PARIS (Reuters) – As a young aide to then-French prime minister Lionel Jospin in the late 1990s, Manuel Valls sat in on meetings as Britain’s Tony Blair and Germany’s Gerhard Schroeder tried to persuade his boss to help them reinvent Europe’s Left.
Jospin, who at the time was readying the 35-hour work week long dreamed of by French Socialists, was impressed neither by Blair’s “Third Way” nor Schroeder’s “New Centre”. But the talks made a deep mark on Valls, who 16 years later has become premier himself.
PARIS (Reuters) – The European Union’s budget rules faced their biggest test in over a decade on Wednesday after France presented a draft 2015 budget breaking past commitments to rein its deficit back to within EU limits.
It was the second time in two years that President Francois Hollande’s government has failed to keep its budget promises and recalls the moment in 2003 when France and Germany both flouted the EU’s recently launched budget rule book – an event some say set the stage for the region’s debt crisis five years later.
STOCKHOLM/PARIS (Reuters) – French economist Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize for economics for work that has shed light on how governments can “tame” the big businesses that dominate once public monopolies like railways, highways and telecommunications.
“This year’s prize in economic sciences is about taming powerful firms,” Staffan Normark, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, told a news conference after awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million) prize.
PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – From Athens to Madrid and Dublin
to Rome, France can count on a sympathetic hearing in several
European capitals in its campaign for leniency over the latest
broken promise to bring its public finances into shape.
That will help it stand up to pressure from fiscal hawks in
Berlin and elsewhere who believe the time has finally come for
the euro zone’s second largest economy to taste some of the
bitter reform medicine swallowed by its southern neighbours.
Thousands of Muslims gathered across France on Friday to denounce the beheading of tourist Herve Gourdel by militants in Algeria who said their act was a response to French strikes against Islamic State fighters.
BERLIN/PARIS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Germany and France will
try to reconcile divergent visions of how to fix Europe’s
economy on Monday when Manuel Valls makes his first visit to
Berlin as French prime minister and holds talks with Angela
The trip comes at a watershed moment, with the region
struggling to shake off the aftermath of a prolonged financial
crisis that has left its citizens poorer, increasingly jobless
and turning to extremist politicians for answers.
PARIS (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France’s main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee Palace in 2017 elections.
The former French president ended months of speculation about his future with a message on Facebook, saying he was ready to take charge of the conservative, opposition UMP party, which has been riven by rivalry since he was ousted from power.
PARIS (Reuters) – A bitter public attack by a jilted ex-partner, a cabinet melt-down and the admission of broken economic promises have meant an uncomfortable three weeks for Francois Hollande.
But the hardest is yet to come for the French president, who this week embarks on a struggle to convince Socialist allies, the French people and his European Union partners that he is still fit to run the euro zone’s second largest economy.
PARIS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande
replaced his maverick leftist economy minister with a former
Rothschild partner on Tuesday in a reshuffle intended to
reconcile his efforts to revive the stagnant French economy with
The shake-up is the latest episode in the wrangling across
Europe about how much budgetary rigour the region’s economies
can bear as they recover from financial crises. For Hollande,
who is revamping his government for a second time in two years,
it could be his last chance to make a success of his presidency.
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande fine-tuned his third government team in two years on Tuesday, seeking to reconcile pro-growth measures with deficit-reduction after ousting rebel ministers opposed to budgetary rigor.
He and Prime Minister Manuel Valls were due later to unveil a new cabinet which will make its debut just a few weeks ahead of tough negotiations at home and with EU peers on a 2015 budget widely seen breaking promises to Brussels over deficit cuts.