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French Labour Minister François Rebsamen
26/04/2014 - France

French unemployment levels off, opposition still critical

France's Socialist government claimed that unemployment is levelling out as monthly figures showed a rise of 1,600 in March, after a sharp rise in February.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) and Finance Minister MIchel Sapin announce their plans to tackle France's economic problems
25/04/2014 - France

Ratings agency judges French government optimistic on jobs, budget deficit

Standard and Poor’s (S&P) on Friday maintained its AA rating for France and judged the Socialist government too optimistic over prospects for the budget deficit and employment.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin
23/04/2014 - France - European Union

France sticks by deficit target, forecasts 200,000 jobs to be created

The French government insists it will reach the European Union target of reducing the public deficit to three per cent of GDP and believes its Responsibility Pact will boost production and create ...
Secretary General Abdou Diouf of the OIF
29/03/2014 - France - Madagascar

Madagascar on long path to economic recovery

After a five year suspension Madagascar will be reintegrated into the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), according to its Secretary General Abdou Diouf speaking Friday in Paris.

African press review 17 March 2014

Egyptian left-wingers call on the army to stay out of politics, foreign donors are set to halt aid to Kenya to protest at money-laundering and labour disputes continue in South Africa.

European commissioner Olli Rehn has repeatedly criticised France for everything from taxation to public debt
05/03/2014 - France - European Union

European Commission puts France on watch list over trade deficit

The European Commission on Wednesday placed France under "reinforced surveillance", criticising its "lack of competitiveness" and high public debt.
The law comes too late for workers at Florange steelworks.
25/02/2014 - France

France to impose fines for speedy factory closures

The French parliament on Monday passed a law imposing tough penalties on companies which shut down without attempting to find a buyer three months before closure.

Now the good news - Air France CEO Frederic Gagey (L), Air France-KLM chairman and CEO Alexandre de Juniac (C) and KLM CEO Camiel Eurlings (R) prepare to announce Air France-KLM 2013 annual results
20/02/2014 - France - Europe

French, European stock exchanges down, Air France back in black

The French stock exchange fell 1.08 per cent at opening on Thursday, as did most of Europe's bourses. France's private sector activity has declined in February, a study showed.


French press review 19 February 2014

Dongfeng buys into Peugeot. Is this good news for France? Who will be in control? What will happen to French jobs? Will Hollande's Responsibility Pact fail?

A PSA Peugeot-Citroën factory
18/02/2014 - France - China

Peugeot boards opens capital to China's Dongfeng, French state

France's PSA Peugeot Citroën's board approved a tie-up with Chinese carmaker Dongfeng and the French state on Tuesday.