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  1. April 1, 2014

    François Hollande turns to scourge of ‘pompous’ left to revive fortunes

    Manuel Valls, Spanish-born scourge of France’s “pompous” left, took over at the head of President François Hollande’s...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    April 1, 2014

    Au revoir Ayrault

    Lionel Bonaventure/AFP France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover...

  1. March 31, 2014

    Hollande fires prime minister in bid to relaunch presidency

    French President François Hollande has sacked his prime minister in a bid to revive his flagging administration after a...

  2. March 31, 2014

    Hollande launches reshuffle after poll blow

    The abrupt government reshuffle launched by French president François Hollande after his ruling Socialist party suffered a...

  3. The A-List

    March 24, 2014

    French alienation, abstention and National Front success

    The English Channel narrowed a little overnight. The French woke up this morning to discover that they have been afflicted...

  4. March 20, 2014

    François Hollande braced for France municipal elections setback

    France’s socialist government has warned against advances by the far-right National Front as President François Hollande’s...

  5. March 6, 2014

    France revises down jobless rate as Hollande battles slow growth

    France has revised sharply downwards its official unemployment rate in the latest twist to a highly charged political debate...

  6. February 13, 2014

    French government gives ground to protesters in taxi tussle

    The French government has made a fresh concession to the traditional taxi industry in what has become one of the most...

  7. The A-List

    December 31, 2013

    UK and France: more in common than they dare admit

    The British and French have a remarkable ability to irritate each other. That skill was demonstrated again recently when...

  8. December 2, 2013

    France adopts cautious approach to more Sunday trading

    France’s government has ruled out the fundamental changes sought by retailers to the restrictions on Sunday trading, but...

  9. The A-List

    November 21, 2013

    It will take more than a football match for Hollande to raise his game

    François Hollande took a big risk on Tuesday night. The French president turned up incognito, with only a small company of...

  10. November 20, 2013

    François Hollande promises tax reform – but not a tax cut

    France’s socialist government has promised a shake-up of the country’s onerous tax system in a bid to defuse protests...

  11. November 13, 2013

    Racist portrayal of French minister sparks outrage

    France’s increasingly assertive extreme right has provoked new outrage with the publication on Wednesday of a magazine cover...

  12. October 29, 2013

    Ecotax revolt in France forces new climbdown by Hollande

    Mounting protests over France’s heavy tax burden forced President François Hollande’s struggling socialist government into...

  13. FT Photo Diary

    October 25, 2013

    Ayrault kept waiting in the rain

      Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Jean-Marc Ayrault, French prime minister, waits for the arrival of Enrico Letta, his Italian...

  14. October 14, 2013

    French far-right victory stirs fear among mainstream parties

    A local council by-election in a small town in the sleepy hinterland of France’s Côte d’Azur would not normally be the stuff...

  15. October 9, 2013

    Brussels denies border agency funds to deal with refugees

    As civil war raged in Syria, the head of the EU’s border agency last year went to the authorities in Brussels with a request...

  16. September 2, 2013

    Paris reveals intelligence to quell opposition disquiet on Syria

    France unveiled intelligence reports asserting the Syrian regime’s responsibility for a “massive and co-ordinated” chemical...

  17. September 1, 2013

    François Hollande wrongfooted by US move on Syria

    France has been forced on to the defensive by President Barack Obama’s decision to delay a military strike on Syria,...

  18. July 9, 2013

    France outlines €12bn investment plan to help modernise economy

    The French government, anxious to match its rhetoric on promoting growth over budget austerity, has unveiled a €12bn plan to...

  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 3, 2013

    France cuts tax breaks for wealthier families to close deficit

    France’s socialist government, under strong pressure to reform its big and costly social welfare system, has unveiled plans...

  21. May 7, 2013

    François Hollande pins hopes of fresh start on cabinet reshuffle

    President François Hollande plans to inject new impetus to France’s ailing economy with a cabinet reshuffle and a new...

  22. April 29, 2013

    French socialists red-faced over anti-German attacks

    François Hollande’s government has sought to distance itself from damaging attacks on Germany from within the ruling...

  23. April 24, 2013

    Paris hires Pisani-Ferry in move to bolster economic advice

    France’s socialist government has brought in the director of one of Europe’s most influential think-tanks to advise it on...

  24. April 23, 2013

    Vienna tries to cling on to bank secrecy

    Ever since Luxembourg’s finance minister said earlier this month that his country would ease its bank secrecy rules,...

  25. April 15, 2013

    French ministers reveal their wealth

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

  26. April 8, 2013

    French president struggles in tax crisis

    All members of France’s socialist government have been given a week to publish full details of their wealth as President...

  27. April 3, 2013

    Hollande promises to root out corruption

    François Hollande, facing the worst political crisis of his presidency, promised new measures to root out ministerial...

  28. April 2, 2013

    Paris ex-minister admits to secret Swiss account

    France’s former budget minister has admitted to lying repeatedly when he denied holding a secret Swiss bank account, dealing...

  29. March 26, 2013

    French unemployment hits 16-year high

    French unemployment nudged a record level in February as the jobless total rose for the 22nd month in succession to a...

  30. March 21, 2013

    France moves to curb executive pay

    France is set to follow in Switzerland’s footsteps by tackling private sector wages in the latest attack on European...

  31. March 12, 2013

    Snow causes transport chaos in NW Europe

    March 12 – An overnight snowstorm in northwestern Europe forced the closure of Frankfurt airport, caused record traffic jams...

  32. The A-List

    February 21, 2013

    France must get serious about its finances

    On Friday the European Commission releases its latest economic outlook. It will almost certainly confirm that several...

  33. 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...

  34. January 8, 2013

    French budget minister faces tax probe

    French prosecutors are to open a preliminary investigation into allegations that Jérôme Cahuzac, budget minister in François...

  35. January 7, 2013

    France’s gender evolution

    For the first time, a French national government comprising equal numbers of men and women – 17 of each – was formed last...

  36. January 4, 2013

    Bardot joins Depardieu’s Russian exit threat

    A French furore over the apparent departure into tax exile in Russia by flamboyant film actor Gérard Depardieu lurched into...

  37. January 3, 2013

    Paris promises flurry of economic reforms

    François Hollande’s socialist government, facing a grim economic outlook and stung by recent attacks on its tax and...

  38. December 29, 2012

    French court says tax is unconstitutional

    France’s constitutional council has delivered an awkward political blow to President François Hollande by ruling against his...

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