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  • PARIS, July 31- French President Francois Hollande said on Friday no agreement had been reached yet on the cancellation of a Mistral helicopter carriers deal with Russia and that he would take a decision in the coming weeks. Russian media had reported earlier on Friday that Paris and Moscow had reached a compensation deal for the cancellation of the delivery of...

  • Roche Romania told The Associated Press it was "fully cooperating" with anti-graft prosecutors and would provide the requested information. Some 61 homes and offices were searched in Bucharest and in the northwest of the country on Tuesday in a probe centered on a number of medical institutes and the way certain cancer medicines were purchased and...

  • *Rest of Europe and Brazilian business strong. PARIS, July 31- France's Carrefour said its turnaround plan was reaping rewards in Europe and Brazil, where strong performances helped it beat first-half profit forecasts. The company, which makes about three-quarters of it sales in Europe, is making price and cost cuts and expanding into smaller convenience...

  • PARIS, July 31- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said "important decisions" on the cancellation of a Mistral helicopter carriers deal with Russia would be taken soon. Russian media had reported earlier on Friday that Paris and Moscow had reached a compensation deal for the cancellation of the delivery of two French-made Mistral helicopter carriers,.

  • *Chicago wheat down more than 18 pct for July. Chicago Board of Trade front-month wheat rose 1.1 percent to $5.02 a bushel by 1111 GMT, edging away from the prior session's five-week low of $4.93-3/ 4. Crop scouts on the U.S. Wheat Quality Council's annual three-day tour of North Dakota and adjacent states projected spring wheat yield potential at 49.9 bushels per...

  • PARIS— Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the' right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally. "The Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place," the company wrote on its Europe policy blog. Europe's highest court ruled in May 2014 that people...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of one of its military transport planes in Spain. Airbus CEO Tom Enders said the company was on track to achieve its earnings forecast for the year amid healthy demand for commercial...

  • SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion— A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the debris on a rocky beach stirred hopes and emotion among families of the...

  • CHICAGO, July 30- U.S. soybean futures rose on Thursday as signs of growing export demand threatened to cut into an already thin supply base, traders said. Corn futures also firmed, with bargain hunters and technical buyers stepping into the market after prices fell to a five-week low. Chicago Board of Trade August soybean futures settled up 7-1/ 4 cents at $9.90-1/ 4...

  • L'Oreal profit, sales climb across divisions Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:12 PM ET

    PARIS— Global cosmetics leader L'Oreal says its 2015 profit grew 8.5 percent in the first half, driven by improvement among higher-end makeup and perfume lines including Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Kiehl's. The French company said in its first-half earnings report released Thursday that total profit amounted to 1.88 billion euros, up from 1.73...

  • *Corn, wheat up after previous session losses. SINGAPORE/ PARIS, July 30- Chicago soybeans gained more ground on Thursday, and have now risen 3.3 percent over three consecutive sessions, on concerns over a smaller planted area and ahead of the crop's key phase of development. Chicago Board of Trade August soybeans rose 1.0 percent to $9.93 a bushel by 1000 GMT, while...

  • PARIS, July 30- French carmaker Renault reported on Thursday that first-half profit surged on rebounding European demand- but not enough to meet soaring investor expectations from the recovery, or concerns about weaker pricing. Despite hitting its highest operating margin in a decade, at 4.8 percent, Renault's shares fell as much as 7.5 percent as investors...

  • UPDATE 1-Sanofi's diabetes sales slow, Genzyme's jump Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 4:54 AM ET

    PARIS, July 30- Sanofi reported lower second quarter sales for its strategic diabetes division on Thursday, hurt by continued pricing pressure in the United States, but it's biotech arm Genzyme recorded another quarter of double-digit growth, enabling the French drugmaker to beat forecasts overall. Forced to agree to increased rebates to maintain market...

  • Renault profit rises in 1st half on European rebound Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 AM ET

    PARIS— French carmaker Renault has reported a sharp rise in its first-half profit as the European car market rebounded strongly in the period. Renault on Thursday reported net profit of 1.4 billion euros, up from 749 million euros a year earlier. Renault's new registrations rose a modest 0.8 percent in the first half to 1.38 million units.

  • PARIS, July 30- Renault said on Thursday its first-half profit rose sharply as a European market recovery and currency windfall overcame pricing setbacks for older models, driving margins to a 10- year high. "This is our best margin performance since 2005," Chief Financial Officer Dominique Thormann told reporters and analysts at Renault's...

  • SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion— A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the debris on a rocky beach stirred hopes and emotion among families of the...

  • US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777 Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 5:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. A French official close to an investigation of the debris confirmed Wednesday that French...

  • French, German tank makers sign tie-up agreement Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 3:20 PM ET

    PARIS— French and German executives from two of Europe's leading armored vehicle makers signed a long-awaited merger deal Wednesday aimed at creating a new European champion in the $50 billion annual terrestrial defense market. The tie-up between France's state-owned Nexter Systems and privately held German firm KMW was inked in Paris at the Defense...

  • PARIS, July 29- A Paris commercial court gave U.S. group XPO Logistics the green light on Wednesday to proceed with its post-purchase integration of French transport firm Norbert Dentressangle, throwing out an injunction sought by a U.S. hedge fund. The court also rejected XPO's request to extend a temporary injunction barring Elliott Capital Advisors from...

  • ROME— Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year for Rome, and the first of as many as 30 million people may start pouring into Rome. Just when Rome needs to be at its best, the city is being shamed by corruption scandals and a breakdown in public services— especially in the mass transit that many of the pilgrim masses will use. The actions are part of a protest against Rome...