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    1. June 27, 2016

      French politicians promise their own referendums on a new Europe

      Britain’s vote to leave the EU has prompted French politicians to voice support for their own referendum to add a stamp...

    2. June 26, 2016

      Brexit: Haunted Europe

      Weeks before Britain’s vote to leave the EU, Europe’s centre-right political party leaders gathered in Luxembourg to...

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    1. June 25, 2016

      Britain must not hold other EU states to ransom 

      The British people have made a sovereign and democratic decision to leave the EU. It is essential that this decision is...

    2. June 24, 2016

      How will Brexit result affect France, Germany and the rest of Europe?

      Britain’s decision to leave the EU changes the facts of life in Europe, increasing the challenges faced by the...

    3. 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...

    4. June 23, 2016

      François Hollande has done the right thing, too late

      As often in his presidency, François Hollande has done the right thing but too late. Reversing an earlier decision,...

    5. 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...

    6. June 21, 2016

      Le Pen seeks mileage from Brexit debate

      Marine Le Pen has seized on the referendum on Britain’s EU membership to request a similar vote in France, as she threw...

    7. June 19, 2016

      Hollande to face party primary before re-election bid

      France’s governing Socialist party is to hold a primary election to choose its presidential candidate for next year’s...

    8. June 16, 2016

      Sarkozy vows to push for Schengen overhaul

      Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French leader who is eyeing a presidential bid next year, has vowed to push for a new EU...

    9. June 14, 2016

      The British ambassador’s diplomatic silence on Brexit

      With just days to go before the referendum on the UK’s EU membership, this year’s garden party at the British embassy...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. May 31, 2016

      Brunch and bonhomie in a divided Paris neighbourhood

      It had threatened rain all morning and the storm clouds were gathering as Eva Jaurena took the mic at an outdoor brunch...

    15. May 27, 2016

      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 —...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. May 8, 2016

      Arnaud Montebourg returns to French political fray

      France’s left-wing firebrand former economy minister has launched his political return, hinting that he could run as a...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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....

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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