Search @ tagged in France

Your search gave 208 result(s).

You can search within these results using the search input field.

Sort results by  page 

Brussels increases pressure on Paris to make reforms

12.12.14 @ 09:28

France has made little progress in its attempts to boost competitiveness and restore the viability of its public finances, according to a new report by the European Commission. The survey, published by the EU executive ...

Paris announces economy reforms amid protests

11.12.14 @ 09:21

The French government on Wednesday (10 December) announced economic reforms aimed at spurring growth and avoiding EU fines due to an oversized budget deficit. “We need to unblock the economy, liberate energies, lift ...

Eurogroup puts pressure on France to deliver on deficit

08.12.14 @ 16:59

Eurozone finance ministers on Monday (8 December) greenlighted a European Commission proposal to give France three more months to fix its budget deficit, but spelled out how much is needed in "additional measures". "We ...

French MPs back Palestine recognition, get 2016 deadline

03.12.14 @ 09:04

The French parliament has voted in favour of a non-binding motion on recognising Palestine, with the French FM saying he’ll do it if there’s no peace by the end of 2016. The resolution passed by 339 votes against 151 ...

MEPs accuse Moscovici of giving France special treatment

02.12.14 @ 14:08

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Tuesday (2 December) was showered with criticism in the European Parliament after granting France three extra months to fix its budget. Moscovici said France received three ...

Mediapart: Former Russian spy lent €2mn to Le Pen senior

01.12.14 @ 09:24

A former KGB officer lent €2 million to Jean-Marie Le Pen, the president of the National Front, on top of other Russian loans to the French far-right party, Mediapart reports. The Paris-based online news agency said on ...

France gets three months to tweak budget

28.11.14 @ 16:20

EU economics commissioners on Friday (28 November) defended "political" reasons for giving France more time to fix its budget deficit, while urging Germany to spend more in an attempt to revive the eurozone economy. The ...

French and German economies must come closer, experts say

28.11.14 @ 13:18

Failure by the eurozone’s largest economies, traditionally EU allies, to act together risks plunging the currency bloc into a “stagnation trap” a report published Thursday (November 27) by Henrik Enderlein, of Germany's ...

France, Italy, Belgium to get extra three months on deficit and debt

27.11.14 @ 20:01

The EU commission on Friday (28 November) is set to give France, Italy and Belgium three more months to implement deficit-and-debt cutting measures or face fines. It is the first time the commission splits its verdict ...

Le Pen borrowed €9mn from Kremlin-linked bank

24.11.14 @ 09:28

The far-right French party, Front National (FN), borrowed €9 million from a Russian bank, posing questions over its relationship with the Kremlin. The loan, by the First Czech Russian Bank (FCRB), was granted in late ...

EU still undecided on France deficit

24.11.14 @ 09:22

Fiscal hawks and doves within the EU commission and member states continue to disagree on how to deal with France's budget deficit, seen as a credibility test for the EU. A meeting of heads of cabinets of EU ...

German commissioner provokes French wrath

21.11.14 @ 18:11

German commissioner Guenther Oettinger has drawn ire from French politicians after urging budget rigour and calling France a "deficit recidivist", in an op-ed published in French daily Les Echos on Thursday (20 November ...

French politics rocked by claims of anti-Sarkozy plot

11.11.14 @ 09:28

A former French PM is alleged to have instructed president Francois Hollande's chief of staff to speed up investigations into Nicolas Sarkozy in a bid to thwart Sarkozy’s leadership ambitions. Francois Fillon, a senior ...

France denies warship delivery, as Russian bombers skirt EU airspace

30.10.14 @ 09:57

France's controversial warship deal with Russia is hitting the headlines again, with a cacophony of statements and denials after a Russian minister published a French invitation to the hand-over ceremony. Russian deputy ...

EU clears eurozone budgets after French, Italian tweaks

29.10.14 @ 08:57

In its last major political act before it steps down at the end of the week, the current European Commission on Tuesday (28 October) gave the provisional all-clear to each of the 18 eurozone budgets. "I cannot ...

France offers new cuts to meet Brussels' demands

28.10.14 @ 09:25

France and Italy outlined extra measures to cut their budget deficits on Monday as they backed away from a full scale confrontation with the European Commission. French finance minister Michel Sapin announced new ...

