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  • French bank BNP Paribas reported a better than forecast 24.5% rise in its first-quarter net profit on Wednesday, helped by earnings growth at its investment banking and asset management units and capital gains.

  • Many Americans cheered the victory of Nicolas Sarkozy in France's presidential election, saying they welcomed the conservative's friendlier stance towards the United States after years of strained relations.

  • Nicolas Sarkozy, President-elect France
  • I'm in Paris, once more, for the second round of the French elections. The biting wind at our camera position is in stark contrast to the temperate warmth two weeks ago. The flirting with a new direction is over. France has her new President and Mr. Sarkozy appears to mean business.

  • Valeo may seek to block its biggest shareholder's right to vote at this month's annual meeting in the fight against a demand to take more than half the seats on its supervisory board and impose a strategy review.

  • Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy triumphed in France's presidential election on Sunday, sweeping aside his Socialist rival Segolene Royal on the back of a huge turnout that gave him a powerful mandate for reform.

  • Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won France's presidential election on Sunday, beating his Socialist rival Segolene Royal by a comfortable margin and extending the right's 12-year grip on power.

  • It should surprise no one who watches the ups and downs of Wall Street that a horse named Street Sense would come from way behind to win the Kentucky Derby. The week ahead looks like it will put everyone's street sense to the test as a louder chorus of market watchers use the word "caution" when it comes to buying stocks.

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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.