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    1. The World

      November 3, 2014

      Montebourg goes to business school

      Michael Stothard in Paris Arnaud Montebourg, the socialist former French industry minister best known for threatening to...

    2. 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...

    1. September 21, 2014

      Pilots vote to extend Air France strike

      Air France management was no closer at the weekend to agreeing terms with its pilots a week after they called a paralysing...

    2. The World

      September 11, 2014

      The gulf in budget discipline between Paris and Berlin

      Like anyone familiar with the French definition of budgetary discipline, I didn’t spill my coffee in shock on Wednesday...

    3. August 31, 2014

      Renzi and Hollande in a bid for reform

      Matteo Renzi and François Hollande may be struggling to deliver structural reform but they can at least see the need for it....

    4. August 31, 2014

      French prime minister Manuel Valls appeals for party unity

      French prime minister Manuel Valls has launched a strong appeal to the ruling Socialist party to rally behind President...

    5. August 29, 2014

      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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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