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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....

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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,...

    22. November 13, 2015

      Eurozone’s largest economies record lacklustre growth

      The eurozone economy grew by a lacklustre 0.3 per cent between the second and third quarters, dashing hopes of a...

    23. November 5, 2015

      Brussels sounds alarm on Spain and France budget deficits

      Spain will miss its budget deficit target by an even wider margin than previously thought, the European Commission...

    24. November 3, 2015

      Myth of the French stampede for the exit

      Is France in the grip of a brain drain? The idea did not seem implausible when a Paris-based banker friend broached it...

    25. October 8, 2015

      ‘Cretins’ will not derail France’s reform drive, Sapin asserts

      Disgruntled employees this week ripped the shirt off the back of an Air France executive in protest at planned job...

    26. October 6, 2015

      French workers’ guide to battling business

      This week, Air France workers broke new ground in the world of French worker protests, as they attempted — with some...

    27. September 16, 2015

      Hollande seeks growth with more tax breaks and spending cuts

      François Hollande is ramping up tax breaks and public spending cuts for France next year, cementing the Socialist...

    28. September 14, 2015

      Hollande plans labour law reform as he cements shift to centre

      Could François Hollande become the French leader who fixed France’s dysfunctional labour market? The chances are not as...

    29. August 30, 2015

      French prime minister vows to deepen economic reform

      Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, has pledged to deepen the government’s economic reforms, promising to “revise...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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