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  1. June 16, 2013

    French companies adopt ‘say on pay’ to avert legislation

    French companies, under pressure from the Socialist government, have agreed a new set of corporate governance rules...

  2. January 11, 2013

    Hollande hails labour market reform deal

    French employers and trade unions have agreed a breakthrough deal on reforms of the country’s rigid labour regime, handing a...

  1. October 4, 2012

    France’s Hollande in flap over ‘pigeons’

    France’s Socialist government has been forced into retreat by an online revolt by entrepreneurs and investors against its...

  2. September 14, 2012

    Hollande rejects shale gas fracking

    François Hollande has slammed the door on the exploitation of France’s big oil and shale gas deposits using “hydraulic...

  3. August 30, 2012

    Hollande seeks to win over business

    The debate among hundreds of French employers gathered for their annual “summer university” this week has had a distinctly...

  4. June 26, 2012

    French government raises minimum wage

    France’s Socialist government announced the first real-terms increase in the minimum wage for six years on Tuesday, but...

  5. June 19, 2012

    French business frustration boils over

    When David Cameron, Britain’s conservative prime minister, was relayed on French radio news programmes on Tuesday morning...

  6. June 19, 2012

    French business takes aim at Hollande tax plans

    French business has strongly attacked the new Socialist government’s plans to raise taxes and impose other restrictions on...

  7. June 6, 2012

    Hollande restores right to retire at 60

    France’s new socialist government moved to cut the minimum retirement age for thousands of French workers on Wednesday,...

  8. May 29, 2012

    Hollande government confronts grim outlook

    France’s new socialist government sat down with trade unions and employers for the first time on Tuesday, facing the...

  9. April 25, 2012

    French business wary of Hollande victory

    When Laurence Parisot, head of the French employers’ union, last month praised President Nicolas Sarkozy for his...

  10. March 5, 2012

    France shows the way in placing more women on boards

    From Ms Laurence Parisot. Sir, It’s about time that European companies revealed their targets for women in senior roles...

  11. February 14, 2012

    French business seeks radical reforms

    French business has laid out a radical manifesto for the looming presidential election, calling for a fully federal “United...

  12. November 15, 2011

    Sarkozy to tackle French labour costs

    President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a review of the funding of France’s social welfare system on Tuesday, saying the heavy...

  13. November 15, 2011

    Q&A: Laurence Parisot, president of Medef

    Laurence Parisot has been the president of Medef, the French employers’ union, since 2005. She holds a master’s degree in...

  14. October 30, 2011

    Business to press for G20 unity

    Business leaders from the world’s leading economies are set to press for firm action on growth, trade and social issues at...

  15. October 7, 2011

    Businesses urge quantum leap to beat crisis

    Business leaders in the three largest eurozone states have appealed to their governments to make a “quantum leap” to tackle...

  16. FT Alphaville

    May 17, 2011

    Strauss-Kahn faces pressure to quit

    Senior European officials on Tuesday called on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to quit as head of the International Monetary Fund...

  17. May 17, 2011

    Strauss-Kahn faces pressure to quit

    Senior European officials on Tuesday called on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to quit as head of the International Monetary Fund...

  18. May 11, 2011

    Borders as the final frontier

    Multinational companies are used to pondering whether to shift their headquarters from one country to another. Rarely do...

  19. April 12, 2011

    French unions criticise Renault actions

    Two French union leaders have said the steps taken by Renault do not go far enough, after the French carmaker announced the...

  20. March 2, 2011

    Lombard forced to depart France Telecom

    Didier Lombard, the former France Telecom chairman who was forced to step down after a wave of suicides, was compelled on...

  21. February 14, 2011

    If persuasion doesn’t work, legislation will be inevitable

    From Ms Laurence Parisot. Sir, We welcome the FT’s belief that voluntary targets for female board representation (“Women at...

  22. June 15, 2010

    Business chiefs condemn bank capital plans

    Business leaders in France and Germany are sounding the alarm over plans to force banks to hold more capital to cover...

  23. June 14, 2010

    Business leaders attack bank capital plans

    Business leaders in France and Germany are sounding the alarm over plans to force banks to hold more capital to cover...

  24. April 29, 2010

    Do not forget the critical supply of finance needed by smaller companies

    From Ms Laurence Parisot. Sir, What do grapes and potatoes have in common with banking regulation? Potentially too much,...

  25. May 14, 2009

    Evidence on profit sharing undermines Sarkozy's populist mandate

    Laurence Parisot, head of Medef, France's employers federation, declared the demise this week of one of Nicolas Sarkozy's...

  26. May 14, 2009

    Profit-sharing data undermine Sarkozy's populist mandate

    Laurence Parisot, head of Medef, France's employers federation, declared the demise this week of one of Nicolas Sarkozy's...

  27. May 13, 2009

    Sarkozy’s populist mandate undermined

    Laurence Parisot, head of Medef, France’s employer’s federation, declared the demise this week of one of Nicolas Sarkozy’s...

  28. March 26, 2009

    Clash in Paris on executive pay curbs

    France's finance minister yesterday warned against hasty rules to curb excessive executive pay as Nicolas Sarkozy, the...

  29. March 25, 2009

    Clash in Paris on executive pay curbs

    France’s finance minister on Wednesday warned against hasty rules to curb excessive executive pay as President Nicolas...

  30. November 28, 2008

    Sino-French rift sparks business fears

    Business leaders expressed concern yesterday that French commercial interests could be harmed by fresh tensions between...

  31. November 28, 2008

    France to underpin credit insurance

    The French government yesterday unveiled plans to underwrite €5bn ($6bn) of credit insurance for risky companies in a bid...

  32. November 26, 2008

    Business fears over Chinese-French rift

    Business leaders expressed concern on Thursday that French commercial interests in China could be harmed in the wake of the...

  33. November 25, 2008

    Refusing to raise the white flag

    The mood was far from defeatist at Richard Lambert's CBI conference at the Park Lane Hilton, boasting the strongest series...

  34. October 18, 2008

    Business pleads for faith in free markets

    Leaders of the international business community urged politicians yesterday not to abandon the free market as the world's...

  35. October 17, 2008

    Plea to safeguard free trade

    Leaders of the international business community urged politicians on Friday not to abandon the free market as the world’s...

  36. September 12, 2008

    Elysée retreats on security

    Civil rights groups scored a rare victory in France this week when the government agreed to rethink a plan to allow...

  37. September 11, 2008

    Paris retreats on security database

    French civil rights groups scored a rare victory this week when the government agreed to rethink a plan to allow security...

  38. April 17, 2008

    Patronage at work? How a scandal could lead to labour reform in France

    Dominique de la Lande de Calan is no ordinary French aristocrat. Once a champion parachutist, he boasts that he was the...

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