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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 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...

    1. 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...

    2. March 22, 2016

      French youth protest against the ghost of Thatcher

      I met Louise — 23, nose pierced, blonde hair tied in a top knot — on Boulevard Voltaire in central Paris on March 9....

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. January 31, 2016

      Macron economics is proving a thorn in Hollande’s side

      Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, is back doing what he does best: ruffling the Socialist party’s feathers....

    8. January 23, 2016

      Store owners lament French resistance to Sunday trading

      When France’s Socialist government opened up the possibility of Sunday trading last year, it looked as if Paris’s world...

    9. October 15, 2015

      A French factory confronts the 35-hour taboo

      In a forested corner of Lorraine in northeastern France, a car factory is discovering that French unions cannot turn...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. August 21, 2015

      Let them eat cake: Paris suffers baguette ‘shortage’

      The French government’s attempt to reform the labour markets and stimulate growth has had some unintended consequences...

    15. August 16, 2015

      Guillaume Pepy, SNCF CEO: Ambitious for French public transport

      Guillaume Pepy barely has time to stride through the door of the dining room, call for a round of champagne, and take a...

    16. August 11, 2015

      The French way of dealing with angry strikers: give in

      It was a predictable scenario. Farmers dumped manure in cities, burnt tyres and blocked the road to Mont-Saint-Michel...

    17. August 10, 2015

      New World of Work: Outsiders battle in France’s dual jobs market

      Soon after Anne-Laure Dormois-Delsol — with her three masters degrees and fluent Chinese — was told for the second time...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. June 3, 2015

      In defence of Europe’s long holidays

      Now June is upon us, office workers across Europe naturally turn their thoughts to summer holidays. In France these are...

    21. 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,...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. April 21, 2015

      Emmanuel Macron chooses realism over romance

      France’s economy minister has admitted that the country is uncompetitive as a base for global companies and can no...

    26. April 8, 2015

      French companies do not need the ‘Loi Florange’

      In the years since the financial crisis, policy makers have looked hard at the public company to see whether it remains...

    27. 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...

    28. March 19, 2015

      Boasts debunked as France gets last laugh over UK on productivity

      The chancellor’s Budget speech on Wednesday was peppered with references to Britain’s fine economic health compared...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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