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Jan 12, 2012

Le Pen vows to balance France’s books and quit euro

NANTERRE, France (Reuters) – Far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Thursday she would balance France’s books if elected president by leaving the euro, slashing immigration, taxing imports and tapping the central bank for cheap loans instead of the debt markets.

The National Front leader, who ranks third in opinion polls, spelt out the financial planning behind her campaign promises just over three months before the first round of the presidential contest on April 22.

Jan 9, 2012
Dec 17, 2011

Britain, France clash over economic performance

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Britain and France clashed over credit ratings on Friday, adding to tensions that erupted over British Prime Minister David Cameron’s veto of a treaty on euro zone fiscal integration.

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told French Prime Minister Francois Fillon French criticism of the British economy was unacceptable and called for a cooling of the rhetoric.

Dec 16, 2011

UK, France clash over their economic performance

LONDON/PARIS, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Britain and France
clashed over credit ratings on Friday, adding to tensions that
erupted over British Prime Minister David Cameron’s veto of a
treaty on euro zone fiscal integration.

Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told French Prime
Minister Francois Fillon French criticism of the British economy
was unacceptable and called for a cooling of the rhetoric.

Apr 28, 2011

Draghi edges closer to ECB job, backed by Juncker

PARIS, April 28 (Reuters) – The chairman of euro zone
finance ministers added his support to Mario Draghi’s candidacy
to head the European Central Bank on Thursday, taking the
Italian a step closer to replacing France’s Jean-Claude Trichet.

Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said he shared the
view on Draghi’s candidacy of French President Nicolas Sarkozy,
who on Tuesday backed the Bank of Italy chief to succeed Trichet
when his eight-year term expires in October. [ID:nLDE73P17L]

Apr 28, 2011

Draghi edges closer to ECB job with Juncker support

PARIS, April 28 (Reuters) – The chairman of euro zone
finance ministers added his support to Mario Draghi’s candidacy
to head the European Central Bank on Thursday, taking the
Italian a step closer to replacing France’s Jean-Claude Trichet.

Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said he was of the
same mind on Draghi’s candidacy as French President Nicolas
Sarkozy, who on Tuesday backed the Bank of Italy chief to
succeed Trichet when his eight-year term expires in October.
[ID:nLDE73P17L]

Apr 5, 2011

France cuts power price hike, cancels gas rise

PARIS, April 5 (Reuters) – France has cancelled a planned
increase in gas prices and cut the size of electricity price
hikes to appease public discontent with rising energy costs.

In the run-up to elections next year, President Nicolas
Sarkozy will hope that turning down state-run utility EDF’s
(EDF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) request for bigger electricity price rises will deflect
criticism that he is not protecting consumers’ purchasing power.

Jan 13, 2011

Euro zone to do everything for stability – French PM

LONDON (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Thursday that euro zone members would do “absolutely everything” for the bloc’s economic stability, but stressed no additional bail out funding was currently required.

His comments, during a visit to London to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron, came as German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in Berlin that euro zone governments were working on a comprehensive package to solve the deep-rooted debt crisis that they hoped would be agreed by February or March.

Jan 13, 2011

French PM: euro zone to do everything for stability

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Francois
Fillon said on Thursday that euro zone members, especially
France and Germany, were ready to do “absolutely everything” for
the bloc’s economic stability.

His comments, during a visit to London to meet British Prime
Minister David Cameron, came as German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble said in Berlin that euro zone governments were working
on a comprehensive package to solve the deep-rooted debt crisis
that they hoped would be agreed by February or March.
“The euro zone members, and especially France and Germany,
are ready do everything … absolutely everything to ensure the
stability of the euro zone,” Fillon said.

Jan 10, 2011

France blames al Qaeda for Niger kidnap, killings

PARIS/NIAMEY (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Monday he was almost certain that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was behind the abduction of two Frenchmen killed in Niger at the weekend.

The pair were found dead, apparently killed by their kidnappers, after French special forces joined a failed attempt to rescue them in the African state on Saturday. The bodies were charred, with their hands tied behind their backs, according to two hospital sources in Niger who had seen them.

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