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EU unveils €300bn global investment plan to rival China

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The European Union has unveiled a €300 billion infrastructure investment plan. The Global Gateway project is designed to counter the growing influence of China's Belt and Road Initiative – with a focus on sustainability. Also in the show – Fiji opens up to tourists for the first time in over 600 days, and America's labour shortage hits the seasonal Santa lookalike industry.

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How Amazon inspired France’s new unicorn: Robotics startup Exotec CEO on success

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The robotics startup Exotec has become France's 25th unicorn company, valued at $2 billion after its latest fundraising round. The firm makes robots for e-commerce depots, and counts big names like Carrefour, Uniqlo and Decathlon among its customers. Exotec's CEO Romain Moulin told FRANCE 24 the inspiration for the company actually came from online retail giant Amazon.

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What can Joe Biden do to tackle record inflation in the US?

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During a press conference to mark his first year in office, US President Joe Biden cited high prices as one of the biggest problems facing the United States. Inflation hit a 40-year high of 7 percent in December. Our correspondents report from Washington on how a higher cost of living is driving many workers to change jobs for higher pay, and FRANCE 24's Business Editor Stephen Carroll looks at how the French government is tackling this issue.

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Winners and losers of Microsoft’s $75 billion deal to buy Activision Blizzard

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Shares in Sony slumped more by than 10 percent in Tokyo on Wednesday on news of Microsoft's $75 billion deal to buy the video games maker Activision Blizzard. Investors fear the acquisition could mean popular titles like Call of Duty would be moved exclusively to Microsoft platforms. FRANCE 24's Business Editor Stephen Carroll examines the consequences of the deal for the companies involved, and their rivals.

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