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    1. August 25, 2015

      Sunday shopping casts a dark shadow over the city of light

      Ever since I moved to Paris two years ago, I have been fascinated by the schizophrenic nature of weekends. Saturdays...

    2. August 14, 2015

      Weak eurozone data underline fragile recovery

      Disappointing eurozone numbers released on Friday demonstrate the fragility of the region’s recovery despite a cocktail...

    1. June 24, 2015

      Greek problems mask the rising risks in Italy and France

      According to John Maynard Keynes “the expected never happens; it is the unexpected always”. Obsessed with the problems...

    2. June 16, 2015

      Manuel Valls overrides parliament to push through pro-business bill

      French prime minister Manuel Valls has for the second time this year resorted to a controversial clause in the...

    3. June 9, 2015

      Hollande opts for temporary jobs to rein in French unemployment

      In a country desperate to create jobs, temporary work is better than no work. That is the thinking underpinning a...

    4. May 31, 2015

      The end of long holidays would be a new French revolution

      The idea of taking 10 weeks holiday a year sounds unreal to the average American worker. The French energy giant EDF,...

    5. May 28, 2015

      The short working week that holds France back

      Few laws better typify the rigidities to which the French labour market is prone than the one ordaining the notorious...

    6. May 26, 2015

      The 35-hour week: Is it really to blame for all France’s ills?

      What is the single most potent symbol of France’s dislocation from the 21st century? Ask any foreign investor or...

    7. May 26, 2015

      French utility EDF seeks to cut workers’ 10-week holiday quota

      For years, employees of the French company EDF have enjoyed a perk almost inconceivable to their counterparts in the...

    8. May 4, 2015

      Hollande’s salvation may lie in France’s demography

      For President François Hollande, unemployment has been a plague. Since the Socialist leader was elected three years...

    9. May 1, 2015

      Thousands join National Front’s May Day march in Paris

      Pensioner Alain Michel was one of the thousands of supporters of France’s far-right National Front to come out and...

    10. April 23, 2015

      French weakness hits eurozone recovery

      The eurozone’s recovery slowed a little this month amid further signs of weaknesses in France’s economy. The flash...

    11. April 21, 2015

      A breadwinner from Senegal masters the crusty Paris baguette

      The best baguette in Paris can officially be found at Le Grenier à Pain, a bakery in Montmartre, the hilly area that...

    12. March 30, 2015

      Poll defeat highlights splits in François Hollande’s Socialists

      François Hollande’s reform drive may at last be starting to yield economic results and earning goodwill abroad. But the...

    13. March 29, 2015

      French business still waits for promised economic recovery

      The recovery is looming, according to French president François Hollande. But in the southern city of Avignon, Norbert...

    14. March 16, 2015

      France comes up short on its budget deficit

      The European Union cannot be imagined without its rules. Aspiring members first have to spend years in a virtual boot...

    15. March 12, 2015

      Christian Noyer warns of red tape threat to France’s recovery

      France’s central bank governor has called for a “simplification shock” and a revamp of the minimum wage for the...

    16. February 26, 2015

      Emmanuel Macron vows to push through French economy reforms

      France’s economy minister has vowed to push further economic reforms through parliament if needed to bypass mounting...

    17. February 20, 2015

      Emmanuel Macron, French economy minister

      Emmanuel Macron’s political baptism of fire this week was a setback at home but a victory abroad. France’s rookie (he...

    18. February 19, 2015

      Paris government survives no-confidence vote

      France’s socialist government on Thursday overcame a no-confidence vote in the country’s parliament, winning a vital...

    19. February 19, 2015

      Schneider Electric’s Jean-Pascal Tricoire calls for French reform

      The head of one of France’s largest industrial companies has called on the government to push through bolder reforms in...

    20. February 18, 2015

      France forces through economic reforms

      France’s economy has been stagnant for years with one of the lowest growth rates in the EU and unemployment hovering...

    21. February 17, 2015

      French government overrides parliament to ram though reforms

      French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to ram through a package of business-friendly...

    22. February 5, 2015

      European Commission upgrades eurozone growth outlook

      The European Commission on Thursday upgraded its growth forecasts for the eurozone, saying low oil prices, a declining...

    23. January 27, 2015

      Revolutionary ideas needed to unclog Paris streets

      A few days ago, I walked from the Financial Times’s premises in Paris to a spacious, first-floor...

    24. December 22, 2014

      France shows courage in diagnosing its economic ills

      On page eight of a report that drips with disapproval for France’s modest economic reforms, the European Commission...

    25. December 12, 2014

      The struggle for reform in France and Italy

      The sense of spectacle with which French deliberations on economic reform are traditionally conducted was on display...

    26. December 10, 2014

      France unveils reforms to kick-start economy

      France’s Socialist government has attempted to kick-start the country’s moribund labour market and stave off EU...

    27. December 9, 2014

      Franco-sceptic Carmignac warms to Paris

      France’s most famously Franco-sceptic investment house has given François Hollande, the country’s president, a surprise...

    28. December 8, 2014

      Watch your words or feed populism, French minister warns Germany

      France’s finance minister has called on the German establishment to watch its words when criticising his country’s...

    29. December 2, 2014

      Businesses protest against François Hollande’s policies

      First came the egg-smashing protest in Brittany, then it was boss-napping in a Goodyear tyre plant. Last month, farmers...

    30. November 28, 2014

      The Pope is wrong – ageing Europe’s ideas have life in them yet

      A malaise has settled over Europe’s politicians, and it took the first non-European Pope of modern times to put it into...

    31. November 28, 2014

      France faces possible sanctions from Brussels on budget

      France moved perilously close to becoming the first eurozone country to be fined under the EU’s latest budget rules...

    32. November 20, 2014

      Germany’s EU commissioner doubts Hollande’s reforms

      Germany’s European commissioner has questioned whether President François Hollande has the “willingness to act” to...

    33. October 22, 2014

      Paris defends budget amid EU irritation

      As the clock ticks down to a potential – and humiliating – rejection of France’s budget plans by the European...

    34. October 21, 2014

      New heir apparent named for GDF Suez

      Isabelle Kocher has been anointed heir apparent to Gérard Mestrallet as the chief executive of the world’s second...

    35. October 19, 2014

      François Hollande’s reform road is long, slow and tortuous

      If you want to make a coach journey from Paris to Perpignan in southern France, you have to take a bus going to...

    36. October 15, 2014

      France touts deregulation as budget scrutiny intensifies

      From opening intercity bus routes to extending Sunday shop opening, France has unveiled deregulation plans in an...

    37. October 9, 2014

      France to tackle rules that hamper company growth

      One of the curious features of the French economy is that there are, according to Medef, the business confederation,...

    38. October 8, 2014

      German energy market a disaster, says EDF chief

      Germany’s energy market is a “disaster” and one of its two biggest power companies is “more or less dead”, the head of...

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