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    France set to freeze welfare payments

    France’s government is to freeze welfare payments temporarily and sustain a freeze in civil servants’ pay as part of its...

  2. April 14, 2014

    France backtracks in battle over EU deficit target

    France’s Socialist government has said Paris will stick to its budget deficit target, set by the EU, for 2015 – despite...

  1. April 13, 2014

    François Hollande approval rating falls despite reshuffle

    French president François Hollande’s popularity has fallen to a fresh low despite a big reshuffle aimed at relaunching his...

  2. April 8, 2014

    Manuel Valls promises further €11bn cut to French taxes

    France’s new prime minister Manuel Valls has promised more than €11bn in extra tax cuts for businesses and households,...

  3. 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...

  4. April 7, 2014

    Tech sell-off extends Nasdaq losses

    The sell-off in technology stocks saw losses on the Nasdaq index extended to 4.6 per cent over the past three trading...

  5. April 5, 2014

    No reason to give France more time to cut deficit says commissioner

    BRUSSELS, April 5 – There is no reason to further extend a European Union deadline for France to cut its budget deficit, the...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. March 30, 2014

    France’s election results should be a spur to modernise

    The results of the local elections may be a humiliation for France but they also provide an unprecedented opportunity for...

  10. March 27, 2014

    François Hollande prepares response to poor election result

    A stinging blow for his ruling Socialist party and a surge in support for the far-right National Front in France’s local...

  11. March 25, 2014

    France strives to improve its trade position with China

    France is putting its grandest palaces, finest wines and best businesses on display for President Xi Jinping this week as it...

  12. March 19, 2014

    National Front aims for breakthrough in France’s local elections

    Francis Mouche, candidate for mayor for the far-right National Front in a town close to the southwestern French city of...

  13. March 13, 2014

    France: Hollande’s appeal

    Silver-haired François Watrin and his burly son Henri-Pierre, owners of a sawmill in northern France, are far removed from...

  14. March 13, 2014

    Four billionaires battle for France’s telecoms market

    There is no love lost between French billionaires Martin Bouygues and Vincent Bolloré, but that might not stop the two...

  15. March 6, 2014

    Orange rises on hopes of steadier earnings

    Orange, France’s largest telecoms company by customers, saw its shares rise sharply as it predicted that a key measure of...

  16. 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...

  17. March 4, 2014

    François Hollande policy shift yet to bear fruit as elections loom

    Unemployment is still rising, business remains hesitant and the president’s plunging popularity has taken a further tumble....

  18. February 27, 2014

    Swiss economy slows and household confidence in France slips

    The Swiss economy slowed in the fourth quarter while Spain’s did not expand as fast as previously estimated as its growth...

  19. February 21, 2014

    France plans to invest in state mining venture

    Days after investing heavily in an ailing survivor of 20th-century manufacturing, France’s socialist government is to pump...

  20. February 18, 2014

    Construction set for 40,000 new jobs on France business pact

    The increasingly business friendly economic policy being floated by French president François Hollande this year could...

  21. February 17, 2014

    François Hollande pledges fixed tax regime for foreign investors

    President François Hollande has promised guaranteed limits on taxes and a simplified administrative regime for foreign...

  22. February 14, 2014

    Growth brings sigh of relief from French government

    There was an almost audible sigh of relief in Paris when news emerged that the French economy had grown at a faster rate...

  23. February 14, 2014

    Eurozone exceeds hopes in recovery

    The eurozone’s recovery beat expectations at the end of last year, boosting hopes that the region’s crisis years were over...

  24. February 14, 2014

    France returns to growth in fourth quarter

    Germany and France, Europe’s two biggest economies, posted better than expected growth in the fourth quarter of last year,...

  25. 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...

  26. February 13, 2014

    François Hollande gets to grips with €50bn spending cut pledge

    France’s national auditor has an unerring eye for examples of waste of taxpayers’ money. The Cour des Comptes in its latest...

  27. February 11, 2014

    François Hollande targets Silicon Valley ‘brain drain’

    It took a cheque for less than $20,000 and the promise of introductions to the right people to get start-up founder Solomon...

  28. February 11, 2014

    France risks ‘serious blow’ to financial credibility

    France is in danger of missing its deficit reduction targets, risking a “serious blow” to the country’s financial...

  29. February 5, 2014

    Court victory for French online taxi operators

    An attempt by France’s government to placate taxi drivers angered by a threat to their monopoly by making users of private...

  30. February 2, 2014

    French businesses push Hollande to ease labour costs

    To understand the task facing President François Hollande as he battles to reverse record unemployment in France, look no...

  31. January 29, 2014

    France’s PR campaign is missing its target

    Flicking through the television channels recently, I chanced on Pierre Moscovici, the French finance minister, speaking at a...

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    January 28, 2014

    German labour market reforms à la Française

    (Getty) News that François Hollande had a meeting recently with Peter Hartz, architect of Germany’s labour market reforms of...

  33. January 27, 2014

    French unemployment data defy François Hollande’s jobs pledge

    French unemployment rose to a record level in December, forcing President François Hollande to concede failure in his main...

  34. January 26, 2014

    François Hollande attempts to end uproar over his private life

    François Hollande sought to draw a line under one of the most embarrassing episodes faced by a French president with a brief...

  35. January 24, 2014

    Moody’s holds French debt rating

    France’s socialist government has escaped a feared new sanction by a leading rating agency, 10 days after President François...

  36. January 23, 2014

    Britain and France are in the same (sinking) boat

    When David Cameron tried and failed to derail the eurozone’s new fiscal compact a couple of years ago, Nicolas Sarkozy was...

  37. January 22, 2014

    You can be both French and fiscally responsible

    The doom-mongers are wrong: France is modernising and reforming. But it is doing so in its own way. The country regularly...

  38. January 22, 2014

    François Hollande under pressure to deliver after policy ‘U-turn’

    His complicated private life aside, the biggest challenge facing President François Hollande is to deliver on his promise of...

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