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    1. June 23, 2016

      French unions take long way round on demo

      For the tenth time in three months, leftwing trade unions took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on...

    2. June 22, 2016

      Hollande reverses ban on union protest against French jobs reform

      France is braced for another day of clashes between police and rioters later this week, after Socialist president...

    1. June 10, 2016

      François Hollande bears the blame for France’s strikes

      Even Francophiles must admit that labour unrest and football tournaments go together in France like ripe Camembert and...

    2. June 5, 2016

      Signs of life return to French industry

      In Troyes, where the union protests rocking Paris seem far away, a 123-year-old plant churning out cotton underwear and...

    3. Brussels Blog

      June 3, 2016

      Brussels briefing: French repairs

      Welcome to Friday’s edition of our daily Brussels Briefing. To receive it every morning in your email in-box, sign up...

    4. June 2, 2016

      Hollande has to stand firm against the strikers

      Football fans travelling to France for the opening of the Euro 2016 championships may find trains delayed, flights...

    5. June 1, 2016

      For French workers, old habits die hard

      In March the French government introduced draft legislation to reform its labour laws. The El Khomri law, named after...

    6. Fast FT

      May 31, 2016

      French reforms could lift GDP growth 'up to 2%'

      It’s time for France to become a bit more German, apparently. If the eurozone’s second largest economy succeeds in...

    7. May 26, 2016

      French union leader takes aim at Hollande

      A year ago, Philippe Martinez took the helm of an unpopular trade union haemorrhaging members and weakened by internal...

    8. May 26, 2016

      François Hollande faces biggest challenge to flagging authority

      François Hollande has spent much of his four years in the Elysée Palace dodging the big street protests that France has...

    9. May 24, 2016

      Union blockades disrupt French fuel supply

      Motorists faced long queues for petrol across France on Tuesday as protesters stepped up blockades of the country's oil...

    10. May 11, 2016

      Juppé stakes his popularity on tough French reforms

      Alain Juppé’s calm demeanour and professorial air have made him France’s most popular politician, who appeals to a...

    11. May 10, 2016

      Alain Juppé steps up campaign to lead French centre-right

      Alain Juppé has vowed to abolish the wealth tax, scrap the 35-hour working week and facilitate lay-offs if he is...

    12. May 10, 2016

      French government bypasses parliament to force through jobs bill

      The French government is to ram through parliament a jobs bill designed to bring flexibility to France’s dysfunctional...

    13. FT Data

      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....

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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....

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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....

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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