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  • London's bid to win exemption from the European Union goal of "ever closer union," preserve its financial sector from regulation by the euro zone and curb access to in-work benefits for EU migrant workers won backing from Poland as the meeting of national negotiators- or sherpas- began in Brussels. The powerful leader of Warsaw's new ruling party, Jaroslaw...

  • PARIS— Cuban President Raul Castro held a series of meetings with senior French officials on Tuesday, the second day of a state visit to France aimed at boosting business ties between the two countries. His schedule in Paris on Tuesday included meetings with UNESCO chief Irina Bokova, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

  • PARIS, Feb 1- France agreed on Monday to convert half of Cuba's debt arrears to Paris into investment projects during a visit by Cuban President Raul Castro to the French capital to forge closer ties. As relations between Washington and Havana warm, France has been eager to build closer financial and commercial ties with Cuba. France and other Paris Club...

  • France calls on US to lift economic embargo on Cuba Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 3:58 AM ET

    PARIS— France called on the U.S. to lift the economic embargo against Cuba during a historic state visit Monday by the Caribbean island's president aimed at boosting economic relations between Havana and Paris. "We appreciate France's traditional position in favor of the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial embargo from the United States...

  • French govt flags possible reshuffle in February Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | 10:02 AM ET

    PARIS, Jan 31- French President Francois Hollande's last ministerial reshuffle before a bid next year for re-election could come in February, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll indicated on Sunday. "If there is a reshuffle, it will be after the 10th, around that time," said Le Foll, who is also agriculture minister, in an interview with Europe 1 radio and news...

  • PARIS— Raul Castro is coming to France for the first-ever state visit of a Cuban president to the land of wine and gastronomy, a trip that could boost French investments and promote stronger economic, cultural and tourist ties between Paris and Havana. France, to which Cuba owed $4 billion in overdue loans, led the creditors' negotiations. France hopes to see some...

  • PARIS, Jan 29- France is to sign a deal with Cuba next week to ease the Caribbean island nation's bilateral debt to Paris during a visit by the Cuban president to the French capital, a diplomatic source said on Friday. With ties between Washington and Havana warming, France is eager to further improve relations with Cuba starting with a visit by French President...

  • The Iranian president's visit to Paris has been rife with contrasts, from the headwear to the East-West tensions underpinning his discourse. Unlike in Rome, where zealous officials covered naked statues at a museum Rouhani visited, a couple of bare bodies surfaced during his Paris stay. France and Iran have signed a total of 20 agreements, including nine...

  • PARIS— France's government welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday with promises of a new beginning in an old relationship, starting with investments to boost Iran's flagging economy crippled by decades of sanctions over its nuclear activities. France has asked its European Union partners to consider new sanctions on Iran for its recent...

  • PARIS, Jan 27- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French business leaders on Wednesday that Iran was open for investment as he started a visit in France to revive business ties despite diplomatic differences. But with France having taken a hard line in the nuclear negotiations, being outspoken in its condemnation of Iranian support for Syrian President...

  • PARIS, Jan 27- STMicroelectronics will cut about 1,400 jobs and close its loss-making set-top box business, the Franco-Italian chipmaker said on Wednesday. STMicro said the job losses would include about 430 positions in France, 670 in Asia- mostly in India- and 120 in the United States. The changes will generate annualised savings of $170 million, it said, with...

  • Iran's Rouhani in Paris to revive business ties Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 8:44 AM ET

    PARIS, Jan 27- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani arrives in France on Wednesday with the bosses of oil major Total and aircraft maker Airbus among top executives he is due to meet as the two countries look to revive business ties despite diplomatic differences. But with France taking a hard line in nuclear negotiations, being outspoken in its condemnation of...

  • France asks EU partners for new sanctions on Iran Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 4:46 AM ET

    PARIS— France has asked its European Union partners to consider new sanctions on Iran for its recent missile tests, officials have told The Associated Press, even as Paris welcomed the president of the Islamic Republic, which is flush with funds from the lifting of other sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program. The ambiguous signals emerging Wednesday from...

  • PARIS, Jan 27- French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, a gutsy left-winger often considered at odds with her government on matters of law and order enforcement, resigned on Wednesday, President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement. Taubira, born in French Guiana on Feb. 2 1952, was perhaps best known for shepherding legislation through parliament...

  • MILAN— Iran is signing business deals across Europe as its president embarks on a tour of the region to restore contacts after years of economic sanctions and international isolation. Most sanctions were dropped last week after Iran agreed with world powers on a plan to limit its nuclear capabilities. The Danieli Group, a metals industry concern, signed 5.7...

  • PARIS, Jan 26- French utility EDF said on Tuesday it had signed a preliminary agreement with Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd to build six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur, in the west of India. EDF said that in the next few months it would continue work started by Areva and NPCIL to secure certification for the European Pressurised Reactor reactor in India and to...

  • *President Rouhani visiting Italy and France this week. ROME/ PARIS, Jan 25- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani flew to Italy on Monday at the start of his first official visit to Europe, looking to sign multi-billion dollar contracts to help to modernise Iran's economy after years of crippling financial sanctions. Heading a 120- strong delegation of Iranian...

  • *President Rouhani visiting Italy and France this week. ROME/ PARIS, Jan 25- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani flew to Italy on Monday at the start of his first official visit to Europe, looking to sign multi-billion dollar contracts to help to modernise Iran's economy after years of crippling financial sanctions. Heading a 120- strong delegation of Iranian...

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 25- India signed an inter-governmental pact on Monday to buy 36 French-built Rafale fighter planes, but the leaders of both countries said there was still work to do to finalize financial terms after months of talks. The deal, worth an estimated $9 billion, was to have been the centerpiece of a visit to India by French President Francois Hollande,...

  • ROME— Italy's premier said Monday that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, kicking off the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in nearly two decades, "can play a fundamental role in the stability" of the Middle East. Matteo Renzi told reporters after meeting privately with Rouhani that the landmark deal on curbing Iran's nuclear activities "is just...