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    1. 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 finds...

    2. 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 again...

    1. 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 sanctions...

    2. 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 vote...

    3. 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 economic...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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 after...

    7. 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 reform...

    8. 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 Commission,...

    9. 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 largest...

    10. 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 Barcelona,...

    11. 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 attempt to...

    12. 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, two and...

    13. 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 the...

    14. October 5, 2014

      France tells Europe it must focus on growth rather than deficits

      The EU must change policy to avert the threat of prolonged low growth and low inflation, including easing the tempo of...

    15. October 2, 2014

      Peugeot Citroën and Renault call for speedier reform in France

      Paris car show France’s two big carmakers are pressing President François Hollande to quicken the pace of economic reform to...

    16. October 1, 2014

      France and Italy push for fiscal leniency

      France and Italy have stepped up their defiance of EU budget targets, as the two countries face critical talks in coming...

    17. September 30, 2014

      Hollande warns France of tough spending cuts

      President François Hollande has issued an unusually stark warning to France to expect painful reforms as Paris comes under...

    18. September 29, 2014

      European Commission head curbs Pierre Moscovici’s proposed powers

      The Frenchman nominated to be Europe’s next economics commissioner has had his authority to review national budgets curbed....

    19. September 28, 2014

      Air France pilots call halt to 14-day strike action

      Air France pilots have called off a 14-day strike that shut down half the airline’s flights, cost it more than €250m and was...

    20. September 24, 2014

      French jobless number falls for first time in almost a year

      A modest fall in unemployment in August has offered a glimmer in the economic gloom confronting French president François...

    21. September 23, 2014

      Manuel Valls demands end to Air France strike as economy stalls

      French prime minister Manuel Valls has demanded an end to a damaging pilots’ strike that has crippled national carrier Air...

    22. September 23, 2014

      Eurozone recovery stutters in September

      The eurozone’s economic recovery continued to falter in September, with a closely watched poll of purchasing managers...

    23. September 14, 2014

      Air France pilots set to strike on Monday over pay

      Air France pilots will begin the airline’s most disruptive strike in 16 years on Monday after talks with the management at...

    24. September 14, 2014

      Hollande confronts mounting sense of crisis in France

      French president François Hollande is to host an international conference on Iraq in Paris on Monday in a welcome break from...

    25. September 4, 2014

      France links Russian warship delivery to Ukraine peace deal

      France has stressed it could resume the suspended supply of a warship to Russia within weeks if Moscow backs moves to...

    26. August 31, 2014

      French prime minister Manuel Valls appeals for party unity

      French prime minister Manuel Valls has launched a strong appeal to the ruling Socialist party to rally behind President...

    27. August 29, 2014

      France: Rock bottom

      A desolate image broadcast live this week to a French public that has all but despaired of his presidency summed up the...

    28. August 28, 2014

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

      Bouygues said that sales would fall this year as the French construction, media and telecoms conglomerate reported a 61 per...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. August 14, 2014

      Eurozone economy fails to grow in second quarter

      Eurozone’s struggle for growth The eurozone’s economic recovery has shuddered to a halt, bolstering calls for the European...

    37. August 14, 2014

      France warns on budget deficit target

      France has demanded more leniency from Brussels and Berlin on its austerity programme after figures showed it would badly...

    38. July 31, 2014

      Carrefour focus on French market boosts profits

      Carrefour showed signs that its back-to-basics strategy is paying off after first-half operating profit beat expectations....

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