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The Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire
30/10/2014 - France - Russia

France denies Mistral warships to be handed over to Russia in November

France has denied a Russian claim that the first of two warships being built in French shipyards for Moscow is ready to be handed over in mid-November.
European Commissioner Jyrki Katainen gave the thumbs up to France's and Italy's budget on Tuesday
29/10/2014 - France - European Union

Valls gloats as European Commission accepts France’s budget

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was crowing on Wednesday morning after the European Commission gave a clean bill of health to his government’s latest budget.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
28/10/2014 - France - Australia

Hollande to make first-ever French presidential visit to Australia

French President François Hollande is to make the first-ever visit by a French head of state to Australia.
Finance Minister  Michel Sapin (L) with Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (C) and Environment Minister Ségolène Royal
28/10/2014 - France - European Union

France finds 3.6 billion euros savings in bid to calm EU budget deficit row

The French government says it has found extra savings of 3.6 billion euros after coming under fire from the European Commission for announcing that it would not reach EU deficit targets on ...
The TGV Atlantique at Montparnasse station in Paris.
27/10/2014 - France

French TGV fares may rise in rail cash squeeze

The French national train company, SNCF, is reportedly considering fare increases on its high speed TGV trains in a bid to make them more cost-effective.

A shipyard in the Philippines
27/10/2014 - France - World economy

World’s shipbuilders pitch for 450-billion-euro market at Paris salon

Naval contractors show their wares in Paris this week, pitching for a cut of the 45-billion-euro world market in a sector that is growing despite cuts in government spending.
European Central Bank (ECB) Vice President Vitor Constancio attends a news conference at the ECB in Frankfurt October 26, 2014.
26/10/2014 - France-Europe-Brussels

25 eurozone banks flunk ECB health test

Twenty five euro zone banks failed a landmark health check of their ability to withstand another economic crisis with a capital shortfall of 25 billion euros at the end of last year, the ECB said on ...
(R) President of the Financial Commission Gilles Carrez, (C) French Finance Minister Michel Sapin (C) and (L) Budget Minister Christian Eckert attend a parliamentary financial commission hearing in Paris, October 1, 2014.
26/10/2014 - France

France's Finance Chairman facing tax nightmare

The Chairman of France's National Assembly finance committee, Gilles Carrez may have to undergo a tax reassessment after 'forgetting' to pay his wealth tax for three years.
Total named Thierry Desmarest (left) and Patrick Pouyanne (right) as the new chairman and new CEO respetively
22/10/2014 - France - Russia

French oil giant Total names new bosses

The company named a new chairman and a new CEO on Wednesday following the death of its chief executive Christophe de Margerie in a plane crash in Moscow.

Lille's mayor Martine Aubry and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls attend an intercommunal convention at Lille-Grand Palais
20/10/2014 - France

Lille mayor Martine Aubry wants to shake-up France's economy, but not government, she says

Martine Aubry broke her silence this weekend after she slammed the government's economic policy for bringing the country to a "standstill." The former Labour minister, who crafted France's ...
One of the photos from Médecins du monde's exhibition Regardons la précarité en face at Paris's city hall
17/10/2014 - France

More than eight million live in poverty in France but anti-poor prejudice still rife

More than eight million people in France are living in poverty. But a survey has found that most French people believe at least one popular prejudice about the poor.

President Francois Hollande and Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine, 16 October 2014.
17/10/2014 - France

France's family allowance not universal any more

The French government has stopped family allowance payments to the better-off, ending a universal system that has lasted for over 70 years.

The European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt
16/10/2014 - France - World economy

Paris bourse falls again Thursday as European economic jitters continue

The Paris bourse fell again on Thursday after hitting its lowest level since August 2013 on Thursday.
Operational troops will not be affected by the cuts, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday
15/10/2014 - France

France to cut 7,500 military jobs in new budget cuts

France is to slash 7,500 jobs in its military as part of make major cuts to defence spending.
Despite the energy transiton bill, EDF boss Henri Proglio predicts a bright future for nuclear power in France
15/10/2014 - France

French parliament votes to reduce nuclear power but export market looks healthy

The lower house of France’s parliament has passed a bill that aims to reduce French dependency on nuclear energy from 75 per cent to 50 per cent by 2025, although nuclear power is on the ...
French nuclear giant Areva hopes to build reactors in South Africa
14/10/2014 - France-South Africa

France signs nuclear cooperation accord with South Africa

France on Tuesday signed a cooperation accord with South Africa for the development of civil nuclear technology.

French economist Jean Tirole
13/10/2014 - France

French economist Jean Tirole wins Nobel prize

French economist Jean Tirole has won the Nobel prize for Economics, it was announced on Monday.
An engraved Gillardeau oyster
10/10/2014 - France

Gillardeau oyster farm to laser-engrave shells to fight counterfeiters

A French oyster farm is to engrave its logo on its oysters’ shells in an attempt to smash a market in counterfeits.
French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal
10/10/2014 - France

Green campaigners, unions slam scrapping of France’s ecotax

Green campaigners and trade unionists have slammed the French government’s scrapping of its proposed ecotax. Environment Minister Ségolène Royal announced on Thursday that plans to tax road freight have been abandoned

French President François Hollande
10/10/2014 - France

Budget cuts will not affect French autism programmes, Hollande

French president François Hollande has promised that cuts in government spending will not affect the budget allotted to autism.
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