Barroso clashes with Italy over published budget warning

23.10.14 @ 15:32

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has hit out at Italy for publishing a letter the commission sent asking Rome to justify its budget for 2015. "It was a unilateral decision by the Italian government to ...

EU fiscal rules won't be changed, says Juncker

22.10.14 @ 19:55

The EU's rules on debts and deficits will not be re-written, Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs in his first speech as European Commission president. “The rules will not be changed,” said Juncker, whose team was backed by ...

Ailing eurozone back on markets' radar

16.10.14 @ 16:52

The eurozone appears to have come back onto the markets' radar amid low inflation, poor economic news from Germany, and Greece's bailout exit plans. Greece's long-term borrowing costs went above 8 percent on Thursday ( ...

Ministers play down French budget row

14.10.14 @ 09:28

EU finance ministers played down the prospect of a row with France at their monthly meeting on Monday (13 October), but insisted that the bloc's rules on budget deficits and debts had to be respected. Speaking with ...

France wants billions from EU's 'New Deal'

13.10.14 @ 09:30

France wants €10 billion a year from the EU’s “New Deal” fund, amid warnings that its budget profligacy could harm the “credibility” of EU financial rules. French economy minister Emmanuel Macron mentioned the figure in ...

EU unlikely to reform treaties, French PM tells Cameron

07.10.14 @ 09:25

Re-opening the EU treaties to satisfy the UK would be “perilous” and deflect attention from dealing with the bloc's struggling economy, French prime minister Manuel Valls has said on a visit to London. Speaking in the ...

MEPs ask Moscovici about French deficit

06.10.14 @ 09:25

MEPs gave French commissioner Pierre Moscovici a Tuesday (7 October) deadline for extra questions about his commitment to EU's fiscal rules and how he will deal with his home country, amid reports that Brussels is ...

Moscovici to answer in writing on commitment to fiscal rules

03.10.14 @ 18:37

France's Pierre Moscovici is to answer in writing about how he will make sure countries, including his own, will implement the EU's deficit-and-debt rules. MEPs in the economics committee were working on nine ...

Moscovici gets rough ride as commission hearings turn partisan

02.10.14 @ 17:20

French commission nominee Pierre Moscovici was the latest candidate to face a tough ride from MEPs, as the hearings for the EU executive became increasingly partisan. Moscovici, a former MEP who served as finance ...

France 'rejects austerity' in controversial budget

02.10.14 @ 07:33

France has put itself on a collision course with its EU partners after rejecting calls for it to adopt further austerity measures to bring its budget deficit in line with EU rules. Outlining plans for 2015 on Wednesday ...

French EU commissioner to share powers on national budgets

30.09.14 @ 17:52

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici will have to share his powers on national budgets with fiscal hawk and commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis. According to a letter sent by Jean-Claude Juncker to MEPs ...

Online anti-EU networks fragmented and nation-based

12.09.14 @ 09:24

Anti-EU online networks are as fragmented and nationally-based as in the real world and they tend to operate in isolation, but the big exception is Ukip which has built up a large online network in the UK. A study by ...

French far right at 'gates of power'

08.09.14 @ 09:28

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Sunday (7 September) warned that the far-right is “at the gates of power”, as the ruling left struggles under its unpopular president, Francois Hollande. "In France, the extreme ...

France wants to create new EU migration post

02.09.14 @ 16:34

France wants a new European coordinator to ensure member states follow through more rapidly on their asylum and border control commitments. A French official close to the issue said the coordinator is needed because the ...

Hollande calls for special summit on eurozone growth

28.08.14 @ 18:10

French president Francois Hollande has called for a summit on eurozone growth, warning that “Europe is threatened by a long and possibly interminable stagnation if we do nothing.” In a speech to his ambassadors in Paris ...

Valls picks investment banker as France's new economy minister

27.08.14 @ 09:29

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls appointed Emmanuel Macron, a 36-year-old former merchant banker, as his economy minister on Tuesday (26 August), as he unveiled his new government Valls, who was himself appointed by ...

French government in turmoil over economic policies

26.08.14 @ 07:51

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday (25 August) tendered his government's resignation after more leftist ministers voiced criticism to what is being perceived as German-imposed austerity. The embattled French ...

