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    1. August 23, 2016

      Eurozone looks beyond the Brexit vote

      Three leaders meet on an aircraft carrier to declaim that Europe will stay strong. It sounds dramatic but the gathering...

    2. July 29, 2016

      French tourism falls victim to terror attacks

      At the annual Paris-Plages event tourists and locals share bottles of rosé and lounge on artificial beaches on the...

    1. July 29, 2016

      Eurozone recovery loses momentum in second quarter

      The eurozone’s economic recovery has lost some of the momentum it took into the opening months of 2016, with growth...

    2. July 6, 2016

      Paris dangles tax carrots to entice bankers fleeing London

      Four years after François Hollande — then soon to be elected French president — stigmatised the “world of finance” as...

    3. June 23, 2016

      French unions take long way round on demo

      For the tenth time in three months, leftwing trade unions took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on...

    4. June 5, 2016

      Signs of life return to French industry

      In Troyes, where the union protests rocking Paris seem far away, a 123-year-old plant churning out cotton underwear and...

    5. June 2, 2016

      Hollande has to stand firm against the strikers

      Football fans travelling to France for the opening of the Euro 2016 championships may find trains delayed, flights...

    6. May 27, 2016

      Labour reform is a red flag to France’s bullish unions

      There was a festive atmosphere outside a courthouse in a Paris suburb on Friday, complete with food trucks and music —...

    7. May 26, 2016

      French union leader takes aim at Hollande

      A year ago, Philippe Martinez took the helm of an unpopular trade union haemorrhaging members and weakened by internal...

    8. May 26, 2016

      François Hollande faces biggest challenge to flagging authority

      François Hollande has spent much of his four years in the Elysée Palace dodging the big street protests that France has...

    9. May 24, 2016

      Union blockades disrupt French fuel supply

      Motorists faced long queues for petrol across France on Tuesday as protesters stepped up blockades of the country's oil...

    10. May 17, 2016

      Ailing French economy needs Alain Juppé’s radical plan

      The best distressed investments are made by leaders with a compelling vision for the future and the ability to set...

    11. May 12, 2016

      Bill to loosen French jobs market clears final hurdle

      France’s Socialist government has survived a no-confidence vote sparked by its decision this week to force through a...

    12. May 11, 2016

      Juppé stakes his popularity on tough French reforms

      Alain Juppé’s calm demeanour and professorial air have made him France’s most popular politician, who appeals to a...

    13. May 10, 2016

      Alain Juppé steps up campaign to lead French centre-right

      Alain Juppé has vowed to abolish the wealth tax, scrap the 35-hour working week and facilitate lay-offs if he is...

    14. May 10, 2016

      French government bypasses parliament to force through jobs bill

      The French government is to ram through parliament a jobs bill designed to bring flexibility to France’s dysfunctional...

    15. April 29, 2016

      Growth data bring cold comfort to Hollande

      Better than expected growth figures have capped a week of rare good news for France’s Socialist government, with the...

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      April 28, 2016

      France's economic woes in charts

      As the world faces a slowdown in economic growth, we look at what is happening in France and it’s not looking good....

    17. March 25, 2016

      France trims budget deficit but unemployment hits record

      France’s budget deficit narrowed last year but unemployment hit a record, highlighting the patchy recovery of the...

    18. March 23, 2016

      The inequity at the heart of France’s labour market

      François Hollande has managed to unite French society against what might have been the flagship reform of his...

    19. March 22, 2016

      French central bank governor hits at Hollande labour reforms

      France’s central bank governor has attacked the country’s government over its botched attempt to overhaul its labour...

    20. March 20, 2016

      France opts for big over small with its labour reforms

      A French socialist government came within an inch of endorsing an ambitious reform to inject badly needed flexibility...

    21. March 16, 2016

      Paradox in Paris as Emmanuel Macron faces Gallic stubbornness

      For those paying attention, France always seems to send mixed messages. On the one hand, surveys show that the French...

    22. March 3, 2016

      Uber: a route out of the French banlieues

      Baba, or “Sanka” as he is known to his friends in Bobigny, a suburb in northern Paris, likes to say that Uber got him...

    23. March 3, 2016

      A welcome intervention from France over Brexit

      One of the arguments pushed most strongly by those in favour of Brexit is that Britain should “take back control” of...

    24. February 29, 2016

      France delays jobs bill after outcry from the left

      France’s government has delayed legislation to make the country’s job market more flexible following a rebellion within...

    25. February 15, 2016

      French labour relations take a turn for the better

      The 35-hour week is far from being the biggest obstacle to hiring in France’s dysfunctional labour market, but its...

    26. February 9, 2016

      Notebook: Paris needs to acquire a head for heights

      For generations, Paris’s wide boulevards and elegant balconied buildings have dazzled tourists and given the French...

    27. January 29, 2016

      France emerges from stagnation as Spain races ahead

      Cheap energy prices, low interest rates and increased consumer spending helped France emerge from three years of...

    28. January 28, 2016

      Rouhani and Hollande shift from ‘old bitterness’ to new business

      Years of tension and tough diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear programme gave way to a commercial embrace in Paris on...

    29. January 26, 2016

      Paris fashion duo aim to revive spirit of banlieues

      In a suburb on the northern fringe of Paris, used as a base by the Islamist perpetrators of the November attacks, two...

    30. January 21, 2016

      France: Hollande’s travails

      Christopher Cajuste’s Haitian parents settled near Paris in the 1970s, escaping poverty in their own country. Now their...

    31. January 18, 2016

      A missed opportunity to fix France’s jobs market

      François Hollande has declared France to be in an economic state of emergency, calling its stubbornly high unemployment...

    32. January 18, 2016

      Hollande outlines jobs plan to tackle economic ‘emergency’

      François Hollande has returned to traditional leftwing tenets for a last-ditch plan to cut persistently high...

    33. January 3, 2016

      Europe’s multiplicity of crises is not accidental

      As we enter the second half of the century’s second decade, the EU is splitting along three faultlines. One divides the...

    34. December 17, 2015

      Hollande stands to benefit from Sarkozy’s shift to the right

      If there is one big beneficiary of Nicolas Sarkozy’s return to politics, it may well be the man who replaced him in the...

    35. December 10, 2015

      Tax and spend in EU differs after crisis

      Applying different fiscal “cures” to the wounds inflicted by the financial crisis made France and Italy higher-tax...

    36. November 26, 2015

      Blow for Hollande as joblessness reaches record level in France

      The number of jobless in France rose to a new record in October even as the wider measure of people looking for work...

    37. November 17, 2015

      France slams European Commission on budget deficit warning

      The EU’s annual scolding of eurozone governments for budget overruns was eclipsed by France’s shift to a war footing on...

    38. November 16, 2015

      ECB officials warn of economic fallout from Paris terror attacks

      Europe’s fragile economy might struggle following the terrorist attack on Paris, senior policymakers warned on Monday,...

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