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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.

French President François Hollande meets some of the entrepreneurs he is trying to attract
18/02/2014 - France

Hollande courts foreign investors in Elysée meeting

French President François Hollande made a bid to clean up France's image with foreign investors when he met business leaders from 34 companies and sovereign wealth funds in Paris on Monday.

The Paris bourse de Paris
17/02/2014 - France

French stock exchange at highest since 2008

After nine consecutive days on the rise, the Paris Stock exchange opened 0.14 per cent up on Monday. The French Cac-40 index reached its highest level since September 2008 on Friday.

Employees of mail order clothing company La Redoute demonstrate against job losses in Lille in January
14/02/2014 - France

French growth in 2013 higher than expected

The French economy grew more than previously estimated in 2013 ... but only just. The government admitted Friday that "more has to be done".