Fine wines, champagne and cheese are part of France's reputation as one of the world's most renowned food nations. But there are growing fears that foreign food producers are copying France's recipe for success. Is this really the case? In Beyond Business we look specifically at the complaints brought forward by sea salt producers in the Guérande region.
Biofuel producers in the European Union have cried foul after a Swedish company succeeded in dodging a European tax on imported ethanol. We examine the consequences for the continent's fledgling biofuel industry.
With China's low-cost manufacturers flooding Morocco's markets, makers of such traditional goods as oriental slippers are feeling the heat. Yet, in Casablanca's souks, local producers say poor quality will thwart Chinese competition.
The halal food business accounts for three billion euros in sales in France and more than 150 billion dollars throughout the world. Big companies want to be part of that growing market, but in France there is no law to regulate production.
Between now and 2012, four new luxury hotels are due to open their doors in Paris. Yet, with the French capital's already crowded luxury sector feeling the pinch of the global economic crisis, the industry is bracing for a bloodbath.
International universities are fighting a fierce battle to be classified amongst the world's top establishments ranked by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Underfunded and lagging behind, French universities are struggling to keep up.