme in 2011. French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg said the tie-up, first reported by Le Figaro newspaper, was “necessary”, and would allow Renault to take advantage of the Bollore-developed battery that has proved its merit. The Autolib service deploys all-electric cars for public use on a paid subscription basis, based around a citywide network of parking and charging stations. The successful scheme currently has 34,000 subscribers, 1,800 vehicles and around 4,000 charging points in the French capital and its suburbs, and has been extended to other cities such as Lyon and Bordeaux. There were nearly 6,000 electric cars registered in France last year, of which a third were Autolib’ vehicles, according to the Bollore group. Earlier this week, the Bollore group said it had filed an espionage complaint after two employees of a firm employed by BMW were spotted three times tampering with charging points and Autolib vehicles parked in Paris. BMW denied any wrongdoing. Electric-powered vehicles have yet to take off as a universal mode of transport, but are nonetheless largely expected to be a major seller for automakers in the near future. Electric cars are the go-to highlight at the 65th edition of the IAA auto show currently underway in the western German city of Frankfurt. On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel climbed into Volkswagen’s electric e-Golf as she visited the show on an election campaign stop.

Rwanda genocide: France to release suspect Serubuga

Rwanda had requested the extradition of Laurent Serubuga, a Hutu, who served as Rwanda’s deputy army chief-of-staff. The 77-year-old was arrested in July in northern France under an international arrest warrant issued by Rwanda. An estimated 800,000 people, mostly minority Tutsis, were killed by the ethnic majority Hutus in 1994. Mr Serubuga’s son, Paulin, who was present at the tribunal said his family was relieved by the ruling. “We were expecting a political trial. The lies of Rwanda have not been heard before the judges,” he was quoted by AFP as saying. ‘Classic case’ The court in Douai, France, found that at the time the atrocities were committed, genocide and crimes against humanity were not punishable by law in Rwanda, therefore Mr Serubuga could not be tried retroactively for crimes that were not part of the penal code. French law does not grant extradition in cases where the defendant does not have fundamental guarantees that his rights will be protected, Mr Serubuga’s lawyer, Thierry Massis, said. “It’s a pretty classic case,” Mr Massis, told Reuters. The lawyer representing Rwanda’s interests, Gilles Paruelle, said he was not surprised by the decision as France had rejected several similar previous extradition requests. More on This Story

Lithuania knock off France, Serbia undefeated in group

Alexis Ajinca of France (L) vies with Robertas Javtokas of Lithuania during the European basketball championships second round match between Lithuania and France in Ljubljana, on September 11, 2013. Four players scored in double figures – led by 15 from Renaldas Seibutis – as Lithuania put together a superb defensive showing in a 76-62 victory over France, who reached the European final two summers ago before losing to Spain. The 62 points scored by France were 18.6 points fewer than their average of 80.6 through the first five games. And France’s NBA star Tony Parker was held to 11 points, down from his previous average of 18.8 points per game. The loss leaves both Lithuania and France at 2-1 in the group, one victory behind Serbia. The Serbs improved to 3-0 after surviving a dog-fight with Belgium 76-69, Nenad Krstic scoring 17 points. Stefan Markovic hit for 15 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 12 points. “It was a very tough match for us. Maybe we were a bit under pressure because we knew it was a very big game for us. But at the end we managed to get this win,” said Krstic, the veteran leader of the youngest team in the competition. Belgium, who were in the second round for the first time since 1993, dropped to 0-3 in the group despite 16 points from Wen Mukubu. Latvia meanwhile improved to 1-2 in the group thanks to a dominating 85-51 win over Ukraine. Kristaps Janicenoks made four of four three-pointers in scoring 14 points and pacing a Latvian attack that made 15 three-pointers and shot 52 percent from three-point range. Rihards Kuksiks added 13 points and Martins Meiers chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Sergii Gladyr scored 12 points but could not keep Ukraine from dropping to 1-2 in the group The competition continues Thursday with action in Group F as Finland take on Croatia, Greece square off against two-time reigning champs Spain, and hosts Slovenia play against undefeated Italy.