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Barbed wire in front of the Amazon logistics centre in Graben, Germany
21/12/2014 - France-Germany-US

First Germany, now France defies Amazon over pay

French trade unions have called on Amazon workers to go on strike on Monday, less than four days to go before Christmas. Strike action could seriously impact deliveries of last minute presents.
Thousands of French pensioners are waiting for payments
19/12/2014 - France

Thousands of French pensioners receive no payments for months

French Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine has announced emergency payments for thousands of pensioners who have been left penniless because their claims are logjammed thanks to a rise in new ...
Opponents camp in trees at the Notre Dame des Landes site. File.
18/12/2014 - France

Controversial Nantes airport construction to start next year, Valls

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has declared that the controversial construction of an airport near the western city of Nantes will go ahead in 2015, despite legal orders to suspend the project ...
The Mistral-class helicopter-carrier Vladivostok, Saint-Nazaire shipyard, 4 Sept. 2014.
18/12/2014 - France - Russia

Russian Mistral sailors head home from France

Some 400 Russian sailors training to operate the Mistral-class warship left France for home on Thursday, with still no official decision in Paris over whether to deliver the vessel to Russia.

The Ministry of Finance building in Paris.
18/12/2014 - France

France vulnerable to economic espionage, report

France is extremely vulnerable to economic espionage because the importance of secure data protection is not fully appreciated, according to a report just released.

The logo of Swiss bank UBS is pictured in front of the Swiss Federal Palace in Bern
18/12/2014 - France - Switzerland

UBS loses appeal against 1.1-billion-euro bail in tax fraud case

Swiss bank UBS has lost an appeal against paying a 1.1-billion-euro security deposit linked to a probe into charges that it helped rich French clients hide millions in secret bank accounts.
Arianespace Soyuz VS10 ready for launch at Sinnamary in French Guiana, 18 December 2014.
18/12/2014 - French Guyana

Soyuz to provide internet to three billion people

Four satellites were to be launched from French Guiana on Thursday with the goal of providing more affordable internet to countries with minimal service.

A man uses an e-cigarette
16/12/2014 - France

France to ban e-joint, health minister

French is to move to ban a new electronic cigarette containing cannabis.
The Uber app
14/12/2014 - France

Paris taxis to stage drive-slow protest against Uber Monday

Taxi drivers plan to clog up roads into Paris on Monday morning in ongoing protests against Uber and the threat of other car-rental company companies.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin (R) with President François Hollande (C) and Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (L)
13/12/2014 - France- World economy

Fitch downgrades France’s credit rating

Ratings agency Fitch cut France's credit grade to AA, down a notch from AA+, on Friday, saying the government’s efforts to cut the country’s debt have not been good enough.

Dany the Red leading a demonstration on 13 May 1968 in Paris
12/12/2014 - France

Dany the Red Cohn-Bendit awarded degree 46 years after May 68

Ex-MEP and former student revolutionary leader "Dany the Red" Cohn-Bendit was at last awarded a degree at Paris's Nanterre University where he won international fame for leading student ...
Lawyers, notaries and bailiffs protest in Paris as parliament prepares to discuss Emmanuel Macron's economy bill
10/12/2014 - France

Sunday shopping, bailiffs’ ‘privileges’ targeted by France’s grab-bag economic reform

Lawyers, notaries and bailiffs took to France’s streets on Wednesday and left-wingers promised to fight an extension of Sunday shopping hours as French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron prepared ...
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (3rd R) greets young women activists whom she invited to the Nobel award ceremony
10/12/2014 - Report: Nobel award ceremony

Malala, Kailash in Oslo for Nobel prize award along with Modiano, Tirole

Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Wednesday for the official Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.
A Heuliez travaillent car factory in western France
07/12/2014 - France

France ranks 23rd in global competition league but investors praise productivity

The World Economic Forum's (WEF) global competitiveness report has ranked France 23rd out of 144 countries. But another report praises the country’s record in innovation and productivity.

The Vladivostok at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in Brittany
05/12/2014 - France - Russia

France may never deliver Russia’s Mistral warships, defence minister

France may never deliver the Mistral warships it has built for Russia, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.
An Airbus at Toulouse airport on 4 December 2014
05/12/2014 - France

France to sell half-share in Toulouse airport to China

The French government announced on Thursday that it has decided to sell a 49.99 per cent stake in Toulouse airport to a Chinese consortium, made up of Chinese state-owned group Shandong Hi-Speed ...
French President Francois Hollande (L) shakes hands with Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana
05/12/2014 - France - Kazakhstan

Hollande in uranium-rich Kazakhstan to discuss contracts, relations with Russia

French President François Hollande arrived in Kazakhstan on Friday for a two-day visit to a country with vast uranium and gas reserves and infrastructure contracts on offer.
A Transavia Airbus A320 passenger at Paris's Orly airport
03/12/2014 - France

Air France pilots accept low-cost development plans

Air France’s troubled relations with its workforce seemed to improve on Wednesday as pilots voted in favour of plans to develop its low-cost operator Transavia.

France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (R) with President François Hollande
03/12/2014 - France

French government hits back as bosses stage anti-tax, labour law protests

A leader of the ruling Socialist Party has accused France’s bosses of leading the opposition to President François Hollande’s government, half way through an employers’ week ...
French President François Hollande (R), Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C) and Finance Minister Michel Sapin (R)
03/12/2014 - France - European Union

French public deficit to be well below EU’s 3.0 per cent in 2017, Sapin

France’s public deficit will be “well below” European Union limits in 2017, Finance Minister Michel Sapin declared on Wednesday.
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