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    1. 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 of...

    2. 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 constitution...

    1. 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...

    2. 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,...

    3. 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...

    4. 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 business...

    5. 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 rest of...

    6. 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 longer...

    7. 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 fit...

    8. 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...

    9. 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 with...

    10. 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,...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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)...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

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      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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    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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