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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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....

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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