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France and Qatar sign $7bn deal

French leader Francois Hollande and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani have inked a deal for the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets. ||| Doha - President Francois Hollande and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani signed on Monday a 6.3 billion euro ($7.02 billion) agreement for the sale of 24 Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets. Show More Summary

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Bloomberg: Merkel, Hollande Say Time Short for Greek Economic Plan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande pressed Greece’s government to come up with an economic plan that its creditors can approve, saying time is short. Show More Summary

Peugeot French production increase earns presidential visit

By Laurence Frost PARIS (Reuters) - PSA Peugeot Citroen said on Friday it had chosen a French factory over a rival Spanish plant to expand engine production, prompting a visit by President Francois Hollande to highlight a bright spot in France's gloomy labor market. Show More Summary

France Local Elections: Hollande's Party (PS) Trounced by Sarkaozy (UMP) and Le Pen (FN)

In local French elections over the weekend, Conservatives Hold Off National Front while PS, the party of president Francois Hollande finished a distant third. France's centre-right UMP party and its allies have taken first place in the...Show More Summary

Survival by Coercion: No-Confidence Vote in France Fails; Rules of the Game Show Wasted Opportunity by Hollande

No-Confidence Vote in France FailsFrench President Francois Hollande took an unusual step on Tuesday of passing a law by decree, with no parliamentary vote.Article 49.3 of the French constitution allows that, but doing so runs the risk...Show More Summary

Hollande Risks Vote of Confidence Over Business-Friendly Legislation; National Debate Over Baguettes

Hollande Risks Vote of ConfidenceFrench President Francois Hollande took an unusual step today of passing law by decree, with no parliamentary vote. Article 49.3 of the French constitution allows that, but doing so runs the risk of a...Show More Summary

Hollande's flagship economic reform law faces parliamentary test

By Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - Francois Hollande faces a major test on Tuesday when his flagship economic reform bill is put to parliament, 10 days before the European Commission rules on whether France's reforms go far enough to avoid sanctions for its budget slippages. Show More Summary

Germany Emerges

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by French President Francois Hollande, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 6. Then she met with U.S. President Barack Obama on Feb. 9.

Europe Fractures: France Pivots To Putin, Cyprus Offers Moscow Military Base, Germany-US Splinter On Ukraine

``... perhaps most significantly is France's continued apparent pivot towards Russia... Following Francois Hollande's calls for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in apparent support...Show More Summary

10 things you need to know before European markets open

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande are trying to broker peace in Ukraine. The German and French heads of government have flown to Kiev and Moscow to try and broker a peace. According to the Financial Times, it may be due to Washington's...Show More Summary

Marine Le Pen Soars Into Lead in French Presidential Polls for 2017; Don't Worry, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

In spite of the Charlie Hebdo murders that raised the popularity of French president Francois Hollande and his staff, Les Echos reports than in the 2017 presidential election anti-euro candidate Marine Le Pen in the 1st Round Lead With Nearly 30% of the Vote. Show More Summary

Facebook and Twitter could be hate-speech ‘accomplices’ if new French law passes

France's president Francois Hollande has revealed plans to introduce a law that will make Internet companies "accomplices" if they fail to remove messages posted by extremist groups.

Europe's QE Programme Could Be Bigger Than People Are Expecting

Europe looks pull the trigger on a big quantitative easing programme on Thursday, six years after the Fed and Bank of England launched their own schemes. It was widely expected, and French President Francois Hollande seems to have let...Show More Summary

HOLLANDE: The ECB Is Going To Do QE On Thursday

French President Francois Hollande says the European Central Bank is going to announce QE this week. Mario Draghi and the rest of the European Central Bank are unlikely to be happy with the intervention. Either he's wrong, and markets...Show More Summary

Hollande: Gunmen had 'nothing to do with' Muslim religion

In a speech Friday afternoon, French President Francois Hollande confirmed that four people were killed in the day's supermarket attack. He also made an effort to console the country after multiple hostage situations. Hollande condemned...Show More Summary

Attack on satirical Paris newspaper leaves at least 11 dead

Masked gunmen stormed the Paris office of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo early Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police say. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the deaths, calling the attack an...Show More Summary

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

Good morning! Here's what you need to know for Tuesday. 1. Divers have recovered five major parts of wreckage from AirAsia Flight 8501, but have yet to find the crucial "black box." 2. French president Francois Hollande said in an interview Monday that Western nations should ease existing sanctions on Russia. 3. Show More Summary

"Any risk" to boost French economy

President Francois Hollande said he would take "any risk" to boost French economic growth. ||| Paris - President Francois Hollande said on Monday he would take “any risk” to boost French economic growth above the government's forecast 1 percent in 2015, in a bid to cut unemployment with help from economic reforms. Show More Summary

Right-wing in Europe could bring 'turmoil': Leaders

``In their new year addresses, French President Francois Hollande attacked what he called "dangerous" populist movements, and Giorgio Napolitano, the 89 year-old outgoing Italian President, warned there was "nothing more unrealistic or dangerous" than calls for Italy to leave the euro zone.''

France drops super tax on millionaires

Socialist President Francois Hollande's super tax ends on Wednesday and will not be renewed. ||| Paris - It was supposed to force millionaires to pay tax rates of up to 75 percent: “Cuba without the sun,” as described by a critic from...Show More Summary

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