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  • PARIS, May 10- France's government decided on Tuesday to bypass parliament and impose a relaxation of the country's protective labour laws by decree, sidestepping a rebellion against one of the flagship reforms of Socialist President Francois Hollande's tenure. The decision, announced by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, follows weeks of street protests and the...

  • PARIS, May 10- French growth will slow in the second quarter after a strong start to the year, the central bank forecast on Tuesday, but surveys showing a pick up in industrial activity and investment means Paris's full-year target still looks within reach. France's economy will likely expand 0.3 percent between April and June, the Bank of France said in its first...

  • NEW YORK, May 3- The yen jumped to an 18- month high against the dollar on Tuesday, extending gains on persistent doubts the Bank of Japan will intervene to stem a dramatic rise that has undermined attempts to reflate the world's third-biggest economy. At this stage, the market is sceptical whether they will follow through, "said Steven Englander, global head of G10...

  • PARIS, May 3- French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that he was opposed at this stage to concluding the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States. "As things stand in the international trade negotiations, the French position is' no'," Hollande said in a speech in Paris.

  • SINGAPORE, May 3- The yen hit a fresh 18- month high against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday and jumped against the Australian dollar, after Australia's central bank cut interest rates to a record low. The U.S. dollar fell to 105.78 yen at one point, its lowest level since October 2014. The yen added to its gains as the Australian dollar skidded after the Reserve Bank of...

  • PARIS, May 2- France will press its G7 partners this month to launch an "irreversible" process to control the prices of new medicines, part of a global drive to make life-saving drugs more affordable, three sources told Reuters. President Francois Hollande said in March he would push for the international regulation of drugs prices when he meets other G7 leaders in...

  • PARIS, April 29- French growth accelerated more than expected at the start of the year, as the strongest increase in consumer spending since 2004 and a pick-up in business investment offset a drop in exports, a boost to President Francois Hollande who has been struggling to convince voters their lives are "going better". In a preliminary reading of gross domestic...

  • PARIS, April 28- Violemce broke out between police and demonstrators in several French cities on Thursday at protests against planned labour law reforms, days before legislators begin debating the proposals. Some of the worst clashes were the fringes of demonstrations in Paris, where eight police officers were hurt, including one who Cazeneuve described as...

  • PARIS, April 28- More than a hundred demonstrators were detained and 24 security officers injured as clashes broke out during protests across France against planned labour law reforms on Thursday, the interior minister said. Striking workers burned tyres and tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets in Paris, Rennes, Nantes, Marseille and...

  • PARIS, April 28- Sporadic strikes and protests disrupted commuter travel and led to the cancellation of flights at Orly airport south of Paris on Thursday as trade unions and students demanded that the French government ditch planned labor law reforms. Riot police using tear gas intervened on the fringes of protests in cities such as Nantes on France's...

  • *Decision a blow for Japan's nascent defence export industry. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, April 26- France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a A $50 billion deal to build a fleet of 12 submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday. "The recommendation of our competitive...

  • Treasury Under Secretary Nathan Sheets participates in "U.S.- China Economic Engagement in 2016: A Conversation on China" before the 7th Annual China Business Conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce- 2130 GMT. NEW YORK- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz gives a speech to the Investment Industry Association of Canada and Securities Industry and...

  • NEW DELHI, April 16- Negotiations for India to buy 36 French Rafale fighter jets are nearing the finish line, the Indian defence ministry said, with sources saying the price will be set at around $9 billion. Both sides had hoped to wrap up the strategic order during President Francois Hollande's visit for India's Republic Day celebration in January, but hard...

  • *Low turnout favours eurosceptics in Netherlands as in UK. BRUSSELS, April 7- The European Union's long-running problem with voters just got a little worse after the Dutch rejected an agreement on closer EU ties with Ukraine, highlighting the difficulties of further European integration. Coming less than three months before a British referendum on whether to...

  • Thousands of people cheered Obama's motorcade as it made its way along Buenos Aires' tree-lined boulevards, handing the U.S. leader a friendlier reception than his predecessor George W. Bush, whose presence at a Summit of the Americas in 2005 was met with protests and snubbed by the-then President Nestor Kirchner. Obama's visit represents "a 180 degree turn in...

  • German police conducts a control at the German-Belgian border in Aachen, Germany, to check vehicles.

    In the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, Belgium has reintroduced border checks, drawing attention to Europe's open borders.

  • LISBON, March 22- Portugal's left-leaning government has set out to reverse its predecessor's austerity policies, aiming to grow its way out of trouble by boosting demand and set an example for other post-bailout euro zone countries. Any increase in purchasing power may be too slight to fuel the desired economic take-off, setting up a clash with Brussels soon.

  • Salah Abdeslam is wanted in connection with the Paris attacks.

    A suspect in last year's Paris terror attacks was captured after a shootout in Brussels, Reuters reported, citing local media.

  • MILAN, March 11- French media group Vivendi has raised its stake in Telecom Italia to 24.9 percent, just below the 25 percent threshold that would force it to launch a takeover bid, according to a filing with U.S. market authorities. A filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission said Vivendi had bought more Telecom Italia shares on the market between March 1-9.

  • PARIS, March 10- French industrial output reached its highest level in more than four years in January and job creation last year was the fastest since 2007, data showed on Thursday. Coming after Germany reported its fastest industrial output rise in six years this week, the data for the euro zone's second-largest economy could temper concerns that a slowdown...