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  1. 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...

  2. The World

    April 11, 2014

    Mon dieu! French stereotyped over after-work emails

    Blimey, those lazy French slackers are at it again. Not content with a statutory 35-hour week, now people are banned from...

  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. March 13, 2014

    France: Hollande’s appeal

    Silver-haired François Watrin and his burly son Henri-Pierre, owners of a sawmill in northern France, are far removed from...

  6. March 6, 2014

    France revises down jobless rate as Hollande battles slow growth

    France has revised sharply downwards its official unemployment rate in the latest twist to a highly charged political debate...

  7. March 4, 2014

    François Hollande policy shift yet to bear fruit as elections loom

    Unemployment is still rising, business remains hesitant and the president’s plunging popularity has taken a further tumble....

  8. February 21, 2014

    France plans to invest in state mining venture

    Days after investing heavily in an ailing survivor of 20th-century manufacturing, France’s socialist government is to pump...

  9. February 18, 2014

    Construction set for 40,000 new jobs on France business pact

    The increasingly business friendly economic policy being floated by French president François Hollande this year could...

  10. February 17, 2014

    François Hollande pledges fixed tax regime for foreign investors

    President François Hollande has promised guaranteed limits on taxes and a simplified administrative regime for foreign...

  11. February 14, 2014

    France returns to growth in fourth quarter

    Germany and France, Europe’s two biggest economies, posted better than expected growth in the fourth quarter of last year,...

  12. February 13, 2014

    French government gives ground to protesters in taxi tussle

    The French government has made a fresh concession to the traditional taxi industry in what has become one of the most...

  13. February 13, 2014

    François Hollande gets to grips with €50bn spending cut pledge

    France’s national auditor has an unerring eye for examples of waste of taxpayers’ money. The Cour des Comptes in its latest...

  14. February 11, 2014

    François Hollande targets Silicon Valley ‘brain drain’

    It took a cheque for less than $20,000 and the promise of introductions to the right people to get start-up founder Solomon...

  15. February 11, 2014

    France risks ‘serious blow’ to financial credibility

    France is in danger of missing its deficit reduction targets, risking a “serious blow” to the country’s financial...

  16. February 5, 2014

    Court victory for French online taxi operators

    An attempt by France’s government to placate taxi drivers angered by a threat to their monopoly by making users of private...

  17. February 2, 2014

    French businesses push Hollande to ease labour costs

    To understand the task facing President François Hollande as he battles to reverse record unemployment in France, look no...

  18. January 29, 2014

    France’s PR campaign is missing its target

    Flicking through the television channels recently, I chanced on Pierre Moscovici, the French finance minister, speaking at a...

  19. The World

    January 28, 2014

    German labour market reforms à la Française

    (Getty) News that François Hollande had a meeting recently with Peter Hartz, architect of Germany’s labour market reforms of...

  20. January 24, 2014

    Moody’s holds French debt rating

    France’s socialist government has escaped a feared new sanction by a leading rating agency, 10 days after President François...

  21. January 23, 2014

    Britain and France are in the same (sinking) boat

    When David Cameron tried and failed to derail the eurozone’s new fiscal compact a couple of years ago, Nicolas Sarkozy was...

  22. January 22, 2014

    You can be both French and fiscally responsible

    The doom-mongers are wrong: France is modernising and reforming. But it is doing so in its own way. The country regularly...

  23. January 22, 2014

    François Hollande under pressure to deliver after policy ‘U-turn’

    His complicated private life aside, the biggest challenge facing President François Hollande is to deliver on his promise of...

  24. January 15, 2014

    French business calls on François Hollande to take bold action

    French business has called on President François Hollande to match his promise of accelerated reforms with action, saying...

  25. January 14, 2014

    Hollande seeks a fresh start in office

    A press conference given by a French president is not an event normally guaranteed to be box office at home, let alone...

  26. January 14, 2014

    François Hollande promises tax cuts for French business

    François Hollande launched a bid to revitalise Europe’s second-largest economy and rescue his faltering presidency by...

  27. The World

    January 14, 2014

    Hollande's private life may obscure New Year economic resolution

    When President Francois Hollande steps up to the podium in the splendid Elysee Palace at 16.30 Paris time, 15.30 GMT on...

  28. January 13, 2014

    French taxi protest over competition puts Hollande in a jam

    Hundreds of taxi drivers jammed roads around Paris and other big French cities on Monday in a protest against what they...

  29. January 12, 2014

    Hollande ‘affair’ clouds key policy questions on French economy

    The timing could hardly have been worse. Headlines alleging that François Hollande was having a secret affair with a film...

  30. January 7, 2014

    Goodyear managers held hostage freed after police raid

    Two managers at a Goodyear tyre plant in northern France regained their freedom on Tuesday more than 24 hours after workers...

  31. January 2, 2014

    PMI indicators raise worries over French economy

    Is France now the ‘sick man’ of the eurozone economy? The latest manufacturing indicators from the data company Markit...

  32. January 1, 2014

    François Hollande in New Year pledge to cut spending and taxes

    President François Hollande has pledged to cut public spending, lower taxes and reduce labour costs for business in a bid to...

  33. December 29, 2013

    Constitutional council approves Hollande’s 75% tax on high earners

    President François Hollande’s controversial 75 per cent marginal tax rate on high earners has finally been given the green...

  34. December 10, 2013

    Pierre Moscovici rejects gloomy view of French economy

    Pierre Moscovici, France’s finance minister, unwittingly sparked a national clamour when he acknowledged in August that the...

  35. December 5, 2013

    French job cuts and plant closures meet barely a peep of protest

    Every week for four months, Philippe Dorge sat in a basement room under fluorescent lights to thrash out differences between...

  36. December 2, 2013

    France adopts cautious approach to more Sunday trading

    France’s government has ruled out the fundamental changes sought by retailers to the restrictions on Sunday trading, but...

  37. November 22, 2013

    France: The people see red

    In 1675 a popular revolt exploded in Brittany, the rugged north western region of France that juts into the Atlantic Ocean....

  38. The A-List

    November 21, 2013

    It will take more than a football match for Hollande to raise his game

    François Hollande took a big risk on Tuesday night. The French president turned up incognito, with only a small company of...

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