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BREAKINGVIEWS-Paris, Berlin might find Greek bailout profitable

By Reuters Staff
March 1, 2010

– The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Switzerland, France settle dispute over tax records

By Reuters Staff
January 27, 2010

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Switzerland and France settled a row over stolen bank records on Wednesday that was blocking a treaty aimed at helping Paris catch tax cheats.

France joins UK to target traders in bonus tax move

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2009

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Sumeet Desai

PARIS/LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – France singled out frontline financial traders for a special 50 percent tax on bonuses, following Britain by tapping into public anger over the pay deals of bankers whom many blame for the financial crisis.

ANALYSIS-After hardball, Greece gets EU solidarity pledges

By Reuters Staff
December 12, 2009

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton (L) poses with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels December 10, 2009.  REUTERS/Yves Herman By Brian Love, European Economics Correspondent

PARIS, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Reassuring noises from France and Germany suggest Greece can ultimately count on help from its euro zone partners if its debt problems get out of hand — though its partners were content to see financial markets scare Athens for a while.

Banks expected to swallow most of new UK bonus tax

December 11, 2009

By Steve Slater

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Banks are likely to swallow the bulk of the cost of a shock UK tax on bonuses unveiled this week, rather than pass it on to staff or find loopholes, as more countries join the clampdown on payouts, industry experts and sources said.

French lower house of parliament backs bank tax

By Reuters Staff
October 23, 2009

PARIS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – France’s lower house of parliament on Friday approved a plan to impose a 10 percent tax on bank profits in 2010 despite opposition from the government.The National Assembly, adopted the opposition-proposed measure by 44 votes to 40.

France to tighten rules on dealing with tax havens

By Reuters Staff
October 7, 2009

PARIS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The French government plans to strengthen its fiscal rules towards countries on the OECD’s tax “grey list” that have not signed bilateral agreements with France, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Wednesday.

Sarkozy says G20 bonus deal possible without caps

September 17, 2009

French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks during a news conference at Alvorada Palace in Brasilia September 7, 2009.  REUTERS/Bruno Domingos (BRAZIL POLITICS)    BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – France is ready to accept a G20 agreement on bonuses that does not include caps as long as other measures to curb bonuses are adopted, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday. (more…)

France’s Lagarde says solid bonus limits needed

September 17, 2009

French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference in Riyadh, May 10, 2009. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed  (SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS)    PARIS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – France will not push for specific caps on bankers’ bonuses at next week’s meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 nations but wants clear restrictions, Economy Minister Christine Lagarde said in an interview on Thursday. (more…)

France asks banks for more foreign transfer details

By Reuters Staff
September 8, 2009

PARIS, Sep 8 (Reuters) – France wants its banks to provide more details on the identity of people transferring money to tax havens and wants a new legal framework to be finalised by the end of September, the budget ministry said on Tuesday. (more…)