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Bouygues CEO Martin Bouygues, who is still alive
01/03/2015 - France

Rumours of French industrialist’s death greatly exaggerated

France’s AFP news agency was forced to apologise on Saturday to billionaire industrialist Martin Bouygues after wrongly announcing that he was dead.
French Finance Minister  Michel Sapin with his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis in Paris at the beginning of the month
27/02/2015 - France - Eurozone

EU sets France tough new deficit targets, Sapin says can be reached

The European Union has tightened targets for the reduction of France’s budget deficit two days after extending the deadline to reduce it to below three per cent for another two years.
An HSBC branch in Geneva
27/02/2015 - France - Eurozone - Switzerland

France has given Swissleaks information to ‘large number’ of eurozone countries

France has supplied the names of foreign nationals with secret bank accounts in HSBC’s Swiss branch to most countries in the eurozone, Finance Minister Michel Sapin indicated on Thursday.

Rafales at Dassault's factory in Merignac, south-east France
25/02/2015 - France - India

Le Drian in Delhi again as India dithers over Rafale deal

France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar in Delhi on Tuesday in a fresh attempt to seal a troubled deal to sell India’s air force 126 ...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets President François Hollande on Friday
20/02/2015 - France - Germany - Greece - European Union

Greece must stay in eurozone, Hollande

Greece “is in the eurozone” and “must stay in the eurozone, French President François Hollande said on Friday at a joint press conference with Angela Merkel.
Le PDG d'Air France-KLM Alexandre de Juniac, lors d e la présentation des résultats du premier semestre du groupe, à Paris, le 26 juillet 2013.
19/02/2015 - France

Air France-KLM reduces losses in 2014

Air France-KLM drastically reduced its losses in 2014 but remained in the red, largely due to a 14-day French pilots’ strike in September.
French President François Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée presidential palace on Wednesday
19/02/2015 - France

French government faces confidence vote after forcing through economic package

The French government faced a confidence vote on Thursday after using enabling legislation to force through an economic package that caused a split in the ruling Socialist Party.

A Eurostar train comes out of  the Channel tunnel near Calais
18/02/2015 - France - United Kingdom

Eurostar beats passenger records in 2014

Cross-Channel rail service Eurostar carried a record number of passengers in 2014 with the number of business travellers rising four per cent despite Europe’s economic problems.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls in French National Assembly
17/02/2015 - France

French no-confidence vote looms as Socialist rebels deliver blow to Valls

In a moment of high drama on Tuesday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls exposed his government to a vote of no-confidence, in a desperate bid to force the passage of the controversial Macron ...
UBS offices in Zurich
17/02/2015 - France - Switzerland

France issues warrants for three former UBS bosses in tax-dodgers’ Swiss account inquiry

French judges have issued arrest warrants for three former top managers of Swiss bank UBS, suspected of encouraging French nationals dodge taxes by opening secret bank accounts.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Cairo on Monday
17/02/2015 - France - Egypt

France, Egypt sign Rafale deal as Cairo bombs IS

France has signed an agreement with Egypt for the first foreign sale of its Rafale fighter jet.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (L)  with France's Michel Sapin earlier this month
16/02/2015 - France - Greece - European Union

French finance minister optimistic ahead of crunch Greek debt meeting

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said he believed that the European Union and Greece could reach agreement on the country’s debt ahead of a key meeting in Brussels on Monday.
A Rafale flies over the pyramids
13/02/2015 - France - Egypt

France clinches first foreign Rafale jet sale to Egypt

France has sealed a deal with Egypt to sell 24 French Rafale fighter jets, a navy frigate and missiles.
Sigfox executive Anne Lauvergeon, who used to head nuclear giant Areva
11/02/2015 - France - United States

French internet-of-things company Sigfox raises 100 million euros for world conquest

French company Sigfox has raised a record 100 million euros (115 million dollars) to launch its internet-of-things business in the United States, Asia and Latin America.
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, 25 January 2015.
05/02/2015 - France - India

France invites Indian PM Modi to Paris in springtime

France has invited India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Paris in the coming months. The two countries will discuss a strategic partnership, including nuclear energy and aviation technology.
French President François Hollande with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
05/02/2015 - France - Greece - European Union

Hollande advises Tsipras to see Merkel as Greece protests ECB ‘blackmail’

Greece said on Thursday it would “not be blackmailed” by the European Central Bank’s (ECB) as its Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras continued a European tour that saw him meet ...
A Ferrari Spider California advertised on Artcurial's website
05/02/2015 - France

Treasure trove of classic cars hoped to raise 16 million euros at Paris auction

After nearly 50 years locked away in scruffy sheds on a farm in western France, a treasure trove of extremely rare, classic cars is going to auction.

Haveu snow has hit French mountain regions this weekend
01/02/2015 - France

Ski stations cut off, 11 injured as heavy snow hits much of France

Access to ski stations was closed in the French Pyrenees mountains on Sunday after 48 hours of heavy snow that have seen 11 people injured across the country.
Le nouveau ministre des Finances grec Yanis Varoufakis, le 28 janvier 2015 à Athènes.
31/01/2015 - France - Greece - European Union

Greek finance minister in Paris Sunday as Syriza government seeks anti-austerity allies

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is to meet his French counterpart Michel Sapin in Paris on Sunday, a day earlier than planned, as Greece’s new left-wing leaders try to drum up support ...
A farm in Hirson in the north of France
31/01/2015 - France

France pushes back target to cut pesticide use by half to 2025

France has pushed back a target to cut pesticide use by 50 per cent from 2018 to 2025.
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