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  1. July 14, 2014

    François Hollande pledges tax cuts to boost reforms

    François Hollande has promised tax cuts for “hundreds of thousands” of French taxpayers next year as he pledged to...

  2. July 11, 2014

    Fortunes of wealthiest French keep growing

    An annual survey of France’s 500 wealthiest individuals and families published this week showed their fortunes grew 15 per...

  1. July 7, 2014

    French fury and dollar dominance

    Ever since Valéry Giscard d’Estaing coined the term “exorbitant privilege” in the 1960s, French politicians have grumbled...

  2. July 7, 2014

    Hollande tackles labour market reform

    President François Hollande has opened a new front in his bid to deepen reforms of France’s sclerotic economy, seeking to...

  3. July 3, 2014

    France ready to sell corporate stakes to pay down debt

    France has signalled it is ready to sell some of the state’s €100bn corporate shareholdings in companies to help pay down...

  4. June 25, 2014

    France’s voice barely heard in debate on top EU job

    As Britain’s David Cameron and Germany’s Angela Merkel have wrangled publicly over whether Jean-Claude Juncker should head...

  5. June 22, 2014

    France seeks to shed reputation for rudeness to woo tourists

    Queueing to go up the Eiffel Tower with her husband and two children, Monica Krishan from Delhi pulls few punches about...

  6. June 19, 2014

    GE revises Alstom bid to appease Paris

    General Electric has revised its offer for French industrial champion Alstom in an attempt to appease government concerns...

  7. June 16, 2014

    Manuel Valls warns French left against blocking reform

    Manuel Valls, France’s socialist prime minister, has warned the French left that it “could die” if it does not embrace...

  8. June 11, 2014

    US Chamber of Commerce voices concern over potential BNP fine

    The US Chamber of Commerce, the powerful American business lobby, has voiced concern about the potential scale of a fine on...

  9. June 11, 2014

    French government unveils new cuts as rebels demand policy shift

    President François Hollande’s French government has pledged to press ahead with its commitment to reduce business costs and...

  10. June 5, 2014

    BNP Paribas stirs tensions between France and US

    Unusually sharp public exchanges between François Hollande and Barack Obama ahead of a gathering of world leaders in France...

  11. May 26, 2014

    Marine Le Pen sets her sights on France’s Elysée Palace

    It was no coincidence that Marine Le Pen celebrated the stunning victory won by her far-right National Front party in...

  12. May 21, 2014

    New French trains too big for stations

    French railway bosses have been forced to admit an embarrassing error that led to hundreds of new passenger trains ordered...

  13. May 20, 2014

    A recipe for French rebellion milked by Le Pen

    After spending most of his first two years in office presiding over a series of big tax increases, François Hollande is now...

  14. May 16, 2014

    Le Monde tells story of French travails

    On the day that the New York Times, venerable titan of the US press, sacked its editor, the same thing happened in France at...

  15. May 15, 2014

    Germany’s economy powers ahead as France and Italy fall behind

    Since the start of the year, officials have celebrated the eurozone’s return to growth, which they believe is finally...

  16. May 14, 2014

    Le Monde editor quits amid French newspapers’ digital upheaval

    The editor of Le Monde has resigned following a dispute with staff in the latest upheaval for the heavily subsidised French...

  17. May 14, 2014

    Orange to complain to regulators about Numericable-SFR deal

    Orange, France’s largest telecoms group, is to complain to the competition authorities about tax and regulatory concerns...

  18. May 12, 2014

    France resists pressure to scrap €1.2bn Russian ships deal

    France is pressing ahead with a €1.2bn sale of two helicopter assault ships to Russia, despite growing US pressure to stop...

  19. May 6, 2014

    François Hollande will not seek re-election unless economy mends

    French president François Hollande, suffering record low approval ratings, has declared he will not stand for re-election if...

  20. May 5, 2014

    François Hollande faces uphill battle to recover popularity

    As François Hollande marks the second anniversary of his election as France’s president on Tuesday, he is already...

  21. April 29, 2014

    France urges action to lower euro’s value

    France will push for action to lower the value of the euro after European parliamentary elections next month, Manuel Valls,...

  22. April 28, 2014

    Hollande defies history in stance on Siemens-Alstom deal

    There is an irony in the French government’s willingness to consider Siemens as a potential saviour for Alstom, amid public...

  23. April 28, 2014

    General Electric’s bid for Alstom puts François Hollande on spot

    As if François Hollande did not have enough problems on his plate, General Electric’s bid to take over the bulk of...

  24. April 24, 2014

    French finance minister vows to stick to spending cuts

    France’s new finance minister insisted on Thursday that the government would stick to its commitments on reducing the budget...

  25. April 23, 2014

    French ‘ticking bomb’ can be safely defused

    France has been characterised by some as a “ticking bomb” at the heart of the euro area. This has been overdone, although...

  26. April 16, 2014

    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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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,...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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