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The hotel Lutetia, à Paris
14/04/2014 - France

Landmark Paris hotel closes for three-year renovation

Paris's landmark art déco hotel, Le Lutetia, closed on Monday for renovations that will take three years and cost nearly 100 million euros.

The Angolan capital, Luanda
14/04/2014 - France - Angola

Total to invest in Angola's ultra-deep Kaombo oilfield

French oil giant Total is to invest in Angola's Kaombo project after finding ways to cut costs of extracting ultra-deep offshore oil by a fifth, the firm announced on Monday.

If it's the boss, don't answer ... but only if your one 250,000 workers covered by the agreement
11/04/2014 - France - United Kingdom

No, it's not illegal to work after 6pm in France

Rumours that it is now illegal to work after 6pm in France are greatly exaggerated.

Jews being transported to the concentration camps in 1942
09/04/2014 - France - United States

French rail company can bid for Maryland contract after Holocaust bill falls

France's state-owned rail company, the SNCF, is free to bid for a contract three-billion-dollar contract in the US state of Maryland after a bill aiming to block it because of its role in the ...

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses the National Assembly
09/04/2014 - France

French right hails Valls's pro-business turn, left revolt fizzles out

French opposition politicians hailed a turn to pro-business policies by new Prime Minister Manuel Valls after his speech to parliament on Tuesday.

Manuel Valls
08/04/2014 - France

Valls promises tax cuts for French bosses and low-paid in first policy speech

New French Prime Minister Manuel Valls promised tax cuts to bosses and low-paid workers in his policy speech to parliament on Tuesday.

Manuel Valls on TV last week
08/04/2014 - France

Valls promises more cuts in spending, Socialist MP

France's new prime minister, Manuel Valls, is planning more cuts in spending over and above the 50-billion-euros-worth announced by President François Hollande as part of his Responsibility ...

Pierre Moscovici (L) and Arnaud Montebourg (R)
06/04/2014 - France - Germany

French ministers Sapin, Montebourg visit Berlin amid budget deficit debate

France's new double-header economy team - Finance Minister Muchel Sapin and Economy and Industrial Recovery Minister Arnaud Montebourg- visit Berlin on Monday as Paris bids for more time to reach ...

The port of Calais
03/04/2014 - France - Britain

Calais port paralysed by dockers' strike

France's main cross-Channel port, Calais, was paralysed by a dockworkers' strike on Thursday with traffic jams several kilometres long blocking the motorways leading to the town.

France's newly-named Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) shakes hands with President François Hollande after deciding on the make-up of his cabinet
03/04/2014 - France

New French government to be business-friendly, Valls

France's new government will be business-friendly, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said last night after announcing a cabinet drawn from the left and the right of his Socialist Party.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces his new cabinet
02/04/2014 - Analysis: France

Valls's new French government - who's in it and why?

There were only two new ministers in the cabinet announced by France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday.

She's back - presidential candidate in 2007, Ségolène Royal becomes ecology minister, a job she held in 1992
02/04/2014 - France

New French government - Ségolène Royal in, Pierre Moscovici out

France's new prime minister, Manuel Valls, has announced his new cabinet, firing Pierre Moscovici as finance minister.

François Hollande and Xi Jinping, Elysée Palace, 26 march 2014.
27/03/2014 - France - China

Contracts signed, China's Xi Jinping due for lavish Versailles dinner

On the last day of his visit to France, Chinese leader Xi Jinping heads to the Palace of Versailles for a concert and a lavish dinner as the visit ends on a more cultural note after the commercial ...

Queues at a job centre in France
27/03/2014 - France

Record 3.34 million unemployed in France, new figures

The number of jobless in France surged by 0.9 percent in February to a new record of 3.34 million, the employment ministry said on Wednesday.

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde in Sydney, February 2014
20/03/2014 - France

IMF Chief questioned again over €400m state payout to ex football boss

Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, was back in court for questioning over her role in a controversial payout made to a French businessman, Bernard Tapie.

Jérôme Kerviel walks in Modena, Italy, as part of his pilgrimage from Rome to Paris
20/03/2014 - France

French rogue trader prison term upheld, €4.9 bn fine cancelled

France's top appeals court has upheld a three-year prison sentence against rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel.

Greenpeace activists with banner, Fessenheim, 18 March, 2014.
18/03/2014 - France

Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear plant

A group of Greenpeace activists broke into France’s oldest nuclear power plant early on Tuesday morning in a stunt intended to publicise alleged security faults at atomic facilities.

Airbus A320
17/03/2014 - France - Saudi Arabia

SaudiGulf to buy four Airbus A320s

The European aviation consortium Airbus has announced that the new Saudi Arabian company, SaudiGulf, has ordered four A320s.

The logo of French telecom operator SFR
14/03/2014 - France

French telecoms war: Vivendi decides to sell SFR to Numericable

France's Vivendi wants Numericable to buy its telecoms unit SFR, the French consortium announced Friday. It is to enter into exclusive negotiations with Numericable's parent company, Altice, ...

A Rafale fighter jet shows its potential to the Indian Air Force in Bangalore
14/03/2014 - France - India

Dassault pins hopes on India Rafale deal as profits fall

French aviation giant Dassault's profits fell 8.5 per cent in 2013, it announced Thursday. The company is pinning its hopes on a so-far elusuve fighter-jet contract with India.

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