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    If  Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative candidate, wins the presidency expect economic reforms that the market will love.

  • Stéphane Pedrazzi

    In just two days, the French people will choose their next president and incumbent Jacques Chirac will become history. Nicolas Sarkozy now seems very likely to succeed him to the presidency.

  • French oil major Total said Friday first-quarter net profit dropped 17% as improving refinery margins failed to offset lower crude prices and a weaker dollar.

  • French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis on Thursday reported declining first-quarter profits, citing adverse currency movements, generic competition and a strong quarter in 2006.

  • It might not matter who wins the presidential election May 6. Cramer thinks you could make money either way. Here are his two latest picks.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • With a rapacious capitalist like Nicolas Sarkozy in position to possibly win the French presidential election, Cramer says this country could end up being the best market in the world.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Veolia Environnement, a French waste management and water company, said Friday it and two private equity firms will buy German rival Sulo in a deal worth 1.45 billion euros ($2 billion).

  • Euro Disney H1 net loss narrows as revenues grow 10 pct

  • French fashion-to-furniture retailer PPR reported a forecast-beating 5.0% rise in first-quarter sales as a pick up in its African distribution business added to growth in its luxury brands.

  • French centrist Francois Bayrou rejected overtures from presidential rivals Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal on Wednesday, saying he would not advise supporters who to vote for in the May 6 election.

  • He’s now the most wanted man in Paris: François Bayrou, 55, leader of the UDF center-right political party, and “third man” of the French election. He hasn’t qualified for the second round, but will play a decisive role in giving -- or not -- his support to one of the remaining candidates. Ségolène Royal (left) and Nicolas Sarkozy (right) are both eyeing at Bayou’s 6.7 million voters with a great interest, but obviously, it’s more crucial for one of them.

  • French luxury group LVMH reported faster-than-expected first-quarter sales growth, helped by surging demand for high-end watches, and reaffirmed its full year guidance. The maker of Dior perfume, Fendi shoes and Veuve Clicquot champagne said on Wednesday sales in the three months to March 31 rose to 3.804 billion euros ($5.16 billion) from 3.555 billion in the same period a year earlier.

  • The supervisory board of French public works and transport concessions group Eiffage on Monday rejected an unsolicited all-share offer by its biggest single shareholder, Sacyr Vallehermoso of Spain.

  • Financial analysts cheered Sunday's presidential elections in France, which will result in a runoff vote on May 6 between right-wing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist rival Segolene Royal.

  • French presidential candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal went back to the campaign trail on Monday as they battled for votes from the undecided centre ground that will be key to their May 6 runoff.   

  • Financial analysts cheered Sunday's presidential elections in France, which will result in a runoff vote on May 6 between right-wing candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist rival Segolene Royal.

  • Carrefour, the world's second-largest retailer, said Monday it agreed to buy Brazil's Atacadao company for 2.2 billion Brazilian reais ($1.09 billion; 825 million euros), becoming the largest food retailer in South America's biggest economy.

  • In just a few hours, France will hold its breath. No more public appearances for the candidates for president, no more polls, no more politics in the media. By law, none of this will be authorized after midnight Friday, Paris time. Like an athlete before an important competition, 43 million French voters are invited to an ultimate moment of concentration.

  • 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.