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  1. April 15, 2014

    A French mix of exotic high-tech

    As a purveyor of subsea drones, blast doors and 3D printing machines for making replicas of human skulls, Raphaël Gorgé...

  2. April 7, 2014

    French government ‘vigilant’ over sale of national champions

    The flurry of spectacular deals involving French companies – which peaked on Monday with the takeover of Lafarge, the cement...

  1. April 5, 2014

    Altice to buy France’s SFR in €17bn deal

    European cable group Altice has emerged victorious in its battle with Bouygues to buy France’s second-biggest telecom...

  2. April 2, 2014

    François Hollande boosts left in cabinet reshuffle

    President François Hollande has promoted prominent leftists in his revamped Socialist government days after appointing...

  3. April 1, 2014

    François Hollande’s deficit plea sets up clash with Brussels

    A demand by France for more leeway in imposing Berlin-backed austerity policies has reignited a fight at the core of the...

  4. March 19, 2014

    A dirty pretty city takes on Beijing

    Paris in the spring was not meant to be like this. For several days last week a nasty brownish haze hung over the city as...

  5. March 14, 2014

    France’s industry minister wades into SFR bid battle

    A top member of France’s socialist government has barged into an imminent decision by media giant Vivendi to sell its SFR...

  6. March 9, 2014

    Bouygues agrees €1.8bn network sale to Iliad to win SFR

    A looming shake-up of France’s highly competitive mobile market has taken a new twist with a €1.8bn deal by Bouygues to sell...

  7. February 26, 2014

    Peugeot must transform to justify French rule-bending

    As white knights go, this one is pretty off-colour. Last week France’s PSA Peugeot Citroën confirmed that Chinese carmaker...

  8. February 21, 2014

    France plans to invest in state mining venture

    Days after investing heavily in an ailing survivor of 20th-century manufacturing, France’s socialist government is to pump...

  9. January 22, 2014

    French government gives Peugeot independence guarantee

    The French government will press PSA Peugeot Citroën to increase production at home when it buys a stake in the carmaker,...

  10. January 22, 2014

    French industry minister assails Brussels on state aid for industry

    France’s outspoken industry minister has launched a blistering attack on EU rules that restrict state aid to the sector,...

  11. FT Alphaville

    January 21, 2014

    Peugeot et le patriotisme

    L’Etat intervient de multiples manières: il organise la résistance économique lorsque que nous avons des défaillances...

  12. January 6, 2014

    French Goodyear plant executives taken hostage amid dispute

    Trade union members at a Goodyear tyre plant in northern France have taken two of their managers hostage in a pay-related...

  13. December 13, 2013

    French rapper Abd Al Malik on mixing hip-hop and Camus

    Abd Al Malik is a French hip-hop artist whose potent lyrics and poised rapping have made him into a brooding poster boy for...

  14. October 27, 2013

    Tyremaker Titan changes track on Europe plants

    Titan International, the US tyre and wheel manufacturer, is planning to nearly double the size of its European business in a...

  15. October 22, 2013

    Titan chief makes U-turn on French tyre plant

    Arnaud Montebourg, France’s industry minister, has said he has received an offer to buy a tyre plant from Maurice Taylor,...

  16. FT Photo Diary

    September 24, 2013

    French socialists meet

    Nicolas Tucat/AFP Michel Sapin, France’s socialist parliamentary Labour minister, and Arnaud Montebourg, minister for...

  17. September 12, 2013

    France unveils sweeping plan to revive flagging industrial base

    France has unveiled a sweeping plan to revive its flagging industrial prowess that underscores efforts by the Socialist...

  18. July 14, 2013

    French president Hollande vows to drive through budget cuts

    François Hollande said on Sunday he would press ahead with controversial and difficult budget cuts as the French president...

  19. June 27, 2013

    French government warned on budget deficit

    France has little chance of meeting its budget targets this year, the country’s auditor has warned. The Cour des Comptes...

  20. June 24, 2013

    José Manuel Barroso hits back at criticism from French minister

    José Manuel Barroso, head of the EU’s executive arm, has waded into battle with a French minister who accused him of fueling...

  21. June 6, 2013

    Stéphane Richard defends role at France Telecom

    Stéphane Richard has been forced to defend his position at the head of France Telecom after it appeared to be called into...

  22. May 2, 2013

    Inside Business: Dirigisme dies hard in France

    Arnaud Montebourg could hardly have chosen a more fitting day to launch his latest public assault on one of the world’s...

  23. May 1, 2013

    Paris takes credit for rebuffing Yahoo video bid

    France’s Socialist government has claimed that it blocked a bid by Yahoo to “devour” a growing online video business owned...

  24. April 21, 2013

    Mittal urges France to lower energy costs

    Lakshmi Mittal, the steel tycoon at the centre of a bruising row last year with France’s Socialist government, said on...

  25. The World

    April 16, 2013

    Revealed: the wealth of France’s socialists and their secret love of Renaults

    There’s nowhere left to hide! The champagne socialists have been outed, their secret extravagance and hypocritical lives of...

  26. April 15, 2013

    French ministers reveal their wealth

    France’s socialist government ministers revealed a catalogue of possessions including Paris apartments, provincial houses,...

  27. April 14, 2013

    French ministers fear ‘caviar left’ tag

    Arnaud Montebourg, France’s leftwing industry minister, has declared a Charles Eames chair he bought for €4,300; the culture...

  28. March 7, 2013

    Hollande faces pressure over jobs pledge

    President François Hollande faces growing pressure over his promise to halt rising unemployment after France’s jobless rate...

  29. February 26, 2013

    Italian vote sparks unease in eurozone

    The stalemate in the Italian elections was greeted with a mixture of shock and grim determination in European capitals on...

  30. February 24, 2013

    Minister rejects anti-France ‘falsehoods’

    Arnaud Montebourg, France’s firebrand industry minister, has accused the country’s growing band of economic critics of...

  31. February 23, 2013

    Titanic battle

    Central casting surely provided the protagonists in this week’s clash over the French way of working. On one side is an...

  32. 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...

  33. February 21, 2013

    French bosses admit business fears valid

    The bosses of several of France’s biggest companies have weighed in to the controversy over comments by the head of a US...

  34. February 20, 2013

    US tyremaker drives over French pride

    François Hollande’s socialist government has been dragged into a new fight over its economic policies, this time by the...

  35. February 5, 2013

    Hollande defies Berlin over currency

    François Hollande’s call on Tuesday for the eurozone to manage its exchange rate was a clear case of concern about the state...

  36. January 8, 2013

    Hollande mired in taxation policy paradox

    There was a distinct sense of anticlimax in Paris on Tuesday, after a week in which Gérard Depardieu had led a media circus...

  37. 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...

  38. December 10, 2012

    Montebourg says EU is world’s ‘idiot’

    Arnaud Montebourg, the firebrand French industry minister, on Monday labelled the EU as the “idiot of the global village” as...

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