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26/07/2014 - France

French unemployment hits new record

Unemployment in France has risen for the eighth consecutive month to 11 per cent of the workforce, leaving President François Hollande’s promise to reverse the upward trend ...

French president François Hollande
14/07/2014 - France

Hollande optimistic despite French Bastille Day jeers

French president François Hollande appeared determined but optimistic in a live television interview broadcast hours after he was booed at the traditional Bastille Day parade in Paris.

Bernadette Groison, leader of the FSU union
08/07/2014 - France

French jobs summit undermined by trade union walkouts

Another key trade union, the FSU, has walked out of the all-important two-day summit on jobs, leaving only one major union now in talks with government and employers.

Performing artists protesting in Paris, 2 June 2014.
16/06/2014 - France

Performing artists around France protest against reforms of the unemployment system

Stage and screen actors as well as theatre and film technicians are protesting around France on Monday against planned reforms to their special unemployment scheme.

Arts industry workers protest in Paris, 20th March.
05/06/2014 - France

La Traviata cancelled in Montpellier as protestors occupy stage

Action by workers in the arts and entertainments sector led to the cancellation of the first night of Verdi’s La Traviata at Montpelier’s Opera house on Wednesday evening.


French press review 31 May 2014

Why does the US want to fine a French bank billions? Can BNP Paribas survive? Was Egypt's presidential election a farce? And everything you wanted to know about Brazil ahead of ...


French press review 30 May 2014

There's bad news across the board for French President François Hollande today.

Cigarettes during the manufacturing process, 30 April 2014.
29/05/2014 - France

French cigarette workers hold bosses hostage in threatened Imperial Tobacco factory

Five executives have been held in a cigarette factory in western France since Wednesday afternoon. The cigarette manufacturer, Seita, announced the closure of the factory last month.


French press review 29 May 2014

Only three papers to hand this bank holiday morning and the news is anything but festive.

French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls have failed to bring down record unemployment figures
29/05/2014 - France

French unemployment rises again

French unemployment rose again last month with the Socialist government failing to keep President François Hollande’s campaign promise to reverse its upward rise.