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    1. 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...

    2. 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 Zoppi...

    1. 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 camp,...

    2. 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 eurozone’s...

    3. 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...

    4. 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 is 37)...

    5. 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...

    6. 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 the...

    7. 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 around...

    8. 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 economic...

    9. 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 euro...

    10. 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 apartment-turned-office on...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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,...

    21. 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...

    22. 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,...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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....

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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