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Politics Francois Hollande

  • The young independent centrist's qualification on Sunday for the runoff of France's presidential election in two weeks' time will certainly bring a sigh of relief in European capitals and financial markets; opinion polls suggest he will beat his far-right rival Marine Le Pen with ease. But to have a real chance of implementing the reform of France's economy...

  • BRUSSELS, April 21- The European Union has no special plan if the two anti-EU candidates reach the final round of France's election on Sunday, diplomats said, leaving the bloc to brace itself and hope for a centrist victor. Even without a shock outcome, Brussels worries that neither of the more mainstream candidates can revive France's economy or help Germany...

  • PARIS, April 18- Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen sought on Tuesday to turn the debate in the final week of France's presidential election to immigration as she tried to reverse a dip in polls. Surveys of voting intentions have for months shown Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron qualifying on Sunday for the May 7 run-off. The reality is that immigration is...

  • PARIS, April 12- France is on course to deliver this year its first budget deficit in a decade in line with EU rules, the outgoing government of President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday, eager to leave a legacy of sound fiscal management. The Socialist government has gradually, but steadily, reduced the deficit since Hollande took office in 2012, though Paris'...

  • PARIS, April 12- The French government left its growth forecast for 2017 unchanged at 1.5 percent in an update on Wednesday of its long-term public finance plans, which the independent fiscal watchdog judged to be "plausible". President Francois Hollande's outgoing government gave the forecasts in its annual stability programme for the public finances which...

  • CERNOBBIO, Italy- Executive Board Member Yves Mersch participates in a panel discussion "The Agenda for Europe" at Ambrosetti's Finance Forum on "The Outlook for the Economy and Finance" in Villa d'Este, Cernobbio, Italy 0730 GMT. SUNDAY, APRIL 9 MELBOURNE, Australia- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives a presentation on the U.S. economy...

  • CERNOBBIO, Italy- Executive Board Member Yves Mersch participates in a panel discussion "The Agenda for Europe" at Ambrosetti's Finance Forum on "The Outlook for the Economy and Finance" in Villa d'Este, Cernobbio, Italy 0730 GMT. SUNDAY, APRIL 9 MELBOURNE, Australia- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives a presentation on the U.S. economy...

  • VALLETTA, Malta- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and Vice-President Vitor Constancio participate in an Informal ECOFIN meeting in Valletta. VALLETTA, Malta Official Council meetings of economic and financial affairs ministers. VALLETTA, Malta- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, chair of the supervisory board DaniEele Nouy and...

  • VALLETTA, Malta- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and Vice-President Vitor Constancio participate in an Informal ECOFIN meeting in Valletta. VALLETTA, Malta Official Council meetings of economic and financial affairs ministers. VALLETTA, Malta- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, chair of the supervisory board DaniEele Nouy and...

  • President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017.

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  • PRAGUE- Czech National Bank to publish the minutes from the March governing board meeting. CEBU, Philippines- Asean Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting. CEBU, Philippines- Asean Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting.

  • VALLETTA, Malta- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, chair of the supervisory board DaniEele Nouy and Vice-President Vitor Constancio participate in an informal ECOFIN meeting in Valletta. VALLETTA, Malta- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, chair of the supervisory board DaniEele Nouy and the ECB's executive board member Benoit...

  • VALLETTA, Malta- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, chair of the supervisory board DaniEele Nouy and Vice-President Vitor Constancio participate in an informal ECOFIN meeting in Valletta. VALLETTA, Malta- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, chair of the supervisory board DaniEele Nouy and the ECB's executive board member Benoit...

  • PARIS, April 6- The board of French state-controlled utility EDF on Thursday chose not to vote on a motion that could have closed its ageing Fessenheim nuclear plant for good, meaning a 2012 election pledge by President Francois Hollande will not be met. Hollande had promised to end power production at France's oldest atomic plant by the end of his five-year term...

  • PARIS, April 5- French Energy Minister Segolene Royal warned EDF's board on Wednesday against trying to prevent the closure of France's oldest nuclear plant, as a long-running conflict between the state-controlled utility and the government comes to a head. Unions oppose the closure, saying it would cause job losses and France's hardline CGT trade union...

  • PARIS, April 5- France's hardline CGT trade union has called on workers' representatives on the board of state-controlled utility EDF to reject the shutdown of the Fessenheim nuclear plant, expected to be tabled during a meeting on Thursday. EDF has scheduled a board meeting for April 6 to decide on stopping Fessenheim, France's oldest nuclear plant.

  • PARIS, March 30- Malaysia, which wants to buy up to 18 combat planes in a deal potentially worth more than $2 billion, is now talking to only one supplier, France's Dassault Aviation, about its Rafale jets, the French government spokesman said on Thursday. A source in Malaysia's Defence Ministry said last week that the Rafale was emerging as the frontrunner in the...

  • PARIS, March 30- The head of the main French bosses' group expects an investment boost from the election of either Francois Fillon or Emmanuel Macron as president in May as companies with spending on hold for the result combine with a Brexit-led influx. "The election of Francois Fillon or Emmanuel Macron would be a motive to come to France, or to stay," he told Reuters...

  • PARIS, March 29- Indonesia has signed a letter of intent to buy Airbus A400M military aircraft, French President Francois Hollande's office said on Wednesday. The provisional agreement was signed during a visit to Indonesia by Hollande and covers an unspecified number of aircraft, according to a list of deals issued by his office. At present Indonesia operates...