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  • France's presidential candidates began their last day of campaigning on Friday before Sunday's first round ballot, making a final push for support in a vote that will usher in a new generation of political leadership.

  • Spanish building firm Sacyr Vallehermoso unveiled plans to launch a takeover bid for French construction group Eiffage on Thursday, upping the stakes in an increasingly bitter Franco-Spanish stand-off.

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    It’s probably the worst-kept secret in Paris. Most of the French CEOs will vote for Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday. But still it has to remain a secret. You never know, should Ségolène Royal become the next president, it could hurt your business and damage your relationship with the government.

  • Converium Holdings has issued an appeal to Scor shareholders urging them to vote against the French insurer's capital increase at its AGM on Apr 26, thereby blocking the takeover bid for Converium.

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    As part of the French electoral game, candidates always seal some sort of alliance -- often secretly -- between the two rounds of the Presidential election. But this time the deals are made openly, and even before the first round, which reinforces the feeling that this election may have something special.

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    Since this morning, Sarkozy and Royal are neck-and-neck again in the race for the French presidency, both credited with 50% of the votes at the second round of the election, according to a CSA opinion poll.

  • Clusters of migrant workers mount the train's crowded carriages, leaving their families and filing across the border to work at jobs more plentiful and lucrative than at home.

  • Swiss reinsurer Converium Holding on Friday urged shareholders to reject a $800 million hostile takeover from French rival SCOR.

  • France's Danone has sent notice to begin litigation against the founder of Wahaha, its partner in China, for what it called a breach of contract, Danone's Asia Pacific President Emmanuel Faber said on Wednesday.

  • Shares in Air France-KLM increased on Friday after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to “buy” from “hold”.

  • Turkey has suspended talks with Gaz de France over a pipeline project that would bring Caspian natural gas to Europe in reaction to a French bill on the mass killings of Armenians during Ottoman rule, senior Turkish energy officials told Reuters on Thursday.

  • French reinsurer Scor reported a surge in net profits on Wednesday that beat market forecasts, boosting the chances of success in its $2.5 billion (1.87 billion euro) share-and-cash bid for rival Converium.

  • The newly merged transatlantic exchange operator NYSE Euronext made its debut in Paris when it started trading as a combined company on Wednesday.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have summoned the chief executive of French energy giant Total to explain the group's activities in Iran, a French newspaper said on Tuesday.

  • A French-built high-speed train has broken the world speed record on rail: With a 25,000 horsepower engine and special wheels, the train hit a speed of more than 357 mph. The train’s performance was close -- but was not as fast as the Japanese maglev (magnetic) train that reached 361 mph in 2003. CNBC’s Phil Lebeau joined Erin Burnett on "Street Signs" to discuss why the U.S. can’t -- or won't -- do the same thing.

  • Shares of Italy’s Pirelli soared to 9.67% Monday morning after it revealed late Sunday that it was in talks with U.S. telecom giant AT&T and its Mexican affiliate America Movil to sell two-thirds of its 80% stake in holding company Olimpia for 2.82 euros a share less debt.

  • Shares of caterer Compass Group gained 5.78% in midday London trading Thursday after it reported that trading in the first 5 months of the year has been ahead of its expectations and the sale of its European vending business is progressing.

  • Strikers at France's Fos Lavera oil hub are meeting port and Gaz de France officials on Thursday in a fresh bid to find a way out of a 16-day strike threatening fuel supplies to motorists and exports to U.S. markets.

  • Here are some of Wednesday’s big movers on European stock markets: Bauer, Vallourec, Aberdeen Asset Management, Next, Total, Beneteau, Lufthansa, TNT, Technical Olympic and Siemens

  • Here are some of Tuesday’s big movers on European stock markets