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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. August 26, 2014

    Hollande replaces firebrand economy minister with former banker

    President François Hollande has unveiled a rehashed Socialist government, stripped of leftwing dissidents, charged with...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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,...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. May 8, 2014

    ECB likely to keep rates on hold at 0.25%

    Increasing signs that the eurozone economic recovery is broadening have reduced the already slim chances of an interest-rate...

  21. May 6, 2014

    François Hollande will not seek re-election unless economy mends

    French president François Hollande, suffering record low approval ratings, has declared he will not stand for re-election if...

  22. April 29, 2014

    France urges action to lower euro’s value

    France will push for action to lower the value of the euro after European parliamentary elections next month, Manuel Valls,...

  23. April 29, 2014

    GE says it offers best options for Alstom

    General Electric of the US has made assurances to the French government that it will maintain the power generation and grid...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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....

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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,...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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