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  • France wants better Alstom offer Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    Rival suitors GE and Siemens were told by the French government to come up with better offers for engineering group Alstom on Tuesday.

  • Siemens CEO: Our Alstom bid is 'superior' Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 11:31 AM ET
    Siemens CEO: Our Alstom bid is 'superior'

    Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, says that his group's offer for Alstom's power assets is "compelling", and "superior" to the one proposed by General Electric.

  • Hollande to dine twice to separate Obama and Putin Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 1:25 PM ET
    President Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande and President Vladimir Putin.

    Hollande will meet Obama in a restaurant overlooking the iconic Champs-Elysees before going back to his residence for a supper with Putin.

  • Merkel eyes Lagarde for EU Commission: Sources Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    Angela Merkel has asked France whether it would be willing to put forward Christine Lagarde as president of the European Commission, two sources said.

  • Siemens CEO tries to calm storm over job cut leak Friday, 30 May 2014 | 6:08 PM ET
    Joe Kaeser, chief executive officer of Siemens AG, during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, May 7, 2014.

    The CEO of German conglomerate Siemens tried to calm a storm over job cuts after he let slip that his restructuring plan might cut 11,600 jobs.

  • GE's Alstom offer adds 1,000 French jobs: Sources Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 10:43 AM ET
    An Alstom welding instructor uses a sound wave sensor to test for defects in welded metal joints at Alstom SA's welding training facility in Stafford, U.K., May 12, 2014.

    General Electric has improved its offer for French train and turbine maker Alstom, with a pledge to create 1,000 jobs in France, sources said.

  • GE trumpets jet venture to bolster Alstom bid Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 5:49 AM ET
    Jeff Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric Co.

    General Electric hopes that three letters - CFM - will convince French leaders to back its offer to rescue Alstom.

  • Warnings fly in tense call between Obama and Putin Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama said to President Putin during a phone call that Russia would have to face further sanctions if it continues its actions in Ukraine.

  • Valls speech signalled 'u-turn': Pro Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 3:30 AM ET
    Valls speech signalled 'u-turn': Pro

    Sophie Pedder, the Economist's Paris bureau chief, says new French prime minister Manuel Valls signaled a "u-turn" in policy, announcing tax and spending cuts.

  • Hollande will be forced into policy change: Pro Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 3:30 AM ET
    Hollande will be forced into policy change: Pro

    Howard Davies, professor at Sciences Po, says issues in France such as high unemployment will force president Francois Hollande into a policy change.

  • Is the French National Front a serious political contender?

    Bruno Jeanbart, director of political studies and opinion polls at Opinionway, discusses whether any big wins the National Front may gain in this weekend┬┐s French local elections will be repeated on a national scale.

  • 'Worst moment' for French president? Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 12:45 PM ET
    'Worst moment' for French president?

    Douglas Yates, assistant professor of political sciences at the American University of Paris, comments on the outcome of the first round of the French local elections and what it means for the national agenda.

  • Euro elections could be 'earthquake' for French socialists: Pro

    Douglas Webber, professor of political science at INSEAD, says the European elections in May could be a "major earthquake" for the French socialist party as they could lose out to far-right candidates.

  • France's National Front a real 'alternative' to Hollande: Pro

    Jonathan Fenby, director of China research at Trusted Sources, says France's National Front is winning working class voters who would have traditionally voted for left-wing parties.

  • France: Ruling party likely to lose in local vote Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:40 PM ET
    France: Ruling party likely to lose in local vote

    Antonio Barroso, senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence, says the while the opposition is likely to win more votes during France's local elections, the ruling Socialist party will be able to limit the damage.

  • French public 'disillusioned' with left and right: Pro

    Edmund Shing, global equity portfolio manager at BCS Financial Group, says the French public is "disillusioned" with President Francois Hollande's left, and the political right wing in the country.

  • People hold placards Ukrainian flags and a banner during a demonstration to support Ukraine's Pro-European protesters on March 5, 2014 in Paris.

    Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days in an escalation of the crisis over Crimea.

  • President Obama welcomes French President Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 12:10 PM ET
    President Obama welcomes French President

    President Obama addresses the agreements him and French President Francois Hollande have made together, including on Syria's chemical weapons, and boosting exports and expanding trade.

  • What will Hollande and Obama be talking about? Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 5:20 AM ET
    What will Hollande and Obama be talking about?

    Charles Kolb, president of the French-American Foundation, says he hopes that French president Francois Hollande and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama talk about the EU-U.S. trade deal.

  • Hollande meets Obama for a...tea party? Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 9:56 AM ET

    Domestic politics could be at the center of discussions between Hollande and Obama, as tea party-like movements gain popularity in France.