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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 ...

Red cap protests over tax hikes in Breton, France
02/11/2013 - France

Fresh 'ecotax' protests turn violent in Brittany

Thousands of enraged food industry workers clad in red caps reminiscent of 17th century protests descended on western town of Quimper today in Brittany, France, sparking clashes and exchanges of ...


African press review 30 October 2013

Foreign investors don't like SA strikes. Mining bosses feel unloved. Kenya investigates military looting claims after Westgate.

Ecotax opponents, wearing red bonnets to recall an anti-tax uprising in 1675, on a demonstration in Brittany last weekend
29/10/2013 - Analysis: France

And now for the next crisis ... Ecotax climbdown won't save French Socialists' bacon

It's not quite a u-turn but French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault's decision to suspend an "ecotax" on road freight is bound to reinforce the impression that his government' is stumbling from crisis to crisis.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (C), Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier (L) and Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll announce the ecotax's suspension
29/10/2013 - France

French government suspends ecotax after violent protests

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has suspended a controversial green tax on heavy goods vehicles after stormy protests in the western region of Brittany.

Jean-Marie Messier in 2011
28/10/2013 - France

Vivendi ex-boss Messier appeals against fraud conviction

A French court on Monday started hearing the appeal of former Vivendi boss Jean-Marie Messier against a conviction for mismanagement and misappropriation of corporate assets.

French President François Hollande
25/10/2013 - France

French unemployment hits new record high but rise slows

Unemployment in France hit a new record high in September, although President François Hollande was anxious to point out that the rate of increase has slowed down.

Is Spain's recession over?
25/10/2013 - World news explained

Is Spain's recession over?

There are signs the Spanish economy has emerged from its two-year recession. The Bank of Spain estimates that GDP grew by 0.1 per cent in the last quarter.


French weekly magazines review

France's weeklies look at tragedyin the Mediterranean and the rise of the far right in French politics.

A farmer brings his sheep to Paris to demand a better deal in world trade negotiations
11/10/2013 - France

French farmer suicides hit one every two days

Farmer suicides in France have reached the level of one every two days, according to a study comminissioned by the agriculture ministry.