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FRANCOIS HOLLANDE NEWS

FRANCOIS HOLLANDE NEWS

  • France's former budget minister, forced to resign after revelations he held a secret Swiss bank account, has allowed Swiss authorities to pass account details to French judges investigating him for fraud, Geneva's public prosecutor said on Wednesday.

     

  • France's erstwhile budget minister admitted on Tuesday to holding a secret 600,000-euro foreign bank account and he was placed under a fraud investigation in a grave blow to President Francois Hollande's 10-month-old government.

     

  • With his approval ratings and most of his economic pledges in tatters, French President Francois Hollande will try to convince a disillusioned nation on television on Thursday to keep faith in him to restore the economy to health.

     

  • France's new budget minister said on Wednesday he would stick to the spending cuts planned by his predecessor, whose sudden resignation in a tax fraud investigation threw an unwelcome spotlight on the country's fiscal dilemma.

     

  • France violated a demonstrator's freedom of expression when it fined him for insulting former President Nicolas Sarkozy, Europe's top human rights court ruled on Thursday.

     

  • Two hard-left trade unions led protests across France on Tuesday against labor law reforms backed by mainstream unions to give firms more flexibility to weather economic downturns.

     

  • The popularity of French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has improved slightly since last month, according to an OpinionWay poll carried out for newspaper Metro and TV channel LCI.

     

  • Even as the euro zone periphery starts to spy some glimmers of hope, concern is mounting that Germany is drifting apart from other countries at the core of the single currency bloc, notably France.

     

  • Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday as part of a nationwide strike against austerity that confined ferries to ports, shut schools and left hospitals with only emergency staff.

     

  • Google is to pay 60 million euros ($82 million) into a special fund to help French media develop their presence on the Internet under a top-level deal signed on Friday, but will not pay them for posting links to their content.

     

  • President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the deployment of a joint African force to Mali where French troops are battling al Qaeda-affiliated militants could take "a good week."

     

  • France has rushed to help Mali block a push south by Islamist rebels from its desert north but a U.N.-backed intervention plan to dislodge al Qaeda and its allies faces a tough enemy and terrain and could still take months - if it succeeds at all.

     

  • France will support Mali's request for military assistance to help counter an offensive by Islamist rebels but strictly within the framework of U.N. Security Council resolutions, President Francois Hollande said on Friday.

     

  • Belgian prosecutors have advised against giving citizenship to Bernard Arnault, France's richest man and chief executive of luxury group LVMH, whom critics accuse of seeking to avoid French taxes.

     

  • FRENCH EMPLOYERS SAY DRAFT LABOUR ACCORD UNACCEPTABLE

    FRENCH EMPLOYERS SAY DRAFT LABOUR ACCORD UNACCEPTABLE

    French employers will reject moves to overhaul rigid labour rules unless unions drop demands to tax short-term contracts more heavily than long-term ones, their leader said on Monday, suggesting talks this week could fail.

     

  • France will not take over insolvent Swiss refiner Petroplus' oil refinery in Normandy, but could help the plant financially once a suitable buyer is found, President Francois Hollande said on Saturday.

     

  • FRANCE WILL TAKE A FEW MONTHS TO PLAN 2014 CUTS - PM

    FRANCE WILL TAKE A FEW MONTHS TO PLAN 2014 CUTS - PM

    France's Socialist government, battling to cut its fiscal deficit to below an EU ceiling, will take the next few months to plan where spending cuts in 2014 will fall, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said.

     

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted French actor Gerard Depardieu citizenship.

     

  • PUTIN MAKES FRENCH FILM STAR DEPARDIEU A RUSSIAN

    PUTIN MAKES FRENCH FILM STAR DEPARDIEU A RUSSIAN

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the French movie star whose decision to quit his homeland to avoid a tax hike prompted accusations of national betrayal.

     

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the French movie star who quit his homeland to avoid a tax hike on the rich, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

     

  • President Francois Hollande's pledge to turn around France's stalled economy this year will be under scrutiny as growth stays feeble, unemployment continues to rise and employers and unions struggle to agree how to make hiring more flexible.

     

  • The derailment of President Francois Hollande's 75 percent millionaires' tax presents a chance to water down a scheme which hurt France's image with investors but the Socialist leader is unlikely to give up without a fight.

     

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