That’s what I try to teach to the young guys on my team, to explain to them that every detail is important if you want to beat a good team like Spain.” The defending champs have not been infallible in Slovenia over these past 16 days. Far from it. In losses to Italy, Greece and the hosts, there were uncharacteristic lapses and a slide in standards. They are without Navarro, Europe’s sharpest shooter, and Pau Gasol’s decision to merely be a spectator here has weakened their frontcourt just enough to give others hope. “But,” said French forward Boris Diaw , “now they’re not there, they play more from the perimeter. And the guys from the outside play even better. Sergio Rodriguez is better than the year before. Other guys have stepped up. They’re still a very good team.” So, lest we forget, is France. And part of the reason is a collective drive that this current group should create history rather than be a footnote in the achievements of others. “I always joke with Pau that if it weren’t for his generation, I’d have a lot more gold medals,” Parker said. He has a silver souvenir from the last EuroBasket, and a bronze from 2005. More than most. “Now I’m just missing the nicest medal,” he said.
Air France is behind its competitors in terms of restructuring, thats why they need further measures, said Yan Derocles , an analyst at Oddo Securities in Paris. While the most recent results started showing the fruits of some of their initial moves on short-medium haul traffic, Air France is still one or two years behind the competition. Laying Groundwork The French carriers shares have advanced less than 1 percent this year, and traded at 7.06 euros at 10:09 a.m. in Paris. The performance compares with a 75 percent gain at British Airways Parent International Consolidated Airlines Group SA. (IAG) Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA) , which announced yesterday that CEO Christoph Franz plans to leave next year, has lost 1.7 percent since the start of 2013. At tomorrows meeting, the airline wont give specifics on proposed steps, instead presenting the business case for the changes, and providing employees with at least some financial information to make the case clearer, two of the people said. The first announcements are for internal distribution only and the airline has no immediate comment, according to an official at the Paris-based airline. Discussions with workers will lay the groundwork for an Oct. 4 meeting between management and employees at which measures will be formalised, the people said. Management is also expected to tell the employee group that a fleet of all-cargo planes should be cut from 13 to four, they said. No Turnaround Air France established bases in Marseille, Nice and Toulouse less than a year ago, betting that local planes and crews would avoid commutes and save money, as well as expand its offerings to a local population eager for new routes.