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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.

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 ...
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.

04/12/2014

French press review 4 December 2014

Roughly speaking, the same story dominates four of this morning's five front pages.
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.
03/12/2014

French press review 3 December 2014

Hollande is accused of plotting to change the voting system to reduce damage to his party at the next election. French bosses’ appetite grows with eating.
St.Germain des Prés in Paris
27/11/2014 - France

Paris property prices fall

Paris property prices are set to fall below 8,000 euros per square metre for the first time since 2011, professionals predicted on Thursday. They have fallen nearly 2.0 per cent in a year.

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin gave a cautious welcome to the growth figures
14/11/2014 - France

France avoids recession with 0.3 per cent growth in third quarter

France has surprised economic forecasters with growth of 0.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2014.
05/11/2014

French press review 5 November 2014

Just one day ahead of François Hollande's mid-term television presentation, the French budget deficit makes an unwelcome reappearance on the French front pages.
30/10/2014

French press review 30 October 2014

There are different takes on the controversial dam that is the object of protests in south-west France. Bosses are accused of pocketing money from tax breaks supposed to create jobs.
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