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  1. August 26, 2014

    Hollande replaces firebrand economy minister with former banker

    President François Hollande has unveiled a rehashed Socialist government, stripped of leftwing dissidents, charged with...

  2. January 15, 2014

    French business calls on François Hollande to take bold action

    French business has called on President François Hollande to match his promise of accelerated reforms with action, saying...

  1. August 28, 2013

    Chorus of boos greet François Hollande’s pension reforms

    Billed as the biggest test to date of his willingness to undertake structural reforms, French President François Hollande’s...

  2. 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...

  3. May 14, 2013

    Struggling France strives to shake off economic gloom

    Eric Hémar has a privileged bird’s eye view of the French economy as he observes what kind of products enter and exit one of...

  4. January 11, 2013

    Hollande hails labour market reform deal

    French employers and trade unions have agreed a breakthrough deal on reforms of the country’s rigid labour regime, handing a...

  5. October 16, 2012

    Should executives comment on politics?

    THE PROBLEM Former General Electric chief executive Jack Welch caused a storm this month when he in effect accused the Obama...

  6. October 4, 2012

    France’s Hollande in flap over ‘pigeons’

    France’s Socialist government has been forced into retreat by an online revolt by entrepreneurs and investors against its...

  7. September 14, 2012

    Hollande rejects shale gas fracking

    François Hollande has slammed the door on the exploitation of France’s big oil and shale gas deposits using “hydraulic...

  8. September 5, 2012

    Businesses call for urgent action on euro

    Leading business groups in France, Germany, Italy and Spain issued a joint call in advance of Thursday’s European Central...

  9. August 30, 2012

    Hollande seeks to win over business

    The debate among hundreds of French employers gathered for their annual “summer university” this week has had a distinctly...

  10. August 29, 2012

    France earmarks €2.3bn to cut joblessness

    France’s socialist government is to spend €2.3bn next year to combat youth unemployment, despite its need to find more than...

  11. August 28, 2012

    France cuts fuel prices to boost economy

    France’s socialist government has struck a deal with fuel suppliers to cut petrol and diesel prices by 6 euro cents a litre...

  12. June 26, 2012

    French government raises minimum wage

    France’s Socialist government announced the first real-terms increase in the minimum wage for six years on Tuesday, but...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. June 6, 2012

    Hollande restores right to retire at 60

    France’s new socialist government moved to cut the minimum retirement age for thousands of French workers on Wednesday,...

  16. May 29, 2012

    Hollande government confronts grim outlook

    France’s new socialist government sat down with trade unions and employers for the first time on Tuesday, facing the...

  17. April 25, 2012

    French business wary of Hollande victory

    When Laurence Parisot, head of the French employers’ union, last month praised President Nicolas Sarkozy for his...

  18. March 5, 2012

    France shows the way in placing more women on boards

    From Ms Laurence Parisot. Sir, It’s about time that European companies revealed their targets for women in senior roles...

  19. January 5, 2012

    Sarkozy rushes to cut labour costs

    A reform of the way France finances its welfare programmes, shifting the burden from employment charges to sales tax, is to...

  20. November 15, 2011

    Sarkozy to tackle French labour costs

    President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a review of the funding of France’s social welfare system on Tuesday, saying the heavy...

  21. November 15, 2011

    Q&A: Laurence Parisot, president of Medef

    Laurence Parisot has been the president of Medef, the French employers’ union, since 2005. She holds a master’s degree in...

  22. November 15, 2011

    49. Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette

    Company: Sonepar Last year’s position: New Age: 60 Nationality: French Sector: Electrical equipment distribution Location:...

  23. October 30, 2011

    Business to press for G20 unity

    Business leaders from the world’s leading economies are set to press for firm action on growth, trade and social issues at...

  24. October 7, 2011

    Businesses urge quantum leap to beat crisis

    Business leaders in the three largest eurozone states have appealed to their governments to make a “quantum leap” to tackle...

  25. FT Alphaville

    May 17, 2011

    Strauss-Kahn faces pressure to quit

    Senior European officials on Tuesday called on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to quit as head of the International Monetary Fund...

  26. May 17, 2011

    Strauss-Kahn faces pressure to quit

    Senior European officials on Tuesday called on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to quit as head of the International Monetary Fund...

  27. May 11, 2011

    Borders as the final frontier

    Multinational companies are used to pondering whether to shift their headquarters from one country to another. Rarely do...

  28. March 2, 2011

    Lombard forced to depart France Telecom

    Didier Lombard, the former France Telecom chairman who was forced to step down after a wave of suicides, was compelled on...

  29. February 14, 2011

    If persuasion doesn’t work, legislation will be inevitable

    From Ms Laurence Parisot. Sir, We welcome the FT’s belief that voluntary targets for female board representation (“Women at...

  30. September 4, 2010

    CBI French style

    Making the summer last a little longer, the French employers body, the Medef in Paris drew a seriously tanned crowd at its...

  31. June 15, 2010

    Business chiefs condemn bank capital plans

    Business leaders in France and Germany are sounding the alarm over plans to force banks to hold more capital to cover...

  32. June 14, 2010

    Business leaders attack bank capital plans

    Business leaders in France and Germany are sounding the alarm over plans to force banks to hold more capital to cover...

  33. April 29, 2010

    Do not forget the critical supply of finance needed by smaller companies

    From Ms Laurence Parisot. Sir, What do grapes and potatoes have in common with banking regulation? Potentially too much,...

  34. September 6, 2009

    CMA CGM founder calls for EU backing

    Banks and public bodies must help protect the survival of Europe’s three big shipping companies as they face the container...

  35. September 4, 2009

    Divisions likely over stance on bankers' pay

    The mood towards bankers is ugly, as Michel Pébereau, chairman of BNP Paribas, learnt yesterday when he tried to defend the...

  36. September 3, 2009

    Splits likely over bankers’ pay

    The mood towards bankers is ugly, as Michel Pébereau, chairman of BNP Paribas, learnt on Thursday when he tried to defend...

  37. May 14, 2009

    Evidence on profit sharing undermines Sarkozy's populist mandate

    Laurence Parisot, head of Medef, France's employers federation, declared the demise this week of one of Nicolas Sarkozy's...

  38. May 14, 2009

    Profit-sharing data undermine Sarkozy's populist mandate

    Laurence Parisot, head of Medef, France's employers federation, declared the demise this week of one of Nicolas Sarkozy's...

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