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French President François Hollande on June 24, 2014.
07/07/2014 - France

French job creation summit opens with labour boycotts

A job creation summit aimed at spurring half a million much-needed positions got off to a rocky start on Monday as two major labour organisations said they would boycott the event.

French Prime minister Manuel Valls, in a ministerial meeting to prepare the Social Summit in Paris July 2, 2014.
02/07/2014 - France

France retreats on early retirement for workers in tough jobs

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls ceded ground to employers on Wednesday in a spat with unions over a new system to compensate workers in physically demanding jobs. The measures have been ...


French press review 27 June 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker’s election as president of the European Commission is the big story in France’s national dailies today.


French press review 26 June 2014

A presidentially commissioned study looks into the future. A union leader defends the recent rail strike. And how will France face up to Nigeria in the World Cup?

Control tower at Charles de Gaulle airport, near Paris
23/06/2014 - France

French air traffic control strike to disrupt flights

The French civil aviation authority on Monday urged airlines to reduce flights ahead of a strike by air traffic controllers set to begin on Tuesday.

A Ryanair plane at Marignane airport near Marseille.
23/06/2014 - France - Ireland

Ryanair launches appeal over Irish contracts in France

Ryanair, the Irish low cost airline, launched an appeal on Monday against a court ruling ordering it to pay nearly nine million euros for breaching French employment laws.

SNCM ferries in the port of Marseille, southern France
22/06/2014 - France - Maghreb

French ferries to Corsica, north Africa to strike as summer high season starts

Ferries between mainland France and Corsica and north Africa are to be hit by a strike at the height of the summer season as unions accuse the SNCM company’s the government and new majority ...

Not moving - a high-speed TGV train in station
18/06/2014 - France

French rail strike to continue Thursday as parliament debates reform

As the number of strikers on French railways fell on Wednesday, a union leader hinted that amendments to the government’s rail reform project being discussed in parliament could satisfy ...

Crowds get off a commuter train at Gare du Nord railway station in Paris, 13 June
15/06/2014 - France

Rail strike to continue for sixth day after talks fail

Passengers are facing a sixth day of travel chaos after talks aimed at averting new rail strikes fell through.

Baccaulauréat students sit their philosophy exam at Malherbe secondary school in Caen
14/06/2014 - France

Extra exam time for students hit by rail strikes, raises fears of cheating

Students affected by the ongoing rail strike in France will be accorded extra time to complete their baccauleréat exams. But the special allowances have prompted concerns that they could play the system to get extra marks.