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The hotel Lutetia, à Paris
14/04/2014 - France

Landmark Paris hotel closes for three-year renovation

Paris's landmark art déco hotel, Le Lutetia, closed on Monday for renovations that will take three years and cost nearly 100 million euros.


African press review 14 April 2014

SA power company employees may lose their biscuits. Finance minister Gordhan doesn't believe the pessimists. Kenya and Rwanda are under fire over press freedom.

French foreign minist Laurent Fabius
12/04/2014 - Cuba - France

French foreign minister pays rare visit to Cuba

France’s top diplomat Laurent Fabius is travelling to Cuba on Saturday, the first such visit in over three decades and a sign of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

Pierre Moscovici (L) and Arnaud Montebourg (R)
06/04/2014 - France - Germany

French ministers Sapin, Montebourg visit Berlin amid budget deficit debate

France's new double-header economy team - Finance Minister Muchel Sapin and Economy and Industrial Recovery Minister Arnaud Montebourg- visit Berlin on Monday as Paris bids for more time to reach ...

France's newly-named Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) shakes hands with President François Hollande after deciding on the make-up of his cabinet
03/04/2014 - France

New French government to be business-friendly, Valls

France's new government will be business-friendly, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said last night after announcing a cabinet drawn from the left and the right of his Socialist Party.

She's back - presidential candidate in 2007, Ségolène Royal becomes ecology minister, a job she held in 1992
02/04/2014 - France

New French government - Ségolène Royal in, Pierre Moscovici out

France's new prime minister, Manuel Valls, has announced his new cabinet, firing Pierre Moscovici as finance minister.


French press review 2 April 2014

Yesterday he had to share the front pages with President François Hollande. This morning he has them all to himself. Who is he?

Queues at a job centre in France
27/03/2014 - France

Record 3.34 million unemployed in France, new figures

The number of jobless in France surged by 0.9 percent in February to a new record of 3.34 million, the employment ministry said on Wednesday.

Chinese Preisdent Xi Jinping is welcomed by French President François Hollande at the Elysee Palace, Wednesday 26 March.
26/03/2014 - France-China

After pomp and ceremony, French and Chinese leaders got down to business of nailing deals

The signing of fifty contracts representing fifty years of diplomatic relations got underway on Wednesday, with lucrative deals clinched in sectors like aeronautics and the car industry.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left.) and the French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius, at the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport, March 25 2014.
26/03/2014 - France-China

France seeks win-win partnership with China during Premier visit

As China's President arrives in Paris for the second day of a high-profile visit, French authorities will push for a rebalancing of exchanges between the two countries.