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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with his cabinet
28/01/2015 - France - Greece

Hollande invites Tsipras to Paris in early February

French President François Hollande has invited newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to visit him in Paris early next month.
Economy minister Emmanuel Macron.
26/01/2015 - France

Macron's economic reform to get easier ride in France's post-Charlie climate

French MPs on Tuesday began debating the proposed Macron Law, a controversial package of reforms designed to remove obstacles to French economic progress.

Alexis Tsipras waves to supporters after winning the elections in Athens, 25 January 2015.
26/01/2015 - France - Greece

Hollande congratulates Tsipras on Greek election victory

French President Francois Hollande congratulated Alexis Tsipras on Monday on his radical left party Syriza's win and recalled "the friendship that unites France and Greece".

The late Saudi king Abdallah bin Abdelaziz al Saoud
23/01/2015 - France - Saudi Arabia - Philippines

Hollande to present condolences for Abdallah’s death on Saudi Arabia visit

French President François Hollande is to present his condolences for the death of King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia in person on a visit to the country, the Elysée presidential palace ...
22/01/2015 - France

Air France to shed hudreds more jobs

Air France has announced a new voluntary redundancies plan at a meeting with trade unions on Thursday. Ground staff and flight attendants at the French flag-carrier are targeted.

An Air Afrique Airbus
22/01/2015 - Report: South Africa

Transport ministers debate opening Africa’s skies

Transport ministers from a dozen African countries gathered outside Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday to discuss opening the continent's skies.
A blockade in Carquefou near Nantes on Monday
19/01/2015 - France

French truck drivers cause tail backs nationwide in wage protest

Hundreds of lorries blocked roads across France on Monday, as part of a truck-drivers’ campaign for pay rises.
Hollande backs a low tax on all financial products
06/01/2015 - France - EU

France drops demand for exceptions to financial transactions tax

France has dropped demands for certain transactions to be exempt from the financial transactions tax which Paris and 10 other countries hope to introduce.

French President Francois Hollande (L) and Prime Minister Manuel Valls walk together after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris December 22, 2014
03/01/2015 - France

Dead and buried, France quietly scraps controversial wealth tax

The Socialist government on Saturday moved to scrap an unpopular 75% tax on the country's wealthiest, after a wad of criticism for being anti-business.

 

 

Club Mediterannee Chairman and CEO Henri Giscard d'Estaing (2ndL) and Qian Jiannong (L), President of Fosun Tourism & Commercial Group, in Paris December 19, 2014
03/01/2015 - France-Italy-China

French holiday giant Club-Med set for Chinese takeover

Italian tycoon Andrea Bonomi yesterday bowed out of a longstanding race to take over struggling holiday giant Club Med, after his bid was trumped by Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang.

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.

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