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    1. 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,...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. October 7, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘nuclear shockwave’ prompts Elysée delight

      If there is a glimmer of light in the pall of gloom hanging over President François Hollande, it is surely the Feydeau-esque...

    5. 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...

    6. September 28, 2014

      Centre-right to control French senate in latest blow to Hollande

      France’s far right National Front won its first ever seats in the country’s upper house of parliament on Sunday as French...

    7. September 26, 2014

      Crowds rejoice at Nicolas Sarkozy’s return even as doubts linger

      It was as if he had never been away. “Sarko, president!” chanted the crowd as France’s former centre-right president pushed...

    8. 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...

    9. September 23, 2014

      Sarkozy, President Bling-Bling of France, heeds a nation’s call

      It took 865 days for the inevitable to happen in France. And when it came, the furore was such that it even swept away the...

    10. September 22, 2014

      The return of Sarkozy is no solution for France

      Nicolas Sarkozy is again standing for the leadership of France’s centre right, paving the way for another attempt to become...

    11. September 22, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy picks tough path for comeback

      Nicolas Sarkozy is back. More than two years after losing the Elysée Palace after just one term to François Hollande, his...

    12. September 21, 2014

      Sarkozy pledges to win voters back from French far-right

      Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday night vowed to wrest votes back from France’s far-right National Front party “one by one” and to...

    13. September 19, 2014

      Sarkozy’s letter to the French people

      Dear friends, On May 6, 2012, the night of the presidential election, I thanked the French people for the honour of allowing...

    14. September 19, 2014

      Sarkozy announces a return to politics

      Nicolas Sarkozy, the man who led France for five years and then vowed to retire from public life after he was beaten in the...

    15. September 16, 2014

      French government faces second confidence vote

      France’s socialist government is facing its second confidence vote in less than six months, with President François...

    16. September 14, 2014

      Hollande confronts mounting sense of crisis in France

      French president François Hollande is to host an international conference on Iraq in Paris on Monday in a welcome break from...

    17. September 5, 2014

      Poll shows Le Pen beating Hollande in presidential run-off

      Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, would beat struggling incumbent François Hollande in a run-off...

    18. September 4, 2014

      France links Russian warship delivery to Ukraine peace deal

      France has stressed it could resume the suspended supply of a warship to Russia within weeks if Moscow backs moves to...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. August 28, 2014

      François Hollande steps up call for EU budget flexibility

      François Hollande has called for a special eurozone summit to agree measures to boost growth and soften the tempo of budget...

    22. August 27, 2014

      Q&A: The Bernard Tapie affair

      A three-member commission of France’s Cour de Justice de la République, a special court that exists to investigate,...

    23. 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...

    24. August 27, 2014

      European Council presidency race is wide open with six contenders

      The mounting consensus that Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini will be chosen as the EU’s next foreign policy chief...

    25. 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...

    26. The A-List

      August 26, 2014

      The French crisis reflects the eurozone's woes

      As soon as the latest gross domestic product figures emerged, showing that the French economy was becalmed in the second...

    27. 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...

    28. August 25, 2014

      Arnaud Montebourg: clever and loud with presidential ambitions

      Fiery and flamboyant in equal measure, Arnaud Montebourg never strays from controversy. As President François Hollande’s...

    29. 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...

    30. August 25, 2014

      François Hollande purges government after leftwing revolt

      François Hollande has purged his embattled Socialist government of leftwingers opposed to EU austerity after a revolt led by...

    31. August 24, 2014

      Slide in French construction highlights François Hollande’s woes

      François Hollande has promised to unveil measures this week to fire up France’s flatlining economy, including moves to...

    32. August 20, 2014

      Alain Juppé lays down French presidential gauntlet to Nicolas Sarkozy

      Alain Juppé, one of France’s most seasoned politicians, has laid down the gauntlet to former president Nicolas Sarkozy by...

    33. 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...

    34. July 31, 2014

      Marine Le Pen takes poll lead in race for next French presidential election

      The growing threat to France’s mainstream political leaders posed by Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right National...

    35. July 29, 2014

      Orange stabilises as cost-cutting efforts bear fruit

      Orange showed further signs of stabilising in the second quarter as cost-cutting and smaller revenue declines stemmed...

    36. July 28, 2014

      Crisis-hit France finds source of pride in La Grande Guerre

      Standing on a hill in rolling countryside on the edge of champagne country, a 30m tall monument testifies to one of the...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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