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French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici
14/11/2013 - France

French economy takes unexpected dip

The French economy contracted unexpectedly in the third quarter of the year, official figures showed Wednesday. The drop comes after an equally unexpected rise in the second quarter.

Farmers obstruct traffic on the Brussels-Paris motorway in Valenciennes on Friday
09/11/2013 - France

Portals set on fire, traffic blocked as French ecotax protests continue

Protests against France's ecotax continued Saturday, despite the government's suspension of the controversial levy on road freight.


French press review 9 November 2013

Standard & Poor’s downgrading of France’s credit rating by one notch to AA is the front-page story in the French press today.


French press review 8 November 2013

The growing taxpayers' revolt, mass lay-offs and the multiplication of factory closures are sapping the morale of the government, which is short of ideas to face the flood of problems.

Standard & Poor’s HQ in New York
08/11/2013 - France

Hollande meets World Bank, IMF after Standard & Poor's downgrade

French President François Hollande was set to defend his economic policies at a meeting with international finance chiefs after the Standard & Poor's agency lowered France's rating to ...

Nearly 20 per cent of families with three children in France are living under the poverty line
08/11/2013 - France

A quarter of France's poor are families, charity

Couples with children now make up a quarter of France's poor, according to French charity Secours Catholique.

Disneyland Paris
07/11/2013 - France

Disneyland Paris visitors down by a million

Not even Mickey’s kingdom has escaped the economic downturn in Europe, with Disneyland Paris reporting a loss of one million visitors this year.


French press review 7 November 2013

Iran, human bones found in the Mediterranean and the new centre-right block on the French political scene are the subjects today...


French press review 6 November 2013

It's interesting to compare the front pages of business daily Les Echos and right-wing Le Figaro.

A protester holding a safety flare during a protest against the ecotax in Brittany last weekend
06/11/2013 - France

Negotiations on France's controversial ecotax begin

Negotiations between the French governments and leaders of protests against a green tax on road freight opened on Wednesday morning in the Breton capital, Rennes, with opponents demanding the ...