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Jan 4, 2012

Analysis – French “Social VAT” plan could backfire for Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy is taking a dangerous gamble months from a presidential election with his plan to raise sales taxes to ease the burden of social welfare contributions on companies struggling to emerge from economic crisis.

The centre-right leader is trumpeting “Social VAT” as a way of bolstering competitiveness and propping up the flagging economy, but he risks a backlash from voters who would face higher prices for everything from household goods to handbags.

Dec 31, 2011

Sarkozy vows reforms in austere New Year’s speech

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged in a grave New Year’s message to find ways to pull the economy out of stagnation in the four months left before a presidential election and vowed no further public spending cuts.

Sarkozy told the nation that the worst economic crisis since World War Two would continue to hurt households in 2012 and urged people to be stoical.

Dec 15, 2011

American dean of Paris literary scene dies at 98

PARIS, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The man who nurtured a
generation of aspiring writers at a rickety English-language
bookstore in Paris, offering supper and a bed to literature fans
providing they dusted the shelves or penned their memoirs, has
died aged 98.

George Whitman, an American, died in the little apartment at
the top of his Shakespeare and Company bookstore where he hung
with Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac half a century
ago and until recently hosted literary tea parties on Sundays
for anybody who cared to come by.

Dec 11, 2011

Euro row a blow to Franco-British camaraderie

PARIS, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The warm smiles and
backslapping when Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron feted their
Libyan victory in September were a distant memory this week as
the French leader shoved Britain aside to make way for a new
treaty to save the euro.

The ease with which Sarkozy left Britain stranded as the
rest of Europe opted to steam ahead with new budget rules showed
how little the island nation counts for today in Paris, as
France and Germany battle to end a devastating debt crisis.

Dec 8, 2011

S&P bomb may bolster “Merkozy” in boon for Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – This week’s blanket euro zone credit rating warning by Standard & Poor’s has infuriated Paris and Berlin, yet it could help President Nicolas Sarkozy’s re-election bid by giving new impetus to Franco-German relations.

The balance of power between France and its economically weightier partner is the topic of raging debate ahead of an April election, with opposition Socialists accusing Sarkozy of capitulating to German demands for budget control in Europe.

Dec 8, 2011

France, Germany to push crisis plan

MARSEILLE, France/PARIS (Reuters) – France and Germany planned to lobby conservative European leaders on Thursday to back a plan to defuse the euro zone’s debt crisis, as Europe’s central bankers began a crucial meeting hours before a high-stakes EU summit.

Paris and Berlin need to win backing quickly for their plan to amend the European Union’s Lisbon treaty to toughen budget discipline, if they are to have it ready as they hope by March.

Dec 8, 2011

France, Germany to push crisis plan, ECB meets

MARSEILLE, France/PARIS, Dec 8 (Reuters) – France and
Germany planned to lobby conservative European leaders on
Thursday to back a plan to defuse the euro zone’s debt crisis,
as Europe’s central bankers began a crucial meeting hours before
a high-stakes EU summit.

Paris and Berlin need to win backing quickly for their plan
to amend the European Union’s Lisbon treaty to toughen budget
discipline, if they are to have it ready as they hope by March.

Dec 7, 2011

Analysis: S&P bomb may bolster “Merkozy” in boon for Sarkozy

PARIS (Reuters) – This week’s blanket euro zone credit rating warning by Standard & Poor’s has infuriated Paris and Berlin, yet it could help President Nicolas Sarkozy’s re-election bid by giving new impetus to Franco-German relations.

The balance of power between France and its economically weightier partner is the topic of raging debate ahead of an April election, with opposition Socialists accusing Sarkozy of capitulating to German demands for budget control in Europe.

Dec 7, 2011

France vows powerful summit deal

PARIS (Reuters) – The leaders of France and Germany will not leave this week’s EU summit until a “powerful” deal is reached on the euro zone debt crisis, the French government said on Wednesday while Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner urged bold steps.

Geithner, on a whistle-stop tour of Europe to demand dramatic action, voiced confidence in a Franco-German plan to overhaul the EU treaty after Standard & Poor’s warned it could cut credit ratings across the currency bloc, including the EFSF rescue fund, a move which would fundamentally weaken it.

Dec 7, 2011

France vows powerful summit deal, Geithner presses

PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) – The leaders of France and
Germany will not leave this week’s EU summit until a “powerful”
deal is reached on the euro zone debt crisis, the French
government said on Wednesday while U.S. Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner urged bold steps.

Geithner, on a whistle-stop tour of Europe to
demand dramatic action, voiced confidence in a Franco-German
plan to overhaul the EU treaty after Standard & Poor’s warned it
could cut credit ratings across the currency bloc, including the
EFSF rescue fund, a move which would fundamentally weaken it.

    • 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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