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  1. 18 hours ago

    France: Rock bottom

    A desolate image broadcast live this week to a French public that has all but despaired of his presidency summed up the...

  2. August 28, 2014

    François Hollande steps up call for EU budget flexibility

    François Hollande has called for a special eurozone summit to agree measures to boost growth and soften the tempo of budget...

  1. August 26, 2014

    Hollande takes a political gamble

    François Hollande, France’s president, is not known for decisive leadership. Yet this week he has acted with...

  2. 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...

  3. The A-List

    August 26, 2014

    The French crisis reflects the eurozone's woes

    As soon as the latest gross domestic product figures emerged, showing that the French economy was becalmed in the second...

  4. August 25, 2014

    Arnaud Montebourg: clever and loud with presidential ambitions

    Fiery and flamboyant in equal measure, Arnaud Montebourg never strays from controversy. As President François Hollande’s...

  5. August 25, 2014

    Insurrection forces François Hollande to act

    François Hollande, a politician renowned for his caution, acted with uncharacteristic speed on Monday to shake up his...

  6. August 25, 2014

    François Hollande purges government after leftwing revolt

    François Hollande has purged his embattled Socialist government of leftwingers opposed to EU austerity after a revolt led by...

  7. August 1, 2014

    The entrepreneur who has challenged the French establishment

    In France, Xavier Niel is seen either as an oafish troublemaker with a sleazy past or a US-style entrepreneur who has shaken...

  8. July 15, 2014

    Hollande in search of that regal touch

    If François Hollande was having difficulty seeing his way out of his troubles he has no excuse now. The French president has...

  9. The World

    July 10, 2014

    Montebourg bides his time ahead of 2017 election

    As François Hollande’s socialist government has taken a distinct turn to the right under Manuel Valls, his reformist prime...

  10. July 7, 2014

    US punishment of foreign banks’ sins could backfire

    Who needs aircraft carriers, stealth bombers or attack drones? The US has a much more powerful weapon to impose its foreign...

  11. June 23, 2014

    Try as they might, the French cannot deter the capitalists

    Why do investors care so little about the French government’s antipathy to free markets? Its resistance to Anglo-Saxon...

  12. June 23, 2014

    BNP and US cross the ‘T’s and dot the ‘I’s

    The transatlantic negotiations between BNP Paribas and US authorities over the French bank’s alleged sanctions violations...

  13. June 22, 2014

    France claims victory in forcing GE to revise its Alstom energy bid

    France’s socialist government has claimed a resounding victory for state intervention after forcing General Electric to...

  14. June 22, 2014

    GE deal ‘victory’ for role of French state in economy

    It was a moment to savour for Arnaud Montebourg, France’s flamboyant economy minister who carries the torch for the...

  15. June 20, 2014

    Alstom board unanimously approves revised GE bid

    The Alstom board has approved General Electric’s revised bid, a day after France’s socialist government gave the green light...

  16. June 16, 2014

    How Paris repelled General Electric from Alstom takeover

    Siemens and Mitsubishi make Alstom bid It was at a glitzy state dinner in Washington in early February that stylish Clara...

  17. June 12, 2014

    France deliberates after Siemens changes tack in Alstom bid

    French president François Hollande met senior ministers on Thursday to consider the last-minute change of tack from Siemens...

  18. June 11, 2014

    Bouygues Telecom to cut 1,500 jobs in fight for survival

    Bouygues Telecom, France’s third-largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to slash more than 15 per cent of its...

  19. May 22, 2014

    GE extends bid deadline for Alstom unit

    General Electric has extended a deadline for its $16.9bn bid for the energy business of Alstom of France, giving it more...

  20. May 21, 2014

    Google feels political wind shift against it in Europe

    Google has absorbed many blows in Europe over a torrid month: from court defeats over privacy to political jibes and even...

  21. FT Alphaville

    May 16, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Investors continued to retreat from stocks in Asia on Friday morning after poor eurozone data increased pressure on...

  22. May 15, 2014

    French takeovers: wind power

    Were France ever to suffer a power shortage, the government has a ready-made source of renewable energy at hand. Economy...

  23. May 15, 2014

    French ‘nuclear weapon’ against foreign takeovers sparks UK blast

    France’s Socialist government has provoked a sharp clash with the UK over how to deal with controversial foreign corporate...

  24. Brussels Blog

    May 9, 2014

    French veteran of euro crisis bids au revoir

    After months of speculation, official confirmation finally came on Friday that Ramon Fernandez, one of the central players...

  25. May 8, 2014

    France steps up campaign to weaken euro

    France’s socialist government, struggling to reverse a 15-year decline in French competitiveness, is growing increasingly...

  26. May 8, 2014

    ECB likely to keep rates on hold at 0.25%

    Increasing signs that the eurozone economic recovery is broadening have reduced the already slim chances of an interest-rate...

  27. May 6, 2014

    GE continues dancing to the French tune as it seeks to win Alstom

    Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of General Electric, had a world-weary look in Paris last week when asked about the French...

  28. May 6, 2014

    France to oppose GE’s $13.5bn Alstom deal

    The French government said it would oppose General Electric’s $13.5bn offer for Alstom’s energy business, saying that it...

  29. May 2, 2014

    Week in Review, May 3

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Alstom-GE agreement angers French...

  30. May 1, 2014

    Kron shrugs off French government to pursue GE bid

    Veteran French industrialist Patrick Kron knew he was in trouble when news leaked last week that he had been plotting to...

  31. April 29, 2014

    General Electric meets an uncourtly reception in Paris

    Make a list of ways in which the French government could boost its ailing economy, and tormenting a foreign investor with...

  32. April 29, 2014

    Alstom accepts GE offer but leaves room for Siemens bid

    Alstom’s board has accepted a €12.35bn all-cash offer from General Electric for its energy arm, but the engineering group...

  33. April 28, 2014

    Siemens and GE in rival efforts to woo Paris

    General Electric of the US and Siemens of Germany on Monday launched a charm offensive to win France’s socialist government...

  34. The A-List

    April 28, 2014

    Alstom forces Hollande to choose between duty and love

    The future of two of the most famous names in British industrial history is in the balance this week. They are the subject...

  35. April 28, 2014

    GE / Alstom: commanding heights

    “GE and Alstom have their timetable which is that of shareholders, but the French government has its own . . . that of...

  36. April 28, 2014

    Hollande meets GE and Siemens over Alstom

    The chief executives of the three conglomerates involved in the scrap to buy Alstom, the French national engineering...

  37. April 28, 2014

    General Electric’s bid for Alstom puts François Hollande on spot

    As if François Hollande did not have enough problems on his plate, General Electric’s bid to take over the bulk of...

  38. April 25, 2014

    GE to hold talks with French government over bid for Alstom

    General Electric executives will meet French politicians over the weekend to discuss the potential acquisition of Alstom....

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