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Aug 19, 2013

Rose-tinted return for French government but recovery not assured

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande’s return from holiday has been eased by a spurt in second-quarter growth. Yet looming tax hikes, raging unemployment and an upcoming pension overhaul will determine whether the rebound can last.

France’s exit from recession with growth of 0.5 percent last quarter buoyed a government meeting on Monday where ministers outlined rosy visions they had been asked to draw up during the two-week break of how the country could look in 2025.

Jul 31, 2013

Many French can only dream of 35-hour work week, report shows

PARIS (Reuters) – A work week famously limited by law to 35 hours has become a distant dream for many French, as executives chase ever tougher deadlines and the rank and file look to make ends meet with overtime.

French workers put in an average of 39.5 hours a week in 2011, continuing a steady rise in the decade since the 35-hour work week was introduced and not far behind an EU average of 40.3 hours, according to a labor ministry report.

Jul 21, 2013

Analysis: France’s Hollande in tight spot on pension reform

PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande may only manage a lightweight reform of France’s indebted pension system, with trade unions preparing street protests and his own Socialist Party warning it would oppose painful measures.

Fellow Europeans say France risks damaging its own standing and that of the euro zone among investors, and upsetting southern members struggling with harsh reforms, if it fails to address the deficit in its pension funding.

Jul 21, 2013

France’s Hollande in tight spot on pension reform

PARIS, July 21 (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande may
only manage a lightweight reform of France’s indebted pension
system, with trade unions preparing street protests and his own
Socialist Party warning it would oppose painful measures.

Fellow Europeans say France risks damaging its own standing
and that of the euro zone among investors, and upsetting
southern members struggling with harsh reforms, if it fails to
address the deficit in its pension funding.

Jul 8, 2013

France’s Sarkozy returns to political stage in party appeal

PARIS (Reuters) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy made his first political appearance since losing power, staging an appeal to hundreds of conservative lawmakers on Monday to help save the UMP party from financial ruin.

Greeted by a mass of fans as he arrived at UMP headquarters, Sarkozy called for donations to prop up the party after France’s top legal body ruled last week that it overshot spending limits on his failed 2012 re-election campaign and must repay 11 million euros ($14.15 million) in state subsidies.

Jul 2, 2013

French political scandals hit left and right

PARIS (Reuters) – A budget minister stashing cash in Switzerland, accusations that politicians tapped a senile heiress for campaign funds and allegations that a 403 million euro payout to an ex-convict businessman was rigged; French politics seems awash in sleaze.

President Francois Hollande may pay dearly for the spectacle of public figures grilled over scandals that highlight wealth swilling about the corridors of power while France at large suffers tax hikes and unemployment. But his potential rival at future presidential polls, Nicolas Sarkozy, fares little better

Jun 27, 2013

French morale hits record low, state coffers to suffer

PARIS (Reuters) – French consumer confidence has hit an all-time low just as the state auditor warned that a likely economic contraction would knock the government off-course from this year’s deficit reduction target.

June consumer confidence fell to the lowest level since records began in 1972 and households are more pessimistic than ever about their future living standards, according to an index released on Thursday by national statistics institute INSEE.

Jun 27, 2013

French consumer morale hits record low

PARIS, June 27 (Reuters) – French consumer confidence has
hit an all-time low, the latest survey showed on Thursday, just
as the state auditor warned that a likely economic contraction
would knock the government off course on this year’s deficit
reduction target.

The June consumer confidence index fell to the lowest level
since records began in 1972 and households are more pessimistic
than ever about their future living standards, data from the
national INSEE statistics institute showed.

Jun 24, 2013

France’s far-right steal votes from Hollande’s left

PARIS (Reuters) – A near win of a third parliament seat by France’s anti-immigrant National Front this weekend has sounded a warning to the ruling Socialists over a shift towards the “Eurosceptic” far right by disillusioned voters.

Etienne Bousquet-Cassagne, a 23-year-old with pop star looks who is part of a push by the Front to gain acceptability with fresh young faces, was beaten 53 percent to 47 by a conservative rival in a local by-election runoff on Sunday. His high score has sparked cries of alarm among mainstream politicians.

Jun 7, 2013

France bans far-right rally after student killing

PARIS (Reuters) – French authorities banned a far-right youth rally set for Saturday in the southern city of Toulouse after the killing of a left-wing student this week sparked alarm over street violence by ultra-right groups.

Toulouse’s Socialist mayor had expressed concern about a planned torchlight evening march to commemorate the victory of a Christian army in 721 over Muslims besieging the city, after a clash between ultra-right and far-left youths in Paris on Wednesday led to the death of a 19-year-old student.

    • About Catherine

      "Catherine is chief correspondent for Reuters France, in charge of political and macroeconomic news, with a focus for 2011 on the G20 presidency, euro zone debt crisis and 2012 election campaign. She has reported from 16 countries for Reuters -- most recently in Latin America as a senior correspondent in Mexico City -- on stories ranging from the Haiti earthquake to the Beijing Olympic Games."
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