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  1. October 28, 2013

    Christian Noyer urges French government to step up reform

    To step into the office of the governor of the Banque de France is to step back in time. The gilded grandeur of the room...

  2. October 27, 2013

    France central bank chief says Robin Hood tax is ‘enormous risk’

    Europe’s planned financial transaction tax poses “an enormous risk” to the countries involved and could threaten financial...

  1. FT Alphaville

    June 4, 2013

    VFM central banking

    Gaspard Koenig has been sounding off, entertainingly, at the Centre for Policy Studies on the costs associated with the...

  2. May 28, 2013

    France seeks overhaul of planned EU ‘Robin Hood’ tax

    France is agitating for a full overhaul of Europe’s planned financial transaction tax to scale back its reach over...

  3. December 19, 2012

    France unveils bank reforms

    France unveiled a long-promised overhaul of its banks to protect taxpayers from risky operations, but the Socialist...

  4. December 13, 2012

    Chancellor praises banking union deal

    A banking union deal struck in Brussels in the dead of Wednesday night was a “significant moment” in forging a new...

  5. December 4, 2012

    Global dreams must not divert the City

    The UK’s Autumn Statement, an annual mini-budget, is well named this year. Summer has long gone, while the green shoots of...

  6. December 4, 2012

    Johnson calls for rethink on Europe

    Boris Johnson has called on David Cameron to “pare back” the UK’s relationship with Europe, reducing its involvement to...

  7. Brussels Blog

    December 4, 2012

    Q&A with the top Brussels banking mandarin

    Jonathan Faull, EU Commission's director general for internal market and services Today’s instalment of the FT series on...

  8. December 3, 2012

    EU banking reform frustrates London

    If Britain dominated European carmaking and Germany ruled financial services, EU diplomacy would be an awful lot easier – or...

  9. December 3, 2012

    London mayor hits back at ‘French attack’

    Boris Johnson has launched an offensive against France’s central bank governor, accusing him of a “naked attempt to steal...

  10. FT Alphaville

    December 3, 2012

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks gained on positive China manufacturing data, with the MSCI Asia Pacific index rising 0.2% and on track for its...

  11. December 2, 2012

    UK’s euro trade supremacy under attack

    The City of London should be deposed as the euro’s main financial centre so the single currency club can “control” most...

  12. FT Alphaville

    June 22, 2012

    Caption competition, Alphaville pub quiz edition

    Perhaps you have heard: FT Alphaville hosted its first ever pub quiz on Thursday. A huge thank you to everyone who took part...

  13. Brussels Blog

    June 12, 2012

    3 designs for banking union (and the turf war ahead)

    Planning for a European banking union is racing ahead, in spite of the considerable political obstacles. The vision is for...

  14. May 27, 2012

    French banks face Greek woes

    Shareholders in Crédit Agricole booed last week as they vented their fury at the management of the French bank most exposed...

  15. Money Supply

    April 24, 2012

    The return of financial repression in the UK

    Banque de France governor Christian Noyer might have failed to assure credit rating agencies that it was Britain, not...

  16. FT Alphaville

    December 23, 2011

    François Baroin, Christian Noyer, François Fillon are you watching?

    RTRS-UK TEN-YEAR GILT YIELD FALLS BELOW 2 PERCENT FOR FIRST TIME EVER Update: Actually perhaps the fall isn’t that funny...

  17. December 18, 2011

    UK will fare better in this Anglo-French spat

    “one prefers to be French than British at the moment on the economic level” – François Baroin, French economy minister “ ...

  18. December 16, 2011

    Divided by more than the Channel

    The relationship between Britain and France has long been characterised by mistrust on each side of the other’s reliability....

  19. December 16, 2011

    Large deficit is UK’s weak point

    At the heart of the Anglo-French war of words is one question: should Britain’s or France’s triple A credit rating be under...

  20. December 16, 2011

    French frustration boils over against Britain

    French and British politicians had traded several barbs across the channel in recent months as eurozone crisis tensions have...

  21. Money Supply

    December 16, 2011

    The week ahead in central banking

    Our week ahead email helps you track the most important events in central banking. To see all of our emails and alerts visit...

  22. December 16, 2011

    UK strikes back at French criticism

    Britain has described as “simply unacceptable” attacks on the UK economy by French ministers and central bankers, as...

  23. FT Alphaville

    December 16, 2011

    French attacks on UK grow louder

    François Baroin, French finance minister, on Friday added to the growing war of words between his country and Britain when...

  24. December 15, 2011

    IMF chief warns over 1930s-style threats

    The managing director of the International Monetary Fund has warned that the global economy faces the prospect of “economic...

  25. The World

    December 15, 2011

    Downgrade nation

    A fairly extraordinary attack by Christian Noyer, the head of the Bank of France, on the credit-rating agencies and on...

  26. December 15, 2011

    Noyer takes swipe at British economy

    The governor of France’s central bank has said Britain is more deserving of losing its top-notch credit rating than France...

  27. Westminster Blog

    December 15, 2011

    France to UK - you should be downgraded first

    One could be forgiven for wondering if the “entente cordiale” has become the “entente vitriole” in the last few days....

  28. Money Supply

    December 13, 2011

    The ECB will always prefer Noyer's bazooka

    The European Central Bank’s reluctance to ramp up its government bond purchases has led to it being viewed as the most...

  29. December 12, 2011

    Europe’s MF Global trade

    The good news is that Europe has found its monetary “bazooka”, at least according to Christian Noyer, governor of the Banque...

  30. FT Alphaville

    December 8, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Thursday’s FT, John Gapper: Let rating agencies have their say Despite the...

  31. December 7, 2011

    Let rating agencies have their say

    Despite the criticism that rating agencies have endured in the past three years – much of it justified – someone at Standard...

  32. FT Alphaville

    December 6, 2011

    S&P feels Europe’s ire over ratings threat

    The warning by Standard & Poor’s of a possible future downgrading of 15 members of the eurozone brought angry charges from...

  33. December 6, 2011

    S&P feels Europe’s ire over ratings threat

    The warning by Standard & Poor’s of a possible future downgrading of 15 members of the eurozone brought angry charges from...

  34. FT Alphaville

    November 28, 2011

    IMF denies bailout plain for Italy

    The IMF is considering an “Italian programme” of €400bn to €600bn to help Italy, says Italy’s La Stampa. The newspaper,...

  35. October 6, 2011

    France fights pressure to recapitalise banks

    Nicolas Sarkozy, who will be in Berlin on Sunday for euro crisis talks, must have winced when he heard Angela Merkel, the...

  36. October 3, 2011

    ECB scales back bond purchases

    The European Central Bank bought fewer government bonds in the last five days of September than the previous week, a sign it...

  37. FT Alphaville

    September 26, 2011

    European stocks rise led by banks

    After starting the session with a move lower, European markets have since rebounded and U.S. futures rose, reports...

  38. FT Alphaville

    September 26, 2011

    Retour au futur, le rumeur de French bank recap

    French banks rallying on Monday: Not hard to see the weekend’s trigger. As Bloomberg describes it: The Journal du Dimanche...

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