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  • *Bank of France lent more than 2 bln eur- source. *Bank of France says doesn't comment on liquidity assistance. PARIS, Oct 4- French mortgage bank Credit Immobilier de France was benefiting from emergency Bank of France funding to keep it afloat months before a high-profile government rescue, banking sources told Reuters.

  • PARIS, Oct 4- French mortgage bank Credit Immobilier de France was benefiting from emergency Bank of France funding to keep it afloat months before a high-profile government rescue, banking sources told Reuters. "The exact number is unclear but it was more than 2 billion euros." The Bank of France said it never comments on details of liquidity assistance.

  • TIANLIN, CHINA - MAY 12: A villager looks at the parched paddy on May 12, 2012 in Tianlin county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region of China. A lingering drought has dried up most of rivers as high temperature and little rainfall over the past three months this year. Tianlin county had suffered from severe drought over the past three years.

    World food prices rose in September and are seen remaining close to levels reached during the 2008 food crisis, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday, while cutting its forecast for global cereal output.

  • MADRID-- Spain's Treasury has sold 3.99 billion in medium term debt at mostly lower interest rates as investors wait for the government to decide whether it will seek a financial bailout. The Treasury auctioned off 710 million in five-year bonds Thursday on an average interest rate of 4.76 percent, down from 6.45 percent in the last such auction July 19.

  • ROME-- Officials say the leaders of France, Italy and Spain will hold a meeting in Malta that is likely to be dominated by economic issues related to Europe's debt crisis.

  • PARIS, Oct 3- Nicolas Sarkozy has told a friend he has "no choice" but to seek re-election to the French presidency in 2017, weekly paper Le Canard Enchaine reported on Wednesday, after saying he would quit politics following his election defeat in May.

  • MADRID, Oct 3- The leaders of Spain, France and Italy will meet on Friday on the sidelines of a Mediterranean summit in Malta, the office of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Wednesday.

  • MADRID, Oct 3- The leaders of Spain, France and Italy will meet on Friday on the sidelines of a Mediterranean summit in Malta, the office of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Thursday. The meeting between Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and French President Francois Hollande will take place at 1600 GMT.

  • PARIS, Oct 3- France's "First Lady" is dropping plans to relaunch a TV career but says that she will not quit as a journalist at Paris Match magazine because she wants to raise her children without depending on President Francois Hollande for money.

  • Greece's Piraeus Bank has struck a preliminary deal to buy French lender Societe Generale's loss-making Greek unit Geniki. FRANCE, FINLAND WANT SWIFT SPAIN, GREECE SOLUTIONS.

  • *Regrets Twitter swipe at Segolene Royal* Says TV work may not be fitting, but magazine work vital* Popularity rating sinks in new poll By Brian Love.

  • PARIS, Oct 3- A quest by President Francois Hollande to show he can halt industrial closures by rescuing two mothballed blast furnaces in northeast France risks backfiring, with industry experts doubting any buyer will come forward. With joblessness at over 10 percent and his ratings in free-fall, Hollande persuaded steel giant ArcelorMittal.

  • Financial Times Headlines BLOW FOR BRITAIN'S NUCLEAR REVIVAL- MILIBAND INVOKES' ONE NATION BRITAIN'- US STEPS UP PROBES ON INSIDER TRADING- FSA TO TIGHTEN UP LISTING RULES- DEUTSCHE TELEKOM EYES DEAL FOR US UNIT- L&G INVESTMENT ARM TARGETS PAY MASTERS- PE GROUPS EYE BANK DEAL IN EUROPE- EU REVIEW WANTS BANKING TRADING RINGFENCED- EU DRAFT URGES CONTRACTS FOR EURO STATES- FRENCH REVOLT AGAINST NEW TAX GOES VIRAL- Overview BLOW FOR BRITAIN'S NUCLEAR REVIVAL.

  • *Socialist Party leader says 2013 deadline "not essential". The measures were intended to show Germany and other euro zone neighbours that France will play its part in ending the sovereign debt crisis, and to persuade financial markets to keep French borrowing costs at their current low level.

  • PARIS, Oct 2- France and Finland want solutions agreed in the next few weeks to the debt crises in Spain and Greece, President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday following a meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen.

  • PARIS, Oct 1- The earth moved at designer Hedi Slimane's womenswear ready-to-wear debut at Yves Saint Laurent on Monday- or at least the ceiling did.

  • U.S.-traded shares of Argentine companies did particularly well, with telecom holding company Nortel Inversora gaining 7.7 percent to $11.10 and Petrobras Argentina, a subsidiary of Brazil's Petrobras adding 4.4 percent to its share price. The BNY Mellon index of leading Latin American ADRs gained 1.1 percent on the day.

  • *ArcelorMittal says will look to move workers to new jobs. FLORANGE, France, Oct 1- ArcelorMittal told unions it will permanently close two mothballed furnaces in northeastern France, enraging workers who blocked access to the steel plant and management offices at the site on Monday.

  • *ArcelorMittal will look to move workers to new jobs. FLORANGE, France, Oct 1- ArcelorMittal told unions it will permanently close two mothballed furnaces in northeastern France, enraging workers who blocked access to the steel plant and management offices at the site on Monday.

  • *ArcelorMittal will look to move workers to new jobs. FLORANGE, France, Oct 1- ArcelorMittal told unions it will permanently close two mothballed furnaces in northeastern France, enraging workers who blocked access to the steel plant and management offices at the site on Monday.