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  • DUBAI, July 29- On the first visit to Iran for 12 years by a French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius conveyed an invitation from President Francois Hollande to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to visit France in November, Iranian media said. France hopes to secure business in Iran once Western sanctions are lifted under the nuclear deal, and Fabius said last week...

  • French farmers protest taps into freewheeling tradition Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 11:08 AM ET

    PARIS— Over the past week, French farmers have used tractors to block the border with Germany and chucked foreign vegetables off trucks in protest of cheap imports. They are protesting increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and high social charges, which they say make them unable to compete against Germany, much less Eastern Europe.

  • French jobless edges up to new record in June Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    PARIS, July 27- French jobless claims rose again to a new record in June, albeit at a slower rate, as a growing recovery failed to translate into job creation in the euro zone's second largest economy. The Labor Ministry said the number of people registered as out of work in mainland France stood at 3,553,500 at the end of June, up 1,300 on the month and 4.7 percent over...

  • Police in France tend to avoid intervening in peaceful protests, and French President Francois Hollande on Monday said he backed the farmers and called for a high-level meeting of European agricultural officials. German Agriculture Ministry spokesman Jens Urban declined to comment on the protest but said he didn't think it was leading to a total stoppage...

  • *Farmers, taxi drivers, ferry workers show law-breaking pays. PARIS, July 24- Less than a year since France abandoned its "ecotax" on truckers after protesters destroyed the equipment built to collect it, similar strongarm tactics look to be working for the nation's farmers, cab drivers and ferry workers. Ferry workers who have repeatedly blocked the Channel...

  • PARIS— Angry French farmers blocked the Mont Saint-Michel causeway and highways leading to the Alps on Thursday to denounce low milk and meat prices. The farmers blocked three major highways around the city of Lyon, a gateway to the Alps and to the south of France. Some roads in western France, a region with many milk and pork farms, were also jammed.

  • French energy law dodges decisions on nuclear cuts Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 2:55 PM ET

    *Sets carbon tax goal of 56 euros/ tonne by 2020. PARIS, July 22- French lawmakers passed a long-delayed energy bill on Wednesday, ushering into law President Francois Hollande's pledge to cut nuclear power to half of France's electricity mix in 2025 from 75 percent today, the highest share in the world. Accompanying the reduced nuclear contribution, renewable...

  • PARIS, July 22- France announced measures worth up to 1.1 billion euros on Wednesday to support its livestock farmers and try to halt protests which have escalated in recent days into road blockades in the northwest. "The aim of the plan is to deal with the emergency but also to bring sustainable solutions," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said at the presidential...

  • PARIS/ BERLIN, July 22- Greece's new bail-out deal imposes a stiff dose of budget rigor and market deregulation which critics say few leaders of Western Europe's biggest nations have dared serve their own voters. "Francois Hollande is very good at telling others how to do their reforms," opposition French conservative Xavier Bertrand said in a dig at France's...

  • PARIS— The December climate change conference in Paris is the last chance for a meaningful agreement that would offer hope for a planet at risk due to greenhouse gases, U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said Wednesday. We are at five minutes to 12 and Paris is the 12 o'clock strike of the clock. " Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said recently that negotiations—...

  • PARIS— French President Francois Hollande is calling for an ambitious accord on the climate to address the threat of global warming. Hollande isn't at the Vatican climate conference, but he made the call at a Paris conference of religious and political leaders. Halfway through the year, 47 countries— out of 195 members of the U.N. climate talks— have presented...

  • The Latest: NYC mayor denounces EU over immigration Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 5:19 AM ET

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has denounced the European Union for leaving Italy to deal with waves of immigrants coming from North Africa, saying the EU must come up with a Europe- wide immigration policy. De Blasio, whose grandparents emigrated from Italy to New York, said he was "deeply troubled by the lack of action by the European Union and the way that Italy...

  • PARIS, July 21- President Francois Hollande has said he would unveil an emergency package of measures to help France's livestock and dairy sector on Wednesday. Tuesday's announcement came as livestock farmers in tractors maintained a blockade of roads in northwestern France, keeping pressure on the government to take action over what they say is a squeeze in...

  • ANALYSIS-In Greek crisis, one big unhappy EU family Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 2:50 PM ET

    *Senior EU official sees 20-30 pct chance of success on Greece. The most worrying sign for European leaders is that public opinion and domestic politics are pulling them increasingly in opposing directions- not just between Greece and Germany, the biggest debtor and the biggest creditor, but almost everywhere. With central and east European states growing...

  • SPECIAL REPORT-The man who cost Greece billions Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 5:29 AM ET

    ATHENS, July 20- Once again Alexis Tsipras was struggling to make a decision. For hours on July 13, the Greek prime minister and Europe's leaders had been trying to thrash out a new deal to bail out bankrupt Greece and keep the country in the euro zone. Now a clean copy of the latest text had been printed, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois...

  • ATHENS, July 19- Greek banks are ready to open their branches across the country on Monday after a three-week shutdown, officials said, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for swift aid talks so Athens could also lift withdrawal limits. The cautious reopening of the banks, and an increase in value added tax on restaurant food and public transport from...

  • PARIS, July 14- President Francois Hollande used his Bastille Day message to the French on Tuesday to call for a strengthening of the 19- nation euro zone in the wake of the Greece crisis, with long-term reforms such as the creation of the bloc's own elected assembly. Hollande defended France's role as a mediator in Monday's accord between Athens and its...

  • BRUSSELS, July 13- As a feeble sun came up out of a grey Brussels dawn on Monday, for a time it looked like it might be about to set on Greek hopes of clinging on to the euro. After 14 hours of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other euro zone leaders, Tsipras was refusing to yield on the last outstanding item on a draconian list of loan terms which some critics...

  • "That could turn out to be one of the sentences that saved Greece," said one diplomat, reflecting the French view that expelling the country from the single currency zone would have catastrophic consequences for Greece and weaken the euro itself. While the final accord struck between Athens and euro zone leaders in Brussels on Monday imposes tough new...

  • *Euro zone says Greece must pass reform laws before bailout talks. *Without third bailout, bankrupt Greece will lose the euro. BRUSSELS, July 13- Euro zone leaders argued late into the night with near-bankrupt Greece at an emergency summit, demanding that Athens enact key reforms this week to restore trust before they will open talks on a financial rescue to keep it...