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Aug 26, 2014

French PM to unveil pro-reform cabinet after rebel ministers’ eviction

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s prime minister will scramble to put together a new pro-reform government on Tuesday, a day after the surprise eviction of rebel ministers who had opposed budgetary rigor.

Manuel Valls will seek as wide a basis as possible for his second cabinet in five months ahead of tough negotiations at home and with EU peers on France’s 2015 budget and he is expected to try to poach politicians from other parties.

Aug 25, 2014

France’s Hollande ejects rebel minister Montebourg from cabinet

PARIS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande
on Monday called for a cabinet reshuffle, evicting from his
government rebel leftist ministers who had argued for an
economic policy U-turn away from budgetary rigour.

The surprise move – which risks triggering a confrontation
between the new government and the hard left – came a day after
outspoken Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg attacked euro zone
powerhouse Germany for ruining the region’s economy with what he
called an “obsession” with the policies of economic austerity.

Aug 20, 2014

France’s Hollande says to speed up reforms, ease tax on poorest

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he would accelerate reforms while at the same time giving tax breaks to poorer households as he tries to win back confidence from voters who do not trust he can lift the country out of stagnation.

The most unpopular French president in modern history has come under growing fire from both the opposition and some ruling Socialist party lawmakers over his economic policy after his government abandoned growth and fiscal targets last week.

Aug 14, 2014

Stagnating France to miss deficit target, urges EU leniency

PARIS (Reuters) – France slashed its growth forecasts for both 2014 and 2015 on Thursday and said it would miss its public deficit target this year after data showed the economy delivered no growth at all for the second quarter in a row.

Setting the stage for tricky negotiations with EU partners on public finances, Finance Minister Michel Sapin wrote in French daily Le Monde that the EU must adapt its deficit rules in light of the bloc’s weaker-than-expected economy.

Aug 14, 2014

German slump, stagnant France paint dismal eurozone picture

BERLIN/PARIS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s economy shrank in
the second quarter and France again managed to conjure up no
growth, data showed on Thursday, snuffing out any signs of a
recovery in the euro zone which is now weighed down by
tit-for-tat sanctions with Russia.

Europe’s largest economy contracted by 0.2 percent on the
quarter, undercutting Bundesbank forecasts that it would
stagnate, with foreign trade and investment notable weak spots,
the Statistics Office said.

Aug 13, 2014

ECB’s Weidmann rebuffs French calls on euro, growth – Le Monde

PARIS, Aug 13 (Reuters) – ECB policymaker Jens Weidmann said
on Wednesday that euro zone monetary policy should not aim to
weaken the euro and individual member states should take steps
to boost growth, rebuffing French calls for Germany and the
European Central Bank to do more.

French President Francois Hollande, anxious to boost his
country’s stagnant economy, has recently beefed up calls for
Germany to invest more and act to lift growth in the whole euro
zone. France has also urged more ECB action to weaken the euro,
even after its recent softening, saying its strength hurts

Aug 12, 2014

Stagnating France heads towards fiscal targets miss

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s top officials are preparing the ground for another failure to meet fiscal targets, using weak growth and inflation to seek leniency from European partners.

The government has promised to come clean on the state of the economy after the publication of second quarter GDP data on Thursday, which are expected to register barely any growth.

Jul 30, 2014

Moscovici says confident will have important economic role in EU Commission

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s candidate for the European Commission Pierre Moscovici is convinced he will have an important economic portfolio, he told Reuters on Wednesday, rebuffing German concerns that France lacked the budget credibility to take such a job.

President Francois Hollande proposed his former finance minister on Tuesday to be France’s representative in the next European Commission, which takes office early November.

Jul 9, 2014

ECB looks to banks to deliver QE on its behalf

FRANKFURT/PARIS, July 9 (Reuters) – The European Central
Bank is hoping a new round of long-term loans will be used by
banks to drive down borrowing costs – a substitute for an
asset-purchase scheme of its own which would avert a potentially
damaging internal split.

The ECB unveiled the loans plan last month as part of a
package of measures to breathe life into a sluggish euro zone
economy, where inflation is running far below the central bank’s
target and there is a dearth of credit to smaller firms.

Jul 5, 2014

Airbus says “jury still out” on A330neo airshow launch

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France, July 5 (Reuters) – Airbus Group
has not decided whether it will launch its proposed
A330neo jet at this month’s Farnborough Airshow but is confident
about the outlook for plane orders at the gala event, its
strategy chief Marwan Lahoud said on Saturday.

Airbus has drawn up plans to revamp its biggest-selling
wide-body passenger jet to preserve a second front in its
competition with the delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner in addition
to the new A350.