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  1. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    Germany vs France on the euro, part deux

    A brief follow-up to this morning’s post in response to a question we received on Twitter… Below is a chart showing the full...

  2. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    Deutsch-Rückhalte and le malaise français

    With a hat-tip to our friends at CreditSights, check out the starkly different paths of household indebtedness in France and...

  1. beyondbrics

    August 20, 2014

    Guest post: French, Swiss central banks swell rush to hold renminbi

    By Jukka Pihlman, Standard Chartered Adopted at pace by central banks around the world, China’s renminbi is now seen by many...

  2. August 14, 2014

    France warns on budget deficit target

    France has demanded more leniency from Brussels and Berlin on its austerity programme after figures showed it would badly...

  3. February 14, 2014

    France returns to growth in fourth quarter

    Germany and France, Europe’s two biggest economies, posted better than expected growth in the fourth quarter of last year,...

  4. February 9, 2014

    Transcript of interview with Danièle Nouy

    FT Could we get a sense of your targets in terms of the start-up of the SSM [Single Supervisory Mechanism] and when you...

  5. October 28, 2013

    Christian Noyer urges French government to step up reform

    To step into the office of the governor of the Banque de France is to step back in time. The gilded grandeur of the room...

  6. FT Alphaville

    June 4, 2013

    VFM central banking

    Gaspard Koenig has been sounding off, entertainingly, at the Centre for Policy Studies on the costs associated with the...

  7. FT Alphaville

    June 3, 2013

    The ECB, negative rate confusion and the prepay tax option

    The ECB meets this week and expectations about what Draghi and team may or may not do seem to be erring towards the...

  8. May 29, 2013

    Brussels steps up pressure on Hollande

    Brussels has cranked up the rising pressure on President François Hollande to take bold action to revive the French economy,...

  9. March 11, 2013

    The shock news that made gold price soar

    Shortly after 8pm on September 26 1999, Wim Duisenberg, then president of the European Central Bank, made an unexpected...

  10. February 4, 2013

    ECB told to double its manpower

    The European Central Bank will need to more than double its manpower and hire around 2,000 bank supervision staff to put the...

  11. January 16, 2013

    Germany creates pile of golden opportunities

    Criminal masterminds and Hollywood scriptwriters have been put on notice. Germany’s central bank is planning to shift 54,000...

  12. The A-List

    January 16, 2013

    The meaning of Germany's gold decision

    The Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, has decided to move part of its gold holdings from the Federal Reserve Bank in New...

  13. January 16, 2013

    Bundesbank weighs bullion against public pressure

    No one would quite admit it, but the announcement on Wednesday by the Bundesbank that it was undertaking a huge transport...

  14. December 13, 2012

    Chancellor praises banking union deal

    A banking union deal struck in Brussels in the dead of Wednesday night was a “significant moment” in forging a new...

  15. December 4, 2012

    Long road to a single EU bank regulator

    When analysts at Barclays published a note on Santander in October, it sounded a bearish note on the Spanish bank’s capital...

  16. December 3, 2012

    London mayor hits back at ‘French attack’

    Boris Johnson has launched an offensive against France’s central bank governor, accusing him of a “naked attempt to steal...

  17. December 3, 2012

    Currency trading – franc-ly speaking

    Charles de Gaulle used to obsess about the “exorbitant privilege” he claimed the US dollar enjoyed from its role as the...

  18. FT Alphaville

    December 3, 2012

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks gained on positive China manufacturing data, with the MSCI Asia Pacific index rising 0.2% and on track for its...

  19. December 2, 2012

    UK’s euro trade supremacy under attack

    The City of London should be deposed as the euro’s main financial centre so the single currency club can “control” most...

  20. Nick Butler

    November 22, 2012

    Europe and the high cost of indifference

    Anglo-French relations could hamper negotiations over UK nuclear power stations. Image by Getty Another European summit, and...

  21. November 9, 2012

    Germany agrees to cut spending

    Germany’s ruling centre-right coalition agreed on Friday to trim overall spending and cut the government’s net borrowing...

  22. September 2, 2012

    Bank regulators warm to liquidity rethink

    Global regulators are coalescing around plans to soften the impact of planned bank liquidity buffers by allowing...

  23. August 12, 2012

    Public confidence in Hollande slides

    Just 100 days after he became France’s president, public confidence in François Hollande has taken a tumble, with a poll...

  24. August 10, 2012

    French economy hit by summer chill

    François Hollande, the French president, wants his ministers to stay in France for their summer holidays. Perhaps he is...

  25. August 8, 2012

    French central bank warns on recession

    France will probably slip back into recession before the autumn, its central bank has warned, showing the difficulties ahead...

  26. July 5, 2012

    French banks to scrap interbank debit fees

    French banks have agreed to scrap interbank fees for direct debits and payments, among the highest in Europe, in the latest...

  27. July 1, 2012

    Hollande ready to tackle public finances

    François Hollande, fresh from his first full eurozone crisis summit, is set to turn his attention to the daunting challenge...

  28. Brussels Blog

    June 12, 2012

    3 designs for banking union (and the turf war ahead)

    Planning for a European banking union is racing ahead, in spite of the considerable political obstacles. The vision is for...

  29. May 27, 2012

    French banks face Greek woes

    Shareholders in Crédit Agricole booed last week as they vented their fury at the management of the French bank most exposed...

  30. Money Supply

    April 24, 2012

    The return of financial repression in the UK

    Banque de France governor Christian Noyer might have failed to assure credit rating agencies that it was Britain, not...

  31. April 15, 2012

    Generation of investors ‘may shun eurozone’

    The eurozone sovereign bond markets have lost vast numbers of international investors, possibly for a generation, say fund...

  32. February 17, 2012

    A franc farewell

    “Comment te dire adieu?” This question must have been in the mind of a few Frenchmen as they swapped their last francs for...

  33. FT Alphaville

    February 17, 2012

    For the ECB, a French (history) lesson

    On French inflation during the 1920s, that is. Central bankers continue to be oh-so-blasé about their ever-expanding balance...

  34. FT Alphaville

    February 9, 2012

    Here be Draghi, on ECB collateral [updated]

    Some interesting points about the ECB’s expansion of the collateral it will accept for funding at February’s three-year...

  35. FT Alphaville

    January 23, 2012

    ECB slashes list of acceptable assets

    The European Central Bank has removed almost a third of the bank debt it added three weeks ago to the list of assets against...

  36. January 22, 2012

    ECB trims bank debt against which it will lend

    The European Central Bank has removed almost a third of the bank debt it added three weeks ago to the list of assets against...

  37. December 18, 2011

    UK will fare better in this Anglo-French spat

    “one prefers to be French than British at the moment on the economic level” – François Baroin, French economy minister “ ...

  38. December 16, 2011

    Large deficit is UK’s weak point

    At the heart of the Anglo-French war of words is one question: should Britain’s or France’s triple A credit rating be under...

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