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  • Shares in Alitalia gained 2.1% Friday following reports the Italian airline is considering a potential bid from Air France.

  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy plans to push for an alliance between Gaz de France and its Algerian counterpart Sonatrach when he visits Algiers in July, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Reinsurer Paris Re detailed its forthcoming $2 billion share flotation on Thursday, promising one of the French capital's biggest stock market listings so far this year.

  • Remy Cointreau, the maker of Remy Martin cognac and Piper-Heidsieck champagne, said Monday it swung to a loss in the fiscal full year after it incurred a one-time charge related to its leaving a distribution network.

  • France Telecom shares fell Monday after the French Finance Ministry said it plans to sell a stake in the company worth up to 3.7 billion euros ($5 billion) to cut public debt.

  • European equity markets looked set to extend losses next week as stocks teetered at inflated price levels with little on the corporate and economic calendar to act as a positive catalyst.

  • A view into the trade hall of the Commerzbank in Frankfurt, central Germany

    Investors have to ask themselves some critical questions this week. Chief among them: are higher Treasury yields here to stay and are we close to the top in yields?

  • Day one of the Paris air show at Le Bourget had to belong to Airbus. After such a disappointing few years the European plane maker needed to make a big splash on home turf to prove that its recovery is firmly on track.

  • French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said in an interview published Friday that decisions on the future of state-owned Gaz de France -- including whether to go ahead with its merger with Suez -- will be made "in the coming weeks."

  • The European Union on Wednesday opened an investigation into whether French companies get an unfair edge on the EU market from state-financed, low electricity tariffs.

  • One of the top executives of European aerospace firm EADS, strategy chief Jean-Paul Gut, announced his resignation on Monday in what he described as a rift with its French and German leaders over its structure.

  • Nicolas Sarkozy, President-elect France

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy is set to secure a huge parliamentary majority next week that will bolster his reform plans after his center-right allies dominated the first round of an election on Sunday.

  • The head of French bank Societe Generale has hired investment banks to advise on the possibility of a merger with larger domestic rival BNP Paribas, Les Echos newspaper reported on Friday.

  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy told world leaders on Thursday that China should adopt international currency exchange norms and open its internal markets to foreign companies, a French source said.

  • Big business is on the back burner at the Group of Eight summit. Instead of focusing on concerns about hedge funds, fluctuating currencies and better transparency in financial dealings, the world's eight wealthiest nations are putting their full focus on climate change and watching to see if a new spat between the U.S. and Russia could develop into another cold war.

  • The French government's plan to exempt workers and businesses from taxes on overtime pay to stimulate the economy will cost 2.5 billion euros to 3 billion euros  ($3.38 billion to $4.06 billion), Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Wednesday.

  • SNS Reaal has agreed to buy AXA's Dutch insurance operations for 1.75 billion euros  ($2.36 billion), the companies said in separate press statements.

  • England's Premiership soccer players will earn more than 1 billion pounds ($1.97 billion) for the first time next season thanks to television, sponsorship and merchandising deals, a top accountancy firm said on Thursday.

  • The French co-chairman of Airbus parent EADS, Arnaud Lagardere, was questioned for nine hours by stock market regulators as part of an inquiry into alleged insider trading, French media reported Wednesday.

  • Cannes Film Festival

    The Cannes Film Festival is about halfway through, and it's not just about starlets and red carpets -- real business gets done. Cannes is where American filmmakers go to meet with buyers from "foreign properties" to sell their international distribution rights. Often, independent filmmakers will sell foreign rights before the film is made, to finance production -- selling on the strength of the stars and the concept.