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    Bouygues warns sales will fall due to public sector slowdown in France

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  1. 5 hours ago

    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...

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    Russians cool on luxury London homes as Italians move in

    Wealthy Russians are cooling on London’s luxury houses, leaving Italians as the only large group of buyers increasing their...

  3. 22 hours ago

    The German locomotive has become Europe’s liability

    The news that German output declined in the second quarter has dented the country’s economic euphoria, but only a little....

  4. August 27, 2014

    Emmanuel Macron symbolises Hollande’s bet on economic reforms

    Emmanuel Macron, France’s precocious new economy minister, was full of praise for his ousted predecessor when he formally...

  5. August 27, 2014

    IMF’s Christine Lagarde placed under formal investigation

    Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation by a French court on...

  6. FT Alphaville

    August 26, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Martin Wolf on what’s wrong with corporate governance - “The unemployment rate in the first half...

  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

    France borrowing costs slide on ECB hopes

    As France awaits its new government and the outcome of a domestic political battle over how best to tackle its economic...

  9. August 26, 2014

    S&P to offer European ‘ratings lite’ product

    Standard & Poor’s is offering medium-sized European companies a “ratings lite” product that would have less onerous...

  10. 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...

  11. August 26, 2014

    UAE and Egypt warned over air raids in Libya

    The UN’s newly appointed envoy to Libya on Tuesday warned that outside intervention would not prevent the country’s slide...

  12. August 26, 2014

    Accor profits rise as financing costs fall and expenses delayed

    Accor hotels group reported a 14.5 per cent increase in operating profit for the first half of the year due to lower...

  13. FT Alphaville

    August 26, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Tuesday, - Surviving the absence of trophy kids. - Austerity, France and memories. - In which the “Gandhi of...

  14. 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...

  15. August 25, 2014

    After decades of stalling, a day of reckoning for France

    After two years of compromise, France’s President Normal has met his moment of truth. The stand-off between François...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. August 24, 2014

    British workers cheaper to employ than Spanish

    Britain’s labour costs have dropped below Spain’s as a wage squeeze and weaker pound have transformed the UK into a low cost...

  20. August 24, 2014

    Doyenne of wine dynasty Philippine de Rothschild dies in Paris

    Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, head of the Rothschild family wine dynasty and a leading figure in France’s and the...

  21. August 24, 2014

    Slide in French construction highlights François Hollande’s woes

    François Hollande has promised to unveil measures this week to fire up France’s flatlining economy, including moves to...

  22. August 22, 2014

    Deauville rendezvous

    Arriving in Deauville from Paris in the early evening I went to the hotel and lay on my bed watching racehorses paddling in...

  23. August 22, 2014

    Dabbler who switched from coffee to champagne

    When Nicolas Feuillatte decided to launch himself into the champagne business, the wealthy coffee trader knew little about...

  24. August 22, 2014

    Anti-Semitism is a menace to us all

    The bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has generated anger and debate around the world. Many have been...

  25. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    Germany vs France on the euro, part deux

    A brief follow-up to this morning’s post in response to a question we received on Twitter… Below is a chart showing the full...

  26. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Buiter on helicoptor drops: David clocks a new paper from Citi’s Willem Buiter, on why...

  27. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    Deutsch-Rückhalte and le malaise français

    With a hat-tip to our friends at CreditSights, check out the starkly different paths of household indebtedness in France and...

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    August 21, 2014

    Legal hodge-podge frustrates Asean harmonisation

    Of all the colonial legacies left by Britain, France and the Netherlands in Asia, one of the least talked-about – yet...

  29. August 20, 2014

    Westinghouse urges EU to break dependency on Russian nuclear fuel

    Westinghouse, the Japanese-US atomic group, is pressing the EU to introduce competition rules that will break eastern...

  30. August 20, 2014

    US hedge funds hope to bridge European cultural divide

    In Henry James’s late 19th century novel The American, a brash businessman travels to France in search of a wife only to...

  31. August 20, 2014

    Non-Anglos won’t let us speak their languages

    This isn’t fair, I said in French to two fellow conference-goers during a coffee break. You are in the majority here. We...

  32. August 20, 2014

    Germany agrees to arm Iraq in break with post-war tradition

    Germany broke with post-war tradition on Wednesday and agreed to supply weapons to Iraq to combat Islamist militants in an...

  33. August 19, 2014

    François Hollande faces gloomy ‘rentrée’

    François Hollande will reconvene his cabinet on Wednesday after a holiday in the south of France, with ministers already...

  34. FT Alphaville

    August 18, 2014

    Global macroeconomic imbalances are shrinking (and not)

    The chart is from a recent IMF working paper. Don’t celebrate too quickly, though. Here’s a description of what has...

  35. August 17, 2014

    Europe pessimistic on income equality as Americans cling to dream

    Most Europeans think their societies are far less equal than they are, while Americans are unusual in believing that their...

  36. August 15, 2014

    French politician and Russian oligarch team up for Crimean theme park

    A French populist-conservative politician and investor has agreed to build a historic theme park in the Russian-annexed...

  37. August 15, 2014

    Bonomi on cusp of owning Club Med after 11th-hour bid

    Until March, when he started amassing shares, the closest that Andrea Bonomi had come to Club Méditerranée was when one of...

  38. August 15, 2014

    The fuse under the Fifth Republic

    France’s national crisis expresses itself in multiple ways. It is about poor economic growth, rising public debt and high...

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