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Air France in July announced plans to increase the number of flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Las Vegas McCarran airport, to support increased travel to CES 2018.

Air France, Delta Partnership to Add Additional Flights to CES 2018

Air France in July announced plans to increase the number of flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Las Vegas McCarran airport, to support increased travel to CES 2018. The French carrier, in its partnership with Delta, will add an additional 12 nonstop flights on the route in early January. “France is the third most represented country at [CES],” stated Zoran Jelkic, senior vice president, France, Air France-KLM. “With our exceptional offer of nonstop lights alongside Delta, we are combining our strengths to meet this high demand.”

World's First Solar Highway Opens in France

The village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy is the world’s first to receive a solar highway and is now undergoing a two-year test drive. The highway, just one kilometer long, features 2,800 meters of photovoltaic cells. The Colas construction company built the highway, which cost an estimated $5.2 billion. Ségolène Royal, France’s ecology minister, hopes to have one kilometer of solar roadways for every 1000 kilometers of roadway in the country.

France’s Faurecia Takes Majority Stake in China’s Jiangxi Coagent Electronics

Looking ahead to what Faurecia Chief Executive Patrick Koller calls the “cockpit of the future,” the French company has purchased a majority stake in Chinese in-car entertainment technology company Jiangxi Coagent Electronics for 1.45 billion renminbi ($126 million or 193 million euros). The move follows a number of deals with technology companies, including partnerships with French dronemaker Parrot and German auto parts company ZF Group.

Tour de France Features Sensors, IoT Technology

Cycling fans took a deep dive into rider data at this year’s Tour de France held July 1 through July 23, thanks to technology supplied and managed by IT company Dimensional Data. The race’s 198 riders were equipped with multiple sensors including a GPS sensor, RF chip and a rechargeable battery. Thanks to the sensors, everyone from race organizers to fans and broadcasters could access comprehensive data on the riders throughout the race via the Tour de France mobile app.

Google Prevails in French Tax Ruling

After six years of sparring with the French tax authority, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, won a major victory when a judge found that the company was not accountable for 1.11 billion euros, or $1.27 billion, in taxes. While the ruling is expected to be appealed, the judgment is expected to have implications for other technology companies operating in France, including Apple and Amazon.

Mark Chisholm, Consumer Technology Association

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