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      Labour reform is a red flag to France’s bullish unions

      There was a festive atmosphere outside a courthouse in a Paris suburb on Friday, complete with food trucks and music —...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. May 18, 2016

      Emmanuel Macron pressed to declare candidacy for French presidency

      Allies of, and potential donors to, Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, are pressing him to declare his...

    3. May 18, 2016

      France shows shareholders need the tools to tackle excessive pay

      François Hollande is an unlikely champion of shareholder rights. France’s socialist president has more often clashed...

    4. May 17, 2016

      Hollande backs investors on overturning executive pay deals

      French socialist President François Hollande has emerged as a champion of shareholder rights, threatening to impose...

    5. May 17, 2016

      Ailing French economy needs Alain Juppé’s radical plan

      The best distressed investments are made by leaders with a compelling vision for the future and the ability to set...

    6. May 16, 2016

      Sexual harassment is rife in French business

      Five years after the scandal that engulfed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French politics is yet again awash with allegations...

    7. May 15, 2016

      Blunt Ségolène Royal becomes French president’s first ally

      Ségolène Royal says her bluntness has been a potent weapon as well as her trademark during a three-decade political...

    8. May 12, 2016

      Bill to loosen French jobs market clears final hurdle

      France’s Socialist government has survived a no-confidence vote sparked by its decision this week to force through a...

    9. May 11, 2016

      Sapin acknowledges inappropriate behaviour as sexism debate rages

      Michel Sapin, France’s finance minister, has issued an apology for “inappropriate” behaviour towards a female...

    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. May 10, 2016

      France is falling into the trap set by Isis

      On the face of it, jihadi terrorism cannot win in Europe. Even if thousands of young people have headed to the Middle...

    14. May 3, 2016

      Wakey, wakey on the Left! François Hollande counts on disaffected socialists

      Threatened by rivals nurturing presidential ambitions from within his own Socialist camp, François Hollande has...

    15. May 3, 2016

      Foreign volunteers embrace the Jungle way of life

      On a recent morning as the sun began to warm the chill Paris air, I stepped out on to the rooftop of the headquarters...

    16. April 29, 2016

      Growth data bring cold comfort to Hollande

      Better than expected growth figures have capped a week of rare good news for France’s Socialist government, with the...

    17. April 22, 2016

      France’s latest protest party lasts all night

      Anti-globalisation activists met in central Paris one evening last month to debate ways of “scaring” the government....

    18. April 19, 2016

      Feminists in a tangle over Islamic fashion

      When Laurence Rossignol, France’s minister for women’s rights, likened women willingly wearing the burka to...

    19. April 18, 2016

      Emmanuel Macron’s move to shake up France’s political stasis

      With a year to go before France chooses its next president, there is little to give voters hope of a change for the...

    20. April 17, 2016

      Emmanuel Macron bets on French political realignment

      By creating a new bipartisan political movement, French economy minister Emmanuel Macron is making a risky, but not...

    21. April 15, 2016

      François Hollande endures live TV grilling from hostile voters

      François Hollande was raked over the coals live on national television on Thursday by a panel of hostile journalists,...

    22. April 7, 2016

      Macron’s ambitions accelerate with new political movement

      Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, has sent shockwaves through the country’s political spectrum by creating...

    23. April 5, 2016

      A city tries to heal the wound at its heart with Les Halles

      Last week, I asked a French journalist and friend what he thought of Les Halles, the huge former wholesale market that...

    24. March 30, 2016

      François Hollande forced to abandon anti-terror bill

      French president François Hollande has abandoned a constitutional bill meant to toughen up France’s response to...

    25. 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...

    26. 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....

    27. March 20, 2016

      France opts for big over small with its labour reforms

      A French socialist government came within an inch of endorsing an ambitious reform to inject badly needed flexibility...

    28. March 16, 2016

      Les Républicains battle it out in the bookstores

      As America’s Republicans reach the critical stage of an exceptionally eccentric primary season, a more intellectual...

    29. 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...

    30. March 14, 2016

      Valls waters down labour reform amid socialist opposition

      France’s socialist government sought to quell union opposition to a reform designed to inject more flexibility into the...

    31. March 8, 2016

      François Hollande baffles France with his race to the centre

      After four years in the Elysée Palace, François Hollande has become a political puzzle: elected president after...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. March 3, 2016

      Too much drama from the anti-Brexit campaigners

      Fear and loathing is consuming the EU debate. On top of David Cameron’s warnings about Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, the...

    35. March 3, 2016

      Emmanuel Macron, French malaise and the British

      Three questions arise from the warning of Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, about the potential consequences...

    36. March 3, 2016

      French economy minister sends double Brexit warning to UK

      France would relocate its migrant camp from Calais to Britain and roll out “a red carpet” for bankers fleeing London if...

    37. February 28, 2016

      ‘Un Silence Religieux’, by Jean Birnbaum

      Last year, the French sociologist Emmanuel Todd caused controversy with his book Qui est Charlie? Todd argued that...

    38. February 24, 2016

      Christine Lagarde deserves her second term

      If nothing else, Christine Lagarde’s tenure at the International Monetary Fund has proved that neither being French nor...

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