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    1. October 3, 2014

      Le French bashing: a potted history

      John Lewis managing director Andy Street has caused controversy with his comments that France is “sclerotic, hopeless and...

    2. September 29, 2013

      Nestlé scrutinises its L’Oréal stake

      When Nestlé investors gather at the company’s Vevey headquarters for a two-day seminar on Monday, there will be one question...

    1. FT Alphaville

      July 29, 2013

      France sallies forth into pari passu case, shows more esprit than Washington surrender monkeys

      Quelle blague with the pari passu saga, sometimes. You go to all this effort to scare off the IMF from so much as bleating...

    2. July 1, 2013

      French competition watchdog probes Apple resale practices

      France’s competition watchdog has raided a number of Apple premises and those of some of its French retailers and...

    3. June 16, 2013

      French companies adopt ‘say on pay’ to avert legislation

      French companies, under pressure from the Socialist government, have agreed a new set of corporate governance rules...

    4. April 15, 2013

      Pearson to sell BDFM stake to Times Media

      South Africa’s Times Media Group has reached an agreement with Pearson to acquire the UK-listed company’s 50 per cent stake...

    5. February 22, 2013

      ‘Le French-bashing’ misses the mark

      Maurice Taylor, chief executive of the Titan tyre company, first came to public attention in the US in 1996 when he ran, or...

    6. February 13, 2013

      Low growth forces Hollande retreat

      France’s socialist government has signalled that it will not hit its targets for cutting the deficit as the economy falters,...

    7. December 14, 2012

      Hollande under pressure to show his hand

      As if a bruising battle with steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal were not enough, François Hollande’s socialist government this...

    8. November 28, 2012

      Le Monde hit by sudden death of editor

      Erik Izraelewicz, executive editor of Le Monde and one of France’s most prominent journalists, has died suddenly at the age...

    9. November 26, 2012

      Mittal and Hollande in ‘blackmail’ talks

      Lakshmi Mittal will fly into Paris on Tuesday for emergency talks with the president of France over an extraordinary...

    10. October 9, 2012

      ST-Ericsson move lifts STMicroelectronics

      Confirmation that STMicroelectronics is exploring “strategic options” for its lossmaking ST-Ericsson arm triggered buying of...

    11. September 1, 2012

      France agrees rescue for mortgage lender

      PARIS, Sept 1 – The French government said on Saturday it had agreed to rescue troubled mortgage provider Crédit Immobilier...

    12. June 19, 2012

      French business frustration boils over

      When David Cameron, Britain’s conservative prime minister, was relayed on French radio news programmes on Tuesday morning...

    13. June 19, 2012

      French business takes aim at Hollande tax plans

      French business has strongly attacked the new Socialist government’s plans to raise taxes and impose other restrictions on...

    14. April 30, 2012

      Hollande warns of hidden jobs axe

      French business is storing up thousands of job losses until after the presidential election, according to François Hollande,...

    15. FT Alphaville

      January 13, 2012

      Rate as I say, not as I do

      From the European Commission in November: 2. More transparent and more frequent sovereign debt ratings. Member States would...

    16. December 28, 2011

      Jobless rise puts pressure on Sarkozy

      In contrast to the resilience of neighbouring Germany, a sharp rise in unemployment has underscored the gloomy economic...

    17. October 7, 2011

      S&P downgrades Dexia divisions

      Standard & Poor’s on Friday downgraded Dexia’s main subsidiaries, as the Belgian government met to determine the bank’s...

    18. FT Alphaville

      October 3, 2011

      Dexia en chute encore

      Sauver le financement des collectivités, oui, sauver le soldat Dexia, non! …Or Dexia, getting in trouble, again. There’s a...

    19. FT Alphaville

      May 27, 2011

      Oh dear oh Dexia [updated]

      Update (1215 UK time): It was an accelerated asset sale, as Les Echos reported below, but quite a nasty one — into fire sale...

    20. May 10, 2011

      Safran and Thales resume asset swap talks

      Safran and Thales have resumed talks on asset swaps as the French government seeks to streamline procurement involving the...

    21. April 13, 2011

      Safran victim of cyberattacks

      Safran says it was the victim of two cyberattacks in what is believed to be an attempted case of espionage at the French...

    22. April 1, 2011

      Hermès looks to sell Gaultier shareholding

      French luxury group Hermès is looking to divest its 45 per cent shareholding in fashion house Jean-Paul Gaultier, a year...

    23. Money Supply

      February 15, 2011

      Willkommen Herr Draghi

      Showing masterly timing, Mario Draghi, Italy’s central bank governor - fast becoming the frontrunner to succeed Jean-Claude...

    24. February 9, 2011

      Le Monde to elect editorial director

      Journalists at Le Monde, the venerable French newspaper of record, will on Thursday decide who will lead them into a new...

    25. February 4, 2011

      French mobile groups to take on PayPal

      France’s three big mobile phone operators are to create the first French online payments service and a competitor to Ebay’s...

    26. FT Alphaville

      December 20, 2010

      Defence of the realm - Chip & Pin edition

      First yoghurts and now seemingly chip and pin machines are vital to France’s national interest, according to reports out of...

    27. December 16, 2010

      Eurozone worries slow December rally

      The December rally continued in Europe as the wider equity markets climbed higher. But gains across the region were limited...

    28. December 13, 2010

      Kuwait’s Areva stake deal includes put option

      Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund will be able to sell its 4.8 per cent stake in the French nuclear group Areva back to the...

    29. September 24, 2010

      France pulls back on bank tax plan

      France expects to raise €400m ($535m) from its planned bank tax, considerably less than the UK and Germany, amid signs of a...

    30. September 23, 2010

      Package of measures on table at Basel

      Global financial regulators are debating an interlocking menu of measures to reduce risk at the world’s largest banks to...

    31. September 23, 2010

      GDF Suez pulls out of key reactor project

      The future for France’s new-generation nuclear technology is looking uncertain after it emerged that GDF Suez, the world’s...

    32. July 15, 2010

      Time to focus energy on avoiding future disasters

      As BP makes its latest attempt to plug the devastating oil leak in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it may be time for...

    33. July 6, 2010

      Eurozone surges away from losing streak

      Stocks across the eurozone surged on Tuesday as investors looked to pick up oversold shares, helping the region’s benchmark...

    34. June 24, 2010

      Lagarde aims for €1bn from bank tax

      The French government intends to raise between €300m and €1bn ($1.23bn) a year from its planned bank levy, considerably less...

    35. June 12, 2010

      Sarkozy intervenes to try to block Le Monde bid

      The race to recapitalise Le Monde took a new turn yesterday when it emerged that President Nicolas Sarkozy intervened...

    36. June 12, 2010

      Sarkozy opposes bidders for Le Monde

      The race to recapitalise Le Monde took a new turn yesterday when it emerged that Nicolas Sarkozy had intervened against the...

    37. June 11, 2010

      Sarkozy seeks to block bid for Le Monde

      The race to recapitalise Le Monde took a new turn on Friday when it emerged that President Nicolas Sarkozy intervened...

    38. May 12, 2010

      Sarkozy triumphs in his bid to rewrite the rules

      The French government yesterday vowed to "reinvent the European model", describing the €750bn plan to prop up the eurozone...

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