France scraps deficit target, as eurozone recovery halts

14.08.14 @ 19:17

France has all but abandoned a target to shrink its deficit, as the eurozone endured a turbulent day that raised the prospect of a triple-dip recession. Figures published by Eurostat on Thursday (14 August) indicated ...

Italy slips back into recession, Germany rejects France growth appeal

07.08.14 @ 09:24

Italy has slipped back into recession putting pressure on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to fulfil promises to see through major structural reform to boost growth. The Italian economy, the third largest in the eurozone, ...

Hollande: Germany should do more to boost growth

05.08.14 @ 09:25

French President Francois Hollande has said Germany should do more to support growth as his government struggles to bring its budget deficit to within the EU threshold. In an interview with Le Monde, published Monday (4 ...

Europe should never be 'tired' of peace

04.08.14 @ 19:37

EU leaders attending a commemoration of World War One on Monday (4 August) evoked the fragility of peace and importance of learning the lessons of a hundred years ago. Representatives from across Europe gathered in the ...

Poll: French most pessimistic about economic future

25.07.14 @ 16:57

Europeans are feeling a bit more positive about the EU than they were late last year but well over a third still feel "neutral" about it while a quarter feel outright negative about it. The Eurobarometer survey, ...

French ease ban on pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris

22.07.14 @ 09:28

The French authorities have reportedly authorised a demonstration in support for Gaza on Wednesday (23 July) after two government-banned protests over the weekend turned violent. Wednesday’s gathering is to be allowed ...

France and Germany in tussle over EU economics post

21.07.14 @ 09:22

Germany and France are locked in a tussle about who should be the next EU economic affairs commissioner, a decision that will send a key symbolic message about how euro rules will be implemented in the future. Paris ...

Air disaster puts spotlight on French warship for Russia

18.07.14 @ 19:30

France risks “international ridicule” if it delivers a warship to Russia despite the Malaysia Airlines disaster, but its intentions remain unchanged in the immediate aftermath. The ship, a “Mistral” assault vessel which ...

Sarkozy risks jail in corruption probe

02.07.14 @ 09:28

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy could face up to five years in prison and a €500,000 fine on allegations of corruption and influence peddling. The embattled centre-right politician was released from police ...

Post EU ElectionsFrench centre-right weighs up a Sarkozy return

26.06.14 @ 09:27

With a ruling Socialist party deserted by voters and a deeply unpopular president, the centre-right opposition (UMP) should be in a position to benefit. But that is far from the case. Already undermined by a leadership ...

Germany backs France on Russia warship contract

05.06.14 @ 09:48

Germany has defended France’s plan to deliver a warship to Russia in October despite US criticism of the move. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (4 June) in Brussels that interruption of delivery might only ...

AnalysisFrance falls victim to EU's economic powers

03.06.14 @ 09:39

Being singled out for censure by the European Commission is nothing new for the government of Francois Hollande. But the timing of the latest veiled threat from Brussels could hardly be worse. Ten days ago Marine Le Pen ...

EU warns France on budget efforts

02.06.14 @ 22:14

France must take further action to cut its budget deficit to the EU's 3 percent limit in its upcoming emergency budget law, the European Commission said Monday. The stark warning was contained in the commission's annual ...

Post EU ElectionsLe Pen's success leaves French political establishment in shock

28.05.14 @ 09:46

The scene had been carefully set in advance. Pinned on the wall behind Marine Le Pen on election night on Sunday, at the party's headquarters in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre, were posters with the words: "The ...

Post EU ElectionsLe Pen victory causes 'political earthquake' in France

25.05.14 @ 23:09

Marine Le Pen unleashed a political earthquake in France on Sunday night, after her National Front party topped the poll in the European elections. With the polls closed, exit polls indicated that Le Pen's National ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel: Voters elect next commission chief 'in principle'

22.05.14 @ 21:47

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (22 May) made conciliatory gestures towards the European Parliament on the choice of the next commission president after Sunday's EU elections. In an interview with Passauer ...

Sarkozy wants to scrap EU border-free agreement

22.05.14 @ 09:29

Former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy in an op-ed published in Le Point and Die Welt on Thursday (22 May) recommends putting an end to the border free Schengen agreement. The conservative politician says a ' ...