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  • 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...

  • French President Francois Hollande looks on during a conference in Milan, Oct. 8, 2014.

    After four years in the Elysée Palace, François Hollande has become a political puzzle, the Financial Times reports.

  • BRUSSELS, March 8- French President Francois Hollande on Monday said 3 billion euros of EU funds earmarked for Turkey could be increased "if necessary" due to the ongoing migration crisis.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 29- EU regulators will say this week the European Union does not need to set a more ambitious greenhouse gas target until the next decade, a text seen by Reuters shows, even though the Paris climate deal stipulates a preliminary review of goals in 2018.. Such a decision would please member state Poland, whose economy relies on coal, but anger...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 29- EU regulators will say this week the European Union does not need a more ambitious greenhouse gas target until the next decade, a text seen by Reuters shows, even though the Paris climate deal stipulates goals should be reviewed in 2018.. Such a decision would please member state Poland, whose economy relies heavily on coal, but it would anger...

  • PARIS, Feb 29- It's little wonder the European Union can't find common solutions to Europe's urgent problems when its main members are having such different national conversations. Like the biblical Tower of Babel, Europe's ambitious construction is in danger of toppling because its peoples are not speaking the same political language.

  • PARIS, Feb 27- Francois Hollande was met with jeers from angry farmers at the start of the annual Paris agricultural show on Saturday, underlining the French president's unpopularity in a week marked by a revolt within his Socialist party over labour reforms. French livestock farmers say thousands of them could go out of business as a Russian embargo on Western...

  • PARIS, Feb 25- Lower taxes, fewer labor rules, less state: in a country famed for its attachment to a protective social model, economic liberalism is the surprise trend among aspirants for France's 2017 presidential election. For decades, the French center-right eschewed the free market policies of Margaret Thatcher, sticking to the tradition of a strong...

  • PARIS, Feb 23- France's jobless total should fall less than initially expected this year, Unedic, the quasi-state fund that manages jobless welfare payments said on Tuesday. The Unedic fund said its deficit was expected to drop to 4.2 billion euros this year from 4.5 billion euros in 2015, both figures slightly worse than previously forecast, before narrowing...

  • *Germany, France split by divergent cultures, urgent issues. Now that David Cameron has won a deal to enshrine formally Britain's semi-detached status in the 28- nation bloc- if his sceptical voters don't detach it completely- the onus will return to Europe's founding nations to work out a way forward. "We must not give the impression that Europe is a self-service,"...

  • PARIS, Feb 19- French President Francois Hollande stuck to a firm line on Friday on limiting concessions to London on financial sector reforms and welfare at a European Union summit struggling to work out a deal to keep Britain in the bloc. Hollande said that reforms demanded by Britain could in turn give its financial sector an unfair advantage over other...

  • *Merkel says wants Britain to stay, Hollande warns. *Stakes high for Britain and the EU. All acknowledged there was work to be done, but most leaders appeared keen to give Cameron a deal which he can hail as a victory before starting a campaign to keep Britain in the EU at a referendum widely expected to be held in late June.

  • *Merkel says wants Britain to stay, Hollande warns. *Stakes high for Britain and the EU. BRUSSELS, Feb 18- Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that hard work and goodwill should help him to clinch a deal at a European Union summit, described by leaders of the 28- nation bloc as the best chance of preventing Britain leaving.

  • PARIS, Feb 17- France will cut social security taxes paid by farmers, a measure worth 500 million euros, to help ease financial pressure on them wrought by persistently low dairy and meat prices, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday. "Livestock farmers and the livestock industry in France are going through a crisis that is unprecedented in its intensity...

  • 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, 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...

  • 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...