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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.

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.

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.

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.
European Commissioner Jyrki Katainen gave the thumbs up to France's and Italy's budget on Tuesday
29/10/2014 - France - European Union

Valls gloats as European Commission accepts France’s budget

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was crowing on Wednesday morning after the European Commission gave a clean bill of health to his government’s latest budget.
Former culture minister Aurélie Filippetti joiined Socialist rebels in abstaining on the social security budget
29/10/2014 - France

French government faces social security budget revolt

More than 30 Socialist MPs refused to vote for the French social security budget in a vote in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Finance Minister  Michel Sapin (L) with Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (C) and Environment Minister Ségolène Royal
28/10/2014 - France - European Union

France finds 3.6 billion euros savings in bid to calm EU budget deficit row

The French government says it has found extra savings of 3.6 billion euros after coming under fire from the European Commission for announcing that it would not reach EU deficit targets on ...

French press review 27 October 2014

Is the French left an endangered species? Is another financial crisis on the way? Who are the Kurds? Who’s afraid of family allowance reform? And why is David Cameron apoplectic?