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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. November 26, 2014

      Illusionary French sell-off plan lacks authenticity of old

      Frank Zappa, the late US rock singer, once played a long, mazy guitar solo called “Now You See It – Now You Don’t”. Was...

    4. November 18, 2014

      France warns EU investment fund will flop without ‘real money’

      France says the EU must inject up to €80bn of “real money” into the flagging European economy, warning that a big investment...

    5. 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,...

    6. 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,...

    7. 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...

    8. Nick Butler

      October 12, 2014

      Is privatisation the answer for France?

        © Christophe Lehenaff / Getty Images How far will the French government go in selling off some of its extensive portfolio...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. October 3, 2014

      John Lewis apologises for France is ‘finished’ comments

      John Lewis, that most British of retail institutions, has apologised for comments made by its managing director who...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. August 26, 2014

      Hollande takes a political gamble

      François Hollande, France’s president, is not known for decisive leadership. Yet this week he has acted with...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. July 29, 2014

      A French revolution in work at O2

      When a study of companies that had created the most net private-sector jobs in France over the past five years was published...

    27. July 24, 2014

      François Hollande’s mood frays over stalled economy

      François Hollande is known for his bonhomie, his wisecracks – and a relentless optimism in the face of adversity. But for...

    28. July 23, 2014

      François Hollande’s baby steps of reform in France

      No government, rocked by midterm electoral setbacks, finds it easy to press on with economic reforms that squeeze money from...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. The World

      June 30, 2014

      Why we should stop telling the French off

      It’s the fashion these days for outsiders to lecture France as if it’s a talented but obstinate schoolboy failing his...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. June 13, 2014

      UK has fallen behind Germany and France, China warns

      Britain has fallen behind Germany and France in Beijing’s estimation, China warned, in unusually blunt language, before its...

    35. 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...

    36. June 3, 2014

      Hollande pledges shake-up of France’s government ‘millefeuille’

      President François Hollande, defying his record low approval ratings, has unveiled one of his most ambitious reform plans,...

    37. May 29, 2014

      A diminished France could spell the end for Europe

      The real earthquake was the fall of the Berlin Wall. A quarter of a century later Europe is still buffeted by the...

    38. May 8, 2014

      France steps up campaign to weaken euro

      France’s socialist government, struggling to reverse a 15-year decline in French competitiveness, is growing increasingly...

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